Message from Rosie on COVID-19

There is an extreme shortage of inventory. Interest rates are at their lowest and might even go lower – this is to help drive the economy. The MLS has shut down all open houses so we can’t do that, but we have a huge marketing machine to get the word out globally and locally. Open houses are just one tool in our effective tool box.  People need to buy and people need to sell – it will be our job to make connections ? We are confident we can do that, but we are in unprecedented times. The one thing that does concern us is if we have a mandated town shutdown. Then we are all stuck until we get to the other side—and we WILL make it to the other side.

 

We already have virus precautions in place when showing homes. We educate our clients and public coming through home when they enter the home. We are doing our best to have solutions and to meet folks at their level of concern to help alleviate fears. Such as virtual walk through tours, recommending pre-inspections to upload to the listing as well as all pertinent information such as title, plat map, etc. Lenders and appraisers are still business as usual as most of their work is virtual.

 

My team is working virtually from home now with access to all necessary technology. Electronic signing, face-time conferencing, etc. We all stand ready to help you with your real estate needs when you are ready.

Is Covid 19 Affecting Real Estate

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How is Covid-19 Affecting the Real Estate Market?

As you can imagine I’ve had these questions posed to me quite a bit recently from my local real estate clients.

“How is the Coronavirus going to affect the sale of my home?”

“How is Covid-19 affecting buyers, are they still looking?”

Here is my take on things and what is going on right now in front us.

Real estate transactions are still taking place, people need to buy homes or sell homes regardless of what is happening around us. Our open house last weekend was busy, and clients are still planning on listing their home in the coming weeks. Buyers are also extremely active both online and in-person, we really haven’t seen a slowdown.

Interest rates are extremely low right now which gives more buying power to home buyers and they are taking advantage of it. We are seeing record levels of online activity as well as multiple offers on homes. This combined with historically low inventory of homes is driving the market right now. Record number of buyers + low home inventory = a frenzy market at certain price points and areas in Fairwood, Renton, Maple Valley, Kent, and all-over South King County.  

If you are thinking of selling, I would love to have a conversation with you. Now is a great time to have me give you a free one to one home valuation and come up with a game plan. We are also scheduling private showings with anti-viral protocols to make sure everyone is healthy and safe. 

Contact me directly with any questions! 

Call/Text 206.719.5870

Email: rosie@rosierourke.com

Or fill out the form below! 

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The real estate market in the Renton, Fairwood, Kent, Maple Valley, Seattle and South King County as a whole has been going through an unprecedented sellers market so far in 2020. With low interest rates and a booming local economy buyers are qualified, eager and ready to make offers... but there are NO HOUSES! Ok yes, there are houses for sale, but we are trending about 38% less inventory (homes for sale) than we did this time last year. Less houses means more competition for buyers, which in turn is GREAT for YOU the seller!

We usually don't see a market frenzy like this until the warmer Spring months, it came early this year. But will it last until Spring? What about the election and now the threat of Coronavirus, how will this affect the house market if you are thinking of selling? Nobody has a crystal ball, but my team does have 40+ years of local real estate experience, and this experience is telling us to react to what is in front you RIGHT NOW! 

Before we get to the 5 reasons why you should list your home NOW and not wait until Spring, I want you to watch the short video below. My clients the Kirks were just like you, their timeline was to list in the Spring but the market dictated otherwise! We guided them through the expedited process of getting their home ready to list, listing it, and selling it literally before the sign even hit the ground! Because they decided to take action now they are currently laying poolside in Palm Springs enjoying their retirement! 

 

  1. Interest Rates – Interest rates at historic lows, which means more buying power for people house hunting right now! This is one of the reasons why there are so many buyers right now! Will these interest rates last? No one has a crystal ball, but if you wait and the rates go up, it could cool off the sellers’ market we are in!
  2. You Will Stand Out – With less homes going on the market right now, your home will stand out from the crowd! If you wait a couple of months you run the risk of a massive flood of listings like yours. With more competition the likelihood of a bidding wars diminishes. Once again, we don’t have a crystal ball but historically later in the Spring we see a surge in listings. Right now, inventory is low, it is a great time to take advantage of this!
  3. You Are in Control – In a sellers’ market like this, you have the upper hand when it comes to negotiating terms. With multiple buyers bidding for your home you will have more options. Waved inspections, over asking offers waving 22AD, etc. For more information about this talk with our team leader and expert listing negotiator Rosie directly!
  4. Off Market – Many homeowners love the idea of selling their home, but don’t want to do the extra work to get it show ready! Or maybe the thought of having people walking through your home is causing you anxiety. Our team has buyers agents with clients looking for a home like yours and we also have a network of top agents we work with buyers too. There is a chance that we could sell your home without all the hassle of listing it in a market like this. Once again, please talk to Rosie about this option!
  5. This is an Election Year – Historically the market slows down the closer we get to a major election. We don’t have a crystal ball, but we can see what is right in front of us. We are telling all our clients to get their home on the market earlier just in case!

Check out this cool tool that we have that can show you how many REAL buyers are looking for a home that matches yours! It’s cool, just enter your email below, then your address on the next screen, and get yourself prepared to be amazed!

January Market Update – Is it a good time to sell my home?

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It's the last day of January, let's take a look at some market stats for this month. Interest rates continue to be SUPER low which is increasing the number of buyers actively looking right now. House inventory continues to be low which is why homes are selling at a faster rate than usual for this time of year. We usually don't see a frenzy like this until Spring, it has come early!

Bottomline for sellers: You might want to move up your timeline for listing this year. Listing now will help your home stand out!

Bottomline for buyers: Get in before Spring hits, if it is busy now I can't imagine what Spring will be like!

The Rosie Rourke Team doesn't have a crystal ball but we have over 40 years of combined experience. We are here to answer all your questions regarding buying or selling in 2020. Schedule an appointment with our team if you want to talk about selling or buying in 2020! No pressure, just a conversation and a cup of coffee! https://rosierourke.com/contact/

Stand Out, List Now!

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Stand out from the crowd RIGHT NOW and command all the attention from buyers or be one of many homes on the market this Spring?

"But Rosie, I didn't plan on listing my home so soon in 2020, but I don't want to miss all the buyers RIGHT NOW!" Not to worry, the #rosierourketeam does more than just put a sign in the ground, we can help you organize, stage, declutter, repair/update, and get your home ready to command top dollar in the market place sooner than you ever thought possible!

Did we pique your interest? Here are your action steps...

#1 - In about 2 minutes you can see exactly how many REAL buyers are looking for a home that matches yours! Fill out the form below!

#2 - Contact Rosie personally at 206.719.5870, either by text or call to schedule a time for Rosie to give you a REAL home valuation, not from some computer program that doesn't know your home's story. You can also fill out the form below!

Spring is NOW and the buyers are ready to BUY, let us know if we can help!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

As we enter into a new decade we are coming off of an historic serge in our Renton, Fairwood, Kent, Maple Valley, and Seattle real estate markets! The past few years we have seen prices rise and interest rates fall, but what does 2020 have in store for us? It's also an election, what does that do for first time home buyers, home sellers, second time buyers, and is it a good time to buy or sell a home? Let's ask Rosie Rourke, once of King County's best real estate agents what she things, watch the video below!

 

 

Become a Rosie VIP

Become a Rosie Rourke VIP

 

If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram you see multiple times a year the fun events we do for our VIPs! How do you become a VIP in the Rosie Rourke world? To us a VIP is someone who sings our praises, they tell the world about the Rosie Rourke Team, they are our biggest fans, our evangelists, and they are influencers in their community! Ok, that sounds like a lot, right? It's simple, our VIPs tell their friends, family and neighbors about us and refer us business! 

Our special VIP events (like the Summer BBQ we just had) are a way for us to say thank you! Our VIP list changes year after year, we do our best to make sure all of our top VIPS are invited and spoiled, but space is limited at our events. 

So, ready to become a VIP? Refer us business and make sure your friends and family mention your name so you get credit! If you need a stack of cards just ask, Rosie will run them over to you herself! 

turkeytrot

Turkey Trot 5k in Renton

November 23 - The Fun Starts at 9am!

Fairwood Firs HOA Park
Fairwood Firs Neighborhood (off of 140th Ave SE/SE 181st Street)  

Join the Rosie Rourke Team and your friends on November 23 for the 3rd annual Turkey Trot, hosted by the #1 real estate team for John L. Scott in South King County/Fairwood.

Registration starts 9am and don't forget to bring your food donations for NW Harvest too! We will also be giving prizes to the first place male runner, female runner, first stroller to cross the finish line, first dog, and more! 

RSVP is not required, just show up and have fun! Tell us your coming on our Facebook Event Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/530574890848946/

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Come See Rosie at the Kent Business Expo!

Rosie Rourke and her team will be featured at the Kent Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo and the Taste of Kent 2019! Join us at the Showare Center and come by our booth! Check out the short commercial they put together for the event... see you there!

Fall Market Update 2019

The Fall Market is Heating up, Don't get Left Behind!

 

Thinking of buying? Buyers are lining up right now with super low interest rates! Thinking of buying? With the low interest rates you have more buying power than ever before, this is your chance! But none of this is possible unless you take action RIGHT NOW!

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