Single adults face unique challenges when buying and selling a home. I know because I've done it myself, & a significant portion of my clients are single. This blog provides news & information you need to help you achieve your real estate goals.
Alice Kuder, REALTOR®, Green. Prudential Northwest Realty Associates, Seattle, WA
This morning (Saturday, 12/4) from 10-noon I will be holding Open a grand old Craftsman home that has been beautifully remodeled from top to bottom, including the plumbing and electrical systems. 5 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, 3800 sq. ft. of living space in Fauntleroy/Gatewood for just $549K! The address is 7022 46th Av SW. MLS #127595.
As usual, I will be giving away coupons for a free ice cream cone from West Seattle's own Husky Deli, so stop by and see me.
"Reuters News offers these guidelines for anyone who is shopping for a home and a real estate professional to help them clinch the deal. How does your broker measure up?
1. Ethical. Enough said.
2. Likeable. The practitioner doesn’t have to be the buyer’s best friend, but she has to be someone the buyer likes to be around.
3. Knowledgeable. Knowing the target neighborhood is very important.
4. Smart. Familiar with the complexities of the mortgage process and able to negotiate the legal details of buying a home.
5. Licensed. Being licensed and insured is important in this litigious world.
6. Capable. Able to close deals quickly and efficiently.
7. Good with the Rolodex – able to recommend capable service providers.
8. Quick with references. Former clients must be willing to speak up."
Note from Alice: I'd love to hear from any and all of my clients concerning these standards. What score would you give me?
According to the US Green Building Council, "Generally, green homes are healthier, more comfortable, more durable, and more energy efficient and have a much smaller environmental footprint than conventional homes."
Consumer demand, residential builders, federal government incentives, and local government policy are combining to make sustainable housing the new norm, and many property owners are taking steps towards greening their properties.
More and more consumers understand the long-term investment and savings associated with greener homes. Homebuyers who ranked energy efficiency as "very important" purchased homes that had a median price $12,400 higher than those who ranked it "somewhat" or "not important."
Want to know more? Pick up the phone right now and give me a call at 206-708-9800.
Source: Green REsource Council, National Association of Realtors
Are you a woman homeowner who could use added information about how to maintain your home? Check out Savvy Seattle Women (SSW). We are a not-for-profit group providing 3 primary resources free of charge.
First, we host a free monthly workshop on topics such as: "Should you Remodel, Refi or Sell?" "Winterizing your Yard and Home," and "How to Find Qualified Service Providers."
Second, we have a Google Group, designed to host discussions on topics related to home ownership. To join, go to: www.groups.google.com/group/savvyseattlewomen. (You will need to either have or create a free google account in order to participate.)
Third, we are compiling a list of recommended service professionals you can call when you have homeowner tasks you don't feel capable of doing yourself. Individuals on the list are licensed and bonded. They must provide SSW with references and agree to have clients fill out a written evaluation of their work each time they are referred by SSW.
If you are a professional who would like to apply for inclusion on our list, e-mail us at SavvySeattleWomen@comcast.net.
We are currently recruiting new Board members and planning our calendar of workshops for 2011.
For more information about Savvy Seattle Women, visit our website: www.SavvySeattleWomen.com or call me at 206-708-9800.
Ready to take a step toward green? It's easier than you might think.
There are a lot of misconceptions today about the time and money it takes to implement green home features and sustainable lifestyle practices. As a Realtor with added education in "Green", I'd like to help set the record straight.
Myth: Going green will cost an arm and a leg.
WRONG! There are a variety of cost-effective ways to green your home and lifestyle that can actually SAVE you money. Discover this and many other reasons why to go green.
Myth: To have a green building, you need to be LEED* certified.
WRONG! LEED is setting a standard for existing and new green homes and buildings. You can implement green products and practices into your home or office that reduce energy consumption, save money and save the environment without being LEED rated or certified.
Myth: One person can't make a difference.
WRONG! I believe that every step towards green is a step in the right direction. Whether you change one habit or your entire way of living, your actions can reduce your carbon footprintand make a world of difference in the long run.
Want to know more? Give me a call at 206-708-9800 today. No pressure, no selling, just helpful information.
*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) The green building certification program created by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The comprehensive rating system (based on prerequisites and points) takes a whole building approach factoring in community resources & public transit, site characteristics, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality, awareness & education, and innovation.