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~~Open House Sunday~~ June 3, 2012 1:00 to 4:00 6360 School Street Southwest Lakewood, Washington 98499 Offered at $199,500 NWMLS# 343737
Location, Location, Location. You won't find another house, with this size yard and location on the market today. We see this house as a blank canvas, where the new owner can build on its strong foundation. Four bedrooms, one and a half bath located within walking distance of shopping, schools, coffee and bus service. This house has been well care for and is ready for you to make it your own. 10 minute drive to Madigan, 15 minutes to (2 comments)
When listing a house there are many strategic price points. I find that most people who are interested in buying, don't go over the strategic loan amount given by their lender. So say your lender approves you for a house of $300,000. Most buyers instruct their agent to find them houses up to $300,000. So pricing your house at $305,000 or $310,000 is going to keep your house from being seen by the maximum amount of buyers. Another fear of most buyers is becoming mortgage poor! (Being at (4 comments)
I had an appointment to show a listing recently. The seller had told me to come at 3:30 because another agent was going to show the house at 2:45. Not a problem, if we get there and they are still showing the house, we will wait in the car. We arrived around to 3:25 and there were some cars in the driveway, one was definitely a Realtor due to the signs on his doors. As we sat and watched the people going in and out of the house, we noticed that they were all smoking cigarettes. That wasn't the (180 comments)
There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go… A quote of 'Tennessee Williams I always look at this this as a stimulant to keep on moving. Don't be satisfied with either losing for winning and please don't get run over by the competition...
Condo Associations are Like Condoms - 05/25/12 11:10 PM
I thought this blog was a perfect example of what happens when you don't have the protection of a home owners association. I had a buyer client interested in a condo unit on Maui. Their agent told them the price was indeed $26,000 however the HOA was on the verge of bankruptcy. The property tax was the responsibility of the HOA. If the HOA defaulted the remaining owners would be stuck with a huge bill. Can you say ouch? Via Mel Peterson - The Naked Blogger (Real Estate Cafe LLC): Condos & The Ultimate Protection Plan. One of my agents shared a (6 comments)
Designations, Are you finding it hard to write $100 checks? - 05/21/12 03:23 PM
It was with a heavy heart that I let one of my real estate designations go today. My Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) was the first designation I obtained when I got into real estate back in 1999. The membership benefits were not worth $99.00 per year anymore. In fact, with no newsletter and very little advertising except with AARP, which many seniors are leaving, what's this designation worth? I was never contacted where to find the SRES blog, ANY webinars, and I had troubles getting into their print shop. I always had trouble logging into the website. I received and filled out (7 comments)
This is how my elected officials either earn my vote or lose my vote - 05/19/12 12:35 PM
I sent out two identical letters, by email, to my Washington State Senators in Washington DC two weeks ago. I told them that I don't usually contact my elected officials unless I think it's important. In 1979, I contacted the late, Senator Henry M. Jackson. He returned my phone call personally in two days and I had a solution to my dilemma in five days. I know his staff was probably half the size of what our senators enjoy today. In the past two weeks I've heard nothing from either of my state's senators or staff until yesterday. My correspondense had to do with the (10 comments)
Price Reduced Was $205,000 NOW $199,500 Location, Location, Location. You won't find another house, with this size yard and location on the market today. We see this house as a blank canvas, where the new owner can build on its strong foundation. Four bedrooms, one and a half bath located within walking distance of shopping, schools, coffee and bus service. This house has been well care for and is ready for you to make it your own. 10 minute drive to Madigan, 15 minutes to JBLM. 6360 School St SW Lakewood WA. 98499-1319 NWMLS # 343737 Virtual Tour This post was authored and picture (3 comments)
The other day I received a knock at the front door of our house. This is very odd because I have a fenced in front yard with a gate. As I went to the front door I could see some one was standing there through the opaque glass in the door. I open the door and it was the FedEx delivery person. He had a package for me. I asked if I needed to sign for it and he said no and ran out to the gate which was closed. Our gate is 11 feet in (11 comments)
What is a home inspection? Are you hanging 10 or afraid of the water? - 05/10/12 11:49 PM
It is important to know what you're looking for in a home inspector. I work with several home inspectors and have witnessed many different traits. The home inspectors I recommend to my buyers each have a specialty and specific background. One was a contractor One was an electrician One is a firefighter and part time inspector One is a school teacher/ remodeler and part time home inspector Each one of these home inspectors is licensed, bonded, and has many years of experience in inspecting homes. I don't choose the home inspector; my client does. I just know that these four do (0 comments)
I am buying a "NEW" Home. Should I do home inspection - 05/07/12 11:19 PM
It never hurts to get a second opinion! I've been on hundreds of home inspections and learn something new each time and I try to incorporate that knowledge into my home and investments. I have seen numerous new construction houses that don't meet code or are missing insulation. I once saw a whole wall of outlets that were not hooked up to the circuit box. The home inspection would have caught this! If you try to get by on the cheap with your inspection you often walk away with what you pay for... Via Debora Nichols Realtor Anthem, Phoenix Scottsdale, Glendale, (6 comments)
I Did Something Really Sneaky Today... - 05/05/12 11:10 PM
I always love to read stories of paying it forward! It does every one's heart good when we practice or witness simple acts of kindness. When you can provide such kindness anonymously to others; you will be rewarded with a warm feeling in your heart! Thanks Suzanne! Via Suzanne McLaughlin, Wright & Sherburne Counties Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)): I did something really sneaky today. I went shopping for groceries.
How is that sneaky? I didn’t buy them for our family. I bought them for a family that I know is really struggling right now.
Will the world end this year? The ActiveRain connection... - 05/03/12 09:57 AM
Proof positive or is it? Last night I found myself reading about the Maya calendar or series of calendars. There wasn't just one calendar but at least four. The calendar that the Maya used was supposed to have lasted 5126 years or at least the first cycle does. The Mayan's set the beginning of time to be the year 3114 BC if translated to our modern Gregorian calendar. Many proclaim that because the cycle of this calender ends this year, so does the world! Can you imagine a calendar maker today producing a calendar that lasted 5126 years? That really boggles (8 comments)
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