washington: Is winter good time to sell your home? - 11/23/13 06:28 AM
Its a great time to sell!!
Remind yourself of the tax advantages of closing a transaction before January. Also the deals are more plentiful for both buyers and sellers because there is less competition at this time of year. Keep in mind that interest rates are expected to rise in 2014, so now is the time to take advantage of the historic lows. So call me today. www.daryldatus.com 360-801-6373 … (1 comments)

washington: economic news Mason County - 11/13/13 06:36 AM
October Unemployment
October’s unemployment performance beat forecasts despite possible skewing due to the Federal shutdown. The economy added 204,000 non-farm jobs in October, putting the unemployment rate at 7.3 percent for the month, and the total number of jobless Americans at 11.3 percent, according to last week’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This was slightly up from September’s 7.2 rate, but better than the forecast of 7.4 percent.
That said, the civilian labor force dropped by 720,000 in October, and the labor force participation rate, which describes how many people are actively looking for work, fell by 0.4 … (0 comments)

washington: The deal flipped now what? - 10/29/13 03:57 AM
How Many times this happens in our business, I was traveling home one day and saw a large vessel flipped, and the locals delt with it this way. 
I guess the old bird is making the best of it and saying This is the way I roll.

washington: government shut down what does it mean for business - 10/04/13 04:57 AM
Federal Housing Administration 
HUD’s Contingency Plan states that FHA will endorse new loans in the Single Family Mortgage Loan Program, but it will not make new commitments in the Multi-family Program during the shutdown. FHA will maintain operational activities including paying claims and collecting premiums. Management & Marketing (M&M) Contractors managing the REO portfolio can continue to operate. You can expect some delays with FHA processing. 
VA Loan Guaranty Program 
Lenders will continue to process and guaranty mortgages through the Loan Guaranty program in the event of a government shutdown. Expect some delays during the shutdown.

washington: Why do I need to put carbon monoxide detectors in ? - 08/24/13 06:37 AM
I often hear them cry why should I, below if information to help all.
A new law emphasizing the importance of carbon monoxide alarms in Washington homes has created many questions about which real estate transactions it affects. Here are a few points synopsized from a recent Coldwell Banker Danforth memo to clarify the requirements:
As of April 1, 2012, sellers of OWNER OCCUPIED single family homes, condos and mobile homes must install carbon monoxide alarms prior to closing. Homes that have electric heat are not exempt. Homes without attached garages are not exempt.
Listing brokers (real etate … (0 comments)

washington: Keeping your home clean for showings & selling for top dollar! - 02/27/13 01:47 AM
Design A Daily Cleaning Schedule 
After all your hard work is done and your house looks like a home ready to move in or be shown!  Make sure that you have a good cleaning schedule in place. Whether you need to make one from scratch or update the one you have, set small daily tasks that will help keep your house in order until its sold!

washington: Reminders for the interior of home when selling your Home & you want the most for your MONEY! - 12/06/11 06:03 AM

washington: Things to consider when getting your home ready to sell - 12/06/11 05:55 AM
Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly. Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly. Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling. Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint. Clean and align gutters. Inspect and clean the chimney. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles. Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking. In Northern winters, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice. During spring and summer months consider adding a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near your front entrance. Re-seal an asphalt driveway. Keep your garage door closed. Store RVs … (1 comments)

washington: Flopping homes is it for you? - 11/03/11 05:53 AM
As more houses in Seattle go on the market for short sales, some investors have begun buying and reselling them quickly for a profit, using strategies that some in the housing industry say could be unethical or worse.
The deals work in a variety of ways, but all involve the same basic strategy. An investor persuades a lender to agree to a short sale, buying a house for less than what the lender is owed. But the investor has another buyer lined up who is willing to pay more.
The bank, usually unaware of the other waiting buyer, accepts a lower price … (10 comments)

washington: Tips for sellers to maximize there return - 11/25/09 01:46 AM
Tips for SellersThe key to selling your home quickly and at the right price is in preparing it appropriately. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Give home a though cleaning. Oil door hinges, tighten door knobs. Have carpets professionally cleaned, or replaced if damaged. Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Replace all burned out light bulbs. Repair defective light switch. Get rid of clutter both inside and out. Cut and edge grass. Trim hedges and weed gardens. Paint, fix or wash railings, steps, storm windows, screens and doors. Clean out the gutters. Wash the windows. Tidy up the … (3 comments)

washington: the balancing act ! - 11/08/09 01:33 PM
Between you and me this business is allways a balancing act-between family ,work, clients , other agents,bankers, the list could go on.
Some days it is all up hill, then well it smoothes out or goes back the other way.
Have you ever felt its a big circus? I like to lead and not follow, but there is always someone that has it better and well I follow a bit and tweek it with a spin and wala its the lead again!

washington: A well to dip into! - 11/06/09 05:11 AM
People with significant assets in their individual retirement accounts can tap that cash to invest in a retirement home, but there are many complexities involved. They have to establish a self-directed IRA with an independent trust company . They have to treat the home as an investment, so they can't use it as a vacation home or rent it out at below-market rates to friends and relatives. When it is time to retire and they want to start using the home, they have to pull it out of the IRA, and if it's been held in a tax-deductible IRA, that would force … (1 comments)

washington: A.B.R skills /check this out! - 11/06/09 02:22 AM
Its  estimated approximately 3 million renters are now financially well-qualified to buy a median-priced home. As long as buyers do not overstretch and stay well within their budget, a sizable pent-up demand can be tapped among financially qualified potential buyers,
Its interesting that the tax credit is greatly reviving the existing home market, new-home sales may continue to struggle as home builders hold back production to drive down inventory.
With the tax credit and all these buyers it should be a great 4th and 1st 2010 quarter!

washington: Rainy day Ideas - 11/05/09 05:32 AM
We've all had those long and dreary days, filled with miserable rain outside and miserable and whining kids, inside. "What's there to do?" they ask every five minutes. "Why can't we go outside?" "Will this rain ever stop?" 
Well, rainy days may ruin some cheerful plans of outside activities, but it doesn't have to be dull, boring, or frustrating inside. With a few careful preparations ahead of time, you can plan on the next rainy day being a day the kids will remember. In fact, they may be wishing for more days of rain.
· Play "I Spy" or "20 Questions". … (1 comments)