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What Are Closing Costs?

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It's sad when an excited buyer comes to me after saving up a 20% down payment, only to have that figure drop to 18%—or %15. Why? Because they had no clue what closing costs would be (or that they exist). In order to get what you want in this hot market, you have to maximize your knowledge.
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Waiving Inspection Means Big Risk For Home Buyers and Sellers

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This housing market is making buyers do things they have never had to do before to win. I am seeing more and more offers win by waiving the inspection contingency. But what does waiving inspection really mean? Let's review how waiving the inspection contingency affects both buyers and sellers.
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Competing Against Cash Offers By Waiving Financing

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Waiving Financing can be a good strategy to set yourself ahead of the competition in a multiple-offer situation. As it goes with waiving any contingency, there is a risk of losing your earnest money. As long as you have consulted your lender and your real estate agent, you can waive this contingency and minimize the risk.
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Winning a Multiple Offer – Waive Appraisal, Win Like a Pro!

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Seattle has become a world-class city, and now all the cool kids wanna live here. The record low inventory has made for an extremely competitive market. The smart buyer has a plan to address a low appraisal to submit with their offer to become a winning buyer.
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Prepare Yourself for Pre-Inspections

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Pre-inspections are one of the first investments you are going to make in your process of purchasing a new home. Here are some of the most important things you should be aware of before you commit your hard earned dollars.
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Appraisal Contingency: Should You Waive It?

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Waiving the appraisal contingency is becoming the norm in this fast moving seller's market. Read up and learn if removing the appraisal contingency from your offer is the right decision for you.
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Getting Approved for a Mortgage Like a Smart Diva Dweller

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Unless you have cash you have to get a mortgage to buy a house in Seattle. Getting approved for a mortgage to buy a house is not hard. But it does take some skill to make sure you are getting the right loan for you and your family.
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Top Five Tips for the Savvy First Time Home Buyer

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In this crazy competitive market the savvy first time home buyer gets the worm (or maybe we should say “the Craftsman.”) All buyers want their first home purchase to be a solid investment as much as they want it be a fabulous place for them to live. Team Diva understands that smart buyers make smart investments, whether...
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Selecting The Right Real Estate Lender for Your Home

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Selecting the right lender is one of the first major decisions you need to make to buy a home. Here is some advice that I give clients who want to take charge in finding their lender.
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Size, Condition, or Location? Smart Buyers Choose Two!

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