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Trudging through snow and sleet in boots and heavy coats might not seem ideal when you’re shopping for a home, but there are many good reasons to buy in the dead of winter. For example, you’ll have less competition from other buyers or encounter more sellers eager and willing to make a deal.

But as you may have heard, we’re coming up on what may be the worst day of the entire year to buy a home: Jan. 19.

That’s what RealtyTrac (now ATTOM Data Solutions) found in a 2015 study that culled data from 32 million home sales from 2000 to 2015. Researchers compared premiums paid over estimated market price to define the best and worst days. (For the record, they found the best day to be Oct. 8.)

Buyers who closed on Jan. 19  paid, on average,

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Diane Jacobsen!

Diane Jacobsen

  • Office: 1-800-509-6905 ext. 1146
  • Cell:  425-246-0668
  • Fax:  425-996-9520
  • dianej@thecascadeteam.com

We are happy to welcome Diane Jacobsen to The Cascade Team Real Estate.  She will be working out of our Snoqualmie Office with Lisa, Scivally, Managing Broker.

Born and raised in the Northwest, Seattle native Diane Jacobsen knows the city intimately. Her expert knowledge of the different areas has amassed her a loyal following of clients in Kirkland, Bellevue, Seattle, Mercer Island and beyond.

Diane is known for her innovative and creative approach to real estate, and more importantly, her genuineness and unmatched professionalism with her clients. She is a great

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Wendy Granath!

Wendy Granath

  • Office:  1-800-509-6905 ext. 1161
  • Mobile:  425-772-0521
  • Fax:  425-996-9520
  • wendy@thecascadeteam.com

We are happy to welcome Wendy Granath to The Cascade Team!  She will be working out of our Bellevue Office with Ben Varon, Brokerage Manager.

I moved to Medina, WA in 1974. I have over 40 years of knowledge of the eastside and Seattle areas. I have the expertise you are seeking to be your real estate broker.

Wendy will be a wonderful addition to The Cascade Team and we look forward to her 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

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Seasoned investors seeking their road to wealth will readily acknowledge that the easiest and surest path to long term wealth is through holding a portfolio of houses. And the best way to keep your houses is using the lease options. To appreciate how important lease options are to your financial prosperity, it is important to first having an understanding of what a lease option is.

Lease options as an exit strategy may or may not result in the actual sale of your property. You are renting the house out to someone and giving them an option to later buy it. They have a rental agreement with you and then they pay you additional money in exchange for the right to purchase the property at some point during their lease. It is customary to charge 3-5% of the

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Friday the 13th is an unlucky day if you’re superstitious. And in case you haven’t noticed, it’s here! But we like to think we are people who see the glass as half-full. We prefer to look at the doomed day as an opportunity to reflect upon some unexpected nuggets of—you guessed it—real estate wisdom.

To prove that valuable real estate knowledge truly can be found anywhere, we’ve turned to Jason Voorhees from “Friday the 13th” and (spoiler alert!) his nutty, murderous mother for inspiration. The hockey mask–wearing horror icon is an unlikely choice, but no one personifies the dreaded date better than the fictional fright master. And, as it turns out, there are some helpful housing lessons buried deep

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$210,000 - 19814 15th Ave Ne (unit 308), Shoreline

   Bedrooms: 2
   Bathrooms: 1
   Sq. Footage: 862
   Year Built: 1982
   Type: Condominium
   MLS® Number: 1065806
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  Jared Tadique
Managing Broker
206-948-4320
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Updated top floor 2 bedroom condo. Private setting with the deck overlooking Forest Creek. Cozy wood fireplace and vaulted ceilings. Many recent unit upgrades including new carpets and paint. Updated bathroom, windows, kitchen with SS appliances, New washer and dryer in the updated in-unit
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When your clients are opening their doors to the public for showings, they need to take extra precautions. Share these suggestions to help them keep their belongings safe.

After Christmas, many people put the empty boxes their expensive gifts came in out on the curb. What do you think that says to potential burglars? It screams, “I just got a brand-new TV! Come and rob me!”

That’s just one example of some unwise habits homeowners have. If those owners are sellers opening their doors to the public for showings, habits such as these put them in even greater danger. The above example is a good warning to give to your clients now, since we’re in the holiday season. But use it as a jumping-off point to have a deeper conversation about safety - how to

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If the past is an indicator of the future, taking a look at inventory numbers from last year to current levels, we are seeing that low inventory pattern is still with us as we get the year started which is a good indication that 2017 could turn out to be another record year for home values increases. The last week of 2015 and first week of 2016 saw zero (that's right NO) inventory in all of Snoqualmie. This is an area with approximately 3700 homes as estimated by Snoqualmie Ridge ROA. This year the inventory is up a bit but still relatively low which will also help give an idea of a trend for 2017 where prices will push higher but not likely to be at the same jump year on year as they were on the previous year on year. The demand is still there, so if

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What Is My Seattle, Phoenix or San Diego Home Worth?

Analysis of local MLS data indicates the supply of single family homes for sale in King County just hit a post-recession low. The data just keeps telling the same story – low inventory and increasing prices. If you are a Seller NOW literally is the time! Record low inventory, buyers scared of increasing rates and prices have created a feeding frenzy that allows even homes that may have been considered "Hard to sell" in the past move like hotcakes.

Selling a home is a seller's market is far different from selling a home in a buyer's market. If you are wondering about our current market, then let me assure you: It is indeed a fabulous time to sell! Not only will your days on market be remarkably fewer in a sellers’ market, but you might receive

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A friend of mine shared this with me and I couldn't help but laugh! If you're a real estate agent, or know one closely, I dare you to tell me you've never felt at least one of the pains in this video!

Hope you enjoy this Real Estate "Sunday Funny!"

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