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Home Staging on a Budget

by Moshells.com, March 2015 When you show your home’s best features by staging it effectively, you help increase your final selling price without breaking the bank; in fact, on average, sellers receive $2 in increased sale price for every $1 they put into staging a home. The five golden rules are: De-personalize:  While your family photos are beautiful and your kids’ drawings on the fridge … [Read more...]

Update your Kitchen to Attract Buyers

by Realtor.org, March 2015 Kitchens are more important than ever when it comes to influencing buyers’ perceptions of a home as well as the perceived value. Some home owners make it a priority to invest in remodeling key rooms to increase the value of their home for when they are ready to sell. However, sellers who are pressed for time and need to get their homes on the market fast can still … [Read more...]

Spruce up that Garage!

by Realtor.org, Sept. 2014 Garages are an often overlooked part of the home, despite the fact that home owners spend a frequent amount of time there. In fact, for most home owners, the garage door is the main access point for entry and exit. It’s also a place for hobbies and storage. The garage needs to be functional and attractive. Here are three ways to do it: 1. Get Organized: Having … [Read more...]

Washington is a Top Destination for Buyers

by NWREporter January 2015 Washington was a popular destination for relocating families during 2014, according to a study by Allied Van Lines, one of the world’s largest moving companies. The Evergreen State landed in 6th on Allied’s ranking of Most Inbound States. Texas retained top spot for the 10th consecutive year. Rounding out the top five were Florida (2nd), Arizona (3rd), South … [Read more...]

Limited Inventory Frustrates Homebuyers

By NWREporter, February 2015 Home sales this super bowl season outpaced a year ago as sidelined buyers emerged to compete for limited inventory, according to brokers who commented on January activity. New figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service show year-over-year increases in pending sales, closed sales, and prices, while inventory fell by double digits. “The current inventory of … [Read more...]

Millennials Want Smaller, Smarter Homes

by NWREporter February 2015 Younger, first-time buyers are expected to enter the housing market, but they’ll want smaller, more affordable and smarter homes, predicted a building official during the International Builders’ Show held in January in Las Vegas. Laundry rooms will be essential and home technology will become increasingly prevalent, according to speakers. Rose Quint, assistant … [Read more...]

Thinking about Buying? 5 Reasons You Should

From keepingcurrentmatters.com, Jan. 2015 Heading into 2015 many people have their sights set on buying a home. The personal reasons differ for each buyer, with many basic similarities. Eric Belsky, the Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University recently wrote about the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership in his paper - The Dream Lives On: the Future … [Read more...]

Thinking About Selling? Beat the Spring Rush

From keepingcurrentmatters.com, Jan. 2015 It is common knowledge that a large number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their home on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. The other listings that do come out in the spring will represent increased competition to any seller. Do … [Read more...]

Home Sales Up

From keepingcurrentmatters.com, Dec. 2014 The National Association of Realtors’ most recent Existing Home Sales Report revealed that home sales were up rather dramatically over last year in five of the six price ranges they measure. Only those homes priced under $100,000 showed a decline (-6%). Every other category showed a minimum increase of at least 9.7%.   Thinking about … [Read more...]

Real Estate Trends 2015 – What will be revealed?

            By Susan Johnston, usnews.com, Dec. 2014 As housing recovers, prices in many markets across the U.S. have shot up. In fact, RealtyTrac reported that themedian sale price of U.S. single-family homes and condos in October had reached its highest level since September 2008. Price appreciation and the lure of foreclosures created a feeding … [Read more...]