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Real estate brokers may not:

 

  • Conduct any business outside of their home, including physically showing or previewing properties, conducting in-person listing presentations, taking property photos, staging homes, etc.  Any person who violates the Governor’s order not only puts himself/herself and his/her family at great personal risk, but also puts the real estate firm and his/her clients at risk.

 

Real estate brokers may:

 

  • Provide services to their clients remotely from their house; and
  • Use technology services that enable remote business, including online forms, electronic signatures, virtual tours, videos, and similar tools.

 

Last night, Governor Inslee issued a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order

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The Elements of Choice and Service

Some consider that the internet has eroded the ‘human connection’ in relation to the search-to-purchase process of a property. Most home buyers today are visiting home listings to search and compare properties based on several parameters including size, budget, location, availability, and accessibility from the comfort of their homes. In consideration of the current coronavirus it is not only prudent but extremely important.  

Various studies reveal human intervention is almost becoming outmoded in the ‘search and discovery’ stage of property purchase. For those who are tech-savvy, there is no need for human interaction in the ‘search and discovery’ phase, as there are numerous property portals ranging from

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and many local State Department of Health such as in Washington (WSDH) are currently recommending people not gather in groups of 10 or more. Additionally, in WA. Governor Jay Inslee announced restrictions through the end of March on public gatherings larger than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. These restrictions may extend beyond March and may affect other counties in Washington State as well as other State and local jurisdictions in the near future. With these thoughts in mind, please read the following recommendations from a number of area brokerages:



Open Houses:

  • When holding open houses, make sure to clean and disinfect all surfaces and have sanitizer placed around their home.
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Coronavirus & Real Estate

As the news and impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve, many Broker/Agents are asking for suggested best practices to follow during open houses, showings, and other in-person interactions with clients. As the busy spring market has started, We urge The Cascade Team agents around the country to stay informed, stay calm, and be supportive of fellow brokers and consumers.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and many local State Department of Health such as in Washington (WSDH) are currently recommending people not gather in groups of 10 or more. Additionally, in WA. Governor Jay Inslee announced restrictions through the end of March on public gatherings larger than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. These

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NWMLS brokers report brisk activity, noting “too early to tell” if coronavirus will soften sales
 
KIRKLAND, Washington (March 5, 2020) – “We’re entering prime time for the real estate market, and more listings are on the way,” stated industry veteran J. Lennox Scott, as he reviewed the latest statistical report from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. MLS figures for February show year-over-year (YOY) gains in new listings, pending sales, closed sales, and prices. Scott, the chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, expects a bump-up in inventory during March and April, but said, “We remain virtually sold out in many areas in the more affordable and mid-price ranges.” 
 
Northwest MLS representatives who commented on last month’s activity reported…
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There are only a few ways to get off the Sammamish Plateau, and the city is about to close one of them for the rest of the year.

Sammamish Senior Project engineer Sam Park said construction got underway in August as the contractor started widening the two-lane road. It just can’t handle the 24,000 vehicles a day that use it, and this was promised to Klahanie residents when the area was annexed.

“We’re widening the road from two lanes to four lanes, and we’re improving the intersections from signalized intersections to roundabouts,” Park said. “There are going to be three roundabouts, and we’re removing a sag in the roadway by building a bridge.”

It is that bridge work that is going to cause the closure of this route that connects the

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(NWMLS February Release)

KIRKLAND, Washington (February 6, 2020) – “All indicators point to a vigorous spring market,” suggested broker Dean Rebhuhn when reviewing just-released statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The report covering 23 counties shows pending sales outgained new listings, record-low inventory that’s down 33% from a year ago, and double-digit price increases.

Matthew Gardner, chief economist at Windermere Real Estate (the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S.), noted home buyers did not take very much time off during the holidays. “They hit the ground running as soon as the new year kicked off.” (Windermere has 140 offices in the NWMLS market area.)

Rebhuhn, the owner of Village Homes

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Home buyers in Western Washington “hit the ground running” in January
  Inventory down 33% from last year. Pending Sales TOP new listings Inventory at new All-Time lows
KIRKLAND, Washington (February 6, 2020) – “All indicators point to a vigorous spring market,” suggested broker Dean Rebhuhn when reviewing just-released statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The report covering 23 counties shows pending sales outgained new listings, record-low inventory that’s down 33% from a year ago, and double-digit price increases. 
 
Matthew Gardner, chief economist at Windermere Real Estate, noted home buyers did not take very much time off during the holidays. “They hit the ground running as soon as the new year kicked off.” 
 
Rebhuhn,…
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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.

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When it comes to buying your first home, are there two words that are more unpleasant and unwelcome than “down payment?” How about “closing costs?” That’s because first-timer buyers are often surprised by this expense, or at least confused about how much they will need to pay. 

Additionally, buyers may not understand that some of the fees under the closing costs umbrella are not set in stone. Yes, there are ways to save money on closing costs. We’re breaking down the potential savings. 

What are closing costs?

First, it’s important to understand the role closing costs play in your mortgage—especially because we’re not talking about a measly amount. Closing costs can range from 2–6% of the total cost of your loan. So, on a $250,000

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