Working with Buyers in 2021!

I am beyond excited for my client! We are officially pending on this beauty. It took us 5 offers, in 50 days to get here! That breaks down to 1 offer written every 10 days. Which I must say… Ain’t too FREAKIN’ bad! 

When I’m representing sellers, I hear all sorts of stories from agents on the other side – – About their buyers being tired of losing out after… t e n , f i f t e e n ,  t w e n t y  offers!   

I can’t say I’m surprised in today’s market! My last couple of listings had 14 & 28 offers each… that’s 13 & 27 buyers who lost out!  That’s why having the “ r i g h t – a g e n t “ on your side is more important than EVER.  Not all agents have the experience and strategies to help you be on the winning side of a deal.    

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Home Maintenance Tips for Fall & Winter

The cold season has already arrived in many parts of the country. Here in Seattle, the leaves have started turning color before they fall for winter! And let’s not forget about the rain!

It’s important to prepare your home for the colder weather coming. Taking a little bit of time to winterize your home can save you a lot of time, and money, later on. Check out these tips for preparing your home for the fall and winter.

1. Check window and door weather stripping for damage.

2. Disconnect water hoses and turn off outdoor water supply lines and irrigation system.

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Three Home Buying Myths You Need to Know

If you’ve been thinking about buying your first home, chances are you’re getting tons of advice from everyone you mention it to. It can be pretty overwhelming which is why I want to share 3 home buying myths you need to know if you’re considering homeownership. These will help debunk some of the things you may be hearing from people who want to give their advice from the kindness of their hearts but probably aren’t professionals.

MYTH #1: You Have to Put 20% Down to Purchase a Home

This could be the biggest home buying myth of all time! Putting a minimum of 20% down on a house does have some financial benefits .. BUT it isn’t required.

There are several options when it comes to financing your home so you’ll want to meet with a local lender to discuss these options before jumping head first into the process.

There are loans that require as little as 3% down as well as resources for buyers struggling with down payment money and first time home buyer programs.

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Buyer Challenges: Our Story

It always surprises me to hear someone say that they believe buying a home is never going to happen for them. They usually believe this because:

  1. They have horrible credit
  2. They don’t have a down payment

What if I told you that building/ repairing your credit isn’t as hard as you might think?…& that there are down payment assistance programs that will help fund your down payment? 

Let’s use myself as an example. It wasn’t an easy road to homeownership for Marc & I.  We were faced with both these issues!

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For Sale by Owner vs. Hiring an Agent

Are you thinking about selling your home by yourself without the help of an agent? I’m not going to be the one to tell you, that listing your home “For Sale by Owner (FSBO)” is a bad idea. That’s for you to decide! But I will help by shedding some light.

The main reason people decide to sell FSBO is to save 6% in Agent commission. But are you willing to put in the work? Real Estate Agents do so much behind the scenes to make sure things go smoothly. & don’t just take my word for it… read about all the work put in by other FSBO experiences – – HERE!

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JAMS Kitchen Design

Do you dream of a new kitchen, only to get discouraged because you think the cost will be outrageous?  According to Home Advisor, the national average is roughly $22k.  
What if I told you that we spent less than $12k on this kitchen?  Granted we saved HUGE $$$ on labor. But if we can do it… you can do it too!

You have the knowledge right at your fingertips. Google and YouTube was our best friend in learning how to put things together. The rest was trial & error.

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