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Now that we’re in the homestretch of 2016 (really, we are!), consumers are starting to plan for 2017, especially if they want to buy or sell a home. We regularly ask our users about their home-buying or -selling journey, what motivates them—and what’s holding them back. This time of year, the pool of prospective sellers shifts toward those who are just starting their research but expect to sell in the spring.

The desire to sell is there, which should be good news in a market that’s short on for-sale housing inventory. But sellers face challenges, too.

We’re seeing a wide range of motivations for selling. The top six are reasons selected by at least 15% of the sellers:

Graphic: Top motivations for home sellers

Those reasons are an interesting mix of “moving up” and

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By concentrating on the political issues that are likely to affect real estate markets, you’re casting a vote for your profession and community.

September 2016 | By Robert Freedman 2016 button on partiotic decorated porch  

What are you voting for when you go to the polls as a member of the National Real Estate Brokers Party? You’re choosing candidates at the federal, state, and local levels who understand the role of real estate and property rights in keeping the economy strong and building vibrant communities. Lawmakers who “get it” will step up on matters affecting your business. Here’s a rundown of key issues on the legislative and regulatory agenda that affect real estate brokers and home owners across the nation.

Business Issues

Patent trolls

These companies

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Ranjit Singh

  • Office:  800-509-6905 Ext. 1144
  • Cell:  253-332-6231
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We are happy to welcome Ranjit Singh to The Cascade Team!  Ranjit will be working with Stan Chang in our East Lake Sammamish Office.  He was referred to us by Simmi Kher and will be farming the Auburn area where he currently resides.
A little about Ranjit: Ranjit was born in Punjab, India and came to the USA in 1994.  He lived in New York for 5 years before moving to Seattle in 1999.  Since then, he has lived in the Kent and Auburn area for 17 years while running a family business.   He has always loved real estate and wanted to bring his business and customer service experience to The Cascade Team.  In his…
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$1,100,000 - 6823 126th Ave NE, Kirkland

   Bedrooms: 4
   Bathrooms: 2.5
   Sq. Footage: 2,367
   Year Built: 1985
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 1038579
  Ron Cornwall
Managing Broker
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Bridle Trails Quality Buchan resale in the sought after Kirkland neighborhood of Parkside Lane. Centrally located between Microsoft & Google. Seller spared no expense in designing and remodeling this exquisite home and grounds. Fantastic entertaining home offers great room
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  • New Listings up 14.5% Year over Year
  • Pending Sales up 9.3%
  • Closed Sales Increased by 9.5%
  • Prices up nearly 9% YTD
KIRKLAND, Washington (Oct. 5, 2016) – It’s still a seller’s market, but some leaders from Northwest Multiple Listing Service think the imbalance may be easing in some areas, pointing to a slower pace of sales and moderating prices. Others aren’t convinced, citing mixed indicators.  
Northwest MLS statistics summarizing September activity show year-over-year gains in the volumes of new listings (up 14.5%), pending sales (up 9.3%), closed sales (up 9.5%), and prices (up nearly 9%). Inventory for single family homes and condominiums across the 23 counties in the report dropped about 8 percent from a year ago.
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We can expect a hot year for home sales in 2017, according to recent forecasts from the National Association of REALTORS®, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and more.

NAR is predicting existing-home sales to reach 6 million in 2017, higher than its 5.8 million forecast for this year. But other entities are even more bullish. MBA is predicting home sales to eclipse 6.5 million next year, while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are both predicting 6.2 million.

Home Sales Expected to Increase Nicely in 2017 | Keeping Current Matters

As we can see, each is projecting sizable increases in home sales next year!

A huge wave of Generation Yers, who have delayed home buying, are emerging into their key buying years. They are predicted to keep home sales and condo sales strong well into 2020,

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The Only Thing Scarier Than Selling Your Home is Realizing How Much You Overpaid on Commissions!

Home Seller Marketing Has Changed

Leveraging The Latest In Real Estate Marketing Technology

A solid real estate marketing plan is very important. It takes more than a MLS listing, sign, some paper flyers, and an open house to sell your home in today’s market. Make sure your real estate agent has real leading edge housing market intelligence. Our leading edge marketing plan is designed to sell your house as quickly as possible.


The Cascade Team provides a full service experience that is a step above; by executing a marketing plan that is unique to your home, rich in technology

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Population 50,248
Median Home Price      $802,275
Property Tax $7,179
Unemployment rate 4.3%
Commute time 28 minutes

Until recently, Sammamish was probably best described as an enclave of leafy neighborhoods rather than a city in its own right. Located about 20 miles from Seattle, the city sits on the east side of the seven-mile-long Lake Sammamish and wasn’t incorporated until 1999.

While Sammamish still lacks a proper “Main Street,” it ranks high because of its superb schools, proximity to major employers, and gobs of green space. The city is also making steady

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Seattle Among Markets That Badly Need a Jolt of New Housing

There aren't enough new single-family homes being built in the U.S. Eighty percent of metro areas recently analyzed are faced with a “housing shortage crisis,” according to new research from the National Association of REALTORS®.

NAR reviewed new-home construction relative to job gains over a three-year period, from 2013 to 2015, in 171 metro areas. Markets in the West made up half of the top 10 areas with the largest shortages of newly built homes, NAR’s study shows.

The NAR analysis comes just as the Census Bureau released data on housing starts for August. On September 20, the bureau reported a drop in building permits for August 2016, compared with both July 2016 and

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$575,000 - 7018 Allman Ave SE, Snoqualmie

   Bedrooms: 3
   Bathrooms: 2.5
   Sq. Footage: 2,480
   Year Built: 2004
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 1030840
  Laura Hodgson
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Nestled on the greenbelt near Snoqualmie Falls on a very private cul-de-sac w/ a huge custom deck extending into the open forest area. Kitchen features island w/ bar seating, new high end appliances & gas cooktop. Open floor plan with cozy gas fireplace in family room and patio &
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