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All Blog Entries by Heather Morgan

Found 29 blog entries published by Heather Morgan.

KIRKLAND, Washington (March 6, 2019) - Seattle's snowiest month in 50 years had an obvious chilling effect on February's housing activity, agreed officials with Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Statistics for last month show pending sales dropped nearly 14 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

"The winter weather brought the market to a halt," stated John Deely, principal managing broker at Coldwell Banker Bain. He said last month's series of snowstorms and frigid temperatures had a negative impact on the typical momentum that builds at the beginning of the year.

"Showing activity dropped more than 41 percent the week of the heaviest snow, and weekend keybox activity was down 80 percent," Deely reported. "The end of the month picked up

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How Pet Odors Might Impact Your Home

Pet owners have special challenges when selling their home. Eliminating bad odors from your home is a must at the top of your to do list. Make sure you remove any smells before putting your house on the market. If you aren't sure, seek outside opinions.

The very first days on the market are crucial for a home because it gets maximum exposure as a new listing. The smell is usually the first thing that sets the tone. It's the buyer's very 1st impression that sets a tone for the entire experience they have throughout the home. If there is an odor, it will instantly give a negative impression. It can shift the focal point in the wrong direction. No matter how beautiful a home is, or how well it's presented,  it is a deal

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KIRKLAND, Washington (February 7, 2019) - Homebuyers around Washington state are making their way back to the market, hoping to take advantage of improving inventory, attractive interest rates, and more approachable sellers, according to officials with Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Northwest MLS statistics for January show year-over-year improvement in the volume of new listings and total inventory, along with moderating selling prices. Although fewer pending sales (mutually accepted offers) were reported than a year ago (down about 3.3 percent), January was the smallest year-over-year decline since May 2018 when the drop was about 2.7 percent.

Commenting on the MLS statistics summarizing last month's activity, broker Gary O'Leyar said

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Exterior Paint Colors to Help Sell Your House

Spruce It Up! Before you put your house on the market, consider a fresh paint job that will increase your home’s value. Like the hues you choose for indoors, exterior house colors should be ones you love coming home to day after day. That being said, if you're planning to put your house on the market in the near future, the wise course is to consider which exterior paint color. 

Off-White

"The color you paint your home's exterior can make or break people's perception of your house," says Erika Woelfel, director of color marketing for Behr Paints. Several colors come together to create this traditional look: A lighter shade of paint adorns the brick facade, while a cream-colored entryway and

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Did you buy a home that could use a little touching up, but the projects are larger than your bank account?  Do you want to boost the curb appeal and value of your home, but are looking for simple ideas you can do yourself?

 

Here are 10 do-it-yourself home projects to boost your homes value!

Paint. You can paint your entire house or you can paint just the trim, interior or exterior. Or, paint an accent wall inside. Can't afford new kitchen cabinets? Paint the old ones. The key to painting is in the preparation work, including taping around windows and cutting in around the ceiling. Keep that in mind when budgeting the time a project will take.
  Change your kitchen or bathroom hardware. This is one of the easiest projects you can do to…
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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,”

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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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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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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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Congratulation to all the agents at The Cascade Team Real Estate! The votes have been tallied and the winners are in and I'm pleased to announce the businesses Nextdoor voted as "2018's Neighborhood Favorites!"

Competing in the Home Services category: The Cascade Team Real Estate who can be found in 609 different neighborhoods around the country with over 113,000 neighbors sharing information has been selected the 2018 winner of “Best Real Estate Broker” by neighbors voting in the annual poll.

At The Cascade Team we understand first and foremost that it isn't about "Us". It's all about "You"! We are dedicated to giving each of our clients the best experience imaginable. Simply Outrageous Service isn’t just a catch phrase for The Cascade

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