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Welcome To The Cascade Team Raguel Shaw!

Raguel is passionate about ensuring the very best for her client’s interests and goals. A long-time Arizona resident, she believes nearby outdoor recreation and city amenities make the Valley a true gem. She is dedicated to serving her clients well and will work tirelessly to help attain their real estate goals. Having purchased and sold many personal residences, she understands being in the client’s shoes and is honored to aid in such a major life and financial decision. With a background in civil engineering, she has designed many residential and small commercial developments which has provided her with an analytical skill set and critical eye for major home decisions.  Raguel loves working with people. As

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This Memorial Day in the U.S. — like every Memorial Day — we commemorate and remember those who’ve given their lives for our freedoms and our nation. “Given their lives” is really not accurate, though, as Andy Rooney noted — these soldiers died, plain and simple. They died so that in the future, our country might be safer or democracy might be nurtured in an otherwise hostile environment. They died so that great evils could be done away with in WWII (and WWI). They died so that politicians could wage endless, unwinnable wars for political ideals (Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and now Afghanistan). They died, quite simply, so that we could enjoy the freedoms we so often take for granted in our country. 

For every veteran and every active duty

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Welcome home to the coveted Danbury neighborhood. Open the front door and fall in love with this home. With wonderful spaces for entertaining, both inside the home and in the magnificent yard, this home is surely a must see! This signature Buchan simply oozes curb appeal with an oversized driveway large enough for a basketball hoop. The well-designed floor plan features a formal living and dining room which are great spaces for entertaining. The chef of the house will enjoy the newly updated kitchen which is connected to the large family room. There is a main floor office as well as a separate staircase leading to the large bonus room. Retreat at the end of a long day in the

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Why Have Interest Rates Jumped to a 7-Year High? | MyKCM

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have climbed from 3.95% in the first week of January up to 4.61% last week, which marks a 7-year high according to Freddie Mac. The current pace of acceleration has been fueled by many factors.

Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, had this to say:

“Healthy consumer spending and higher commodity prices spooked bond markets and led to higher mortgage rates over the past week.

Not only are buyers facing higher borrowing costs, gas prices are currently at four-year highs just as we enter the important peak home sales season.”

But what do gas prices have to do with interest rates?

Investopedia explains the relationship like this:

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Tracy & Steve!

Steve and Tracy are thrilled to join the dynamic group at The Cascade Team. With over a decade of experience and their passion for real estate, they bring a unique and wonderful approach to buying and selling homes. As residents of Renton for over 45 years, their expertise in the local market is unparalleled.  

With their experience and knowledge of the industry and the region, they take the stress out of finding your perfect home. As a team, they are able to offer outstanding client service and meet all of your real estate needs. They believe wholeheartedly in the absolute necessity of building relationships and understanding your wants and needs.

Besides a passion for real estate, you can find

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Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp Now? [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • According to the US Census Bureau, ‘millennials’ are defined as 18-36-year-olds.
  • According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32.
  • More and more ‘old millennials’ (25-36) are realizing that homeownership is within their grasp now!
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Wrap yourself in a true sense of community when this fabulous home becomes yours. Instantly fall in love with the easy life that condo ownership has to offer. Dine al fresco on the covered front porch as you take in the tranquil setting of the community. Inside the home, the oversized great room is the heart of home with gleaming hardwoods & a fireplace positioned so you can  enjoy it from anywhere downstairs. Sizeable and efficient kitchen with cherry cabinetry, slab granite countertops & a counter height eating bar. Escape to the master suite at the end of a long day and wrap yourself in its peaceful setting. Second bedroom with a full en-suite bathroom is just down the hall.

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Mortgage rates are edging noticeably higher this week, and would-be home buyers and refinancing homeowners may have missed out on a chance to lock in a lower rate. 

  • The average contract rate on the 30-year fixed will likely end the day as high as 4.875 percent for the highest creditworthy borrowers and 5 percent for the average borrower.
  • Tuesday's move follows positive economic data in retail sales, suggesting that newly imposed tariffs would not hit sales as hard as expected.
  • With supply and demand so far out of whack, Mortgage Rates are unlikely to affect home prices in the near term.

Mortgage application volume for refinancing and home purchases dropped 2.7 percent last week on a seasonally adjusted week-to-week

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Access: An Important Factor in Getting Your House SOLD! | MyKCM


So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers.

There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.

Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:

  1. Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
  2. Providing a Key to the Home –
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My husband and I met Shane Coulter at a neighborhood open house. We were quickly impressed my his professionalism and knowledge of the area.
In the last eight months, Shane and Anne have helped us sell our newer family home in Sammamish and our Mom's 70 year old bungalow in Old Town Issaquah.

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Sold For $85K Over Asking!

Both homes sold within a week at and above listed price. We found Shane and Anne  to be absolutely delightful! A nice combination of low key yet extremely responsive to our questions and needs. When the offers came in, we were grateful for Shane's negotiating skills to sift through the offers.
The marketing materials used were of the highest quality. We

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