Before and After – The value of Property Preparation when Selling

The condition of floors after removing carpet & padding…  Meet Samy, project manager of dirty work.

Sanded, stained and sealed by Paiges Floors.  This and fresh coat of paint made a huge difference.

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 5:39 pm
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Home Improvements, Remodeling

Revised Interest Rates Predictions – Rates Reversed Course!

Mortgage Interest Rates Reverse Course in 2017 | Keeping Current Matters

To start the year, housing experts all agreed on one thing: 2017 was going to be the year we would see mortgage interest rates begin to rise. After years of historically low rates, and an improving economy, the question wasn’t if they would increase but instead how much they would increase. Some thought we could see rates hit 5-5.5% by the end of the year.

However, the exact opposite has happened. Instead of higher rates as we head into the middle of 2017, we now have the lowest rates of the year (as reported by Freddie Mac). Here is a graph of mortgage rate movement since the beginning of the year:

Mortgage Interest Rates Reverse Course in 2017 | Keeping Current Matters

Projections still call for an increase…

Four major entities (Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors) are still projecting that rates will increase by the fourth quarter of the year.

Mortgage Interest Rates Reverse Course in 2017 | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

No one knows for sure where interest rates will be in six months. However, if you are thinking about buying your first house or trading up to the home of your dreams, you can still get a mortgage at historically low rates RIGHT NOW.

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 4:53 pm
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Buying Information, Real Estate Financing

A Look Back at 2016 — My Clients’ Sales and Purchases

2016 was a year to remember. The market was swift and year-over-year appreciation in the metro market climbed to over 10%. THANK YOU to all of my wonderful clients and friends for your continuous stream of business, referrals and support. It was an exciting and sometimes exhausting year, and I look forward to what 2017 has in store. Please contact me if you’d like to discuss your plans for the future. Happy New Year!

~ Tamara

7250 old redmond rd

Redmond
List Price: $549,988 | Sold Price: $569,000
3 Bedroom | 3.5 Bath

7537 bagley ave n

Green Lake
List Price: $799,950 | Sold Price: $915,000
3 Bedroom | 3 Bath

107 n 172nd st

Richmond Highlands
List Price: $689,500 | Sold Price: $682,000
5 Bedroom | 4 Bath

3042a 21st ave w

Magnolia
List Price: $619,900 | Sold Price: $641,500
3 Bedroom | 2.25 Bath

3820 e howe st

Madison Park
List Price: $1,275,000 | Sold Price: $1,275,000
4 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

3434 densmore

Wallingford
Sold Off Market: $718,000
3 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

230 e michelle

Alderbrook
List Price: $399,000 | Sold Price: $395,000
3 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath

19130 67th ave ne

Kenmore
List Price: $635,000 | Sold Price: $649,000
5 Bedroom | 3 Bath

2306 n 77th st

Green Lake
List Price: $1,125,000 | Sold Price: $1,342,000
4 Bedroom | 3 Bath

3603 nw 64th st

Sunset Hill
List Price: $769,000 | Sold Price: $826,000
3 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

801 2nd ave n

Queen Anne
List Price: $477,500 | Sold Price: $503,000
2 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

331 240th st sw

Bothell
List Price: $648,500 | Sold Price: $640,000
4 Bedroom | 3 Bath

7743 18th ave ne

Ravenna
List Price: $560,000 | Sold Price: $610,000
4 Bedroom | 1 Bath

6322 woodlawn ave n

Green Lake
List Price: $859,000 | Sold Price: $975,000
3 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath

10239 65th ave s

Lakeridge
List Price: $358,000 | Sold Price: $452,000
3 Bedroom | 2 Bath

5466 17th ave sw

West Seattle
List Price: $359,950 | Sold Price: $426,000
3 Bedroom | 1 Bath

4528 sunnyside ave

Wallingford
List Price: $1,150,000 | Sold Price: $1,330,000
3 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath

13215 136th pl ne

Kirkland
List Price: $859,950 | Sold Price: $859,950
3 Bedroom | 2.75 Bath

14326 23rd Pl

Olympic Hills
List Price: $375,000 | Sold Price: $390,000
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath

3030 64th Ave SW #A

Alki
List Price: $475,000 | Sold Price: $503,500
2 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

3901 1st Ave NW #205

Fremont
List Price: $350,000 | Sold Price: $353,500
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath

4422 Bagley Ave N #101

Wallingford
List Price: $489,950 | Sold Price: $508,000
2 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

3620 35th Ave S

Mt Baker
List Price: $389,000 | Sold Price: $375,000
2 Bedroom | 1.5 Bath

4315 Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd SE #1003

Sammamish
List Price: $479,000 | Sold Price: $479,000
3 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath

1301 Spring St #21G

First Hill
List Price: $1,425,000 | Sold Price: $1,425,000
2 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

2519 NW North Beach Dr

North Beach
List Price: $689,000 | Sold Price: $665,000
4 Bedroom | 2.75 Bath

10731 24th Ave NE

Victory Heights
List Price: $749,000 | Pending
4 Bedroom | 2.25 Bath

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 9:38 am
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Buying Information, Market Information, Sold by Tamara | Tagged ,

A Look Back at My Clients’ Purchases and Sales in 2015!

We are off to a swift start in the real estate market for 2016 but I can't help but pause to look back at the past year in amazement. Thank you to all of my wonderful clients, friends and family for your continuous stream of referrals and support. It is because of you that 2015 was such a success and I couldn't be more excited and energized! Cheers to you and yours for a happy, healthy and prosperous year!

    ~ Tamara

Eastlake | $1,075,000
Triplex

Puget Ridge Co-Housing | $302,000
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath

 

North Admiral | $809,500
3 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath

 

Mount Baker | $1,253,000
5 Bedroom | 3.25 Bath

 

Newcastle | $385,000
2 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath

 

Capitol Hill | $1,015,000
4 Bedroom | 3 Bath

 

Magnolia | $615,000
3 Bedroom | 2.25 Bath

 

Capitol Hill | $1,360,000
2 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath

 

Bellevue | $210,000
2 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

 

Magnolia | $221,500
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath

 

Magnolia | $815,000
4 Bedroom | 2.75 Bath

 

Wallingford | $207,000
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath

 

Loyal Heights | $282,500
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath

 

Phinney Ridge | $289,000
2 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

 

Greenwood | $510,000
4 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

 

Green Lake | $872,500
3 Bedroom | 2.75 Bath

 

Sunset Hill | $1,850,000
4 Bedroom | 3.25 Bath

 

Maple Leaf | $230,000
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath

 

Roosevelt | $582,000
3 Bedroom | 1.5 Bath

 

Mill Creek | $245,000
3 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath

 

Roosevelt | $628,000
4 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

 

Richmond Highlands | $550,000
3 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath

 

Roosevelt | $660,000
3 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

Posted on January 6, 2016 at 11:05 am
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Buying Information, Sold by Tamara, Uncategorized

Earth Day 2K15

Today is Earth Day, and instead of simply suggesting things you can do to help conserve our lovely planet, we're going to do our best to guilt you into doing them. Here are the three easiest ways to do your part

Save Energy

Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room. What’s the point of leaving them on if you’re not in there? And being scared of the dark is only an excuse if you’re under the age of five.

Save Water

When you're brushing your teeth, turn off the faucet. There is no good reason to waste all that precious water going down the drain. Do you want to turn into California? We think not.

Recycle

Pick up some environmentally-friendly, reusable shopping bags! In Seattle, plastic bags are banned, and they’ll charge you for paper bags, so it's in your best interest to invest in some that you can use over and over again. Hint: These are some of our faves.

We should also point out that doing all of the above also saves you money! You can sleep well at night knowing you’re doing the right thing for Mother Earth – and your bank account – all at the same time.

Want some more ideas how you can conserve energy at home? Check out the Energy Star website.

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Home Improvements, Remodeling, Uncategorized | Tagged ,

Seattle In Progress app – check out the cranes

http://seattleinprogress.com

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 10:40 pm
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Buying Information, Market Information

Everything Historic

Findeverythinghistoric.com

From Findeverythinghistoric.com

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 8:27 am
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Home Improvements, Remodeling | Tagged

No Matter What the Groundhod Says…You Should Sell Before Spring


 

 

No Matter What The Groundhog Says... You Should Sell Before Spring! | Keeping Current Matters 

Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which Groundhog you witnessed today, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season. Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their home on the market as buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. However, the next six weeks before spring hits also have their own advantages.

Here are five reasons to sell now.

1. Demand is Strong

Foot traffic refers to the number of people out actually physically looking at homes right now. The latest foot traffic numbers show that there are currently more prospective purchasers looking at homes than at any other time in the last 12 months, which includes last spring’s buyers’ market. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing supply nationally just dropped to 4.4 months, which is under the 6 months’ supply that is needed for a normal housing market. This means, in many areas, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices. However, additional inventory is about to come to market. There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move, as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity as real estate values have increased over the last two years. Many of these homes will be coming to the market in the near future. Also, new construction of single-family homes is again beginning to increase. A recent study by Harris Poll revealed that 41% of buyers would prefer to buy a new home while only 21% prefer an existing home (38% had no preference). The choices buyers have will increase in the spring. Don’t wait until all this other inventory of homes comes to market before you sell.

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

One of the biggest challenges of the housing market has been the length of time it takes from contract to closing. Banks are requiring more and more paperwork before approving a mortgage. There is less overall business done in the winter. Therefore, the process will be less onerous than it will be in the spring. Getting your house sold and closed before the spring delays begin will lend itself to a smoother transaction.

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by over 23.5% from now to 2019. If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait. You can also lock-in your 30-year housing expense with an interest rate below 4% right now. Rates are projected to be a full point higher by the end of 2015.

5. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should? Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take back control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps, the time has come for you to move on and start living the life you desire.

That is what is truly important.

 

 

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 8:15 am
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Market Information | Tagged ,

2014 — A Look Back

As I eagerly gear up for what 2015 has in store, I can't help but look back at the past year in amazement. Thank you to all of my wonderful clients, friends and family for your continuous stream of referrals and support. It is because of you that 2014 was such a success and I couldn't be more excited and energized! Cheers to you and yours for a happy, healthy and prosperous year!

       – Tamara

 

A Look Back at What My Clients Purchased and Sold in 2014!

Ballard | $184,000
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath

Whittier | $417,000
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath

Sheridan Beach | $777,000
3 Bedroom | 3.5 Bath

Ravenna | $551,000
3 Bedroom | 1 Bath

Green Lake | $417,000
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath

Mountlake Terrace | $252,000
3 Bedroom | 1.5 Bath

Richmond Highlands | $526,600
3 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath

Downtown | $1,005,000
1 Bedroom | 1.5 Bath

Belvedere Terrace | $495,000
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath

 

Madrona | $742,000
4 Bedroom | 2.75 Bath

 

 

Central District | $581,000
3 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

Queen Anne | $391,000
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath

Fremont | $829,000
4 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath

Bryant | $415,000
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath

Capitol Hill | $1,260,000
4 Bedroom | 2 Bath

View Ridge | $619,000
4 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

Capitol Hill | $508,000
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath

Mercer Island | $890,000
4 Bedroom | 3 Bath

Central District | $494,000
3 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

Queen Anne | $386,750
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath

Magnolia | $750,000
2 Bedroom | 1.75 Bath

 

Magnolia | $815,000
4 Bedroom | 2.75 Bath

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Buying Information, Events, Market Information, Sold by Tamara, Uncategorized

5 DIY Ways to Hide That Litter Box In Style

These five DIY projects will keep your cat's area out of sight and smelling fresh from Porch.com.

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Home Improvements, Remodeling, Uncategorized