Easy Tips to Keep Your Home Winter-Ready

I was recently at a home inspection with one of my favorite inspectors, Richard Healy, President of A-1 Home Inspection Services who started talking to me about how folks can get themselves and their home Winter-Ready.

I asked Richard what is the most common area of your home that takes the worst beating during our crazy Northwest Winters. Without hesitation, he said, “The Roof…it all starts with the Roof”!

So I took out a pen and a piece of paper and jotted down a few things that he said that I wanted to relay to you.

LET’S TALK MAINTENANCE:

First, let’s check the roofing system.

To best protect the life of our roof, we need to start by cleaning all debris off the roof. Tree debris left on the roof can aid in moss growth and hide damaged roofing material. It’s important to check for missing and cracked shingles. Even though the roof might not be leaking through the cracked shingles now, it is a concern in the future after the roofing felt fails. Also, some asphalt shingles may have moved and curled up on the edges from the heavy winds we’ve experienced.  These shingles will need to be tarred on the under edge and pressed together.

It is important to check the chimney for damaged and missing bricks and mortar.

If bricks are missing, look down the chimney. It is not uncommon to find that the bricks have fallen into the chimney. If so, it is important to remove the bricks at once because this can block the venting of the oil or gas furnace and fires, as well.

Next, check the gutters and downspouts and clean them out.

If you found large tree branches on the roof, there could potentially be damage to the wood rafters or trusses in the attic.  Recommend checking the attic space for damage.

It is also important that the inside top of all exterior windows and doors be inspected for water stains or water. If so, you will need to caulk or flash these areas.

I found this information very useful and have actually taken Richards advise and looked at my own home(s) for any signs of damage or other issues that may become a bigger problem by the next storm…and there’s always a next storm in the Pacific Northwest Winter.


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Therese Bianchi | Keller Williams Realty

I have been an agent since 2007 and have had to be very creative to survive this real estate atmosphere. It is through my hard work and dedication that I am still here in this career that I love. Whether you're a first time Seller or Home Buyer or looking to invest, I work extremely hard to make sure you get all that you expect, and more!

24 Hour Direct: 206.234.6607 | Contact me

3 Tips to a Smooth Real Estate Deal

Insuring a smooth real estate deal is paramount and arguably the most important reason you hire a real estate professional.

When it comes to the intricacies of a real estate transaction, the only guarantee is, “There are no guarantees!” With an average of no less than 10 individuals responsible for ‘doing their job’, it’s nothing short of amazing that more real estate deals don’t run off the tracks!

Here is just a short list of those who hold the success of your real estate deal in the palm of their hands:

  1. Buyers Agent
  2. Sellers Agent
  3. Buyer(s)
  4. Seller(s)
  5. Inspector
  6. Lender
  7. Insurance Agent
  8. Appraiser
  9. Escrow
  10. Title

This list would be on a normal transaction. In some cases, you can also add:

  1. Attorney(s)
  2. Designated Broker(s)
  3. Home Owners Associations
  4. Second Position Lien Holders {Banks, IRS, Local & State Utilities just to name a few)
  5. Contractors (In the case of modifications requested by the buyer to be performed prior to closing)

So, with all that, how do you do your part to make sure of a Smooth Real Estate Deal

First off, be ultra curious!!! Stay in constant contact with your Broker and question anything that you don’t fully comprehend. Being forewarned is being forearmed!

What does this mean to you?

As the Seller, be realistic about what THE REAL ESTATE MARKET is saying! The best way to make a mess with your real estate deal is to be too rigid and uncompromising.

From the Buyer side of things, don’t think for a second there is such a thing as a perfect house! Be open to minor things that can easily be fixed after closing and don’t expect the seller to make their home become your home through ridiculous request for remedy during the inspection process…that’s a great way to kill a deal right then and there!!!

3 Tips to a Smooth Real Estate Deal

  1. Don’t assume anything!!! – As I alluded to earlier, stay in curiosity! If you don’t know…ask! Just because your Broker gives you the old, “I’ve done this a hundred times!” mumbo jumbo, they haven’t done a real estate deal that’s specific to you so don’t hesitate to ask questions about what’s happening in the process…AND WHY!
  2. Stay focused on the ‘End Result’ – Emotions are a funny thing and entering into a real estate deal is a very emotional thing…and often times, there’s nothing funny about it! Keep your head in the game and don’t let the little stuff derail you from an otherwise perfectly good home purchase. Both Buyer(s) and Seller(s) want what they want…it’s the one that remains focused on the sale who tends to win in the end!
  3. Get Acquainted with those Individuals involved in your real estate deal – This may not always be possible however, if you can put a face to the person and even get to know them a little, you will be more inclined to ask what…why…and how.

Insuring a Smooth Real Estate Deal is Never a Sure Thing…

Crazy things happen and hiring the right real estate professional goes a long way to seeing these land mines before the go off! Everyone has a responsibility in this…including YOU! Knowing what you know and knowing to ask questions when you don’t can go a very long way to countering most simple mole hills before they become mountains!

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Therese Bianchi | Keller Williams Realty

I have been an agent since 2007 and have had to be very creative to survive this real estate atmosphere. It is through my hard work and dedication that I am still here in this career that I love. Whether you're a first time Seller or Home Buyer or looking to invest, I work extremely hard to make sure you get all that you expect, and more!

24 Hour Direct: 206.234.6607 | Contact me

 

Beautiful View Home in West Seattle For Sale

Coming home to these Beautiful Views of the City will never get old. Welcome home to 3310 SW Admiral Way in desirable West Seattle.

Great location and outstanding views makes this West Seattle Home For Sale an absolute must see! Just 10 min to Downtown and the Stadiums, this brick 1 story with full basement is truly one for the ages.

Not far from shopping, restaurants, Alki Beach, Admiral & Alaska Junction, this large home gives you just about every creature comfort you look for in a home of this style.

3310 SW Admiral Wy, Seattle, Washington 98126 Living Room

Spacious living room offers a warming fireplace & huge windows to bring all that natural light. This lovely home also offers a Large dining room for those perfect evening meals or to get the family together.

Kitchen boasts a nice sitting area that looks out to those City Views! There’s also a second fireplace there.

3310 SW Admiral Wy, Seattle, Washington 98126 Kitchen

Downstairs you will find 3 bedrooms, with one of the bedroom offering a fireplace! Both levels have wonderful Deck space and easy access to those great territorial and city views.

This wonderful home in West Seattle For Sale boasts a $30,000 window update and exceptional attention to detail.

Additional information listed below. Contact me for your own private showing.

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Therese Bianchi | Keller Williams Realty

I have been an agent since 2007 and have had to be very creative to survive this real estate atmosphere. It is through my hard work and dedication that I am still here in this career that I love. Whether you're a first time Seller or Home Buyer or looking to invest, I work extremely hard to make sure you get all that you expect, and more!

24 Hour Direct: 206.234.6607 | Contact me

LIVE MARKET STATS: Queen Anne/Magnolia Real Estate Market

Below I’ve put together a ‘Live Market Report” that covers the entire Queen Anne/Magnolia Area Real Estate Market. The cool thing is, I never have to touch this once I embed it on my site!

These graphs will illustrate the Queen Anne/Magnolia Real Estate market highlighting 6 different reports:

  • Median & Average Sales Price
  • Number of New Listings
  • How Many Homes Are For Sale
  • Pending Sales
  • Closed Sales
  • And Percentage of Listing Price to Sales Price

There are also reports on price per square footage and dollar volume however those I’ve elected to forgo simply due to their relevance or lack there of to the more vital information that my clients really want!

Sales Price (Average)


As you can see, in January of 2016, the average house price in the Queen Anne/Magnolia Real Estate Market was just a tick above $700,000. In the year over year graph below, the current average sales price (at the time of this post) has risen 14.5% to $866,131.

Sales Price (Median)


The true definition of the difference between Average and Median is simply the average, is defined as the sum of the numbers divided by how many there are. If the data is perfectly symmetric the mean tells you the point of symmetry, and in this case it is true that 50% of the data is smaller and 50% (very close in each case, if not exactly the case) is larger.
The median (informally referred to as the “halfway point”) is the number that will, approximately, divide the data in half. Its calculation is a counting process: arrange the data into increasing order, then locate the spot that is “halfway” from the smallest to the largest.

As you can see below, since January 2016, the median sales price in the Queen Anne/Magnolia Real Estate market was $600,000. and the year over year information now has it currently at $747,225 which is an increase of 16.9%!

New Listings


The new listing graph is used to illustrate mainly the year over year cycle. In January of 2016 there were 1,434 and besides a small dip in May of 20126, has experienced a steady rise.

Homes For Sale


This graph truly tells the story of why we remain on a Sellers Market. Given the number of buyers in the market, you can clearly see the enormous difference between supply and demand illustrated here.

Pending Sales


The pending sales numbers also tell the real story as seen in this graph. In January of 2016, the pending sales were at 1,243 and steadily moving up.

Closed Sales


As you can well imagine, closed sales will closely reflect pending sales in a market as hot as this. In January of 2016, 1,257 homes closed and that number saw a decline July low of 1,175 and began a steady rise since.

Listing Price to Sales Price (Average)


Kinda says it all right there!

Summary


Now, when you hear the droning of real estate brokers about how hot the market is and now is a great time to sell…well, here’s the proof! Not only that, these graphs will continue to populate data so you can come back any time you like to get the most up to date statistical information about the Queen Anne/Magnolia Real Estate market.

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Therese Bianchi | Keller Williams Realty

I have been an agent since 2007 and have had to be very creative to survive this real estate atmosphere. It is through my hard work and dedication that I am still here in this career that I love. Whether you're a first time Seller or Home Buyer or looking to invest, I work extremely hard to make sure you get all that you expect, and more!

24 Hour Direct: 206.234.6607 | Contact me

5 Tips For Buying a Home During Summer

It just seems to make sense that buying a home During Summer is the best time to find your dream home.

The sun is out, the days are longer so you have more time to look around and you get to enjoy the experience without dodging rain drops!

But what are you not seeing when Buying a Home During Summer?

Summer time means dryer weather (thank you Captain obvious). However, what that may also mean is not seeing all the issues that come with the wetter weather.

Here are 5 things to look for that you’ll only see when the rains come!

1. Wet Basements – Certainly we have our share of these in the Pacific Northwest. And of course if there are any issues with wet basements and water that finds its way through and under foundations, the seller must disclose…hopefully!

What (sometimes) gets lost in disclosure is how much…how bad…and how often!What you need to look for in the dry months is a white, flaky residue on the walls of the foundation called EFFLORESCENCE.

This whitish, powdery deposit is formed as mineral-rich water rises to the surface of the concrete through capillary action and then evaporates. Efflorescence usually consists of gypsum, salt, or calcite.

2. Sloped or Steep Driveways – Usually a non issue during the dry months but when the rains come, that water has to go somewhere. Be sure the drain system is in good working order and capable of handling what Mother Nature likes to throw our way.

It’s also a good idea to think about those rare but ever present cold weather and/or snow that may make going up and down that driveway impossible when there’s snow and ice present.

3. Downspouts and Gutters – Again, pretty much an non issue during the Summer around here but be aware of trees that will shed their leaves and clog those babies up. Also, make sure the rain water runs away from your foundation.

4. Furnace and Heating System – These too tend to be overlooked since they don’t get a lot of use this time of year.

Simple once over by a certified technician can save you time and money when you need them to work.

5. Hillsides and Sloped Areas – Be conscience of potential slide areas and loose soil that may want to give way during the wet season.

Making a home buying decision requires forethought and that includes what the weather will do and how it will affect your home…and it’s deferred maintenance issues during different times of the year.

Good luck in your home search and be alert!

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Therese Bianchi | Keller Williams Realty

I have been an agent since 2007 and have had to be very creative to survive this real estate atmosphere. It is through my hard work and dedication that I am still here in this career that I love. Whether you're a first time Seller or Home Buyer or looking to invest, I work extremely hard to make sure you get all that you expect, and more!

24 Hour Direct: 206.234.6607 | Contact me

2 Homes For Sale in West Seattle Under $600,000!

2 Homes For Sale in West Seattle…FOR THE PRICE OF 1!

This is an amazing opportunity to buy 2 homes on a beautifully landscaped 15,000+ square foot lot on Dead End Street.

2 Homes For Sale in West Seattle

You will feel like you are in the country yet so close to everything!

Main house is a 3 bedroom home, large kitchen w/granite counters, dining room, Spacious Master on 2nd floor, large sunny deck.

2 Homes For Sale in West Seattle

2nd house is a 2 bed rambler w/ Open Concept Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen. Perfect rental home!

Upcoming Open Houses

Jul 15th, 2017

Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Jul 16th, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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Therese Bianchi | Keller Williams Realty

I have been an agent since 2007 and have had to be very creative to survive this real estate atmosphere. It is through my hard work and dedication that I am still here in this career that I love. Whether you're a first time Seller or Home Buyer or looking to invest, I work extremely hard to make sure you get all that you expect, and more!

24 Hour Direct: 206.234.6607 | Contact me

Happy Independence Day from your Happy Independent Business Owner

Independence Day, or 4th of July if you wish, is one of my favorite holidays of the whole year!

independence dayAs an independent Contractor, or Real Estate Broker if you wish (again), I’m keenly aware of what independent means! And on the day that American declared its independence, I’m reminded of why I too am independent and love it!

The freedom we all take for granted is, and was, fiercely fought for and defended daily so we all can enjoy the lifestyle we all have come to expect.

On this Independence Day, remember we are all in this together, indivisible and ready to do the hard work it takes..sounds a bit like being a real estate broker!

HAPPY 241st BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!


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Therese Bianchi | Keller Williams Realty

I have been an agent since 2007 and have had to be very creative to survive this real estate atmosphere. It is through my hard work and dedication that I am still here in this career that I love. Whether you're a first time Seller or Home Buyer or looking to invest, I work extremely hard to make sure you get all that you expect, and more!

24 Hour Direct: 206.234.6607 | Contact me

Why For Sale By Owner Isn’t As Good As You Think

When it comes to the idea of selling your home For Sale By Owner, what’s the first thing you think of? How much will I save on Commission?

The bigger question is, what’s more important to you…saving money or making sure you do the right thing to insure you get the home sold correctly.

Cost of Going For Sale By Owner?

In most instances, selling a home cost you roughly 8-9% of the selling price. Let me help you break down some of the cost for you.

  • Commissions
  • Title Fee
  • Escrow Fee
  • Excise Tax

However, if you want to try and sell For Sale By Owner, you may want to think about what you pay for without the services of a listing agent

  1. The obvious first approach is to save the Listing Office commission by going For Sale By Owner. However, many sellers do not realize the amount of money good listing agents spend to market and condition the home for sale. This can generally be around .5% to 1% of the sales price for me as I offer
    • Staging (Well over $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 in about every case)
    • Professional Photography, Video and Drone images ($350.00 to $600.00 on average)
    • Online marketing up the wazoo (In general, I spend about $150.00 or so)
    • Just listed mailers (I send out 200+ 6×9 postcards at about $150.00 give or take a few bucks)
    • And physically holding multiple open houses

These are expenses that some For Sale By Owners do not take into account.

The Pitfalls of Selling a home For Sale By Owner…

Certainly, the main issue with trying this on your own without the know-how is fraught with all kinds of issues:

  • How to address an escalation clause to your offer
  • Whether to get the buyer to waive some or all of your contingencies
  • How much Earnest Money should be offered
  • Inspections and appraisals…and the responses if there are issues
  • The overall stress of doing all this on your own

How Do You Save Money as a For Sale By Owner?

This is a bit more clear cut as the seller is responsible in most cases for paying the commission to sell their home. If they can avoid paying a listing office commission, that could be a significant savings particularly in this hot market with so many buyers willing to do what it takes to secure a home.

However, if you are thinking of going for sale by owner, be aware you still want to be willing to pay a buyers agent commission if they bring you a ready, willing and able buyer for your home.

Of course the idea of saving the listing commission can be appetizing however, there is quite a bit of work that goes into selling your home. Knowing which forms you need to insure your deal is going to go together as well as knowing what to do and more importantly…not do when talking directly to a prospective buyer.

The stress of selling your largest financial investment aside, just trying to maintain an unemotional demeanor and the necessary unattached attitude needed during this time can be an impossible task…and that can hurt your ability to get the most money for your house.

Summary

Is selling yourself really worth the stress, headache and emotional duress? If the answer is yes, be sure you have plenty of support to help you through some of the unknowns that are certain to come up.

If the answer is no…I’m ready to serve!

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Therese Bianchi | Keller Williams Realty

I have been an agent since 2007 and have had to be very creative to survive this real estate atmosphere. It is through my hard work and dedication that I am still here in this career that I love. Whether you're a first time Seller or Home Buyer or looking to invest, I work extremely hard to make sure you get all that you expect, and more!

24 Hour Direct: 206.234.6607 | Contact me

Beautiful Home for sale 9137 7th Ave S in Seattle’s South Park Neighborhood

Welcome home to this fantastic 4 bedroom home located at 9137 7th Ave S in up and coming South Park.

9137 7th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98108Ideal floor plan for today’s lifestyle with all 4 Bedrooms conveniently located on the upper level. Featured amongst those is the spacious Master Bedroom boasting vaulted ceilings, well proportioned Master Bath and walk in closet.

This dynamite home has been freshly painted and boasts brand new carpet throughout the upper level.

Expansive living room proudly offers a wall of large windows flooding the expansive area with a load of great natural lighting.

9137 7th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98108The Kitchen offers a convenient eating space which opens up to the Great Room with warming gas fireplace.

Back yard sits against Marra Farms Park and is fully fenced. Just 10 minutes to Sea-Tac Airport and 15 minutes to downtown. Also surrounded by great restaurants and local shops.

Come visit me this weekend…

Upcoming Open Houses

Jun 3rd, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 am

Jun 4th, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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Therese Bianchi | Keller Williams Realty

I have been an agent since 2007 and have had to be very creative to survive this real estate atmosphere. It is through my hard work and dedication that I am still here in this career that I love. Whether you're a first time Seller or Home Buyer or looking to invest, I work extremely hard to make sure you get all that you expect, and more!

24 Hour Direct: 206.234.6607 | Contact me

Terrific New Listing at 5312 SW Admiral Way, Seattle, Washington 98116

Welcome home to this Amazing West Seattle Classic!

5312 SW Admiral Way viewThe first thing that strikes you about this majestic West Seattle home is the captivating Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain views!

From the moment you enter this wonderful mid century darling, you quickly are drawn to the light filled spaces and unique blend of yesteryear charm and modern class!

It’s rare to see a Home as well Maintained as This!

For those who appreciate a true mid century decor, you will go nuts for the lovingly cared for original tile in both the kitchen and bath. As with many of the homes built during this era, you can’t help be fall in love with the wide open floor plan offering great spaces for entertaining or staying home and relaxing.

Other great features of this home is the level entry from Admiral Way to your garage just off the alley and the captivating sunsets over the Olympic Mountains from dynamic West facing deck.

Just a few blocks to Alki Beach Park and of course all the great restaurants and unique shops in the area. Also, ideal for those quick commutes to downtown Seattle and Alaska Junction!

Come see us this weekend…

May 20th, 2017 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

May 21st, 2017 – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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Therese Bianchi | Keller Williams Realty

I have been an agent since 2007 and have had to be very creative to survive this real estate atmosphere. It is through my hard work and dedication that I am still here in this career that I love. Whether you're a first time Seller or Home Buyer or looking to invest, I work extremely hard to make sure you get all that you expect, and more!

24 Hour Direct: 206.234.6607 | Contact me