Maximum Strategy, Maximum Profit in Newport Hills

2 solid offers resulted in a bidding war for my Sellers in Newport Hills, Bellevue.

The market is hot, but it takes knowledge and experience to filter the offers, pick the best buyer and ensure that the house goes from “For Sale” to “Sold” in the next 30 days. It’s more than my sign in the yard it’s 15 years of experience that guide my Real Estate practice.

Check out the gorgeous pics of my staged listing in Newport Hills for $848,900.

 

Light, Warmth & Natural tones throughout this Northwest Contemporary home atop Newport Hills. Serene territorial views encompass the open concept living, dining & kitchen spaces. Outdoor living at its best w/ tiered decks & patio spaces to fit all your summer company. Deep & rich tones of exposed beams & hardwood floors. Rec room to suit your biggest gathering. Loads of storage on lower. Brand new stainless appliances in kitchen & thoughtful updates throughout. Minutes to Newport Hills park.

MLS #942057

Sold price to be disclosed in 30 days.

My name is Georgia. My friends call me Peach. Call me to discuss your home’s value and the strategy involved in selling at the right time, for the right price. 206.948.0431/ GeorgiaWall@JohnLScott.com

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OMG HOA! How to deal.

It’s a love/hate relationship when it comes to HOAs.

Homeowner Associations are well-intentioned. But man! An HOA can be a nightmare to deal with.

We like some of what they do:  Keep the monument at the entrance  prim and proper, police the yards, dogs and trash cans in the neighborhood, insure maintenance of security gates, pools and elevators, maintain the community flower beds….

That’s all great! Those rules keeps the neighborhood enjoyable and tidy!

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No one wants to live next to the one house that never practices pride of homeownership and only demonstrates deferred maintenance.

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Recently I’ve had my own clash with an HOA when they told me I could not hold a Sunday Open House!

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WHAT?!!! Are you kidding me?

Here are 3 rules I advise my new Buyer’s and current homeowners to practice to avoid fees,  notices and in general icky feelings from their neighbors staring them down.

  1. Always ask first when it comes to exterior renovations, and interior if you own a condo.
  2. Document everything and with pictures when possible.
  3. Get on the  HOA board! Participate in your HOA or at least go to meetings quarterly.

 

If you have any specific Q’s about your HOA and what rules may/may not apply, give me a call/text. I can probably answer your question or find out quicker than you can dig up your Re-Sale Certificate or neighborhood CC&R’s.

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My name is Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I’ve been working with Buyers and Sellers for 12+ years!  #206.948.0431 | GeorgiaWall@JohnLScott.com

2 Offers Over Full Price in 3 Days.

Thursday night I listed this Kirkland Waterfront condo on Lake Street.

Friday and Saturday there were 13 showings.

Sunday was a packed open house.

By Sunday night we had 2 solid offers over list price.

Maximum listing and marketing strategy results in maximum profit for my Seller.

This is not luck. This is strategy. Let’s talk!

 

 

My name is Georgia. Friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I’ve been helping Buyers and Sellers for 12 years. 206.948.0431

Text/Talk/Email!

GeorgiaWall@JohnLScott.com

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Home Is Where the Christmas Tree Is.

Home is where the Christmas tree is!

Or where the Menorah is lit. Or the Kwanzaa candles burn bright.

This time of year I can’t help but to think about how awesome my “job” is.

Mom and I love working with our buyers and sellers all year ’round but this time of year is special!

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Walking through houses and writing contracts does not even begin to reveal the best part of being a Realtor. The reward is seeing all of you in your homes, with your family, new babies and friends enjoying the spirit of the season and a good Seahawks win!

When our clients post pictures of their houses decorated with lights on their “1st” Christmas tree on Facebook it makes me smile so big!

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I have so much joy knowing that I played a critical role in helping my buyers find and purchase their home.

With much bad news in the media about ISIS and random acts of terror, I can’t help but to focus on the love that this season brings. This year more than ever my Christmas wish is: Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men.

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Does Moving Up Make Sense?

Ask yourself these 5 questions to help you decide if you have house fatigue and are ready for something newer or bigger or in a more desirable location:

  1. Has your income or financial situation improved? If you’re making more money, you may be able to afford higher mortgage payments and cover the costs of moving.
  2. Have you outgrown your neighborhood? For example, you may have realized that you hate your commute or your children might excel in a different school district.
  3. Are there reasons why you can’t remodel or add on? Sometimes you can create a bigger home by adding a new room or building up. But if your property isn’t large enough, your municipality doesn’t allow it, or you’re simply not interested in remodeling, then moving to a bigger home may be your best option.
  4. Are you comfortable moving in the current housing market? If your market is hot, your home may sell quickly and for top dollar, but the home you buy also will be more expensive. If your market is slow, finding a buyer may take longer, but you’ll have more selection and better pricing as you seek your new home.
  5. Are interest rates attractive? A low rate not only helps you buy a larger home, but also makes it easier to find a buyer.
Usually, you don’t build up much equity in the first few years of your mortgage, as monthly payments are mostly interest, but if you’ve owned your home for five or more years, you may have significant, unrealized gains.

Usually, you don’t build up much equity in the first few years of your mortgage, as monthly payments are mostly interest, but if you’ve owned your home for five or more years, you may have significant, unrealized gains.

Let me personalize your home market analysis for you so you can decide what your next step is. Knowledge and experience count!

My name is Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I have been helping Buyers and Sellers for 12 years.

The words “mutual agreement” are a beautiful thing!

Originally built in 1927 and lovingly restored in 2009…this home is loaded with charm.

My Buyers are thrilled to get to mutual agreement on this amazing house we affectionately call Yellow House.

$730,000 in North Beach ( minutes from Golden Gardens), Seattle.

Total studs-out renovation/addition in 2009 of existing 1927 hom

Total studs-out renovation/addition in 2009 of existing 1927 home

An added bonus is the detached picturesque studio/cottage, rebuit

An added bonus is the detached picturesque studio/cottage, rebuit

Gorgeous master bath and claw-foot tub waiting to be enjoyed. He

Gorgeous master bath and claw-foot tub waiting to be enjoyed. He

Escape to this luxurious master suite where you'll find cathedra

Escape to this luxurious master suite where you’ll find cathedra

Enjoy and open floor plan and 9' ceilings.

Enjoy and open floor plan and 9′ ceilings.

So much openness! Kitchen designed with entertaining in mind.

So much openness! Kitchen designed with entertaining in mind.

Main part of home includes 1,250 square feet, large master suite

Main part of home includes 1,250 square feet, large master suite

Beautiful landscaping throughout and fully-fenced yard. The base

Beautiful landscaping throughout and fully-fenced yard. The base

2015 Resolution Idea: Credit Score Up, Debt Down.

Eat less sugar. Stop biting your nails. Go to bed earlier. Swear less. Run a Marathon. Learn something new everyday.

Not gonna lie. All of these New Year’s Resolutions have been on my list at one time or another!

Whatever your New Year resolution is for 2015, there is no doubt that you will start off with good intentions. But statistics say that by February only 8% of people are still working towards their goal!

GOAL! The first two letters are G-O! So with that in mind, how about a steady 12 month goal of working on your credit score and simultaneously chipping away at your debt?

Thirty-seven percent of recent home buyers say it took them six months or less to save for a down payment to buy a home; 15 percent saved for six to 12 months; and 10 percent say they saved for 12 to 18 months for a down payment, according to the 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey, published by the National Association of REALTORS®.

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For me this translates to going out a little less and being a little less wardrobe obsessed. But dreaming of a new, bigger and better closet to put all those fancy clothes in…now that is motivating!

If you are dreaming of a new home in 2015, get going and take the first step with your credit score rehab.

I’d love to work with you on achieving your goal and buying your 1st home in 2015!