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What can you expect in twenty twelve?

| January 5th, 2012 | 4 Comments »

Cara in the HouseWell I’m sure there are a lot of things you can expect this year but since I’m in charge let’s narrow it down to just real estate. Will home prices keep falling? Will interest rates go back up? Will home sales rise?  I just shook my magic 8 ball and here is what it says: things are looking up.

Yes, prices have been steadily falling but the general consensus for those of us in the biz is that they may decline a bit more but most likely they will stay about the same. Foreclosures and short sales will continue to drive prices down a bit which is good and bad, depending on who you are. If you are looking to buy this year, good for you! If this is the year you plan to sell, maybe not so great. But interest rates are once again at historic lows so it will bring buyers out of the woodwork, making home sales rise and hopefully decreasing the amount of time homes will sit on the market.

Should you buy or wait? My advice is buy. If you already own a home, buy an investment home. If you are renting, take advantage of the low interest rates…you will probably save money.  Will waiting another year ensure that prices will drop even more? They might, but what if interest rates go back up? Then it won’t matter. Take advantage of low rates and pretty low home prices. As long as you don’t have to turn around and sell your home in the immediate future, it’s a smart choice.

As for me, my goal is once again to do better than I did the year before, continue to make Cara in the House a recognizable brand and improve the real estate market, one happy client at a time!

 

Tis the season…for thinking of others!

| December 4th, 2011 | 4 Comments »

I have truly been inspired by some of your Christmas spirit this holiday season. I have also doubled over with laughter. Let me explain…

First we have Sonia: friend, former co-worker, and Cara in the House client. She and her sister have decided to spread holiday cheer by performing one random act of kindness a day from December 1st to Christmas Eve. Every day they post a picture and describe their random act of kindness. Here they are on Day #3 bringing gifts to the Sunrise Children’s Home in Arizona. And their good cheer is spreading…a lady overheard them talking about their random acts and gave them $10 to contribute towards the giving! I’m looking forward to seeing what these 2 lovely ladies will think of over the next few weeks.

Next we have Windermere Real Estate. Again, they have outdone themselves in only a way that a true family-owned company who truly cares about their employees and their community can do. This past Saturday, the 5 Windermere offices owned by the Deasy family met at the Factoria Target. 100 agents were paired with a child from a low income family and were given a $175 gift card to help them purchase gifts for their family. The kids arrived at 8 am with smiles and their lists. When the shopping was done, the other agents helped wrap, tag and box up their gifts while providing Christmas treats, activities and free Santa pictures. It was an experience I’ll never forget.

Next up is 180 Degrees Chiropractic in downtown Redmond. Even though their doors have been open less than a month, they are raising money for Hopelink. From now until December 23rd, they are offering $50 for a first visit (exam and x-rays) and every penny they collect will go to Hopelink to help local families in need. Call to make your appointment: (425) 636-8354.

Last but not least is Sheila: friend, Cara in the House client and co-founder of Tale of Two Elves. This facebook page was created by two ladies who are friends on facebook but have never actually met in person. This hilarious page (you should definitely like it by clicking here) shows the elf from the book “Elf on the Shelf” on various adventures in Seattle and Chicago. Thank you for giving me the gift of laughter! Here he is in one of my favorite poses!

However you are giving back this holiday season, I want to say thank you. “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop

If you have a charity or tradition that you would llike to share, please consider leaving a comment below. Happy Holidays!

More fun on the road to Cara in the House

| August 9th, 2011 | 2 Comments »

It gives me great pleasure to go behind the scenes of my website to see what people type in their search engines to find my blog. If you missed my original post on this topic you can read it here.

This week has been particularly good. Here are my favorite 3 search engine terms people typed in and found themselves on my site:

1. “special types of ‘c’ word” … Hmmm, I can only imagine what kinds of words they were trying to find and I can imagine it did not have anything to do with real estate. Here is what it led them to: http://www.seattlerealestateagentcara.com/the-c-word. I’m sure we can all agree that one word they were NOT looking for was contingent.

2. “tình yeu” … Anyone, anyone? Bueller, Bueller? I need a translator for this one.

3. “amazing gaps in ice wallpaper” … What in the heck? I don’t know what they were trying to find but if my blog helped them in any way I will consider it a miracle!

Anyway all kidding aside, it is important that you know that interest rates are amazing right now so if you are at all considering buying, let me know! And apparently I’m also an expert in ice wallpaper so if you need to find a house with some, I’m definitely the agent for you!

The road to Cara in the House

| May 24th, 2011 | 4 Comments »

Cara in The HouseOne of my favorite things to do when I’m not working or playing Words with Friends is to look at the site stats on my blog. For those of you outside the blog world, the site stats keep track of how much traffic I get on my blog and where that traffic comes from. While this may seem very nerdy (which it most certainly is), it is also very helpful. One of the features of the site stats is a section called Search Engine Terms and it tells me what people typed in their search engine in order to find my blog. Here are some of my favorite searches:

Of course it makes me very happy that at least once or twice a day someone searches for “Cara in the House.” That let’s me know my branding is working and as long as it’s not the same person each day typing that in, the word is spreading! Another search that comes up often is “what sells a house.” I’m glad the internet gods see me as the expert on what sells a house and lead people to my humble blog. One time I had a search in all Chinese…no clue what it said although it probably said something like “best real estate agent in the Seattle area.” And lastly, my favorite search of all time: “make boyfriend’s video game room tasteful.” I would sure like to meet that person and ask them if my blog helped in any way. I hope it did.

If you are someone that enjoys my blog, please share it with your family and friends.

10 things you didn’t know about Duvall

| May 16th, 2011 | 4 Comments »

Duval Home for Sale

In honor of my new listing in Duvall, here’s another top ten list brought to you by Cara in the House. Drum roll please…

10. If you’re trying to eat healthier, Duvall is definitely the place for you. There are no fast food restaurants within Duvall city limits. However, there is a Subway if you simply must get food in a hurry.

9. If you are concerned about safety you will be glad to know that potato guns and silly string have been banned from their famous “Duvall Days” festival. Phew!

8. The center of present-day town was located on a hillside homesteaded by Francis and James Duvall, loggers who arrived in 1871. Too bad it wasn’t settled by the actor Robert Duvall as that would’ve been way more dramatic and possibly made into a movie. Nonetheless, it’s still important to know a city’s history.

7. Duvall is actually much closer than you think. It’s roughly 8 miles to Redmond or Target, whichever is more important to you.

6. According to the Duvall Chamber of Commerce, it is one of the safest cities in King County (probably in large part because of #9 above).

5. Duvall has a very strong community feel. Case in point: the Duvall Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast (June 5th if you want to check it out).

4. Worried about your kids spending too much time indoors playing video games? Duvall is host to many outdoor festivities such as the art walk, Farmer’s Market, movies in the park, Country Livin’ Festival, 5K/10K runs and of course the Snoqualmie Valley Trail for all your biking and hiking needs.

3. Even though it has a small town feel, there are 2 Starbucks in Duvall so you can rest assured knowing your grande, half caf, no whip, 3 pump, white chocolate, extra hot mocha is never out of reach.

2. Gosh darnit, there are some nice folks in Duvall. I should know, I was one of them. We lived (and still own) a home in Duvall and can honestly say it’s a very friendly town.

1. Whether you’re coming or going, the drive to and from Duvall is always beautiful. If you’re looking to come to Duvall to stay, you must check out my new listing: Cara in the House Duvall listing