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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 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 : 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 […]
Real Estate Transitions Home Buying Tips : 6 Ways to Buy Before You Sell Your Home Many homeowners struggle with the timing of buying & selling homes in the current real estate market.  They don’t think they can or want to own 2 homes at the same time because they bought a home before selling their existing home or go though the stress & hassle associated with moving into temporary housing […]
Tips for Home Buying Home Buying Tips: Know Before You Owe – New Disclosure Great handout from the Mortgage Bankers Association for Buyers.  Buyers & Sellers should  plan on 45 day closings starting 10/3/15. Great 
Real Estate Transitions Why Local Expertise is Important Real estate is local and while it is good to know what is going on nationally and even regionally, what really matters if you are thinking about selling your home and/or buying one, is what is going on in your city and your neighborhood and even for your home style. Local expertise is invaluable in […]
Home Tips for Seniors Using a Reverse Mortgage to Stay or Move Many people have heard about reverse mortgages but don’t really know what they are. To put it simply, a reverse mortgage is where the payment stream is “reversed” and instead of making monthly payments to a lender, the lender makes payments to you.  If you, or a loved one, is 62 or older, a reverse […]
Real Estate Transitions Tips for Home Buying | Purchasing A New Construction Home Thinking about buying a new home? It is a slightly different purchase then residential resale where you need to consider the seller’s emotions and plans, so make sure you plan accordingly and take the right steps to optimize your new home buying experience.  Here are just a few tips for you to consider. Timing: To […]