Six years ago, it was easy to find real estate agents who were positive about the future. Business was great, and few could predict what the future held. It was an easy time for brokers and group leaders to motivate their teams. Everyone was excited.

Six years later, things really aren’t the same.

These challenging times have hardened us all. We’re leaner and tougher, but we’re also feeling embattled. The market shows signs of light at the end of the tunnel, but we can’t wait around for good times to come back around again. We must try to motivate ourselves and our teams to perform now.

Joie de Vivre Founder, Chip Conley recently sat down with me to talk about his book, Emotional Equations. During our interview, he demonstrates how emotions…

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August 29, 2012

Last week in review (August 20 - 24, 2012)

The minutes from the July 31-August 1 meeting for the Federal Open Market Committee revealed that the Fed is moving closer towards some kind of Quantitative Easing (QE3) at their next meeting. Remember that rumors of QE3 can help bonds (and therefore home loan rates, which are tied to mortgage bonds). We saw evidence of that last week, as bonds and home loan rates rallied on QE3 rumors.

The Fed minutes also revealed that economic activity has decelerated in recent months, with a notable slowing in consumer spending. The minutes went on to say that the housing market remains depressed. There was some good housing news last week, as both Existing Home Sales and New Home Sales rose in…

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This home in Talus is for sale & is no error unlike the ones above....

MLS® #348357
2 Bedrooms, 2.50 Bathrooms
Issaquah, Wa

Stunning Townhome In Highly Sought After Ascent At Talus W/attached 2 Car Tandem Garage. Kitchen Has Updated Appliances, Alde...

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Listing courtesy of The Cascade Team



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There are currently 369  single family residential Carlsbad homes for sale at a median price of $710,000, with an average of 117 days on market; up 10 days from the last report.  Days on market has begun to lengthen over the last few weeks, with 33% of all listed properties had a price decrease in the last seven days, and only 5% of the homes in Carlsbad had a price increase.  Inventory levels have been relatively consistent given the current sell through rate, and overall days on market are currently trending down.  Recently, the seven day moving price average made a healthy move back towards the 90 day moving average, which would suggest that short term price movement is stalling. 

Home inventory has been increasing lately, and the market appears to…

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Property Website

Priced at $330,000

Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2
Home Size: 1,334 sq.ft. Garage: 1
Lot Size: 13,891 sq.ft. County: King
Property Type: Condo, Townhome Year Built: 1977
MLS Number: 398685

Open and bright condo with street level access and great views of the water. This end unit condo has two beds, two bathrooms with marble countertops, and extended hardwoods throughout the living area. The kitchen has upgraded cabinets, granite counters and offers great views of the water. Outside you'll find a large entertaining deck with views of Elliott Bay and private covered garage parking. Easy street level access as well. For added peace of mind, home comes with 1 yr FREE home warranty.

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Property Website

Priced at $612,000

Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5
Home Size: 3,400 sq.ft. Garage: 3
Lot Size: 50,094 sq.ft. Community: Tiger Mountain
County: King Property Type: Single Family Home
Year Built: 1988 MLS Number: 398546

Simply Stunning setting, surrounded by nature, this beautiful Northwest Contemporary home has been well loved and cared for. Countless custom features and design throughout the house. Located just over 3 miles to dwntwn Issaquah, this one acre+ property offers 2 homes totaling 3,400 combined sqft. The Main offers 3bdrms, 2.75bths, living room w/ fireplace, dining, and great room off kitchen, den/office and 3 car garage. Kitchen has tile counters and brick accented walls. Soaking tub in Master bath and privet Master bedroom…

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Property Website

Priced at $275,000

Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1
Home Size: 1,410 sq.ft. Garage: 3
Lot Size: 25,500 sq.ft. Community: Silver Creek
County: King Property Type: Single Family Home
Year Built: 1948 MLS Number: 398297

Immaculate Silver Creek home on over half acre with huge shop. Stunning mountain view surround. 3 Bedrooms plus office (or 4th BR), full bath, large kitchen with eating nook, formal dining room, welcoming family room, move in ready, low maintenance aluminum siding, wired for generator and don't forget the gorgeous mountain views. All appliances included. Attached garage with laundry, 900sf detached garage/shop with power, storage shed and additional covered storage area. Mostly fenced with invisible fence surrounding property.…

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The RecallChek Story

Since 1974, American citizens have been protected from dangerous items in their homes by federal law. Congress perscribed a system whereby if a manufacturer designed a dangerous product, they MUST recall all those items and FIX THEM FOR FREE!

The problem in the law is that most often it's up to the consumer, to find out whether appliances are potential fire or safety hazards!

There is a database designed and managed by the government, but you would have to wade through 205 MILLION recalled items to find out if a dishwasher or air conditioner is a hazard to your clients family, until now.

RecallChek is the first consumer appliance recall reporting system ever created, and is available to you now.

How It Works

You simply take down…

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If home lacks features of recent comps, it's time to subtract value!

By Dian Hymer, Monday, August 20, 2012 Inman News®

A first-quarter survey of homebuyers and sellers done by, a  real estate services website, revealed that 76 percent of homeowners believe  their home is worth more than the list price recommended by their real estate  agent.

Homebuyers usually have a better grasp of current market value in the  area where they're looking to buy than do sellers who own and live there. Buyers  look at a lot of new listings. They make offers, know what sells quickly and  for how much, and what doesn't and why. HomeGain reported that homebuyers still  think sellers are overpricing their homes.

Your home is worth what a buyer will pay…

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