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Home Selling in Seattle : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Feb 23, 2017
Alan May answered:
I've never seen such a thing in a residence. No idea what the local MLS would consider it... I guess I'd call it a "guy's 1/2 bathroom"
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Thu Dec 15, 2016
Ddd31 answered:
Which would bring more value at selling an updated kitchen or an extra bedroom?.
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Thu Dec 8, 2016
Kary Krismer answered:
Consult an attorney, but if they forgot or missed paying off a lien that you owed, you probably owe them.
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Mon Oct 10, 2016
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you circle back with your realtor who sold your property.
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Sat Oct 8, 2016
Bryant Ravenna asked:
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Sat Sep 24, 2016
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Tue Sep 20, 2016
Eva Croasdale answered:
If I were to rate best times of year to sell, this would be my order:

1. Spring to early summer
2. Fall
3. Late Summer
4. Winter

There are, of course, pros and cons to every season. In the winter there are not as many buyers (they are still out there), but there is also not a lot of inventory. Late summer tends to have a lot of buyers or their agents out of town, so the tension of the market isn't as intense. In the Fall, buyers tend to get serious again after summer vacations. That's my two sense from what I've observed! ... more
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Sat Sep 17, 2016
Eva Croasdale answered:
I agree MCM_STL: you should look at your lender statement to see how much you have left to owe. Also to consider when selling your home are closing costs, commissions and taxes. If you are working with an agent, you can ask them for a "seller's estimated proceeds" break-down. If your home is already in escrow, your escrow agent will be able to give you the most accurate settlement statement (they will include everything like utility pay-offs). If you're just looking for a rough estimate, this is something I can pull for you if you're still looking for an answer. ... more
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Fri Sep 9, 2016
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Tue Aug 16, 2016
Tangello_ asked:
all 105 units are worth less than when they were sold 10 years ago. The assessment estimates about 30-40k per unit for siding replacement. What are my options if I can't afford? I was…
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Sun Aug 14, 2016
Kary Krismer answered:
In Washington we use the services of an escrow company to close transactions. That company will gather documents from both parties, and cash from the buyer and their lender. When everything is ready to go and they have all the documents and funds they need, they will record the documents and then give you your funds (e.g. a check or wire transfer).

Thus, in Washington almost every sale is a cash sale, it's just that buyers who don't need a loan can close faster than those who do need a loan (and also may not have low appraisal language in their offers). So cash buyers are better, but you're going to get liquid funds at closing either way.
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Tue Jul 26, 2016
Dave Kohl answered:
There are companies out there that will get your home on the MLS and provide limited services for you for a fee. If you want an agent to handle the calls and do the work for you then you need to hire an agent. If you want to handle the calls yourself, you should be prepared to do so and be able to sound professional. You also should not sit back and rely on the MLS to sell the home for you. All you'll get are calls from agents seeking the listing from you instead of bringing you potential buyers. You should have a budget and a plan in place to advertise and market your home in order to attract potential buyers. If you don't want to do the work it takes by yourself, then you are better off to find the right agent for you. ... more
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Tue Jul 26, 2016
Ghunkmail answered:
People keep saying bamboo is green, but when installed, it takes on a more light brown, beige color.
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Sat Jul 16, 2016
Kary Krismer answered:
This is up to your agent to do. Not all agents/firms push their listings to Trulia, Zillow and That is something you should find out before you list, because as a seller you do want your listing on those sites (and others), not just the broker sites.

As a buyer you want to mainly look on the broker sites, for the additional and more current selection.
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Sun Jul 3, 2016
Kary Krismer answered:
This is an excellent question, and will get my typical answer, but this time it's also because I'm not 100% certain of the answer. Usually it's because I'm not certain of the facts,don't want to give legal advice, and an agents statutory duty to suggest expert advice. So for four different reasons: You need to consult an attorney.

From memory I don't believe there are any questions on the "Form 17" disclosure statement which would apply, partly because I don't believe this would be a "material defect" and not an answer to a specific question. That said, advertising the view could be risky and there may be some duty to disclose that I'm not thinking of (again consult an attorney). If you do have a duty to disclose and don't, you could be sued, and that is not a good thing by any means.

One thing I do know the answer to is your agent would have to disclose it if asked. For a regular agent it would violate statutory duties and for a Realtor it would violate statutory duties and ethical rules to not disclose if asked.
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Sat Jun 4, 2016
Kary Krismer answered:
You very well may have a technical claim of copyright infringement. The agent may very well have a proper defense of Fair Use, although that might be somewhat of a stretch. I guess my question though would be why do you care? Have you been damaged in some way? Copyright law does allow statutory damages, but I just don't know that they would be awarded with such nominal actual damages.

Of course to really know you should consult an attorney who practices in the intellectual property law area.
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Thu Jun 2, 2016
Kary Krismer answered:
The NWMLS does not feed directly to Trulia, Zillow or That requires that either the listing agent or their firm push their listings to those entities.
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