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    Friday, August 31, 2018   /   by Lindsey Gudger

    Now’s the Time to Start Shopping for Homes

     
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    If you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy in our market, now’s your opportunity—and there are a few reasons why.


    First of all, there’s less competition among buyers now than we’ve had in the last three to four years. More sellers are putting their homes on the market and there are fewer buyers per house, which means you won’t face nearly as many multiple offer situations as you would have in years past.


    At the same time, we’re still dealing with historically low interest rates. In other words, the money you’d borrow to buy your future home is much cheaper—you’re paying less interest on the money you’re borrowing than you would be a year from now.


    Lastly, buyers finally have a bit of leverage over sellers. For instance, in many cases, you’d get at least some (or all) of your closin ...

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    Monday, August 20, 2018   /   by Lindsey Gudger

    What Kinds of Opportunities Do Buyers Have in the Seattle Market?

     
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    Today we’re going to talk about the changes that we’ve seen over the last 60 days or so in the Greater Seattle real estate market.


    You may have heard about this already, but the market has changed a little bit. The sky is not falling and this is not the end of Seattle real estate— we’ve just got a little bit more inventory to work with.


    This has actually created an opportunity for buyers. The last few years have been very difficult for homebuyers. Now is a time for buyers to take control, get some leverage, and get into homes with less money out of pocket than they have been able to get away with in the last few years.


    In fact, in the last three weeks, we have had more sellers cover our buyer’s closing costs than we have in the last year combined. If you are in the market to buy a home, now is the perfect time to do so. If you&rsquo ...

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    Monday, August 06, 2018   /   by Lindsey Gudger

    NEVER Hire A Realtor Before Asking These 3 Questions

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    In our line of work, we talk to many buyers and sellers who tell us they already have agents they’re working with. In reply, we ask how many agents they interviewed before picking the one they have. Nine times out of 10, the answer is none.
    Buying and/or selling a house is a really big deal; it’s not as simple as using any person who has a real estate license to help you do it. It’s important to find out if you’re working with the right person because it can cost you a lot of time and money if you’re not using a professional agent—about 80% of all real estate agents only close about five to six homes per year. That’s abysmal. You wouldn’t want an agent with that record handling what could be the biggest asset you’ll ever own.
    There are three critical questions to ask when you’re interviewing agents for your transaction: ...

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    Friday, July 20, 2018   /   by Lindsey Gudger

    Would You Hire the Cheapest Service to Sell Your Largest Asset?

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    There is a perception around Seattle right now that the market is super hot and anything will sell, so why pony up for a full-service brokerage?

    Consider this: Last year, 1,600 homeowners put their homes up for sale and failed to sell in the hottest market in the country. That's a huge inconvenience for those home sellers, who both lost money and now face an uncertain future.


    Based on what we found, more of those failures were tied to discount brokers as opposed to traditional brokers. Since your home is your biggest asset, it is not the place to skimp on the professional you hire to sell it. For this reason, we decided to cover three things that you should consider when you are looking at a discount brokerage.

    1. If you do not pay, they cannot market. If you are paying 1/3 of the industry norm for commission, that money is going to go to the brokerage and paying its people ...

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    Friday, June 22, 2018   /   by Lindsey Gudger

    Why You Should Take Automated Home Values With a Grain of Salt

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    Today we’re back with a bit of a controversial topic in the real estate world: the automated home valuation. Websites like Zillow and Redfin have tools that allow you to get an instant value of your home. Should these algorithm-based estimates be trusted?


    We get questions about these estimates all the time. While these tools can be handy at giving you a rough estimate, there are some issues that you should be aware of so that you can interpret this data properly. We actually spent over a decade working at Zillow and dealing with Zestimates, so there’s arguably nobody that understands how to deal with them better than we do.

    The first thing that’s important to remember is that none of these websites have ever been to your home. That means they don’t have all the information. The condition of your home is absolutely critical to its value, as is its location. ...

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