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Investing In Seattle: Team Diva’s Tips for the First-Time Real Estate Investor

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When we were coaching people on investing in Seattle real estate several years ago, we knew this area was special. To some, prices seemed high, but we could see big returns on the horizon. We saw how immediately value could increase for "diamonds in the rough," and we helped first-time investors and buyers find them. Even w...
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Home Buyer Workshop in Seattle, November 15th at Diva HQ

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Savvy buyers know that in order to be successful in this market you have to be prepared. Team Diva is here to not only help you find a home, but also to educate you on the process so you can make smart decisions.
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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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The Cost of Maintaining Your Home

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You won the multiple-offer and you've closed on your property. The fun part has just begun... Maintaining your beautiful home takes time, dedication, and money. Know what your costs are so that you can budget for them appropriately.
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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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The Seattle Market is Changing

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Seasons are changing and with it, the housing market. We are cautiously excited to potentially see some relief for buyers this fall. Sellers can continue to make out well if they play their cards right.
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