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Wire Fraud is on the Rise

Wire Fraud is on the Rise

According to this article on azcentral.com, a first-time homebuyer in Phoenix Arizona lost his $73,000 down payment thanks to an email hack just a week before closing.  And according to the FBI, fake real-estate emails cost victims worldwide more than $5.3 billion from 2013-2016, with no sign of slowing down. Here’s how you can protect ...

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Is the Market Slowing?

Is the Market Slowing?

September had 1.7 months of inventory available, as reported by SeattlePI.com in this article, which tied February for the most homes available for sale this year. And while some may think that this increase – combined with a slight decrease in the median sales price of homes in the area to $565,000 – might look like a market ...

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Sign Up for Our Weekly Updates

If you aren’t already signed up to receive weekly updates from our team, what are you waiting for?! These emails include all of our new listings, pending sales and closed transactions; plus the occasional market update. We never share our subscriber information and you’ll only receive one email from us a week. Register below and ...

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How to Achieve Balance in Today’s Market

How to Achieve Balance in Today’s Market

In this new video from Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s Chief Economist, he explains why we are experiencing low inventory in markets like Seattle and how the market can re-balance itself. (Hint: It involves building more homes.) If you have any questions about the information provided here, or are thinking about selling your Seattle home, ...

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Seattle Home Prices Continue to Climb

Seattle Home Prices Continue to Climb

If you’re a home buyer in the Seattle real estate market, you know first-hand how competitive it can be and have witnessed prices increase over the last year (or more). And as if you needed any additional proof highlighting that phenomenon,  an article at SeattlePI.com yesterday highlights the newest report from Standard & ...

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Pre-Inspections – Who Should Do Them?

The competitive housing market in Seattle is heavily favoring sellers and there are many different strategies being employed in an attempt to maximize a sellers’ final sales price. One of the things that we’re starting to see more often are pre-inspections conducted by the seller instead of the buyer. Which way is better? First, let us ...

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Keep, Store or Shred?

With the end of the year quickly approaching, it is about time to start thinking about tying up loose ends and getting organized in preparation for the coming year and the dreaded tax season. Most of us have questions about which documents to keep and for how long, so our friends over at CW Title put together this handy guide. If you closed a ...

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1031 Exchange in Seattle

What is a 1031 exchange? A 1031 exchange is a process in which a seller can sell, or “exchange”, an investment in real property in order to purchase another investment property while deferring the capital gains tax on the profit from the property sold. Benefit of a 1031 Exchange? Doing a 1031 defers the gains tax, allowing a seller’s ...

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The Importance of [Good] Staging

The Importance of [Good] Staging

Recently we were hired to breathe new life into a listing that had been on the market previously and one of the things we felt strongly about was an overhaul on the staging. According to the Real Estate Staging Association*, professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less time on the market, sell for more money and have fewer ...

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Buying a home? When to talk to a lender.

If you are thinking about buying a home, it is absolutely critical, especially in our highly competitive Seattle market, to get pre-approved for a loan before making that first offer. When you find yourself in a multiple offer situation as so many buyers these days do, you want to make sure that you are positioning yourself as the strongest ...

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