Facts about PMI

Facts about PMI

When it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase a home with a down payment below 20%, you can never have too much information about Private Mortgage Insurance Continue reading Facts about PMI

Is it OK to Use the Bathroom When You’re Touring a House? (and 4 Other Questions You’re Afraid to Ask

Is it OK to Use the Bathroom When You’re Touring a House? (and 4 Other Questions You’re Afraid to Ask

Is It OK to Use the Bathroom When You’re Touring a House? (and 4 Other Questions You’re Afraid to Ask) By: Stacey Freed It’s a marathon house-hunting day. As you check out listing No. 5’s brand new windows, it suddenly hits you: “Oh man, I have to go to the bathroom.” Should you, or shouldn’t Continue reading Is it OK to Use the Bathroom When You’re Touring a House? (and 4 Other Questions You’re Afraid to Ask

Guy Does Good

Guy Does Good

When I turned 30, I told my husband, “I’m a grown woman, I’ve been waiting for my own horse since I was 12! I can do this if I want to….” And that’s how we came to own “Sunny” our 6 year old Quarter Horse mare in 1993. We women have a way of getting Continue reading Guy Does Good

July 4th Reflections

July 4th Reflections

I’m a history buff. There’s a name for that, I just have no idea which “phile” category it technically falls within so I still say “buff”, although that, in today’s terminology … definitely doesn’t apply to moi. July 4th is one of my favorite holidays for the aforementioned reason. I was lucky to have spent Continue reading July 4th Reflections

Almost 2 years ago my husband and I  decided to purchase a vacation home in Chelan, WA. I don’t include him in the decision to buy because, well…when it comes to my husband he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t like change of any kind. But we both liked Chelan alot and I was  “into” Continue reading

Do You Have to Patch Nails Holes in Your Sold House before You Move?

Do You Have to Patch Nails Holes in Your Sold House before You Move?

Do I have to patch the nail holes in your sold house before you move? It’s a common question asked by home sellers as they transition from marketing their homes to taking down pictures and packing….you know, the fun part of selling…not! According to a report by the National Association of Home Builders, Buyers, on average Continue reading Do You Have to Patch Nails Holes in Your Sold House before You Move?

What’s Ahead for NW Rental Prices?

What’s Ahead for NW Rental Prices?

Per a recent bulletin published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, Rents in the greater Seattle area may rise by as much as 4 percent this year. Nearly 4,000 single family units rented through NWMLS in 2013, however it’s expected shrinking inventory and increased demand from marginal buyers will continue to put pressure on values. Many homeowners were forced into Continue reading What’s Ahead for NW Rental Prices?

How do You Live?

How do You Live?

One of the more important parts of my job is to bring super excited buyers back to earth by reminding them of their original goals while looking for a new home. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the emotion of a really gorgeous house or a screamingly hot deal, but as with anything new, Continue reading How do You Live?

5 Points to Keep in Mind when Considering Muliple Offers on Your Home

5 Points to Keep in Mind when Considering Muliple Offers on Your Home

Low inventory and attractive interest rates are fueling multiple offer scenarios for many Home Sellers today.  Well priced listings attract buyers, even during the holiday season. So, assuming all offers are similar in price, how do you decide which offer to accept? I counsel clients to keep the big picture and closing process in mind Continue reading 5 Points to Keep in Mind when Considering Muliple Offers on Your Home

The Slightest Adjustment

The Slightest Adjustment

I took my very first “real” golf lesson last week. The instructor, Jodi, at Renton’s MapleWood Golf Course couldn’t have been nicer or more patient with me. Like any good instructor, she didn’t talk too much, only stopping me when she had suggestions and constructive criticism. That works well for me…I’m a give me the Continue reading The Slightest Adjustment

I Did a Bad Bad Thing

I Did a Bad Bad Thing

In my book of real estate rules… there are rules that can be stretched, some that can be overlooked (given the right set of circumstances) and others I have kept inviolate for two decades. I’m not talking about MLS, State or Board rules & regs, I’m talking about my personal business standards. Example of a stretched rule? Taking the cutest dog Continue reading I Did a Bad Bad Thing

Feeling 10 Feet Tall

Feeling 10 Feet Tall

It was a gorgeous day weather-wise here in Seattle yesterday. On the first day of Spring 2010, we had temperatures near 70 degrees and sunshine all day long. My morning consisted of reviewing an offer, presenting another offer and reaching mutual acceptance on a listing I’ve been marketing on and off for about 18 months. Continue reading Feeling 10 Feet Tall

Real Estate Scars

Real Estate Scars

The fallout from the mortgage meltdown and housing crisis across the country has not left the Puget Sound real estate industry unscathed. Even though many articles, “experts” (yes, I was one of them) and prognosticators thought our local economy was too resilient to undergo a housing correction, here we are. A t first it was Continue reading Real Estate Scars

What’s Your Style?

What’s Your Style?

Early in my real estate career my design style was easily influenced by the last beautiful house I’d shown, sold or previewed. I’d come home from a day of showing new construction (ever been in a model home? UGH!) and want to throw everything out and start over from scratch. But since my market’s inventory Continue reading What’s Your Style?