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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
For Buyers Q1 2023 Western Washington Gardner Report The following analysis of the Western Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to Kari Haas (206)719-2224. REGIONAL ECONOMIC OVERVIEW The […]
For Home Owners Making Your Home a Healthy Place Most of us spend a good deal of our lives at home, so of course, we want it to be a healthy place. Some improvements can be made quickly and easily, and others require more time, money, and effort, but there’s always something you can do to make your home a healthier place to live. […]
For Buyers April 2023 Real Estate Market Update Spring has truly arrived in our region, with longer days and blooming cherry blossoms. Along with these harbingers of the season, the pace of the local real estate market has also picked up, indicating that the spring market is finally here. An uptick in new listings and price gains in the last month demonstrates a […]
Kari's Blog Your Ultimate Spring Maintenance Checklist for a Safe and Comfortable Home As winter fades and spring blooms, it’s time to give your home a little extra attention to ensure it is in top shape for the upcoming warmer months. A little maintenance now can go a long way in preventing costly repairs and ensuring your family’s safety and comfort. Here are ten spring maintenance tasks you […]
For Buyers March 2023 Real Estate Market Update A recent surge in purchase activity indicates that the early spring real estate market is in full swing in our region. Fluctuating interest rates have caused some buyers to converge on properly-priced listings when rates are down, while potential sellers have been hesitant to let go of the historically low mortgages they have on their […]
Kari's Blog February 2023 Real Estate Market Update Spring may have come early to the local housing market, with home sales increasing and multiple offers sneaking back into the norm after a downturn over the last few months. While still not at the levels of the peak pandemic market, buyers are actively competing with one another again, as mortgage rates and prices have […]
Kari's Blog Q4 2022 Western Washington Gardner Report The following analysis of the Western Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact Kari Haas. REGIONAL ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Although […]