What’s Going On With The Shortage of “Affordable Homes” in Pierce County?

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What’s Going On With The Shortage of “Affordable Homes” in Pierce County? I would call this a spillover effect. Home prices in the greater Seattle/Bellevue area have risen so dramatically these last few years, there isn’t much left to be deemed affordable in those markets. After spending time in traffic congestion most have us have placed a high priority on …

What is Escrow and Why is it Needed? By, Mark Spurbeck

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What is Escrow and why is it needed? Escrow is an arrangement in which a neutral third party (the escrow agent) assembles and processes all the components of a real estate transaction (including legal documents), records the transaction, and ultimately, disburses funds according to the buyer’s and seller’s instructions. Both the buyer and seller rely on the escrow agent to …

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Beware of Today’s Loan Modifications. By Lisa A. Schultz- Chicago Title

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Beware of Today’s Loan Modifications. There is a new loan modification that some banks are using that could cost homeowners tens of thousands of dollars over their current loan amount. In the early 2000s, and during the recession years of 2008-2012, when homeowners faced financial hardships they could contact their lender to ask for a loan modification. If the lender …

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Selecting a Color and Time for Your Exterior Paint Refresh. By, Rick Jusenius

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When you’re in the mood is always a good time for a fresh exterior paint job. Fortunately, we have wonderful paint choices today and with an oil-based product, it can be applied in not so favorable weather conditions. Water-based products work great in the summer, just be sure the product is not applied during the extreme heat of the day. …

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The Cost of New Construction and How Does it Impact the Value of Existing Homes? By, Rick Jusenius

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The Cost of New Construction and How Does it Impact the Value of Existing Homes? That’s a great question and there is most certainly a relationship between the value of new versus preowned. As a Realtor, we are always talking about home affordability and wish we had a magic wand to reduce the cost of new construction. Material costs currently …