Best Place To Live – Testing Your Parameters

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Seattle Area – Choosing Best Place to Live. I recently received a request to write a new post on this topic. Even I find most of the articles I have read on this topic to be very confusing. Like this one that mixes a few “Really?!?” with the obvious best places. Or this one that […]

It’s Hard Out There for Buyers, Lesson 2: Make Sure You’re Dealing with the “Agent-in-Charge” (It May Not Be Who You Think)

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Here’s another quick tale from the trenches as I continue to work with clients at my new real estate firm, this time from the rough-and-tumble market of South King County.  Yup, it’s tough everywhere… My client identified a home in Kent for purchase.  It had been on the market for 200 days, with a couple […]

Home Buyer Education Seminars

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I am teaching two Home Buyer Education Classes this month sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.  Anyone who is interested in buying a home can attend – our class is not limited to first time home buyers. Home buyers who are interested in programs offered through the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, such […]

Discrimination – “Love Letters” to Sellers

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A Cautionary Tale that Multiple Offers can lead to Discrimination in Housing…somewhat inadvertently. I had a young couple ask me if they should submit a “love letter” to the owners of the home with their offer. I had not heard the letter called “a love letter” before, but it reminded me that I had used […]

Where Should I Live?

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Not every client asks me where they SHOULD live. But the question comes up from time to time, and often from family memb

Buying New Construction – Choosing the Lot

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The first step in buying a new construction home, unless it is an already built “spec” home, is to choose the lot. Howev

Low Inventory? Be Pro-Active

Low Inventory continues to be an issue for many. This weekend there were so many people at one of the houses I was showi

Seattle 4/3 Cape Cod with a View

Some time ago I wrote about Seattle Starter Home Styles and we talked about the value of having bedrooms up above the ma

The High Cost of Buying a Home & Selling a Home

Even if you are a First Time Homebuyer, you should be keenly aware of the cost of selling a home. Often people think the

Are Buyers Getting Ripped Off with REO Escrow Fees?

. Recently I’ve closed a couple of REO transactions lately where I’ve been dismayed at what the escrow companies are cha