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The Only Thing Scarier Than Selling Your Home is Realizing How Much You Overpaid on Commissions!

Home Seller Marketing Has Changed

Leveraging The Latest In Real Estate Marketing Technology

A solid real estate marketing plan is very important. It takes more than a MLS listing, sign, some paper flyers, and an open house to sell your home in today’s market. Make sure your real estate agent has real leading edge housing market intelligence. Our leading edge marketing plan is designed to sell your house as quickly as possible.


The Cascade Team provides a full service experience that is a step above; by executing a marketing plan that is unique to your home, rich in technology

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The latest technology doesn’t just make properties more marketable. Learn how to use these smart devices to thwart danger when you’re out in the field.

Sure, smart-home devices can make a property more desirable, but have you considered how they can keep you safe as a listing agent or when showing homes to buyers? Open houses and vacant properties are the top places where real estate professionals report encountering threatening situations, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2016 Member Safety Report. Tara Christianson, technology and training director at Century 21 Redwood Realty in Arlington, Va., recently hosted a webinar and offered tips on how smart devices can protect your client’s property and yourself.

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On the face of it, with seemingly 1,000 buyers for every seller in this market, it would seem a resounding NO!  Ive spoken to For Sale By Owners who laugh and say they started getting calls the second their sign went up. Great!

Interesting thing is that as Ive been tracking the progress on over 20 FSBOs, almost all ended up signing with a real estate company. I first contacted the FSBOs but really wasn't trying to sell myself. This was fact finding. One might say I lost 20 opportunities but the lesson was of great value. This 'no salesman' approach gave me the opportunity to stay in touch with people throughout their process. I previously did a similar survey in California in the 80s that had the same result.

What was/is the lesson? ALMOST NONE

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When it comes to Republican red-voting states, Democrat blue-voting states or the swing states, who fares the best in real estate? The National Association of Realtors research team evaluated the data to see which has the biggest homes, priciest residences, and the most home owners.

Note: The states that were considered swing states (and identified as “purple” in the study) were Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Priciest homes: Blue states

The median home value in blue states is $301,000, about 91 percent more than some of the more conservative areas of the country. Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and California have the most expensive homes in the country.

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  Permit requirements. They’re just more ways for the city to nickel-and-dime you to death, right? And the city’s being too invasive by caring whether you want to replace your overhead light fixture with a ceiling fan, right again?

Understandable feelings, yes, but before you get too worked up, realize that cities usually have solid reasons for requiring permits. Obtaining a permit means that someone knowledgeable will review your plans and help spot mistakes before you begin the work.

If you’ve made improvements without a permit, don’t be surprised when you get a big, fat denial letter from your insurance company when something happens and you want to cash in. You know the phrase “You don’t know what you don’t know”? Well, that’s the way it

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Population 50,248
Median Home Price      $802,275
Property Tax $7,179
Unemployment rate 4.3%
Commute time 28 minutes

Until recently, Sammamish was probably best described as an enclave of leafy neighborhoods rather than a city in its own right. Located about 20 miles from Seattle, the city sits on the east side of the seven-mile-long Lake Sammamish and wasn’t incorporated until 1999.

While Sammamish still lacks a proper “Main Street,” it ranks high because of its superb schools, proximity to major employers, and gobs of green space. The city is also making steady

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Seattle Among Markets That Badly Need a Jolt of New Housing

There aren't enough new single-family homes being built in the U.S. Eighty percent of metro areas recently analyzed are faced with a “housing shortage crisis,” according to new research from the National Association of REALTORS®.

NAR reviewed new-home construction relative to job gains over a three-year period, from 2013 to 2015, in 171 metro areas. Markets in the West made up half of the top 10 areas with the largest shortages of newly built homes, NAR’s study shows.

The NAR analysis comes just as the Census Bureau released data on housing starts for August. On September 20, the bureau reported a drop in building permits for August 2016, compared with both July 2016 and

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3 Clock Hour Course On Issues Affecting Consumers and Real Estate Agents

There is no shortage of fraud in our industry!  Join Natalie Danielson and get to know the signs!  Real estate agents, their clients and the properties are vulnerable in the marketplace. It is important to know when to avoid situations that may carry a greater chance for problems.

This Three clock hour course is an introduction to different types of scams and fraud that can affect a consumer and real estate agents. There  are times when a seller, buyer or the real estate agent may be vulnerable in a real estate sales situation. In this industry real estate agents and brokers need to be aware what decisions may affect their clients,  the property or themselves. It  is

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Hello,  I hope you are enjoying these crisp fall days! It is amazing how fast summer departed and autumn set in; this weekend has been a little wet but last week was gorgeous:). At our house we are getting excited for pumpkin muffins (really pumpkin everything if you shop at Trader Joes), football, cozy fires and time with family and friends. Below is a quick check-list to help you prepare your home for cooler weather. 
Have a great weekend! Please drop me a line, I always love to hear what you have been up to.  Warmly,  Hailey 
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$575,000 - 7018 Allman Ave SE, Snoqualmie

   Bedrooms: 3
   Bathrooms: 2.5
   Sq. Footage: 2,480
   Year Built: 2004
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 1030840
  Laura Hodgson
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Nestled on the greenbelt near Snoqualmie Falls on a very private cul-de-sac w/ a huge custom deck extending into the open forest area. Kitchen features island w/ bar seating, new high end appliances & gas cooktop. Open floor plan with cozy gas fireplace in family room and patio &
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