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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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Friday, November 10, 2017   /   by Lindsey Gudger

The Cost of Waiting

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If you’re a buyer waiting for the market to tank before actually buying a home, there are a couple reasons why buying now might be a better option.

The first is that interest rates are down. They’re not the lowest we’ve ever seen, but they’re certainly well below average compared to the last 20 years. This means that if you plan on using a mortgage loan to buy your home, the rate on that loan will be significantly lower if you decided to buy now. Essentially, you’ll be able to buy more home for less money.

Second, you can take advantage of monthly appreciation. In the Seattle area, we’ve seen a minimum of 1% appreciation on a monthly basis over the last three to four years. If you owned a $500,000 home, you’d be collecting $5,000 in equity every single month. Most homebuyers in our market aren’t out to buy their “forever hom ...

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Friday, October 20, 2017   /   by Lindsey Gudger

A Trustworthy and Honest Agent for Enrique

"I had an issue with my tenants still living in the house. So she [Christy] went beyond her duty and always was communicating with them and you know, was very helpful. I would tell them that she is a very honorous[sic] and trustful person. I went online looking for an agent and as soon as I got her number I called her. Right then you know, just by talking to her I knew she was very trustworthy and honest and that’s how it went. We set up for an interview and you know, I didn’t hesitate to start selling my house with her."

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Friday, October 13, 2017   /   by Lindsey Gudger

Everything Was Taken Care of for Ellen

"She [Christy] was very flexible with our time. We just had to go out on weekends or after work. She showed us the house on a weekend, and actually we found the house that we [wanted] on the first time that we went out. Christy is very nice and she’s very responsive. She would just take care of everything for you, actually. Christy [would] forward me information of which houses [are] available, and then from there I [would] choose which one I’d like to visit. And then she would narrow down it on which one would be available or the best fit for me. And she also helped by recommending the mortgage company that I [could] work with and [would] work with me very well, too."

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