Buyer Tips

Buyer Tips How Rising Mortgage Rates Affect Home Affordability (2017 Update) I made a similar post a few years ago as mortgage rates were rising slightly, but low and behold, they then turned lower again. Now, rates have increased noticeably since the election and are forecast to continue to rise, albeit at a moderate pace. So again, I thought I would talk a little about mortgage […]
Buyer Tips 7 Steps to Multiple Offer Success Since multiple offers are so common right now, I thought I’d throw out some key tips for when you are sitting down with your broker to write an offer on a home. These aren’t exactly secrets, but it’s surprising how often one or more of these steps aren’t taken which can easily lead to buyers losing […]
Buyer Tips How Rising Rates Affect Home Affordability Happy almost spring! As far as I’m concerned, it can’t come soon enough! In this post, I thought I would talk a little about mortgage interest rates and how, as rates rise, affordability decreases. Rates for a 30 year fixed mortgage are currently hovering around 4.32%. In the first quarter of 2013, the same 30 year […]
Buyer Tips Summertime Melt-up? I hope everyone enjoyed our beautiful Pacific Northwest summer! While I've been able to enjoy some of it myself, I've also stayed very busy as the housing market continued to be strong over these past two months. I thought it might be a good time for a market update so below you will find a few […]
Buyer Tips Low Inventory = Good News for Sellers? So far, the theme of 2012 is that there is definitely a lack of inventory. The housing market has been extremely busy in the low to median price ranges, but the upper middle to higher price ranges are starting to pick up steam too. The fact is, many buyers literally can’t find good homes to buy! […]
Buyer Tips What Can a REALTOR® Do For You as a Buyer?   When we think of selling a home, the services a REALTOR® can provide usually seem worth the cost of their commission, but what about as a buyer? What can a REALTOR® do for you as a home buyer, and is the commission worth the services they can provide?  Remember, even though the commission is usually […]
Buyer Tips Five Ways to Make Your Home Bright, Cozy, and Cheerful   December is a great month to cozy things up at home.  The brighter and warmer a house looks and feels, the happier you will be.  Here are a few tips to make your house as cheery as possible as we head toward the shortest day of the year!   Fix it up: The light […]
Buyer Tips Five Ways to Save Energy in the Colder Months   November is a great month—the holidays are fast approaching, we get to visit more often with family and friends, and colder weather makes us feel like getting cozy in our homes.  Since you’ll want to keep warm in the coming months, here is a list of tips for you that will help you to […]
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