Unlisted property!

I have the inside skinny on a house due to be listed on March 1st.  Broker and owner say presales will be honored.  Tired of looking at houses with 15 offers on it within half an hour of being listed?  Take a look at this one

Mountlake Terrace Rambler

Asking price – $279K
3 bedroom/1 bath
approx. 1000 sq ft.*
Original beautiful refinished hardwoods
Large eat-in kitchen with lots of light, new Energy Star refrigerator and Dishwasher
Updated bathroom with pedestal sink
2 car garage
Fully fenced and private backyard
Mature maples and fruit trees line the property
Double paned windows
Brand new 35 year roof
Top of the line high-efficiency furnace
New sewer line
Quiet, friendly neighborhood within walking distance to local schools (Edmonds School District) and shopping
Great location–easy to commute to Seattle or to Everett
Home Warranty!

Contact me if you want more information!  diane@diane-guest.com

* all information from owner.  Buyer to verify details.

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Ahead of the game

Looking for a home in the Somerset area?  I know of two houses about to go on the market because I am neighbors with them.  Neither is bank owned or a short sale!

I’m not the listing agent, but if you want to get ahead of the game and avoid the bidding war which is the market currently, use the contact page to get hold of me!

So much for so little

Add value through inexpensive landscapingLooking at listing your property?  One of the ways that you can generate curb appeal for your properties is through a beautification effort and that does not mean taking a hit from your operating budget. Here are three ways to get free or inexpensive trees or plants for your properties.

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Dueling agents

UmbrellaI love classical movies. There was an age when entertainment was just that, entertainment. Singin’ in the Rain doesn’t educate or indoctrinate, it makes you smile.  At worst it gives the moral lesson of, Be nice.  People like you better when you’re nice.  Being deceiptful can backfire.  It’s the sort of thing mothers (except presumably Colton Harris-Moore’s mother) teach their children.

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Desperately seeking the listing agent

Reposted with permission

Something occurred to me this morning. I will never make it out of beta. That darn phone just won’t stop ringing, and I’ve got work to do.

It’s the first week of a new month, and that means it’s my own, personal triple witch. I’ve got the usual month-end stuff to contend with — office bills to pay, errors and omissions insurance reports to log, files to close out, and all the other sexy things that go along with being a broker. The first week of the month also means I have a half-dozen different recurring ads to create and approve lest I miss the publication deadlines and slip back into agent anonymity and the soup line.

Finally, the beginning of every week means I have to clean the house, because the housecleaner comes on Tuesdays, and we can’t have her thinking we really live like this between visits. I have nightmares about her arriving one day to find us buried alive under an 80-pound pile of free comparative market analyses, custom brochures, market reports, Web analytics and take-out cartons. So we try to tidy up a bit.

When the most recent Inman News morning edition hit my inbox, I was in the throes of new-month mania, and the headline nearly sent me over the edge. The title of Gahlord Dewald’s article, “39 tech things to test and try,” made me shudder in fear. Thirty-nine things? I can’t even remember where I put my blog this week.

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Investors – Check this out!

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
~~ Oh wait, that’s the opening of Romeo and Juliet.

2 “identical” condos, side by side in a private lake community.  Ammenities of the complex are a private park and private dock on Echo Lake.  Close proximity to Costco — you could walk back with your purchases if only the industrial sizes didn’t weigh so much.

Schools?  How about Blue Ribbon Shorewood High School?  Einstein Middle School and Echo Lake Elementary, all in the award winning Shoreline School District.

Ease of commute?  Short walk to the Aurora Village Transit Center.  North or South, these buses will take you there.  Leave your car and parking hassles at home if you wish.

Why is an investor interested?  Because these are a short distance from major employment centers and 2 community colleges — they are prime rentals!

The HOA has no ratio on rental/owner currently, although that could change.  Get in and be grandfathered in that capacity. 

Currently the HOA has litigation pending with a builder, whose work affected another building.  Because of the lawsuit, traditional lending won’t work right now.  Got cash?  Cash is king and will garner the lowest price.  Let’s also talk creative financing.  The owners (who live in one of the units) would like to buy a house because their family is expanding, so they need enough down to secure the new property, but are willing to talk owner financing.  Are you interested yet?

“Identical” properties in terms of size, layout and bed/bath numbers.  Unit A has upgraded custom closets, hardwood floors.  Unit B does not have closet upgrades and is carpeted.  Unit A will sell cash for $214K and B for cash $210K.  Seller financing prices will vary, depending on amount down and terms.

Bitter Lake Townhome

Seattle townhome seekers, look no further!

Extra large townhome in busy vibrant area, but nestled behind another row of homes for privacy and tranquility.  All the builder upgrades went into this — no slap on laminate refits.  Stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, granite countertops, bathrooms on each level, including a 3/4 bath with its own bedroom on the bottom floor. 

Live in all 3 bedrooms or rent one out to help with cash flow — your choice!  Close to Shoreline Community College, North Seattle Community College, and on direct buslines to Northgate Park and Ride or downtown.

Children?  Walk 1/2 a block to the Broadview Public Library or 3 blocks to Bitter Lake Park.  Children’s playground, ball field, tennis courts – it has it all.

Shopping on Aurora is within 1/2 a mile, including Kmart, Sam’s Club, Cash and Carry, Albertson’s and many more.

Click here to check out photos and property features.  Click here to enter an offer on the property.

Kirkland Condo

Style, quality and affordability
Style, quality and affordability

Just listed – upscale Kirkland Condo in secured building.  The whole building was renovated in 2005 – you have to see it to experience affordable luxury so close to the vivacity of Park Place, downtown Kirkland and the Marina!

Pre-approve the purchase through my favorite mortgage banker and know the transaction will be headache free!

Make a non-binding offer through my N-Play site.