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All Blog Entries by Laura A. Hodgson

Found 29 blog entries published by Laura A. Hodgson.

Sammamish, Woodinville, Snoqualmie and more make the list!

Sammamish, Woodinville, Snoqualmie and more make the list!

Looking at this following list there is also a definite correlation between the wealthiest zip codes and the highest housing prices as well. Feel free to use our advanced search function here and check out any of the zip codes yourself!

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Using IRS data, we were able to get a snapshot of how much money people from Washington state earned in 2016, the most recent year they have numbers for. And of the top 20 wealthiest zip codes in the state, all 20 have an average income of more than $130,000.

The average income is calculated as an average of all the tax returns from each zip code.

While zip

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Your Home is your greatest investment! Know these questions and answers before you interview! The difference can cost you thousands!

1. What is your fee, what services do you provide?

1% LISTING FEE – FULL SERVICE  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

2 Given the current market, when is the best time to list my home?

The best time to sell in 2019 is NOW. Inventory is expected to increase dramatically in March and April, shifting to a buyer’s market by May. Predictions are for the highest number of new listing to hit the market in 5 years by May. Last year on Snoqualmie Ridge Sellers who did not list early and decided to wait until May / June wound up selling for approximately $60,000 LESS than if they had listing in February / March.  CLICK HERE FOR

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Selling your home these days isn’t as simple as it used to be. With the explosion of real estate marketing on the Internet, prospective buyers can do their initial home shopping online. While this means that your listed property will be viewed by more prospective customers, it also means that many other properties will also be showcased, making for a much more competitive market.

While sales in the existing home market are expected to take a tick up early in 2019, there is a lot of concern about raising interest rates and economic uncertainty in the future. We are also looking for increasing inventory levels to start as early as March of this year with predictions of the greatest amount of housing inventory to hit the market in five years by

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Recovery Slows, but Remains Steady

It may feel as if the housing recovery is slowing to certain finality, but its overall health is still improving.  Existing home sales have been declining monthly and new homes starts have fallen flat – but year over year, the local housing market is still showing growth. As we see areawide increases in price cuts and accessibility begins to improve, the market will continue to strengthen as affordability constraints ease up, even as mortgage rates continue to rise.

The Transition to a Buyer’s Market

Surges in both mortgage rates and demand, coupled with a lack of supply, brought steady hikes in sale prices in 2018. While 2019 will continue to bring healthy growth, home value increases will

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Sorting out the myths and the facts

Originally published December 21, 2018 at 6:01 am Updated December 21, 2018 at 9:23 am A home for sale north of Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood has a sign added to the bottom informing buyers that the asking price has been lowered. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times) A home for sale north of Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood has a sign added to the bottom informing buyers that the asking price has been lowered. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

There are a lot of theories to explain King County's recent real estate cooldown — from interest rates to foreign buyers to Seattle falling apart — and the data shows some have merit while others are likely fiction.

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Mike Rosenberg By Mike Rosenberg Seattle Times real estate reporter

After years of skyrocketing home prices, why has King County’s real estate market begun going in the opposite direction?

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Look at all of those beautiful lights!!  It's a fact that glitter lights and colorful accents make a home look more cheerful and inviting!

The biggest benefit to listing your home at this time of year is that there is far less competition (reduced inventory) and buyers who are looking are SERIOUS! Not many "looky-loos" at this time of year.

Please call me and I will help you understand how to price your home in this shifting market. 

Happy Holidays,
Laura

Written by Jaymi Naciri

Thanksgiving means turkey and all the trimmings and family get-togethers and football and the Macy's parade and eating until you can't breathe. It also means you're going to be seeing your neighbors up on ladders in the next few days putting up their holiday

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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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Questions To Ask Real Estate Brokers


Your Home is your greatest investment! Know these questions and answers before you interview! The difference can cost you thousands!

1.  Do you provide a true website presence for my home? This is more than a splash site with a few pictures.  Click HERE for Answer!

2.  Do you pay for premier placement on Zillow, Trulia, etc?  Click HERE for Answer!

3.  How many international websites do you syndicate for your listings?  Click HERE for Answer!

4.  Do you advertise my home on Social Media: This is MORE than just Facebook!  Click HERE for Answer!

5.  Do you provide a full 3D Walkthrough Virtual Tour or just have shifting focus over still pictures and call that a virtual tour?  Click HERE for Answer!

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Latest Press Release from NWMLS November 6th 2018

KIRKLAND, Washington (November 6, 2018) - Seven months of steadily rising housing inventory reversed course in October when Northwest Multiple Listing Service brokers added the fewest new listings since February, according to a new report. MLS members believe the onset of wintry weather and transition to the holiday season are factors, but suggested the slower pace also signals improving conditions for house-hunters.

"After months of inventory growth that more than quadrupled the number of homes buyers have to choose from, things got back on a seasonal track with new listings and total supply falling in October," said Robert Wasser, a director with Northwest MLS, when comparing those metrics with

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