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The Cascade Team Real Estate Blog

Welcome To The Cascade Team Becky McKindley!

We are happy to welcome Becky McKindley to The Cascade Team Woodinville Office.  She will be providing Administrative Assistance to both Shannon Woodcock, Managing Broker and Dafna Shalev.

"I have been in real estate since 2005.  I have been working in Office Management since 1984.  I am a wife, mother of four and grandmother to eight. My hobbies include reading, jewelry making with beads, kite flying, stamp and coin collecting and singing. I previously worked with Home Smart Real Estate. I look forward to working at The Cascade Team in the Woodinville Office."

Becky will be a wonderful addition to The Cascade Team and we look forward to seeing her success!

 OUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE TEAM

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Great graphic by 'Keeping Current Matters' that sums up this age old question.

Should I Wait until next Year to Buy? Or Buy Now? [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM    

Some Highlights:

  • The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
  • Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by 2019.
  • CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate by 4.3% over the next 12 months.
  • If you are ready and willing to buy your dream home, find out if you are able to!
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If there’s one thing most early forecasters agree on, it’s that home prices will continue to rise. Where they differ however, is how much they will rise.

The median price of a home across the Seattle metro area has now soared 80 percent since bottoming out five years ago, and its up 20 percent over the old pre-bubble peak a decade ago.

As Seattle marks a full year as America’s hottest housing market, with no end in sight, recent predictions from housing analysts suggest that the Seattle real estate market could continue to outpace the nation well into 2018, in terms of home price appreciation.

 

Seattle is now a full year into its reign as the hottest housing market in the country, an unusually long surge that doesn’t look likely

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And this time the crisis is all about one thing: supply

Western Washington and specifically (King County) is in the midst of a housing crisis. But the affordable housing crisis isn't just hitting Seattle. It's spreading to outlying areas, where fewer and fewer people can now afford. This is largely the result of lopsided supply and demand. According to recent real estate reports, housing markets across King County are still suffering from a lack of inventory. There are plenty of buyers entering the market, but not enough properties to go around. Last year King County prices soared over 11% on average with some areas nearing 30% appreciation in just 1 year.

So what can home buyers expect from the King County, Washington real estate market in

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Did you know that Zillow can be up to 15-20% inaccurate in this market?

Whether you are looking for the value of your existing home or for the new home you are looking for purchase, The Cascade Team Market Snapshot will provide you with actual active and sold MLS home information so you'll have "real" housing market data at your fingertips. If you are interested in purchasing in a specific area, this information will show you the active homes in the market, price trends and close values on homes that have sold, allowing you to do a comparative analysis of real estate and homes for sale in that area.  Stay up to date and have information your neighbors don't have!

Ask These Questions Before Listing Your Home! 

 
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Your credit report and score are integral to securing the best terms for a mortgage.

Here are some tips from the president of credit bureau TransUnion.

 

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By  SARAH SKIDMORE SELL The Associated Press

 

It may be winter now, but the spring house-hunting season is just ahead. John Danaher, president of consumer interactive at credit bureau TransUnion, says that makes this the perfect time for home-seekers who want the best terms and rates on a mortgage to take control of their credit.

TransUnion is one of the three major credit bureaus, which keep track of and provide consumer credit reports. Your credit report and score are integral to securing the best terms for a mortgage.

Q: Why think about real

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What does selling your home have in common with online dating? Probably a whole lot more than you think.

There may be plenty of potential prospects out there, but it’s not always easy to find the perfect match. Sound familiar? If your place has been sitting on the market for a while, or your last deal unexpectedly went kersplat, it may seem like you’ll never find that elusive happily ever after.

Fortunately, there are more than a few life lessons sellers can learn from dating services like Ok Cupid, Match.com, and Tinder to ensure their home attracts the best possible buyers who appreciate its worth and treat it well. And who, most importantly, won’t leave you high and dry before the closing.

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25025 SE Klahanie Blvd #J304, Issaquah, Washington

$370,000 - 2 Beds - 2 Baths - 941 Sqft

Contact Cary Porter for immediate showings: 425-891-7447

 

Enjoy your very own “Tree-House” getaway with stunning view of nature around every corner. Surrounded by Klahanie's protected greenbelt with access to over 25 miles of trails. This Top Floor/ End Unit condo features granite counters, cherry cabinetry and hardwood flooring in the kitchen. Inviting gas fireplace fills the family room with ambiance, and the private balcony offers a perfect relaxing retreat.

With 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a Newer roof, Hot Water Heater, and double-paned windows this condo has it all. The large patio and accesses an additional storage closet. 1 Car garage + Extra

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As we have closed the door on 2017, it's time to look ahead at home trends in 2018. Interior designers, experts at Pantone, and researchers for home décor websites have predicted what's hot for the upcoming year and what trends are staying behind. Check out the top ten home trends below to keep your home updated and fresh.

1. Vibrant Colors

While 2017 saw a lot of grey, 2018 is all about a vibrant color palette. This trend can be applied nearly anywhere in your home. Consider a bright sofa or colorful accent pieces. Kitchens and baths are a great place to add color. Watery blues, stimulating greens, and deep reds are the most popular choices for everything from decorative pots to large appliances.

2. Geometric Patterns

This trend can

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