There are many reasons why I chose to join The Cascade Team. I came from another firm and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about them, but real estate is hard, harder than it looks from the perspective of the general public. Everything is done independently, as an agent you learn by trial by fire. You are expected to market your listings on your own, and while I have a background as a business owner and am used to posting Facebook ads etc, not all agents manage to do this well. Most agents are very well intentioned, but putting a house on the NWMLS, hosting a couple of open houses, printing out some flyers and "hoping you get buyers" is not the best strategy for some homes. Yes, if inventory is low, frequently you can get offers without…
Have you lived in your current home for at least 10 years and are starting to wonder what needs replaced or updated? Even if you make maintenance a priority, some things in your home are going to need updated or replaced after they’ve been used for 10 years. Here are 8 updates to consider making in your home with each decade.
1. Hot Water Tank
Even if your tank isn’t leaking (or not working) quite yet, it is usually ready for replacement every 10 years. It is important to make note of how old your water heater is to prevent any major issues, so be sure to check the manufacturing date and consider replacement once it has worked for 10 years.
2. Ceiling Fans
If you are someone who has the fans in your home running often, they will likely…
KIRKLAND, Washington (December 6, 2018) – With more plentiful inventory, recently announced increases in lending limits, and moderating prices, prospective home buyers are finding more options around Western Washington, according to industry experts from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
- Active Listings up 41%
- King County inventory surging 135 percent from a year ago
- Closed sales declined about 15.3 percent from twelve months ago
“Moderating interest rates over the past few weeks could provide a window of opportunity for buyers this month, even if the Fed is widely expected to raise them again in December,” said Mike Grady, president and COO of Coldwell Banker Bain.
“We are continuing to see a balancing of the market,”…
Top 5 Rooms to Remodel
With the popularity of home remodeling shows, homeowners across the country are anxious to take out their toolbox and remodel their home too. Most often, remodels are better suited to professionals, however, this can cost significantly more. Regardless of the method, remodeling projects are not inexpensive, so making the best impact for the cost is important. Here are the top 5 rooms to remodel in 2018.
1. Kitchen – Always a great return on investment. From functional spaces to bona fide living areas, add extra seating, lighting and entertaining spaces such as a bar or counter.
2. Backyard Kitchen/Family Room – The backyard is an extension of the interior. Section off areas for an outdoor kitchen and family…
As we careen at warp speed from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all of the joyous (read: stressful) festivities in between, you might be tempted to take your home off the market—or hold off on listing it—until after the new year. After all, you’re swamped with cooking, shopping, and decorating, and the last thing you need is a bunch of potential buyers traipsing through your house, right?
While it’s true the market is slower around the holidays, it’s also an excellent time to put your house up for sale. The market is slower mostly because fewer sellers are listing, but meanwhile buyers are sitting around with pre-approval letter in-hand just starving for inventory!
Simply put; It’s a huge, huge mistake to either remove your home…