snohomish: The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly...And not so bad and mildly attractive. - 03/03/11 07:25 AM
The NWMLS posted their report for 2011 this morning.  So here is The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly...And not so bad and mildly attractive. 
 February housing activity yields "reason for optimism"
 KIRKLAND, Wash. (March 3, 2011) - Housing activity during February continued to reflect the downside of distressed properties with fewer sales and lower prices than a year ago. Nevertheless, brokers believe there are reasons for optimism when taking a closer look at the numbers in the latest report from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
NWMLS members reported 5,986 pending sales of single family homes and condominiums in its … (0 comments)

snohomish: Why Do Short Sales Take So Long? - 01/28/11 05:59 PM
"Why do short sales takes so long?"  I get asked that all the time!  "Doesn't the bank see that if they foreclose they will lose more money?" 
Well- will they? 
We have been in this depression now for a good four years.  I have heard the banks time and time again say that they are trying to "ramp-up" their short sale departments.  They are trying to expedite the time frames.  Then why does it still take 90 days, in most cases, just to get them to verify they have it and they are in process?  That does not seem expedited to … (6 comments)

snohomish: I am the best agent...Am I the best agent? - 01/25/11 10:24 AM
So they say to stick to your strengths.  That's great advice.  My strengths lie in not knowing exactly what my strengths are.  I am fairly good at a lot of things, not so good at a fair number of things and really good at not so many things.  I have done so many things that I do not really know which ones I am strong at and which ones I am not.  I'm the guy who can "kind-of" play the guitar.  I am the guy who writes occaisional poetry but hates to read it.  I am a pretty good softball player … (5 comments)

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