Tips for Home Buying Expert Tips: Real Estate Investing                 Is real estate investing one of your New Year Resolutions?  If so, here are some tips on how to start and do it right. Buy & hold strategy. Unless you have solid real estate expertise and deep pockets, stay away from the riskier investment strategy of flipping […]
Tips for Home Buying Buyer Tips :Looking for a Wheelchair-Accessible Home Do you or someone in your family need a home that is wheelchair accessible, or will need to be in the future?  The Northwest MLS has upgraded the listing input system this year so that Sellers can include accessibility information in their listings, which will help Buyers focus their time on homes that meet their […]
Tips for Home Buying Conforming Loan Limits & Other Lending Tips Conforming Loan Limits – a number you need to know Unless you have excess cash available for real estate purchases, lending is an important component of purchasing a home.  Since the Conforming Loan limit for 2021 was recently announced, I thought it would be a good time to do a refresher on what you should […]
Home Maintenance Home Maintenance: Winterize Your home   Winter is coming – time to make sure your home is ready.  Here are some of our favorite tips on what you should plan to do in the next month or so. If you are handy, do them yourself and save some money. If not, hire someone, and you will still save money from […]
Tips for Home Selling Seller Tips | Don’t Make These Mistakes! There are several mistakes you can make as a seller that can cause you real harm – during or after the transaction. A good real estate broker will guide you through the process making sure you don’t make these mistakes. Seller Disclosure Blunders. When you fill out the Seller Disclosure (Form 17) you want to […]
Home Tips for Seniors Seller Tips Buying Before You Sell Interest rates have slipped below 3% for the first time on record so your buying power has increased, we continue to be short on inventory so it is a great time to sell, and after Staying Home so much recently, you are ready for your next home!  All of this means it is a great […]
Equestrian Home Sales Tips Tips for Home Buying | Equestrian Property Considerations Time to buy your dream property – where you can watch your horse(s) graze peacefully outside your family room window.  Make sure you work with an equestrian expert because there are many factors that should be considered and priority amenities that you should have or budget adding. A property with a large lot that is […]
Tips for Home Buying Tips for Home Buyers | Why You Need Title Insurance A title insurance policy is a contract that insures a buyer’s ownership/interest in a specific piece of real property (a home, land, etc). This insurance protects you from loss based upon an encumbrance, defective title, or adverse claims made against the Title for a long as you and/or your heirs own the property, and in […]
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Tips for Home Buying Tips for Home Buying & Selling | Multiple Offers – 3 Things You Should Do If you are a seller you want to encourage multiple offers and if you are a buyer in a multiple offer situation – you want to win.  Here are some tips for both! Sellers – You can Encourage Multiple Offers on your home by doing these 3 things Make A Great 1st Impression. Don’t come […]
Home Maintenance Staging Tips For Your Home Staging your home can make a big difference in how you feel about the spaces – it isn’t about spending money, it is about, paying attention to these key staging concepts. It also makes a big difference in how much you can sell your home for since less than 10% of buyers can visualize changes […]
Tips for Home Buying Home Selling & Buying Tips | Advantages & Disadvantages of Residential CC&Rs We are often asked by buyers whether it is good to purchase a home in a planned neighborhood that has an active Home Owners Association (HOA) with Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs). The answer is really dependent on your lifestyle and preferences.  Here are some of the common advantages and disadvantages that you should consider […]
Real Estate Transitions Tips for Home Selling & Buying | Covid19 & Real Estate There is information overload as we all hunker down and observe the Washington State Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order (SHSHO) and the Federal Social Distancing Guidelines.  We thought it might be helpful to highlight some of the information related to the CARES Act and Staying in your Home and the latest rules related to Buying/Selling […]
Tips for Home Buying Tips for Home Buying | The 3 Things You Should Know When Buying A Condo Condos are a great alternative to a residential home purchase, but there are some key differences that you should be aware of when purchasing one. Here are the 3 things you need to know before you purchase a condo:  How Healthy is the HOA? The seller is obligated to provide you with a Resale Certificate […]
Home Maintenance Home Maintenance Tips | Show Your Home Some Love for Valentines Day Love your home and it will love you! Here are some things you should do in the winter to keep your home (and you) healthy and happy. Winter home maintenance tips. Maximize Your Winter Heating. Reverse ceiling fans to run clockwise and push the heated air down. Wrap your hot water tank with an insulating […]
Home Maintenance Tips for Home Selling : Real Estate Rules You Should Know Everything can and should go smoothly with your real estate purchase or sale but sometimes it doesn’t.  If you are planning to buy or sell your home and you don’t think it matters who, if anyone, helps you – think again. The trends, rules and laws having to do with real estate change frequently which […]
Home Tips for Seniors Home Tips for Seniors | Holiday Gift Ideas Do you know a senior or have an aging parent who is planning on staying in their home? Here are some great gift ideas to help make their home safer, simpler and that will give you peace of mind too! Front Door Solutions. Products like the Nest and Ring video doorbells are a great way […]
Tips for Home Selling Tips for Home Selling | Its All in the Details! A Successful Sale – It’s All in the Details A prompt sale and a successful closing requires close attention to the details at each stage of the home sale. This is especially important now as the local real estate market has cooled off some and, while it is still a seller’s market, buyers have more […]
Tips for Home Selling Tips for Home Selling | Halloween is Scary, Selling your Home Shouldn’t Be! An important consideration when selling your home is making sure that you pay attention to safety and security – your real estate broker should guide you on the specifics for your home.  However here are some steps that every seller can take to protect their home & family. Personal Information. You have been told to […]
Real Estate Transitions Tips for Home Selling | Will You Pay More or Less Excise Tax in 2020? If you are trying to decide whether to sell your home year or next, one of the variables you might want to consider and prepare for is the new 2020 Real Estate Excise Tax (REET). Currently the Washington state excise tax is 1.28% and then local municipalities add their excise tax on top of that, […]
Home Tips for Seniors Home Tips for Seniors : Should you Consider Lifestyle Rightsizing? Congratulations, you have made it to a key life milestone!  Unfortunately, you no longer need the spaces that your home is designed to support, so how do you find your next home?  Instead of just thinking you need to “downsize” consider the lifestyle you want now and then find a home that will help you […]