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All Blog Entries by Cary W Porter

Found 479 blog entries published by Cary W Porter.


10 tips for guiding sellers through the choppy waters of a market correction

This year’s market is not the same as it was last year at this time. Here in the Greater Seattle Area, a region renowned for extreme inventory shortages, short days on the market, multiple offers and contracts way over asking price, everything has suddenly changed.

 

Everything, that is, except seller expectations.

How do you manage clients when the market suddenly develops into something they had not anticipated? Here are our top 10 recommendations for managing seller expectations when the market enters a correction.

1. Memorize the market

When a market turns, everything changes in a moment. Those who benefit from the shift respond immediately, while those

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Just over half an hour from Seattle, and closer still to major tech corporate campuses in Redmond and Bellevue, Sammamish attracts many of the people who work for Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia and other tech giants. The homes are pricey here, but average salaries are high too: Median family income is roughly $165,000, more than twice the median for the other spots MONEY analyzed. The current average list price for a single family residence in Sammamish is $1,227,275.

With an official motto of "Building Community Together," the city of Sammamish in King County, Washington, is as friendly as it gets. The unemployment rate is a low 5%, and the city's crime rate is approximately 90% lower than the national average.

For those that live here, once

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Sure, apps are convenient, but buyers need the personal experience and expertise of a real estate agent, too.

Why work with a real estate agent in this internet filled world we live in? Let me put it this way: You could do a Google search for “Paris” but what if one of your good friends has been to Paris say, 20 times over the last few years? Isn’t it good to get advice from both? Sometimes the internet can be overwhelming with facts and data, and the use of a good reliable real estate agent can help you decipher which facts are the most important for you to know. Also, it’s one thing to see a property online, it’s another to stand in it physically and really get a feel for how big the space is, how much light it’s getting, and how close the

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  • House-hunters in Western Washington can choose from the largest supply of homes in three years.
  • New statistics from the MLS show prices appear to be moderating.
  • King County Housing Inventory has a 74.3 percent increase.
  • Mutually accepted contracts drop 14.8% as buyers adjust to more options.
  • For Buyers: “This is the best time in three years to be aggressive in the marketplace”

KIRKLAND, Washington (September 7, 2018) – House-hunters in Western Washington can choose from the largest supply of homes in three years, and they are facing fewer bidding wars, according to officials from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

New statistics from the MLS show prices appear to be moderating (up about 6.7 percent overall), but brokers

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Other brokerages are inconsistent with their commission rates...

With The Cascade Team, you will always know what you are getting!!!

Getting the most for your home or property means doing more than putting a "For Sale" sign out front. In a competitive market where new homes for sale are added daily, your listing needs to be seen in a variety of places in order to stand out. And sometimes the right buyer is waiting out of state, or even in another country. To ensure sure your home gets noticed and sells without a hitch for full market value, consider working with a top professional. It could mean the difference between no sale, and the payoff you've been waiting for.

A Full Service Real Estate Brokerage For Home Sellers

The Cascade Team

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For the first time in nearly two years, the Seattle area no longer leads the nation in home price increases. The monthly Case-Shiller home price index, released Tuesday, showed Las Vegas now claims the title as the nation’s hottest housing market.

The Case-Shiller numbers don’t reflect the full scope of the slowdown however, do in large part to the fact that it includes a three-month moving average through June (things have cooled even more since then), and also because it reflects the entire metro area (Pierce and Snohomish counties haven’t slowed down quite as much as King).

A new analysis from Zillow, using more recent numbers, showed Seattle had the biggest slowdown in housing prices in the country, falling to the 12th hottest housing market

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The Offer Countdown Timer:

When we at The Cascade Team receive an offer on your listing, we will now activate the offer countdown on your property website with just a couple clicks. The property website will prominently display the timer counting down second by second until the offer review deadline. This will help us promote your home and let potential buyers know that they have a limited amount of time to get an offer in if they would like to potentially purchase your home.

The property website is linked from all kinds of sites like Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Yahoo Homes, Google and many more. We will also promote your listing and the countdown to make offer through social media such as Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, Etc..

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  • Home sellers throughout the Seattle region are experiencing a reality check and the days of multiple offers are days of the past.

  • In Seattle and King County supply is at the highest level since first quarter 2015.

  • Gone: Seller luxuries like offer review dates, pre-inspections, and escalation clauses.

  • King County Housing inventory has doubled since March!

  • Seattle is experiencing a self-corrective shift in the market.

  • Many sellers are reaching for their dictionaries to understand the words ‘price reduction’ and ‘increased market time.’”

 

KIRKLAND, Washington (August 6, 2018) – “Home sellers throughout the Seattle region are
experiencing a reality check and the days of multiple offers

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Seattle has been arguably one of the hottest housing markets in America, with home prices rising annually by double digits fueled by scorching demand. There is, however, one outside force that is starting to throw cold water on all that heat: new weakness from once-intense Chinese buyers.

The Pacific Northwest city has been one of the greatest beneficiaries of the recent wave of Chinese buyers of U.S. real estate. Both Chinese investors and families hoping to send their kids to American universities have fueled demand for housing in Seattle, which has long enjoyed a strong Asian culture.

In just the last two years, that demand increased dramatically. In 2016, nearby Canadian city Vancouver slapped a 25 percent tax on international homebuyers in

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Did you buy a home that could use a little touching up, but the projects are larger than your bank account?  Do you want to boost the curb appeal and value of your home, but are looking for simple ideas you can do yourself?

Here are 10 do-it-yourself home projects to boost your homes value! Paint. You can paint your entire house or you can paint just the trim, interior or exterior. Or, paint an accent wall inside. Can't afford new kitchen cabinets? Paint the old ones. The key to painting is in the preparation work, including taping around windows and cutting in around the ceiling. Keep that in mind when budgeting the time a project will take.
  Change your kitchen or bathroom hardware. This is one of the easiest projects you can do to…
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