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    Monday, March 05, 2018   /   by Lindsey Gudger

    The Competitive Advantages of Using an Appraisal Buffer

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    If you’re a buyer and you haven’t heard of an appraisal buffer form, you’re working with the wrong person.

    Basically, this form guarantees that if you go under contract on a home and it appraises for less than what your offer is, you’ll bring however much cash is necessary to the table to cover that low appraisal. By including this form in your offer, it gives you a great competitive edge. The reality is, most agents don’t know what this form is and don’t use it, so when you’re competing in a multiple offer situation, it’s especially advantageous.


    For our team, this form also acts as a psychological tool. Low appraisal situations don’t come up very often, but if you’re a buyer making an offer, part one of that offer involves painting yourself in the best light possible, and part two involves calling into doubt the off ...

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    Monday, February 19, 2018   /   by Lindsey Gudger

    Use This Right to Win!

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    Today, we’re talking about a unique addendum for a Purchase and Sale agreement: the escalation clause.

    If you are currently in the process of a real estate transaction and you haven’t heard of escalation clauses, then you are working with the wrong person. This clause is included in the vast majority of offers we write, because it’s a requirement in a competitive market.

    Now, let’s talk about what it is. An escalation clause essentially has two key elements: the “max” and the “step.” The “max” is the maximum figure you are willing to spend on a home and the “step” is how much more money you are willing to give for the home than the next competing offer.

    An escalation clause only kicks in when there’s another offer on the table. So one of the requirements of the clause is that the seller shows you proo ...

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    Monday, February 05, 2018   /   by Lindsey Gudger

    The State of the Market in 2018

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    The new year brought more of the same in terms of the market. It’s an aggressive seller’s market where inventory is even lower now than it was last year at this same time.


    So what does that mean for this year?

    If you’re a seller, there has never been a better time to sell a home than right now. You have more leverage than you ever have or possibly will ever have. As a buyer, it means that homes are appreciating, and every single month that you sit on the sidelines, you’re missing out on at least a 1% appreciation. With the average purchase price being over $500,000, that’s a lot of money to miss out on. King County is currently at $562,000, which is 14.9% year over year.

    Why does this happen? There are a couple factors that drive what we’re seeing:

    1. Seattle is growing quickly. The latest report is that 53 new people move to Seattle ever ...

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    Friday, January 19, 2018   /   by Lindsey Gudger

    We Are Excited to Launch Every Door Real Estate

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    Back in December, we quietly launched Every Door Real Estate. We didn’t want to overshadow the holidays, but now we are excited to share what Every Door Real Estate does differently.

    We started Every Door Real Estate with the single purpose of simplifying the real estate process for all clients at every price point.

    For the most part, this is business as usual. We are the same group of talented, expert brokers with the same leadership team and same back office team to make sure that your transaction flows as seamlessly as possible.

    We do have fewer constraints than we had previously. Our intention was to go out on our own because we do things differently in order to give our buyers and sellers a competitive edge in any market.

    One thing that makes us unique is our data-driven offer strategy. It’s not just about offering the most money for a home; there are w ...

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    Monday, November 27, 2017   /   by Lindsey Gudger

    Why Are Home Inspections So Important?

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    Home inspections are an important part of every real estate transaction. Today, we want to give you a little more insight into how the inspection fits into the home buying process.


    A home inspection helps the buyer understand the condition of the home and its systems. The inspection will reveal where those systems are at in their lifecycle and identify any items that will cost you money to repair or replace in the short and long run.

    Inspections are generally done with a professional, licensed inspector. The cost varies from $250 to $600 depending on the size and value of the home.

    A critical factor in every winning offer is when you should actually do the inspection. In a market like Seattle's, homes have review dates within 10 days of hitting the market. As a result, we recommend that you pre-inspect the home, especially if you are serious about winning the home in a multip ...

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