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Uncategorized Spring Market: Buyer Demand Persists and Seller Equity Soars Amongst Interest Rate Volatility As we sit almost five months into 2024 in the middle of the spring market and I reflect on how the year is going, I am grateful, amazed, and locked in on the stats. You see, the last four years since the start of the pandemic have been an eventful and wild ride. 2020 saw […]
Uncategorized ACCURATE UPDATE: The Proposed NAR Settlement Agreement and How WA State Stands Out As I am sure you have heard on the news, there is a proposed settlement agreement for the NAR (National Association of Realtors) Class Action Lawsuit. It has certainly stirred up plenty of headlines that have been glossy, and in many cases, inaccurate. Many of the reports and headlines have been national and it is […]
Uncategorized Matthew Gardner’s 2024 Economic Forecast Highlights  Last week, my office hosted our 16th Annual Economic Forecast Event featuring Matthew Gardner. Matthew is a sought-after economist focused on the national and local economies and has a deep understanding of the housing market across the country and right in our own backyard. He is an economic advisor for the State of Washington, Governors Council, lectures […]
Uncategorized Now or Later? Options to Time the Market for a Purchase Now or Later: When Rates Drop, Expect the Market to Tilt  The question that many potential buyers are asking themselves right now is: should I wait for rates to drop before I buy? Higher interest rates have certainly made monthly payments higher and challenged overall affordability, however it is important to consider creative financing options and […]
Uncategorized NEW Buyer Agency Laws Improve Transparency New Agency Law Changes: Transparency, Consumer Protection & Commitment      On January 1, 2024, major changes to the Law of Agency will go into effect. These changes result from the real estate industry in the state of Washington wanting to elevate the level of transparency and consumer protection surrounding buyer representation. Senate Bill 5191 was voted […]
Uncategorized Win-Win: How to Overcome Interest Rate Pressure with Creative Financing     Lately we have talked about life changes leading to real estate moves. Sometimes moves are brought on by joyful advancements in life and sometimes they are motivated by hardship. Then there are times when your actual house just doesn’t fit your life anymore and it is time for something different. Whatever might be calling someone […]
Uncategorized A Busy Legislative Session for Housing: 10 Bills Passed That Will Affect Housing in Our State On April 23rd the Washington State Legislature adjourned after passing 10 new bills that will affect housing. Some of the bills are geared toward creating more transparency around brokerage transactions, some are intended to institute more opportunities for building density to provide more affordable housing, and some are more regulatory to help guide and ease […]
Uncategorized Understanding the Difference Between Long-Term & Short-Term Interest Rates It is very important that consumers understand the difference between long-term interest rates and short-term interest rates. Long-term rates involve home mortgages such a conventional 30-year fixed, Jumbo, FHA, and VA loans. Short-term rates involve car loans, credit cards, and Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs). While both types of rates have gone up over the course of […]
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Uncategorized Market stabilization, bank closures and free shredding event Housing Absorption Trends, Interest Rates Hovering, and Inventory Constricting.  Three key elements to pay attention to when assessing prices and the real estate market.    As we round out the first quarter of 2023, three real-time trends to pay close attention to in order to truly understand what is happening in the real estate market […]
Uncategorized Which is Better: Renting or Buying? The Financial Benefits of Owning Real Estate The financial benefits of owning real estate significantly outweigh the option of renting. Renting is certainly a must for some, and is what one may have to do while they build up to becoming a homeowner. Becoming a homeowner requires solid employment, good credit, and some type of down payment. Savings can all be built over time and […]
Uncategorized Goal Setting with Self-Compassion   We all know that there is no magic in the first day or month of the year, and yet we are all drawn to the idea of new beginnings. A fresh start. And so with 2020 finally put to bed, many of us are setting goals for this fresh, new year.   The topic […]
Uncategorized How Long Things Last We all know that nothing lasts forever, but when everything is working fine it is easy to forget that all of the systems and appliances in your home have a finite lifespan. Keep this information in mind, whether you are buying or selling a home, budgeting for improvements, or deciding between repairing and replacing. Here’s […]
Uncategorized Pumpkin Patch Guide 2019 Nothing feels more like fall than pumpkin picking, hay rides and corn mazes. Get your latte in hand and head out to any one of these great, local farms to have some harvest fun and find that perfect jack-o-lantern to light up your porch. Times, dates & activities may change, please use the provided links […]
Uncategorized Back to School Basics The first day of school has snuck up on us again! Most local school districts will start just after Labor Day, so if you haven’t already, now is the time to start getting ready. Take advantage of these last weeks of summer to start settling into a new routine before life gets hectic.   Start […]
Uncategorized Outdoor Movie Schedule: Summer 2019 SOUTH SNOHOMISH   Arlington’s Movies @ Olympic Theater Olympic Theater 6/21     The Lego 2 Movie 7/19     Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse 8/2       Dumbo   Edmond’s Outdoor Movie Night Frances Anderson Center Field 7/26     Trolls 8/2       A Wrinkle in Time   Everett’s Cinema Under the Stars Thornton Sullivan Park, Camp Patterson […]
Uncategorized Sending Kids to Summer Camp Every year, my office comes together to provide summer camp scholarships for local kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the adventures of overnight camp. We partner with YMCA Camp Orkila and Camp Colman; local programs dedicated to nurturing the potential of youth, promoting healthy living, and fostering social responsibility. This year, […]
Uncategorized 2019 Farmer’s Markets Schedules When you shop at a local Farmers Market, you’re buying outstanding freshness, quality and flavor. Knowing exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown provides peace of mind for your family. Plus, you’re supporting a sustainable regional food system that helps small family farms stay in business; protects land from over-development, and […]
Uncategorized Seed Drive! We are collecting vegetable seeds and starts for the Martha Perry Garden, where volunteers grow thousands of pounds of fresh produce every year for local food banks.   My office will be spending a volunteer day in the garden for our annual Community Service Day in June. In addition to our labor, we will gift […]