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Controversial Real Estate Topics of 2013 - What You Must Know: AgentMatch

ControversyWhat do real estate agents talk about when we're not busy serving you?

Real estate is anything but "boring." At any given moment, numerous discussions are taking place regarding almost every nuance of the real estate industry - any of which are likely to trigger the hot buttons of agents, many of whom are quite passionate about their profession (yes... that's a good thing.)

Most of these discussions revolve around how agents both obtain and manage their business, topics which may seem innocuous or irrelevant to the average consumer. The fact is however, that the potential changes resulting from these debates have the power to dramatically alter certain aspects of the industry, and ultimately your experiences as a real estate client.

With that in mind, this post is the first...

Day Trips From Seattle - Places Near Seattle You MUST Visit

We often work with home buyers who are moving to Seattle from other parts of the country. One aspect of real estate I enjoy the most, is helping relocating buyers become acquainted with the Seattle area - especially when it comes to the best places to visit during their stay. Buyers often need a break from the house hunt, and these day trips are the perfect diversion.

There are truly countless things to do whether you're visiting, or live in the Seattle area which will satisfy nature & city lovers just the same. I fall into the "nature lover" category - so below are my personal Top 3 Places to Visit in the Seattle area. For early risers, these could be lengthy day trips... but I recommend planning an overnight stay.

Mount Rainier National Park

(Seriously... my favorite place on earth!) No trip to Seattle would be complete without visiting the 14,411 foot Mount Rainier which is always covered...

Increasing Home Mortgage Fees May Impact Seattle Home Buyers

Dollar Signs - Mortgage RatesAre you waiting to purchase a new Seattle home in 2014? Take note... as in addition to likely increasing interest rates, mortgage charges & fees will likely be more expensive for many borrowers!

As a result of changes in the mortgage market, home buyers looking to finance their next home purchase with a mortgage can expect to pay more in 2014.

Regulator Announces Changes to Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

A Federal Government regulator currently oversees Fannie & Freddie Mac. These regulations were placed over both entities as a direct result of the 2007-2008 housing market meltdown - which were caused by risky, or downright lazy lending practices. The regulator recently announced that in early 2014, higher fees will be charged to borrowers for loans without...

Issaquah Home Prices Jump 25% in November, as Inventory Drops Again

Just when you thought increasing prices for Issaquah homes were taking a hiatus, we see more signs that the local housing market isn't going to slow down anytime soon. November single-family home prices in Issaquah were up - the median single-family home price increased a whopping 24.6% over November of 2012 - and available inventory has retreated once again to 90 units, a decrease of 28.5% compared to the same month last year.

Rising Issaquah Home Prices

What's Causing Issaquah's Rising Prices?

It's no secret that the entire Seattle metro area continues to experience rising home values - inventory remains low, although some markets on the Eastside have relaxed "slightly" from the hectic atmosphere...

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