Uncategorized monday articles Natural disasters, from hurricanes to tornadoes, can strike at any time. Is your family prepared to weather the storm? Full Story: http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120502_emergencies.htm Overseeing a homeowner association’s finances to ensure proper maintenance of the common elements is a fundamental responsibility of the board. Following a properly prepared reserve study is a big piece of that puzzle. […]
market stats Month’s supply of inventory, March 31st, 2012 King/Snohomish Counties
iphone apps Apps review: money management I think technology should make life easier, and not more difficult. If I find it has complicated my life more, I try to find a better solution… so these are some of the apps that I have found that save me time or money in various ways. (disclaimer: most of these are iphone apps, if you […]
Uncategorized Monday articles Weekly round up of articles:   Lowball offers not sticking in our rebounding market: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2017996700_harney22.html#.T5LefrwijuR.facebook   30-year fixed rate rises, but stays near record low keeping home buying and refinancing affordable: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38770102/ns/business-real_estate/   5 quick takeaways from the National Mortgage Settlement: http://www.realtor.org/articles/5-quick-takeaways-national-mortgage-settlement   Thinking of remodeling?  Check this list first: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/6-worst-home-fixes-money-070151422.html   Overall ‘good feeling’ […]
Uncategorized Are you entitled to a piece of the $26,000,000,000 Mortgage Settlement Pie? Many of my clients have asked about the recent settlement by several of the biggest mortgage lenders and what it could mean for their bottom line. This is an historic settlement, representing the largest consumer financial protection settlement in history. What do you need to know about the $26,000,000,000 settlement? The five lenders involved in […]
Uncategorized HARP 2   I have been hearing/fielding questions about the HARP 2 program… reaching out to some of my lenders I found that many do not/did not have any informaiotn about the program. answers ranging from “we don’t know much yet” or “we are waiting for corporate” came from them. And, these lenders do a GREAT job […]
Uncategorized Tax advatages for home owners It’s that time of year again… tax season! my goal every year is to file on time… well that did not happen for business (due March 15thish) and won’t happen for personal. here is the best of what I can find for tax articles this year:   Home sweet homeowner tax breaks: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/home-sweet-homeowner-tax-breaks-1.aspx Mortgage Interest […]
Uncategorized Links! here are recent links that you may find interesting: Rising rents could signal housing market strength: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2017770789_realrents18.html   Seattle makes Forbes list of ‘cities with the most new construction’ (a leading indicator of positive economic activity): http://www.forbes.com/sites/morganbrennan/2012/03/16/cities-with-the-most-new-construction/   FHA refinancing fee cut for current borrowers: http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120308_fhafees.htm   Seattle ranked one of the best metropolitan areas […]
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Uncategorized Weekly article round up I find this very interesting and wonder if prices on the Amazon site will be the same as the store. And what kind of items will they have? mostly electronics or those great baby diaper deals I get every month? Amazon planning first brick-and-mortar store in Seattle: http://www.king5.com/news/technology/Amazon-planning-first-brick-and-mortar-store-in-Seattle-138861824.html This will be intersting to see if […]
Uncategorized Weekly Seattle/Eastside Real Estate market article round up I was reading an article the other day about how, in some parts of the country, the economy – while still challenged – is beginning to see signs of improvement.  In Seattle, Washington, for instance, orders for Boeing planes have jumped dramatically in the past 2 months. Nordstrom increased its profit by 7% in the […]
Uncategorized Online Property Marketing – Crucial for your Selling Success If you are thinking about selling your home anytime in the near future, there are many things you need to think about when choosing an agent – everything from the market research they do in helping determine a fair market price for your property to developing a marketing plan that will drive traffic to your […]
market stats Snohomish and King County months supply of inventory- December 2011 Thoughts on the current Month Supply of Inventory graphs: note how 1 year ago, there were no red portions of either county. this means that we were either in a “neutral” (yellow) or “buyer’s” (green) market last year. the shift is significant to a sellers market. This shows that there are fewer homes available to […]
selling your home It’s ok to break even. 0+0=0 One concern I have been hearing a lot from clients is they would like to move (or need to due to a job transition), however, the recent economic challenges have not been kind to the equity they have in their home – and they are concerned they won’t even break even on the sale. Their […]