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Well here we are on the doorsteps of 2017. The past year certainly flew by and was full of surprises and included one of the busiest housing markets we’ve ever seen. Here are several well researched and thought out predictions for the housing market going into 2017, and sprinkled throughout are also a few more “Humorous” predictions that span from Fake News Stories, The Seahawks and even to Marvel Entertainment… We hope you enjoy!

  1. The housing market will continue to boom in 2017, though prices will increase at a slower pace.Strong buyer interest, better access to credit and a modest increase in the number of homes for sale will allow home sales to grow. Home price growth will continue to go up but not as quickly as it did in 2016. Homes will
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Homeowner association boards are elected to handle HOA business. Some do it better than others because of training and natural ability. While good business practices are fundamental to getting the job done right, "people" practices are equally important.

And even though HOA elections are not typically barraged with candidates, the membership does care what the board does. When the board doesn't do it right, some members simmer at a slow boil, some bellow and others beat the tar and feather drums. The picture isn't pretty for well intentioned boards.

A truly effective and perceptive board understands the need to keep business transparent. This "glass house" style of management is difficult for some directors to deal with since it seems…
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  The median home value in 98075 is $889,000. 98075 home values have gone up 13.5% over the past year and The Cascade Team predicts they will rise a minimum of 5.3% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Sammamish is $303. The median price of homes currently listed in 98075 is $988,000 with the median Sold price for November 2015 coming in at $902,264.   Median price is the midpoint between the highest and lowest price. Median prices give a more accurate picture of pricing because it's not skewed by unusually high or low priced sales. Find out the price of your home.     Additionally Sammamish is one of the "Heathiest" real estate markets in the country. As of the latest national report which was issued…
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$555,000 - 61 E Hyak Dr, Snoqualmie Pass

   Bedrooms: 4
   Bathrooms: 3.5
   Sq. Footage: 2,454
   Year Built: 2003
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 1061107
  Linda McFarlane
Managing Broker of The Cascade Team North Bend
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Gorgeous craftsman inspired home, meticulously designed with no detail overlooked, gorgeous wood accents, including wood wrapped windows, solid wood doors, pecan cabinetry, floor to ceiling ledge stone fireplace adds grandeur and comfort
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‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse

My signs were all out and brochure boxes loaded
The ad copy in and the lock boxes coded

I just wrote an offer with that one perfect buyer
eeghads its so low…they say they won’t go any higher

So I call up my seller with the not so good news
And they agree to meet with me…what have they got to lose?

So we sit at the table and I do what I do best
Crunch numbers, talk deadlines and give it a rest

So the sellers agree and get ready to sign
And then they exclaim… “We’ve got an equity line!”

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More crunching and digging to find extra money
The sellers are smiling…but this really isn’t funny

Three months on the market with

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Gale Kicha!

Gale Kicha

  • Office:  1-800-509-6905 ext. 1158
  • Cell:  425-614-6361
  • Fax: 425-996-9520

We are happy to welcome Gale Kicha to The Cascade Team!

Gale will be working out of our Eastlake Sammamish Office with Managing Broker, Stan Chang.

I have spent many years in the computer software industry with several companies. I have been in external, customer-facing roles in software support, training delivery, and product, program and project management.

My wife, Sue Kicha (also a Cascade Team Real Estate Agent) and I have been real estate investing for years. I love to leverage that experience to help our clients find their dream homes!

During my off time, I am

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The Fed hiked its key rate by 25 basis points to a range between 0.50% and 0.75% at Wednesday's meeting. That increase is likely to have an effect on mortgage rates going forward. To that end, The Cascade Team has calculated how the rate hike this week would affect mortgage payments with rates moving up from a 4.0% rate to one with a 4.25% rate. (Please note that the payments are based on borrowers with a minimum 720 credit score and 20% down. Payments also do not include property taxes or any HOA fees or assessments).   One rate hike won't change the world but the process of rising rates affects millions of Americans. If you have a credit card or savings account, invest in stocks or bonds, want to buy a home or a car, pay attention.  


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The Cascade Team is very happy to announce the addition of two new offices.

The first is located in Avondale, AZ and will be managed by Michael Gabriel 

Located in Avondale just off the I-10, our Avondale office team is committed to delivering Simply Outrageous Service to our clients by providing more technology and service than any other local Avondale Realtors, all the while provide unparalleled value. If you have a West Valley home to sell, or are looking to purchase, contact one of our local area real estate agents below.

The Second office is located in Vancouver, WA and will be managed by Gary Firth.

The Cascade Team Real Estate is ready to serve our clients with Simply Outrageous Service. Our Vancouver, WA office is centrally

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Gary Firth

  • Office:  1-800-509-6905 ext. 1147
  • Cell: 360-921-4075
  • Fax: 425-996-9520

We are very happy to officially welcome Gary Firth to The Cascade Team. Gary has over 25 years’ experience in Real Estate with 18 years as a Managing Broker. Gary will be running our new Vancouver Washington office, and helping to serve Southwestern Washington as well as the Portland Metro area. Gary is going to be a wonderful asset to The Cascade Team and his new office is sure to grow quickly!


Cascade Team Real Estate agents are proactive in serving their customers, studying the

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 By Teke Wiggin

I would be very interested in hearing comments of this topic. At The Cascade Team we already have a "Make An Offer" button on all of our in-house listings, so this is something we could fairly easily modify and do.... But there are definitely some negatives to go along with possible advantages. As an Agent/Broker I would love to hear from you, and also as a home Seller/Buyer I would love to get your thoughts!

How the process works and the arguments for and against its use

  • Brokerages and tech firms are experimenting with "transparent bidding," which shows buyers all the offers made on a listing.
  • Supporters say this fetches top dollar for sellers, but skeptics say that's often not true because it takes away one of their
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