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strange-questions2 By Daniel Bortz

Long before home buyers decide a certain place must be theirs, it behooves them to ask a lot of questions. For example: "How's the neighborhood?" or "How old is that water heater, anyway?" Ask away! Such queries help you pare down your options, so don't be bashful; real estate agents have heard them all.

However, the adage "There's no such thing as a stupid question" isn't always true. As proof, just check out this list of the strangest questions real estate agents have ever heard about a house. Cue the “Twilight Zone” music—things are about to get very, very weird. 

1. 'How do you keep alligators from coming up into the toilet?'

Michael Lyons, a real estate broker with Lyons Realty Group in Hollywood, FL, has

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The Open House Treasure Hunt is Back!

Join us on Saturday, May 20th for our Annual Open House Treasure Hunt.

Tour homes and win over $200,000 in Cash & Prizes! Just Text the "Secret" code from any listed property to win!

The Cascade Team has 33 NEW Listings This Week, plus a few additional properties giving you the opportunity to visit and win from approximately 40 homes throughout the area! ( Check out our interactive map below for home locations. Click on any home to see the times of the open houses.)

See the Map of Open House Treasure Hunt Homes HERE!

In addition both Jack FM 96.5 and Star 101.5 will be doing live remotes at select Open Houses listed below. They will have the radio station staff and prize wheels out with tons of

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In competitive housing markets across the country, making an offer that sticks has become increasingly difficult. Ensure your client doesn’t make the process even tougher by succumbing to one of these common mistakes.

Delaying

Time kills deals. Dragging your feet means you could wind up paying more in a bidding war situation or missing out on the property altogether. Buyers need to be ready with their paperwork, such as bank statements, a preapproval letter, and documents supporting proof of funds, from the day they begin house-hunting mode. That way they can pounce quickly with an offer when they do find a home they like.

Making an offer for their preapproved amount

Smart buyers are getting preapproved to show a seller they’re financially

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Here are 10 very good reasons to look up your home address or the address of a home you are considering buying!

(Search-engine sleuthing is worth the effort to unearth the niceties — and perhaps negatives — when searching for your new home. There’s probably not a day that goes by that you don’t Google something — the weather, a foreign phrase, directions, or news, just to name a few. With all the information Google can provide through its bird’s eye view, not Googling your address, or the address of a home you are considering making an offer on, is practically a crime — especially when you’re searching for a new home (whether you’re house-hunting for a waterfront home on Lake Sammamish, Wa, or looking for a ranch house in Goodyear, AZ). You'd be…
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Welcome To The Cascade Team David Law!

David Law

  • Office: 425-395-4399
  • Cell: (425) 829-3959
  • E-mail: David.Law@thecascadeteam.com

We are happy to welcome David to The Cascade Team!

In my free time, I enjoy family time with my wife and children and especially love coaching their baseball and basketball teams.  I like going out to dinner and hanging out in Issaquah where I live.  I believe in working hard, playing hard and treating people with kindness and respect.  I'm a good listener and seek to understand before I'm understood.  I practice humility and I'm grateful for the friends I have along with new friends I encounter.  I look forward to meeting and helping you!

David Law will be a wonderful addition to The Cascade Team

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When it comes to talking to the seller’s agent at an open house, a little mystery goes a long way.

More isn’t always better — especially when it comes to talking to a seller’s real estate agent. Your buyer’s agent is a guide and advocate in your real estate journey and should know everything about your needs, your desires, and how much house you can afford. But the seller’s agent is an entirely different story, and what you share with them should be minimal.

If you’re buying a home, your agent is almost always your voice to the seller. Speaking alone with the seller’s agent doesn’t happen very often, and it’s easy to forget who you’re speaking with — but there you are at the open house, eating a slice of quiche,

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Karin Cho!

Karin Cho

  • Office: 425-395-4399
  • Cell: (206) 491-2349
  • E-mail: Karin@thecascadeteam.com

We are happy to welcome Karin Cho to The Cascade Team!

Karin joins The Cascade Team with 14 year of professional experience.  Karin was a licensed broker from 2003 to 2007, when she decided to go another way to make more time for her three children who were still young at the time.  She then was an owner/agent for the Allstate Agency.  Karin returned to Real Estate as the Transaction Coordinator at Tribeca Northwest.  She decided to get back into Real Estate as a broker, deciding to join our team because of our presence in her current neighborhood of Issaquah/Sammamish.  She is a Northwest native having

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The Open House Treasure Hunt is Back!

Join us on Saturday, May 20th for our Annual Open House Treasure Hunt.

Tour homes and win over $200,000 in Cash & Prizes! Just Text the "Secret" code from any listed property to win!

Star 101.5 and 96.5 Jack FM will be there!

 

Homes must be listed by May 18th!

Register HERE to have your home included in the Open House Treasure Hunt

What can you expect during the Open House Treasure Hunt this year?

Our marketing efforts include:

  • 150 Radio Spots - Star 101.5 and 96.5 Jack FM (around 1 Million Impressions will be generated from the radio spots!)
  • 4 Live Radio Remotes - Website promotion for each remote on the station's website
  • Zillow Banner Ads reaching over 1,000,000 Home
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by Cara Ameer

Key Takeaways

  • As a layperson, you don't know what you don't know when it comes to handling the single largest transaction you'll likely make in your life.
  • A real estate agent serves as a ninja negotiator to achieve the best price and terms that the market will bear while protecting your interests.
  • Agents are connected to a plethora of industry professionals to help you get the deal done.

As with most important things in life, you wouldn’t try to handle a legal situation without an attorney, build your own house or take on the IRS solo to challenge a tax matter. Well, buying or selling a home is no different.

Here are the top reasons you should never buy or sell a home without an agent.

1. Knowledge is not

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A Great Way To Stay Up To Date: Get a FREE Detailed Market Snapshot for your personal home or Neighborhood of interest HERE! 

The Market Snapshot is a great way for buyers and sellers to get informed and stay informed about the real estate market. Buyers can keep an eye on the areas they want to move to. Sellers can see every comparable sale in their neighborhood as they prepare to sell their home. Market Snapshot will come directly to your inbox on the schedule you choose, and best of all, it's FREE!

KIRKLAND, Washington (May 4, 2017) – “Frustrating” is how brokers are summarizing the mood of buyers, brokers – and industry professionals – during the current housing market frenzy. New statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service show

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