Welcome to the Team Diva blog. This is your home for Diva news and the best real estate insights and advice in Seattle.

Seattle Home Buyer Stori...

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Getting to know Holly and Dave over the years has been a joy. We've watched them make incredibly smart home purchases within and outside of Seattle. It seems they have truly found their "forever home" this time - although, as with many of our savvy real estate clients, you never know. Either way, we are extremely happy for ...
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Reviewing the Resale Cer...

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The resale certificate is one of those particulars of buying a condo that can't be overlooked, but isn't well understood. If you are a first-time buyer, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the stress of the process, not to mention all of the info and contracts at each step. Don't wait until you're in the thick of it to learn wh...
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Home Buyer Workshop in S...

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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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Love It Or List It: Deci...

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When the market is peaking as it is now, home owners are feeling quite tempted to cash in. Some houses have seen double-digit appreciation over the last five years. Buyers have gotten so competitive that bidding wars are the norm, and cash offers have become much more common. Is it time for you to sell, too?
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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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Competing Against Cash O...

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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...

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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...

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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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Diva Dweller Spotlight |...

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Diva Dweller Wall of Fame – Gary Gary was introduced to Team Diva at the housewarming/remodel party of another lovely Diva Dweller and friend Stefanie. Upon meeting, we instantly realized this guy was smart, fun, witty, and above all else a super nice guy. Divaland is full of good peeps just like him so it was fate t...
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Appraisal Contingency: S...

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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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