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The Cascade Team Real Estate Blog

 

KIRKLAND, Washington (December 6, 2018) – With more plentiful inventory, recently announced increases in lending limits, and moderating prices, prospective home buyers are finding more options around Western Washington, according to industry experts from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

  • Active Listings up 41%
  • King County inventory surging 135 percent from a year ago
  • Closed sales declined about 15.3 percent from twelve months ago

“Moderating interest rates over the past few weeks could provide a window of opportunity for buyers this month, even if the Fed is widely expected to raise them again in December,” said Mike Grady, president and COO of Coldwell Banker Bain.

“We are continuing to see a balancing of the market,”

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In the best circumstances, selling your home isn’t something you do in a rush. It calls for planning and preparation. But if you’re like most homeowners, you probably aren’t sure exactly where to start. Try following these steps:

1: Pick a date
Assuming you don’t have to get across country for a new job next month, you should first decide when you want to sell. The world is full of advice about the best and worst times to sell. All too often it’s contradictory. Do you listen to the sage advice that says “Don’t list in December – no one buys houses in December!” Or do you trust the counterargument, “But no one lists houses in December – you’ll have the market to yourself!” How about neither? Call me to help you determine which month is the best

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KIRKLAND, Washington (December 6, 2018) – With more plentiful inventory, recently announced increases in lending limits, and moderating prices, prospective home buyers are finding more options around Western Washington, according to industry experts from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

  • Active Listings up 41%
  • King County inventory surging 135 percent from a year ago
  • Closed sales declined about 15.3 percent from twelve months ago

“Moderating interest rates over the past few weeks could provide a window of opportunity for buyers this month, even if the Fed is widely expected to raise them again in December,” said Mike Grady, president and COO of Coldwell Banker Bain.

“We are continuing to see a balancing of the market,” Grady

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Top 5 Rooms to Remodel 

 

 

With the popularity of home remodeling shows, homeowners across the country are anxious to take out their toolbox and remodel their home too. Most often, remodels are better suited to professionals, however, this can cost significantly more. Regardless of the method, remodeling projects are not inexpensive, so making the best impact for the cost is important. Here are the top 5 rooms to remodel in 2018.

1. Kitchen – Always a great return on investment. From functional spaces to bona fide living areas, add extra seating, lighting and entertaining spaces such as a bar or counter.

2. Backyard Kitchen/Family Room – The backyard is an extension of the interior. Section off areas for an outdoor kitchen and family

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Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters

Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2019? | MyKCM

The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate, the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search.

Below is a chart created using Freddie Mac’s U.S. Economic & Housing Marketing Outlook. As you can see, interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019.

Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2019? | MyKCM

How Will This Impact Your Mortgage Payment?

Depending on the amount of the loan that you secure, a half of a percent (.5%) increase in interest rate can increase your monthly mortgage payment significantly. But don’t let the prediction that rates will increase stop you from

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As we careen at warp speed from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all of the joyous (read: stressful) festivities in between, you might be tempted to take your home off the market—or hold off on listing it—until after the new year.  After all, you’re swamped with cooking, shopping, and decorating, and the last thing you need is a bunch of potential buyers traipsing through your house, right?

Wrong!

 

While it’s true the market is slower around the holidays, it’s also an excellent time to put your house up for sale. The market is slower mostly because fewer sellers are listing, but meanwhile buyers are sitting around with pre-approval letter in-hand just starving for inventory! 

Simply put; It’s a huge, huge mistake to either remove your home

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As we careen at warp speed from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all of the joyous (read: stressful) festivities in between, you might be tempted to take your home off the market—or hold off on listing it—until after the new year. After all, you’re swamped with cooking, shopping, and decorating, and the last thing you need is a bunch of potential buyers traipsing through your house, right?

Wrong!

While it’s true the market is slower around the holidays, it’s also an excellent time to put your house up for sale. The market is slower mostly because fewer sellers are listing, but meanwhile buyers are sitting around with pre-approval letter in-hand just starving for inventory! 

Simply put; It’s a huge, huge mistake to either remove your home

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Need a little holiday shopping inspiration? Perhaps a little self-care in the month of December?

I'm excited to tell you about a lovely new nail salon that just opened this Fall on the Maple Valley Highway. Nuyen Nail Care & Spa is awesome! The salon is spotless, the nail technicians are very talented and the chairs are super comfortable and relaxing. I've been in 3 times since they opened and they are friendly, prices are great, and most importantly my nails look awesome. They have 12 pedicure chairs so it's very fun with a group. Recently a group of girls had a Pamper Day and they were able to seat us all side-by-side. I definitely recommend making an appointment before you go. 

Nuyen Nail Care & Spa prides itself on being one of the most

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