The Benefits of a Master-Planned Community

Master-planned communities – communities that have been planned to include housing and the necessary amenities to support a community – have become increasingly popular throughout North America. No longer just for those 55+, master-planned communities have come to offer a number of benefits for buyers of all ages, especially for those looking for community, convenience, and a sound investment.

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Mistakes Buyers and Sellers Regret

Mistakes happen, even in real estate. Although it may be one of the biggest investments a person can make, both buyers and sellers can and do make mistakes. Take some time to learn from the mistakes of others so you can avoid them in your own real estate journey.

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Home Features That Attract Buyers

Demand for real estate across North America is high, and buyers have not stopped trying to find their perfect home. Some properties stand out more than others, and those properties have the home features buyers want. If your home has one or more of these sought-after features, you can guarantee it will be at the top of many property lists!

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Common Real Estate Contingencies

In many real estate transactions, the term ‘contingency’ may come up. A contingency is a clause that is added to the contract that gives the parties the right to back out of the contract under certain circumstances that must be negotiated between the buyer and seller.

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Small Ways to Refresh Your Home For A New Year

A new year is upon us, and there is no better time for household tasks to help invigorate you for a brand new year. These tasks are small, achievable, and can help your home feel refreshed, meaning you’re more prepared to take on this new year with gusto. Clean Out Your Pantry, Fridge, and Freezer […]

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Selling and Buying During the Holidays

Traditionally, the holidays see a seasonal slowdown when it comes to real estate. Many people start decorating their homes, not listing them. But while not a well-known ‘hot market’ time for properties, the holidays can actually be a great time to buy or sell. From motivated sellers and buyers to less competition, there are a […]

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Questions to Ask When Relocating

Any move is a big undertaking, but moving long distance can become even more time consuming with all that goes into relocating. Whether a personal choice or required for work, moving you, your family, and all of your things to a new location is taxing. If you are looking to relocate, or know you will […]

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Outdoor Upgrades to Boost Your Home’s Value

Outdoor spaces are untapped potential when it comes to increasing home value. If you have a backyard, garden, or outdoor area that’s untouched, there are upgrades you can do that can help boost your property’s value and make your outdoor living experience better than ever. Find out some of the top outdoor upgrades below. Add […]

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Washington brokers say bidding wars, escalating prices, and buyer fatigue are widespread

KIRKLAND, Washington (April 7, 2021) – Brokers with Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) added 10,562 new listings to inventory during March — the highest volume since September when they added 11,210 properties to the selection. Even so, demand continued to outstrip supply, keeping inventory depleted. The latest statistical summary from Northwest MLS shows double-digit price […]

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Spring is Here—Time for Some Cleaning!

Spring cleaning, in its many forms, has been a practice around the globe for hundreds of years. And there’s no better time than the beginning weeks of Spring to give your home a refresh. Take this time to focus on the areas and spaces often overlooked and/or forgotten and bring new life and energy to […]

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2020 Washington Year in Review

KIRKLAND, Washington. (January 19, 2021) – Northwest Multiple Listing Service member-brokers reported 95,760 closed sales during 2020 valued at more than $56 billion. Both the number of transactions and dollar value eclipsed the totals for 2019. Last year’s sales of residential (single family) homes and condominiums outgained 2019 by 3,257 transactions for a 3.5% increase. […]

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COVID-19 and the Real Estate Business

Yes, real estate business is still being conducted in the State of Oregon, just with some modifications. The Governor’s Stay at Home order comes down to two important ideas: All work must be done from our homes whenever possible. If it’s not possible for us to get our work done from home, then we can […]

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Guide to Asbestos in the Home

In the era of do-it-yourself home renovations, many homeowners are knocking down ceilings and walls, and tearing out floor tiles and old pipes. But in their efforts to upgrade and beautify their older homes, they might unknowingly be contaminating the air they breathe with toxic asbestos fibers. Our Guide to Asbestos in the Home offers […]

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Asbestos in Oregon

Oregon Ranking in U.S. for mesothelioma & asbestosis deaths: 19th Oregon Mesothelioma Deaths: 619 Oregon Asbestosis Deaths: 169 Oregon Total Asbestos Related Deaths: 788 Because of Oregon’s coastline, the state was an ideal location for many shipyards. When these shipyards peaked in production, the use of asbestos-containing products was extensive and many workers were exposed to the toxic material. An […]

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Sellers, Don’t Fall for These Pricing Myths

One of the most important subjects a real estate agent can advise their sellers on is how to price their home accurately for the market as it is, not as we might wish it to be. No matter how beautiful or well-maintained a home is, or how many upgrades it has, if it’s not properly […]

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Is October the Best Month to Buy a House?

Autumn is a great time in general to be in the market for a house, but October may be the best month of all! You’ll have less competition and sellers who may be eager to get their home sold before the holiday months hit. Read on for details. It’s the best month to get a […]

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Oregon 1st State to End Single-Family Zoning

Governor Kate Brown has signed into law several housing bills designed to deal with the housing crisis in Oregon, including one that would eliminate single-family zoning in certain cities. HB2001 requires cities with populations greater than 10,000 to “allow duplexes in lands zoned for single-family dwellings.” It also requires cities with populations greater than 25,000 […]

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Oregon’s First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account Law

  A law was recently passed that allows Oregonians to put money in a savings account toward the downpayment on their first home and not get taxed on the money! Below are the details. Who’s eligible? Any Oregon resident who hasn’t purchased or owned a single-family home, either individually or jointly, in the three years […]

Oregon’s New Rent Control Law

Oregon became the first state to impose a statewide rent control policy. Along the way, it banned evictions without cause. What does it mean for renters? Here’s a quick guide. Q. What’s the cap on rent increases and how does it work? A. The new law caps rent hikes at 7 percent plus inflation during any […]

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Preparing for a Home Inspection

Our local real estate market will begin to pick up steam now that the Christmas/Winter holidays are officially behind us. With the warm winter we’ve been having, it wouldn’t be surprising if we get daffodils in February. All of this has us thinking about people who are planning to sell their home in the coming […]