Why Buying and Selling this Holiday Season is a Good Idea – By, Rick Jusenius

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Buyers and Sellers during the Holidays are typically serious about their real estate plans. They have placed an emphasis on getting Real Estate closed prior to the New Year. As a buyer, this means your typical seller is motivated especially if their home comes new to the market during the Holidays. This is a seller who doesn’t mind accommodating showings …

Home Equity Loans – The Best Home Equity Lenders of 2019 By U.S. News & World Report

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See how to qualify for the best home equity loan and access your home’s equity for home improvements or major purchases. One of the benefits of home ownership is building equity. Your home equity is how much your property is worth compared with how much you owe on any mortgage for it. Your home’s equity can be a valuable asset …

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Is the Real Estate World Sky Falling Down? By, Jim Clifford

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Changes Regarding Real Estate Commissions If you ask some real estate brokers, they might tell you yes. Some brokers might think you’re crazy asking because the market is so busy and not have paid attention to changes that have just taken place. So, what am I talking about? Starting October 1st real estate companies can (and most will) put on …

Affordability and Spending, By Jim Clifford

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Affordability and Spending Trying not to get into the political aspect of this, but even with housing prices rising, affordability of buying a home has increased according to Black-knight. To see the article click here: Black-Knight Article The blue line is affordability and the dotted line is interest rates, this doesn’t show an increase in average household income has also …

Everything New is New for the First Time

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Everything New is New for the First Time Was the saying “Everything old is new again”? I think so, but frankly, a lot of what is new in the real estate industry is not just a twist on old ideas. In the 1980’s ERA Real Estate Franchise advertised “If we can’t sell your home, we will buy it”. Today there …

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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Why You Need Title Insurance By Mark Spurbeck

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Why You Need Owner’s Title Insurance When it’s time to sell your home and buy a new home, why wouldn’t you take every precaution to protect it? Our business is protecting ownership of your property: often the largest financial transaction you’ll make in your life. For a relatively low, one-time premium, you’re protected against legal problems over property rights that …