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Agent Tips

Tips from The Cascade Team Agents

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by Stacey Freed    

Facebook’s aim to become a “digital living room,” making users’ networks smaller and more private, may require a change in your social media strategy to remain visible to current and prospective clients online. It will take time to know the full impact of the social network’s latest shift, announced in March, which prioritizes private messaging and Facebook groups over other content. But the intent, like other recent Facebook changes, is to limit users’ exposure to posts generated outside their inner circles. That makes it harder to reach audiences organically.

One strategy is to become more active in Facebook groups, which already engage 400 million of the social network’s 2.4 billion

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I’m always so happy to welcome new agent to The Cascade Team, but I will admit that this announcement has a very special place in my heart. Keenan was just 1 year old when I first got my real estate license, and now after all these years it’s a pleasure to announce that my son; Keenan Porter has passed his Broker’s exam!

Some people feel like they were born to do Real Estate, but in the case of Keenan… He was literally “Born” into Real Estate!

From the tender age of 2 Keenan’s dad (Cary Porter the Owner/Designated Broker of The Cascade Team) would bring Keenan to Open Houses with him. By the age of four Keenan was set up with “Free” lemonade stands in front of said open houses where he would direct people to go in and; “See his Dad”.

From

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  • King Count Housing Inventory Increases More Than 62%
  • Total Area Inventory Up 24.5%
  • Buyers rejoiced at lower interest rates in May.
  • Volume of new listings, and the number of closed sales – both showed slight gains from a year ago.

Home buyers are “better off,” but market is heating up.

KIRKLAND, Washington (June 6, 2019) – The housing market in western Washington may not be as hot as it was last spring, but it is heating up, suggested one industry leader in commenting on the latest statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Matt Deasy, president of Windermere Real Estate/East, Inc. said his analysis of single family home sales in King County reveals 7 out of 10 properties that sold during May had 15 or fewer days on the

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Are you ready to begin getting your home in top condition to sell? There are a few steps every homeowner should take before listing your home to maximize the chances of getting a high offer. From decluttering and cleaning to fixing broken items and painting, the following actions can help dramatically when trying to sell your house.

1. Declutter Everything

Organizing your space will help prospective buyers visualize the home with their own things in it. Clutter, knick-knacks, and stuffed closets make it much harder for buyers to see how they could make it their own.

2. Have Extra Light Bulbs On Hand

All lights will need to remain on when your house is being shown. Having an extra stock of light bulbs ensures buyers can see

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  • Issaquah, WA
  • Full-time
  • Salary: $18.00 to $20.00 /hour

Transaction Duties:

Create Files for New Transactions: Read through contracts and file; ensuring we have mutually signed contracts, and all forms relating to the transaction. Creates commission disbursement forms.

Escrow Duties: Open escrow and assists with communication between agents, escrow, and The Cascade Team; ensuring Escrow receives all pertinent forms for each transaction.

Time Frames and Deadlines: A real estate Transaction Coordinator's job includes paying attention to deadlines for items such as earnest money, inspections, and other related deadlines.

Closing Duties: Close out files including: Changing status on the NWMLS; deactivating and reassigning Adcodes,

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In today’s changing market, there’s more to a successful closing than just getting the offer accepted. Make sure you have an agent capable of guiding you from start to close!

The old school three p’s — “Plant a sign, Post on the MLS and Pray” — employed by some agents in hot markets, will not work as things begin to cool off. The adage, “You have a minute to sell your home,” beginning the moment a prospective buyer pulls up in front of a property, is no longer true.

That minute has become 10 seconds or less and happens on a buyer’s mobile device nowhere near the listing. If buyers do not like what they see, no amount of open house signs will get them into your listing — they will swipe left and move on.

This year’s market is not the same as

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Pricing Your Property Is A Balancing Act:

On the one hand, you want to set a listing price that maximizes interest among qualified, motivated buyers who will be willing to pay top dollar for your property. Indeed, such buyers will ultimately determine your property's top market value.

On the other hand, you do not want to set a listing price that attracts a lot of buyer prospects, but sets the stage for negotiations that result in your getting less than what your property is really worth.

Your Home's Actual Market Value

In a perfect world, your home's value would be everything you think and need it to be. However, simply put, your home's value is not determined by you, but by what the market is willing to pay for it at a given time. These

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The Open House Treasure Hunt is Back!

Join us on Saturday, May 18th for our Annual Open House Treasure Hunt.

Tour homes and win over $200,000 in Cash & Prizes!

96.5 Jack FM will be at select locations with live remotes and more chances to win!

Homes must be listed by May 16th!

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:

  • 80 Radio Spots - 96.5 Jack FM (around 1 Million Impressions will be generated from the radio spots!)
  • Live Radio Remotes - Website promotion for each remote on the station's website
  • Jack FM Home Page Banner
  • Inclusion on JackSeattle.com with events, newsletters & contest
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It's that time of year. We get to set our thermostat a bit lower and if we have air conditioning it's time to start thinking about warmer days and possibly getting our whole system cleaned and services. Our friends at Cardinal Heating & Air have some ideas to help keep things working smoothly.

Cardinal Heating and Air Presents Springtime Maintenance to your Mechanical System

Change air filters in your home. There are many to choose from at your nearby home improvement store.  They are rated based on their efficiency of dust particle removal. It's important that these filters get changed a minimum of twice a year as they literally filter the air coming into your home through your ducts. You should locate and remove the old filter and write down

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Text: crayondrive to 425-223-4655 for up to date details and drop-off locations!

Help us Brighten a Child's Life!

For the 14th year, The Cascade Team is once again hosting Project Crayon Drive this April! For the young who find themselves at Seattle Children’s Hospital, sometimes the simple things like a coloring book and a few crayons can be as soothing as the trained staff and smiling doctors. Yet, something as simple as crayons often goes overlooked. Each year, Children’s Hospital goes through over 240,000 crayons, but each child only gets a couple to use.

And that’s where The Cascade Team — in partnership with the Children’s Hospital Guild Association and several area merchants — comes in. Throughout the month of April, agents from The

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