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6 Tips for Choosing the Best Offer for Your Home

Have a plan for reviewing purchase offers so you don't let the best slip through your fingers.

 You’ve worked hard to get your home ready for sale and to price it properly. With any luck, offers will come quickly. You’ll need to review each carefully to determine its strengths and drawbacks and pick one to accept. Here’s a plan for evaluating offers.

1. Understand the process

All offers are negotiable, as your agent will tell you. When you receive an offer, you can accept it, reject it, or respond by asking that terms be modified, which is called making a counteroffer.

2. Set baselines

Decide in advance what terms are most important to you. For instance, if price is most important, you may

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The Cascade Team is happy to announce its 3D Walkthrough feature that utilizes Matterport’s 3D technology and cloud services and that will be offered for all Cascade Team agent-listed homes for sale.

Just imagine being able to immerse yourself in a location at any time from any place – and experiencing it as though you were there – just what 3D media provides.

In real estate the images have to be great, so the bar for visual quality was set very high from the start. Real estate listings can sink or swim on the quality of visual media. If a 3D photo didn’t capture the essence of the house or if 3D images were dim or distorted, it could make a listing even worse. The Cascade Team quickly realized that this new technology wasn’t about being a 3D

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Tips on How To Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Is your home ready for holiday visits from friends and family? Here’s how to prepare for the invasion.

I'm lucky and have a guest suite always ready for holiday guests. But even with a dedicated space, preparing my home for the annual onslaught of friends and family takes time and forethought.

Some preparations for holiday guests take only a few minutes; some take a lot longer. My advice: Start preparing your home for the holidays now.

Prioritize

The day before guests arrive is no time to pull apart junk drawers and clean out linen closets. Declutter guest rooms and public areas — foyer, kitchen, living room, den, and dining room. Remove anything unnecessary from countertops, coffee

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If you're saving for a home while prices are rising, why not let the market help you?

 

It's great to save up for a large down payment of 20% or more. Yet, when prices are on the rise, saving quickly enough to keep pace can be extremely difficult.

 

In times such as these, why not let the market build equity for you instead? Owning a home in an appreciating market can build equity faster than most people can save. For example, a $200,000 home that appreciates by 6% gains $1,000 per month in equity.

 

What are the benefits of buying now?

 

Getting ahead of rising prices and rates. Purchasing with a small down payment often means you're required to purchase mortgage insurance (MI or PMI for Private MI). Your total

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Brady Howard

 

We are happy to welcome Brady Howard back to The Cascade Team! Brady has many years of experience and he will be joining our Tacoma Office.

 

I am a Sales machine, I specialize in Follow up and Follow through. My last 30 years have been improving the Art of Sale. I am a Retired Navy Diver, 21 years of fun in the sun and some Crazy times.  In the past year I have relocated to Gig Harbor after living all over the world with Greece being my favorite place to date. Currently I am a Managing Broker with www.TheCascadeTeam.com and loving it.  I started in RE about 11 years ago and have sold homes in WA and VA.

I have 3 kids, Kyrie,

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Brokers say home buyers are back, but they’re choosy

KIRKLAND, Washington (Nov. 5, 2014) – Home buyers are back, and they’re savvy and selective, according to officials who commented on the latest statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. For sellers, that means pricing a home correctly at the start is vital, said industry veteran Kathy Estey, a member of the MLS board of directors.

The new report summarizing October activity shows year-over-year gains in new listings, pending sales, closed sales and prices.

Northwest MLS members reported 8,643 pending sales last month, which is up nearly 6.9 percent from twelve months ago when members reported 8,086 mutually accepted offers. Most of the increases are

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Ethan Pruett

We are happy to welcome Ethan Pruett to The Cascade Team! Ethan has 12 years of experience prior to joining us from ZipRealty and he will be joining our Main Issaquah Office.

We are very happy to have Ethan on www.TheCascadeTeam.com and look forward to seeing his 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 most accurate housing market data for their you their client. This helps you better understand the competitive environment, pricing strategies and provides an edge in the negotiation process.  Our goal is to

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Hey everybody! 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope everyone has a FUN and SAFE evening. I wanted to let everyone know that in addition to my blog, and social media pages I am adding a monthly newsletter! This newsletter will include a market update, and the most current real estate news. You will not want to miss this. You can subscribe at by clicking below:

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Thanks everyone!

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The Worst Places To Seek Refuge During The Zombie Apocalypse

The Huffington Post  | By Landess Kearns  

If and when the zombie apocalypse is nigh, we will all have to make one monumental decision: Where to seek refuge?

Steer clear of the 25 cities on the map below, produced by real-estate website Trulia. Unless you're a zombie, in which case, live it up! (Oh wait, you can't.)

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When the undead rise up, hitting the beach in zombie-free bliss will not be an option. Honolulu is ranked as the most appetizing city for hungry zombies.

Residents of Honolulu will make easy targets for the walking dead, what with the city's high walkability and lack of hardware stores (where there are potential zombie-killing weapons).

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We are very excited to announce that our 3D Matterport Virtual Tour camera has arrived. Over the next week we will be learning how to properly use the camera and then the week on November the 10th you should be able to start booking 3D Virtual Tours. We have 2 photographers ready to use the camera and who will be on call. Janet is also already working on marketing materials for this: “State-of-the-art 3D Virtual Tours and floor plans AND a 1% Listing Commission!”

I know several agents are already including this technology in their listing presentations. With Redfin pushing this on TV more and more people are becoming aware of this technology and so we are very happy to be able to include in out portfolio here at The Cascade Team!

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