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Wednesday, December 11, 2019   /   by Ariadne Gold

Should I Paint Before Selling My Home in Spokane?

One question I get a lot from sellers, along with “should I complete repairs before selling?” is “should I paint my home before listing it?” The answer to this question depends on your situation.

If you have a personalized interior paint color that won’t appeal to most buyers, I would absolutely suggest painting and going with a neutral color.  Even though most people think of painting as an “easy fix”, it can be pricey (depending on the amount of paint and whether you use a professional) and time consuming.  It also means that your home isn’t “move in ready” as the buyer will want to paint before moving all their items in.  Along with this, I go back to; buyers aren’t imaginative.  They will have a hard time seeing past the pink bedroom or green bathroom.  This goes for all price ranges, but especially the higher ones.  High end homes and purple bedrooms don’t match!  ...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019   /   by Ariadne Gold

What Is a Seller’s Market?

If you live in the Spokane area, you’ve probably heard that we are in a crazy seller’s market! (And if you haven’t, what rock have you been living under??)  But what does that actually mean?

A seller’s market is a market that is financially better for sellers than for buyers. In technical terms, a market is a seller’s market if there are less than 5 months of inventory. This means that if no new homes came on the market, the current ones would sell in 5 months. Spokane is currently at 1.3 months, so that should give you an idea of the situation for buyers and sellers right now!   This means that the demand is higher than the supply of homes (remember economics class?)  and is great for sellers, but not so much for buyers.


In a seller’s market, many homes are getting multiple offers and are selling for thousands, if not tens of thousands, above list price.  Buyers have less room for negotiation ...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019   /   by Andria Sanchez

Are You Thinking Of Making Your Home More Sellable? Don’t Overlook an Outdated Kitchen, Buyers Won’t

If you are planning on listing your home for sale, make sure that you don’t overlook the condition of your kitchen. A recent article on realtor.com listed “7 Signs Your Kitchen Is Way Overdue for a Renovation,” in which they warned:

“Dated kitchens—just like bathrooms—are a major barrier for resale. Buyers want modern amenities and styling, and most aren’t interested in renovating post-purchase.”

Kitchen remodels can be pricey, with many complete remodels costing $20,000 or more. But not every kitchen needs a full remodel. There are many smaller projects that will help buyers see themselves trying their favorite Pinterest recipe in your home!
Here are a couple of project ideas that, if you’re handy or know someone who is, could end up boosting your home’s value without breaking the bank:

Are the cabinets in good shape but need an update? A new coat of paint and some updated hardware will instantly freshen up the sp ...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019   /   by Andria Sanchez

Can You List Your Home For Sale On Zillow?

You can, but is it a good idea? Not without a real estate agent.

In today’s market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising, some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own on Zillow, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With
Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale By Owner on Zillow:

The buyer who wants the best deal possible

The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer

The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)

The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house

The appraiser if there is a question of value

2. You need a ‘Sherpa.’ You need an expert who understands what is happening in ...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019   /   by Sara Koenig

Closing day....First steps to take after you get those keys!!

The day has finally arrived!

You leave the closing table with the keys to your new house and you're officially a homeowner. You're ready to take a few pictures in front of the sold sign, pop open a bottle of champagne to celebrate, prepare to unload a truck full of boxes, and eventually order a pizza to refuel from the busy day. It's going to be an exciting time but before you get settled in for a Netflix binge, make a list and tackle these few things first!
TEST YOUR SMOKE & CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS: This should be one of the very first things you do to protect your home and your family. Pick up extra batteries to keep on hand or consider updating these to smart devices for extra safety. The smart smoke detectors such as the Nest will allow you to integrate the device to an app that will alert you when smoke is detected. They're more expensive than your typical smoke detector but well worth the extra cost. While you're at it, purchase fire extinguishes for your home and know ...

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