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Housing market slowdown expected, but prices in most areas are still rising

KIRKLAND, Washington (October 5, 2015) – Scarce inventory, new rules for mortgage closings and affordability concerns will likely slow home sales around Western Washington during the remaining months of 2015 and into early 2016, according to spokespersons from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. 

The latest statistics from the MLS show a double-digit drop in inventory, a double-digit jump in closed sales, and a near double-digit increase in prices from a year ago, prompting one industry leader to say the trends aren’t sustainable. "We simply can’t sustain double-digit increases in sales when inventory levels continue to drop every month," remarked OB Jacobi, president

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  • TRID spelled backwards is DIRT
  • On October 3rd 1789 George Washington designated the date of the first Thanksgiving
  • TRIDactyl [trahy-dak-til] adjective, Zoology 1.having three fingers or toes, as certain reptiles.
  • Title reps love talking T.R.I.D. Totally Ridiculous Illusions of Drama (sorry, couldn't resist)
  • 10/3/2015 = .000165425971
  • The first CD was a recording from 1979 of Claudio Arrau performing Chopin waltzes 
  • OJ was acquitted on October 3rd (1995)
  • TRID Wheels make excellent Frisbees
  • Chubby's Checker and Gwen Stefanie's birthday's are both on October 3rd
  • October 3rd in Polish is pazdziernik trzecia 


This lighthearted reminder is to reassure you that

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Here We Grow Again - New Gig Harbor Office!

We are happy to announce the opening of our new office in Gig Harbor!

Here we grow again! Brady Howard will be the branch manager of our new Gig Harbor office!

Managing Broker - Brady Howard
Office:  253-720-3503
Fax:  425-996-9520
4502 Garden Pl NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

A little about Brady: I am a Sales machine, I specialize in Follow up and Follow through. My last 30 years have been improving the Art of Sale. I am a Retired Navy Diver, 21 years of fun in the sun and some Crazy times.  In the past year I have relocated to Gig Harbor after living all over the world with Greece being my favorite place to date.  I am the Managing Broker of the Gig Harbor office with and

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Real Estate Myths  

Even if you’ve never bought or sold a home before, we’re willing to bet that you’ve heard of some of these popular Real Estate myths. They may have come from relatives, friends or even the media but like many facts floating around on the internet, they just aren’t true. So, here are the top 5 Real Estate Myths that most home owners believe, and why they are just plain wrong.

Real Estate Myths - Renovations

1. Your Renovations Will Always Pay Off

While most renovations will add value to your home in long run, there are some upgrades that could have the opposite effect, and these will have you wishing you never invested the money when it comes time to sell.

When it comes to adding value to your home it’s always best to stick with upgrading the most permanent and

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Sammamish's overall rate of crime is sufficiently low that analysis shows the city to be one of the safest in both Washington and the nation. Sammamish's crime rate is just 6 per 1,000 people, which means that a person's chance of becoming a victim in Sammamish is one in 174. It is for these reasons that Sammamish is ranked as one of the top 100 safest cities in the U.S.A.

Additionally, after analyzing all cities and towns in America with a similar population size to Sammamish, and we found that the crime rate in Sammamish is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means Sammamish is one of the safest places in America in which to live for its size, a very important finding.

The crime data that we used for this analysis are the seven

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Are you giving consumers the online experience they want?

Sept 2015 | By Cary Porter


People often ask me, “What’s your business strategy?” In a nutshell: If you build it, they will come. By “they,” I mean everyone—sellers, buyers, brokers, and agents. And by “it,” I mean an online experience that gives consumers exactly what they’re looking for.


Let me back up a bit. I’m the broker/ co-owner of The Cascade Team Real Estate. We’ve been fortunate to experience growth through one of the worst real estate markets in U.S. history, and on to now where most markets are in full rebound with shortages of inventory. We went from $20 million in sales in 2006 to over $900 million in 2015, and today we have nearly 300 brokers and salespeople

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We're excited to share this wonderful news with all of you.  

Please, come by & visit us at our new location: 5720 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, #101 Issaquah, Washington 98029 

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Stan Chang & Marisa Ormando

425-445-2510 & 425-445-9616

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 Our newly updated Property Details tabs powered by SpyDoor have more information than ever before. Now you can truly dig deep into any community or listing.

From education levels, median income, employment levels down to job type and more the SpyDoor platform provides deep detail to a “Hyper-Local” level.

Quickly see occupancy rates, household cost compared to State and national levels and even all nearby schools.


See sample links HERE:

Community Info                                                                                                              School Info


Every listing on will also now feature a SpyDoor Valuation.  As with any valuation system from Zillow to

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 Introducing SpyDoor; The Cascade Team’s Automated Valuation Solution  

  1. The only home valuation tool to go “Hyper”-Local with communities as small as 10 homes. 
  2. Blending fully integrated MLS Sold, Active and Pending data with Tax records and County Assessed values.
  3. Ability to manually adjust values such as: # of Beds, Baths, sq ft, etc
  4. Full demographics down to the Hyper Local level 
  5. Pull school boundaries with regular updates from State and county websites.

Your Home’s Value/ Your Neighbor’s Home Value/ Any Home Down the Street


The Cascade Team has deployed a class of an Automated Valuation Model (AVM) that has stood the test of time. It employs both a Hedonic modeling approach and Market Comp approach yielding

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List by The Cascade Team Broker: Matt Mcgaffey

 List by The Cascade Team Broker: Marisa Ormando

List by The Cascade Team Broker: Diego J Vitelli

List by The Cascade Team Broker: Matt Jensen

See all the results HERE: 


  • 61% Of The Cascade Team Listings are Sold in 3 Days or Less
  • 47% Receive Multiple Offers
  • Our average Seller saves over $12,000 in commissions
  • See our Web Page: For more info!



The Cascade Team provides a full service experience that is a step above; by executing a marketing plan that is unique to your home, rich in technology and high in service.  We

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