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Justice Department probe, civil lawsuits pose challenge to real-estate industry practices

“Plaintiffs’ allegations plausibly show that the Buyer-Broker Commission Rules prevent effective negotiation over commission rates and cause an artificial inflation of buyer-broker commission rates,” the judge wrote last year. “But-for Defendants’ conspiracy, each Plaintiff would have paid ‘substantially lower commissions.’”

Transparency in Commissions

Fact: Real estate brokers’ commission rates are not regulated in any state and are ALWAYS 100% negotiable.

The end goal of this lawsuit is for “Buyer Agent Commissions” to be fully seen as a fee paid for and financed in the buyer’s loan.

For example, on a $1 million home with a 3% commission the

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We are very happy to welcome Karen Williamson and the new Managing Broker for The Cascade Team Spokane.

 

Learn more about our dynamic new Spokane Managing Broker at the link below!

Karen Williamson

Managing Broker  

The Cascade Team, Spokane

509-808-1108

The Cascade Team Real Estate is looking for a dynamic and Broker/Agents for Spokane.

We have closed over 800 Spokane area transactions and are looking for an aggressive Broker/Agents looking to take their careers to the next level of success!

Here is your chance to be part of an innovative Real Estate Brokerage that's changing how things are done!

The Ultimate Agent Experience!

Imagine having clients actually chase after you to list their home….

Then Having a

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There are currently eight (8) licensed real estate agents in the greater Seattle area for every (1) house available to sell. With nearly 33,000 licensed real estate agents in Western Washington, the current total number of listings as of March 23rd, 2021 including residential, condominium, and even mobile homes are only 4394.

With Nearly 8 Agents for Every 1 Listing, What Are YOU Doing to Stand Out? The Cascade Team can Help!

As New Agents Pile Into Hot Housing Market. Most Find It Tough Going.

The red-hot housing market has achieved a number of milestones this past year. Perhaps the most telling is this: There are more real-estate agents than homes for sale. Currently in the Pacific NW that number is a staggering 8 to 1 ratio (Being 8 agents

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With snow in the overcast for the next several days and a potential for 6 to 8 inches of accumulation we want to make sure everyone has the most up-to-date information for cold weather preparedness and snow routes.

The City of Sammamish receives a lot of questions about City procedures before, during, and after snow events. They have compiled many of them below with the answers from our Streets and Stormwater Division experts.  

How does the city prepare for snow and ice events and what happens when the snow hits?

  • City of Sammamish has a snow plowing priority system in place to clear our 400 lane miles of public roads and over 730 cul-de-sacs
  • Once a snow or ice event has been forecasted and the likelihood of snow is high, the crews
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2020 was a unique one for real estate. Though the pandemic slowed the majority of the economy down, the housing sector boomed.

In fact, it saw almost unprecedented success. Buyer demand soared (up 40% at one point), bidding wars were a constant presence, and mortgage rates bottomed out — hitting a new record low more than a dozen times over, according to Freddie Mac.

The market even bucked the traditional fall slowdown, with unseasonably strong demand well into the cooler months. All this, despite an ever-worsening pandemic.

But now that 2020 is (finally) at its end. Will it be the end of the current housing boom as well?

Probably not!

According to experts, we can expect more low rates, still-rising prices, and a continued exodus to the

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Here is your chance to be part of an innovative Real Estate Brokerage that's changing how things are done!

The Ultimate Agent Experience!

Imagine having clients actually chase after you to list their home…. That's right! With The Cascade Team's Full Service platform, incredible value proposition, and full support YOU will have all of the tools to become the top listing broker in your neighborhood.... You get to be "That Agent" that everyone calls to list their home!

Then Having a company that invest $1,000’s upfront in you and the marketing of your listings without making a penny unless you sell homes!.... That’s right! A company completely and financially committed to YOUR success!

From Premiere placement on top real estate websites, paid

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Here is your chance to be part of an innovative Real Estate Brokerage that's changing how things are done. 

We are a FULL Service company with a comprehensive marketing plan, great training and support, and great agents! We save our clients thousands on the sale of their home, give them the support and service level they want, and in the process are building a name for ourselves that is second to none!

Contact Janet Jolly-Porter: janet@TheCascadeTeam.com or 425-830-6743 to set up your appointment to learn more.

By providing full marketing support which can be seen HERE: The Cascade Team not only helps you attract more listings, But we also help you attract more buyers. In fact we currently represent 61% Buyers and 39% Listings. That

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Before we fill our stomachs with delicious food this Thanksgiving, let's fill our brains with some fun trivia we can share with family and friends!

Thanksgiving is a special holiday for many popular reasons—the food, the family, and the football are just a few. Less well known, however, are the many fascinating facts behind the holiday's history, traditions, and myths. The truth is, for many of us, there's a lot we don't know about the holiday we celebrate every fourth Thursday in November. So before carving up your family's turkey this year, take the time to learn some of the most interesting Thanksgiving facts we could find. At the very least, you'll have some fun (and harmless) dinner conversation to contribute. And for what not do to this

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Now is the time to start setting the “Table” for your real estate business for 2021 (And maybe praying that we never see another one like 2020). At the Cascade Team we will show you step-by-step exactly what our top performers do to get to the positions they are at. Unlike at other companies, The Cascade Team will help you develop a business plan, implement it, and help hold you accountable to reaching the results and goals you set for yourself! A recent rookie of the year completed 121 transactions his first year, and another agent will earn over $1.3 million in commission income… And we’ll hand you the keys and blueprints to do exactly the same thing… It’s all up to you!  

We want to help you become the best agent you can be!

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This is a true story of a rather haunted sale...The property was owned by a 79-year-old husband and his wife who was 71 years of age. Title was held in Joint Tenancy. The Husband was deceased. The escrow officer reviewed the supplementary affidavit and death certificate needed for this type of transaction involving joint tenancy survivorship. Everything was in order to close.  

Additionally, the son had power of attorney to sign on behalf of his mother.  

The escrow officer questioned the son as to the reason of the POA and was told his mother was competent and alive but was unable to come to closing.  

The escrow officer left the closing room to check on funding and the son followed her, making a request for the seller's proceeds to be wired

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