9 Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid

Published Aug. 2015 by MSN.com Thinking of selling your home? Chances are, you’ve heard real estate professionals, neighbors, and friends alike wax eloquent about the importance of things like “first impressions,” “curb appeal,” and “home staging.” Indeed, these industry terms peppered in your conversations hold real weight: Real estate industry research indicates that redesiging your home for … [Read more...]

Seven Curb Appeal Tips for Fall

Published Aug. 2015 by HGTV.com Here are 7 simple tips for sprucing up your home for the Autumn home buying season: 1. Spruce Up Your Lawn While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive for showings, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in … [Read more...]

Buyers Face Challenge from Limited Supply

By Alex Veiga and Josh Boak, KomoNews.com, May 11, 2015 Bidding wars have broken out in hot real-estate markets like Denver, Los Angeles and Seattle, where there aren’t enough houses to meet demand. The lack of supply is a key reason home sales nationwide have yet to return to healthy levels following the housing collapse in 2008. “Inventory is still fairly low in a lot of markets across … [Read more...]

King County Home Sales Lead the Way

By Marc Styles, Puget Sound Business Journal, May 6th, 2015 New data confirm what most everyone knows: the central Puget Sound region’s housing market is frothier than a milk shake. Prices have shot up more than 13 percent throughout the region as more and more buyers compete for fewer houses, according to a report the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) put out Tuesday. The … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]