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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Want to Know If Someone Died in Your Home?
 There’s a Site for That
Your disclosure form and home inspection reveal plenty about the house you’re buying. Oops, there is lead paint. Darn, termites have indeed been gnawing at the cedar siding. Yes, that is a hairline crack you see in the foundation.

But there’s one thing you may not glean: whether or not someone passed away in your home. California law requires owners to disclose if a death occurred on the premises—but only if it was within the previous three years.

Luckily, there’s a website that can tell you.

 DiedinHouse.com “is the first of its kind, web-based service that helps you find out if anyone has died at any valid U.S. address,” the site claims.

 DiedinHouse.com’s founder, Roy Condrey, told Forbes that the site was inspired by one of his own tenants claiming his property was haunted. “I went online to find a ‘Carfax’ of sorts for deaths in homes and I didn’t find anything, but I did find pages and pages of people asking if there’s a way to find out if their house is haunted,” he said. In fact, deaths have been documented in some 4.5 million homes in the U.S., but there was never a clearinghouse for that information. Until now.

 Simply type in your location, pay the fee ($11.99 for a single search), and voilà: The site combs through millions of digital records to get the skinny. Wait, there’s more: The site is running a special! Your report will also reveal if the home has hosted meth labs or suffered a fire for no extra charge!

 Will a death in the house really influence your decision? After all, for centuries people did die at home, and we’re starting to return to that tradition.

 But whether a death in the house will make or break your decision to buy depends on how superstitious you are. Actually, believing in the paranormal might make you more open to solutions, as well. As we’ve learned, you can always hire a psychic to give your home a spiritual cleanse.


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Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall Home Sales Rebound: 5 Stats to Know

Existing-home sales were on the rise last month, posting a strong gain after a decline in August, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest housing report released Thursday. All four major regions of the U.S. saw sales gains in September.
Existing-home sales – which are completed transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops – rose 4.7 percent in September month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.55 million. Sales are now 8.8 percent above a year ago, NAR reports.
A slight moderation in home prices mixed with mortgage rates remaining below 4 percent is giving a boost to home sales, says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist.
“September home sales bounced back solidly after slowing in August and are now at their second highest pace since February 2007,” Yun says. “While current price growth around 6 percent is still roughly double the pace of wages, affordability has slightly improved since the spring and is helping to keep demand at a strong and sustained pace.”
Overview of NAR’s September Housing Report
1. Home prices: The median existing-home price for all housing types in September was $221,000 -- 6.1 percent higher than September 2014 ($209,100). September’s price increase marks the 43rd consecutive month of year-over-year gains.
2. Inventories: Total housing inventory at the end of September fell 2.6 percent to 2.21 million existing homes available for sale. Inventories are now 3.1 percent lower than a year ago (2.28 million). At the current sales pace, unsold inventory is at a 4.8-month supply, down from 5.1 months in August. “Despite persistent inventory shortages, the housing market has made great strides this year, backed by an increasing share of pent-up sellers realizing the increased equity they’ve gained from rising home prices and using it towards trading up or moving into a smaller home,” says Yun. “Unfortunately, first-time buyers are still failing to generate any meaningful traction this year.” First-time buyers dropped to 29 percent of sales in September, following a climb to the highest share of the year in August at 32 percent.
3. Days on the market: Properties stayed on the market for an average of 49 days in September – up from 47 days in August but below the 56 days in September 2014. Thirty-eight percent of homes sold in September were on the market for less than a month. Short sales were on the market the longest at a median of 135 days in September; foreclosures sold in 57 days; and non-distressed homes took 48 days.
4. Distressed sales: Distressed sales – which include foreclosures and short sales – held steady for the third consecutive month at 7 percent in September. A year ago, distressed sales comprised 10 percent of sales. Six percent of September sales were foreclosures and 1 percent were short sales (the lowest since NAR began tracking in October 2008). On average, foreclosures sold for a discount of 17 percent below market value in September, while short sales were discounted 19 percent.
5. All-cash sales: Buyers bringing all-cash to closing rose to 24 percent of all transactions in September – up from 22 percent in August. Individual investors, who account for the bulk of cash sales, purchased 13 percent of homes in September, up from 12 percent in August. However, investors’ share of sales is down from 14 percent a year ago.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Hot Seattle Market!

Amazon is moving in!

"Amazon’s rapid growth has put pressure on rents for offices and apartments in the area, even as it’s ignited an unprecedented boom in apartment construction.

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“Every Seattle office tenant who has negotiated a lease in the last couple of years has felt the ‘Amazon Effect,’ ” said tenant broker Brian Hayden of Flinn Ferguson. “The rate at which Amazon has been absorbing space has had a significant effect on Seattle’s overall vacancy rate, which increases landlord confidence and puts upward pressure on rents.”
Time to list your home while the market is hot?
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.84 percent

In this Jan. 8, 2015 photo, a sign with a sold sticker is posted in front of a row of new town homes in Richmond, Va. Freddie Mac reports on average U.S. mortgage rates on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Welcome home to paradise at Waterton -
A gated community!

This immaculate 3 bed and 2 1/2 bath residence has a partial view of Puget Sound. Enjoy the spacious granite and stone kitchen with custom cabinets and a huge, granite island. Stainless steel appliances stay including a commercial gas range with griddle and double oven! Abundance of natural light and hardwood floors throughout the house. Custom master closet. Unique features of built-in vacuum, A/C, and sprinkler system. Immerse yourself with a private community waterfront, nature trail and observe eagles and whales.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

16 Real-Life Dream Closets

From Around The Country

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Midcentury modern home for the history books

The L-shaped single-story house with a shed roof and concrete-block foundation is sited for privacy. Large window walls face the forested and newly groomed backyard. (Benjamin Benschneider)

Check out this beautiful home located in North Seattle!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015


As you live in your home, you get nose-blind to odors that can hit your buyers on the honker harder than a right cross. We're not talking about forgetting to change the cat box. Some smells are so pervasive that they could signal real trouble to a buyer. And that means no sale for you.
Here are four smells that could turn your home into a stinker.
Stuffiness. To make our homes more energy-efficient, we've caulked, blown insulation, weather-stripped and sealed our way to greener utility bills. But for every action, there's a reaction. The result of making your home airtight is that you lock all odors in.
Homes are more comfortable when they breathe. Open a window and reintroduce yourself to the aromatic delights of freshly-mowed grass and flowers and the light undulating touch of natural breezes.
Dusty, musty odors linger in rooms that aren't used much or aren't updated like old tile bathrooms. Sniff out culprits like guest bedspreads, long curtains that are rarely opened, and old carpets that could use a good cleaning.
Pets. Poop and pee are part of the deal when you have pets. From goldfish to iguanas, you have to deal with feeding and cleaning up after pets. When you're selling your home, you have to really keep on top of it.
And if you have pets with fur, you have to groom them. Dogs need baths, and most need brushing. If you let them get on the furniture, they slobber on their toys, scratch themselves, shed piles of fur, and so on. Febreeze is one idea, but you might have to do a thorough steam cleaning of all fabric surfaces in your home.
Food, smoke and grease odors. If you have a preference for stinky foods like cabbage and fish, you may need to go on a different diet while you're marketing your home. And if you cook a lot, it's a good idea to clean your oven, burners, and any other equipment that may have burned on food or spills.
Dampness, mold and mildew. Over the years, pipes leak, tubs overflow, and gutters clog. If you can smell moisture, it won't be long before you smell rot. Damp spaces can grow mold anywhere that contains cellulose, poor light, and little to no air circulation. So if your bathroom always smells like a wet, dirty dog and you don't have a dog, you've probably got a leak or mold in the walls or under the floor.
As a seller, you may have to lay down the law for household members who let their bedrooms smell like locker rooms or who use so many hair and body products their rooms smell like a 900 call center.
You may also have do a little more laundry than you're used to. Wash towels frequently. Change bed linens at least once a week. Don't leave dirty gym clothes in the bag or on top of the washing machine. 
You could really get OCD with this and wash or throw out dirty hair and make-up brushes. A good rule of thumb is -- if you can't remember when you washed it last, wash it now.
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Courtesy of RealtyTimes

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Home prices in Seattle jump 18.9 percent from year ago.

Home prices in Seattle jump 18.9 percent from year ago.  Time to think about selling or refinancing?

1919 NW Blue Ridge Dr, Seattle, WA
For sale: $3,695,000

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Monday, March 2, 2015

How Not To Get Screwed When Shopping For A Mortgage!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015


Borrowed from the Seattle Times

Zestimates are popular,

but handle with care

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Call me to make sure you don't get fooled by Zillow.
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