Real Estate Commissions

By Wendy Ceccherelli Question: But I found the house! All you did was write up some paperwork! How come you get such a big real estate commission? Answer: When a broker does their job well, it looks easy. Here is what was done on your behalf for your home purchase

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Real Estate Licenses – Should Investors Obtain A Real Estate License?

By Suneet Diwan    Having a real estate license does have many advantages, but there are few drawbacks. As a broker, owner and investor of Dimension Properties, a boutique real estate firm based in Renton, I have experienced investing with and without my license.    Here are some advantages to

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Tenant Deposits – Recent Case Highlights Importance of Timely Statements By Landlords

By Doug Owens    Occasionally I come across a landlord-tenant dispute that involves the tenant’s deposit and its retention by the landlord. In the course of these things, I am surprised at the extent to which some landlords do not follow the requirements of the Residential Landlord Tenant Act as

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Are Interest Rates on the Rise?

By Will Heaton    After almost a decade, the Federal Reserve increased interest rates from .25% to .5% this past December. The raise is a result of the U.S. Federal Reserve attempting to normalize economic conditions and regulate inflation. This change signals the end of the zero interest rate policy

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Purchase & Sales Agreement – What Is It, And What Should Investors Look For In It?

By Doug Owens     Sooner or later, most real estate investors become involved with the Real Estate Purchase and Sales Agreement (REPSA). Whether the investor is buying property or selling property, this is the agreement that sets up the transaction. Sometimes investors involve a licensed broker, and will use

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Analysis Paralysis – How Do I Overcome It As An Investor?

By  Vena Jones-Cox Question: I’ve recently started going to meetings of my local Property Owner’s Association, and I think they’re great. The problem is, there’s SO much information that I don’t know what to pay attention to! Every month, there’s another speaker with another opinion on the “best” strategy for

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Title Commitment – Careful Review of Preliminary Title Before Purchase Can Pay Off

By Doug Owens    The way most investors acquire their properties is by a Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement. One of the normal features of that agreement requires the seller to provide the buyer a preliminary title commitment within several days after mutual acceptance of the agreement. It sometimes

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Real Estate Trivia

By Wendy Ceccherelli Here is a bit of real estate trivia to test your knowledge. Question #1. According to the NWMLS, closed sales during 2015: 1) were less than in 2014, due to limited inventory. 2) were roughly the same as last year. 3) outperformed the prior year by no

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Spring Cleaning – 10 Tips For Your Home

By Pam Christensen    Is it spring? Is the dreary rain-sogged weather finally going away? I hope so! It’s funny how just a couple of sunny days with temps 59 degrees and over can chase away those winter blues and send me into a frenzy of spring cleaning. It’s just

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Choosing A Lender Who Will Be Your Biggest Asset

By Will Heaton It’s the bottom of the ninth and there are two outs, who is batting for you? You’ve done your research, your financial documents are ready, and you’ve found the investment of your dreams, but how do you decide who to trust to back you financially? Below are

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