June 22, 2012

Now in Western Washington: Low Inventory + Low Interest Rates

According to our Northwest Multiple Listing Service, a low inventory of homes for sale combined with record low mortgage rates are igniting Western Washington home sales.  In the 21 counties in the MLS market area, home inventory is down almost 28% from a year ago.  Locally, Whatcom and ...

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June 3, 2012

What is the Mutual Agreement Date?

The Mutual Agreement Date is the date the last party making an offer or counter offer receives notification that their offer (or counter offer) was accepted and both parties have  agreed to all terms and conditions of the Purchase and Sale agreement.

We often say it is the date the ...

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May 20, 2012

Bank of America Offers Up to $30,000 to Some Short Sale Sellers

Bank of America says it will provide up to $30,000 in relocation assistance to some borrowers who can't pay their mortgage. They want to work with the borrowers to obtain a preapproved short-sale price before submitting purchase offers.

To be eligible for the program and payment Short sales ...

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March 9, 2012

Bellingham Real Estate Market Snapshot

Could it be? Has the market "bottomed out" as news articles are reporting?  It's hard to make this big of a projection or statement, but I will agree that inventory is shrinking.  I want to share what I am witnessing in our market as well as the data to ...
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Oct. 15, 2011

Warning! Short Sale: Enter at your own Risk

They've been a predominant player in our market for at least the last 3-5 years. The term has become part of our national vocabulary and with real estate still at the forefront of our news, the term Short Sale is just as hot if not on fire!  With more ...

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Sept. 22, 2011

$100,000 real estate deals; Bellingham and hyper-local markets


$100,000, Seems this is the magical price that buyers think will get a good deal. Without fail, I receive numerous calls for buyers looking for a home and even better, a home near the water or with a water view for $100,000. I suppose this would be an ...

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April 20, 2011

Remember Who It Is We Really Work For!!

Thank you to the "too busy" listing agent for not answering your phone, returning your messages and for not taking care of your client!!  Yeesh!

I had a gentleman contact me who wanted information and to see one of your listings.  He found your ad on craigslist and ...

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March 18, 2011

Hurdles and Hoops and the Home Selling Process

I just received some great news, one of my deals recorded today and is officially closed.  I know, for a Realtor this is how we earn our living, but this one was more than that.  This one was was momentous. I represented both the seller and buyer and this has ...

Posted in Buying, General, Selling
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Jan. 19, 2011

Short Sale Challenges

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WA State department of licensing recently put out an advisory about Short Sales.  It is important that you contact a listing agent that is informed in the process and he/she is prepared/experienced so as to guide you ...

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Dec. 17, 2010

The Purchase Process: Seek Representation- Step 2

Ok, armed and ready with your pre-approval on your financing, it's now time to tackle house hunting. But first, your next step should be to hire your own Realtor, one who will be working solely for you and have your best interest at heart.

Here are a few qualities ...
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