3 Things To Do Before You Sell Your Home

keep-calm-i-m-number-oneA Full Home Inspection.

Knowledge is power. Take the fear out of the dreaded inspection by doing it yourself! This is everything! No Buyer will be able to surprise you with a repair or reduction in purchase price when you already know what’s behind the paint and under the house.

number 2 Shampoo the Carpets.

No odor is the best odor! Think: New Car Smell. It’s clean and fresh and ready for the Buyer. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened the door for a Buyer to show a home, and a funky odor seeps out of the house! This happens all the time. It’s the first impression for the Buyer and it will literally make or break a potential offer.

number 3 Beauty Bark.

It’s cheap, easy and effective. Nothing says groomed and ready more than a fresh lawn and fresh beauty bark. Curb appeal is what gets the Buyer excited to GO INTO THE HOME. You can’t get an offer if the Buyer is not even compelled to go inside and take a look. And like a book cover, it’s a good indication of what’s inside!

I’m Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I’m a Second Generation Realtor obsessed with Real Estate since 1999.

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206.948.0433 | @KirklandPeach | GeorgiaWall@JohnLScott.com

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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3 Crucial Q’s to Ask a Buyer’s Agent

Agents and Buyers spend a lot of time together. You need to be a good match!

In fact, its a lot like dating…you should have a lot of common interests, get along well and have good commincation.

Think about how much time you spend on the phone, in the car, in and out of homes.

Here are 3 crucial questions you should ask the Realtor you’re considering working with:


1) How many homes have you sold THIS YEAR?
–  You want their experience to be current! An agent who answers anything under 12 is not doing enough business to know the current trends in the market
2) When are you available to show me houses?
– The fact of the matter is, nights and weekends is when you are mostly off work. So that should be there answer. And in this market, the better answer is- as SOON as a home comes on the market.
3) Where is your area of expertise?
– If they answer “everywhere” or  “anywhere” they are not the agent for you. How can one agent know EVERY neighborhood in ANY city? Find an agent that is hyper focused in an area.

*PS* a good agent is interviewing you too! Don’t forget, we need to like who we work for too. So be specific about your needs and wants!

Kirkland By The #s

50+ parks

6 Public Docks

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2 Weekly Farmers Markets (June- September)

–          Kirkland Wednesday Market

–          and Juanita Beach Park Farmers Market

75/100 on Walkscore   

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18 Distinct Neighborhoods

8 Roasty places to fuel your caffeine addiction

138 Homes Currently For Sale

67 Condos Currently For Sale

215 Single Family Homes SOLD in the last 6 months: $250,000-5.5Mil

187 Condominiums SOLD in the last six months: $63,000- 4.79 Mil

$26,928 Possibly the most expensive annual taxes I’ve seen in Kirkland*

* on a home Sold for 5.5 Mil in Houghton (10316 NE 60th St.)

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3 Homes that sold in the last 6 months, all for $640,000

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As pictured: East of Market, Holmes Point, North Rose Hill.

7.4% Increase in home prices compared to April 2013.

 

12 of My Favorite Condos for Sale In Kirkland

So you want to live in the DTK huh? I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in Downtown Kirkland anyway? Water views, lots of parks, tennis courts, trails, playgrounds, awesome restaurants and nightlife and everyone on the Eastside wants a piece.

By the way…

The Second Friday Art and Wine Walk is finally here! Featuring fabulous art and wine at the Kirkland Warehouse Wineries in Kirkland.

Ready to make Kirkland your permanent address? Here are 12 Condos for sale right now that range from 250,000 to 1.5Mil with my own notes about the location or condo complex.

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Who Wouldn’t Want to Live Here?

Just 22 days into the new year of 2014 and everyone is asking, “Is now the right time to sell?” Historically, the Winter and Spring market is known for increasing inventory and a robust buyer’s market. But there is a lack of competition (AKA Listings) in Kirkland and many other Eastside neighborhoods which lead me to answer boldly: YES!

Every day I log onto the NWMLS and scour for new listings to show. And every Sunday at open houses I meet buyers and they are all asking me the same thing: “Where are all the houses for sale?”

There are just not enough homes on the market!

And who wouldn’t want to live here anyway? Last year I helped three out-of-state buyers relocate to our beautiful city.

Kirkland is a great place to live. I brag on my city as much as I can. Our Lake Washington view walks and sidewalk lined streets are highly desirable. Even the city encourages you with brightly posted signs to EXPORE!

Did you know there are 96 parks between Juanita to Yarrow Point?

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