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Every day we hear stories of buyers writing a dozen offers and losing on every one. We hear of buyers who have decided to renew their leases for another year in hopes that they’ll be able to save more money for a larger down payment, or the inventory will have a little more freedom when they decide to try again at the dream of homeownership.

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.

How much is enough when it comes to investigating what will most likely be your largest financial investment?

Mar 4, 2016

Written by:

Robyne Curry

When I attended a small, private college years ago, it was common then to prefer a more intimate environment for higher education, a place where students would be more than “just a number.” Funny to think about that now, when so much of my identity is determined by a random cluster of numerals, whether it’s my Social Security number, my employee number or even my credit card number.

Mar 2, 2016

When buying a home, we all know that’s it’s important to have good credit. You’ll get a better interest rate, qualify for more types of loans, and be a stronger purchasing candidate. And when it’s a sellers’ market, putting your best foot forward when making an offer can be the difference between winning and losing in a multiple offer situation.

Feb 16, 2016

Written by:

Robyne Curry

Oh, the joys of home owning! Walls you can paint any color you like, back yard barbecues all summer long, snow to shovel all winter long and plumbing problems you get to fix yourself. Well, whatever the reason(s) that drew you to get a mortgage and buy a house, you can take comfort in knowing that the cash flowing out of your wallet is not headed down a one-way street. Even if it seems so.

While we can’t control the kind of real estate market we are in, we can control the brand and agent that we use when buying or selling our home – the largest financial investment most of us have. Discount brokerages and independent companies pop up when the market is strong; and oftentimes they will entice home sellers to work with them for lower fees. If you’re thinking of selling your home, regardless of the market conditions, brand matters.

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