Selling a Kirkland Condo – Staging and Photos

Kirkland Condo

Whether I am helping a client sell a house or a condo, my thought process is generally the same. Start at “buyer profiling”. Who is likely to buy this property? Then make a list of the top 3 to 5 reasons why THAT person, whom you have targeted as the likely buyer, will choose THIS […]

Seattle listed as 2nd hottest housing market for 2014

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The new Zillow predictions for the 2014 housing market show Seattle as the second hottest market in 2014. They also predict only 3% increase in prices overall, so “hottest” could be kind of cool. Personally I think it all depends on how many sellers come out to play this year. You will have your same […]

Selling a Home in King County 2014

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Selling a home in King County has been fairly easy to do for most people since early 2012 when the market started taking off again. We don’t have the same momentum in first quarter 2014 as we did in first quarter 2013. There are still many more home buyers than home sellers, so supply and […]

Home Prices Are Coming Down

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Home prices are beginning to trail down toward year end with an abrupt 5% decline in the last 30 days. While we are still at 12% increase for the year following the downturn, this is more than merely seasonal change, in my opinion. Every year has a “Spring Bump” that usually does not sustain at […]

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 […]

How and Why CASH Infusion Fuels a Housing Recovery

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Removing the Must Appraise Clause. BEFORE you as a buyer of a home agree to “remove the must appraise clause” you need to know that means more cash from you the buyer of an undetermined amount. You also need to know the Finance Contingency does not usually cover not having enough Cash to Close. Cash […]

Selling Your Home – 15 Good Photos

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Gone are the days when you can advertise “must see!” to sell your home, as if people have to come into your house as the first step in the home buying process. You can scream that from the roof top all you want, but unless you have a location that would cause anyone and everyone […]

Impact of Fiscal Cliff Agreement on Homeowners?

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There was so much fear mongering going on about “The Fiscal Cliff” it was starting to feel like being tied to a chair and being forced to watch The Shower Scene from Psycho. The stock market rallied up in response to it just being OVER WITH! But should we just be happy that it’s over […]

Seattle Real Estate – Where does the TV go?

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I like this first picture of a TV placed in a main floor or lower level bedroom because honestly, here in Seattle, this is often the case. In fact this particular photo reminds me of the house I sold for Dustin Luther, the owner of Rain City Guide, a few years back. The light streaming […]

Home Prices in Redmond Washington

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I was running some stats the other day for Kirkland, Bellevue and Redmond home prices and the graph below came out a bit oddly, as if all prices are trending to 200 to 207 per square foot. I say “oddly” because some went UP to there while others went DOWN to there. That is not […]