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All Blog Entries by Cary Porter

The Cascade Team is a Full Service 1% Listing Real Estate Company like no other, because of the tools, service and savings we provide our clients. We understand that in today’s fast paced environment, we need to provide a high level of service, utilize technology to keep our clients up to date at all times and provide added value to both buyers and sellers in the transaction.

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Q 1: How Much did the average Trossachs home value increase in 2014?

A: The Average Trossachs Home increased by 8.5% last year. Meaning a home that was worth $700,000 in January 2014 was selling for $759,500 by then end on the year. A “Net” increase of almost $60,000 for a $700,000 home.

Q 2: What is the price per square foot difference between new construction and resale homes?

A: Currently in Trossachs the average New Construction home is selling$248.26 per sq ft. The average size is 3,929 sq ft and is closing for $992,551

Resale homes are selling at $236.81 per sq ft. The average resale home was 3,261 sq ft and closed for $769,039.

Q 3: What is the price per square foot difference

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Written by Matt Granite

As a  real estate Broker I will tell you that upgrading to stone countertops in your kitchen or bathroom can add as much as 10 percent to the value of your home.

Today, I'm pleased to pass this research along to you as a granite alternative for all of us who can't afford the real deal.

And yes, I mean "super-cheap" in relative terms considering what else is out there and by how much value you can add to your home.

Marble and granite are stunning and if you can afford it, that's wonderful. In the real world, there are surface materials where even a skilled eye can't detect the difference that still allow you to transform your home, while taking it easy on your wallet.

You may have heard of Corian, but today I want to

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Some Americans who owe more than what their house is currently worth are opting to walk away from their mortgage. But a new survey finds Americans don’t agree with home owners who make that choice.

Sixty-percent of Americans say it is “never OK” for home owners to stop making payments on their mortgage, according to a new survey of 1,000 American adults by FindLaw.com, a legal information Web site. However, 34 percent say it’s OK for home owners to walk away from their mortgage if they are no longer able to make their monthly payments.

Only 3 percent of those surveyed said home owners should be able to walk away from their mortgage anytime they want.

"Many home owners are currently facing very difficult and complicated situations involving their home

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A Russian investor paid $100 million for a 25,500-square-foot home in Los Altos Hills, Calif., which marks the highest price paid for a single-family home in the U.S.

Billionaire Yuri Milner, 49, who heads Digital Sky Technologies and whose investments include Facebook Inc., Groupon Inc., and Zynga Inc., has no immediate plans to move into the French chateau-style mansion and has a primary residence in Moscow.

The $100-million home features views of the San Francisco Bay, indoor and outdoor pools, a ballroom, and a wine cellar.

The high-price purchase is another sign in the growing strength of the luxury real estate market. Sales volume of homes more than $1 million increased nearly 4 percent in February year over year, the National Association of

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Home buyers and -sellers alike often bristle with anticipatory irritation at the mere thought of all the paperwork they expect they’ll have to come up with to do their transaction, above and beyond the basic loan application, contract, disclosures and closing docs. And these worries start way in advance; it’s as though, before they even start visiting open houses, buyers begin to visualize - and dread - spending hours upon hours in the dank catacombs of the Vatican (à la Da Vinci Code) combing through ancient files, seeking some rare and precious artifact documenting their childhood dental history or genealogy.

In some respects, this vision of the experience of obtaining a home loan might not be far off - there are oodles of hoops through which to jump

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Pulte flags mark a neighborhood in the Redmond Ridge East development.

Putle Homes invited The Cascade Team Real Estate out today for an informational meeting along with lunch. They are well underway in building 600 new homes at Snoqualmie Ridge.

Pulte has picked up several of the existing Murray Franklin home plans along with adding some brand new floor plans over the next few months that have never been seen before. In addition, they have raised the bar on the traditional offering level.... All of the homes (Including the Cottage Series) will have Slab Granite counters, under mount sinks, and extended hardwood floors from the front door on back through the kitchen. Also, instead of just one standard type of wood floor, home buyers can visit the design center in Kirkland and choose from up to a dozen woods, and

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I would like to welcome Rachel Dinunzio to The Cascade Team. Rachel lives down in the south Sound area in Puyallup. We have had numerous brokers ask if we have anyone down in this area over the past year, so I am happy to say we now do. Rachel is happily accepting referrals. She will also be working hard to establish a good presence for The Cascade Team in this area and to recruit more agents.

Rachel’s contact information is:

rachel@thecascadeteam.com

253.353.6506

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans bought previously occupied homes in February and those who did purchased them at steep discounts. The weak sales and rise in foreclosures pushed home prices down to their lowest level in nearly 9 years.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of previously occupied homes fell last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88 million. That's down 9.6 percent from 5.4 million in January. The pace is far below the 6 million homes a year that economists say represents a healthy market.

Nearly 40 percent of the sales last month were either foreclosures or short sales, when the seller accepts less than they owe on the mortgage.

One-third of all sales

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