Buying or Selling

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home this year this article gives a wealth of information on the how different demographic groups search to find a home and much more.

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Many experts are forecasting 2016 to be a sellers market. I am in total agreement. With continuing low inventory creating increased competition between buyers and homeowners, many sellers are not as motivated to sell and are negotiating harder, so buyers will need to move more quickly than in the past to secure a home that […]

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2014 Home Sales – South & Central Whidbey 2014 showed a strong return of the real estate market on South & Central Whidbey Island. Below is a summary of home sales on South & Central Whidbey from 2011-2014, plus a tally of the YTD sales in 2015.  The total number of homes sold in 2014 […]

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Sand between your toes and the sound of water gently lapping on the rocks may make you want to jump into the deep end and grab your own little piece of paradise. Islands are the state of Washington’s middle name. What is the science behind our pleasure of the waterfront?

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This Report presents the most recent and relevant data that is available for the Districts of the 113th Congress as related to housing. The 2012 data should be published soon and we will have a comparable. I am looking forward to the 2013 data early next year because I am sure it is going to […]

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My Dad and Mom both sold real estate when I was young and lived at home. It was a very different business then. One page contracts, with short and to the point conditions written in agreements, such as;  “John Brown agrees to purchase Mary Blue’s home at xxxx Elm Street for $ 100,000 on or […]

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Gardner Report Q1 2013 Here is Matthew Gardner’s most recent report on the state of real estate in our area. He is optimistic, and the report brings forward many reasons why he doesn’t think this is just a “housing bubble”. Any thoughts you have on the report are welcome. As for me I am seeing […]

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On Jan. 1 both the Senate and House passed H.R. 8, legislation to avert the “fiscal cliff.” The bill will be signed shortly by President Barack Obama. Below is a summary of real estate related provisions in the bill: Real Estate Tax Extenders • Mortgage Cancellation Relief is extended for one year to Jan. 1, […]

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It’s no secret that finishing your basement will increase your home’s value. What you may not know is the money you spend on this type of so-called capital improvement could also help lower your tax bill when you sell your house. Tax rules let you add capital improvement expenses to the cost basis of your […]

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It is 2013 …….and this is the year you want to sell your home.  Here are some ways to improve the chances of selling your house that you can do before it is on the market . If you have a house on the market, it is not too late, read on for seven tips […]

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Many home owners, buyers, and sellers have been carefully watching the new federal finance package passed on January 1, 2013 by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. This is because it included automatic tax increases as well as federal spending cuts that involve real estate programs. Many important real estate programs were […]

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Top Ten Tips Before You Have a Home Inspection by All Island Home Inspections

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I am really proud to be a part of Windermere Real Estate.  Windermere was once again ranked the leading real estate company based on sales volume in the Puget Sound area.  If you study the information about sales in the top 5 real estate firms, you will find that not only does Windermere have significantly […]

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“As I pore through the data that is presented here, it is quite clear that after falling off the proverbial economic precipice in 2008, we have come out of the free fall and are starting up the long road to recovery on both the job front as well as in our real estate markets.”  Matthew […]

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Getting a home sold takes more planning and savvy today than in the past. It is more important than ever to find ways to make your home stand out and get the attention of serious buyers.  You may think a few worn out or broken things shouldn’t make a difference, but everything matters to a […]

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In keeping with the spirit of the holidays and the winter solstice, the National Association of Realtors issued a news release yesterday announcing a continuing rise in the sale of existing homes in November 2011. We can all hope that the housing market may at long last be moving in a positive direction. Challenges lie […]

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Recently Whidbey Island Realtors received an email from the Whidbey Island Board of Realtors alerting us to a new ordinance regarding Ebey’s Reserve. Here’s an excerpt from a letter from Island County, the Town of Coupeville and the Manager of Ebey’s Reserve that was addressed to all “Whidbey Island Real Estate Professionals.” On 10/3/2011 the […]

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When  homeowners  becomes sellers, they put their major focus on being sure the house is clean, clutter removed, walls freshly painted and the lawn mowed.   The photographer then comes in and takes photos of the house. They get posted on the company website, and the property is good to go. This is all fine and […]

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You’ve decided you want to sell your home.  The process can be daunting, from finding the right Broker to getting your home in tip top shape.  All of a sudden everywhere you look in your house there is chipped paint, loose door knobs, creaking hardwood, stains on carpet.  The gardens need pruning, and you haven’t […]

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In doing research about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, I came across something buried in the Federal Housing Finance Agency website that blew my mind. Called the House Price Index (HPI), it measures geographic (region, state, city) home price trends. It took about 5 minutes to realize that I just discovered the proverbial “Canary in […]

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The Whidbey Island Affordable Vacation Home Tour was a great success! If you were not able to make it to this tour you will be happy to know there will be another tour in early spring 2011. Everyone enjoyed the diverse selection of affordable homes toured, from brand new condos in Langley, to some of […]

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It is not unusual in my business for a client to make a political comment to me during a conversation, especially in the heated political environment we are in today. Over the years I have decided that it is best to not acknowledge in any way these comments beyond a smile. Even that can be […]

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I have always felt it was important to be associated with the best company in any market segment. So when I got out of college I went to work for one of the best restaurant chains in the west. After that I sold incredibly good food service products to those fine restaurants with Carnation, the […]

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You are the source. What does this mean? It means that your knowledge, your emotions, your photos are what create the personality of the home you have lived in and are selling. Sharing these brings your home to life. So tell me your story. We have the time, and it does make a difference. All […]

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Most of us today are concerned about our environment, and recycle paper products with enthusiasm. We try to not use paper products when we can avoid it, and we read our magazines and newspapers and then recycle them too. That is why it is a mystery to me why some sellers insist on having a […]

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Pricing your home right in the beginning can make the difference between a long time on the market and a short time. How do we price right?

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You must price it right when when your home 1st goes on the market. You have about 21 days to be “new”. After that you are just another home in the ever increasing inventory that we are all seeing now. I can show you comparatives, we can review the numbers, the days on market etc, […]

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It is a good time to buy on Whidbey Island. Interest rates are low, and there is excellent inventory.

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The catch phrase has been around for some time, and can be used to describe homes without any real substance behind it. In the last few years it has taken on a new definition with the public’s concerns about energy costs and global warming. But buyers do need to beware of the loosely used marketing […]

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Bank of America announced a new program for their mortgage holders who are upside down in value on their current mortgages with B of A. Borrowers must demonstrate a hardship in making current payments, and be at least 60 days delinquent on the loans and owe at least 120% of the current home value.   Borrowers […]

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You may want to consider investing in some improvements to your current home as spring approaches. Before beginning, it is wise to see if the home improvements you are contemplating are eligible for a home improvement tax deduction.

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What is important to do, and what is not, for properties I represent for sale?  In my profession I must ask this question for each of the properties I represent every day. First and foremost, it is important that I make sure that my clients properties are being presented in an inviting way to the […]

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Looking at Whidbey Island Real Estate Statistics ending  Dec 2009, our year to date sold homes finished ahead of last year.   Active listing inventory is down but I think that may have more to do with it being December, and we will need to see what happens in the early months of 2010 to give […]

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It’s a fact, if you are a seller, and someone wants to buy your home, they will need an appraisal for their loan. Much of the time they will also want to have an inspection on the property as a contingency. The inspection usually comes before the bank gets around to ordering an appraisal. Most […]

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There are many changes happening in the way lending institutions are having to do business.  Some of these are now affecting the appraisals on your home if you are selling and if you are buying the one you may want to purchase.  Please read the article below and if you would like to discuss it,  […]

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So you are thinking about selling your house or property and you have made the decision to use the services of a professional realtor to help you.  Congratulations on that good decision – to not use one could end up costing you money and time.  So which realtor should you pick? Here are some suggestions […]

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