Seattle RE BarCamp will be here soon!

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This year Seattle RE BarCamp is actually going to be south of Seattle at the Center Point Conference Center in Kent (south of Southcenter Mall and north of the Showare Stadium)… so technically, we’re calling this “Greater Seattle reBarCamp”.  Regardless, this event will be taking place on March 13, 2014. This event is an “un-conference” […]

An Open Letter to Glenn Kelman, Redfin CEO, on the “Discount Real Estate Broker” Model

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Dear Glenn: I’ve been following Redfin since its launch in 2006.  The year prior I started my own law practice focused on residential real estate.  I soon realized that I could provide the legal services needed by a home buyer or seller for a fee significantly less than 3%. Moreover, by 2005 it was apparent […]

How much for stainless appliances?

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Stainless has become a preferred color option. Most people who say “stainless” are not always talking about expensive Stainless STEEL. As long as the color is the same, most people don’t care. Easy way to tell if it is Stainless “Look” is to carry a fridge magnet when you are shopping for appliances or houses […]

Carpet Credits do not help sell your home

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I think most people know that offering a carpet credit does not work…except that many sellers and real estate agents still fall back on the language “$5,000 allowance for carpet” as a lazy way out. 1) It doesn’t work because once people see filthy, pet stained carpet, they don’t buy the house period unless it […]

Selling a Kirkland Condo – Staging and Photos

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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 […]

Lower Conforming Loan Limits

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Back on December 12th, Rhonda posted that FHA etc Loan Limits would be coming down to the same level as previously lowered conventional rates. This came up in a recent discussion I was having with a client and thought the news, which I believe became effective 1/1/2014, should be highlighted a little better, as 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 […]

Have you ever heard, “Don’t worry, it’s just paperwork” from your Real Estate Agent?

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Recently some good friends of mine decided to buy a home.  Such good friends, in fact, that we mutually agreed to keep business and friendship apart so as to not create any problems on either end.  So they didn’t use my services.  Instead, they first used a “discount” agent affiliated with a large, local real […]

2014 Conforming and FHA Loan Limits for Greater Seattle

Conforming and FHA loan limits for 2014 have recently been released. Conforming loan limits will remain the same as 2013. However, FHA loan limits are being lowered in 2014 from $567,500 to $506,000 for a single family dwelling.  The 2014 FHA loan limits are effective with case numbers obtained January 1, 2014 through December 31, […]