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QUESTION:  I’m selling my house. What do I need to disclose to potential buyers?

The time has come to sell your home. You’re working with your real estate agent, getting your house cleaned up and ready to sell, and looking for your next home. But, as the offers start rolling in, what types of information about your home are you required to disclose to potential buyers?

 Not so long ago, the world of residential real estate was “buyer beware.” But, in more recent years, sellers are being held legally responsible when they don’t disclose a major flaw that they have material knowledge of, and the buyer later discovers the flaw and wants restitution. In fact, 75% of real estate agents who took the National Association of Realtors’ Legal Scan survey

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Having Problems with Mildew in Your Bathroom?

If your bathroom has problems with moisture, mildew and peeling paint, an exhaust fan is the best solution. You could have a fan installed in the ceiling or, if that's not practical, perhaps you can put a fan directly in an exterior wall. Reduce bathroom moisture problems by wiping down wet surfaces after a shower and removing wet towels. Keep the bathroom door open after a shower. Consider using a small fan to circulate air into the hall. You can also use a special paint that resists mildew and peeling. First, kill existing mildew with laundry bleach and water. Scrape away any loose paint, and sand the surfaces smooth. Spackle as needed. Then paint with Zinsser brand Perma-White Bathroom Wall and

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What's Important to You?

Whenever I meet a new client, I like to take some time and get to know them so that as we push forward to find the "right" house for them we are able to check the boxes off of what's important to them.   I always ask them to tell me first their {WANTS} and then their {NEEDS}....  so let's talk about how deciphering between the two can keep your eyes open to the big picture and not miss out on what might be the perfect gem.  So let's get to it!

{WANTS} Obviously, it is just that..... what do you WANT in your new home.  Here are some prime examples:

  • 3-Car Garage
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Fully-Fenced Yard for your four legged babies
  • Big Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances
  • 2.5 Bathrooms

{NEEDS} Now let's dig a

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It's time for spring cleaning!  Let us help make your job a little easier...

{WHERE}   

Windermere Real Estate Parking Lot - 11411 NE 124th Street, Kirkland Click Here for a Map

{WHAT} 

At no charge to you, on-site we will have a shredding truck to dispose of all your confidential records plus a recycle truck for old computers, televisions, small appliances, electronics, etc.

{HELP BY DONATING FOR TOTES-TO-GO} 

We will also be collecting peanut butter, canned fruit, granola bars & boxes of crackers for children in need. 

{COME HUNGRY} 

Join us for Hot Dogs Chips & Beverages

{WANT TO JOIN US?}   

You don't need to RSVP and are welcome to come, even at the last minute. However, if let us know in advance with a quick text to

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SPRING IS IN THE AIR

Isn't this photo simply gorgeous?! I was searching for the PERFECT photo to exemplify the gorgeous beauty that blooms every year from the amazing display of cherry trees that surround the Quad of the University of Washington when I happened across the profile of Karina_Kudinova on Instagram who was gracious enough to allow me to share this photo with you.  Although these coveted Cherry Blossoms hit their peak bloom last weekend, it's not too late to catch some of this jaw-dropping beauty.

For me, this is always a sign that spring is in the air, this gorgeous transformation will certainly make your heart happy and present the perfect photo opportunity. If you've never been I encourage you to stop by.... any Seattleite will

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$518,000 - 7459 S 116th St, Seattle WA

Stunningly remodeled Cape Cod style home in Seattle! Home boasts w/ many new features- flooring, paint, electrical, plumbing, furnace, SS appliances, shaker cabinets, quartz, tile, etc. Kitchen opens to very spacious & open living & dining space. Walk upstairs to your beautiful Master Ensuite w/ your own shower & walk in closet, extra storage. Private yard with deck, new cedar privacy fence. Hobby or shop in outbuildings fully wired. Walking distance to schools, bus line. Must see!!!  Home Staging & Styling by:  Trellis Group

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Real Estate NEWS

  • Home flipping reaches 11-year highin 2017
  • NAR expects home prices to increase nearly 4 percent in the next 12 months, 5-7 percent in Washington State 

MORTGAGE & FINANCE News

  • Residents of high-tax states wonder if they hould stay put or plan to move
  • Seattle’s affordability crisis is costing renters $6K per year

HOME TRENDS

  • Seattle 2018 Cost vs. Value report
  • 5 Renovations that have the best return value
  • 34 important things to do when planning to sell your home

Local News

  • 14 Seattle neighborhoods, from most affordable to $1 million+
  • Road project divides northeast Seattle neighborhood
  • Split on whether or not Amazon is good for Seattle
  • Did you even know Seattle has a major
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Protecting Your Investment

One aspect that is initially overlooked when you start the home buying process is if you are obtaining a home loan you will be required to have in place a Homeowner's Insurance Policy, often referred to as Hazard Insurance.    Once you are in a pending transaction, you will want to reach out to an Insurance Broker and let them know you are purchasing a home and discuss with them the coverage you will need for your new home.  Prior to closing you will receive a request from your Escrow Officer asking for the contact information for your Insurance Broker so they can obtain a copy of the Insurance Binder.    

We often receive calls from our home buyers who are seeking a recommendation for a "great insurance broker" --

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Living in the rainy and very wet Northwest can have a big impact on your home if your roof and gutter system is not in good condition.  Something as simple as bent flashing can result in water intrusion, so performing a regular check-up on your roof and gutters can help save a lot of heartache later, not to mention save you money. 

I could spend days talking about roofs and the various products available on the market today, but I am no expert -- so I will just cut to what I know and what I've learned from years as a real estate professional who has attended hundreds and hundreds of home inspections. 

Roof Replacements:  Most composite roofing material that is on homes today outside of a newer roof that has been put on in the past 5-10 years,

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Most homes here in the Northwest have garages, although the size will vary dramatically.  Often times in homes built before 1965 you will find just one garage bay that is usually very narrow and that simply comes down to the fact that back then most homeowners owned just one car.  But in today's newer homes you will typically find at least 2-car garages and in larger more estate style properties it is not uncommon to see garages large enough to accommodate 4 to 5 vehicles.  Regardless of the size of your garage, the garage door and the openers you may have do require maintenance to ensure they stay fully operational.

Common repairs to garages will include tightening the tension in the coils or springs of your opener, replacing interior bulbs (an

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