Seller Tips

Listings Spring Fever in the Seattle Housing Market! This is officially the wildest housing market I have seen in my 15+ years in the business! 2005-2007 was wild too but the exuberance wasn’t quite as high, especially outside core Seattle. Now, bidding wars are escalating home prices significantly (sometimes 10% or more) over the asking price nearly everywhere. However, overpricing your home will […]
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 […]
Seller Tips Leaves, leaves, and more leaves… Is it just me or does it seem like there are more leaves to clean up this year?.?.? I suspect it's about the same, but I probably just selectively forget the countless hours of raking every October and November. Anyway, this time of year does give me a reason to remind myself about some preventative home maintenance […]
Listings Rational Exuberance? Is the housing market in a state of rational exuberance? Since the beginning of this year, activity, sentiment, and even prices, have taken a turn for the better. And it does seem that a solid case can be made that the housing market finally bottomed in late 2011 into the beginning of 2012. BUT, let’s not get too far ahead […]
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 […]
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