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Month: May 2013

Home maintenance checklist for spring

Home maintenance checklist for spring

Keeping up with routine home maintenance can be challenging, both in terms of time and money. Whether you intend to stay in your house for years to come or sell it soon, deferred maintenance – upkeep and repairs left unattended until they become critical – will always cost you more in the long run. Following is a list of suggested tasks for Spring that will help you stay ahead of the game.   Special thanks to Amy Ecklund, of AmyWorks for…

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5 reasons for low housing inventory in Metropolitan Seattle.

5 reasons for low housing inventory in Metropolitan Seattle.

The biggest problem facing the real estate industry right now is low housing inventory. Too many buyers chasing too few properties. Why aren’t there more homes on the market? There are several reasons. First, many homeowners are still underwater on their mortgages, so unless a life-changing event occurs, they are likely to delay selling. Loss of a job, relocation due to a job and divorce are the most common reasons for homeowners to consider selling. When this happens, it can…

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices replaces blue-white with cabernet-cream

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices replaces blue-white with cabernet-cream

On October 30, 2012 HomeServices of America, Inc. announced that it purchased a majority interest in the affiliate networks of Prudential Real Estate, forming HSF Affiliates LLC. HSF Affiliates will operate the existing franchise networks and will launch Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, a new real estate franchise brand, in the third quarter of 2013. HomeServices and Brookfield Asset Management have joint ownership of HSF Affiliates, with HomeServices having a majority share. Berkshire Hathaway is owned by Warren Buffett. Ron Peltier, CEO…

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Are Short Sales worth the price you pay in time and trouble?

Are Short Sales worth the price you pay in time and trouble?

Once upon a time, Short Sales were a little-known phenomenon. Now, they are a staple in the diet of the real estate industry. Circa 2007, agents and the general public were all forced to climb a very steep learning curve in relation to Short Sales. Now, in 2013, that they have become so common, do we know everything there is to know about them? If only that were so. For those readers who may not be familiar with the term,…

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Food drive to benefit White Center Food Bank May 18, 2013

Food drive to benefit White Center Food Bank May 18, 2013

The White Center Food Bank needs our help, so I am joining with some of my Prudential Northwest Realty colleagues to sponsor a food drive benefitting White Center Food Bank on Saturday, May 18th.  While it is common for most of us to think of helping the hungry during the holidays, the food banks typically experience a slow down in donations during the summer months. Not surprisingly, demand for assistance is still high. Hunger doesn’t know from holidays. Volunteers from…

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