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Wednesday, February 07, 2018   /   by Christine Robertson

How We Get 6% More

Each year for the last five years, Christine and Company has been selling homes for 6% more than local averages.

When I tell people this, I get one of two responses. People either roll their eyes, or their eyes go wide. The people who roll their eyes can’t imagine someone outperforming the market the way we do. 6% in this market is a huge deal—it’s typically a $30,000 price difference.

People who roll their eyes at our performance simply don’t think that different agents have different results. This makes no sense. Every business has above, below, and average performers. This goes for real estate, as well.

People with the wide-eyed response, however, want to know how we do it. I’ll tell you. For starters, there is a 14-day program we put each house we list through. You can download that program here. But, more importantly, we track that number. I promise that if you ask Realtors what their sales-to-list price ratio is, most won&rs ...

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018   /   by Christine Robertson

What Does Vashon Events Do?

Music is everything to me, so today’s interview is one of my favorites. I sat down with Pete and Allison, the heart and soul of Vashon events.

They are responsible for building a great music scene featuring local musicians, imported musicians, and other live events.

2:00 How Pete and Allison started Vashon Events and why they wanted to create a great community resource for entertainment

5:00 What Pete and Allison see for the future of the music scene and performing arts in our area.

8:00 Supporting the community and other venues.

11:00 Upcoming events and plans for the future, such as workshops for artists, the music library, and more.

16:00 How Pete and Allison got started in booking music.

If you would like to learn more about Vashon Events, check out their website. 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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Friday, January 26, 2018   /   by Christine Robertson

How Was Our 2017 Market and What Can We Expect in the New Year?

Today I wanted to share some numbers from last year and give you some thoughts on the 2018 market.

Today on “Do the Math”, we’re going to go over what our King County real estate market looked like at the end of 2017 and what is likely to happen in 2018.

Before we get to this week’s example, however, I strongly encourage you to check out my book on Amazon, “Shortchanged by Shortcuts? 44 Surprising Ways People Rip Themselves Off When Buying or Selling Their Home”. The thousands of dollars at stake is going in to someone’s pocket, so you may as well make it yours. Pick up a copy of the book today and let me know what you think.

Now, back to the King County 2017 numbers. For reference, the light green represents “For Sale”, and the dark green represents “Sold”. This is a simple case of supply and demand. If you follow our blog, you know that last September we said it was a great time to be a buyer, as supp ...

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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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