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The Power of Being Still

There is no doubt we are in unprecedented times. For most of us, this creates a heightened degree of stress and uncertainty.  Over a third of the country has been asked to stay home and our once booming economy has come screeching to a halt.  When can any of us remember being told by the […]

What Can History Teach Us About Real Estate?

There is no doubt that the last few weeks have been a challenge in many of our strongest real estate markets. In many places we have strong buyer demand, but are unable to satisfy that need because of the demand for social distancing. We have MLS services in some markets that are not allowing open […]

When Kitty Calls… Meow! Act Now!

I had the pleasure of attending the Washington REALTORS® Installation Event last night in which my very special client, Kitty Wallace, was installed as Washington REALTORS® president. Kitty’s speech, in which she laid out some of the issues Washington REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® is working on on your behalf, also included a […]

King County Assessor, John Wilson – Strong Leader, Innovative Ideas, Powerful Voice  

I am not one to actively search for speakers about government policy as quite frankly I think they can be a little dry and often too focused on what is in their best interest politically.  So, when I first heard about some innovative things that the Washington State King County Assessor’s office was doing, I […]

Exciting December for Buyers & Sellers!

I have always believed that real estate is an industry that provides opportunities for both buyers and sellers at different times of the year and in different seasons. This year, December is an exciting time for both buyers and sellers in many regions including the Pacific Northwest because of recent shifts in inventory. Rarely do […]

Evaluate the Market with Facts, not Emotion

When agents ask me how the market is doing, I always ask them, “Why they you asking?” Considering they are in the market day to day I assume that they have a very good idea of how the market is doing. The challenge is that for many agents that were licensed during the downturn/correction/crash/recession (or […]

Ask Denise: Reassuring Statistics

Q: “Denise, I have a number of clients who are concerned about the change in the real estate market. I am telling them that it isn’t like the Great Recession beginning but I don’t think they believe me. What information would you share with them to get them to calm down?” A: It can be […]

The 7 Factors That Will Signal a Market Change

Recently I have noticed that more and more local, Puget Sound area agents are contacting me wondering if our market is correcting. When asked why, they say they are listening to the news and media, other agents, and even their clients talking about the next bubble or crash. For any agents who have been selling […]

Get Your Business Out of Cruise Control

The market has changed dramatically over the past couple of years. Not long ago, agents were complaining that they were overwhelmed by a lack of business caused by the severe housing collapse we experienced. We went from that market to a market where multiple offers are now the norm. In some cases, it’s not uncommon […]

Many Buyers Not Able to Jump Into the Buying Pool

Sellers all over the country and especially the Pacific Northwest are excited about the sudden and constant rise in house prices. This is extremely beneficial to sellers who back in 2009 wondered if they would ever be able to recoup the losses they had on their homes.

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