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Current Interest Rates

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Many thanks to Carol Rudd, one of the mortgage brokers I work with, for this article: Our mortgage analysts are still predicting interest rates to ease/drop by Q4 to Q1 2023, when inflation is curbed by the Fed increasing the short-term rate.  Current average 30-yr. conventional fixed rate is 6.5% (6.554% APR). Back in 2008-2010, […]

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Fall Seller’s Guide

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With increased housing inventory in the market we are seeing more choices for buyers, which means homes coming on the market need to be more competitive. Read through the SellingYourHouseFall2022.pdf and then contact me for a market analysis of your neighborhood.

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Fall Buyer’s Guide

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The market has changed and buying has become easier with homes staying on the market longer, and the return of contingencies. Of course there are still neighborhoods with high demand and offers need to be crafted depending on the circumstances. I’ll do the research and recommend strategies for getting your offer accepted. Meanwhile read through […]

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Summer Newsletter

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View from a friend’s condominium rooftop deck Summer is here in force and we are seeing temperatures in the nineties! I know that is normal in my home state (I grew up between Palm Springs, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo), but here seventy-two degrees is usually a hot day! I’m so happy that much […]

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Inspections

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When selling a home, one needs to decide on inspections. There are three main categories: 1. Seller-paid Inspection 2. Buyer-paid pre-inspections 3. Inspection contingencies The trend has gone to seller-paid inspections (which are pre-inspections) and back to asking for offers with inspection contingencies. Buyer-paid pre-inspections require appointments and a bit of wear-and-tear on the house, […]

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Pricing the Property

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Pricing a property is an interesting process, and I have been working on several in the last few months since the restrictions ended. These are in different places geographically, but thanks to the tools we have in our multiple listing service, and my tech background, I can offer an accurate price opinion. Here is my […]

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Market Report

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I sat in on Brian Buffini’s Real Estate market report today and it was very interesting. Here are a few notes. The dollar value is at 100%. Job market low. Utah and Idaho are the same as they have been open. These who are working are doing more. Help wanted signs everywhere. Inflation – core […]

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March Newsletter

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It’s Spring; fresh air, blooms, and more listings! We have gone from living in a snow globe to blue skies and daffodils! Our snow pack should ensure we have plenty of water this year, and, for skiers, Stevens Pass and other resorts have extended the season into April.  Teaching skiing has been a blessing for […]

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February Newsletter

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February into March (and Spring) As much as I love winter, snow and everything that goes with it, l so love the optimism of moving towards March and Spring; the days are already noticeably longer, crocuses and other flowers are peaking out.  Like many people, bird watching and photography have been one of my pandemic […]

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December Newsletter

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Warm Wishes This year seems so different with all the lock downs, but there are a few silver linings here and there.  I am grateful to have been invited to a friend’s house the other day to see her tree and have a nice meal. We tried to stay six feet apart. The tree was so […]

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November Newsletter

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I recently took a trip to my former home, Port Townsend, to show friends a few listings. It was a beautiful day and I was able to approach by ferry. I still love that Port Townsend was one of the original settlements, dating back to it’s founding in 1851. The city maintains it’s heritage and is a National […]

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October Newsletter

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Moving from summer to fall is one of my favorite times of the year. While I miss the warm days, I love seeing the the trees change colors and leaves dropping, and taking hikes with my dog, Watson, on crisp days. Lately, on my walks, I have been pondering how childhood experiences really influence later decisions […]

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September Newsletter

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One reason I love living here is because there are so many recreational opportunities within a two hour drive. The other day I took a last-minute drive to Mount Baker, and came back refreshed. Picture Lake and Mount Shuksan were as beautiful as ever.  If you are anything like me, you are feeling incredulous the […]

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July Newsletter

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As we continue through this pandemic period, life remains interesting, and I hope you are all remaining safe and staying well.  I’m continuing to enjoy summer and natural phenomenon such as the comet NEOWISE which only appears once every 6000+ years; I’m glad I am here during this special time. I took this picture on […]

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June Newsletter

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My hummingbird feeder is giving me much pleasure these days, and I sat on the deck the other day taking pictures of the cute little birds until I got this one. It is easy to set-up a feeder; it just needs to be cleaned and filled every few days for these voracious feeders.  I hope […]

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May Newsletter

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As we move through the stages of this pandemic, I hope everyone is staying well, safe and sound. The world is continuing to adjust and I hope you are too. I find myself working in the mornings, as usual, on the computer, and spending more time in the evening on fitness. With the days getting […]

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How is the Market

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We are in amazing times and everyone is asking how the market is during this Covid-19 crisis. First of all, I hope everyone is staying protected, safe, and well. This is a difficult time of quarantining, but also is giving people time to work on their homes, gardens and other projects.  According to local statistics […]

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April Newsletter

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I hope you all have been staying well, safe, and sound. I’ve been using some of this time to focus on staying healthy, and am lucky have have Watson to keep me motivated! He needs a lot of exercise and so I not only take him running, but have walked him up and down hills and […]

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Be well, stay safe, work in the garden

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With all that has been going on we have been home in order to stay well and stay safe.  Drawing on my first career in garden maintenance and design, I’ve been working on my Landscape Design Workshop presentation and thought I would share.  Click-here for the link, and have fun if you decide to try […]

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Excise Taxes are Going Up!

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The Washington state Legislature is changing the way real estate excise taxes (REET) are calculated. This change may affect the amount of excise tax you pay depending on the sale price of your property. Currently, the state excise tax is 1.28 percent. Local municipalities add their excise tax on top of the state tax, with […]

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April Newsletter

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Spring is here and I am enjoying the the longer days; it gives me a chance to take Watson out for dog walks after work. There is the  proliferation of blossoms that comes along with longer days: not only are we seeing new growth in the plant world, but more listings are coming on every […]

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December Holiday Newsletter

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Winter Bird Migration, Holidays, and the End of an Annual Cycle… Swans and Sunsets Sunsets and Swans in the Skagit Flats We have been enjoying a run of crisp, cold weather and clear skies in the Northwest. This has encouraged me to go to the Skagit Flats, north of Seattle, and engage in one of […]

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November’s Press Release

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As many of us have noticed, the Northwest Multiple Listing Service has statistics that show there has been an increase in inventory, and a significant drop in prices over the last month. We usually do see a shift in the market as we near the holidays; it’s typically a good time for buyers. That said, […]

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Anacortes Waterfront Listing

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I am loving my listing in Anacortes; it is lovely to watch the light change on the water, views of Mount Baker, Cypress Island and the boat traffic! There is always something new! This listing has been promoted through the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, Coldwell Banker, Zillow, Redfin, TourFactory, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and this website. […]

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New review from a seller

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I enjoyed helping my client sell a home in Seattle recently, and evidently he did too as he writes: “Andree is organized, thorough and professional. Our communication was clear and concise. Andree is a top professional who has the experience and knowledge to help a seller or buyer in their real estate transaction.”

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First Quarter Real Estate Report 2018

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I love this quarterly report! We have a new marketing team and they have organized the data into an easy to read and beautiful format. Obviously we are still operating with low inventory, high demand and low supply. Buyers are getting wary of overpriced listings, which causes them to stay on the market over a […]

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Real Estate Market Analysis

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We have so many excellent sources of real estate analysis I thought I would post a few links for ease of find them. After reading the Northwest Multiple Press Release for January, 2018 (below), it is obvious that we had extremely low inventory in December. Real estate runs in ten year cycles, and it has […]

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The Northwest Multiple Listing Service Press Release for December

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KIRKLAND, Washington (December 6, 2017) – “Normal seasonal slowdowns” are reported by some real estate leaders with Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but other brokers say this holiday season is still drawing crowds at open houses along with competitive bidding in some neighborhoods. Both inventory and pending sales dipped to their lowest levels since April, while […]

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Northwest Multiple Listing Service, November Press Release

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Key indicators for Western Washington housing still rising, but brokers detect slowdown Latest Press Release November 6, 2017 Current Statistics | Market Recaps | Market Snapshot Infographic KIRKLAND, Washington (November 6, 2017) – Early seasonal snow and questions swirling around the tax plan unveiled last week by House Republicans could make the usual seasonal slowdown […]

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Third Quarter Report

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The president of our firm, Mike Grady, visited all of our offices with a third quarter report. The 1st quarter the entire industry was down 25% – why? It was coldest winter in history, sickest winter in history with the highest absentee rate, and we had a new president with some uncertainty. Our firm is […]

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State of the real estate market

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I attended a course today on the state of the real estate market and here are my notes – Denise Lones always has interesting and useful take-aways. Money flow, building permits and inventory, follow laws and developers. We can also look at what is happening in the world. The stock market hit a high today. […]

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It is still a seller’s market

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It is still a seller’s market in King County. While I have noticed more homes on the market in September (not reflected in most statistics yet), homes near Seattle are still on the market a short period of time. There is often a slow-down in August, while many are on vacation, but the chart shows […]