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Month: December 2016

Seattle Real Estate Recap: 2016

Seattle Real Estate Recap: 2016

What will the new year bring for the real estate market in Seattle? If only I had a crystal ball! I can, however, give you a quick recap of 2016, which may be the best predictor for 2017. It’s both good news and bad news, depending upon whether you are a seller or a buyer. November (2016) marked the second straight month that the Seattle area was crowned top in the nation in home-price growth. That’s a dubious honor when…

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Home design trends: 2016

Home design trends: 2016

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016 BUILDER recently asked real estate professionals to share their thoughts about the top design trends their clients are currently requesting. Here are some of the top design trends that real estate pros said are in demand: Open layouts Neutral color schemes Multigenerational floor plans First-floor master suites No dining rooms White kitchens Extra-large garages Big closets Finished basements with 9-foot high ceilings Barn sliding doors Source: “REALTORS®’ Most In-Demand Design Trends,”…

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Take Inventory of Your Home’s Contents

Take Inventory of Your Home’s Contents

If you had to file a claim after a home invasion or natural disaster, could you list the contents of your home? Probably not, which is why recording a home inventory now, can save time, frustration and money later. If you are a homeowner with a typical mortgage, then you most likely have homeowner’s/hazard insurance because lenders require it before approving your loan. They want to ensure that you can repair or rebuild your home in the event of a catastrophe such…

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Automated Home Valuations

Automated Home Valuations

Safe to say that every homeowner wants to know, “What’s my home worth?” And the easier it is to get that information, the better. Zillow, for one, built a multi-billion dollar business based on that assumption. Now you can get THREE free automated home valuation estimates by going to my website and entering your home address ONCE! (Here is a shortcut to the same site: www.bit.ly/yourhomevalues) When you see the results, you may wonder why the three estimates vary as much…

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How’s the Seattle Market in December 2016?

How’s the Seattle Market in December 2016?

We are still firmly situated in a sellers’ market. New (appropriately priced) listings typically sell in less than two weeks. Many receive multiple offers that push the price above asking. That being said, we are seeing a surprising number of homes stay on the market long enough to require price reductions. Why? Although it is partly a seasonal phenomenon, the most common reason is that sellers listen to the wrong advice. Friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers — all think they know…

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Winter “Do’s & Don’ts” for Homeowners

Winter “Do’s & Don’ts” for Homeowners

For all the perks of home ownership, property maintenance is a never-ending job, and each season brings its own list of special chores. Here are a few winter tasks to keep in mind. DO: Invest in outdoor faucet protectors. Many styles cost less than $2  and are easy to install. Without these covers, cold air can enter your pipes and cause them to burst at the most inconvenient times (not that there is even a convenient time for a pipe to burst)….

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