5 common down payment misconceptions

Published Oct. 2015, www.housingwire.com Before you let the cost of a down payment get in the way of your homeownership dream, make sure you fully understand the options available to you. According to Down Payment Resource, consumers are motivated to buy, but the down payment continues to be a primary obstacle. “Most homebuyers don’t know to look for or ask about homeownership programs … [Read more...]

Possible Housing Slowdown? Scarce Inventory…

Published Oct. 2015, www.nwreporter.nwmls.com KIRKLAND, Washington (October 5, 2015) - Scarce inventory, new rules for mortgage closings and affordability concerns will likely slow home sales around Western Washington during the remaining months of 2015 and into early 2016, according to spokespersons from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The latest statistics from the MLS show a … [Read more...]

Home Sales Nearing 8.5 Year High

Published Aug. 2015 by Reuters.com U.S. home resales rose to a near 8-1/2-year high in July and factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region picked up this month, fresh signs of steady economic growth that likely keeps the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year. While other data on Thursday showed a slight increase in the number of Americans filing new applications for … [Read more...]

Half of Seattle homes sell in 9 days or less!

Published July 2015 by BizJournals.com   June was a busy month for homebuyers in Seattle. More than half of all the homes that hit the market last month were sold within nine days, according to data released from Seattle online real estate brokerage Redfin. Denver was the only city that had homes sell faster – half of all homes went six days or less. Interestingly, Tacoma had a big … [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...]

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...]