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Cash-strapped middle class families may be richer than they think. Or at least, that could be true if they have owned a house for a while. Equity in a home – that is, the value of a property in excess of any mortgage balance – can be a powerful financial tool if used correctly.

Home equity loans allow you to use your home equity to finance other expenses. The thing I like about home equity is that it can let a person live out their dreams. However, tapping into equity can also be a recipe for disaster if not done properly. It's very important to have a committed, disciplined approach to what you're going to do with that capital. Blowing it on a vacation, for example, can leave you in debt and without anything to show for it.

For those who are

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Raina Zhang!

Raina Zhang

  • Office:  1-800-509-6905 ext. 1168
  • Cell: 425-943-1210                                                                                                    
  • Fax: 425-996-9517
  • raina@thecascadeteam.com

We are very happy to welcome Raina Zhang to The Cascade Team Real Estate. Raina will be joining our East Lake Sammamish Branch working with Stan and Marisa. Raina is transferring to us from John L Scott, and she has had some good experience working with international transactions. She speaks both English and Mandarin Chinese, and excels in marketing and negotiation strategies. 


Raina will be a wonderful addition to our Team and we look forward to her success!

OUR LOCAL REAL

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 I got an email from Zillow last week. Seems my house has gone up in value another $2,000+ dollars in the past 30 days. And it's going to rise another 3.5% in the next year, according to their Zestimate®. Fab!

Except that it's just speculation. When it comes to Zillow's Zestimates, you have to take the numbers with a grain of salt. Make that a big shake of salt, right over your shoulder. And maybe a stiff drink. And a frank conversation with your real estate agent.

"Shoppers, sellers and buyers routinely quote Zestimates to realty agents - and to one another - as gauges of market value," said the Los Angeles Times. "If a house for sale has a Zestimate of $350,000, a buyer might challenge the sellers' list price of $425,000. Or a…
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Home listings are most often likely to debut on Thursdays and Fridays. Fridays are the most common listing day by a slight margin, according to research by the National Association of REALTORS®.

What are the most popular dates to list? Half of all new listings in 2016 were first listed between March and July, which supports that the spring season is indeed real estate’s busiest time.

The most popular month for new listings is April, followed by March, May, June, and July, according to NAR.

“While home closings exhibit a strong tendency to get done at the end of the month, listings are much steadier throughout the course of the month with a slight tendency to be posted earlier rather than later,” NAR researchers note at the Economists’

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So much of our lives are online nowadays. Our social lives happen in online communities as much or more than in friends’ basements or bars. We meet people with similar interests by joining Facebook groups or following someone’s story on Snapchat. YouTube is where we learn to do almost everything, from simple home maintenance tasks to cooking dinner for the family.

Home shopping, like dating in the 21st century, almost always starts online as well. They’re both about finding the right one – and just like a matchmaker, house hunters turn to you to help them wade through the pool of eligible homes and find the one of their dreams. Here are eight ways online dating and home shopping are exactly the same and what your role is as the

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We all know that living near a good school increases the value of your home. But who knew a neighboring cemetery can adversely affect your property value? Or that proximity to a hospital isn’t a good thing?

In fact, we now know – or should know – that nothing is more important when selling your home than your neighborhood. So if you’re buying, think ahead; purchase your dream home in the wrong location and you may be buying into a nightmare. Here are some location no-nos:

  • Research has found that living near a cemetery will lower your property value by 12.3% and having a hospital nearby means when you sell you can expect an impact on your sale price of 3.2%. Also note: make sure you move near a “good” school; a “bad” school will reduce your
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Are your home shoppers desperately trying to find “the one?” Finding the perfect housing match can be like finding the perfect mate. For some Americans, this year’s Valentine may come in the form of a home, filled with shiny new fixtures and a great first impression. But that search isn’t always easy.

In a recent article, realtor.com® highlights how home-shopping can feel a lot like dating.

1. You need to have trust.

Americans seem to think they have a better chance at finding love than finding the perfect home. Fifty-two percent of home buyers believe they will find their dream home compared to 73 percent of Americans who believe they will find true love. While competition in the housing market is intense right now, home buyers shouldn’t get

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Steve Otto!

Steve Otto

  • Office:  1-800-509-6905 ext. 1167
  • Cell: 425-941-9491
  • Fax: 425-996-9517
  • steve.otto@thecascadeteam.com

We are very happy to welcome Steve Otto to The Cascade Team Real Estate. Steve will be joining our East Lake Sammamish Branch working with Stan and Marisa. Along with being a certified clock-hour instructor for real estate, Steve has a long 30-year history in real estate, real estate management and luxury homes.


Steve will be a wonderful addition to our Team and we look forward to his success!

OUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE TEAM

Cascade Team Real Estate agents are proactive in serving their customers, studying the market and touring homes, so they can provide the most accurate

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by Karen Briscoe  

Key Takeaways

  • There are benefits to avoiding peak real estate seasons for home sellers, like less competition. The buyers in the market are often more motivated.
  • The benefits for buyers in the offseason can go the same way, because sellers are also more motivated.
  • Ancillary services, like home appraisers or lenders, are more available during the offseason.

Traditionally, the spring real estate market is March through May, but in many markets it can start as early as February, around Ground Hog Day. Sometimes sales continue to be robust, and the peak selling season will stretch into June.

Lessons from rush hour

Rush hour for traffic in many metropolitan areas is from 7 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Commuters

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$550,000 - 884 3rd Ave NE, Issaquah

   Bedrooms: 3
   Bathrooms: 2.25
   Sq. Footage: 1,707
   Year Built: 2011
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Townhouse / Condo
   MLS® Number: 1076532
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  Cary W Porter
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425.891.7447
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Seller is reviewing offers as they come in so don't wait! 3 Bedrooms w/ 2 Car Garage in The Highlands will go fast!!!... Welcome to Highlands Square at The Issaquah Highlands. Stunning 3 bedroom, 2.25 bath, 2 car garage Dream Home. Slab granite and Stainless
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