So, you want to buy a home and you’ve done all the right things in the right order. You’re pre-approved for a mortgage, you found a local real estate broker, and together you have made a coordinated effort to employ all available options to find the perfect home: A comprehensive online search, exhaustive neighborhood research, open house tours every weekend, private showings, and you’ve finally found THE ONE! Now all you need to do is open the Purchase & Sale Agreement that your broker sent via email, choose a cool font for your electronic signature, click through the contract where it tells you to sign…SO SLICK!...takes just a few minutes and it’s all done! As soon as the sellers sign you’ve bought yourself a house!
Summer is already coming to an end, but in the Pacific Northwest we’re blessed to have incredible weather late into September. So fire up the patio heaters, and get outside to soak up the last hoorahs of the season. Here are a few ideas for hosting in the great outdoors.
I spent my formative, pre-school years in a series of early-20th century houses, aka “old houses.” So when, at age 6, my mother and I moved to a house that was only 12 years old, it never really felt like the one that dominated my memory, that rambling five-bedroom house, complete with vestibule, parlor, window seats and back staircase that had been home to my grandparents, my newlywed parents, my mother’s two sisters and their husbands until all three young couples found homes of their own.
You’re browsing properties online, and you find a home with what looks like the perfect kitchen. You’re excited, you can’t wait to see it in person, only to find that when you arrive, it’s not anything like it appeared. It’s not as bright or big or beautiful. What happened?!
When you drive through part of a city routinely, you think you’ve seen it all. I’d traveled north on I-5 so many times, I felt like I’d experienced Everett entirely. What I didn’t realize is Everett has 19 established neighborhood associations, a world-class sports and entertainment arena, dozens of schools, the world’s biggest building (by volume) and the largest public marina on the west coast.
Social proof – we hear about it a lot lately. But what does it really mean? Social proof is a psychological phenomenon where people model their behavior to match those around them – friends and strangers alike. With nearly 70% of people doing research online prior to making a major purchase, you may have more influence than you realize.
I bought my first house, a 1913 Craftsman bungalow, because it looked like the quintessential Seattle house that I’d been in a million times but never thought I could own. So smitten was I that I didn’t see it was a fixer, only that it was in my price range and had all the charm and character (and dedicated dining room) that I was looking for.
I recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, and I was terrified and inspired all at once. It turned my idea of how to simplify your home and life on its head. As I have always gone from room to room on my mission to organize and clear out the junk, the author suggests a different approach.
Pets are wonderful, cuddly, welcoming additions to a home. They greet you with a wag of a tail and provide countless hours of fun and affection. Yes, we love our pets! To us, they truly make a house a happy home. But what do you do with Fido when you’re ready to sell and you’re hosting an open house?
Few destinations offer historic and small-town friendliness right across a bridge from a big city, but Gig Harbor is exactly that; a quaint community with just over 7,000 people, pristine views, art, culture, and the perfect waterfront setting.