Why We Love Living in Seattle: Fall Into the Seattle Holiday Season

The summer festival season is over but there are still plenty of fun things to do in Seattle before the holiday season starts and leading into the magic of the season. We’ve compiled a list of ideas from classic Seattle traditions to some new and exciting additions. See all ideas here.

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Eastside Market Update – September 2018

Inventory increased 73% on the Eastside over last August. With supply soaring & prices moderating, sellers need to price their home in order to meet the current market conditions.
➡️ Read the full update: http://bit.ly/Sept18LocalMarketUpdate

Eastside Market Update – August 2018

For the first time in years, the local real estate market is finally starting to deliver some good news for buyers.
Read the full local market update: http://bit.ly/Aug18Update

The Gardner Report – Second Quarter 2018

Check out the lasted Gardner Report from Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner to get up to date on current market conditions.

See the the full report here.

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Eastside Market Update – July 2018

A booming economy offered little price relief for buyers looking on the Eastside last month.
See the the full Local Market Update: http://bit.ly/JulyUpdate2018

 

Eastside Market Update – June 2018

Is the market shifting? The latest Eastside stats show a significant inventory increase but with ever growing demand is it too soon to call?
Read the full update: http://bit.ly/JuneUpdate18

 

Eastside Market Review – First Quarter 2018

The Eastside Market Review is now available for the first quarter of 2018.

Read the full report online by clicking here.

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Eastside Market Update – May 2018

Sales were strong at every price point last month but the numbers are showing some slight price moderation may be happening on the Eastside.
See the full Local Market Update: http://bit.ly/May18Update

Selling your home: A Step-by-Step Approach

 

Whether you’re starting a family, moving for your job, getting ready to retire or embarking on a new chapter in your life, when your home no longer suits your current situation, it’s time to think about selling it. Although this can be a bit complicated, with the help of your agent, you can minimize the hassles, get the best possible price, and shorten the distance between “For Sale” and “Sold”.

Price it right

If you want to get the best possible price for your home and minimize the time it stays on market, you need to price it correctly from the beginning. Your agent can give you a clear picture of your particular market and can provide you with a comparative market analysis (CMA). A CMA contains detailed information on comparable homes in your area, including square footage, date built, number of bedrooms, lot size and more. It lists pending sales and houses sold in your area in the past six months, along with their actual sale prices.

By comparing your home to similar homes in your neighborhood and reviewing their list prices and actual selling prices, your agent can help you arrive at a fact-based assessment of your home’s market price.

Prepping your house for sale

You want to make a positive first impression when you list your home for sale. Here are some tips on how to enhance your home’s best features:

Work on your curb appeal

Get rid of moss on your roof. Power wash your front walk, porch, deck and patio. Mow the lawn, trim the hedges, weed the flowerbeds and add spots of color with container plants. Clean all the windows inside and out and repair them if they don’t open and close easily.

Refresh, repair and repaint

This goes for interiors and exteriors. If you see peeling paint, add a fresh coat. If your living room is bright lime green, consider painting it a more neutral shade. Make necessary repairs. You don’t want to turn off a buyer with a dripping faucet, a broken doorbell, a clogged downspout or a cracked windowpane.

Deep-clean, from floor to ceiling

Clean rugs, drapes and blinds and steam-clean carpeting. Get rid of any stains or odors. Make sure kitchen appliances, cupboards and counters are spotless and that bathrooms shine.

Declutter and depersonalize

Clean, light-filled, expansive rooms sell houses. So be sure to downsize clutter everywhere in your home, including cupboards, closets and counters. You might also consider storing some furniture or personal items to make rooms look more spacious. Take advantage of views and natural light by keeping drapes and blinds open.

Make an impact on the market

If you want to sell your home, you need to go where the buyers are, and today they’re on the Internet. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, in 2012 90 percent of homebuyers used the Internet as an information source, and for 41 percent of homebuyers it was the first step in the home-buying process.

By working with your agent, you can list your home on Windermere.com and other relevant websites. He or she will put together a listing with attractive photos, an appealing description and all the information a potential buyer needs. Your agent will also market your house, which may include advertising, direct mail and open houses.

Show your house

After you’ve taken care of all the repairs and cleaning tasks outlined above, your home is ready for its close-up: an open house. It’s actually best for you and your family to leave when potential buyers are present so they can ask your agent questions. But before you go, you might want to:

·         Take your pets with you

·         Open the shades and turn on the lights

·         Light a fire in the gas fireplace

·         Bake cookies

·         Keep money, valuables and prescription drugs out of sight

Be flexible in negotiating

If you get offers below your asking price, there are a number of strategies you can try in your counteroffer. You could ask for full price and throw in major appliances that were not originally included in the asking price, offer to pay some of the buyer’s fees, or pay for the inspection. You could also counter with a lower price and not include the appliances. If you receive multiple offers, you can simply make a full-price counter.

Your agent can suggest other strategies as well and help you negotiate the final price.

If your house doesn’t sell or you’ve received only lowball offers, ask your agent to find out what these prospective buyers are saying about your house. It might reveal something you can consider changing to make your house more appealing in the future.

Breeze through your inspection

When a buyer makes an offer on your home, it’s usually contingent on a professional inspection. A standard inspection includes heating and cooling, interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; and the foundation, basement and visible structure. The inspector will be looking for cracks in cement walls, water stains and wood rot.

You can always opt for having an inspection done prior to putting your house on the market, so you can address any potential problems in advance. Your agent can give you several recommendations for qualified inspectors in your area.

Close with confidence

Whether this is your first time or your tenth, your agent can help guide you though the complex process of selling a home. Moreover, he or she can answer any questions you may have about legal documents, settlement costs and the status of your sale.

Your agent’s expertise, resources and extensive network also work for you when you’re buying your next house. Even if you’re moving out of the area, your agent can refer you to a professional agent in your new community.

This post originally appeared on the Windermere.com blog.

Happy Valentine’s Day From The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Earlier this week The Butterfly Effect celebrated our second Valentine’s Day with our friends at the Gardens at Juanita Bay Senior Community. We were excited to be back with the residents for another year, and they were so happy to see us again.

Preparation for this event started on February 5th when our group met to make valentines and favor bags and address cards. When the big day came we arrived at the Senior Community loaded up with beautiful potted roses (thanks to Trader Joe’s in Kirkland), favor bags full of candies and snacks, warm socks, and of course our homemade valentines. It was a fun day full of good friends, laughter, and spreading love and warmth in our community.

Days like this remind me of how far our Butterfly Effect group has come since we started 4+ years ago with ten founding members. We have grown to 60+ members, do a charity project each month, and have given over $25,000. I love being part of such a generous group that gives monthly and makes a difference one ripple at a time.