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cupid, hearts and houses  

So much of our lives are online nowadays. Our social lives happen in online communities as much or more than in friends’ basements or bars. We meet people with similar interests by joining Facebook groups or following someone’s story on Snapchat. YouTube is where we learn to do almost everything, from simple home maintenance tasks to cooking dinner for the family.

Home shopping, like dating in the 21st century, almost always starts online as well. They’re both about finding the right one – and just like a matchmaker, house hunters turn to you to help them wade through the pool of eligible homes and find the one of their dreams. Here are eight ways online dating and home shopping are exactly the same and what your role is as the

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We all know that living near a good school increases the value of your home. But who knew a neighboring cemetery can adversely affect your property value? Or that proximity to a hospital isn’t a good thing?

In fact, we now know – or should know – that nothing is more important when selling your home than your neighborhood. So if you’re buying, think ahead; purchase your dream home in the wrong location and you may be buying into a nightmare. Here are some location no-nos:

  • Research has found that living near a cemetery will lower your property value by 12.3% and having a hospital nearby means when you sell you can expect an impact on your sale price of 3.2%. Also note: make sure you move near a “good” school; a “bad” school will reduce your
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Are your home shoppers desperately trying to find “the one?” Finding the perfect housing match can be like finding the perfect mate. For some Americans, this year’s Valentine may come in the form of a home, filled with shiny new fixtures and a great first impression. But that search isn’t always easy.

In a recent article, realtor.com® highlights how home-shopping can feel a lot like dating.

1. You need to have trust.

Americans seem to think they have a better chance at finding love than finding the perfect home. Fifty-two percent of home buyers believe they will find their dream home compared to 73 percent of Americans who believe they will find true love. While competition in the housing market is intense right now, home buyers shouldn’t get

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Steve Otto!

Steve Otto

  • Office:  1-800-509-6905 ext. 1167
  • Cell: 425-941-9491
  • Fax: 425-996-9517
  • steve.otto@thecascadeteam.com

We are very happy to welcome Steve Otto to The Cascade Team Real Estate. Steve will be joining our East Lake Sammamish Branch working with Stan and Marisa. Along with being a certified clock-hour instructor for real estate, Steve has a long 30-year history in real estate, real estate management and luxury homes.


Steve will be a wonderful addition to our Team and we look forward to his 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 most accurate

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by Karen Briscoe  

Key Takeaways

  • There are benefits to avoiding peak real estate seasons for home sellers, like less competition. The buyers in the market are often more motivated.
  • The benefits for buyers in the offseason can go the same way, because sellers are also more motivated.
  • Ancillary services, like home appraisers or lenders, are more available during the offseason.

Traditionally, the spring real estate market is March through May, but in many markets it can start as early as February, around Ground Hog Day. Sometimes sales continue to be robust, and the peak selling season will stretch into June.

Lessons from rush hour

Rush hour for traffic in many metropolitan areas is from 7 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Commuters

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$550,000 - 884 3rd Ave NE, Issaquah

   Bedrooms: 3
   Bathrooms: 2.25
   Sq. Footage: 1,707
   Year Built: 2011
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Townhouse / Condo
   MLS® Number: 1076532
OFFERED BY: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:
  Cary W Porter
Designated Broker & Owner
425.891.7447
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Seller is reviewing offers as they come in so don't wait! 3 Bedrooms w/ 2 Car Garage in The Highlands will go fast!!!... Welcome to Highlands Square at The Issaquah Highlands. Stunning 3 bedroom, 2.25 bath, 2 car garage Dream Home. Slab granite and Stainless
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Welcome To The Cascade Team Heather Renz!

Heather Renz

  • Office: 509-228-3088 ext. 1166
  • Cell: 509-951-8211
  • Fax: 509-228-3088
  • heather.renz@thecascadeteam.com

We are happy to welcome Heather Renz to The Cascade Team!  She will be working out of our Spokane Office with James Faucett, Brokerage Manager.

Heather has lived in the Spokane area her entire life and is proud to call this beautiful area of the Pacific Northwest her home. She has been in the real estate industry for over four years. Heather started out as a transaction coordinator and, after only a year and a half, her designated broker suggested she get her real estate license. Heather’s knowledge of the Spokane area market along with her 20+ years of customer service

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  KIRKLAND, Washington (Feb. 6, 2017) – Western Washington’s “high velocity” market continued during January with the number of pending sales (7,745) outgaining the number of new listings (6,507), according to new figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.  
  • Properties are moving through the market at an unusually fast pace
  • Active Listings Decline By 21%
  • If home buyers were hoping that January would start to bring more balance to the housing market, they’re going to be sorely disappointed.
  • Prices up another 9%

“Properties are moving through the market at an unusually fast pace,” remarked John Deely, chairman of the board at Northwest MLS and the principal managing broker at Coldwell Banker Bain. “Although we have…
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  In spite of the record snowfall from Seattle to Spokane and down to Portland our markets have been amazingly HOT.. (And that certainly doesn’t leave Arizona out, which even though use to the warm temperatures is also setting records for the number of transactions this early in the year!) Just last week we had 16 new listings which is a RECORD for the last week of January 1st half week of February. It is wonderful seeing many of you getting out there and spreading the word. At The Cascade Team we have so much more to offer than other brokerages in this crazy market, and with homes flying off the market in only a day with as many as 30 offers our value proposition is just enormous.   “The greater Seattle area saw the fifth highest average…
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    Toured the limited inventory available in Snoqualmie Ridge this week with two agents on my team. Great to get out there and see the homes in the area. Some sellers/listing agents are seemingly trying to take advantage of tight inventory by pricing homes at lofty prices hoping that the demand will attract that one buyer. It's one pricing strategy but it may not be the best as it can really get a seller in a 'tight' market anxious as they see their house sit on the market for longer than others homes that have gotten under contract quickly and closed. There is also the letdown of not getting the multiple offer situation that many hear about. They can also be letdown by receiving below asking price offers when they might have had it in their…
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