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All Blog Entries by Laura A. Hodgson

Found 36 blog entries published by Laura A. Hodgson.

Seattle Times business reporter

Starting Oct. 1, it could start getting cheaper to buy a home around Seattle and most of Washington.

That’s because the curtain will be pulled away from a secret long kept within the community of real-estate agents: how much the agent representing the buyer collects when a house is sold. Brokerages in the Seattle-Tacoma area will be among the first in the nation to start publishing those fees, long kept hush-hush, on their online listings.

And while home sellers have been required to offer some kind of compensation to buyers’ agents in order to list a home, starting Tuesday, sellers won’t need to offer anything.

The changes here, enacted by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) — the membership group

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Transparency in Commissions

Fact: Real estate brokers’ commission rates are not regulated in any state and are ALWAYS 100% negotiable.

When you decide to sell your house, if you are like most people, you will want to hire — or at least consider hiring — a real estate agent to handle the process.

Surprisingly, many people think that real estate brokerage commission rates are “set” in their area and they have to pay a specific percentage of the sales price to the agent in order to get their services. This is absolutely not the case.  In fact, you can pay whatever you and the agent have agreed upon.

What is a “Fair” amount to pay for real estate commission?

Many people hear the word “discount” company instead of a “traditional” company but

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By Janet Wickell

Nearly all home buyers hire a professional home inspector to take a close look at their new house before closing. You can speed things along by analyzing the condition of your home and making necessary repairs now before the house is under contract. Whole-home inspections cover numerous systems within the house, but there are a handful of hot-spots that concern buyers the most.

Mold and Mildew at the Home Inspection

Mildew stains and odors scare buyers, especially because toxic black mold is such a hot topic. You likely won't even get an acceptable offer if mold and mildew are present. Even if the mold in your house is the normal variety, treat it and address the source of the problem.

NOTE: If it comes up

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High Impact Real Estate Marketing & 1% MLS Listing Commissions For Today’s Home Sellers

The Cascade Team Real Estate is a company like no other because of the marketing, service and home seller savings we provide. We understand that in today’s real estate & home selling environment, we need to provide a high level of real estate service and wide spread marketing of the home for sale, utilize technology to keep our home seller clients in the communication loop and provide added value to both buyers and home sellers in the real estate transaction. The effective use of technology tools allows our local real estate agents to focus more of their time on servicing our clients and finding buyers for your home, all the while providing the most

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  • King Count Housing Inventory Increases More Than 62%
  • Total Area Inventory Up 24.5%
  • Buyers rejoiced at lower interest rates in May.
  • Volume of new listings, and the number of closed sales – both showed slight gains from a year ago.

Home buyers are “better off,” but market is heating up.

KIRKLAND, Washington (June 6, 2019) – The housing market in western Washington may not be as hot as it was last spring, but it is heating up, suggested one industry leader in commenting on the latest statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Matt Deasy, president of Windermere Real Estate/East, Inc. said his analysis of single family home sales in King County reveals 7 out of 10 properties that sold during May had 15 or fewer

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The Open House Treasure Hunt is Back!

It's a "Game Of Homes"! Who will win? Your Treasure Awaits during Open House Treasure Hunt presented by The Cascade Team Real Estate!

"When you find the hidden coffee cup text TREASURE to (425) 223-4655 to enter to win a prize!"

Join us on Saturday, May 18th for our Annual Open House Treasure Hunt.

Tour homes and win over $200,000 in Cash & Prizes!

96.5 Jack FM will be at select locations with live remotes and more chances to win!

Homes must be listed by May 16th!

Register HERE to have your home included in the Open House Treasure Hunt

What can you expect during the Open House Treasure Hunt this year?

Our marketing efforts include:

  • 80 Radio Spots - 96.5 Jack FM (around 1
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Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 9:04am.

The Open House Treasure Hunt is Back!

Join us on Saturday, May 18th for our Annual Open House Treasure Hunt.

Tour homes and win over $200,000 in Cash & Prizes!

96.5 Jack FM will be at select locations with live remotes and more chances to win!

Homes must be listed by May 16th!

Register HERE to have your home included in the Open House Treasure Hunt

What can you expect during the Open House Treasure Hunt this year?

Our marketing efforts include:

  • 80 Radio Spots - 96.5 Jack FM (around 1 Million Impressions will be generated from the radio spots!)
  • Live Radio Remotes - Website promotion for each remote on the station's website
  • Jack FM Home Page Banner
  • Inclusion on
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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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