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Be careful: You and your buyer may be under surveillance when touring a property. Some sellers are using surveillance cameras inside their home to record the sight and sound as prospective buyers walk through. 

The increase in these home recordings—many from security systems that owners already have installed—are raising some concerns surrounding privacy in real estate transactions, MarketWatch reports. 

The trend has spurred what Joan Rogers, a broker with Windermere Realty Trust in Portland, Ore., calls a “Hey, be aware of this” conversation among her colleagues and counterparts. Rogers says the discussion started in her area about three years ago, “about the same time that integrated home media and security became a thing, with devices that

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$1,135,000 - 8822 McIntosh Ct SE, Snoqualmie
  Bedrooms : 5
  Bathrooms : 2.75
  Sq. Footage : 3,547
  Year Built : 2008
  Garage Spaces : 3
  Type : Residential
  MLS® Number : 1258660
  Laura A. Hodgson
1-800-509-6905 ext. 1104
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Dream Home loaded w/ upgrades situated on a LARGE greenbelt lot w/ STUNNING Sunroom (heated floors and power blinds) adj to
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Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters   7 Factors to Consider When Choosing A Home to Retire In | MyKCM

As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether or not to sell their homes and move will become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability to adapt to your needs in retirement.

According to the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents (NAEBA), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.

1. Affordability

“It may be easy enough to purchase your home today but think long-term about your monthly costs. Account for property taxes, insurance, HOA fees, utilities – all the things that will be due

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The spring selling season is upon us, and while it’s traditionally the busiest time of year for real estate, this spring promises to be even more competitive than usual—particularly for first-time home buyers. With ultra-tight inventory and continually increasing home prices, it’s imperative that your buyers be ready to make an offer and move forward on a purchase contract at a moment’s notice.

The Cascade Team is a real estate brokerage whose focus is centered on customer service.  Our customers are our number one priority and our local agent team works hard to not only find properties that meet your needs and wants, but also leverages their local market knowledge to help guide you through the home search process.  Our commitment to excellence in

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For years, Anne & I have advertised properties for sale on hundreds of websites around the world as part of our PRIME Marketing System. We have now added an important new option, Juwai is one of the leading property portals in China with 2.6 million users visiting every month. It’s unique in that it’s hosted in China’s mainland, so that potential Buyers aren’t blocked entirely or slowed down to unusable speeds by the Great Firewall.

Homes listed with us, now have the option to be listed on Juwai to get more exposure to Chinese investors. Chinese buyers bought 28.6 billion worth of residential properties in the US from April 2014 to March…
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Klahanie Real Estate Trends

Here we are with the latest on how the market is going in Klahanie and there's a lot of great information to share in the infographic below. Generally speaking, we're still short on inventory of homes for buyers to choose from. While inventory is down,  other key indicators are all showing gains due to the tight market. Need some insight on how this info applies to your plans? Contact me. 

By the way, look at those average sold prices. If they sold with The Cascade Team's full service for 1% listing fees, a condo seller would have saved over $7,000. A home seller would have saved over $14,700!

Let's talk about the market. Contact me!

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The Offer Countdown Timer:

When we at The Cascade Team receive an offer on your listing, we will now activate the offer countdown on your property website with just a couple clicks. The property website will prominently display the timer counting down second by second until the offer review deadline. This will help us promote your home and let potential buyers know that they have a limited amount of time to get an offer in if they would like to potentially purchase your home.

The property website is linked from all kinds of sites like Zillow, Trulia,, Yahoo Homes, Google and many more. In addition we will also promote your listing and the countdown to make offer through social media such as Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn,

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 Article courtesy of Keeping Current Matters

A New Housing Bubble Forming…Not Before 2024! | MyKCM

A recent report by CoreLogic revealed that U.S. home values appreciated by more than 37% over the last five years. Some are concerned that this is evidence we may be on the verge of another housing “boom & bust” like the one we experienced from 2006-2008.

Recently, several housing experts weighed in on the subject to alleviate these fears.

Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac Chief Economist

 “The evidence indicates there currently is no house price bubble in the U.S., despite the rapid increase of house prices over the last five years.”

Edward Golding, a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center

 “There is not likely to be a national bubble in the

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Homeowners who’ve been through multiple winters know that this time of year isn’t a time to be slacking in home maintenance. There’s more to March madness than just basketball—in housing, it’s the time to make sure owners are staying proactive in tending to their homes through these next few springtime months. 

HouseLogic shares four tasks all owners have to do in March:

  1. Patch up spots on the lawn. As spring showers start to arrive, be sure to cover any bare areas on your yard. This is a crucial task to take care of as snow and ice continue to melt away, and doing so will keep mud and water out of your house.
  2. Use binoculars to inspect the roof and siding. It’s important to look for signs of damage on your home’s roof and siding. To save
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