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The Cascade Team Real Estate Blog

Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters

5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search | MyKCM

In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five tips from realtor.com’s article, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind.”

1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search

One way to show you’re serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage. Even if you’re in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach. This will help you avoid the disappointment of falling in love with a home well

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In a recent ad campaign, real estate startup Bungalo has announced that throughout the month of October, they will be checking their listed properties for paranormal activity.

The real estate company even hired actual paranormal investigators to visit their properties in order to find out if they have ghosts. The investigators include Jeremy Rettig of Genesis Paranormal Services, as well as Becky Vickers who has appeared on the television shows Ghost Adventures and Ghost Stories.

Josh Stolz, who is the creative director at Bungalo, stated, “This is our first real campaign that takes a step into a bit more of a creative territory,” adding, “We wanted to show both aspects: the regular inspection combined with the paranormal inspection.”

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Denver Real Estate Sales And Home Price Update

As we close out the third quarter of 2019 in the Metro Denver area, the following is an overview of the housing market statistics year to date to see what's happening across the board regarding homes sales, average days on market, home selling prices and inventory.  The graphic below shows a quick overview of the September 2019 stats.  For more information, be sure to check out the video below.  As a local Denver real estate brokerage, we are always here to help and answer any questions you may have about the market or what your home is worth.  If you need some help or have a questions, you can email us at info@tctrealestate.com or call us at 720.600.2182.  We'll have one of our no pressure local agents

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Over the  years many of us have come across this with buyers, so in light of the new commission changes I have reached out to many of our agents from here and across the country  and locally here is the Seattle market for their best objections to buyers when they say: “I only want to work with the listing agent.”

The overwhelming number of responses lead us to a lot of good material, including simple explanations of what listing agents do, giving advice, one-liners and the all-powerful “good luck.”

Here are our favorite responses. Try out the ones you like the next time you come up against this objection.

Use a one-liner

Sometimes, all you need is a sentence or two to get the job done. Short, sweet and to the point, here are some of the

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In an attempt to get ahead of looming outside forces, broker-owned multiple listing service Northwest MLS is changing its rules to allow the public display of buyer broker commissions, starting October 1.

The rule changes will allow the NWMLS’s 30,000 agent and broker members to publish the amount of commission the seller is offering a buyer’s broker on the subscribers’ websites along with other listing details.

“Making this information readily available to consumers will allow for complete transparency with regard to buyers’ broker’s compensation and provide consumers with additional information at the outset of the transaction,”

Where a lot of confusion came in was the fee paid to the Buyer’s agent. That money was traditionally always offered

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Public Display of Agent Commissions Begins now on www.TheCascadeTeam.com 

Read More: Conversations On Real Estate Commissions
  

In an attempt to get ahead of looming outside forces, broker-owned multiple listing service Northwest MLS is changing its rules to allow the public display of buyer broker commissions, starting October 1.

The rule changes will allow the NWMLS’s 30,000 agent and broker members to publish the amount of commission the seller is offering a buyer’s broker on the subscribers’ websites along with other listing details.

“Making this information readily available to consumers will allow for complete transparency with regard to buyers’ broker’s compensation and provide consumers with additional information at the outset of

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Check out the video of our new Mesa listing below

Beautifully maintained home in Dreamland Villa with North facing exposure is ready to welcome you home. For more info call Local Mesa Realtor Raguel Shaw at 720.219.0318 or visit http://2736207.thecascadeteam.com/. This home is being promoted on Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com and is move in ready. Contact Raguel today for a personal showing of this great home.

5515 E Colby St, Mesa, Arizona

Beautifully maintained home in Dreamland Villa with North facing exposure is ready to welcome you home. Large, permitted Arizona room with multiple sliding glass doors offers additional living space while providing easy access to the backyard. Recently painted interior and layout provide comfortable

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It’s not Malibu, Beverly Hills, or The Hamptons, but Sammamish that tops the 2018 census list of the richest city in the United States. While many people look at the median income in Seattle topping $93,000 and feel staggered by that number  it was Sammamish, which had a median household income last year of a whopping $183,000, that ranks No. 1 among all the 630 cities for which the Census Bureau produced 2018 income data. It also marks the first time that a Washington city has come out on top for household income.

And not to be left behind, three additional eastside cities: (Redmond, Kirkland and Bellevue) also top Seattle!

See the income chart provided by The Seattle Times below:

 

Gene Balk / FYI Guy: gbalk@seattletimes.com

The

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Sellers Here's How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

Some good advice: Do not try to conceal any defects you know are in the home. The key here is to work together! All homes have some issues, none are perfect so buyers and their agents are prepared to purchase a home that may have some issues.

The home inspector may find any defects anyway, and you don't want to be breaking any laws or causing the process harm. After all, you want to sell your home, and someone wants to buy it! 

Here are some ways to be ready for the inspection:

  • Keep your power on if you are listing your home vacant (the home inspector may need to check a few things that need power)
  • Check all your light bulbs and change any burnt out bulbs. This may cut down on time the
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Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters

3 Signs the Housing Market Is on the Rebound | MyKCM

The residential real estate market has been plodding along for most of the year. However, three recent reports show the market may be on the verge of a rebound:

1. Existing Home Sales (closed sales) are up, marking two consecutive months of growth.

2. Pending Home Sales (contracts signed) are up with each of the four major regions reporting both month-over-month growth and year-over-year gains in contract activity. Here is the month-over-month growth:

  • The Northeast rose 0.7%
  • The Midwest increased 0.6%
  • The South increased 1.4%
  • The West grew 3.1%

3. Buyer Traffic (the number of people shopping for a home) is up compared to the same time last year, and for the first time in 13

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