Kari's Blog Relocating for Climate Resilience: Essential Strategies for Remote Workers As climate change continues to dramatically reshape our environment, more and more remote workers are thinking about relocation to areas less impacted by climate-related disruptions. This shift requires thorough planning and insight. Preparing adequately ensures a smooth transition, whether escaping rising sea levels or seeking a cooler climate. Today, the Kari Haas Real Estate Team […]
About Kari Haas A ‘Little Bit’ of Community Service On June 7th, Kari Haas joined fellow Windermere agents for the annual Windermere Community Service Day. They dedicated their time to support Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Redmond, WA. This event brought together a team of volunteers committed to making a positive impact in their community. Kari and her colleagues rolled up their sleeves […]
Kari's Blog Bridging the Gap: Moving Closer to Your Aging Loved One Having a senior loved one who needs your support can be demanding, especially if you live far away from them. You might feel that your current location is preventing you from meeting their daily needs. Distance can also make it difficult to keep track of their health and well-being. In such situations, moving closer to […]
For Home Owners Everything You Need to Know About Your Rights as a New Homeowner Buying a house is an exciting milestone, but it involves understanding your rights as a homeowner. Knowing what you can and cannot do is essential to avoid disputes and exploitation, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer or newcomer to the area. Discover these common rights to ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience in your […]
Real Estate Market Updates & Insight Local Market Update – May 2024 Our local real estate market is exhibiting seasonal strength, with most areas seeing month-over-month and year-over-year sales gains. Despite continued interest rate increases, which can constrain both buyers and sellers, the number of closed transactions in King and Snohomish counties has risen for three straight months. This suggests that both sides of the table are […]
For Home Owners Unique Ways to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency An energy-efficient home presents many benefits, including lower utility bills, improved indoor comfort, and minimized environmental footprint. The good news is you can achieve all these advantages with just a few inexpensive tweaks in and around your property. Here are eight unique ways to boost energy efficiency in your home. 1. Upgrade Shades and Drapes […]
Real Estate Market Updates & Insight Local Market Update – February 2024 Like some plants and trees, the local real estate market is starting to bloom. Last month, median residential sold prices increased in each of the four geographic areas covered below. That’s welcome news for intending home sellers, who are also benefitting from continued low inventory region-wide. At the same time, local buyers are seeing stabilizing […]
Kari's Blog Local Market Update – January 2024 Despite moments of snow in Western Washington, the local real estate market is slowly warming, as new opportunities arise for both home buyers and sellers. Lower mortgage rates are welcome news for buyers, and low inventory means sellers are starting the year with minimal competition. King County continues to see residential price gains, with last […]
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Kari's Blog Local Market Update – December 2023 Just like December temperature variations, our local real estate market continues to feel up and down. Interest rates, regional economic conditions and seasonal market shifts have meant rising home prices in some areas and drops in others. While the expected winter slowdown means overall lower inventory, buyers are still willing to compete for plum properties […]
Tips & Tricks Unveiling the Secrets of DIY Appliance Fixes Fixing your appliances yourself offers a dual benefit: It’s both economically advantageous and personally satisfying. Taking on these tasks can significantly extend the lifespan of your household gadgets, reducing the need for costly replacements. However, the importance of being well-informed and cautious cannot be overstated. Approaching your repairs with the right knowledge and care is […]
Tips & Tricks Home safety for trick or treaters Everyone wants an accident-free Halloween in the neighborhood, so these few tips will ensure the local kids have a scary and super-fun night. Clear Paths Before the little ghouls and goblins start their quest for treats, take a stroll around your front yard. Remove any lurking garden tools or toys that might pose a tripping […]
For Home Owners 13 tasks to cross off your fall home maintenance checklist. As the seasons change, it’s important to stay on top of your home maintenance checklist — especially during the fall. During this time of year, the cooler temperatures and harsh fall weather can do a number on your home. But with some preparation (and professional assistance), you can keep your home warm, cozy, and safe. […]
Real Estate Market Updates & Insight September 2023 Real Estate Market Update As summer draws to a close, the local housing market remains somewhat unsettled. This is due to persistently high interest rates that have caused buyers to pause and sellers to hold onto their pandemic-era mortgage rates, as well as low inventory increasing competition for the available listings. Sold home prices in some areas have begun […]
For Home Owners If You’re Renovating Your Home, This Guide is for You The Kari Haas Real Estate Team has a genuine desire to help you achieve your real estate goals while negotiating smartly to protect your best interests. Connect with us today to learn more! Home renovations can be exciting and rewarding, but they can also be overwhelming. There are so many things to consider when planning […]
For Home Owners How Smoking Can Affect a Home’s Value and How to Mitigate This Smoking in the US has hit an all-time low in recent years, but millions continue to smoke to this day. Most smokers in America use around six to ten cigarettes daily. With smoking in public laws becoming much stricter across the country, more smokers are choosing to smoke at home. However, this convenient solution has negative […]
Real Estate Market Updates & Insight July 2023 Real Estate Market Update This summer’s local housing market is seeing low inventory feed higher prices, putting the squeeze on would-be buyers. June is typically the month where home prices reach their apex, and last month was no exception as King and Snohomish counties’ prices neared the peaks seen during the sugar high of the pandemic market. Approximately 80% […]
Investing Mastering the BRRRR Strategy: Tips for Real Estate Investors Real estate investors looking to grow their portfolio understand the importance of adopting the BRRRR strategy (buy, rehab, rent, refinance, repeat). While this strategy can be rewarding, it requires a combination of skills, knowledge, and expertise. Here are some tips to help you master the BRRRR approach. Up-And-Coming Areas Choosing the right location is crucial […]
Real Estate Market Updates & Insight June 2023 Real Estate Market Update The more frenetic activity of a typical spring real estate market has certainly hit our area, with buyers out in droves looking for homes. What they’ve found, however, is high competition and scant listings. The region’s low housing inventory has been a constraint that has resulted in fewer closed sales than we’ve seen in recent […]
For Buyers May 2023 Real Estate Market Update As the weather warms, so too does our real estate market, it seems. With dwindling inventory and climbing prices, the housing market is on an upswing, even if it’s a small one. This places sellers back in the driver’s seat, with buyers forced to compete against multiple offers and in the face of higher interest […]
For Sellers How to Sell a Home After the Death of a Loved One The loss of a loved one is a heartbreaking experience for everyone involved. But as an heir, along with grieving for your loss, there are other responsibilities you may have to dedicate your attention towards. One of these is handling the sale of the deceased’s estate. At the Kari Haas Real Estate Team, we understand […]