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Friday, May 18, 2018   /   by Christine Robertson

Need Something on Vashon? This Website Has You Covered

Recently, I sat down to interview a very special guest: Vashon Hub creator Lisa Work. Vashon Hub is a website designed to serve as a database of vendors, events, services here on Vashon Island. This website is a truly fantastic resource, so today I’m excited to share my interview with Lisa and enlighten you all on the story behind how this site got started. Without further ado, here are the key highlights of our conversation:

Tell me about your intentions when you started Vashon Hub.

“[After moving here] it was hard to find everything I needed. It took a lot of effort to find stuff. There are really great Facebook groups where you could find things, but it was still hard. So one day, my best friend and I were talking. We said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there was one place where you could find a list of everything you need in the area, and do reviews like on Yelp—but specifically for Vashon.’So I thought, ‘This is a great idea. ...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018   /   by Christine Robertson

How Does an Agent’s Commission Affect What You Earn From Your Home Sale?

How does an agent’s commission impact what you make off your home sale?

To answer this question, we did the math by looking at the sales results of Redfin, Faira, MLS Assist, and us here at Christine & Company for the last 12 months. Here was the average list-to-sale price ratio for each of these companies during that time:

-Christine & Company: 105% (In other words, we sold our listings for an average of 5% higher than their original sale prices)
-Redfin: 102%
-Faira: 101%
-MLS Assist: 0%

What do these figures mean? I’ll give you an example.

Let’s say there are two brokers who each list a $500,000 house—one of these brokers works for us at Christine & Company, and one works for Redfin. Our broker has a 6% commission fee (3% for the agent and 3% for whoever refers the buyer to them) and the Redfin broker has a 4% fee.

At these commission rates, if we get 5% more than the asking price and they get 2% mor ...

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Thursday, April 19, 2018   /   by Christine Robertson

Have You Heard About These New Credit Regulations?

Special thanks to one of my favorite lenders, Julie Jones of Caliber Home Loans for this great information 

I have some very exciting news to share with you in this week’s update. Our country’s credit bureaus are rolling out new regulations that will not only help to improve your score, but will also make it easier to dispute discrepancies.

You can view these new regulations as being more lenient than past standards, or you can view them as something to even out the playing field. Whatever your opinion may be—things are changing.

The first change I’d like to mention is that government liens are no longer reported in your credit score. Lenders will likely pull a separate report to determine liens, but they will no longer be a factor in your score.

Under these new regulations, only contract-related debts can be included in your score. Fines like parking and speeding tickets, for which you never signed a contract, will no longer be included ...

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Thursday, April 5, 2018   /   by Christine Robertson

Are You Interested in CrossFit Training?

Today, CrossFit trainer Josh Thorn sits down with me to discuss his gym and how he created such a great place for our community to get healthy.

I had a really exciting interview with Josh Thorn, who runs the CrossFit gym that I go to. He has built a fantastic gym here and created a great place for the community to come and work out.

Check out the video to hear our full conversation. Here are a few highlights:

1:00 Josh’s history with exercise, health, and CrossFit
3:00 Why Josh started a CrossFit gym in his own garage and how he grew his business
5:00 Josh discusses his plans for the future of his gym
7:00 Getting CrossFit certified and why Josh chose CrossFit in the first place

I would like to thank Josh for talking to me today—I’ll see him bright and early for my next workout.

As always, if you have any real estate questions, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018   /   by Christine Robertson

Shortchanged by Shortcuts: My New Video Series

I wrote a book called “Shortchanged by Shortcuts” that’s about all the surprising ways that people rip themselves off when buying or selling a home. This is the start of a video series to help you learn what those shortcuts are and how to avoid them.

Today, though, I want to talk a little bit about why I wrote the book and what it’s about.

Up through the 1970s, the field of economics was founded on the basis that people operate in a rational matter. People will always choose that which provides for their best and highest good.

Of course, the theory that people always operate in a rational manner regarding their choices is fundamentally ridiculous.

Think about it—you don’t know anyone who is always acting according to their best interest. We eat things we shouldn’t eat, we don’t save enough money, we do impulsive things that we might regret, and we rationalize choices that make no real sense at all. We are not rati ...

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