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

How’s Your Indoor Air Quality?

How’s Your Indoor Air Quality?

Freshly painted walls, gleaming wood floorboards and tightly insulated attics are on many buyers’ wish lists. However, keep in mind that some materials, processes and finishes can make for toxic spaces. Here are some ideas to keep your homes healthy. Read more

Family Compound Re-Defined!

Welcome to “Bestie Row”!

Some friendships last forever. You hear of lifelong friends often living in the same towns just so they can socialize whenever they wish, be a part of each other’s family lives, and finally grow to be the grey-haired besties who rock on the porch and talk about the “good ol’ days”.

Four couples who had been best friends for 20 years decided they were going to trump living in the same town. No way were they going to let the business of life keep them from enjoying that special connection that they’d grown to love. So they decided to literally create their own “Bestie Row.” They all were fans of the tiny house movement and decided to build their own little compound based around that idea.

Because when you can say, “We’re going to be grey-haired friends,” you know you’ve found a bond that can only strengthen. Read more

Do I need to have a “For Sale” sign in my yard?

Do I need to have a “For Sale” sign in my yard?

I recently had a request from a seller to not put a “For Sale” sign in their yard as the home was vacant and they didn’t want to attract “lookie-lous”.

The seller must indeed weigh the pros and cons of having a sign in the yard. Certainly, especially in the case of an empty home or in a situation where the sellers may be out of town, security may be a concern.

However, here are some facts to consider when making this decision according to the National Association of REALTORS® 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers:

• The first step taken by home buyers 6% of the time was to drive by homes and neighborhoods.
• 48% of buyers cited that yard signs were a source of information used in the home buying process.
• 91% of buyers indicated a yard sign was a “very useful” (32%) or “somewhat useful” (56%) source of information.
• 9% of buyers ultimately found the home they purchased via a yard or open house sign.
• 6% found the home they ultimately purchased through a friend, relative or neighbor.

Possession Lane Waterfront Lot for Sale!

Possession Lane Waterfront

Possession Lane Waterfront

MAKE THE MOVE FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY–Design the home of your dreams on .42 waterfront acres with sweeping vistas of Puget Sound, the majestic Olympic Mountains, Whidbey Island, the Kitsap Peninsula and more! Observe postcard-worthy sunsets, whales, yachts, aircraft carriers, soaring eagles and abundant wildlife while enjoying the peace and tranquility of resort-style living that comes with this property located in the Wind and Tide community of Edmonds. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Home Remodeling–Cost vs. Value!

Cost vs. Value—What Will Provide the Highest ROI!

Home improvement projects across the board are giving homeowners a greater return on their investment when it comes time to sell. Find out which projects “open the door” to buyers and where remodeling dollars stretch the furthest. Read more

2014 Tax Tip Refresher!

2014 Tax Tip Refresher!

Congratulations! You’ve just taken another step up the American dream ladder and are a homeowner. Along with the joy of painting, plumbing and yard work, you’ll now have an added dimension to your taxes.

The good news is that you can deduct many home-related expenses. These advantages apply to any type of residence–mobile home, single-family, townhouse, condominium or cooperative apartment.

The bad news is that to take full tax advantage of your home, you need to itemize your deductions on Schedule A. You’re not living on “EZ” Street anymore; you’ve moved to the 1040 long form.

Avoid common mistakes and freshen up on some of the financial benefits of homeownership this tax season!