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Welcome To The Cascade Team Iris Schwartz!

 Iris Schwartz

  • Office: 1-800-6905 Ext. 1113
  • Cell: 206-459-9183
  • Fax: 425-996-9520
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We are happy to welcome Iris Schwartz to The Cascade Team and we look forward to seeing her success!

I have been developing an interest in real estate as a landlord and property owner. While raising my children I was a part-time teacher and spent many hours volunteering for various charitable organizations. My volunteer duties continue today as a VP on the board of my children's former high school. My business goal in real estate is to assist family and friends in finding properties that exceed their expectations. I met my husband while working as a camp counselor in CA

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The NWMLS recently sent out their annual summary of the year that was in Western Washington real estate. We probably don't need to tell you that most of those numbers are up, up, up. Especially if you've been trying to buy a house all year long. We perused the report, which was chocked full of numbers, and picked out some of the most shocking, revealing and fascinating numbers within.

1. 2015 saw 88,331 closed sales amongst NWMLS members in 2015, up 14.3 percent from 77,276 in 2014.

2. The value of every NWMLS member single-family home & condo sale was over $34 billion, up almost 23 percent from 2014.

3. Both of those numbers are higher than the previous highs of 2007 when the housing market peaked (don't ask what happened after that...).

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The Cascade Team 3D Walkthrough Showcase is an online experience that lets home buyers move through a property and see it from any angle. Even get a completely unique sense for the place with our “dollhouse” view.

See Sample 3D Tour Below:


Image galleries, 360º panoramas and fly-through videos lack the perspective and “feel” that home buyers and sellers crave. A Matterport 3D Showcase™ creates an emotional connection with the home.


3D Virtual Tour Showcase


The Cascade Team is happy to announce its new 3D Walkthrough Showcase and these very exciting new enhancements. 3D Walkthrough Showcase Tours are available for every Cascade Team listed property. We use Matterport's 3D technology and

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We are happy to announce the opening of our new office in Scottsdale Arizona!

Here we grow again!  We have added another office in Arizona.  Our Scottsdale Branch will be located in North Scottsdale just 1/4 mile away from Kierland Commons and the Scottsdale Quarter and will be managed by Todd Ruzylo.

Todd Ruzylo

  • Office:  480.719.1517
  • Cell:  480.236.3746
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  • The Scottsdale Office is located at:  7543 E. Evans Road - Suite 23, Scottsdale AZ, 85260

Todd's real estate career spans over 12 years as a full time real estate agent, and later as an associate broker in both residential and commercial within several large real estate firms in Scottsdale, AZ. While working for the largest branch

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KIRKLAND, Washington (February 4, 2016) – Depleted inventory is contributing to "overwhelming" traffic at open houses, shifts in strategies for both buyers and sellers, and escalating prices, according to officials with the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Dick Beeson, a former chairman of the MLS board, said the lack of inventory in almost every county is, "without question, a 2016 game changer." He described traffic at open houses as sometimes simply overwhelming. "There haven’t been any battle royals on the premises, but it could happen any day now," quipped Beeson, the principal managing broker at RE/MAX Professionals in Tacoma.

The latest figures show a drop of nearly 28 percent in the number of active listings in the MLS database

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Planning to buy a home sometime soon? It’s an expensive proposition, and if you need help coming up with a down payment, it’s important to know which sources you can tap to make your home-buying dreams come true. Here are four ways to borrow a down payment.


Many 401(k) plans have special borrowing provisions that allow you to repay the amount borrowed with preferential terms. Some 401(k) plans even allow you to avoid penalties buying a primary home, while others have fewer restrictions for first-time homebuyers (defined as someone who hasn’t owned a home in the past 36 months). Every 401(k) plan is different so check for details with your Human Resources department. Additionally, if you have liquid

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First Look at New Mount Si High School: Design Approved; Safety, Growth Issues up Budget by $20 million

January 27, 2016 by Danna McCall from Living Snoqualmie Blog

Snoqualmie Valley School Board President Geoff Doy described the designs for the future, re-built Mount Si High School as “a school to be proud of,” saying the schematic plans brought tears to his eyes.

Raised above flood levels; constructed of low-maintenance, durable materials; secure with fewer points of entry; open spaces with stunning views of Mount Si and Rattlesnake Ridge; innovative outdoor roof areas; street level/under building parking; a compact, streamlined design influenced by the needs of students, teachers and administrators; a connected yet separate freshman campus.

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Tune in tomorrow night to see Steve Vernon on HGTV!

Congratulations to our very own Steve Vernon who will be featured on HGTV!

Steve Vernon
Cell:  425-246-2378
Office:  800-509-6905 ext. 1046

Steve will be on an episode of Cascade Cabin Hunt this Saturday, January 30th at 11pm.  Tune in to see some of our great Snoqualmie Pass cabins.

Steve is a long time resident of Snoqualmie Ridge.  He currently has 13 listings predominately in Snoqualmie Pass where he is an expert in the luxury ski resort housing market.  Click HERE to see his current listings.

Great job Steve!

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If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down from floorboards to rooftop as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape—but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too! That’s right: No matter how nice your home is, your behavior can also affect how buyers feel about making an offer.

A few days ago we told you the secret etiquette rules that every home buyer needs to know in order to nail the deal. Today we’re focusing on the selling side of the equation. Here are the (previously) unwritten etiquette rules sellers should follow to show their home—and themselves—in the best possible

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Nathan Robinson

  • Cell:  720-537-6171
  • Office:  800-509-6905 Ext. 1112
  • Fax:  719-285-4623
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We are happy to welcome Nathan Robinson to The Cascade Team!  Nathan will be working with Kent Petersmeyer out of our Denver Office.

About Nathan: 

Nathan grew up in the Denver Metro Area and has witnessed amazing growth and change over the years.  He has lived in Littleton and Highlands Ranch and now resides with his wife and three children in Parker.  His knowledge of the diverse communities which make up the metro area is a huge asset when working with his real estate clients, both Sellers and Buyers.

Prior to making the transition to residential real estate, Nathan gained experience in retail

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