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Getting Ready To Sell Your Home…

Getting Ready To Sell Your Home…

Call a Realtor: Interview your neighborhood specialist, ask what they do to market your home, and to provide a Comparative Market Analysis showing your home value. Prepare Your Home For Sale: Remove excess, bulky, or worn out furniture. Declutter. Deep Clean. Really...

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Selling Your Home During The Holidays

Selling Your Home During The Holidays

Drawbacks to Selling Your Home Over the Holidays: Home buyers, not knowing any better, could think you are desperate. Buyers might try to negotiate or give you a lowball offer. It’s inconvenient to always be ready for a home showing. Not everybody can keep the house...

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Principles Of Life

Principles Of Life

5 P’s of Life: Prior – Planning – Prevents – Poor – Performance To be truly successful in all we do both personally and professionally, planning is a must! Once we have our plans, we can go after our goals with passion, determination and focus to be successful. Taking...

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Thinking Of Buying An Older Home?

Thinking Of Buying An Older Home?

Foundation and Structural Issues: Be sure to hire a licensed structural engineer. Electrical & Plumbing Issues: Updating these systems can be costly. Keeping the original knob-and-tube wiring or original cast-iron pipes can be a serious safety hazard. Hazardous...

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Housing Bubble??

Housing Bubble??

Yes the economy is roaring along. The stock market is at an all-time high, unemployment is near record lows, and inflation is minimal. The growth of home values has slowed or decreased nationwide over the last year, and home sales are down nationwide. This may bring...

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8 Ways To Get Rid of Pet Smells

8 Ways To Get Rid of Pet Smells

Awful Pet Odors Turn Off Buyers and often keep your home from selling. Air Out The House. Remove or replace pet bedding. Scrub Thoroughly. Vinegar, wood floor cleaner or an odor-neutralizing product. Clean Drapes and Upholstery. Pet odors seep into fabrics. Clean Your...

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Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Early?

Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Early?

Advantages Of Paying Off Your Mortgage Early Eliminate monthly mortgage expense – free up income for other things: travel, invest it, stash in savings, home improvements. Save you money in interest. What To Consider Before Paying Off Your Mortgage Early Have you maxed...

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How Much Can You Trust Zillow’s Zestimates??

How Much Can You Trust Zillow’s Zestimates??

Can you really trust a Zestimate to accurately determine the value of your home? A Zestimate is Zillow’s online home valuation tool. The answer depends. This valuation tool is based on an algorithm, that means there are certain elements of your home’s value that it...

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2019 Market Trends

2019 Market Trends

By Penny McLaughlin Our phenomenon happening right now is related to both older folks and Millennials.  The trend is for Seniors to stay put and not sell the family home.  This creates a challenge as more and more Millennials look to enter the housing market.  This...

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Accompanied Showings Hinder Home Sales…..

Accompanied Showings Hinder Home Sales…..

“Accompanied showings” means when the buyer’s agent is required to have the listing agent present in order to show the home. The last thing a buyer’s agent wants to see in the showing instructions is that the listing agent has to be present, which means the two agents...

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What to Expect from the 2019 Housing Market

What to Expect from the 2019 Housing Market

Buying The most common topic of conversation for homebuyers & sellers this new year is rising interest rates.  Mortgage rates are at their highest since 2011.  Higher interest rates are a sign of a good economy – especially compared with historically low...

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2019 Real Estate Forecast:  What Home Buyers, Sellers, and Investors Can Expect

There’s no doubt about it:  the 2018 housing market has seen its ups and downs. The year started with sky-high home prices, historically low mortgage rates and a definitive upper hand for sellers.  In recent months though, home price growth has faltered, rates have risen to their highest point in nearly eight years, and favor […]

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Stop Making Your Landlord Rich

Stop Making Your Landlord Rich

Most renters don’t know how easy it is to purchase a new home or realize that their mortgage payments could be equal or less than what they are currently paying in rent. Homeownership is a great way to establish roots within your community, provide stability and build...

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What Makes a Home Worthy of Your Golden Years?

by Michael Longsdon Robert Browning said, “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.” Seniors who hope to make their golden years their best ones can ensure continued independence with an appropriate living environment. Here’s what to look for when purchasing a senior-friendly home and what to do if you’re ready to […]

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Starter Home…or Not?

Should you invest in a starter home?  Or is it a better to wait and save for your “forever” home? Economists often define a “starter home” as being in the lower third of the market’s valuation (as opposed to trade-up homes and luxury homes). For many homeowners, a starter home isn’t about price.  It’s about […]

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The Appraisal Process

The appraisal process can be a mystery to the home buyer and seller.  Here is information that I hope will help explain the process. If you have three different appraisals, you will have three different values.  If you have three different Realtor opinions, you will likely get three different opinions of value.  Unfortunately, in the […]

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Costly Remodeling Mistakes

Taking on a home improvement project is expensive enough – why add to the bill?  Whether you are fixing a leaky faucet or remodeling an entire bathroom, here are some costly mistakes to avoid. Skipping Less Glamorous Improvements It’s crucial to take care of structural issues before starting on cosmetic fixes.  A beautiful kitchen and […]

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Zillow overestimated home value by 700 percent

By Mike Rosenberg Seattle Times business reporter When Seattle residents Sue and Roy Carlson bought a modest home on the Kitsap Peninsula in June, they paid $225,000 — a discount because the house was headed for foreclosure. Redfin now estimates the home in Belfair, southwest of Bremerton, is worth $318,000. Realtor.com’s algorithm pegs the house at […]

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Carol Glad Recognized for Contributions

The following content was posted to Facebook by the North Kitsap School District on November 16, 2017: Here’s a great way to support NK students! Starting this month, our board member, real estate agent extraordinaire Carol Geller Glad, is making a donation to the NK Schools Foundation every time she closes a sale. That’s great news […]

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Kitsap Home Inventory Remains Low

 Home Selling   I’d like to give you information on selling your home this is an important message for home sellers. There are several things coming together that affect Kitsap Home Prices right now: Housing Inventory Remains very low The total number of homes on the market fell about 10% in the last quarter of […]

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New Tax Laws for 2018

New tax laws are being implemented this year that may impact homeowners’ taxes.* While these new tax laws will affect income taxes filed in 2019, it’s important to be aware of what changes could potentially affect you and your wallet. BELOW ARE A FEW HIGHLIGHTS OF HOW THE NEW LAWS MAY AFFECT HOMEOWNERS: The mortgage […]

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Why Hire a Buyer Specialist to Buy a Home?

Why Hire a Buyer Specialist to Buy a Home? Re-think the idea you don’t need an agent to buy a home.  Here is what our Buyer Specialist does for your purchasing of a home: Help you determine what your needs and wants are before you start looking at homes, which is very important in this […]

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Overpricing Your Home Is a Critical Mistake

Overpricing Your Home Is a Critical Mistake  You can run into trouble when you overprice your home for sale, even in a hot market.  When Sellers push the limit on pricing their home it affects Buyers.  Buyers are much more aware of market values then they used to be before the internet.  To most buyers […]

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Remodeling that Pays Off!!!!

Remodeling that Pays Off!!!!  Kitchen – To maximize your return keep your investment to under 20% of the value of your home.  The outcome is a Whopping 85% return on your investment. Bathroom – Can cost up to $20,000. for a detailed remodel.  However, it will pay for itself with an added 80% return. Deck […]

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Need Help Finding Services?

Need Help Finding Services? “It is a good idea as a homeowner to budget about 1% of your home value each year for home maintenance projects”, according to Daily Real estate News.  Those who don’t keep up the pace of maintenance often find themselves with lots of expensive, overdue projects to complete shortly before selling […]

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Inside Kitsap County Real Estate

Inside Kitsap County Real Estate We are Fortunate to Live In Kitsap County  People are moving here every day.  Many people are choosing our beautiful neighborhoods to make their homes, it is no wonder home prices have gone up quickly. Some say it is a bubble, but I disagree.  Our market will remain healthy as […]

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Borrow Penny’s Moving Truck – Free

Borrow Penny’s Moving Truck – Free

Moving can be both exciting and a hassle at the same time. You can reduce the hassle and make your move an easier experience with Penny’s truck – FREE – when Penny and her team help you buy or sell your home. Ask for details and reserve the truck for your move date...

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