March 10, 2010

Fun Facts About Short Sales

5 Things You Should Know About Short Sales

It can be awfully tempting to get excited about "amazing," "smokin" or "crazy" deals. There are certainly enough people out there blabbering on and on about them, especially in the real estate world. In particular, the hype surrounding short-sales and foreclosed, bank-owned ...

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Feb. 6, 2010

Home-Staging Consultations FREE with New Listings!

If you are thinking about selling your house this year, you might want to get ready sooner, rather than later. With the impending expiration of the First-Time-Buyer tax credit, many experts in the industry are nervous about the potential market adjustment to follow. Given that first-time buyers accounted for an ...

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Oct. 23, 2009

What are my closing costs?

Another common question from buyers as well as sellers is, "what are my closing costs?"  Some typical closing costs in real estate transaction are

Title search fees -- is the assurance of clear title to the property and title insurance to defend against any future claims made on the title ...

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Sept. 30, 2009

A behind the scenes look at a Bellingham Real Estate Agent's Day

Got a great call from my mom.  It's at 1:55 on a Tuesday afternoon, the kind where she asks what I'm up to, forgetting the time difference between Rhode Island and here. In her defense, and playing to my role as a good Irish son, my ...

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Aug. 26, 2009

Why Isn't Your House Selling? 10 Likely Reasons (Part 1 of 3)

Unless you've been living in a cave, you know that the past 18 months have seen record numbers of homes hit the Bellingham real estate market.  And not just Bellingham's market, but all markets across the country. The combination of panic, desperation and fear has caused "For Sale ...

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Aug. 26, 2009

Why Isn't Your House Selling? 10 Likely Reasons (Part 2 of 3)

7. You have WAY too many knick-knacks and personal items covering your shelves and walls.  If your house looks like an indoor flea-market, potential buyers have a hard time imagining their own crappy junk littering the house.  The same goes for pictures of your wedding, vacations or grandkids- ...

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Aug. 26, 2009

Why Isn't Your House Selling? 10 Likely Reasons (Part 3 of 3)

And last, but certainly not least...

10. You're cheap- Guess what- if you aren't offering a competitive selling commission (aka buyer's agent commission or SOC)  on your listing, you are doing it wrong. It is time to get serious about selling your house, and short-changing the ...

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Aug. 12, 2009

What Buyers Should Know About Appraisals

Just about everybody has heard of an appraisal and knows what it is- an assessment of a home's value based on empirical evidence like recent sales, replacement costs, and the subjective opinions of underpaid appraisers hurrying from one gig to the next.  What many Buyers don't know ...

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Aug. 5, 2009

Sudden Valley Real Estate Market Report for July, 2009

Sudden Valley Real Estate Market Report
The following is a quick analysis of the Residential Bellingham real estate market in Sudden Valley.

There are currently 114 homes for sale. Homes are priced from $99,900 - $995,000

  • Average Asking Price is $337,056 Average Days on Market are 117 days
  • Median Asking Price is $288,000 ...
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Aug. 5, 2009

Report Finds That Real Estate Agents are Normal People

According to a recent report by a highly reputable investigative entity, most... several...that is, some real estate agents out there are actual people, just like you- with hearts, minds, maybe even a personality!  I can tell you how to spot them.

I know the drill- you're up ...

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