Your credit report and score are integral to securing the best terms for a mortgage.

Here are some tips from the president of credit bureau TransUnion.

 

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By  SARAH SKIDMORE SELL The Associated Press

 

It may be winter now, but the spring house-hunting season is just ahead. John Danaher, president of consumer interactive at credit bureau TransUnion, says that makes this the perfect time for home-seekers who want the best terms and rates on a mortgage to take control of their credit.

TransUnion is one of the three major credit bureaus, which keep track of and provide consumer credit reports. Your credit report and score are integral to securing the best terms for a mortgage.

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What does selling your home have in common with online dating? Probably a whole lot more than you think.

There may be plenty of potential prospects out there, but it’s not always easy to find the perfect match. Sound familiar? If your place has been sitting on the market for a while, or your last deal unexpectedly went kersplat, it may seem like you’ll never find that elusive happily ever after.

Fortunately, there are more than a few life lessons sellers can learn from dating services like Ok Cupid, Match.com, and Tinder to ensure their home attracts the best possible buyers who appreciate its worth and treat it well. And who, most importantly, won’t leave you high and dry before the closing.

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25025 SE Klahanie Blvd #J304, Issaquah, Washington

$370,000 - 2 Beds - 2 Baths - 941 Sqft

Contact Cary Porter for immediate showings: 425-891-7447

 

Enjoy your very own “Tree-House” getaway with stunning view of nature around every corner. Surrounded by Klahanie's protected greenbelt with access to over 25 miles of trails. This Top Floor/ End Unit condo features granite counters, cherry cabinetry and hardwood flooring in the kitchen. Inviting gas fireplace fills the family room with ambiance, and the private balcony offers a perfect relaxing retreat.

With 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a Newer roof, Hot Water Heater, and double-paned windows this condo has it all. The large patio and accesses an additional storage closet. 1 Car garage + Extra…

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Selling a home is a seller's market is far different from selling a home in a buyer's market.

If you are wondering about our current market, then let me assure you: We are in a very HOT sellers’ market and there may never be a better time to list your home!! Not only will your days on market be remarkably fewer in a sellers’ market, but you might receive multiple offers, which could drive up the sales price significantly. 

Some people might think that all you have to do is stick a sign in the yard and let the market take care of the rest. It might be easier to sell in a seller's market but it takes a lot more to sell a home than hanging a sign out front.

 

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Scammers are hacking into agent email accounts to track transactions and closings

  Although technology has made real estate transactions quicker, more seamless and increasingly transparent, it has also made buyers and sellers vulnerable to hackers and scammers looking to make a quick buck.

In many cases, scams involve criminals posing as real estate agents asking naive buyers for an upfront fee for services in exchange for a quick turnaround time. Other tactics include sending fake emails from associations as a way to gain access to an agent’s personal information.

According to the Miami Herald, real estate agents and their clients have yet another form of…

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Did you know that Zillow can be up to 15-20% inaccurate in this market?

Whether you are looking for the value of your existing home or for the new home you are looking for purchase, The Cascade Team Market Snapshot will provide you with actual active and sold MLS home information so you'll have "real" housing market data at your fingertips. If you are interested in purchasing in a specific area, this information will show you the active homes in the market, price trends and close values on homes that have sold, allowing you to do a comparative analysis of real estate and homes for sale in that area.  Stay up to date and have information your neighbors don't have!

 

 

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Conditional Use permit approved - Snoqualmie Affordable Housing Project finds itself one step closer to reality.

     Sno Ridge Affordable Housing Rendering In Danna McCall's recent article in Living Snoqualmie, she details that the proposed Snoqualmie Valley affordable housing project has moved one step closer to reality. 

"The City of Snoqualmie posted a Notice of Decision this week stating that a Hearing Examiner has signed off on a Conditional Use Permit requested by Panorama Apartments, LLC for their proposed 191-unit Affordable Housing development to be located in the Eagle Pointe neighborhood of Snoqualmie Ridge. Panorama is a subsidiary of DevCo, which also built Discovery Heights in the Issaquah Highlands". You can read the full details of her story HERE. 

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What is a “Fair” amount to pay for real estate commission?

Fact: Real estate brokers’ commission rates are not regulated in any state and are ALWAYS 100% negotiable.

When you decide to sell your house, if you are like most people, you will want to hire — or at least consider hiring — a real estate agent to handle the process.

Surprisingly, many people think that real estate brokerage commission rates are “set” in their area and they have to pay a specific percentage of the sales price to the agent in order to get their services. This is absolutely not the case.  In fact, you can pay whatever you and the agent have agreed upon.

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Issaquah Highlands Housing Market Update 2018

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.

 

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