Cookie Cutter Homes No Longer the Norm

Cookie Cutter Homes No Longer the Norm

Cookie Cutter Homes are No Longer Popular - I can't tell you how many times I have gone through neighborhoods with buyers where they say that all the homes look-alike. Since the 1950s, tracked homes in larger communities or developments have offered just one or two...

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What to Expect in a Bank-Owned Home

As a real estate specialist in the Snohomish County area, I deal with dozens of short sales, bank-owned, and foreclosed homes on a monthly basis. Whether I'm listing them or helping them sell, knowing the market, the buyers, the sellers, and the condition of the...

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How to Buy Vacant Land in Snohomish County

How to Buy Vacant Land – Important Dos & Don’ts You Need to Know On the surface, finding and buying a piece of vacant land sounds easier than buying or building a house. However, buying land can be tricky and time-consuming for many reasons. Dos & Don’ts of...

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4 Hidden Problems of Buying an Older Home

America is filled with older homes, more than 38% of houses here were built in the 1970s and many of them are more than 30 years old. A rule of thumb when determining a house's age is that houses built-in or after the 1990s are considered “new” and ones built in or...

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5 Things to Know About Buying a Historic Home

The sleek lines and steel accents of modern architecture aren’t for everybody, some people’s dream homes are a little more vintage. A historic home is a great way to get your hands dirty bringing a new life to an old building. But owning a home like this can be more...

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How Past Health Scares Affected the Real Estate Market

Many people think that this is the only pandemic we've had, but we've actually had past health scares and it's interesting to look back to see how it affected the real estate market. We are now two months into a shutdown economy and the real estate market is starting...

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4 Things You Should Be Doing if You Want to List

If you've been planning on selling your home, now is a great time to do some DIY projects to prepare the property for the market and the right buyers. If you are preparing your home for sale here are 4  things you should be doing if you want to list in the near...

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7 Common HOA Violations

If you are buying a home or condominium in a homeowners association, complex, or development, there are rules that you'll need to adhere to. The HOA or homeowners association has its own rules, bylaws, and covenants that all property owners need to abide by. Related:...

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Is a Family-Owned Business a Good Investment?

Is a Family-Owned Business a Good Investment?

We often hear a lot of families that choose to carry on their business legacy by keeping the business in the family for generations. Is this a good idea and is a benefit for the family? I've helped a lot of folks buy into a family-owned business over the years but...

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6 Low Cost Basement Renovation Ideas

6 Low Cost Basement Renovation Ideas

  A finished basement can add a large amount of value to your home, not to mention more livable and usable space. Spending the money to finish your basement can add up quickly especially if all you have in your basement is cement floors and studded “walls.”  ...

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4 Things to Know About Franchising

4 Things to Know About Franchising

Seattle is definitely the land of startups and while creating and starting your own business might be the ticket to success, entrepreneurs should not neglect franchising as a potential way to get there. A franchise is a major investment and it's important to...

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How Much Value Does a View Add to a Property?

Take a look out of your windows, what do you see; an open green area or do you look out over a city skyline? The view from your home can add value when you are trying to sell but how much does it really add?  How Much Value Does a View Add to a Property? Views can be...

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Snohomish County Real Estate Market

Snohomish County Real Estate Market

The Snohomish County real estate market is currently in favor of a sellers market but we are almost balanced. There are a lot of buyers out there but there are a lot of homes on the market as well. Currently the home value index is about $469,000 with an average home...

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20 Things That Could Kill a Real Estate Sale

20 Things That Could Kill a Real Estate Sale

There are quite a few things that could kill a real estate deal from the inspection report to financing issues, but if you're trying to sell a home or you're looking to buy, these are probably the top 20 things that will kill the deal. If you are a homeowner, you...

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5 Benefits to Buying a Home in December

5 Benefits to Buying a Home in December

It seems that we just got done with Thanksgiving and here we are in the throes of December already running lightning speed towards Christmas. If you think that December is a bad time to buy a house, some of these facts might surprise you. While the majority of people...

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Different Types of Commercial Real Estate

Different Types of Commercial Real Estate

There are many different types of commercial real state property. In this blog article we are going to do a little commercial real estate 101 and describe the most common types of commercial real estate.   Office  Office buildings can come in many shapes and sizes...

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Farm Land for Sale Snohomish County

Farm Land for Sale Snohomish County

Think you are ready to settle down and buy a farm? Settling down is probably the least of the tasks you'll be doing if you own a farm but the reward can definitely be great. Here are some tips for buying farmland and how to go about it. #1. Talk with an agent that...

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3 Reasons Life-Long Renters Decided to Buy

3 Reasons Life-Long Renters Decided to Buy

Some people say they will be renters for life, I mean, it's easy, virtually maintenance-free, and you let somebody else handle all of the major expenses like property tax, homeowners insurance, and any homeowners association fees. So why would someone that's a devoted...

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Ways to Add Value to Apartment Buildings

Ways to Add Value to Apartment Buildings

Apartment buildings are in high demand among commercial real estate all across the country. Owning and investing in apartment buildings can generate significant income. There are many ways to increase the value of an apartment complex so that it will be an even bigger...

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The Extreme Importance of a Home Warranty

The Extreme Importance of a Home Warranty

Home warranties are becoming more and more popular and because they only cost about $600, if anything should go wrong within the first year of homeownership, the home warranty will usually cover it. A recent situation definitely showed the importance of a home...

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