Posts Categorized: COVID-19

Home Office/Homeschooling Spaces

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Need a Home Office/School Space?

Ideas for Work From Home Spaces, Homeschooling Areas & Maybe It's Time For More Space!

One trend we are seeing right now in real estate is clients wanting a home office or homeschooling space. Like it or not, working from home and distance learning for the kids are both here to stay. After months of being at home, do you still love your house? Does it suit you current family needs? Here are some cool ideas for converting areas of your home into homeschooling spaces or a home office for those ZOOM calls!

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Many of our clients are also finding out that being home for so long has shown them some of the limitations of their space. Remember when you bought your house and you said,

“What do I need that extra bedroom for? Why do I need a home office, I work in a building downtown? That bonus room is a waste of space?”

Open concept homes are great until you need a quite space for a ZOOM call or an area for the kids to set up their “classrooms.” You have options, maybe it’s time to upsize? Odds are you have some great equity in your home!

“But Rosie, if I sell my house how can I afford a larger home, home prices are up all over?”

This is where the low interest rates come in. Lower rates mean more buying power for you. So yes, home prices are up, but with your equity in your current home + low rates, it might be more obtainable than you think! All it takes is a simple phone call, text or email to our team and we can give you a better idea of what your home is worth and what is available in the market for you. Just reach out, let’s chat!

It is a great time to sell, buyers are circling and looking for a home like yours, trust us! Everyone is climbing the real estate ladder right now. Renters are buying condos, condos are upsizing to starter homes, starter homes are upsizing to forever homes, forever homes are downsizing to ramblers, and everything in-between! Our team has helped over 100+ clients already this year go from one end to the other, we have this dialed in.

“But Rosie, the thought of packing up and moving is scary and overwhelming, where do I start?”

RELAX, this is what we do! We don’t just throw a sign in the ground and leave you to do it all, we take care of everything! The moment you decide to let us guide you on your home sales journey we lean in to make sure you have a stress free experience! From scheduling contractors, movers, people to help you de-clutter, we’ll even be the ones to meet with the vendors for you so you don’t have to miss work! We are full service!

“Ok, but what about selling then trying to buy something, I don’t want to be displaced!”

Another great question, we have solutions for that as well! Using the equity in your home to buy a new one all while trying to sell it is both an art and a science. We work with some of the top lenders in the area who specialize in just that. We have several outside the box options to ensure you get top dollar for your current home and find you your new home. We can make it a seamless process, but you need to reach out to us to discuss these options because every situation is unique. There is also a possibility of an off market solution! Being the top team in the area we are connected to active buyers as well as other agents. In some cases selling your home without listing it is a great way to help you achieve your real estate goal without the anxiety of putting your home on the market. Once again, contact us and let’s chat about your options!

In closing I just want to say… HANG IN THERE, YOU CAN DO THIS! We hope this post was helpful and let us know if we can do anything for you! – The Rosie Rourke Team

TIME TO SELL!!!

what is the best time to sell my home in fairwood

 

With Rosie Rourke being one of the top agents not only in the King County, Fairwood, Renton, and Kent areas of Washington, but the entire country, she is invited to speak and be a part of round tables and webinars for other realitors. The theme is the same during every discussion... what is going on with the SE King County Real Estate Market???

Experts from all of the country are calling our local real estate market one of the most resilient in the ENTIRE United States!

Check out the reasons why above and let's have a conversation about your needs, both buying and selling! 

Summer Market Update

Now Is The Time!

Now is the best time to sell your home in the Fairwood, Renton, Kent, Maple Valley & South King County! It all starts with a conversation and a REAL home valuation done by one of the top real estate teams not only in the Northwest, but the entire nation! 

State of Real Estate in Kent

Buying & Selling Real Estate in Kent & the South Sound During COVID-19

Recently Rosie Rourke was asked to be an expert panelist for the Kent Chamber of Commerce's State of Real Estate ZOOM call. Skip ahead minute 4:39 get Rosie's real estate update! 

Buying & Selling Real Estate in Kent & the South Sound During COVID-19

Recently Rosie Rourke was asked to be an expert panelist for the Kent Chamber of Commerce's State of Real Estate ZOOM call. Skip ahead minute 4:39 get Rosie's real estate update! 

June Market Update

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Should I sell my house now? YES! 

The latest Market Insights Report is in... but what does it mean? It means that inventory (homes for sale in our area of Kent, Renton, Fairwood, Maple Valley, etc) are at historically LOW levels! This was a trend before #COVID19, there are just not enough homes for sale right now. Combine this with a historically high number of qualified home buyers literally waiting for something to hit the market in their price range and desired area. This combination is what is contributing to our ??? real estate market in South King Country! Here is what you need to do next... ⬇️
 
✔️Step One: See how many buyers have a home like yours in their search criteria RIGHT NOW here: www.rosierourke.com/buyernow
 
✔️Step Two: Check out the 5 reasons you should consider SELLING NOW here: www.rosierourke.com/sellnow
 
✔️Step Three: The last step is to reach out to an experienced real estate team that knows the market, is local, and has the experience to not only give you a stress free real estate experience but also navigate you through these unprecedented times! Team leader Rosie Johnson Rourke is celebrating 25 years in real estate this fall with an additional 20+ years of experience from the rest of the #rosierourketeam! Learn more about selling during COVID-19 here: www.rosierourke.com/spring
 
?OR... just cut to the chase, have a no pressure conversation with Rosie directly about your options, your concerns & your goals by calling/texting 206.719.5870

Save Money During COVID-19

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Here is a quick message from Rosie about this post and the money saving ideas she's compiled to help you get COVID-19! 

 

Tip #1 Save Money on Your Mortgage!

Contact your loan servicer to find out how they can help if you can’t make the payment. Forbearance is one way, but buyer beware-nothing is free! I recently sat down with one of our preferred lenders and asked everything my clients should know! 

 

If would like to reach to Nichole Stearns directly here is her contact info!

Nichole Stearns - Branch Manager
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
709.4136 nicholes@fairwaymc.com

#2 Still Paying PMI?

Still paying Private Mortgage Insurance (“PMI”) for your home mortgage? Your bank does not automatically remove it-you have to request for it to be removed! Save big each month if you have at least 20% equity in your home. Contact me and I can help determine that for you.

#3 Bank Loans

Bank loans – contact your debt companies and you may be pleasantly surprised to find helpful payment plans. Such as Bank of America. In response to COVID-19, Bank of America is offering payment deferrals for home loans, auto loans, and credit cards for up to 90 days. - https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/bank-of-america-covid-19-2020-4

#4 Utilities

Utilities – contact your utility companies. Some are waiving late fees and creating a payment plan. Puget Sound Energy has a relief program and will not disconnect your power during Covid crisis. For more details - https://www.pse.com/press-release/details/learn-about-our-covid-19-response-plan

#5 Refinance

If your interest rate is over 4.5%, you may benefit from refinancing your home mortgage. Call your loan servicer to learn more.

#6 Stock Market

Stock Market – Want to learn more about market volatility and five actions to consider today? Watch this video provided by John Schneider, a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones. He is a Kent Chamber of Commerce Member, check out this video to learn more:


https://www.edwardjones.com/market-news-guidance/client-perspective/navigating-pullbacks-video.html

Here is John's info if you have any direct questions:

(253) 872-2600
john.schneider@edwardjones.com
www.edwardjones.com

#7  Real Estate Taxes!

Real Estate Taxes – if you are over 61 and fit into a financial category deemed by King County as eligible, you could drastically reduce your real estate taxes. Visit is helpful website to learn more: https://dor.wa.gov/content/property-tax-exemption-program-senior-citizens-and-disabled-persons

#8 Tips From a CPA

Local CPA, Lois Vankat from Shannon & Associates, has a website packed with great tips and information such as…


* Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (watch for your money in the mail if you qualify!)


* attention employers, there is a great read about the Family First Coronavirus Response Act


* Emergency Economic Relief Update – SBA loan programs summary


* What you should know about your retirement plan and how it is affected by the CARES act


* The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act – what does it mean for you?


* Relief for Washington Business and Employees


Learn more at https://www.shannon-cpas.com/resources/blog/

Here is Lois's information if you would like to reach out to her directly:

Lois D. Vankat, CPA
Senior Manager
Shannon & Associates 253.852.8500
lvankat@Shannon-CPAs.com

#9 For Tenants & Landlords

If you are a Tenant or a Landlord, learn about changes due to COVID crisis such as rent freeze, eviction bans, etc.  Read this Rental Housing Association of Washington article:
https://www.rhawa.org/blog/governor-enacts-rent-freeze-expands-evictions-ban-due-to-covid-19-crisis

THANK YOU, HOW CAN I HELP?

If you need anything real estate related please reach out to me and my team! People are still selling, and buyers are still buying, and we are ready to assist you anyway we can! 

More Listings Needed!

what is going on with real estate during covid19

 

Happy May Day everyone! Did you get the Market Insights report in your inbox? You are probably wondering what this graphic means, right? It means that there are literally no houses for sale! Ok, yes, there are houses for sale, but the number of listings is so low that it is counted as a ZERO. This combined with a historic number of qualified buyers looking = a HUGE opportunity for sellers RIGHT NOW! Don't believe me? Take a second and see how many buyers have a home exactly like yours in their search criteria RIGHT NOW here: www.rosierourke.com/buyernow

Learn more about buying and selling during COVID-19 at www.rosierourke.com/spring

We are here to help you not just with your real estate needs and goals, please reach out if you need anything! #stayhome #staysafe #rosierourketeam #homesforsale #househunting

Are People Still Buying Homes?

are people buying homes during COVID-19?

 

Literally everyday a friend, client or even someone at the grocery store asks us the same question, "How is real estate during all of this, are people still buying and selling?" The short answer is YES! The market is very healthy for both buyers and sellers, take a look at the market stats for King County last week.

Learn more about the steps we are taking to keep our clients safe during covid19 and the #stayhome #staysafe order at www.rosierourke.com/spring

Please reach out to Rosie directly if you have any questions or need help in anyway!
 

#eatlocalfairwood

We LOVE Fairwood!

Let's get out there and support our local restaurants! 

All of us on the #rosierourketeam love our community and we've come up with a fun and rewarding way to support our local restaurants during the COVID-19 crisis. We came up with a #eatlocalfairwood Bingo Game! When you eat local and support our restaurants you could win a gift card to the restaurant of your choice courtesy of the Rosie Rourke Team! 

How Does It Work?

Download our digital Bingo board:

Eat Local Fairwood Bingo

You can also find the Bingo board on our FACEBOOK page

places open for take out in Fairwood

When you order takeout at one of the restaurants snap a pic and post it on Facebook with the #eatlocalfairwood and don't forget to TAG @rosierourkerealestate Everytime you post you will be entered to win a gift card! 

Thank you everyone, we are excited to support our local Fairwood restaurants! Together we will get through this! 

Virtual CMA’s With Rosie!

free virtual home valuation

 

High Touch Meets High Tech... Rosie has gone virtual! She is scheduling virtual CMA (Competitive Market Analysis) appointments via ZOOM video call now! You'll get the in-person, one on one level of service you come to expect from our team while practicing social distancing! It's a win-win!

Schedule your free home valuation appointment and let Rosie show you what your home is really worth in this market, something a computer algorithm can't do! She will also be able to answer all your questions about how COVID-19 affecting the real estate market! https://rosierourke.com/homevalue/