Buying A Home

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Trudging through snow and sleet in boots and heavy coats might not seem ideal when you’re shopping for a home, but there are many good reasons to buy in the dead of winter. For example, you’ll have less competition from other buyers or encounter more sellers eager and willing to make a deal.

But as you may have heard, we’re coming up on what may be the worst day of the entire year to buy a home: Jan. 19.

That’s what RealtyTrac (now ATTOM Data Solutions) found in a 2015 study that culled data from 32 million home sales from 2000 to 2015. Researchers compared premiums paid over estimated market price to define the best and worst days. (For the record, they found the best day to be Oct. 8.)

Buyers who closed on Jan. 19  paid, on average,

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Diane Jacobsen!

Diane Jacobsen

  • Office: 1-800-509-6905 ext. 1146
  • Cell:  425-246-0668
  • Fax:  425-996-9520
  • dianej@thecascadeteam.com

We are happy to welcome Diane Jacobsen to The Cascade Team Real Estate.  She will be working out of our Snoqualmie Office with Lisa, Scivally, Managing Broker.

Born and raised in the Northwest, Seattle native Diane Jacobsen knows the city intimately. Her expert knowledge of the different areas has amassed her a loyal following of clients in Kirkland, Bellevue, Seattle, Mercer Island and beyond.

Diane is known for her innovative and creative approach to real estate, and more importantly, her genuineness and unmatched professionalism with her clients. She is a great

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Wendy Granath!

Wendy Granath

  • Office:  1-800-509-6905 ext. 1161
  • Mobile:  425-772-0521
  • Fax:  425-996-9520
  • wendy@thecascadeteam.com

We are happy to welcome Wendy Granath to The Cascade Team!  She will be working out of our Bellevue Office with Ben Varon, Brokerage Manager.

I moved to Medina, WA in 1974. I have over 40 years of knowledge of the eastside and Seattle areas. I have the expertise you are seeking to be your real estate broker.

Wendy will be a wonderful addition to The Cascade Team and we look forward to her success!

OUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE TEAM

Cascade Team Real Estate agents are proactive in serving their customers, studying the market and touring homes, so they can provide the

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Friday the 13th is an unlucky day if you’re superstitious. And in case you haven’t noticed, it’s here! But we like to think we are people who see the glass as half-full. We prefer to look at the doomed day as an opportunity to reflect upon some unexpected nuggets of—you guessed it—real estate wisdom.

To prove that valuable real estate knowledge truly can be found anywhere, we’ve turned to Jason Voorhees from “Friday the 13th” and (spoiler alert!) his nutty, murderous mother for inspiration. The hockey mask–wearing horror icon is an unlikely choice, but no one personifies the dreaded date better than the fictional fright master. And, as it turns out, there are some helpful housing lessons buried deep

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If the past is an indicator of the future, taking a look at inventory numbers from last year to current levels, we are seeing that low inventory pattern is still with us as we get the year started which is a good indication that 2017 could turn out to be another record year for home values increases. The last week of 2015 and first week of 2016 saw zero (that's right NO) inventory in all of Snoqualmie. This is an area with approximately 3700 homes as estimated by Snoqualmie Ridge ROA. This year the inventory is up a bit but still relatively low which will also help give an idea of a trend for 2017 where prices will push higher but not likely to be at the same jump year on year as they were on the previous year on year. The demand is still there, so if

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What Is My Seattle, Phoenix or San Diego Home Worth?

Analysis of local MLS data indicates the supply of single family homes for sale in King County just hit a post-recession low. The data just keeps telling the same story – low inventory and increasing prices. If you are a Seller NOW literally is the time! Record low inventory, buyers scared of increasing rates and prices have created a feeding frenzy that allows even homes that may have been considered "Hard to sell" in the past move like hotcakes.

Selling a home is a seller's market is far different from selling a home in a buyer's market. If you are wondering about our current market, then let me assure you: It is indeed a fabulous time to sell! Not only will your days on market be remarkably fewer in a sellers’ market, but you might receive

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KIRKLAND, Washington (Jan. 5, 2017) – Like many other months of 2016, December was frustrating for buyers across Washington state as they encountered depleted inventory and rising prices. Post-election hikes in interest rates – with more on the horizon -- added to would-be homeowners’ worries.
 
Northwest Multiple Listing Service statistics for December show year-over-year drops in new listings, but gains in pending sales, closed sales and prices. Pending sales (mutually accepted offers) in the four county Puget Sound region reached their highest level since 2005.
 
“The data just keep telling the same story – low…
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Welcome To The Cascade Team Jim Sundal!

Jim Sundal

  • Office:  1-800-509-6905 ext. 1160
  • Cell:  360-910-5900
  • Fax:  425-996-9520
  • jim@thecascadeteam.com

We are happy to welcome Jim Sundal to The Cascade Team!

Jim will be working out of our Vancouver Office with Managing Broker, Gary Firth.

30 years ago I began my professional career in the Portland area as a successful engineer in the steel industry. At the same time I also dealt in real estate investing for my own wealth building. In 1992 I became a licensed real estate broker and opened my own brokerage in Clark County. Since that time I have helped hundreds of Clark County residents realize their dreams in buying and selling real estate; whether it be for their own

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Toby Sullard!

Toby Sullard

  • Office:  509-228-3088 ext. 1159
  • Fax:  509-228-3088
  • Cell:  7509-710-1578 
  • toby@thecascadeteam.com

We are happy to welcome Toby Sullard to The Cascade Team!

Toby will be working out of our Spokane Office with Managing Broker, James Faucett.

My interest in real estate stems from ownership of Toby Ray Photography where I met James Faucett, Managing Broker for The Cascade Team Spokane Office while doing Listing Photography.  Additionally, I have 14 years sales support within a large medical company.  My main objective as an agent with The Cascade Team is to build successful client relationships that will last a lifetime.

Toby will be a wonderful addition to The Cascade

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Thinking about buying your first home? What an exciting time this is bound to be. And, also, what a (potentially) overwhelming, confusing, and stress-filled time. It can easily veer into scary territory if you're not prepared and not surrounding yourself with professionals who can help guide you in the right direction.

These seven tips can help you make that dream of homeownership come true in 2017.

1. Work with the right real estate agent

The guy next door or your brother's girlfriend's cousin who just got his real estate license may be hungry to get your business, but that doesn't mean he's your best bet. An experienced agent quite simply knows things that someone who is brand new probably doesn't. An experienced agent will also

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