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Monday, February 17, 2020   /   by Dixie Simon

Home Sellers and Winter Weather-Let's Chat About That

Good Morning Spokane,



 


Can you believe this weather? My rose bushes are so confused. I am worried that when we get more winter, they may get damaged. I have a young Dogwood tree as well that is already thinking SPRING. Yikes. My Grandbaby (4) asked me yesterday “Do you remember your boat?” She is ready to fish, and I think she and I are on the same page-fair weather fishermen. I
have a hard time believing we are out of the woods for winter just yet.


 


Having said all this, it has been a nice winter for showing homes. Sellers have been scarce somewhat in coming to the table. I believe we have been programmed to think that as a seller, “I should wait until spring”. This is a misconception in our market today. Because everyone is trained to think this way, what happens is every Seller comes to the table at the same time in Spring bringing more competition to (not for) your home. When there are fewer homes out there to choose fr ...

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Saturday, February 8, 2020   /   by Ariadne Gold

What Do I Do in a Multiple Offer Situation?

In Spokane’s current real estate market, multiple offer situations have become more and more common.  Many buyers are worried about how this will affect the home they’re able to buy, or have even decided not to buy a home until the market “calms down”.  This doesn’t have to be you!  Multiple offer situations don’t have to spell doom if you’re well informed about negotiation tactics, and realistic about the state of the market and value of the home.


So what are some negotiation tactics that you can use if you’re in a multiple offer situation?


1.       Price


This is probably the most obvious one, but it encompasses a few different aspects.   First is the overall purchase price.  Next are closing costs; these are the additional costs to close the loan, such as the title insurance and escrow fees.  Many buyers don’t have the funds to pay both the down paym ...

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Monday, January 20, 2020   /   by Dixie Simon

Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval?

What is the difference and why does it matter to the Seller?

Why is this such a BIG DEAL? 


Much Time can be wasted and great heartache can insue if you do not have your financial affairs in order. If you fall in love with your dream house and are not pre-approved, in most cases within the Spokane market and surrounding areas, your offer will go straight to the bottom of the pile. Without proof that you are eligible for a loan or if you are wanting to pay cash but are not willing to provide evidence of accessible funds--Talk is cheap!

So what is the difference between prequalification and pre-approval? 
There are similarities but they are NOT the same. So, what does it mean to get pre-approved vs. getting pre-qualified for a mortgage, and what’s the difference between the two?
Things that are similar:
Mortgage pre-approval and mortgage pre-qualification have the same benefits for anyone considering purchasing a home with a mortgage:
Both help estimate the ...

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Thursday, January 16, 2020   /   by Kylene Emery

Do you need a home warranty???

If you’ve only ever rented before, the necessity of a home warranty may be unknown to you. As a renter, you are used to a landlord who will fix any issues you run into - but that all changes when you become a homeowner. Now, when a water heater breaks or the fridge starts to leak on the new floors in the kitchen, there is no landlord to call. So what do you do now? You may have a friend or family member who can handle the smaller fixes, but when it comes to the big issues that will end up emptying your pockets, a home warranty can save the day.
A home warranty is similar to insurance, as it covers some or all of the costs of replacements or repairs when a system in your home malfunctions or stops working altogether. They range in annual costs of $300-$600 and remove the middle man in the fixing process. Instead of finding someone to fix an issue, you will directly contact your warranty provider and they will set up the repair or replacement with the appropriate vendors. Your pre ...

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Monday, January 13, 2020   /   by Kylene Emery

What You Need To Know For Winter House Hunting

While house hunting in the winter was never really a thing of the past, today’s culture keeps things going year-round - which means finding a home can be done at any time of the year. While exploring in the cold might be your focus or concern, house-hunting in less-than-ideal conditions can show you things you can’t always see on a warm, sunny day. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to find a house can call home.
Winter Weather Can Help You See Hidden Flaws
Even if you don’t love the cold and snowy weather, it can help you see household flaws that you may not see in the warmth of summer. Maybe the windows are drafty or there is a major loss in privacy when the trees are bare from the cold. It will also help you to love your home for its’ bones, and only love it more when warmer seasons arrive bringing flowers, grass, and colorful foliage.
Photos Can Help Fill In The Blanks
It can be hard to picture what a poolside oasis looks like when it is cov ...

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