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Google Launches Mortgage Calculator Within Search Results


Looking to calculate a potential mortgage payment on the fly?

Instead of searching for a mortgage calculator, you can now do some calculations simply by typing a query in the Google search box on your browser.

Yesterday, the search behemoth launched the shortcut and it’s already visible when using Chrome, Google’s browser, or if using a private window via Firefox. It can also be accessed from a mobile phone.

In a nutshell, it allows you to plug in a loan amount, an interest rate, and an amortization period without visiting any other websites.

It instantly spits out the monthly payment and the total cost of the mortgage as you enter the numbers. You can also see the maximum loan based on monthly payment.

For example,

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KIRKLAND, Washington (Feb. 5, 2015) – Home sales this super bowl season outpaced a year ago as sidelined buyers emerged to compete for limited inventory, according to brokers who commented on January activity.

  • Home Sales reach all time high for January
  • Inventory levels at 22 year low
  • Prices already up 8.7%

 New figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service show year-over-year increases in pending sales, closed sales, and prices, while inventory fell by double digits.


"The current inventory of homes available for sale has never been lower in my 22 years as a real estate broker," lamented MLS director George Moorhead, designated broker and owner at Bentley Properties.


The number of active listings of single family

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Thomas Donnell
Office: 480.719.1517
Mobile: 505.328.2763

We are happy to welcome Thomas Donnell to The Cascade Team!

Thomas has been a successful real investor for many years and also worked with Cynthia at her previous real estate office. Thomas is a graduate of SJSU with a degree in Business/Marketing. He also holds certificates from CFG Real Estate Marketing Finances and The Arizona School of Real Estate and Business. He is a member of the "Biltmore Who's Who" and recipient of their Executive of the year award; an award honored to those who have demonstrated Leadership and Achievement in their industry.

Thomas has joined our team in Arizona. We are very excited to have Thomas on

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Branden Barger
Office: 480.719.1517
Mobile: 303.829.3128

We are happy to welcome Branden Barger to The Cascade Team! 

Branden is about to graduate from ASU. He worked with Cynthia and Tyler at their previous real estate office a year ago and has caught onto real estate very quickly. Branden will be extremely successful in real estate and we are very happy to have him on the team.

Branden has joined our team in Arizona. We are very excited to have Branden on 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

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Charlie Lee
Office: 480.719.1517
Mobile: 480.544.3654

We are happy to welcome Charlie Lee to The Cascade Team! Charlie is an accomplished professional photographer and Realtor. He joined Cynthia at their previous real estate office over a year ago, and brings both his real estate and photography skills to our company. He will help all TCT agents have the best photos in ARMLS. Charlie is a people person, fun to work with, and will be a tremendous asset to our team. Charlie has joined our team in Arizona.

We are very excited to have Charlie on and look forward to seeing his success!

Our Local Real Estate Team

Cascade Team Real Estate agents are proactive in serving

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Tonya Eliason is not only a residential real estate broker specializing in the Snoqualmie Valley, she’s also a long time resident of North Bend. "We were lucky enough to find the perfect home and acreage on Mt Si in 1997, it’s an amazing feeling to live where I used to vacation," says Tonya. It’s that love for the Valley that she brings to her job, helping potential home buyers understand the special attributes of living here, and marketing those qualities with her home listings.

She has been a top agent both in the Valley and at her company since joining the Cascade Team in 2008, earning their highest designation reserved for those few agents that are not only in the top 10% of sales, but also excel in giving back to their community (You’ve

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A Full Service Real Estate Brokerage For Home Sellers

The Cascade Team provides a full service experience that is a step above; by executing a marketing plan for your home that is technology rich and high in service.  We leverage all available technology tools to provide the most exposure possible for your home, and utilize those tools to increase the communication and service to you our client.

More Local Market Knowledge 

Our local agents are market experts and possess the necessary local market knowledge to both price and market your home effectively.  We pride ourselves on living and working in the communities in which we service.  Backed by one of the first responsive web sites in the area, our technology and professional real estate

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It's Live Listing Thursday! I can't wait to see the properties that come on the market later today! Sellers contact me and learn how full service works and the savings you get when we work together. Buyers: now is the time to start your preparations for your new home purchase this year! 

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That picture just strikes me as funny. Towering buildings surrounding that little house. Bet it won't go for 1M now. Also, I'd be surprised if the Ballard Blocks developers didn't plan to eventually integrate this and had that provision in mind when building.    635586055179987753-edith-macefield-home

(Photo: KING)


SEATTLE -- A house that sits right in the middle of development may go up for a foreclosure auction next month.

According to, the current owner of Edith Macefield's former home owes more than $185,000 on the property.

The report says unless the debt is settled, the house could up for auction on March 13.

Macefield made national news when she turned down a $1 million offer from developers to sell it to make room for the new

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Beth Ann Bovino U.S. Deputy Chief Economist Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services   FEBRUARY 3, 2015 - 9:54 AM    

American consumers’ spirits are very strong. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index rose 4.5 points in January to reach 98.1, the highest level since January 2004. Clearly, consumers feel increasingly confident about their economic prospects. This is good news since a more confident consumer is likely to spend more on big-ticket and discretionary items. Looking ahead, we expect real consumer spending and real disposable income to grow faster than in 2014 and, in turn, bolster the economic growth rate to above 3% in 2015.

The few economic releases this week include:

  • Real
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