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Home Inventory Is Up… Where Are You Buyers???

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Finally… home inventory is up! I just read a report that more homes went for sale in September then they did last year at this time. In fact, this is the most home inventory for sale during the Fall in 3 years! This is GREAT news for buyers… so where are they?

I think the crazy market during the beginning of 2018 has scared a lot of them away. Their loss is YOUR GAIN! Homes are not selling as fast and there is room for negotiation now. And my preferred lenders have told me that there is a possible mortgage rate increase looming in 2019. If rates go up 1 point that could mean 10-15% less in buying power for you! You can’t afford to wait, check out my quick video about today’s buyers market, 3 reasons why you NEED to by now, and check out my team of expert buyers agents who are eager to help you buy a home before the holidays…. CLICK HERE!

Welcome to the Team Gayle!

 

Welcome to the #rosierourketeam Gayle Henninger! Gayle will be our new Showing Assistant, she will be tasked with helping our rockin team of buyers agents better serve our clients!

Here is a little bit about our newest team member!

“I was born and raised in the Pacific NW and grew up in Fairwood Greens. I am a graduate of Kentridge High School. I have 2 grown children and have strong family values. I have remained close to the Fairwood Community as many of my family and friends there. I am involved in Community events and enjoy volunteering my time to help others in need. I have always enjoyed interior design and viewing homes, and have been told by several people that I have a great eye for decorating. This is what led me to my career in real estate, getting my Brokers’ license in 2006.

I enjoy helping others, and absolutely love helping others reach their dream of home ownership. I love working within a Team Environment which led me to joining the Rosie Rourke Team!”

Rosie’s Real Estate Reveal: What Does Contingent Mean?

Welcome to another edition of Rosie’s Real Estate Reveal! These are blogs where Rosie Rourke helps you understand real estate terms and what they mean to you, the buyer or seller! Today’s reveal is all about contingent offers! Believe it or not, a lot of newer agents don’t even understand what a contingent offer is. Honestly it’s been a while since listing agents have been accepting them. But now with the market slow down, massive amounts of homes for sale, and buyers that have cooled off, agents are entertaining the contingent offers again.

What is a contingent offer?

It simple terms, it’s when a home buyer makes an offer on a new home before selling their current home. The sale of the new home is contingent or dependent on the sale of the current home. The “official” definition is as such: It means an offer on a home has been made and the seller has accepted it, but the finalized sale is contingent upon certain criteria that have to be met. Usually the successful sale of the buyer’s current home.

What does this mean for you?

When a home is “Contingent” it doesn’t mean the house has SOLD and is off the market! Did you know that you can still tour and MAKE AN OFFER on a contingent home? Not a backup offer, but you can BUMP the contingent offer and the home is YOURS!

So if you are in the market, see a home you love, and the status says Contingent… you still have a chance! I actually have 2 homes listed right now that are contingent, both of these sellers are looking for new buyers to BUMP the current contingent offers!

 

 

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Large home for sale in Covington!

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Rambler for sale in Fairwood Renton, WA

 

Looking for New Smart Homes for Sale? I Have BETTER Than New Ready NOW!

There are a lot of new home developments popping up everywhere! If you are looking for new homes for sale in Covington or Maple Valley you have probably drove down Kent-Kangley Road and seen the signs for New Lennar Homes for Sale in Covington. Or you can search New homes for sale in Covington with Lennar Homes’s Maple Hills development. Well guess what? I have a better than NEW home for sale in Addison Park right across the street listed for less than a new Lennar Smart Home in Maple Hills!

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My listing is over 4400+ square feet, has 5 bedrooms, 3 different living spaces, open concept living, a low maintenance yard, a view off of 2 different decks, 800+ square feet of additional storage in addition to a 3 car garage, and it’s a SMART HOME with Alexa enabled features!

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My seller of the home for sale in Covington is motivated and ready for an offer! And you have to see this better than new home for sale near Maple Valley. Tall ceilings, upscale touches throughout and all the lights outside are on a timer too!

Learn more and schedule a private showing here: http://rosierourke.idxbroker.com/idx/details/listing/a045/1323243/20010-SE-260th-Place

 

Fairwood Greens Recycling Event July 21st!

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Fairwood Greens Recycling Event is on July 21st!

Each year my team and I sponsor a recycle celebration coinciding with the Fairwood Greens community garage sale.  If it doesn’t sell… bring it to the RECYCLE EVENT on July 21th!

We will have 1 Green Planet for your bigger items…

We will have Confidential Data Shredding for your paper and confidential items.

We will have a HOT DOG cart and BOUNCY HOUSE for the kids!!!!

Great Seattle Time’s Article!

I am always researching and educating myself and my team about current real estate trends, it’s been my life’s passion for over 20 years! I recently came across a great article in the Seattle Times, it’s a great read and it’s why my clients have chosen a local broker like me to represent them during one of the largest financial transactions of their life! I pulled out the part of the article that is really important for you, but you can read the full article here is you want to: https://projects.seattletimes.com/2018/how-to-buy-a-home/

You can find 500 Yelp reviews about your $4 cup of coffee, but there’s surprisingly little information on how to find someone who will help you with your biggest purchase and earn a commission that averages about $25,000 in Seattle and is paid by the seller. A lot of buyers use referrals. Others simply click on buttons from Redfin and Zillow that appear next to home listings — but beware, those are generally just advertisements from realtors. Just like you would visit several houses to find the best fit, do the same with realtors: Interview at least a few to see how you’ll get along and test out how well they know the market.

You can also test out realtors in the real world by going to open houses. Tobias Nitzsche and his wife were looking to buy a house here last year but found out they didn’t really like the first realtor they picked. Then they ran into Stephanie Spiro at an open house for a home she was listing, and found her to be so helpful and friendly that they hired her for their own home hunt.

 

Realtors are an extension of the “location, location, location” mantra in real estate: Most realtors have one neighborhood they know really well but things can get dicey if they start venturing into new territory. Look for people who have already done lots of deals in the neighborhood you want. Seattle-based Redfin, in particular, is a source of fascination for buyers because it generally offers lower commissions — as low as 1 to 1.5 percent of
the purchase price, compared to traditional brokerages that usually charge 2.5 to 3 percent.

 

But traditional brokerages derisively refer to Redfin as a “discount brokerage.” Fichthorn said they first tried touring homes with Redfin, using a feature on the company’s website where you can click a button to “schedule a tour” even if it’s not a Redfin-listed house. The Redfin employee would quickly respond and unlock the home for a tour but had no clue about the house’s details and couldn’t analyze whether the price was fair — she was just there in hopes of signing the buyers up to be assigned to one of their agents. They wound up going with a realtor from a traditional brokerage — though they found him through a similar tool on Zillow, which lets brokers pay to put their face next to listings they’re not associated with.