Tips & Advice

April 8, 2019

Seattle Online home evaluation estimates. The good, bad, and mostly ugly.

How accurate are the online home estimates?

They've certainly improved over time, but does this really empower home buyers and sellers?



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April 1, 2019

Seattle HOA FAQ

Breaking down Home Owner Association (HOA) dues.

HOA dues are a part of condo living. We all understand that.

But how are those dues determined?

Does having lower dues really mean a better deal as a buyer?

Let's break these down.



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March 19, 2019

How to Win a Bidding War in Seattle

It's Q1, which means Seattle area buyers are likely engaged in fierce bidding wars against each other.

Watch and listen for the 4 key ways to strengthen your offer to stand out from the rest.



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March 13, 2019

Capital Gains Taxes in Seattle real estate

It's tax season time (sigh...).

Are you going to be subject to any capital gains taxes this year?

What are capital gains?

How might I be exempt?


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Jan. 24, 2019

Story time! Recent interaction with a buyer who asked for half of my commission.

How do you respond when someone, who you're not charging any money to advise, asks you for a piece of your commission?


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Jan. 23, 2019

Seattle Home inspections. To do, or not to do...

Why should a buyer do a home inspection?

When should they not?

What about sewer inspections?

How important are those?



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Jan. 16, 2019

3 Reasons Why Your Home Is Not Selling

For a bonus, I added 2 additional reasons! Check it out!


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Jan. 9, 2019

Buyer FAQ: Who pays the buyers agent commissions? - VIDEO

I'm always amazed with how often I get the question when buyers ask me what I charge for my services.

Sellers pay for commissions, not buyers.

What about working directly with the sellers agent instead of a buyers agent?

Check out the video for my answers and thoughts!


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Dec. 19, 2018

New Mortgage Rules: What It Means For Seattle Buyers

VA Announces the 2019 Loan Limits For Loans Closed on or After January 1, 2019


In Circular 26-18-17 VA announced the 2019 county loan limits effective for loans closed on or after 
January 1, 2019.


County loan limits do not apply to Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans (IRRRLs ...

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Dec. 5, 2018

A Home Loan for Doctors with Student Debt

Doctor Home Loan

If you are a doctor with deferred student loans, our Doctor Loan Program can help you save time and money on the purchase of your NEW home or refinance. If you are a qualified doctorate medical professional (MD, DDS, DMD, OD, DO eligible)with student loans deferred 12 months or ...

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