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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Let's hear it for the underdog!

Morgan Junction Community Festival -- or as I call it, "the little street fair that could" -- is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th at the intersection of Morgan/Fauntleroy and California Ave from 10:30A-7P. This terrific event has all the energy and fun of the big street fairs, but is much more leisurely and friendly.

Several restaurants are giving free "bites", there will be live music, vendor booths, etc.

Save the date and plan to come! And, of course, look for my booth! I will be there with information about local real estate AND Savvy Seattle Women.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Is it still a buyer's market?

Is it still a buyers' market? The answer to that question depends upon where you live and what type of home you want to buy.

While there are a lot of Short Sale and Foreclosure properties on the market, not everyone who is shopping for a new home is in a position to take advantage of such properties. Short Sales, in particular, require a great deal of time, patience, flexibility and luck to come to fruition.  Also, these homes typically require some repair, so they are fine for buyers who don't mind putting some time and money into the home, but not so good for buyers who want "move-in-ready."

There are still great bargains to be had in higher end homes (let's say $700K and up) as well, because the pool of potential buyers is smaller. Buyers in this price range are still able to negotiate fairly aggressively.
But what about the more modestly price homes (i.e. $300-$400K)? Especially those that have strong curb appeal (i.e. they are cute as a button) and ARE move-in-ready? Those homes, if priced appropriately, are often getting multiple offers in the first few days or weeks on the market. Once again, buyers are finding themselves competing for the better, well-priced homes.

You may be surprised to learn that of the 489 homes sold in West Seattle since the beginning of this year, 73 sold in 7 days or less. That's 15%. While that is not a huge percentage, it is proof that not all houses are languishing on the market, and buyers are not always in control.

What is the moral of the story? When it comes to real estate sales, there are no absolutes. There are always pockets that favor buyers and pockets that favor sellers. If you are buying or selling your home, you need to know the facts about what is happening in your specific area. Any good agent can research that information for you if they don't already know.

Want more information or a free, no-pressure consultation? Give me a call: 206-708-9800.

Need to hire a tradesperson?

Next in the Savvy Seattle Women's series of free workshops: How to Hire a Pro Without Getting Conned.

Need to hire a home service professional such as a contractor, electrician, plumber, etc. but don't know who to call or how to screen them?  We will tell you how and even introduce you to a few!

Wednesday, June 15th, 6-7:30PM at Prudential Northwest Realty offices (4700 42nd Av SW, Suite 600, Jefferson Square). I will host the workshop, assisted by local tradeswomen.

You will also receive a free booklet with hiring guidelines and questions to ask various professionals.

And if that isn't enough, we also serve complimentary refreshments!

Mark your calendar now so you don't forget. E-mail us at SavvySeattleWomen@comcast.net and ask to be added to our e-mail list so you will receive a reminder shortly before the workshop.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

JD Power honors Prudential Real Estate

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No-cost marketing for local business women

Are you a woman business owner in West Seattle looking for inexpensive ways to market your services locally? Savvy Seattle Women hosts a free workshop on the 3rd Wednesday of every month and networking is an added bonus! Workshoppers are encouraged to bring business cards or other marketing materials to share. This is a easy, fun, quick way to meet potential new clients and other service professionals to hire yourself. More info: 206-708-9800.

Next workshop is Wed., June 15th, 6-7:30P at the Prudential office in Jefferson Square, 4700 42nd Av SW, Suite 600. Topic: How to Hire a Pro without Getting Conned.

P.S. Men are welcome, too!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Here's where to find a good Contractor, Handyman, et al

Next in the Savvy Seattle Women's series of free workshops: How to Hire a Pro Without Getting Conned.

Need to hire a home service professional such as a contractor, electrician, plumber, etc. but don't know who to call or how to screen them?  We will tell you how and even introduce you to a few!

Wednesday, June 15th, 6-7:30PM at Prudential Northwest Realty offices (4700 42nd Av SW, Suite 600, Jefferson Square). I will host the workshop, assisted by local tradeswomen.

You will also receive a free booklet with hiring guidelines and questions to ask various professionals.

And if that isn't enough, we also serve complimentary refreshments!

Mark your calendar now so you don't forget. E-mail us at SavvySeattleWomen@comcast.net and ask to be added to our e-mail list so you will receive a reminder shortly before the workshop.