Homeowner Tax Breaks!

2017 Homeowner Tax Breaks!

If death and taxes are the two things you can always count on in life, there probably should be a third: the bucketful of tax breaks Uncle Sam offers every year to encourage more Americans to buy a home. If you own a home and are looking to save on your taxes, or if you’re considering buying a home in 2017 and trying to see if you can afford it, here are five valuable deductions that you may be able to claim if you’re a homeowner. Read more

The Truth About Real Estate Agents!

The Truth About Real Estate Agents!

Real estate is a prolific profession. Everyone either knows a real estate agent, or is connected to one through six (probably less) degrees of separation. Between friends and relatives, and the stereotypical representation of real estate agents on television and in pop culture, the general public has a adopted some assumptions about agents that are very far from the truth.

Here are ten things that people assume about real estate agents that just aren’t true. Read more

Does Your Kid’s Room Look Like This?

Does Your Kid’s Room Look Like This?

Are you looking for your child’s shoes again? Does he step out of his clothes when changing and just keep walking? Maybe his books multiply on the floor beside his bed, just waiting for you to step on the stack and slip on their shiny covers. If so, it’s time to focus on organizing your child’s bedroom. A key component of organization is to de-clutter. The necessary steps include taking inventory, deciding what to keep, exploring different organizational methods and implementing a storage plan. Never fear, help is on the way! Use this checklist and these organizational tips and designs to make life just a little simpler.

Homebuyer Affordability – How Much Home Can I Afford?

How Much Home Can I Afford?

Are you part of today’s real estate buyer pool in the Pacific Northwest? If so, you know that it’s very competitive, with multiple buyers vying for the same property in many situations. Being prepared is paramount to your success.

The first step in the home search process is not looking for homes, but first knowing how much home you can afford. Use this mortgage calculator to get started! Concurrently, you must obtain pre-approval from a qualified lender of your choice. If you’d like a few referrals for top notch professionals in the mortgage business, click here!

Just as soon as you’ve got this accomplished, you’re ready to jump in! Better Homes & Properties is a full-service, boutique brokerage serving the greater Puget Sound area. We welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have about real estate, the local housing market, or the transaction process. Move ahead by contacting us to obtain your Buyer Package!

Great Ideas for a Wine Cellar!

Great Ideas for a Wine Cellar!

At first glance, you might be thinking “bomb shelter”… but it’s really more like the bomb. I’m not exactly sure how this would affect resale value, but ya know what — I don’t care. It’s the slickest upgrade I’ve seen in a home in a long while. And I’m jealous! Read more