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Paul Cantu wrote:

Does the color of exterior paint affect a house's sale price? Which color fetches the hi-est price?

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It's generally a good idea to stay with neutral colors and blend in with the other homes on the street.
May 10 2013
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Going with your relative as a real estate agent. Thoughts?

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Loyalty is important; but it would be very wise to also interview 1 or 2 additional more experienced agents before making a decision on your representation. 
May 10 2013
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Signing documents

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Docusign and Authentisign are great tools for our industry.  Occasionally some of our clients do not have access to a computer or aren't comfortable using newer technologies.  I believe the use of these tools will greatly increase in the next 1-2 years.  
May 10 2013
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please recommend a good home inspector in Issaquah, WA or in seattle metro area

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Craig Sutherland, Sutherland Home Inspection. sutherlandhomeinspections@comcast.net(206) 617-1981 or (206) 979-7306.Our office has used Craig for years and he has always done excellent work, and is very professional & thorough.
April 12 2013
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What does "pending" mean in a listing?

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A property is in Pending status when the seller has accepted an offer and the parties are past the inspection period.This status is appropriate even if other conditions remain such as financing, title review, etc.
April 01 2013
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What is the going real estate commission rate in Seattle, WA?

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Hello, There is no set commission.  Brokerages charge various amounts for different levels of service.  That being said, many full service brokerages tend to charge 3% for the listing office commission and 3% for the selling office commission totaling 6%
April 01 2013
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Best time to sell a house in seattle washington

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I would say that the best time to sell a home is when competing housing inventory is low and prices are on the rise.  Those two factors, coupled with today's historically low interest rates make now a prime time to sell!
February 13 2013
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3 vs. 4 bedrooms in Washington Park, Seattle, WA

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I would suggest simply explaining that the room could easily be converted into a bedroom with the addition of a closet.  I would not suggest incurring the expense yourself.
February 07 2013
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Zillow has a much lower estimate of our house value than a real person.

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If you truly want to know what your home would sell for in today's market, you really should not rely upon the Zestimate value.  You should get a comparative market analysis from a licensed, experienced real estate agent.  The market has turned dramatically in King County over the last 9-12 months.  It is the strongest sellers market since before the market crashed, just after the summer of 2007.  The scarcity of housing inventory coupled with historically low interest rates make this a fantastic seller's market.  I would definitely suggest you get a comparative market analysis.  Good luck!
February 07 2013
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What is a good time frame to relist my home ?

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The best time to put your home on the market is when there is a shortage of inventory in your neighborhood, prices are on the way up, and interest rates are low.  In most areas that describes our current market!  It truly is a sellers' market right now!  Good luck!
January 28 2013
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