Buying

Buying Market Insights | July 2022 . July 2022 in Stanwood and Camano Island was a time for Buyers and Sellers to recalibrate and take note of the shifting market. Expectations are changing as the market continues to normalize. Sales volume has dipped a little in our area, but prices are continuing to hold steady. Of the 68 homes sold in […]
Buying Understanding the Value of Your Home: Market Value vs. Assessed Value and More The math of a home sale is relatively straightforward. Sellers list their home at a certain price, a buyer makes an offer, and eventually the two parties reach a final, agreed-upon price. However, between these two points in the selling process, there are several other figures that go into to setting a home’s value that […]
Buying Market Insights | June 2022 . June 2022 in Stanwood and Camano Island showed signs of returning to a normal market. This shift is creating opportunities for some Buyers that we did not see in 2020 and 2021. Generally, there are more houses on the market, longer market times, steadying home prices, fewer showings, and open house attendees, fewer offers […]
Buying How to Plant an Herb Garden Homeowners are always seeking ways to breathe new life into the spaces in their homes. Using nature to achieve this transformation is beneficial in several ways. Planting an herb garden not only helps to make your kitchen feel fresh and sustainable, but it can make your food taste better, too. Here are some tips for […]
Buying Understanding Commercial Leases Commercial property is a property designated for business purposes rather than for personal usage or housing. Renting this type of property is a huge asset to business owners, seeing as it affords much greater flexibility than buying and can significantly reduce upfront real estate costs.  . Being a commercial property tenant also requires the use […]
Buying Navigating the Property Management Industry Do you have a second home or investment property you are not using? Would you like to make an income through this property? It may be the time to become a landlord. In 2021, over one-third of households lived in rental properties. That means the demand for rental housing is high, while the need for […]
Buying Market Insights | April 2022 . April 2022 in Stanwood and Camano Island ended with a combined 170% increase in inventory over April of last year. This is one of the signs that our market has downshifted from a market that was extremely hot, to a more normal market similar to what we were experiencing pre-pandemic. This increase in inventory, […]
Buying What to Consider When Buying a Second Home In some ways, the process of buying a second home is like buying a primary home. However, there are several key differences that require consideration before you make an offer. Whether you have visions of curating your ideal vacation home, are planning for retirement, or view the property as an investment opportunity, a second home can be […]
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Buying How to Prevent and Deal with Mold Whether you are buying or selling a home, mold is something to be mindful of. Health concerns and potential damage make mold a red flag for buyers. Even if you’re not planning to sell any time soon, taking care of mold problems now can prevent even larger and more costly issues in the future. Contrary […]
Buying Renting vs Buying: Which is better for you? Deciding whether to rent or buy can be a difficult decision, but with the right analysis, you can determine which is best for you. Knowing whether it’s the right time to rent or buy depends on your buying power, what you’re looking for in a home, your local market conditions, your plans for you and your household, […]
Buying Market Insights | March 2022 March 2022 in Stanwood and Camano Island looked different for our two markets. Generally, Stanwood and Camano Island mirror each other in many ways, but this month ended with the stats looking a little different in each area..New Listings: Camano Island added 20% fewer listings to the market in March, while Stanwood added a much-needed […]
Buying 7 Signs You’re Ready to Buy a Home Making the leap from renter to homeowner doesn’t happen overnight; it requires steady planning to put yourself in a good position to buy your first home. Prospective first-time home buyers can often feel like they’re waiting for a sign to indicate they’re ready to start making offers, when really, it’s a combination of factors. Here […]
Buying Must-Haves and Nice-To-Haves Lists Finding your dream home may not be easy, but there are things you can do to make it easier, like creating a “Must-Haves” list and a “Nice-To-Haves” list. These lists allow serious homebuyers to save time, energy, and ultimately, money as they prepare to buy a home. . A Must-Have List is exactly what it […]
Buying Market Insights | November 2021 . NOVEMBER 2021 did not bring any downtime for buyers in our market! Usually, buyers tend to take a break as the holidays approach, but demand remained high last month. Our inventory is down 35% in Stanwood and 6% on Camano Island from one month ago, with only 39 active listings in our two zip […]
Buying Market Insights | October 2021 . OCTOBER 2021 showed signs of a seasonal slowdown in the Stanwood Camano Island market. There is historically a decline in listings as we head into the 4th quarter. This year, the work from home uncertainty from some employers, wetter weather and a very slight uptick in interest rates were probable factors for the slower listing […]
Buying 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or have purchased a home before, the same mistakes can rear their head at any point in the buying process. By working closely with your agent, you can identify these pitfalls ahead of time and adjust accordingly. Mistakes in the buying process can lead to higher costs, added stress, and even terminated contracts. […]
Buying Market Insights | September 2021 . SEPTEMBER 2021 insights sound a little bit like a broken record. The Stanwood and Camano Island markets continue to be driven by low-interest rates, pent-up Buyer demand, job and lifestyle changes, and inventory shortages. These all add up to a very active market..There were 92 new listings added in September in the 98282/98292 zip […]
Buying Market Insights | August 2021 AUGUST 2021 statistics show the volume of new listings rose from both July (up 4%) and twelve months ago (up 24%). Total inventory for Stanwood and Camano Island fell 40% on Camano Island and 3% in Stanwood from a year ago but stayed even with July. . The average price on the 96 residential homes that […]
Buying Buying and Selling a Home at the Same Time Successfully selling a home and buying a home are significant accomplishments on their own, but when their timelines cross it can be difficult to manage both. If you’re thinking about doing both simultaneously, it’s equally important to understand the steps you can take to make the process go smoothly as it is to have a backup plan in case […]
Buying How Covid-19 Impacted the Real Estate Market Just like so many parts of life, the real estate market was greatly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. From mass unemployment and reduced listings to high demand for houses in contrast to low inventory, the real estate market is much different than it was two years ago. With high housing prices, low interest rates, fluctuating […]