Sunday, March 05, 2017

Preparing Your Home for Sale

As you know, Seattle's housing market is hot right now.  If you have been thinking about selling your home, this is the perfect time.  Spring is almost here with trees budding and flowers beginning to pop. Buyers will be out looking for their future home as the weather warms up.  Here are some helpful tips for preparing your home for sale:

  • Tidy up the grounds, porches and garage. Keep the lawn trimmed and edged. Make sure that your yard is clean and uncluttered. First impressions count! 
  • Your front door adds to that first impression - be sure it is scrubbed or repainted if necessary. Wash windows and clean/dust window coverings. 
  • If any decorating or painting is needed (especially in the kitchen), do it now!  Twenty dollars worth of paint will make a much larger difference in the sales price.  
  • Bathrooms help sell homes. Make this room sparkle.
  • Illumination is like a welcome sign. Replace bulbs and turn on the lights. 
  • Wash dishes, make beds, put away clothes and straighten up. 
  • Keep pets out of the way during showings – many people are allergic. 
  • Leave the showing to the salesperson. The salesperson knows the buyer’s requirements and can best emphasize the features of your home. If possible, leave the house during a showing. 
  • Don’t discuss anything about the sale with a potential customer. Let your agent discuss price, terms, possession and other details concerning the sale. Your agent is qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion. 
  • Never apologize for appearance.  It either distracts the buyer and accentuates the problem. 
  • Pack away valuables, store extra furniture, nick-knacks, guns and medicines. 

Look at your home objectively. Pretend you are seeing it for the first time, through a buyer’s eyes. Call or email me for recommendations on how to stage the property for presentation to prospective buyers. That is part of my expertise. I will be happy to walk through your home with you and help you “set the stage.”

Remember, my goal is to help you sell your home for the most amount of money, in the shortest period of time, with the least amount of inconvenience to you.

We only have one chance to make that good first impression!  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Elegance in Historic Seattle - Vacation Rental on Queen Anne

Elegance in Historic Queen Anne

Seattle, WA, United States
Enjoy our amazing, updated & modern design cottage, located blocks from many of Seattle's best sites! The house is surrounded by million $ homes w/ easy access to downtown. Located on Queen Anne Hi...
Vacation Rentals in Seattle

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Charming beach house in the heart of downtown Edmonds. Light & bright w/ vaulted ceilings & lots of windows. Features include a large kitchen w/ eating space, views of the sound, gas fireplace, hardwood floors, loft, hot tub, new roof, & detached artist studio/office. Located on a corner lot w/ great outdoor spaces & beautifully landscaped yard. Enjoy short walks to downtown shops, restaurants, beaches & parks.

Features Include:
2 Bedrooms
1.75 Baths
NWMLS: 795784

Tuesday, December 02, 2014 Continues the Building Boom in Seattle!

Amazon expects to have 10 million square feet of office space in Seattle by 2019, up from 5.5 million currently. It is growing so quickly that it needs developers to build 30 new residential buildings in and around downtown Seattle, with at least 200 units each, just to accommodate its employees in the coming years. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

It's interesting, in Seattle the supply of homes for the month of October has changed dramatically since 2007. In 2008 through 2011 there was so much supply it was as though you couldn’t give a home away! Many home buyers were on the fence afraid or unable to buy.
Since 2012 it has been the opposite. Inventory has been low and homes have been selling fast. Now home sellers are on the fence waiting for values to improve or afraid to compete to purchase their next home.

With home interest rates remaining at historic lows this trend of high demand will likely continue. Money is cheap! When interest rates begin rising the demand should slow and the market will likely shift.
Until then, buying a home and taking advantage of the low interest rates is a good idea. Selling a home and transitioning to another is also a good idea. Although the transition of selling and buying a new home may be a challenge, you’ll likely be much happier doing it now because of lower monthly payment.

Also, working with an experienced Realtor can help make this transition go smoothly. There are a number of strategies that can be used to beat the competition and get you the home you want, which is a topic for another post. Until then contact me if you have questions or concerns about buying, selling, investing, or managing real estate.

Friday, November 21, 2014

In north Seattle, of the homes that sold in the last 6 months the median price was $530,000!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Just Sold in Magnolia!!!

Just Sold in Magnolia for $395,000!!!

A well built corner unit townhouse in a convenient Magnolia location. Features include a spacious living area w/ refinished hardwood floors in living rm, dining rm, 1/2 bath, and kitchen. Granite counter tops, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Energy efficient radiant heat. 3 bedrooms w/ private baths. Private fully fenced patio w/ bamboo forest & 1 car garage. Walking distance to Lawton school & close to the Ballard Locks, Discovery Park & bike trials to downtown & The Ship Canal.

Located at 3410 22nd Ave West #B, Seattle, WA  98119

Thinking of buying, selling or investing real estate in Seattle?  Contact Andrew L. Parker at 206-930-8238 or visit