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Thursday, January 11, 2018   /   by Christine Robertson

Why It’s Important to Do the Math

Today I’m excited to introduce the very first episode in a series called “Do the Math”, where we’ll be discussing the math problems that people don’t generally do before buying or selling a home.
Since a house is generally one of the biggest purchases someone will make in their lifetime, it’s important to “do the math” so you’re not leaving any money on the table.
Before we get to this week’s example, however, I strongly encourage you to check out my book “Shortchanged by Shortcuts? 44 Surprising Ways People Rip Themselves Off When Buying or Selling Their Home”. It is full of problems that you need to take into consideration before buying or selling a home.

Now, back to everyone's favorite subject. Math.
Let’s say two of my clients are out to buy a lovely house in Lynnwood. The house is being represented by an agent named Sally, who works for RedFin. RedFin, a discount brokerage, priced the hou ...

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Thursday, December 28, 2017   /   by Christine Robertson

How Will the New Tax Plan Impact the Seattle Market?

There is a new tax plan. How exactly will this tax plan impact homeownership and the Seattle real estate market?


How will the new tax plan impact the Seattle real estate market?


There are a lot of things to address in this tax plan, and I’m going to cover a very narrow segment today. I’m not interested in getting into the politics of it, but there is a valid question to address here: Will this tax plan negatively affect the Seattle market?


If you check out the video above, you’ll see a graph that I borrowed from SeattleBubble.com. This is a great blog to follow if you are interested in the ins and outs of Seattle real estate.


In the current plan, after you get to $200,000 in homeownership, it makes sense to itemize your taxes. Itemizing allows you to pay less than the standard deduction.


In 2018, it doesn’t make sense to itemize your taxes until you get to $500,000 in homeownership.


As you will see in the graph in the vid ...

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Thursday, December 14, 2017   /   by Christine Robertson

3 Winter Projects to Help Your Home This Winter

Winterizing your home can pay for itself and then some. It can help you save money on costly repairs. The right project could save you money directly in the form of lower utility bills. The right winterization project could significantly increase the resale value of your home.

"The right winterization project could significantly increase the resale value of your home."


But here's the thing: Not all winterization projects are equally valuable. That's why I've collected the top three projects that stand out in terms of the return they will give on your investment.



1. Insulation. Each year, Remodeling magazine releases its Cost vs. Value Report for various home upgrades. This year, only one project had an ROI of over 100% and that was fiberglass insulation. If you add insulation tomorrow and decide to sell your home right after, you can expect that you will be able to sell for a premium. Even if you aren't selling your home just yet, then the improved insulation wil ...

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017   /   by Christine Robertson

What Do You Think of My New Book?

I can’t believe it! My book is the No. 1 new release on Amazon! Click here to get your copy


I am so excited to share some awesome news with you today. My new book is the No. 1 new release in the “buying and selling homes” section on Amazon! I am super excited about it, and you should be too. My new book, “Shortchanged by Shortcuts?” is also available for a limited time for 99 cents on Kindle and $5.85 in paperback.
 
I lowered the price because I want all of you to be able to have a chance to read it. Who is this book for? It’s for smart people who want to get smarter and wealthier when they buy or sell a home. Are you a smart person? Do you want more money? Are you thinking about buying or selling your home in the near future? If you answered yes, this book is for you.

Even if you aren’t thinking about buying or selling a home yourself in the near future, you probably know somebody who is. For just 99 cents, this would make a ...

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Monday, October 23, 2017   /   by Christine Robertson

The Amazing Story of the Burton Inn

Check out this great interview with Deborah Kohler, who tells the amazing story of how she came to own the Burton Inn, and found the restaurant Lucy’s Table.


Today, I interviewed Deborah Kohler from the Burton Inn at her beautiful space on Vashon Island. She bought the inn last year and started a restaurant called Lucy’s Table. Deborah is a graduate of culinary school, and her food is fabulous. Check out the interview!


Aaron: Tell me about how you came to buy the inn, and how Lucy’s Table came about.


I was a mortgage banker for over 30 years. I started when I was in my late teens and early 20s as a receptionist and had a beautiful, lovely, and wonderful career in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2006, some things started happening in the industry that I wasn’t supportive of, so I sold my home in the San Francisco Bay area and moved to Southern California, where I went to culinary school.


It was time to do something different, and it was an aw ...

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