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Declutter and clean: both are two important steps to take before putting your house on the market.

Here are five key areas to focus on that will help you sell your home fast:

1. Backyard deck

Few things disappoint a millennial more than discovering their otherwise-perfect dream home has no backyard deck. If you don’t have one, or if you have a tiny afterthought-type deck, consider building one. Besides pressure-treated pine, there are composite deck materials, which many homebuyers prefer. Composite materials require less maintenance and can be just as beautiful as wood — or even more so. But they cost more to build with. Young buyers love split-level decks for visual interest. Built-in lights are also a plus.

2. Gourmet kitchen

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Fannie: The Economy Underperforms

Economic growth was weaker than expected in the second quarter and that's prompted a less optimistic outlook for the remainder of the year, according to Fannie Mae's Economic & Strategic Research Group.

Continued headwinds from a strong dollar and renewed drops in crude oil prices are expected to continue to pose economic challenges in the latest quarter, Fannie Mae economists note. But the housing market is expected to contribute to more growth this year in the economy. The main housing indicators are all well-above year-ago levels year-over-year.

"While consumer spending growth picked up as we expected in the second quarter of this year, other components disappointed," says Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae chief

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WalletHub: 13 Best Places to Retire

WalletHub recently compared 24 key metrics in 150 of the largest U.S. cities to find the most retirement-friendly hotspots. The data sets they used ranged from measuring the cost of living and recreational activities to the percentage of the elderly population.

The following cities topped WalletHub's list of the most retirement-friendly places:
1.Tampa, Fla.
2.Scottsdale, Ariz.
3.Boise, Idaho
4.Cape Coral, Fla.
5.Orlando, Fla.
6.Sioux Falls, S.D.
7.Baton Rouge, La.
8.Port St. Lucie, Fla.
9.Overland Park, Kan.
10.Peoria, Ariz.
11.St. Petersburg, Fla.
12.Lincoln, Neb.
13.Springfield, Mo.
14.Amarillo, Texas
15.Pembroke Pines, Fla.

View the full rankings of the 150 cities and more about the methodology used at WalletHub.

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'Black Monday' Rattles Housing Market

 Chinese home buyers, in particular, may be more cautious in entering the U.S. housing market following Monday's massive stock market sell-off that sent stocks tumbling, according to housing analysts. The sell-off began in Beijing on Monday and sent shares plunging by record amounts across the globe. Chinese media dubbed it "Black Monday" as markets fell nearly 8.5 percent there.


In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 1,000 points just minutes after the opening bell alone on Monday. The Dow made up some ground later in the afternoon but still closed nearly 600 points in the red.

John Burns, CEO and owner of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, explained in a blog post that Chinese

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Poor Credit? Expect Higher Insurance Bills


Home owners' credit history may have a big impact on how much they pay for home insurance, according to a new study commissioned by insuranceQuotes.com. The study examined the average impact that a credit-based insurance score has on what owners pay for home insurance.

 Owners who have a fair – or median – credit score were found to pay 32 percent more for home insurance on average than someone with stellar credit, the study found. That's up from a 29 percent increase last year.

For those with poor credit, owners' premium may rise by an average of 100 percent, the study found.

According to insuranceQuotes.com, a credit-based insurance score is different from a credit score and is comprised of

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Is the Market Losing Some Momentum?

REALTOR® confidence over current housing conditions and their six-month outlook for single-family, townhome, and condo properties all showed a slight dip last month – indicative of a slowing housing market, according to the July 2015 REALTOR® Confidence Index, a survey of nearly 3,000 practitioners about the state of housing. Nevertheless, the index remains well-above levels from last year.

The index that measures buyer traffic slid to 62 in July while seller traffic remained below 50 due to a tight supply of homes for-sale nationwide. Any confidence index below 50 indicates that more respondents view conditions as "weak" than "strong." Properties in July also were staying on the market longer at a median of

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Join The Cascade Team for Highlands Day This Weekend!

This Saturday, August 29th!

Join The Cascade Team for the Issaquah Highlands Day Festival!

This annual summer celebration is this Saturday, August 29th from 4PM-8PM.

Located at Blakely Hall and Village Green Park: 2550 NE Park Drive, Issaquah WA 98029

Be sure to check out our booth! We will be featuring a real live action Stormtrooper and will be giving away FREE beach balls and sunglasses!

Enjoy carnival rides, giant inflatables, food trucks and the always popular market place of business and nonprofit booths. Don’t miss the festival finale Polynesian show at sunset!

Highlands Day is FREE to attend however rides, inflatables, and some activities require ticket or activity

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Join The Cascade Team for Highlands Day This Weekend!

This Saturday, August 29th!

Join The Cascade Team for the Issaquah Highlands Day Festival!

This annual summer celebration is this Saturday, August 29th from 4PM-8PM. 

Located at Blakely Hall and Village Green Park:  2550 NE Park Drive, Issaquah WA 98029

Be sure to check out our booth!  We will be featuring a real live action Stormtrooper and will be giving away FREE beach balls and sunglasses!

Enjoy carnival rides, giant inflatables, food trucks and the always popular market place of business and nonprofit booths.  Don’t miss the festival finale Polynesian show at sunset! 

Highlands Day is FREE to attend however rides, inflatables, and some activities require ticket or

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We Are Excited To Announce The Opening Of Our New Eastlake Sammamish Office!

Stan Chang and Marisa Ormando will be managing this new office.

Stan and Marisa have been in the real estate industry for over a decade.  Just off Lake Sammamish Parkway, this office is centrally located for both agents and clients. We are looking forward to see what this new office will bring to The Cascade Team.

Address: 5720 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, #101 Issaquah, Washington 98029

Phone: 425-395-4399

Fax: 425-636-4419

Email: stan.chang@thecascadeteam.com 

SOS Designation Achievement - Real Estate is my passion! It’s wonderful to be apart of The Cascade Team! For the past several years I’ve been selling real estate on the Greater Eastside,

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We Are Excited To Welcome Anatoliy Senyak To The Cascade Team!

Anatoliy Senyak

  • Cell Phone: 425-783-9217
  • Office Phone: 800-509-6905 ext 1078
  • E-mail: Anatoliy@TheCascadeTeam.com

A little about Anatoliy: Anatoliy is a new agent beginning his real estate career at The Cascade Team. He will be working out of the Seattle office, with Jared Tadique. We are very excited to have him on board and look forward to seeing what he will bring to The Cascade Team! 

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Cascade Team Real Estate agents are proactive in serving their customers, studying the market and touring homes, so they can provide the most accurate housing market data for their you their client. This helps you better understand the competitive

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