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Month: March 2012

Beware of Craigslist Rental Scams

Beware of Craigslist Rental Scams

 As if it isn’t challenging enough to sell a home or find a place to rent, real estate agents report that their active residential listings are being posted on Craigslist and other legitimate websites as rental properties. The scammers post listing details such as the address, listing photos and verbiage in the false ad. While each scam is slightly different, they often have these similarities: The scammer pretends to be the homeowner or listing broker The contact email address in…

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Broker, agent or REALTOR? What’s the difference?

Broker, agent or REALTOR? What’s the difference?

Real Estate Agent. Real Estate Professional. Real Estate Broker. REALTOR®*. What’s the difference? This might be something you’ve wondered about (though I doubt it keeps you up at night). For the most part, ‘a rose by any other name…’ is an apt description of the differences. With the exception of the title REALTOR®, an individual with a Washington State real estate license can choose any number of terms to describe themselves. “Real Estate Agent” is probably the title you hear and…

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required

If your home is currently on the market, there is a new law becoming effective April 1st that will affect you, as the seller. (The following information is provided by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.) Effective April 1, 2012, RCW 19.27.530 requires the seller of any owner-occupied single-family residence to equip the residence with carbon monoxide alarms in accordance with the state building code before a buyer or any other person may legally occupy the residence following the sale. This requirement applies…

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Who’s your agent?

Who’s your agent?

One of the questions I always ask visitors to my Open Houses is “Who is your agent?” With so much information available on the internet, many buyers start shopping on their own before choosing a real estate agent, so some already have agents and some don’t. What I find interesting, and a bit baffling, is the number of people who are working with an agent whose full name they can’t even remember. If you are really impressed by someone and…

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Seattle homes sales increasing

Seattle homes sales increasing

The latest statistics from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) show increased home sales in the Seattle area. > Pending sales in Seattle for February increased 27% from one year ago. > Pending sales were particularly robust in Central Seattle (up 56%), Normandy Park (up 58%), Kent (up 61%) and Lake Forest Park (up 73%). If you are a buyer and you’ve been waiting for the bottom of the market, look around you.   It may very well be here,…

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Wine and Wisdom permeate Savvy Seattle Women

Wine and Wisdom permeate Savvy Seattle Women

Savvy Seattle Women (SSW) is an organization I started in February of 2010 to encourage home ownership for women. The core of the group is a Board of 6 women, all working in professions related to home ownership. Our intent is to grow our businesses by serving the unique needs of women who own their own homes, or aspire to own their own homes. (It is worth noting that we do not serve exclude men. Our programs and services are available to…

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Property Tax Exemptions Available for Seniors and the Disabled

Property Tax Exemptions Available for Seniors and the Disabled

Did you know that Washington State law provides two tax benefit programs for senior citizens and the disabled? The two programs are: 1) property tax exemptions, and 2) property tax deferrals. More than 26,000 eligible tax payers have not applied for these benefits. Are you one of them? Qualifications include: Annual household income of $35,000 or less Own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo or co-op, 61 years of age by December 31 of the previous year, or Retired…

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Open House events: March 4th

Open House events: March 4th

Studies show that approximately 90% of all home buyers now search the internet as the first step in buying a new home. Technology makes it incredibly easy to get a virtual look at  Active listings, saving everyone a lot of time and energy. I suspect, however, that a large majority of those who search online and then visit homes in person, will tell you that there is no substitute for seeing the real thing “live”. Whether by intention or not,…

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen!? Yep. That’s the name of a new movie by CBS Films starring Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor. Allied THA Marketing asked me to help promote it. In exchange, YOU can get free passes to previews of the film just for reading this blog entry 🙂 Here’s the synopsis: A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of…

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