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Are You Ready to Buy a Home?   If you’re like many Americans affected by the rocky economy the last few years - especially those in the Millenial generation - then you may have been renting rather than attempting to buy a home. Thinking that this is the safer option, or that you just wouldn’t qua...
09/08/2014
Zillow acquires Trulia Zillow acquires Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. The 2 biggest online real estate information companies have just got bigger.   Presently, Zillow enjoys about 11% of the real estate web traffic and Trulia has around 8%. Homes.com, who also owns Realtor.com comes in pretty ...
08/09/2014
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Spherical Panoramas What do you think? Two different photographer/representatives that I talked to from the local virtual tour company told me that 360’ panoramas are going the way of the QR code. They were a flash in the pan, but nobody uses them. I agree that nobody in my area uses them and th...
06/24/2014
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Hobby Farm A hobby farm is a small farm that is not the family’s primary source of income. A hobby farm is generally between 5 and 20 acres and has a variety of small scale agriculture. A typical hobby farm will have gardens for growing fresh produce as well as some farm animals for eggs, milk a...
06/20/2014
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                    Your Credit Score                               What Does It Mean?   Before you apply for a loan it is important to know and understand your credit score. When I say, "your credit score" what I mean is your FICO score.  This is the scoring system that runs from 300 to 850 tha...
05/23/2014
Seller Closing Costs in Washington How much do you actually net when you sell your home using a Realtor? Seller closing costs in Washington State are going to be different than other states.   Of course you are going to need to pay any mortgages off.  You will also need to pay off any leans, bac...
05/21/2014
Medical Lake Real Estate Market Medical Lake Washington is one of many rural communities in the Spokane area. Medical Lake is about a 20 minute drive west of Spokane. The population of Medical Lake as of the 2010 census was 5060. If you include the whole 99022 zip code of the surrounding communit...
05/07/2014
Spokane Real Estate Market April 2014 The Spokane real estate market is continuing to recover.  Closed sales are down slightly but the sale prices are continuing to do well. There were 439 closed sales in April compared to 445 the same month a year ago. This is a decrease in closed sales of 1%. ...
05/06/2014
Average or Median Price Which means more? When you are looking at market trends for a particular real estate market you will often see average home prices and median home prices. These prices will reflect the sold prices on closed sales, because that is the only way to come up with a value. Askin...
03/17/2014
Solar Energy in Spokane   Using the sun to make electricity makes a lot of sense environmentally but does it make good sense economically?  With the available incentives for solar energy in Spokane Washington it makes good economic sense also.   I have a 26 panel solar electric system on my home ...
02/23/2014
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