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Rosie Rourke – John L. Scott Real Estate

In this short video, I’ll tell you a bit about myself and why I chose to work for John L. Scott in Kent.

Fifty percent of my business is representing home sellers, and the other 50 percent is representing buyers, so I’m in the trenches. I know exactly what buyers want to see and what they don’t want to see, so I can help you stage your home for your target buyer.

Real Estate Market Update!

Real estate sales are booming in King County. Sales are better than seen since 2000, surpassing the hey-day of 2006!

If you’re looking to sell your home or you are looking to buy, please check out our listings and give me a call: Rosie Rourke, John L Scott, 206.719.5870.

Tip for New Construction Visit

tipforconstructionAfter running into this challenging situation several times throughout my career, I thought you might benefit from this tip during your home search.

When you visit a new construction neighborhood, the site agent may ask you to sign a registration card. If you mark the box that you do not have an agent, the site agent will assume you will be using them to represent you.

In most cases, the site agent represents the seller.

Who represents you? That’s the rub!

Then I get the call from a buyer who wants me to represent them, but if the buyer already marked the box “no agent” then my fee to represent them gets discounted by the builder by a whopping 70%!

It is not fair that a buyer cannot freely choose who they want to represent them without ramifications.

Tip:

When you visit new construction and are asked if you have an agent, say, “Yes…Rosie Rourke, John L. Scott, 206.719.5870.”

Short Sales are down 10%!

In helping our buyers and sellers we are pleased to report we do not come across as many distressed sales as we did in the past.

A distressed sale, also known as a short sale, is where the the owner owes more than the market can bear. Distressed sales bring home values down.

In 2012 the 98058 Fairwood Renton ZIP code market reported 20% of the market were short sales.

In 2013 it was 17%.

Excited to report that in 2014, it is only 10%!

Rosie Receives 5 Star Award

For the tenth year in a row, Rosie Rourke, John L. Scott, received the Five Star Professional Award.

Five Star Professional conducts market-specific research throughout the U.S. and Canada to identify reputable and trustworthy service professionals. Research results undergo a thorough and vigorous review; only the best and most qualified individuals receive the Five Star Professional award.

Rosie Receives Local Expert Badge!

Zillow All-StarRosie Rourke of John L. Scott has been granted a Zillow All-Star badge as a result of her valuable contributions on Zillow.

Zillow Local ExpertRosie also earned the Zillow Local Expert badge for expertise in the 98058/Renton area. The Local Expert badge is awarded to active Zillow users who share their real estate knowledge and help others by contributing high-quality content in a specific city or neighborhood. The more and better the contributions a user makes that relate to that city or neighborhood, the more likely an award will be granted.

Seattle Makes the Forbes List

View of downtown Seattle and train stationForbes magazine ranks Seattle #9 for “best places for business and careers.”

“To gauge the best places for business in the U.S., we (Forbes) rate the 200 largest metro areas on a dozen factors related to jobs, costs (business and living), income growth, quality of life and education of the labor force.”

I feel the shift happening to a stronger economy. Look around at all of the new construction — commercial and residential. All tell-tale signs that we are BACK!