Saturday, January 24, 2009

Single homebuyer preferences survey

Are you a single adult, looking for a real estate agent who understands your particular needs and circumstances? I specialize in working with single adults and first-time buyers.

Click on the link below to fill out a questionnaire that will get us started on the road to helping you navigate the course to your new home.

Single Homebuyer Preferences Survey

Or, if you prefer, give me a call for a free, no-obligation, no-hassle consultation. Hire me as your exclusive agent and discover how stress-free the homebuying process can be.

Friday, January 23, 2009

This weekend's Open House

This Saturday and Sunday, from 1-4, I will be holding open a one-level view home in Fauntlee Hills. 8806 39th Ave SW. Both bedrooms in this stylishly remodeled mid-century home are Master Suites, with their own walk-in closets and bathrooms. The house sits high above street level, giving it a stunning view of the Sound and Mountains, yet the back entrance from the carport provides level access for those who need to (or want to) avoid stairs. A large entertainment deck runs the length of the front of the house. MLS# 28143401. Just reduced to $579,950. Listed by my Prudential Colleague, Ken Arkills.

As usual, I will be giving each visitor a gift bag filled with valuable coupons for a variety of home services and products -- everything from Husky Deli ice cream to carpet cleaning.

Prudential offices consolidating

After several years of discussion and debate, the owners of Prudential Northwest Realty decided the time was right to combine our two West Seattle branches -- formerly known as our Admiral Office and our Jefferson Square Office -- into one West Seattle Office. Now we have over 130 licensed Realtors to serve you, all from the convenient location at 4700 42nd Ave SW, in Jefferson Square (as well as our six other offices throughout the State). We occupy the entire 6th floor. You may want to come visit us just to take in the spectacular view of the Sound and Mountains! Free parking in designated Prudential stalls in the underground garage.

The positive energy and excitement surrounding this move is incredible! If you have ever considered a career in real estate, this is the company you should interview. Give me a call and I'd be happy to give you the inside scoop. 206-708-9800.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

What is a Short Sale, anyway?

"Short Sale" is a real estate term you may have started hearing in the past year or so, but most people still don't know what it is unless they have had reason to be involved in one.

In a nutshell, a Short Sale occurs when a homeowner owes the bank more than their home is currently worth in the open market. This can happen when the real estate market experiences a sudden reversal from a seller's market to a buyer's market, such as we have seen recently. Perhaps the buyer's purchased their home at the height of the market and don't have enough equity built up to cover recent reductions in home values. Or the homebuyer may have borrowed against the equity in their home to the extent that they now owe more than it's worth. In either case, if the homeowner cannot wait until the market turns around again to sell their home, there will be a gap between the amount they owe the bank and the amount a buyer will pay. If the bank agrees to accept the lesser amount and forgive the difference, it is known as a Short Sale.

In exchange for this leniency, the bank requires that they play a major role in the home sale. They (the bank) must qualify and approve any purchase offers as well as the selling price. This slows down the selling process significantly, because the bank isn't bound by the same timelines that individual sellers usually follow. A buyer (and the seller) may have to wait several months (typically a minimum of 60 days) for the bank to approve the purchase price offer.

A Short Sale is usually a precurser to foreclosure, where the bank simply takes possession of the home for non-payment of the mortgage.

If you'd like more information, please contact me at your convenience. 206-708-9800.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Belvidere Fixer $329K

Are you looking for an investment project to sink your teeth into? This home is in need of significant repair and updating but has the potential to be a real gem in a great location. It even has a view of Mt. Rainier! The address is 4147 37th Ave SW, 98126

Click here to see a flyer with more details.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Homebuying for Single Adults

Are you single and thinking of buying or selling a home? If so, you need an agent who understands your special needs.

More than 60% of my clientele consists of single adults purchasing homes on their own.

While the mechanics of buying a home are virtually identical for singles as for couples, the dynamics can be very dissimilar.

I understand that single adults often have different priorities for living space, less predictable life schedules and more freedom regarding financial risk. Although single adults enjoy the ease and autonomy of sole decision making, you also bear the entire weight of the outcomes. These differences directly impact the type, size and price of the home you, as a single adult, are likely to buy.

Call me today for a free consultation concerning your needs as a single home buyer and how I can help you achieve your goal with less stress than you thought possible. 206-708-9800.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Today's Open House

Today, from 1-4PM, I will be holding open a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom view home in the Belvidere neighborhood of West Seattle. This 1979 home was built to take advantage of its terrific eastward facing vantage point overlooking the Cascades, Mt. Rainier and the city. Enjoy amazing sunrises from your deck or through the large picture windows in the family room while cozying to the warmth of your fireplace. 3260 sq. ft. of living space, plus a two-car attached garage with shop. All this for $599,950. MLS #29005628. Listed by Craig Roberts.
Each visitor to my open house will receive a coupon for a FREE ICE CREAM CONE at West Seattle's own Husky Deli!