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You? Buy a home? If that prospect sounds as unlikely as your becoming the next U.S. president—well, this campaign season has shown us that anything can happen.

Sure, amassing the funds and slogging through the necessary paperwork for your own piece of the real estate pie can be daunting, especially if you’re a less-than-stellar loan candidate. Still, if you just assume there’s no way you could buy a home, without doing any research, you could be missing out.

Here are some oft-cited reasons people don’t buy a home, and the reality checks showing why they shouldn’t give up hope.

Reason No. 1: ‘I don’t have enough money for a down payment’

This is probably the most common justification for not making the leap into homeownership.

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The South Sound real estate market showed no signs of a seasonal slowdown in December as sales once again jumped by a double-digit margin in Pierce and Thurston counties. And the lack of inventory continues to drive the market, according to Northwest Multiple Listing Service data released Wednesday.

Pierce County months of inventory — the amount of time it would take to exhaust the number of single-family residences for sale — fell below two months to end the year at 1.78 months. In Thurston County, it was 2.4 months. A healthy supply of single-family residences that doesn’t favor either the buyer or seller is thought to be around six months.

But with little to choose from, combined with buyer demand (mortgage interest rates are still low and the

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Make your nomination today!

May 20 is the deadline to nominate projects, plans and programs for the VISION 2040 Awards, a program of the Puget Sound Regional Council. Any individual, business, agency, organization or jurisdiction may submit a nomination.

The awards recognize projects, programs or plans in King, Kitsap, Pierce or Snohomish counties that help achieve the region's growth, economic, and transportation strategy. The projects may be developed in the public or private sectors, or through public/private partnerships.

PSRC said examples of programs and plans include comprehensive or subarea plans, economic development plans, design guidelines, outreach/education efforts, transportation demand management programs, and other similar

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Tehaleh in Bonney Lake makes the list

Tehaleh Community logoHome sales in the top 50 master-planned communities during 2015 jumped 14 percent from the volume reported for 2014, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. The 23,263 sales in the latest report accounted for an estimated 4.7 percent of all new home sales nationally and marked the highest volume in the six years the masterplan list has been compiled.

Commenting on their findings, the consultants from the John Burns team credited "historically low mortgage rates, solid job growth, low levels of resale competition and outstanding execution by the developers" as factors that drove demand. 

One community in Washington state, Tehaleh, made the list. The 271 sales it experienced earned that project 46th

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Trend continues even during downturns

Homeownership as a wealth-building strategy was the subject of a paper The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies presented at a 2013 symposium. Now, the authors of that report revisited the topic using more recent data and lessons learned from the housing crisis.

Researchers report their updated analysis "upholds the bottom-line result from the earlier paper: that homeownership was associated with significant gains in household wealth, even when viewed across the tumultuous housing crisis period of 1999-2013."

In the earlier paper covering the 1999-2009 time period (before the downturn), the authors reached three key conclusions:

  1. Even during a time of excessive risk taking in the mortgage market
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We are happy to announce the opening of our new office in Kirkland Washington!

Here we grow again! We have added yet another branch in Washington State!

Located on the Kirkland Waterfront, our new office will be managed by Ron Cornwall.  Ron has been in the Real Estate industry for 20 years and will be a wonderful mentor to those agents who join his office.

Ron Cornwall

  • Office:  425-275-9370
  • Cell:  206-701-4165
  • Email:
  • Visit our Kirkland Branch Office website HERE!

Celebrating 20 years in Real Estate!

Your referrals are the highest compliment I can receive. My clients are drawn to my ethical and honest approach to all aspects of my professional and personal life. My knowledge and

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The following article is a re-post from  Very insightful look at today's home selling market and what to do to help our home sell fast and for the most amount of money. 

"Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a wild year in real estate! Our chief economist, Jonathan Smoke, has predicted that 2016 will be a true seller’s market, and it’s already galloping out of the starting gate.

Of course, not all homes are equal, and they don’t sell equally well, either. Most homes are a unique mosaic of attractive features (sparkling new granite counters!) and sometimes frustrating flaws (hey, what’s with the dilapidated porch?). Which part of that equation comes out on top will help determine what how quickly your place will move.

But what are

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Jing Chen!

Jing Chen

  • Office: 1-800-509-6905 ext. 1119
  • Cell: 1-512-636-1071
  • Fax: 1-425-996-9520
  • Email:

We are happy to welcome Jing Chen to The Cascade Team!

I grew up in Northern China and graduated from Beijing University in Post &Telecommunication in 1988. I began to work as full time real estate Realtor in Austin TX and then Seattle area to help clients buying/selling/renting properties as well as self-investing in real estate by purchasing homes renting them or flipping them. I am a member of USA National Association of Realtor, member of Washington Association of Realtor, and Member of Seattle Association of Realtors. I will help you with all of your real estate needs

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Tony Anton!

Tony Anton

  • Office: Scottsdale, AZ - Todd Ruzylo, Mgr
  • Office Location:  7345 E Evans Rd - Suite 23, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260
  • Offie  #: 480-719-1517
  • Cell: 480.365.8547 
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  • Website:

We are happy to welcome Tony Anton to The Cascade Team! 

I have loved helping people in business since 2006, specifically in the in healthcare/caregiving industry.  I have always has a passion for real estate and helping people find their dream home, and I’m excited about this new venture.  I love the outdoors and many types of sports, but my favorite is soccer, so Arizona is a great place for me to live.   I’m looking forward to putting my passion to

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Thomas Koshar

  • Office: 1-800-509-6905 ext. 1120
  • Cell: 425-883-1498
  • Fax: 425-996-9520
  • Email:

We are happy to welcome Thomas Koshar to The Cascade Team!

 With 25 years of real estate experience, I can give you expert advice on your real estate journey. I was also a Washington real estate instructor for some time. I am excited to be joining The Cascade Team and being able to give my clients outstanding service for a discount listing fee.

Thomas will be a wonderful addition to The Cascade Team and we look forward to his success!


Cascade Team Real Estate agents are proactive in serving their customers, studying the market and

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