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Home Selling in Seattle : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Aug 18, 2017
Deetta Demaratus asked:
Added bathroom and bedroom, etc.
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Mon Jul 17, 2017
AE answered:
Bamboo flooring is a great alternative if you cannot spend a whole bunch of money on hardwoods that have a higher janka rating. My husband installed a cheaper bamboo flooring (15 year warranty, from Lumber Liquidators) in 2 places in our home--natural bamboo in the bedroom (about 400 square feet) and carbonized bamboo in the family/landing area (about 500 square feet). These are the natural kind, not strand or engineered. We have 2 dogs (105 and 45 pounds), cats, and a child who has grown up on it. I personally have loved it. Firstly, it's one that we installed via naildown and my husband made sure to prep the subfloor...maybe that made a difference. Secondly, we are a no-shoes-inside household (you should read up on what gets carried in on shoes, plus we have enough cleanup to deal with due to all the pets), so don't typically deal with that aspect of floor wear. Yes, the floor is dented (by a falling lamp, falling metal chairs) and scratched (by crazy cats running after imaginary mice or each other). And the dogs occasionally get crazy and leave marks. But the color is the same, so you don't see obvious scratches or dents, only when the light reflects off it in a certain way. For bigger marks (or places where my husband's workmanship was not perfect), I simply purchased wood filler and filled those spots in. At first, the "scratches" (which again are the same color of the bamboo, so not like scratching a finished floor that has a different shade underneath) bugged me when it was pristine and newer -- but now I love them because it gives the floor a warmer, used look (or "antiqued" / "distressed" look in current parlance). The only down sides I've seen are: (1) UV fading did occur some (our house is the tallest in the neighborhood and the rooms the bamboo is in get heavy East/Southeast exposure), but is only noticeable to us since we live here and move things around -- I have moved a few throw rugs to distribute sun on other parts around the area where the rug sat -- but since we don't need to move furniture around, not a big deal or noticeable; and (2) when our pets spilled a bowl of water and we didn't notice for a couple days, it leached in the seams between boards and caused a bit more separation/fading. However, nothing too crazy. We have had the flooring 6-7 years now. Guess what? We had a grease fire that caused a grease stain and slight burn on the flooring in the family room, so needs to be replaced. We are now looking at flooring options (and have to weigh the fact we are pet owners) - and are going to go with bamboo flooring again [on a side note, we also considered click/floating luxury vinyl tile from Lumber Liquidators, since we've been very pleased with some we put in a vacation cabin over a year ago, but we like the look/feel of the bamboo a bit more.] I am thinking of focusing on nail down given some of the issues people have had with floating floors and humidity. One reason we never had issues in that respect may well be that we did nail-down installation. We will likely extend into the kitchen and I will just make sure to put a rug in front of the sink and under the pet water dish to avoid unnoticed water exposure. ... more
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Tue Jun 27, 2017
Scottfarley1 answered:
I don't think you should have to choose between those positives. Why not low, transparent monthly dues and a high commission split? Plus leads?

My friends have had a great experience so far with Mont Sky Real Estate. Primary difference, they give sales leads and referrals consistently to their agents. Their commission splits are pretty generous for your own deals, I believe they start at 75% to you.

Main question you have to ask yourself is do you have an edge over the 50,000 other licensed agents in NYC? Some agents have connections with developers, international buyers or live in a 200 unit co-op building. Unless you have an edge it'll be extremely tough in the business.

That's why the leads matter so much. Good luck!
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Wed Jun 14, 2017
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normally seller pays for the title policy that goes to the buyer and normally buyer pays for the title policy that goes to the lender ( if there is a loan involved)
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Sun May 28, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Selling a home in the U.S. is not the same as selling homes in England, so your article is useless. To write a description of a home in the U.S., the description should point out any features in the home and the neighborhood, the condition of the home and what makes buying this home special. ... more
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Mon Apr 10, 2017
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Thu Feb 23, 2017
Alan May answered:
I've never seen such a thing in a residence. No idea what the local MLS would consider it... I guess I'd call it a "guy's 1/2 bathroom"
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Thu Dec 15, 2016
Ddd31 answered:
Which would bring more value at selling an updated kitchen or an extra bedroom?.
Thanks
Donna
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Thu Dec 8, 2016
Kary Krismer answered:
Consult an attorney, but if they forgot or missed paying off a lien that you owed, you probably owe them.
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Mon Oct 10, 2016
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you circle back with your realtor who sold your property.
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Sat Oct 8, 2016
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Sat Oct 8, 2016
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Sat Sep 24, 2016
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Tue Sep 20, 2016
Eva Croasdale answered:
If I were to rate best times of year to sell, this would be my order:

1. Spring to early summer
2. Fall
3. Late Summer
4. Winter

There are, of course, pros and cons to every season. In the winter there are not as many buyers (they are still out there), but there is also not a lot of inventory. Late summer tends to have a lot of buyers or their agents out of town, so the tension of the market isn't as intense. In the Fall, buyers tend to get serious again after summer vacations. That's my two sense from what I've observed! ... more
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Sat Sep 17, 2016
Eva Croasdale answered:
I agree MCM_STL: you should look at your lender statement to see how much you have left to owe. Also to consider when selling your home are closing costs, commissions and taxes. If you are working with an agent, you can ask them for a "seller's estimated proceeds" break-down. If your home is already in escrow, your escrow agent will be able to give you the most accurate settlement statement (they will include everything like utility pay-offs). If you're just looking for a rough estimate, this is something I can pull for you if you're still looking for an answer. ... more
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Fri Sep 9, 2016
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Tue Aug 16, 2016
Tangello_ asked:
all 105 units are worth less than when they were sold 10 years ago. The assessment estimates about 30-40k per unit for siding replacement. What are my options if I can't afford? I was…
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Sun Aug 14, 2016
Kary Krismer answered:
In Washington we use the services of an escrow company to close transactions. That company will gather documents from both parties, and cash from the buyer and their lender. When everything is ready to go and they have all the documents and funds they need, they will record the documents and then give you your funds (e.g. a check or wire transfer).

Thus, in Washington almost every sale is a cash sale, it's just that buyers who don't need a loan can close faster than those who do need a loan (and also may not have low appraisal language in their offers). So cash buyers are better, but you're going to get liquid funds at closing either way.
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