Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thinking of buying a home on your own?

Buying or selling a home can be a daunting task no matter what your circumstances. But if you are single, with or without kids, it's easy to imagine feeling overwhelmed.

Being a Realtor who has personally experienced buying a home on my own, I am well qualified to help you navigate the real estate byways. I provide a number of tools and resources that are particularly helpful for individuals buying and/or selling a home on their own. Here are a few examples:

> Free, one-on-one consultation: No pressure, no obligation. You and I sit down together for 15 or 20 minutes to examine your options and determine your best "next steps", even if it turns out to be renting.

> Lifestyle Questionnaire: designed to help you identify your homeownership preferences and priorities.

> "Express" Homebuyer Workshop: a 2-hr., information-packed seminar for individuals and small groups, designed to answer all your questions, however basic or advanced, and set you on the fast track to home ownership.

> "Express" Homeseller Workshop: same as above except directed toward sellers.

> "One-Click" Small Home Search: I have created four separate searches for various parts of Seattle. One click will produce a list of all Active Listings of small homes in any given geographic area. The link provided here is for small homes in West Seattle.

> Single Homebuyers' Network: an opportunity to meet (either in person or online) with other individuals who are considering/experiencing the homebuying process. This is a new offering, still in the conceptual stages, so you can help shape its future.

> Downpayment Assistance information: the State of Washington sponsors several programs designed to help you buy a home, including help with the downpayment.

These resources will help make the process of buying a home much easier than you thought possible.

Call me today to get started. 206-708-9800

Is your agent working this holiday season?

I am!

Don't get me wrong, I encourage real estate agents (and everyone else) to take time out to celebrate with family and friends during the holiday season; I certainly plan to. But in between gatherings and events, I work full time during December and all year long. There are fantastic opportunities for both buyers and sellers this time of year because there is less competition!

If you are serious about buying or selling a home in the next few weeks, give me a call today! I promise that I won't let the weather or the holidays prevent me from helping you achieve your goals. 206-708-9800.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Current mortgage loan rates

Loan officer Troy Chambers, of Arboretum Mortgage, shares the good news that interest rates continue to favor buyers.

In his words:
As Thanksgiving draws near, we continue the string of great rates! These rates make it a good
time to be in the real estate market. Please let me know if anyone you know is looking for a
preapproval for a new home purchase, or for a refinance. I am available at all times via my cell at

Table of loan programs/rates.

Free "Open House" list

Here's an easy way to get a list of all the houses being held open this weekend. Use the search tool link below to find all Opens or just those that fit your criterion.

It includes listings by various real estate companies/agents, assuming the event has been posted in the NWMLS (Northwest Multiple Listing Service).

I hold an Open House nearly every Saturday and Sunday. Call or text me to find out where I'll be this weekend.

Open House Search engine.

Fauntlee Hills Open House today

Today from 1-4P, I will be holding open a mid-century, view rambler perched high on 39th Av SW in the Fauntlee Hills neighborhood of West Seattle. Don't be intimidated by the front stairs; there is level access from carport on the back of the house.

Both the view and the home are really stunning. With wood beams and a cathedral ceiling in the main living room, two master bedrooms and a chef's kitchen, it is perfect for a single person or a couple. Listed for $519,500 by my Prudential colleague, Ken Arkills, the address is 8806 39th Av SW. MLS #28143401

Stop by to visit me and see the house and I will give you a coupon for a free ice cream cone from the Husky Deli!