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Who Pays The Commissions?

Buyer Representation

Many first time buyers don’t realize how real estate agents get paid, so I created this short video to explain commission splits. DISCLAIMER: It is illegal for real estate firms to discuss their commission rates among each other (price fixing).  This is JUST an example of how some agents are compensated.

Do you have specific questions about my rates?  Send me an email or give me a call.

When REALiTY BiTES, Bite Back!

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Act Now! Won’t Last Long! Going Fast!

You’ve seen the headlines before.  Just look in any newspaper.  It’s like the whole world is on sale.  But there is usually a catch. There’s only one left, or the one you want is slightly damaged.  Or, the seller is just trying the old Bait & Switch tactics to get you to come in.  Once you’re there, Wham!

Well, this time is no different, except that there is no bait & switch tactic (I promise).

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This weekend, one of the larger home builders in the area, John Buchan Homes, is having a Model Home Furniture Sale here in Woodinville, WA.  That’s right, you can now own some of the same furniture that you’ve drooled over while touring new construction homes.

The sale dates are:

Friday, June 8, 2012 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, June 9, 2012 9:00am – 1:00pm

Click HERE for the link to more information on the dates and location of the sale.

P.S. This would be a great opportunity to “Stage” your home if you are planning to sell in the near future, or to furnish your new home!

When REALiTY BiTES, Bite Back!

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Cottage Lake Statistics

ChartI often get calls from clients asking about the current value of their homes, given the state of the current housing market.  This usually leads to an in-home visit and catching up on the good times (what? You didn’t have a good time with your real estate agent while searching for a home?).  Eventually, the conversation turns back to real estate and I’m forced to talk about work. Read the rest of this entry »

Kudos

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It’s always a good feeling when a client that I’ve helped has something nice to say about my services.  In the old days, my broker might get a nice letter in the mail from a client letting him know I didn’t screw anything up, and that I should be able to keep my job for at least another day.  Nowadays, the web makes it easier to share those thoughts with the world, both good AND bad.  Fortunately, I haven’t had any bad reviews (knock on wood).

Check out the latest review [Here] I received from a satisfied client on YELP.com!

I also happened to receive an award from Seattle Magazine for my work in 2011.

A big THANK YOU to all who I’ve helped this past year.  If I can help you with a purchase or sale in 2012, give me a call.  Let’s make this a great 2012!

When REALiTY BiTES, bite back!

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How to Paint Your Home For Free And Other Money Saving Tips

Money Saving Tips

Money Saving Tips

If you’re like most people these days, the economy has made you think twice before pulling out your wallet for purchases.  Those frivolous purchases that we once indulged in, are now things of the past.  I’ve learned to get by on much less than before, and I’ve found ways to save money while fixing up my home.  Here are a few tips that might help you as well! Read the rest of this entry »

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Re-Think What You Say For Better Results

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If Only I Could Take That Back!

How many times have you said something and wished afterwards that you could have taken those words back.  Imagine how the outcome could have differed if you had just re-phrased your words.  Sometimes, how you say or write something can be just as important as the meaning you are trying to convey.

I’m reminded of one of my favorite movies starring Bill Murray.  Groundhog Day is the perfect example of how one man could change the outcome just by changing his behavior.  And the best part? He got to do it over and over until he got it right! I can’t even count the number of times I have wished for a “rewind” button in situations where I’ve said the wrong thing at the wrong time.  Usually, my brain works faster than my mouth, but sometimes, the opposite happens and I get into trouble.

My boss shared a short video with me that was touching, and I wanted to pass it on to others as well.  So, in the spirit of sharing, watch this video and see if you can change what you say in future conversations.

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The Road To Addiction Has An Innocent Start

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Like nearly every other Seattle-ite, (Or Woodinville-ite), I’ve become addicted to that syrupy brown goodness we call coffee.  In my case, it’s espresso, and it all started about 15 years ago during one of my very long meeting sessions at Microsoft.  Up until that point, I had never, ever, ever had a cup of coffee. Never.  That’s 33 years of living without drinking the brown liquor.  So I was standing outside the conference room, and there happened to be an espresso bar. The gentleman barista coaxed me over to talk to him because he was bored. Read the rest of this entry »

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HARP Eligibility Test

The New & Improved HARP

In my last post [read here], I shared the recent news about new changes to the HARP program.  Before you run out and celebrate, you may wish to take this little test provided by Zillow.com to see if you meet the specific criteria needed.

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New HARP Guidelines

Now May Be The Time To Refinance Your Home!

Now May Be The Time To Refinance Your Home!

On Tuesday, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)  announced changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) in an effort to help eligible borrowers who may benefit from refinancing their mortgage. As a result of the announcement, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be making the following changes, noted below.  These changes are designed to assist borrowers who have demonstrated an acceptable payment history on their existing Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac mortgage loans, but may not have been able to refinance in the past, due to their home appraising for lower than the amount the borrowers currently owe. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Changing Role Of A Real Estate Agent: A Historical Perspective

The Old Days

The Old Days

Realtors as Gatekeepers

Prior to entering real estate as a career back in the mid 90’s, I spent nearly ten years working in the computer industry, using the most advanced PCs at the time.  When I first saw the tools available to real estate agents, I felt like I was stepping back in time.  If you were a buyer looking for a home, you couldn’t just log on to the internet and search.  Real estate agents were the gatekeepers of the data, and that made them an integral part of the process.  Back then, all of the homes for sale were listed in paperback books that came out every couple of weeks.  The photo to the left shows what the books looked like.  Depending on what area you worked in, you could have 3 or 4 of these books in your possession at any one time. Read the rest of this entry »