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March 2013

Found 11 blog entries for March 2013.

1) Before Heading Out to Look at Homes This Weekend - Download The Mobile MLS!

It’s like having your very own personal Real Estate Agent riding along with you in the car! One that can even give you directions!

Search for your dream home anytime, anywhere!  WE can help! Text CTRE32 to 88000 and you will have the most advanced and comprehensive mobile search available that will allow YOU to:

  • See every property from every brokerage
  • School Information
  • Annual Property Tax Records
  • Driving directions to properties
  • Calculate your Mortgage
  • See all properties based on GPS location
  • See all interior photos for any listing
  • Quick contact to see any listing
  • Save your favorite properties to view later
  • Sold Prices

2) New Open House

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Top 10 Worst Home-Showing Offenses 

1. Leftover home owners

By far, one of the top offenses cited by buyer’s agents was home owners still lingering around when agents arrived with clients to preview the home. Awkward encounters ranged from buyers finding sellers taking a shower, asleep in the bed, to even the “stalker sellers” who liked to follow buyers and the agent all over the home to see what they thought.

With the exception of the “stalker seller,” many of the home owners who were still at home blamed their listing agent for not giving them enough advance notice about the appointment prior.

2. Pets and their messes

Numerous agents also cited the not-so-friendly dog and kitty encounters as a top offense. Even pets left in a crate can pose a

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One of the biggest myths in Real Estate is a homes assessed value having a correlation to its present market value.

Unfortunately it is easy to see why the general public is often times confused about this because a number of Real Estate agents fail to educate their clients that there is a big difference. Trust me looking at assessed values is no better than using Zillow.com to figure out what a home is worth!

When the assessed value from the town is higher than what a property is on the market for you will often see Agents writing advertising that says something like the following “Come see this bargain home that is priced $75,000 less than the assessed value”. What this immediately tells me is the Agent either does not know anything about property

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Selling your home these days isn’t as simple as it used to be. With the explosion of real estate marketing on the Internet, prospective buyers can do their initial home shopping online. While this means that your listed property will be viewed by more prospective customers, it also means that many other properties will also be showcased, making for a much more competitive market. While sales in the existing home market went up nine percent in January 2013, the market has not fully recovered from the 2008 housing crash. This means that mortgage credit is still tight, which may prevent some prospective buyers from qualifying for a home loan. In such a competitive market, establishing a realistic selling price for your home is a critical component of a

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APRIL IS CRAYON DRIVE MONTH

I WILL BE COLLECTING CRAYONS FOR SEATTLE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL ON:

SUNDAY APRIL 21ST

12-4PM

LOCATION:

LEFT FRONT ENTRANCE OF QFC

9999 HOLMAN RD NW

SEATTLE, WA 98117

Come and show your support of Seattle Childrens Hospital by donating a box of Crayola Crayons!

 

For the eight year, The Cascade Team Real Estate is kicking off Project Crayon Drive. For the young who find themselves at Children’s Hospital of Seattle along with their families, sometimes the simple things like a coloring book and a few crayons can be as soothing as the trained staff and smiling doctors. Yet, something as simple as crayons often goes overlooked. Each year, Children’s Hospital goes through over 240,000 crayons, yet each child only

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Einstien dies and goes to heaven. First person he see he asks, “Excuse me? What’s your IQ”
The person replies, 280. Einstien says, great! We can talk about astro physics!
2nd person he runs into he asks the same question, what’s your IQ?
The person replies, 150. Great! says Einstien, we can talk about events of the day!
3rd person he sees he once again asks about their IQ. This time the person says 45!
Einstiens says, Great! Where do you think the real estate market is headed??!!

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KIRKLAND, Wash. (March 5, 2013) – Real estate brokers around Washington state agree today’s market is far different than two years ago, with one industry veteran summing it up by saying key indicators "are in perfect alignment for a spring market to remember."

On the plus side, closed sales during February jumped more than 9 percent from a year ago and median sales prices are up 13 percent according to new figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Last month’s pending sales across the 21 counties served by Northwest MLS also increased, but only slightly (1.7 percent) due in part to depleted inventory.

"In my 37 years working in the real estate industry, I have never seen inventory this low," remarked Diedre Haines, regional managing broker

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Cheapest Homes: March 2013 Edition

Let’s check in again on the cheapest homes around Seattle proper. Here’s our methodology: I search the listings for the cheapest homes currently on the market, excluding short sales, in the city of Seattle proper. Any properties that are in obvious states of extreme disrepair based on listing photos and descriptions will be excluded. This includes any listing that uses the phrases “fixer,” “rehab loan,” or “value in land.” I post the top (bottom) three, along with some overall stats on the low end of the market.

Please note: These posts should not be construed to be an advertisement or endorsement of any specific home for sale. We are merely taking a brief snapshot of the

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Fewer single-family houses are for sale compared with a year ago. With interest rates low and the economy growing stronger, median prices rose 18.5 percent from February 2012.

Seattle Times business reporter

 

A record-low inventory of homes for sale in King County, very low interest rates and a growing Puget Sound economy combined to push the median price of houses sold in February to $365,000, an 18 percent jump over a year ago.

Only 2,947 homes were listed for sale in the county last month, down from 5,178 a year ago, according to Tuesday’s report by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

“The extreme shortage of listings is clearly adding to the price pressure,” said Glenn Crellin, associate director for research at the

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KIRKLAND, Wash. (March 5, 2013) – Real estate brokers around Washington state agree today’s market is far different than two years ago, with one industry veteran summing it up by saying key indicators "are in perfect alignment for a spring market to remember."

On the plus side, closed sales during February jumped more than 9 percent from a year ago and median sales prices are up 13 percent according to new figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Last month’s pending sales across the 21 counties served by Northwest MLS also increased, but only slightly (1.7 percent) due in part to depleted inventory.

"In my 37 years working in the real estate industry, I have never seen inventory this low," remarked Diedre Haines, regional managing broker

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