Buying a home Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!   So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers. There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is access, followed by condition, financing, and price. There […]
Uncategorized With Inventory Low: Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC? With Inventory Low: Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC? According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% of buyers searching for a home this spring are willing to consider buying a fixer-upper, with 95% believing that the projects needed will increase […]
Uncategorized Tips for a Buyer of a Fixer-Upper Over the last few years weekend warriors have been delighted to find an abundance of television shows devoted to fixing up homes. More specifically, they show viewers how to take a fixer upper and turn it from an ugly duckling to a special property that they can call home. It sounds so easy but before you grab […]
Uncategorized Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC] Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate! 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months! The average credit score on […]
Uncategorized Seattle, Eastside, and King County Market Update The spring home buying season started early this year. Open houses had increased attendance and bidding wars returned. After months of softening, home prices in most of the region jumped significantly from the prior month. With just one month of data, we’ll have to wait and see if this is the start of a longer […]
Uncategorized Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019   Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone! According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, 74% of renters plan […]
Buying a home Lake Hills Real Estate Lake Hills Real Estate BACKGROUND Lake Hills is a post-50’s mass development planned community, built on a system of winding boulevards and quiet neighborhood streets. A community swim and recreation club, The Samena Club, and the Lake Hills East Bellevue Little League Field are also centrally located. The distinctive Lake Hills entry signs are reminiscent of the 50s-era housing style, and there […]
Active listing Don’t Be Spooked by the Real Estate Market! Starting your journey to buy or sell a home can be scary if you aren’t familiar with everything that needs to happen! That’s why you need a trusted advisor to lead you through the whole process. One that will educate you, help you get the best price for your home or make the best offer, […]
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Uncategorized How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year? There are many questions about where home sales are headed next year. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer this question. Here are our sources: Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) – As the leading advocate for the real estate finance industry, the MBA enables members to successfully deliver fair, sustainable, and responsible real estate […]
Buying a home Buyer’s Guide to purchasing a home The newest edition of the Mansfield Group Buyer’s Guide. It’s a handy reference tool that walks one through the steps to buying a house. Includes information on financing & mortgages, the home search itself, as well as info on closing activities. The Buyer’s Guide also includes a Glossary of Buyer’s Real Estate Terms that will […]
Buying a home Mortgage Interest Rates are Still Going Up… Should You Wait to Buy? Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased by close to a quarter of a percent over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the National Association of Realtors are all calling for mortgage rates to rise another quarter of a percent by next year. In addition to the predictions from the four major reporting agencies mentioned […]
Buying a home Dispelling the Myth About Home Affordability We have all seen the headlines that report that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in the last ten years, and those headlines are accurate. But, have you ever wondered why the headlines don’t say the last 25 years, the last 20 years, or even the last […]
Buying a home Wants vs Needs When Buying a Home – Learning the Difference One of the first questions that a real estate agent will ask new buyers is, “What do you want in your new home”? It might seem like an easy question to answer but identifying your “wants’ from your “needs” is an important aspect of home seeking. Needs A need is something that is truly essential […]
Uncategorized Good Start Back to School To give students every possible advantage, we are having a school supply drive for lower income Bellevue kids. Please consider purchasing some of these items (or a gift card and I will purchase the items) – I will even come to you and pick the items up!
Buying a home 4 Reasons Why Summer Is a Great Time to Buy a Home! 4 Reasons Why Summer Is a Great Time to Buy a Home! Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue […]
Buying a home What Should You Look for In Your Real Estate Team? What Should You Look for In Your Real Estate Team? How do you select the members of your team who are going to help make your dream of owning a home a reality? What should you be looking for? How do you know if you’ve found the right agent or lender? The most important characteristic […]
Buying a home GREEN Homes Introduction In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting many new features and information about Green Homes that I’ve learned from earning my National Association of Realtor’s GREEN designation. Whether you want to improve the resale value of your home or are looking for a new, more resource-efficient property, a REALTOR® with NAR’s Green Designation can help. NAR […]
Active listing Are You Aware of How Much Equity You Have in Your Home? You May Be Surprised! Are You Aware of How Much Equity You Have in Your Home? You May Be Surprised! CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 675,000 US homeowners regained positive equity in their homes in 2017. This is great news for the country, as 95.1% of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation. “U.S homeowners with mortgages (roughly […]
Luxury market Dreaming of a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time!  Monday March 19th, 2018  First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Luxury Market, Millennials, Move-Up Buyers If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! Recently, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing released its Luxury Market Report which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control. […]
Uncategorized March Neighborhood Update Neighborhood Update from Ted Mansfield LOCAL MARKET UPDATE The local real estate market set new home price records in many parts of the region in February. Prices here have grown faster than anywhere else in the country for the last 16 months in a row. Demand remains high and inventory very low. Brokers are hoping the normal […]