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Now that we’re in the homestretch of 2016 (really, we are!), consumers are starting to plan for 2017, especially if they want to buy or sell a home. We regularly ask our users about their home-buying or -selling journey, what motivates them—and what’s holding them back. This time of year, the pool of prospective sellers shifts toward those who are just starting their research but expect to sell in the spring.

The desire to sell is there, which should be good news in a market that’s short on for-sale housing inventory. But sellers face challenges, too.

We’re seeing a wide range of motivations for selling. The top six are reasons selected by at least 15% of the sellers:

Graphic: Top motivations for home sellers

Those reasons are an interesting mix of “moving up” and

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Launching your home sale with open-house balloons and an MLS listing is one way to go, but keeping it on the down low is another viable option for some sellers.

The real estate market is hot, with homes in competitive markets like Nashville, TN, and Portland, OR, often snapped off the market in mere days. And although it may seem counterintuitive, this lack of housing inventory is motivating more “pocket listings,” which is slang for homes that are not listed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) (and therefore not visible to the vast majority of browsers).

Pocket listings have an air of exclusivity for both the seller and buyer — sellers are drawn to the private, streamlined process that will often net them at least asking price from serious

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By concentrating on the political issues that are likely to affect real estate markets, you’re casting a vote for your profession and community.

September 2016 | By Robert Freedman 2016 button on partiotic decorated porch  

What are you voting for when you go to the polls as a member of the National Real Estate Brokers Party? You’re choosing candidates at the federal, state, and local levels who understand the role of real estate and property rights in keeping the economy strong and building vibrant communities. Lawmakers who “get it” will step up on matters affecting your business. Here’s a rundown of key issues on the legislative and regulatory agenda that affect real estate brokers and home owners across the nation.

Business Issues

Patent trolls

These companies

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Ranjit Singh

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We are happy to welcome Ranjit Singh to The Cascade Team!  Ranjit will be working with Stan Chang in our East Lake Sammamish Office.  He was referred to us by Simmi Kher and will be farming the Auburn area where he currently resides.
A little about Ranjit: Ranjit was born in Punjab, India and came to the USA in 1994.  He lived in New York for 5 years before moving to Seattle in 1999.  Since then, he has lived in the Kent and Auburn area for 17 years while running a family business.   He has always loved real estate and wanted to bring his business and customer service experience to The Cascade Team.  In his…
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As the Halloween season approaches it's fun to have some nice "Spooky" stories to share with clients and friends. If any of you have any stories to pass along please let me know..... We promise to keep names and locations private if requested!  

The Halloween decorations have already been up in my neighborhood for about a week, announcing that the season for spine-tingling ghost stories has arrived.

To get in the spirit, we asked real estate professionals to share their creepiest stories from the field. Your clients may not want to know what’s lurking out there — at least until All Hallows’ Eve has passed — but these real estate tales of terror could be fun to share with colleagues, friends, and family during this spooky time.


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$1,100,000 - 6823 126th Ave NE, Kirkland

   Bedrooms: 4
   Bathrooms: 2.5
   Sq. Footage: 2,367
   Year Built: 1985
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 1038579
  Ron Cornwall
Managing Broker
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Bridle Trails Quality Buchan resale in the sought after Kirkland neighborhood of Parkside Lane. Centrally located between Microsoft & Google. Seller spared no expense in designing and remodeling this exquisite home and grounds. Fantastic entertaining home offers great room
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Unique custom home in Surprise AZ by AJF Custom Builders.  Spacious open floor plan with numerous upgrades and features make this home a unique opportunity.  Inside you'll find a large open concept great room with floor to ceiling stone fireplace, which opens to a large chefs kitchen with large kitchen island, granite counter tops and custom lighting.  The breakfast room showcases 12 foot ceiling with numerous windows, creating a light and airy feel.  The large master, and attached 5 piece en-suite, have luxurious appointments, along with a large master closet.  In addition, there is a private office with with solid french doors.  Outside you'll find a large covered patio with dual ceiling fans and accent lighting, along with a fire pit area, displaying

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  • New Listings up 14.5% Year over Year
  • Pending Sales up 9.3%
  • Closed Sales Increased by 9.5%
  • Prices up nearly 9% YTD
KIRKLAND, Washington (Oct. 5, 2016) – It’s still a seller’s market, but some leaders from Northwest Multiple Listing Service think the imbalance may be easing in some areas, pointing to a slower pace of sales and moderating prices. Others aren’t convinced, citing mixed indicators.  
Northwest MLS statistics summarizing September activity show year-over-year gains in the volumes of new listings (up 14.5%), pending sales (up 9.3%), closed sales (up 9.5%), and prices (up nearly 9%). Inventory for single family homes and condominiums across the 23 counties in the report dropped about 8 percent from a year ago.
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The Only Thing Scarier Than Paying A Desk Fee is Realizing You Don’t Have To!


Make this Halloween the year you finally elevate your career with increased sales and income by joining The Cascade Team. We'll show you exactly how our brokers outperform the average agent and keep more money in their pockets.

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If your current or old brokerage has left you bewildered and haunted by all the promises and hopes of being a successful agent and yet you're still not where you want to be, it’s time to do the math and elevate your business!

The numbers above speak for themselves. Our brokers SELL 8 TIMES MORE HOMES and have higher average list prices than the average real estate agent. On average, our

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This fantastic home has all you need with 3 bedrooms, 2 bath and 1712 sq ft.  The garage has been enclosed to add an additional 400 sq ft to use as an Arizona room, den/office or man cave!  The property is not in an HOA, there is RV parking with a 30 amp power outlet.  The home has a radiant barrier in the attic with an automatic fan. The property features a 12,251 sq ft lot with north/south exposure. There is a walking path across the street and has no facing neighbors. Close to Cardinals Stadium and Westgate.
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