Written by Jaymi Naciri

Thanksgiving means turkey and all the trimmings and family get-togethers and football and the Macy's parade and eating until you can't breathe. It also means you're going to be seeing your neighbors up on ladders in the next few days putting up their holiday lights. If your house is currently for sale or if you're considering listing it, you may be wondering whether you should bother at all with holiday decorations this year. In a word: "YES", But there's more to it than that. There's a long way between Scrooge and The Griswolds.

"It's hard to argue with the fact that glitter lights and colorful accents make a home look more cheerful and inviting," said Realtor.com. "But you also probably know that if you're trying to…

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By MyNorthwest.com

When it comes to the holidays, we should all make friends with people in Bellevue. Residents in that city are expected to have the largest holiday budget in the state.

In fact, with an average holiday budget of $2,367, Bellevue takes third place in the nation for spending between now and Dec. 25.

Find Western Washington holiday events and more with this Holiday Map

Credit and finance website WalletHub which dove into its data to rank the holiday spending of the nation’s top cities — a total of 570 — between the middle of November and Dec. 25. Bellevue came in just under Naperville, Ill. with $2,381, and Sugar Land, Texas with $2,368. And because you know you’re wondering — at the bottom of the list is Flint, Michigan with…

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As we all prepare to celebrate the wonderful holiday known as Thanksgiving — aka, Turkey Day, over indulge just a little bit, and also bring our families near let us also remember... Being around your family can be just as incredible as it can be super stressful when you're trying to make sure everything goes according to plan for the holiday. So remember, they're family nonetheless, and they have many moments when they make you feel amazing along with those moments of stress. 

As a way of helping through those more stressful moments The Cascade Team would like to offer a few motivational quotes along with some fun Turkey Day trivia you can use to lighten any moment in need of "Breath or two and Zen-Like stress relief" 

1. "Be thankful for what…

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Please Join us for our 12th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Snoqualmie!

Located at Railroad Park in Downtown Snoqualmie: 7971 Railroad Avenue SE, Snoqualmie WA

Saturday, November 25th at 5:00pm

Children of all ages will enjoy this special evening of community holiday fun!

Enjoy Cookies, Cider, Caroling and Live Holiday Music!
Watch for Santa's Arrival on a Reindeer Fire Engine
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
And, Free Pictures with Santa!

From 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 25, come to Railroad Park for an evening of caroling, choir music, Horse Drawn carriage rides provided by The Cascade Team Real Estate, visits with Santa and refreshments. Santa arrives to light the tree at 6:30 p.m. and then to visit with children.

Along with the Horse Drawn…

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With everything going on from Holiday parties to shopping and visits from the in-laws we know that it’s easy to turn away from listing and selling your home during the holidays. Plus almost everyone says the market slows down in the Winter and you should just wait until Spring, right? WRONG!

While it’s true the market is usually slower around the holidays, the current market trends of constrained inventory and desperate buyers have in fact made the Holidays an excellent time to put your house up for sale. With fewer sellers listing during the Holiday period, buyers are left sitting around with pre-approval letters in-hand just starving for inventory!

Need more incentive? Here are 12 reasons selling your house during the holidays is an excellent…

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While not in our 50's yet, my wife and I are about to send our two kids off to college in the next 6 months which naturally has us thinking; "Do we stay in our 4 bedroom home just the two of us?"  We love the home and location, but things will definitely be different without the kids. What home improvements might we consider?

Like us as we approach the nest phase of our lives, more homeowners are taking on projects that will allow them to age comfortably in their current home, according to the “2017 Aging in Place Report” from HomeAdvisor. But they don’t like the term “aging in place.”

Researchers, who surveyed those 55 years old and up for the report, found that many of these homeowners are completing projects that put more emphasis on…

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Now is the time to start setting the “Table” for your real estate business for 2018. At the Cascade Team we will show you step-by-step exactly what our top performers do to get to the positions they are at. Unlike at other companies, The Cascade Team will help you develop a business plan, implement it, and help hold you accountable to reaching the results and goals you set for yourself! Our rookie of the year for 2017 completed 121 transactions his first year, and another agent (Matt Jensen) will earn over $1.3 million in commission income… And we’ll have you the keys and blueprints to do exactly the same thing… It’s all up to you!  

We want to help you become the best agent you can be!

Every month The Cascade Team provides professional…

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Even with early seasonal snow and the expectation of our usual seasonal slowdown October key housing indicators continue trend upwards.

  • Seattle, year-over-year prices jumped 17.6 percent.
  • On the Eastside, the median price for a single family home rose 10 percent from a year ago.
  • Buyers outnumbered new listings, with 10,586 of them having their offers accepted compared to only 8,466 New Listings further shrinking available inventory.
  • Buyers may find themselves in a quandary as the year winds down as they contemplate limited supply, possible upticks in interest rates and tax reform.

Pending sales rose nearly 8 percent from a year ago, closed sales were up 5.2 percent, and prices jumped about 8.2 percent, with 14 counties reporting…

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It's about to become nighttime a whole lot earlier as Daylight Saving Time ends and numerous Americans and people across the world will get an "extra" hour of sleep as their clocks change from 2 a.m. back to 1 a.m. on Sunday. For the world of Real Estate that means an extra hour of homes sales and home appreciation, but how did we get to the whole "Spring Forward" and "Fall Back" idea anyway?

SEE: 6 Benefits Of Buying Or Selling Your Home In The Fall

The clock will change back to Standard Time which the United States will follow until March 2018 when Daylight Saving Time will kick in again.

When you change your clocks or "fall back" an hour Sunday, Nov. 5, in the U.S., you will be following Standard Time once again which this nation has been…

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Homeowners are increasingly turning to real estate agents for help in selling their home, as the share of for-sale-by-owner sales remains at the lowest share on record, according to National Association of REALTORS®’ 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

Sellers’ use of a real estate agent remained at an all-time high this year at 89 percent, according to the survey. Meanwhile, for the third consecutive year, for-sale-by-owner sales continued to be at the lowest share in the history of NAR’s survey at 8 percent.

Sellers reported mostly being satisfied with the performance of their agents, too. Eighty-eight percent of sellers surveyed indicated they were satisfied with the selling process, and 85 percent said they are likely to use their agent…

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