I’m glad you asked!

| Monday, January 9th, 2017 | 2 Comments »

directory-1699948_1280Let’s highlight 2016 in a fun and creative way, shall we? While I had tons of cool experiences to share from last year, at the end of the day (or year) I’m just not that fascinating. So let’s keep it simple and I’ll share some of the most common questions (and my answers!) of 2016.

Should I buy a house?: yes
Should I sell my house?: yes
Did you give up Diet Coke?: yes
Will interest rates go up?: yes
Are you sick of baseball?: no
Should I stage my house?: maybe
Do I need to paint my house?: if you are asking, the answer might be yes

Should you buy a house? Just ask anyone who either did or didn’t buy last year. I can honestly say that every single person I sold a house to last year has seen an increase in their home value. People who didn’t buy are kicking themselves. Seattle has an extremely good job market and people want to live here. We have great schools, beaches, mountains and good coffee. The rental market is so strong that you are likely to pay as much in rent as you would a mortgage.  The prices have only gone up year after year — so pull the trigger now while interest rates are good and next year you can also sit back and enjoy the equity.

Should you sell your house? Yes, strike while the iron is hot. I don’t know where the rates will be a few months from now but we still have an extreme shortage in inventory. If you put your house on the market within the appropriate price range, it will sell. And it will likely sell quickly.

Did I give up Diet Coke? I sure did. But I replaced it with iced tea and Splenda. Don’t judge.

Will interest rates go up? They already have. We don’t yet know what effect the new president will have on interest rates but history tells us that rates won’t stay low forever.

Am I sick of baseball? Not possible. When I’m not working I’m probably at a baseball game between the months of March and August; I wouldn’t have it any other way. Actually, in the last 8 years I’ve been at a baseball game for each of my wedding anniversaries and birthdays, and that’s just how I like it!

Should I stage my house? Maybe. Staging really can add value, but don’t sell yourself short. A lot of you out there have wonderful taste and decor, which makes staging unnecessary. In my opinion vacant homes get the most benefit from staging.

Do I need to paint? Great question! Let me be the judge. These days you can get away with not doing much to your house before you list, but every once in a while that pink or purple room can be a hindrance to buyers.

What were your most asked questions in 2016? If you were ever asked “Do you know a great real estate agent?” I sure hope your answer was me! I look forward to working with many more buyers and sellers in 2017 (and of course answering your questions)!

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  1. Lew Mason says:

    I had no idea you were such a baseball nut:)

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