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So much has changed in the past few weeks.  Schools are closed, people are working remotely or out of a job, panic buying has ensued at grocery stores and social norms are changing rapidly. One would think that this would bring home buying and selling to a halt, but the reality is that we’re not...
If you are planning on buying or selling a home in Seattle in 2020, this is a quick primer on what you need to know, especially if this is your first home. Like most markets, supply and demand control the pricing.  Right now, demand is around the normal amount we’d expect to see in an...
Whats it like to be an agent? Being an agent is on one hand the best job in the world, and on other other hand a very challenging job.  The best part of the job is getting to help people into their first home, or trade up from a starter home to their next adventure. ...
Technology has touched every part of our lives, and real estate is no different.  Many years ago, people would walk into a real estate office and look at a binder full of homes, and agent’s would show them.  Then came centralized databases (called the MLS), property search websites and more. Even in the last 5...
In 2019 it’s not unusual to see modest (sub 2ooo sqft) homes in Seattle going for $1 million or more. In fact we have more homes over $1M (42% of our inventory!) than any state in the US, and no signs of slowing down.  While some local politicians like to point blame at big tech...
What is an inspection? An inspection is a part of a real estate transaction where the buyer hires an independent, licensed inspector to do a full walkthrough of a subject home either before making an offer (this is known as a pre-inspection). Home inspectors are licensed in Washington State and don’t work for either the...
Thinking about home ownership?  You’re not alone.  TransUnion is currently projecting that at least 8.3 million first-time homebuyers will enter the mortgage market between 2020 and 2022.  Millions more will take steps to upgrade their home situation.  Statistically, every 7 or so years, you’ll be home buying, selling, or both. Home ownership is the fastest...
Columbia City is a hip, vibrant, historic and commuter-friendly South Seattle neighborhood that’s fun and friendly to visit for a weekend or a great place to plant some roots.  Annexed into Seattle in 1907, it originally featured a rail-line into downtown Seattle where Rainier Avenue is now.  During the 1970s, it was nearly abandoned, but...
When you first move into a new home, there’s often a chance that everything about that neighborhood is new to you.  Unless you’re just moving a few blocks away you’ll have all new neighbors, new traffic patterns, a new commute, new stores nearby, and you might find yourself having to rethink your security. Sometimes having...
What is house-hacking? House-hacking is what you do when you want to buy a home, but you’re stuck in one of the following situations: Priced out of the market Working against a competitive seller’s market High income but low in cash savings Need to buy a and sell a house at the same time Or,...
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