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So You Want To Sell Your Home

by Donna McCampbell


Did you know the best chance for selling your property is within the first seven weeks? It's true.

Studies show that the longer a property stays on the market, the less the seller will net upon the sale. It is very important to price your property at a competitive market value at the signing of your listing contract. The market is so competitive that even over-pricing by a few thousand dollars could mean that your house will not sell.

An overpriced home can minimize offers, lower agents response, limit the number of qualified buyers, reduce showings, reduce prospects, limit financing, waste advertising dollars, and most importantly, net less for the seller! When you are ready, contact me today for a personal market value analysis of your home. No hassles or obligation - just honest advice on how to get top dollar for your home!

Insulation

by Donna McCampbell


Urea formaldehyde was a form of insulation added to homes several years ago. It was a type of liquid foam sprayed into walls in older homes that weren't built with wall insulation at the time. The liquid foam found its way into the wall's nooks and dried, forming a good insulator. Problems seemed to come right after the insulation - many people got sick from the formaldehyde part of the product, and they continued to do so for many years afterwards. In some cases the walls were taken apart, and the insulation was removed.

Current studies indicate that after several years the problem seemed to go away. There is an extensive site dedicated to this issue from the EPA, available here. Knowing the facts can help you make an informed decision when you are ready to make an offer.

Pricing Strategy to Sell Your Home

by Donna McCampbell

soldSellers, you have an excellent opportunity to sell your home this season -- if you have the right pricing strategy in place from the start! Studies show that the longer a property stays on the market, the less the seller will net upon the sale.

It is very important to price your property at a competitive market value at the signing of your listing contract. In some places, the market is so competitive that even over-pricing by a few thousand dollars could mean that your house will not sell. And in some of today's particularly hot markets where we're seeing bidding wars, you still want to work with your agent to set the right starting price from the outset to give yourself every advantage.

An Overpriced Home:
· Minimizes offers
· Decreases agents response
· Limits qualified buyers
· Decreases showings
· Decreases prospects
· Limits financing
· Wastes advertising dollars
· Nets less for the seller

When you are ready, contact us today for a personal market value analysis of your home. No hassles or obligation - just honest advice on how to get top dollar for your home!

Heating and Cooling Systems

by Donna McCampbell

 

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Heating and cooling systems are some of the most important investments you'll ever make in your home. Heating and cooling accounts for 44% of your home's energy use. Some have higher purchase prices, while others cost more to maintain or operate.

Regardless of what you use to heat your home, buyers like to know in advance what they will be paying in monthly utility bills. By placing a few phone calls, you can find your average energy usage during the different seasons.

You might be surprised to learn how your home stacks up against others on the market today. Give me a call if you have any questions or concerns about today's energy trends.‚Äč

Windows

by Donna McCampbell

Single pane, double pane, thermo pane, triple pane windows, plain glass, leaded glass, low "e" glass, wired glass, and tempered glass, too. WOW - There's a lot to know!

Some children have been known to shatter a window or two. Tempered glass can prevent this. Fogged thermal pane windows might need to be replaced if their seals are broken. New argon gas filled windows work well to insulate, while low-e coatings reduce the heat transfer for south facing rooms.

There is a lot of information available on the web, but this site seems to be one of the best ones out there. We will be happy to show you the different types of windows and glass as we show you around homes, so be sure to ask us.

Lead Paint Issues

by Donna McCampbell

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All sellers with homes built prior to 1978 are required to fill out a lead-based paint disclosure form and provide you, the buyer, with a lead-based paint educational booklet in any sale. Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes.

Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly.

On the other hand, there are millions of homes with lead paint out there, and many have been painted and repainted several times so the lead paint is well covered up. If in doubt, have the paint tested and evaluated either at a local laboratory, or with one of the home test kits available at your local hardware store.

Opening Day 2017 in the Emerald City

by Donna McCampbell

We have all battled the winter months and spring is finally here! Summer is just on the horizon, which brings life to the outdoor activities we cherish. Hiking, biking, exploring, and boating - the list goes on and on. 

On Saturday May 6, 2017 the Seattle Yacht Club hosts the 97th Opening Day! What does this mean? Well for residents of the Seattle area this means more than boating season is back again... it's wrapped in tradition and festivities that call for a day filled celebration! 

In the morning festivities start crew and sail boat races, while everyone waits in anticipation for the main event. At 12:00PM, the Opening Day Parade begins officially launching boating season. The blast of a cannon and the raising of the Montlake Bridge become music to our ears, and signal to all the fun ahead. Yachts are decorated with the theme of "The Wonderful Wizards of Aahs!" and spectators enjoy the beauty the waters have to offer. 

Opening Day in Seattle has become a traditional family affair. If you are a boat owner, you decorate your boats for the festivities. Blankets are spread for day-long picnics on the shoreline. This is an event you won't want to miss!

More information available here

Getting Older Doesn't Mean Being Less Active

by Donna McCampbell

Getting older doesn’t mean you should give up being active nor your social life. This is a time when staying engaged is more important than ever. It can be intimidating and your energy may not be what it used to be, but don’t let that get you down!

Seattle Parks and Recreation has programing specifically catered for adults ages 50+ called Lifelong Recreation. These activities and social events are offered at all of Seattle’s 26 community centers and other facilities.

Lifelong Recreation’s programs focus on physically activity, social engagement, creativity with the arts, and healthy living. All events and activities are catered for adults 50+ of all skills and abilities. You may have been living an active healthy lifestyle for some time now, trying to add better habits into your life now, or you may have limitations due to your age – it doesn’t matter. The Lifelong programs bring the 50+ community together, while helping men and women become more active and life a happy social life, no matter your age.

There is no better time than now! Get out there and make new connections, become more active, be a part of the community or find a new hobby you never knew you loved. 

Download your Lifelong Recreation Brochure today! Spring quarter is April 3 - June 16.

Key Take away's for Home Staging on a Budget

1. You receive $2 for every $1 put into your Seattle Home using staging to Sell!

2. Always de-personalize your home before selling.  Buyers need to be able to picture their own items and themselves living in the home.

3. Declutter ALL areas of your home, including closets and storage area to showcase maximum space.

4. Make sure your home is scrubbed clean and can pass the "White Glove" test.  Also rid your home of any odors.  Potential Buyers can detect these by just walking in the door.

5. ALL homes can benefit from updating;  especially kitchens and bathrooms.

6. Utilize neutral paint colors throughout, even if that means repainting all rooms.

For more Home Selling Tips, visit our website!

Enjoy Easter from Seattle's Waters

by Donna McCampbell

Easter weekend is upon! Easter egg hunts, sugar-filled children, visits to the Easter Bunny and creative Easter crafts pack the weekend with fun. There are so many things to do, but where do you start? This adventure is families and friends who like to enjoy the waters. 

This Sunday, April 16 Waterways Cruises and Events is hosting a 2-hour Easter Brunch Cruise, Easter SeaBunny Lunch Cruise, and an Easter Lunch Cruise on the Waterways yachts! The yachts depart from Waterways Home Port and Kirkland Marina Park, exploring the Lake Union and Lake Washington. 

Sit back and enjoy the beautiful views and cruise along your favorite Lakes of the Seattle area. Spring is in fully bloom showcasing the spring colors and the highlighted narration from your crew Captain will educate you on local landmarks and the gorgeous waterfront estates while you delve into drinks, family activities and delicious food. 

Included in the Easter Brunch Cruise:

- 2-hour navigated and narrated cruise (10:30AM - 12:00PM)

- Champagne or sparkling cider toast upon boarding

- Private table for each party

- Easter brunch buffet with some of the Northwest's favorites

- Complimentary coffee and tea

- Full-service bar available

Included in the Easter SeaBunny Lunch Cruise:

- 2-hour navigated and narrated cruise (12:00-2:00PM)

- Champagne or sparkling cider toast upon boarding

- Private table for each party

- Easter lunch buffet with some of the Northwest's favorites and special kids items

- Complimentary coffee and tea

- Full-service bar available

- A special visit from the SeaBunny with treats for the kids and a photo opportunity

Included in the Easter Lunch Cruise:

- 2-hour navigated and narrated cruise (2:30-4:30PM)

- Champagne or sparkling cider toast upon boarding

- Private table for each party

- Easter lunch buffet with some of the Northwest's favorites

- Complimentary coffee and tea

- Full-service bar available

Costs:

General - $69.00

Military and Senior (60+) - $62.00

Children (5-12) - $32.00

Children (4 and Under) - Free

Purchase tickets here:

Easter Brunch Cruise

Easter SeaBunny Lunch Cruise

Easter Lunch Cruise

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Donna McCampbell
RE/MAX Northwest Realtors
300 NE 97th St
Seattle WA 98115
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