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Spokane made National Geographic’s ‘Best Cities in the United States’ list this year.

The list of 30 “smaller” cities, compiled by the Nat Geo’s Travel magazine, identified the top U.S. small cities based on things that they think lead to happiness: coffee shops, breweries, music venues, green spaces, galleries, and “Instagrammable moments.”

Spokane:

A high count of record stores, tattoo parlors, vintage clothing boutiques, and coffee shops per capita boosts Washington State’s second largest city to the top of our hipster-friendly and most caffeinated lists for its population category. Bearded and flannel-wearing locals often show up at Garageland, a gastropub/vinyl store downtown (note the dugout canoe hanging over the bar). Summertime…

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robot workers

I’ve found very few real estate agents and brokers have ever wondered how robotics might impact real estate in the future, and I would assume that's mostly because they are working on securing the next listing or taking around a buyer or two to look at properties along with 1000's of other everyday task. So when Janet Jolly-Porter told me my blogs were getting a little boring and I needed to add a little diversity to my post, I jumped at the chance to write about: ROBOTS 

As a real estate professional who wants to understand disruptive technologies, it’s time to learn about some of the basic ways automation will alter the world of real property in the near future.

How Robotics Will Change Your Business

  1. Robots will be involved in…

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The Cascade Team Welcomes David Spicer To Our New Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Office!

We are very excited to announce the opening of The Cascade Team Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Office! David Spicer will be the Managing Broker of our new office.  The office will be the offshoot of our very successful Spokane Office that just opened last year and is managed by James Faucett our Regional Designated Broker for The Cascade Team in Eastern Washington and now also in Idaho!

I look forward to helping you with what is usually one of the biggest financial decisions of a person’s life, buying and selling Real Estate. I have been helping people with their Real Estate needs for over 15 years. There are many parts to the process including, searching, comparing, pricing,…

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Did you see our latest mailer? Find the answers you're looking for below!

2017 was a record year for The Issaquah Highlands. Some sections of the housing market increased by nearly 30% with the over-all price for a home increasing just under 18% for the year. Take a look at an in-depth review of The Issaquah Highlands market from the number 1 listing brokerage in the Issaquah Highlands and see where the housing market has grown, the highest priced SOLD home, the home that went the MOST over asking price, and also get an idea of what to expect in 2018.

 

  Issaquah Highlands 2017 Real Estate Recap
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Eastside Home Price Charts For The Last 3 Years... WOW!

Local Real Estate Listings & Community Info

Everything you need to know about the Eastside real estate market is right here. Be sure to check out the Eastside home for sale stats and the local listings available below. The numbers shown include both condos and single family homes, so you'll get a better idea of what the market is doing. Located on the east side of Lake Washington, the Seattle Eastside encompasses everything from Bothell to Newcastle and Bellevue to North Bend.

Eastside Community & School Info

Homes for Sale 

Below are the numbers for Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue and Snoqualmie. Each has seen steady double digit price growth for the past 3 years.…

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Jeff Japar!

The Pacific Northwest is home to me. I was born and raised in the Bothell/Woodinville area. I grew up riding my bicycle in the streets, and playing outside with the neighborhood kids. I look back at my childhood in this place with fond remembrance and a deeply rooted sense of home. I have a vested, personal interest in shaping my community by building neighborhoods where families grow, play and bond. My family and I currently live in Granite Falls. We love living nestled in the evergreens at the entrance to the Mountain Loop. Nothing beats sipping hot coffee on the deck while watching the sun rise over the mountains. We spend our free time roaming the logging roads and trails with our dogs, or kayaking on any…

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Attention Real Estate Brokers: Buyers and Sellers are targets for wire fraud and many have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars because they simply relied on the wire instructions received via email.

A hacker may break into a real estate licensee’s email account to obtain information about upcoming real estate transactions. After monitoring the account to determine the likely timing of a close, the hacker may send an email to the buyer, posing either as the escrow agent or as the licensee. The fraudulent email may contain new wiring instructions or routing information, and request that the Buyer send funds accordingly.

With scammers increasingly targeting real estate transactions, the National Association of REALTORS® is teaming up with the…

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After living in the same home for a while, it's amazing what you can get used to. A creaky floorboard, for instance. A chipped tile that you've been meaning to replace but haven't gotten around to. A doorknob that needs a little coaxing to turn. No big deal, right? Well, these small flaws can be huge deal breakers when you decide to sell your home.

Prospective buyers are going to add all the ‘flaws’ they find to the price of the property, and that’s when they start trying to discount the price. 

Curious what some of these seemingly small problems are? Check out this list of minuscule (to you) things that buyers see as big hurdles to closing a sale.

1. An old electrical panel

I had a buyer make a controversial request for…

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Trying to decide when to plunge into the real estate market can be quite intimidating—especially when prices are high, choices are limited, and history urges restraint.

Locally we’ve seen two or three years of what could be considered unprecedented levels of price appreciation, as well as an inventory shortage that resulted in a record-low number of homes for sale across Western Washington.

See: 2018 Real Estate Market Trends - Seattle Area Prices Continue Upward March

If there’s one thing most early forecasters agree on, it’s that home prices will continue to rise. Where they differ however, is how much they will rise.

The median price of a home across the Seattle metro area has now soared 80 percent since bottoming out five years ago,…

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Is Magnolia a neighborhood for the working class of Seattle or just the top 2%?

Below is the last two years real estate growth for the Magnolia neighborhood for homes priced 2 million and less.  Not bad growth considering it was above the median price range to begin with for entire Seattle area however Magnolia is actually below other Urban neighborhoods like Queen Anne and Capital Hill and I believe there is definitive room for growth once people realize the upside of the neighborhood. 

 

Each week I am going to take a closer look at the market conditions of neighborhoods in the Seattle area.  This week I am going to start off in my own neighborhood Magnolia.  I consider Magnolia unique because it really is off the grid in many ways and seems to…

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