Who Pays the Real Estate Agent?

One of life's lessons is to never make assumptions, yet many of us do so anyway. After all, it's quite easy - and commonplace - for professionals to assume that everyone knows all the intricacies of their business, and real estate agents are no exception.  How real estate agents get paid and who pays what are probably the two most common questions the public has about the real estate industry, yet … [Read more...]

Homeowners Associations – Good, Bad, or Ugly?

Ask any experienced home buyer about homeowners associations and you're likely to receive a strong opinion one way or the other. Many love the fact that an HOA (homeowner association) keeps a neighborhood neat, orderly, and predictable. Others see HOA's as restrictive and overbearing, likening their control over your home to apartment living. Whether you're for, against, or have no opinion on … [Read more...]

Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays

December is here, the Thanksgiving leftovers are long gone, and the holiday season is in full swing. Real estate season lasts all year, however, and if your home is on the market, you can expect a potential showing at any time. The holidays can be chaotic, and with strangers marching through your home it behooves you to take steps to ensure your property remains safe and sound. … [Read more...]

Three Reasons Why Listing Your Home is Better Than Going FSBO

The case for selling your house by yourself (FSBO) instead of using a real estate broker certainly seems like a no-brainer. With resources like Craigslist, social networking, and image sharing sites at your disposal, the modern day seller has all the tools necessary, right? Before you plant that For Sale By Owner sign in your front lawn and laugh at the "big savings" you'll see from not paying a … [Read more...]

Why Fall is a Great Time to Sell Your Home

Timing is everything, as the saying goes. The perfect time to put their house on the market is something many sellers consider, believing it to have an impact on the sales price. While homes of every shape, size, and condition are sold throughout the year, success or failure all boils down to proper marketing, and an Autumn sale is no different. … [Read more...]

How to Prepare Your Home for a Fall Sale

By now, most of us have put away our shorts and sandals and replaced them with the sweaters, boots, and coats that have lain dormant these past four months or so. Summer has indeed left us in the Pacific Northwest. That does not mean that the classic Northwest beauty is gone until next April; on the contrary, these next six weeks have some of the most visually appealing sights Washington State … [Read more...]

Puyallup Short Sale Buyers Guide

Here is a short guide to purchasing Short Sale Properties in Puyallup. Be sure you are working with a buyers agent that has successfully negotiated and closed short sales. Short Sale properties are usually the best priced homes on the market, therefore you and your agent need to be watching the market daily to to find them as they list. Be prepared to see those properties that interest you … [Read more...]

How To Plan Your New Home Purchase

  One of the things I offer to all my clients are free consultations whether you are purchasing a new home or selling a family home it’s a major decision and we want to get it right.  Buyers Consultation Buying a new home is one of the biggest most importand purchases you will make in your life time so it's important that we get it right. In my buyers consultation I will go … [Read more...]

Is It Safe for a First Time Homebuyer to Buy a Fixer Upper

With the infusion in the market of many short sale and foreclosure homes, come many properties that are in need of repairs ,as such they do not qualify for traditional FHA or VA loans. The reason they do not qualify for these loans is the strict guidelines that the VA and FHA have on the proper conditions of the home. This has traditionally made these loans desirable for homebuyers in that … [Read more...]

Investors Paradise!

In talking to our local escrow office recently I got some surprising information. Last year more than 30% of all closed transactions for 2011 were cash transactions bought by investors. With the foreclosures and short sale properties still going strong it's no wonder since many of the homes that I have viewed in the past year need too much work for a VA or FHA qualified loan. Keep in mind … [Read more...]