Buyers Winter activities in and around Spokane We’re revving up to head into winter in the Pacific Northwest. So today we’re checking out a couple winter activities around Spokane when you just need to get away (but not too far away) – besides just skiing and boarding! INW Ale Trail  What can warm you up better than a craft beer tour?! The […]
Buyers Where should I move to?   There are a lot of things to considering when moving, one of them being: where should I move to!? Here are the biggies that you should take into account when decide which area to move to. Cost of living Different areas within the same town typically have different price tags. For instance if you […]
Buyers Homeowners insurance 101 Today’s lesson is homeowners insurance 101: what it is, why you need it for a mortgage and how much it is. Homeowners insurance (also called home insurance or property insurance) covers several things: Property damage (pretty self-explanatory) Personal property loss (for example if your house is burglarized or damaged due to an event that’s covered […]
Sellers Why isn’t my house selling? You’ve heard the news: it’s a seller’s market and homes are flying off the shelves. You decided to list your house, but its been on the market for a few weeks now with no offers and only a handful of showings. Why is that? Here are some reasons your house might not be selling as […]
Buyers Fall activities around Spokane   Life just seems to slow down during fall time in the Pacific Northwest. Here are a few local day trips that are fun for the whole family: Green Bluff It’s all about harvest time up at Green Bluff right now. Green Bluff is a grower’s association of about three dozen family farms (plus many […]
Buyers HOAs: What’s the point?   Some neighborhoods have this little thing called a homeowners association. Some people believe HOAs are a helpful organization to keep everything in the neighborhood uniform and looking its best. Others see them as an annoying $200-ish bill you have to pay to have someone tell you what you can’t do to your own property. […]
Buyers Listing Tour: 605 W Bradford Ct.   Here’s a look at my newest listing at 605 W Bradford Court. This gorgeous, custom home is tucked in a quiet cul-de-sac near Comstock Park on Spokane’s beautiful South Hill. It’s a breathtaking, one-owner home that is just over 5,400 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Just some of the amenities include: gas […]
Buyers Square footage: What counts and what doesn’t? So you want a house that is 2,000 square feet – but does that include the garage? How about the unfinished basement? Or the attic? Today we’re diving in to what’s included in square footage and what isn’t. How square footage is typically measured by an appraiser: Measure the shell of the house from the […]
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Buyers Alyssa Curnutt on KXLY: Spokane millennials buying houses SPOKANE, Wash. – For years, it seemed the millennial generation was content paying rent and living in urban areas. But earlier this year, reports showed more and more professionals in their 20s and 30s are putting down roots in neighborhoods. “I’d like to remove all of this. Maybe put in some flowers,” explained Megan Tollefson, […]
Sellers Small home updates with big returns Before listing your house, there are always things to do: a little paint, get the carpets shampooed, clean every nook and cranny, etc. But there are additional things you can do to wow potential buyers and maybe even get some extra dough. Here are some small updates with major returns: Kitchen This is where people […]
Sellers Should sellers leave room for negotiation? When listing your house and trying to figure out the “magic price,” a lot of people assume they should list higher than what they’d like to get because they can just come down in price. In other words “leave some room for negotiations.” We’re diving into why that is not the best technique and can […]
Buyers Home values: The difference between market, appraised, and assessed values   This week is about the value of houses. What is the assessed value, what’s market value and what is the appraisal value…and why are they all different numbers?! The market value is whatever a buyer is willing to pay for something. When you first decide to sell your house and you hire an agent, […]
Sellers What is my house worth?   Every homeowner wants to know what their home is worth. Unfortunately, this frequently asked question can’t be responded to with a generalized answer. The good news? Finding out how much your home is worth is as simple as asking a local real estate agent. The best way to find out the value of a […]
Buyers Should it stay or should it go? Today we’re diving into a common question I get from both buyers and sellers: does (insert item here) stay with the house or does the seller get to keep it? If an item is valuable or sentimental…you can run into a lot of problems when the buyer expects an item to be there and it’s […]
Buyers Alyssa Curnutt on KXLY4: Spokane’s housing market, tips for buyers On March 3, I chatted with KXLY4 about Spokane’s current seller’s market and gave tips to buyers. Full story: http://bit.ly/AlyssaCurnuttKXLY4
Buyers How to choose a real estate agent So you’ve decided to buy a house or sell your current one. Now you need to find an agent. How do you get started? Here are some tips and things you should look for when choosing a real estate agent: Know the difference between Realtors and plain ol’ real estate agents. Realtors are real estate […]
Buyers Closing costs: What am I expected to pay? It’s pretty expensive to buy and/or sell a house – and I’m not just talking about the purchase price. There are fees tacked on, but who pays for what? And what are the fees for? Today we’re diving into closing costs and what each party can expect to pay. Both buyers and sellers typically both […]
Buyers What makes a bedroom, a bedroom? It’s probably happened to you before: you’re hunting for your next home, you find an awesome listing advertised with 4 bedrooms and it’s perfect!…but then you walk in…and two of those “bedrooms” aren’t more than the size of the bathroom. Plus, there’s no window or closet. Is it really a bedroom? Well today we’re diving […]
Buyers Address changes to make when moving Here are a list of some address changes to remember to make when moving: The post office: Log on to moversguide.usps.com or go to your local branch to fill out a change of address form and arrange for mail forwarding. The IRS: Print out and mail in the IRS’ Change of Address form. Utility companies: […]
Buyers Moving Checklist: Things to remember when moving When moving, there is a LOT to keep in mind. Here is a moving checklist and some helpful tips for when you are when planning a move: Switch Your Utilities About a week or so before your closing date, call your utility company and either cancel your old service (if you’re moving to an area […]