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The Cascade Team Real Estate Blog

Now is the time to start setting the “Table” for your real estate business for 2018. At the Cascade Team we will show you step-by-step exactly what our top performers do to get to the positions they are at. Unlike at other companies, The Cascade Team will help you develop a business plan, implement it, and help hold you accountable to reaching the results and goals you set for yourself! Our rookie of the year for 2017 completed 121 transactions his first year, and another agent (Matt Jensen) will earn over $1.3 million in commission income… And we’ll have you the keys and blueprints to do exactly the same thing… It’s all up to you!  

We want to help you become the best agent you can be!

Every month The Cascade Team provides professional

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Even with early seasonal snow and the expectation of our usual seasonal slowdown October key housing indicators continue trend upwards.

  • Seattle, year-over-year prices jumped 17.6 percent.
  • On the Eastside, the median price for a single family home rose 10 percent from a year ago.
  • Buyers outnumbered new listings, with 10,586 of them having their offers accepted compared to only 8,466 New Listings further shrinking available inventory.
  • Buyers may find themselves in a quandary as the year winds down as they contemplate limited supply, possible upticks in interest rates and tax reform.

Pending sales rose nearly 8 percent from a year ago, closed sales were up 5.2 percent, and prices jumped about 8.2 percent, with 14 counties reporting

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Sometimes you just can’t find the perfect house. With inventory as tight as it is, options are slim, and buyers often must settle for a home that isn’t their best match if they’re determined to purchase now. But there’s still a way to get exactly what they want, even if it’s not on the market. They could build the house of their dreams — though the process may be grueling.

Building comes with many more details to keep track of than buying an existing home. You have to get construction permits, work with an architect, worry about staying within zoning regulations. It’s a daunting task that not every home buyer should take on. But for clients who want what they want and can’t find it anywhere, new-home construction could be their best

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It dawned on me recently that buyers really need a basic overview. Especially for first-time home buyers who aren't familiar with the process.

Bear in mind that the steps in the home buying process can vary from state to state, depending on local custom. However, when you strip away all of the crap, which may or may not happen to you, there are really only 5 basic steps to buying a home.

You can do these 5 steps in any order you want.

Hire an Agent

Because I am an agent, I believe in hiring a buyer's agent first. But you don't have to if you prefer to go to open houses and look through a mumbo jumbo of homes online. Mostly, an agent will save you time.

  • An agent can send you listings directly
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It's about to become nighttime a whole lot earlier as Daylight Saving Time ends and numerous Americans and people across the world will get an "extra" hour of sleep as their clocks change from 2 a.m. back to 1 a.m. on Sunday. For the world of Real Estate that means an extra hour of homes sales and home appreciation, but how did we get to the whole "Spring Forward" and "Fall Back" idea anyway?

SEE: 6 Benefits Of Buying Or Selling Your Home In The Fall

The clock will change back to Standard Time which the United States will follow until March 2018 when Daylight Saving Time will kick in again.

When you change your clocks or "fall back" an hour Sunday, Nov. 5, in the U.S., you will be following Standard Time once again which this nation has been

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Fading FSBOs: More Sellers Admit They Need Real Estate Professionals Help

Homeowners are increasingly turning to real estate agents for help in selling their home, as the share of for-sale-by-owner sales remains at the lowest share on record, according to National Association of REALTORS®’ 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

Sellers’ use of a real estate agent remained at an all-time high this year at 89 percent, according to the survey. Meanwhile, for the third consecutive year, for-sale-by-owner sales continued to be at the lowest share in the history of NAR’s survey at 8 percent.

Sellers reported mostly being satisfied with the performance of their agents, too.

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Homeowners are increasingly turning to real estate agents for help in selling their home, as the share of for-sale-by-owner sales remains at the lowest share on record, according to National Association of REALTORS®’ 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

Sellers’ use of a real estate agent remained at an all-time high this year at 89 percent, according to the survey. Meanwhile, for the third consecutive year, for-sale-by-owner sales continued to be at the lowest share in the history of NAR’s survey at 8 percent.

Sellers reported mostly being satisfied with the performance of their agents, too. Eighty-eight percent of sellers surveyed indicated they were satisfied with the selling process, and 85 percent said they are likely to use their agent

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As the year is coming to an end, you are still thinking whether to buy this year or wait for next year. You know you want a house, just making up your mind is difficult. Here are some thoughts that could help you decide:

1. Tax savings
You can take deductions for mortgage interest, property taxes, and interest cost if you close by December 31. In the early years of your loan when you're paying off a lot of interest, these deductions can be significant.

2. Motivated sellers
Sellers who are looking at buying another home are highly motivated and want to take the benefit of tax savings on their next home purchase. Just yesterday my clients and I were able to negotiate such a deal where the sellers accepted a lower bid. Even if you are not able to get the…
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Welcome To The Cascade Team Nicholas Crosser!

"Cascade Team!  I am excited to start my real estate career with your company I was immediately drawn by both the positivity and drive to help agents succeed.  I was born and raised in the Seattle area, graduated from Willamette University majoring in business and psychology, and am now proud to be a Lieutenant with the City of Seattle Fire Department currently serving Lake City and Wedgewood out of Station 40.  My family includes my wife Kimberly who is a second grade teacher at John Hay Elementary in Queen Anne, daughter Makena age 9, and son Andrew Jilong age 5.  We have lived in the Magnolia neighborhood the past 10 years and I am excited to bring my past experience of building construction and

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PumpkinsDoes “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat” ring a bell? No doubt, one of many adults’ greatest childhood memories entails dressing up on Halloween and collecting a pillowcase full of candy.

Kids all over the country partake in this one-night event, after weeks of anticipating the moment they can put on their costumes. For many children, Halloween serves to provide a first altruistic experience when they collect donations from the homes they visit on behalf of UNICEF or other charities to help undernourished children.

Since this is an early-evening event, parents tend to walk alongside their kids — especially the younger ones — as they go door to door to ensure they are safe. Along with child safety, many other factors about

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