Uncategorized Is There a “Best” Time to Put Your Home on the Market? YES!! The best time to put your home on the market is when YOU are READY! It is important to have a good game plan for time and preparation. You certainly don’t want to put your home on before its looking perfect and ready for buyers. But I know it can be confusing with market […]
Uncategorized More Homebuyers Putting Less Down A recent post by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that in the months of December 2014 through February 2015, there was an increase in the number of first-time buyers making a down payment of 6% or less as compared to last year: 2014: 61% of first time home buyers 2015: 66% of first […]
Uncategorized May South End Events!
Buying Federal Way Home Market Stats – The last 4 years You've probably heard it from everyone…the market is getting better. While it's nice to hear, it is even better to SEE and UNDERSTAND. I'm going to show you a few graphs that show you exactly WHY the market is better and why you may reconsider jumping in to buy or sell. Please keep in mind […]
Buying Free Money for a Down Payment! Through the NHF Down Payment Assistance Program, you can basically get FREE MONEY through a GRANT! You don't have to pay it back, and it's not hard to qualify! Last week I met with some clients and a Mortgage Lender whom I've worked with on several occasions. As I heard him explain this program to […]
Buying Why short sales are so terrible. Today I'm in a mood. Not for myself, but for my clients.  I am sad that they are being dragged around for months with no end in sight. I am sad that we have little control in a tough situation. I am sad that through everyone else's garbage, they are doing the right things and […]
Uncategorized VIDEO: 1st Time Home Buyer Tips!
Buying 2015 Mortgage Rates Lets face it, morgage rates continue to blow my mind. Early 2014 projections saw rates slowly increasing as the government started "tapering." By 2015, rates were projected to be mid 5%. However, buyers and refinancers alike have been blessed with the continuation of low interest rates.  If you are waiting for interest rates to drop […]
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Buying The Craziness of the 2014 boom is Slowing Since the real estate crash, the market has been slowly gaining momentum. Homeowners are feeling more confident as their equity is starting to increase. From 2013 to 2014, the average sales price in King/Pierce County has risen 8.3%. On the other side of the coin, mass amounts of 1st time homebuyers entered the market. Recent […]
Buying How to Combat Cash Offers as a Buyer As a seller, you dream of seeing those Benjamin's on the table. They are simple, easy, and close quickly. However, if you are a buyer trying to compete for investment properties or even owner-occupant homes, cash buyers may easily beat you out if you don't know what you are up against. What are cash offers? […]
Selling 5 Reasons to Sell Your House Now Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? Can buyers qualify for a mortgage?  These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons to sell your home sooner rather than later. Here are five of those reasons. 1. The Most Serious […]
Buying How Long Buyers Must Wait to Obtain Financing In today's market, it's common to meet someone who went through a forclosure, short sale, or bankrupcy. In fact, it may have been you! Since the market crash in 2007-2008, thousands of people have had to face these difficulties, and it's nothing to be ashamed about. Many may think that they have to wait a […]
Uncategorized 10 Tips for Buyers and Sellers in 2014 Today I came across an MSN article by Steve McLinden of Bankrate.com. As I read through his tips, I knew this was valuable information to share as a Real Estate Professional. I am a huge advocate of educating my clients, so I would highly recommend reading this full article. Below I've written McLinden's 10 tips, […]
Regulation & Policy Government “Tapering” Continues Last week, the Federal Reserve, in a unanimous vote, decided to further decrease its bond purchasing. The bond purchases were the government’s stimulus package created to keep long term mortgage interest rates artificially low in order to help drive the housing market. Most experts believe that tapering will cause interest rates to increase as we […]
Uncategorized 2014 Olympic Game Schedule The Olympics are a time to show our American pride. A time to support athletes who have dedicated years of their life to perfecting their physical abilites. It's also a time to escape to the couch and watch some figure skating or curling – sports we only seem to find interesting during the olympics. And […]
Uncategorized What can you afford, based on payment? Most people know what type of payment they can afford each month. We call that "buying power." For obvious reasons, the larger payment you can afford, the more house you can purchase.  However, as interest rates rise, your buying power will decrease. At the beginning of 2014, interest rates are close to 4.5%. By the […]
Buying Infographic: History of Mortgage Rates It is interesting to see the trends of mortgate rates since 1971. You can really see the correlation of events in history to these rates. I know people who during the 80's, were excited that their interest rates hit 13%! What a change since then. Enjoy!  
Selling Infographic – The Importance of Curb Appeal
Selling How long can I expect my home be on the market? It is in your best interest to sell your home as fast as possible, and that is my goal as a Realtor. I have yet to meet someone who hopes it takes 6 months to sell their home. There are many things that go into selling you home including marketing on the internet,  yard signs, […]
Uncategorized Good News for the Economy = Bad News for Rates The economy is improving. As an example, the latest employment report showed that the unemployment rate hit a five-year low. We must realize that, as the economic news gets better, the government will consider whether or not to continue the programs they put in place to stimulate the economy. One such program is the Fed’s […]