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Size, Condition, Location: Home Buying and Investing YOUR Way in Seattle

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Even in less competitive markets, finding a dream home is tricky. Sure, somewhere out there is probably a beautifully well-maintained home that is exactly the right size and in a perfect location. But is it available, and if so, is it affordable? Most of the time, dream homes don't come pre-made. You have to weigh your opti...
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Seattle Home Buyer Stories: Tamar and Jacqui

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This Seattle home buyer story is a love story. A story of two awesome women, Tamar and Jaqui, and their love for each other, their family and their new home. And what a stunning home it is.
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Seattle Home Buyer Stories: Jackie and Mike

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Jackie and Mike are a hoot! They are such a team, and the laughs keep coming whenever they are around. They also know a thing or two about real estate, having bought numerous homes over the years, and they now have finally settled down on a gorgeous estate in Monroe. Or have they..
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Seattle Home Buyer Stories: Holly and Dave

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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 Certificate When Buying a Condo in Seattle

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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 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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Love It or List It: Deciding When to Sell in Seattle

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When the market is peaking in Seattle as it is now, many homeowners are feeling quite tempted to sell their homes and cash in. Some houses in Seattle 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. I...
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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 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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