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Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, October 30, 2013  

What are the best places to trick-or-treat on Halloween night -- so children are the most likely to gather the biggest bags of candy and face the fewest safety threats? 

Zillow recently released a Trick-or-Treat Index -- based on population density, walk scores, and crime data -- to rank the top cities for trick-or-treating.

  1. San Francisco
  2. Boston
  3. Honolulu
  4. San Jose, Calif.
  5. Seattle
  6. Los Angeles

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$749,950 - 6406-164th Place SE, Bellevue

   Bedrooms: 4
   Bathrooms: 3
   Sq. Footage: 2,980
   Year Built: 2000
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 531283
  Stacy Hecht
Real Estate Broker
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For a showing contact Stacy Hecht 206.579.0344 Tiffany Ciambrone 425.260.6533. Stunning 2,980 sq ft CamWest resale in Beautiful Lakemont! Community tennis court and nature trails. Private backyard on a corner lot! 3 car tandem garage with a work area plus extensive…

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$525,000 - 1422 NE Katsura Street, Issaquah

   Bedrooms: 4
   Bathrooms: 2.5
   Sq. Footage: 2,080
   Year Built: 1999
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 560858
  Matt Jensen
Branch Manager - Issaquah Highlands Office
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For a showing call Matt Jensen 206.909.8200. Impeccable Cottage home in the desirable Issaquah Highlands. Home has been completely updated and has a desirable floor plan with the master on main and an upstairs bonus room. Chefs kitchen with…

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NAR asked practitioners for their supernatural real estate stories and got some truly bone-chilling tales from the trenches.

October 2013 | By Meg White      

On Friday, Sept. 13, NAR Director of Social Business Practice Heather Elias asked those following NAR’s Facebook page for “spooky or superstitious real estate stories.” She got more than just a few stories about haunted listings and other strange happenings.

It was a fun thread to follow, but we didn’t want such great stories to disappear like ghosts in the night. So, in preparation for Halloween, we thought you might like to read through some of these narratives. Here are a few that sent tingles down our spines (lightly edited for style, grammar, and length).…

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Bernice Ross Contributor

 If you have been in the real estate business for any length of time, sooner or later you will hear about a house that has a scary history. What’s frightening, however, is when you experience it firsthand.

I’ve had my fair share of strange events, including doorbells ringing when there is no one there, unplugged stereos coming on by themselves, and sporadic cigar smoke in a new car where I was the only one who ever drove it. While these events were strange, they pale in comparison to two other events that really did scare me.

When I first started in the business, I had a client who wanted to purchase in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. Although this area was about 45 minutes from my office, we had MLS access,…

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We are very happy to announce the opening of our newest branch office of The Cascade Team Real Estate in Los Angeles. We are equally happy to announce that our new office will be managed by Peter Oh

Peter is licensed in both California and Washington State, and has had tremendous success in both markets. Attached is a news article from MSNBC about Peter’s success selling condominium projects in Washington State.  Read the MSNBC Story HERE

Peter has managed, marketed and sold 100’s of millions of dollars worth of real estate and is well versed in the luxury and international markets. Peter’s skills, knowledge, credibility and drive will help our new Los Angeles office quickly take off and further expand our presence in the California market. 

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Jim Barnes was new to the real estate business and anxious to succeed. He learned quickly that one of the best ways to meet buyers was to hold open houses. Taking the advice of his broker, he volunteered to hold  listings open for other agents in the office. His offer worked.  A fellow agent had an impromptu invitation to Palm Springs for the weekend, and offered her advertised new listing to Jim for a Sunday open house. He gratefully jumped at the opportunity.

It was late on Sunday morning when Jim planted his borrowed open house signs at neighborhood intersections and in the front yard of the suburban San Diego home.  The owner's Volvo was in the driveway, but when Jim rang the doorbell nobody responded. Unconcerned, Jim retrieved the key…

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For 10 years running Marisa and Stan have dropped their guise as dedicated Real Estate Brokers and turned their attention to helping support the Sammamish Rotary (And scare more than a few neighborhood kids young and old along the way!) Marisa has been the Angel of Death for 9 yrs now, while Stan can be found helping drive the transport bus or being dressed as a gorilla in the woods.  They help advertise the show & support the local ( Sammamish Rotary) in this Non Profit charitable event along with Scare Productions.  Facebook: Nightmare At Beaver Lake and you'll find more information along with a ton of Pictures.  


**Opening 10/18/13** The Premier Western Washington indoor/outdoor Haunted Attraction.  A 100%…

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1014 270th Pl Se in Sammamish, WA on Thursday  October the 31st  “Halloween Night!” 5:30 until 8:30

Nestled deep in the Cascade foothills, hidden far from passing eyes by tall pine and towering rock laid the old cemetery. It was here that the worst of the Pacific Northwest lay buried. They were the robbers, murderers, and worse that no church would allow to be set to rest on their sacred soil. Old stones covered in moss marked their graves, and the black as night crows gathered around the clearing that was their cemetery and sat silent on the branches, watching the graves with their glassy yellow eyes.


Then came progress. Roads and highways were built into the mountains, and soon little towns, businesses and residential communities took…

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By Erika Riggs | Zillow


Edwin Gonzalez’s wife Lillian is the one who fell in love with the home.

“Since she was a little girl, she’s always wanted a Victorian,” he explained. It was Thanksgiving 2008 and Lillian’s sister sent her the Gardner, MA listing. Three days later, Edwin and Lillian went to see the home.

“The minute we walked in, we felt like we were going back in time,” Gonzalez said. “Lillian said, ‘This is mine!’ It was a dream home, really, it’s very charming. It calls you in.”

They bought the home and moved in about six months later. That’s when they started hearing rumors about the stately Victorian. Apparently, their dream home was haunted.

Haunted history

The home is known as “The…

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