There has been an out-of-control heatwave the last few days. But not only is the weather hot, but the market is also HOT as well.  In Yahoo!Finance they mention that:


Home price growth in the U.S. surged in April at a pace not seen in more than 30 years.


Phoenix, San Diego, and Seattle continued to lead the 20-City composite. Phoenix led for the 23rd month in a row posting a 22.3% annual increase, followed by San Diego with a 21.6% increase and Seattle with a 20.2% increase.



The results were expected and follow similar data pointing to skyrocketing home prices well into the busy spring season. 

Speaking of skyrocketing home prices, specifically, the Bothell area has been on FIRE. According to the Cascade…

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My husband and I recently took a couple of days and drove up to Lake Chelan from Monroe to visit some friends at their vacation rental.

We decided to drive, the proximity from Monroe to Lake Chelan being 3 hours and 26 min. However, we made it in under 3 hours.


Some quick facts, according to Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce 


Lake Chelan and home to the communities of Chelan, Manson and Stehekin, offers four seasons of recreation, charming shopping districts, and bountiful agriculture including an emerging wine industry. 


Chelan's arid climate and lack of rainfall make it a popular year-round destination among outdoor enthusiasts. The Valley experiences over 300 days of sunshine annually and has four distinct…

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There are currently eight (8) licensed real estate agents in the greater Seattle area for every (1) house available to sell.

With Nearly 8 Agents for Every 1 Listing, What Are YOU Doing to Stand Out? The Cascade Team Can Help!

As New Agents Pile into Hot Housing Market. Most Find It Tough Going.

The red-hot housing market has achieved a number of milestones this past year. Perhaps the most telling is this: There are more real-estate agents than homes for sale. Currently in the Pacific NW that number is a staggering 8 to 1 ratio (Being 8 agents to every single available listing).

So how do you stand out?

How do you break into the industry and manage to secure one of these elusive listings?

Imagine having clients actually chase after…

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By Liza Alley 

As a Monroe resident myself, I found some appreciable events coming to Monroe at Choose One of them is for all the dog lovers out there, including myself, called the Wiggly Walk on June 26th2021, from 11am - 4pm. It was my neighbor and friend who is the Parks Director that recommend this great off-leash location in Monroe. At the Choose Monroe website, it mentions to,

Grab your furry friends and walk, wag, shop and eat with us through Sky River Park!



We will have pet friendly vendors, a food truck, doggy kissing booth and more!


Some other things that Wiggly Field Riverside off-leash park offers is grassy 2-1/2 acre of reasonably treed parkland. This…

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By Liza Alley

The blog post that I did about gardening just recently, got me wondering about curb appeal. Does curb appeal help sellers? Does it attract buyers? According to Homelight 

In a recent poll of top HomeLight agents from all over the country, 76% said that Improving curb appeal was the best thing homeowners could do to boost a home’s marketability, and another 95% of agents confirmed that putting effort into cleaning and polishing the exterior can bring more attention and a higher value to that home.



Buying a home is an emotional experience. It is, therefore, critically important that a seller sets the proper stage in generating a positive emotional response from a buyer.


Fortune Builders goes into a…

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Do you like gardening? I most certainly do! Gardening can be so incredibly beneficial in so many ways. houzz gives some great Summer garden ideas, from important tips on lighting and water requirements to creating that beautiful patio oasis.

 Japanese Maple Keep it simple with a specimen tree planted in an elegant pot that’s big enough for the tree to grow there for years. (Make sure your pot has drainage holes.)


Shady Corner The bright chartreuse foliage of ferns and sweet potato vines brightens up what would otherwise be a shadowy corner alongside this entry garden


When I think of gardening,  I think about all the perks that come with it. They add beauty to a house and, it looks very inviting. I know personally family…

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Jacob Pass 

Fast-rising housing costs have helped to push inflation to a 13-year high. But the way that government statisticians track the price of consumer goods may be missing just how explosive home-price growth has been in recent months.

Housing costs rose by 0.4% between April and May, according to the latest edition of the monthly consumer price index released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Compared with last year, housing prices were up 2.2%.

Altogether, the rise in housing prices accounted for over a quarter of the overall increase in inflation in May, a reflection of how heavily government economists weight this spending category.

But if that 2.2% figure seems off based on your own experience of buying or selling a…

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By Liza Alley

As we all know, mortgage rates are constantly going up and down. But right now, they are at the lowest I've personally ever seen them. According to Yahoo! Finance 

  • A popular survey shows rates just fell a little deeper into the 2s, which helps not only homebuyers but also homeowners, who can refinance and save hundreads on their monthly payments 
  • Rates are up from January’s all-time low of 2.65%, but they’re still among the lowest in history. A year ago, the 30-year fixed was averaging 3.21%.
  • With the average 30-year mortgage rate staying under 3%, millions of homeowners have the potential to save thousands of dollars and increase their monthly cash flow by refinancing, according to a recent report.
  • “Few people pay cash…

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By: Liza Alley

Lumber prices have spiked in 2021, driving up housing prices even higher. “Given the rapid rise in lumber prices,” the report says, “the total cost of lumber and manufactured lumber products for an average single family home has soared 184% from April 2020 to April 2021, rising to $48,316.”


The report found that the spike in lumber and related materials has added over $34K to the price of a new home over the past year. 


With the cost of lumber souring, I couldnt help but wonder and ask myself... just how much has this impacted the cost of new homes? Yahoo! Finance explains in this article  

 In an even more recent article, HERE Fortune talks about how Covid 19 impacted lumber prices and how many people…

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Why spend more when you can get all the service you need at 1% 

By Liza Alley

Other brokerages are inconsistent with their commission rates...

With The Cascade Team, you will always know what you are getting!!!

Getting the most for your home or property means doing more than putting a "For Sale" sign out front. In a competitive market where new homes for sale are added daily, your listing needs to be seen in a variety of places in order to stand out. And sometimes the right buyer is waiting out of state, or even in another country. To ensure sure your home gets noticed and sells without a hitch for full market value, consider working with a top professional. It could mean the difference between no sale, and the payoff you've been waiting…

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