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Housing market still active, with overall direction “positive” 

KIRKLAND, Washington (Sept. 7, 2016) – Home sales in Western Washington continued to outpace year-ago activity, but member-brokers at Northwest Multiple Listing Service say persistent inventory shortages are constraining activity. 

Despite a sparse selection in many areas, an expected summer slowdown, and “appraisal conundrums,” Northwest MLS members notched 11,898 pending sales during August, eclipsing the same month a year ago by 1,295 transactions for a 12.2 percent gain. There were 8,628 pending sales in the four-county Puget Sound region -- the best August for mutually accepted offers since 2005 when members tallied 8,874 sales.

Brokers added 11,411 new listings to the

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Home buyers get a lot of advice from friends and family – some good, some bad. A lot of myths can pop up and negatively guide their home purchasing experience. Make sure you don’t fall for one of these common buying falsehoods.

1. The only upfront cost is the down payment.

Buyers need to be prepared for several expenses – everything from fees, taxes, costs for inspections, credit reports, insurance, and others. Closing costs can be anywhere from 3 percent to 6 percent of the purchase price. Those costs can fluctuate greatly depending on the state you live in too.

Read more: Questions for Prospective Homeowners Home Buyer With Real Estate Agent

2. Just looking for a house casually is not a big deal.

Some people may want to just start looking at homes to get a feel

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By definition, a real estate exit strategy is a contingency plan that one executes to either dispose of or divest from a position or interest in real estate once a certain timeline is passed, a status is attained, a circumstance occurs, or a transaction is finalized. Sound business acumen dictates a real estate investor must have an exit strategy or strategies whether or not he or she is seeking a certain deal or planning to pursue a chosen real estate niche. Equally sound business judgement requires a consideration of all contingencies, positive and negative, within any business planning and prior to any acquisition or obligation incurred.

Here is what I look at when “Choosing an Exit Strategy”. Focusing on the three strategic exiting components of

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Check out this move in ready home for sale in Eagle County just recently listed for sale by local Vale Reatlor Kent Petersmeyer learn m ore about selling your home in Eagle County visit

84 Spring Buck Road, Gypsum Colorado

Beautifully maintained one-story single family home in Buckhorn Valley. Backs to open space with panoramic views of Castle Peak. Open floor plan with integrated kitchen, dining and living rooms. Cook's kitchen has large center island, granite countertops, tile floor, stainless steel appliances, gas range. Large bedrooms, walk-in closets. 2-car garage with unusually tall ceiling adaptable for storage, fenced yard and deck/patio directly

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This year has brought steady improvements in the real estate market. Prices rose driven by lower inventory in many markets, and consumers remained relatively optimistic about the economy and its direction—an encouraging indicator for real estate. While the long-anticipated increase in interest rates will likely occur in late 2016 or early 2017, a number of positive signs point to a balanced market with benefits for both homebuyers and sellers in the next year. For example, an increased supply of inventory and slightly more transactions are expected in late 2016 and on into 2017. Home prices are forecasted to see more modest increases, with some markets still facing bidding wars while other see slight price drops or fairly flat prices.

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$425,000 - 5302 Nathan Ave SE, Auburn

   Bedrooms: 3
   Bathrooms: 2.5
   Sq. Footage: 2,180
   Year Built: 1994
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 1022767
  Fredrick Lekanoff
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FULLY REMODELD home in coveted Lakeland Hills! Located on a corner lot, this beautiful turnkey boasts Oak Hardwoods, Tiled Bathrooms, Large Master Bed w/ 5 piece Master Bath, Radiant Heated flooring and a large walk in closet! Step inside your fully updated kitchen w/
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The sales price of neighboring homes is only one part of the equation. Be sure that sellers understand the other factors that affect how their home compares to their neighbors'.

Location within the neighborhood.

If your seller’s home is in a part of the neighborhood that borders a highway, train tracks, or an industrial area, it’ll likely fetch a lower price. Make sure you pull comps of other homes in similar locations to compare and explain pricing differences to sellers.

The home’s lot.

Take into account that hilly terrain can affect the usability of each home’s lot and bring your seller’s price down. You can have two one-acre lots next to each other, and one can be fully usable while the other is only half usable because of steep

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Selling a home has its typical challenges. Maybe the couple across the street just listed their house, which you know has an amazing kitchen (while yours is just slightly less so). Maybe values have started to drop a tad. Or maybe you're getting transferred and you have to sell - and find something new in your future city - in what seems like an impossibly short amount of time.

Whatever the circumstances, you want the sale to go as smoothly, and take place as quickly, as possible. So don't do this stuff. Really. Just don't.

1. Don't take your own photos

How important are house photos? Many buyers won't even look at a listing that doesn't have them. Ditto for poorly taken photos that don't adequately show the home. We've talked before about…
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Thank you to everyone who turned out for this year’s annual Issaquah Highlands Days Celebration. There were tons on kids all dressed in costumes, and many adults too! Matt as Batman and Janet as Deadpool really did a wonderful job and the kids loved getting their pictures taken. Janet can barely walk today after squatting down probably 500 times to take pictures with the “Little Ones”.

Also a special “Thank You!” to Tiffany Ciambrone, Kelly Azzarello, Allison Connor, Victor Lozada, Dave Reynolds (From our Spokane office who came out), Jennifer Strach, Diego Vitelli, and Richard Whaley who all came out and helped set-up and make the event such a success!

Here are some of the pictures from the day!

Thank you again to everyone!


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$560,000 - 1234 NW 14th St, North Bend

   Bedrooms: 3
   Bathrooms: 1
   Sq. Footage: 1,640
   Year Built: 1932
   Garage Spaces: 1
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 1020398
  Tonya Eliason
Real Estate Broker
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Enchanting, move in ready home on tranquil, private paradise with breathtaking mountain views. Almost 2 acres of level, usable, private land. Numerous updates throughout, all while maintaining this homes vintage charm. Main floor offers a gorgeous entry, welcoming living
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