Real Estate Myths  

Even if you’ve never bought or sold a home before, we’re willing to bet that you’ve heard of some of these popular Real Estate myths. They may have come from relatives, friends or even the media but like many facts floating around on the internet, they just aren’t true. So, here are the top 5 Real Estate Myths that most home owners believe, and why they are just plain wrong.

1. Your Renovations Will Always Pay Off

While most renovations will add value to your home in long run, there are some upgrades that could have the opposite effect, and these will have you wishing you never invested the money when it comes time to sell.

When it comes to adding value to your home it’s always best to stick with upgrading the most permanent and…

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Sammamish's overall rate of crime is sufficiently low that analysis shows the city to be one of the safest in both Washington and the nation. Sammamish's crime rate is just 6 per 1,000 people, which means that a person's chance of becoming a victim in Sammamish is one in 174. It is for these reasons that Sammamish is ranked as one of the top 100 safest cities in the U.S.A.

Additionally, after analyzing all cities and towns in America with a similar population size to Sammamish, and we found that the crime rate in Sammamish is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means Sammamish is one of the safest places in America in which to live for its size, a very important finding.

The crime data that we used for this analysis are the seven…

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Are you giving consumers the online experience they want?

Sept 2015 | By Cary Porter


People often ask me, “What’s your business strategy?” In a nutshell: If you build it, they will come. By “they,” I mean everyone—sellers, buyers, brokers, and agents. And by “it,” I mean an online experience that gives consumers exactly what they’re looking for.


Let me back up a bit. I’m the broker/ co-owner of The Cascade Team Real Estate. We’ve been fortunate to experience growth through one of the worst real estate markets in U.S. history, and on to now where most markets are in full rebound with shortages of inventory. We went from $20 million in sales in 2006 to over $900 million in 2015, and today we have nearly 300 brokers and salespeople…

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The Cascade Team Real Estate is now hiring for a Receptionist/Transaction Assistant position.

Please contact Allison Connor at 425-313-4752 or e-mail

The Cascade Team Agents are Full Service. We are a real estate company like no other, because of the tools, service and savings we provide our clients with. We understand that in today's fast paced environment, we need to provide a high level of service, utilize technology to keep our clients up to date at all times and provide added value to both buyers and sellers in the transaction. By leveraging these technological tools, it allows our agents to focus more of their time to servicing our clients, and also provide the most comprehensive marketing program available. In…

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 Our newly updated Property Details tabs powered by SpyDoor have more information than ever before. Now you can truly dig deep into any community or listing.

From education levels, median income, employment levels down to job type and more the SpyDoor platform provides deep detail to a “Hyper-Local” level.

Quickly see occupancy rates, household cost compared to State and national levels and even all nearby schools.


See sample links HERE:

Community Info                                                                                                              School Info


Every listing on will also now feature a SpyDoor Valuation.  As with any valuation system from Zillow to…

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 Introducing SpyDoor; The Cascade Team’s Automated Valuation Solution  

  1. The only home valuation tool to go “Hyper”-Local with communities as small as 10 homes. 
  2. Blending fully integrated MLS Sold, Active and Pending data with Tax records and County Assessed values.
  3. Ability to manually adjust values such as: # of Beds, Baths, sq ft, etc
  4. Full demographics down to the Hyper Local level 
  5. Pull school boundaries with regular updates from State and county websites.

Your Home’s Value/ Your Neighbor’s Home Value/ Any Home Down the Street


The Cascade Team has deployed a class of an Automated Valuation Model (AVM) that has stood the test of time. It employs both a Hedonic modeling approach and Market Comp approach yielding…

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List by The Cascade Team Broker: Matt Mcgaffey

 List by The Cascade Team Broker: Marisa Ormando

List by The Cascade Team Broker: Diego J Vitelli

List by The Cascade Team Broker: Matt Jensen

See all the results HERE: 


  • 61% Of The Cascade Team Listings are Sold in 3 Days or Less
  • 47% Receive Multiple Offers
  • Our average Seller saves over $12,000 in commissions
  • See our Web Page: For more info!



The Cascade Team provides a full service experience that is a step above; by executing a marketing plan that is unique to your home, rich in technology and high in service.  We…

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One Hundred Dollar Bills in fire

By Beth Braverman

The earnest money deposit—the cash you offer to essentially call dibs on a house—is one of the most important and misunderstood parts of the home-buying process.

Depending on where you live, you can expect to put down anywhere from 1% to even 10% of the home’s purchase price as earnest money. (In some highly competitive markets, buyers are making even larger deposits in an effort to stand out.) An earnest money deposit tells a seller you are serious about closing. Without earnest money, you could theoretically make offers on multiple homes, essentially taking them off the market until you decide which one you like best.

Don’t worry—the seller isn’t going to run off to Aruba with your cash. It remains in an escrow account or…

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson purchased a $6.7 million waterfront mansion along Lake Washington a month after signing his $87.6 million contract, TMZ reported Wednesday.

Thursday, September 10, 2015, by Sean Keeley          

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Have A Home To Sell?

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Have you found the house of your dreams yet? If you've found a property you love, you now need to decide how much you're willing to offer. You want to be conservative enough that you get a good deal, but you don't want to bid so low that you risk losing the house. The following are some questions that need to be answered prior to making an offer:

  • How long has the house been on the market? The longer it's been on the market, the more flexible the sellers are likely to be.
  • How much are people paying for similar properties in the area?
  • How much can you afford?
  • Are you pre-approved for a loan? If so, you will…

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