Fences & Flowers

The CB Bain Blog

While we can’t control the kind of real estate market we are in, we can control the brand and agent that we use when buying or selling our home – the largest financial investment most of us have. Discount brokerages and independent companies pop up when the market is strong; and oftentimes they will entice home sellers to work with them for lower fees. If you’re thinking of selling your home, regardless of the market conditions, brand matters.

In December of 2015, Redfin rolled out its new Automated Valuation Model (AVM) tool, otherwise known as the “Redfin Estimate”, to compete with Zillow’s AVM tool, the “Zestimate”, plus others. It’s been over 10 years in the making, and Redfin wanted to get it right.

Feb 3, 2016

Written by:

Charly Tate

Of all the places I’ve visited in and around Seattle, Tacoma continues to surprise me the most. I’ve driven through it countless times on road trips down I-5, and you see so much of it from the road, it’s easy to assume you’ve experienced the city in its entirety. But if you head off the freeway and explore, you’ll see the best Tacoma has to offer. There are hidden gems everywhere in this town.

There’s so much emphasis on preparing for old man winter, then before you know it the mad rush of spring cleaning arrives. But what if you got a head start and did more than just a deep house cleaning? Just as you shift your home maintenance routines for the colder winter weather, you should consider what to change as the temperature rises.

Jan 22, 2016

Written by:

Julie Dillon

Cloaked in more myth and mystery than a “normal” mortgage, is the mortgage industry’s often misunderstood and underappreciated younger brother, the reverse mortgage. Turns out, it’s worthwhile getting to know this guy (and he’s pretty cool).

Pity poor January. It comes on the heels of December, with its twinkly lights, festive sounds and all-around merrymaking – there’s no way Janus’ namesake could compete with that. Plus, for those of us in the northern part of the Northern Hemisphere, the weather’s usually lousy. There’s just no win here for poor January.

If you decorated or threw a party for the holidays, odds are you’re still finding glitter, tinsel, needles, and confetti all over the house. There are probably a few scuffs, scratches and stains on your floors that you don’t remember seeing before, too. So how can you refresh your floors without completely redoing your hardwood?

To most people REALTOR® and Real Estate Broker/Agent are one in the same. But there are some distinct characteristics between the two that can make big differences to consumers, whether buyers or sellers.

Congratulations! You’ve been pre-qualified by your mortgage lender. Or is it pre-approved? It doesn’t really matter does it? What’s the difference, right?

If there’s one place in the entire Seattle metro area I visit more than anywhere else, it’s Bellevue. My niece and I both love it, and frequently find ourselves in and around Bellevue Square on the weekends for a bite to eat or something new for our wardrobe. Eating, shopping, recreation… there’s a little bit of everything, and a lot of opportunity, for everyone.

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