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Info from Alice Kuder, Prudential Northwest Realty broker, pertaining to Real Estate in general and West Seattle Real Estate in particular. Alice is Seattle’s Single Minded Realtor, focusing on the unique needs of single adult home buyers and home sellers.

Key box provides insurance against lock-out’s

Key box provides insurance against lock-out’s

Have you ever locked yourself out of your car or home? Or maybe you’ve needed to ask a neighbor to access your home when you’re not there. Do you have a safe spot to hide a key? If not, consider buying a key box. You’d be surprised how many people still leave a key under the doormat. (Shhh! Don’t tell the bad guys!) A safe, inexpensive solution is to buy a “contractor’s” key box and attach it to a railing…

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Need a neighborhood expert for real estate? I’ve got you covered!

Need a neighborhood expert for real estate? I’ve got you covered!

Although I specialize in West Seattle real estate, I help clients buy and sell properties all around the Greater Seattle area: as far north as Everett, as far south as Tacoma, and on the Eastside as well.  To ensure that I can provide you with expertise concerning neighborhoods outside of West Seattle, I have gathered a network of brokers who specialize in outlying areas such as Federal Way, Bellevue and Maple Valley, to mention just a few. I have carefully…

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Help for Homesellers

Help for Homesellers

It’s a seller’s market! Should you take advantage of it?  If you own your home, it’s definitely worth considering. But where do you begin? How do you know how much your home is worth and whether or not it makes financial sense to sell? I can help you answer those questions in a one-on-one complimentary consultation at a time and place of your convenience. My goal is always to get my sellers the most amount of money in the least amount…

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Determining home value: What makes a good “Comp” for your home?

Determining home value: What makes a good “Comp” for your home?

In real-estate-speak, a “comp” refers to a comparable property used to help you, the homeowner, determine the current market value of your home. Most any real estate broker will happily prepare a complimentary CMA for you as a preliminary step to listing your home for sale, but a CMA can also be useful in other circumstances. For instance, you may want a CMA to present to your bank prior to paying for an appraisal when refinancing your home loan, or…

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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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Beware the HELOC

Beware the HELOC

Does this rapidly-inflating real estate market look suspiciously familiar? With many communities in our country still feeling less than financially recovered from the recession, we have to wonder if the more fortunate (i.e. prosperous) communities have learned any lessons from the bust. Some financial analysts insist that we are NOT headed for another bubble because banks are no longer giving away money as feely as they were in the early 2000’s. However, another reason that we (collectively) got in trouble…

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