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    Monday, March 05, 2018   /   by Breanne Glemaker

    Don't Replace your Agent with the Internet!

    With the influx of new technology and web based solutions, it isn't a surprise that everything is moving fast into the era of the internet. From sites like Uber to Grubhub, we generally can pull up our phones or laptops to order what we want with ease. And with every industry being revolutionized by technology, the same methods are "attempting" to be applied to the real estate industry. 
    We could all agree that the simplification of the process through paperwork would be much appreciated by agents and buyers/sellers alike; but the attempt of replacing the agent by sites like Zillow and other third party resources, can lead to a snowball affect of disaster. Think about real estate being smack dab in the middle of fast food and a doctor. You can use your mobile device to quickly place your order for a $20 meal, but when it comes to getting a surgery, you'll want to put that phone down and visit a professional. Now think of your real estate agent being in the middle of all of t ...

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      spokane real estate, buying and selling a home, home buyer tips, zillow

    Thursday, March 01, 2018   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

    Add Thousands to Your Home's Value With These Simple Steps!

    Want to easily add thousands to your home’s value? First impressions ARE everything – at least when it comes to selling your home.  A majority of buyers begin their home search online.  If even the photos don’t demonstrate a high level of curb-appeal, they may not even choose to drive by or set an appointment. Homes with high curb appeal definitely sell faster and command higher prices. An attractive exterior can make or break a home sale.   A small budget goes a long way, especially of you do most of the jobs yourself.  Here are 7 key tips sure to get those buyers out of their car and in YOUR front door.
     


    First, act like a buyer! Walk around your entire home's exterior with a critical eye and a notepad and pen.  Take notes on what looks "off" and needs repairing, replacing or cleaning. Get in your car and drive by slowly from both directions during the day and night. You might see something you've never noticed before, like ...

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      spokane real estate, home selling, selling home, marketing, real estate agents, curb appeal, home value

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018   /   by Mindy Yount

    Where did the name Coeur d'Alene come from ?

    The city of Coeur d’Alene, ID was named after a tribe of Native Americans who lived along the rivers and lakes of the region, also extending into Washington and Montana. They were encountered by French fur traders in the late 18th century, who began to refer to them as “Coeur d’Alene”, meaning "heart of an awl". The name was reflective of their experience in dealing with the tribal traders as tough businessmen, "sharp-hearted" or "shrewd".


    If you are not familiar with the beautiful city of Coeur d’Alene…..


    It is the largest city in Kootenai County, Idaho. The population is now over 48,000 (2018). The population has grown rapidly over the last few years, as tourists who come to Coeur d’Alene grow to love the city and decide to move or retire nearby. The city is located just 30 miles east of the well known Spokane, WA. Coeur d'Alene is also known as the "Lake City", or simply referred to by locals as "CDA". 


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    Monday, February 19, 2018   /   by Mindy Yount

    5 Things Buyers Don't Know

    There are 5 things I consistently find that buyers seem to be unaware of.

    #1 The seller pays for both agents. The buyer can use the seller's agent or choose their own agent, and it doesn't cost the buyer anything. It also doesn't cost the seller extra if the buyer chooses their own agent. 

    #2  It is BEST for a buyer to have their own agent. Many people think it is better to use the list agent because they know the home better. A buyer's agent can find out anything there is to know about any given property. If they don't know the answer, they can get it. A list agent represents the seller first and foremost. They have already promised to bring the seller the most money possible for their home. Is this really the person you want to confide in and have negotiating on your behalf? 

    #3  An inspection is to identify major problems or safety issues within the home. It is not intended for pointing out cosmetic items for the buyer to request to be fixed before clos ...

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    Monday, February 19, 2018   /   by Mindy Yount

    5 MYTHS ABOUT REAL ESTATE IN 2018

    #1 I can make more money selling my home myself. Often when agents run comps on homes listed for sale by owners, they find that the owner has, in fact, listed the home lower than actual market value. A list agent has the ability to make the home more highly visible to the public and to bring buyers, which will sell the home quicker, and ultimately for more money. Most often, enough money to compensate for the agent’s fees and then some.
    #2 I should price my home high to get more in a seller’s market. With all of the online tools that buyers now have at their fingertips, and as much time as they spend searching online, they are aware when a home is priced over market value. Pricing high slows your showings, adds significant days on market before receiving your first offer, and encourages buyers to make lower offers as a result of the time on the market. Pricing at or slightly below market value is the best strategy to get the best offers for your home.
    #3 I can sell my ho ...

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      spokane real estate, buying and selling a home, home selling, selling home, home buying, buying a home, home buyer tips, marketing, real estate agents, zillow, new construction, photography