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About Michael Ackerman


Michael Ackerman has been a broker with Coldwell Banker Bain since the fall of 1993. He has assisted hundreds of buyers and sellers in the Seattle core neighborhoods realize their real estate dreams and goals. Michael can be reached at michaelackerman@cbbainseal.com or by phone at 206-322-8711.

 

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If you’re thinking of selling your home (and it’s a great time to do it), you might think a sign on your lawn is all it will take for a quick and easy sale. True, you may receive offers within days. But proper staging and attention to detail can make a big difference on the bottom line.

Dreaming of a new home can be fun and exciting. But when you’re ready to begin the buying process, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Should you move to a different state? Should you stick around? Do you want a different kind of home? Is the busy city calling your name or are you content with rural peace and quiet? How can you find the best real estate agent and lender?

In a hot real estate market, one house may get more than a dozen offers in a matter of days. So how do you stand out as a buyer? Is it worth writing a love letter to the seller?

When you’re selling your home, there’s so much to think about. Curb appeal, open houses, marketing your home… the list goes on. Selling in the fall means less daylight, so it’s time for you to light it up!

In Seattle, it’s definitely a hot real estate market. With all the latest corporations hiring throughout the area, there are simply more people moving here than there are selling. Consequently, listed homes are snatched quickly, often with dozens of offers made during the negotiation process. So what’s a buyer to do?

When the demand is higher than the supply, competition is intense in the real estate market. As a buyer, it’s tempting to do everything you can to make your offer the most attractive to the seller. But how much is too much?

What comes first; the chicken or the egg? In the world of real estate, inspections usually come after an offer is made. But right now, in Seattle and many other seller’s markets, pre-inspections are becoming more and more common.

Apr 19, 2016

Written by:

Michael Ackerman

If you're ready to sell, you may think a quick cleanup and elimination of clutter is all it takes to get your home open house ready. But for buyers, an emotional connection is important, and making that happen may take a little more effort! 

Mar 11, 2016

Written by:

Michael Ackerman

If you’re selling your home and it’s currently vacant, you may think those empty rooms are the perfect clean slate for potential buyers to imagine their ideal décor. But properly staging your rooms can instantly make your home more emotionally appealing.

Congratulations! You’ve been pre-qualified by your mortgage lender. Or is it pre-approved? It doesn’t really matter does it? What’s the difference, right?



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