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Most people do not buy or sell their homes very often.  When it comes to managing a real estate transaction, there are a lot of specifics that a good REALTOR can assist with.  A great REALTOR can make the experience of buying or selling a home go much smoother.   When its time for you to find a real estate agent to sell your home, we recommend that you talk to a few candidates, and find a person that you can work with and that you have confidence in.  Here are a few things to ask a REALTOR before signing the contract.

Are you a full-time REALTOR?  How long have you been a REALTOR? – There are many capable part-time REALTORS that are new at the job, but as with any profession, the longer someone has been doing a job, the better they get.  If you find a

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Are you ready to buy a new home?  If it’s your first home or your last home, there are some things you should do to help you find the right home for you and your family.  As with everything we do, preparation is the key.  When looking to buy a home, here are some things that should be considered before the hunt begins.

How much can you spend?  Create a budget and determine what you want your payment to be.  This is different than what you can afford.  Give yourself a little cushion for emergencies and being able to enjoy your life.  You don’t want to stretch your budget to the point where the house payments are preventing you from living your life to the fullest.  Take into consideration the cost of insurance and taxes, and get yourself pre-approved

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Prices “spiking” as home buyers compete for scarce inventory 

Northwest MLS LogoKIRKLAND, Wash. (April 4, 2013) –Brokers added 9,332 new listings to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service database during March, but pending sales topped that number to further crimp inventory and trigger competitive bidding among buyers who are flocking to open houses. 

“All price ranges are feeling a lift,” reported Dick Beeson, principal managing broker at RE/MAX Professionals in Tacoma. Northwest MLS director John Deely echoed that comment: “We are seeing many homes in Seattle meet and exceed pre-bubble price levels,” stated Deely, the principal managing broker at Coldwell Banker Bain in Seattle. 

“The recovery continues on a slow and steady pace in most areas and surging hard in

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