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Real Estate Investment 101- It’s Not as Complicated as You May Think!

by Dan Jensen
Relocation Services Director – Equity Northwest Properties Group

This is a follow up to the May 30th post on Real Estate Investment.

I thought it might be useful to debunk some of the myths out there in the market place about complexity issues, need for huge financial reserves, “but the market is saturated with investors” issues, etc. By providing a short and simple overview of some of the investing strategies and processes within Real Estate, I’m hoping to stir your thinking and perhaps open doors of possibility as well! (Check back over the coming 3 Fridays)

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“Must Haves” in Your Real Estate Professional – Part II

by Dan Jensen
Relocation Services Director – Equity Northwest Properties Group

When You’re Buying Your Home…

Last Friday, we talked about the skills necessary in your Real Estate Professional when you’re wanting to market, promote, and find a Buyer for your home.

This week, we’ll move to the other side of the table and talk about the skills you “Must Have” in your Agent when you’re searching for a home to purchase.

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Have You Considered Becoming a Real Estate “Investor”?

by Dan Jensen
Relocation Services Director – Equity Northwest Properties Group


Certain words will often produce specific responses in each of us. “Good”, “Bad”, “Tall”, “Short”… We each have our own understanding of what those words are describing, and there are some pretty dramatic differences in each description.

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“Must Haves” in Your Real Estate Professional

by Dan Jensen
Relocation Services Director – Equity Northwest Properties Group

When You’re Selling Your Home…

There is a distinct and dramatic difference in the skill set needed to help you market, promote, and effectively find a home buyer as compared to the skill set necessary when you’re searching for a home to buy.

Three “Must Haves” to be sure YOUR real estate professional will bring the right tools to the job of helping you SELL your home are:

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Spring Spruce Up for your Home!

by Dan Jensen
Relocation Services Director – Equity Northwest Properties Group

There’s just enough warm in the air, just a bit more sunshine, buds and blooms showing their smiling faces, and sure enough… Spring is springing!

Just for fun, we thought we’d pass on a couple of Spring Spruce Up tips to get the season started well. The first is a short how-to from the DIY Network on pressure washing tips as you’re refreshing and taking great care of your decks.

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Taking a Peek at Clark County Washington Real Estate Trends

by Dan Jensen 
Relocation Services Director – Equity Northwest Properties Group

2014 has not come in strong where real estate activity is concerned, although 2013 and so far this year, we’re still showing a stable and gently growing RE marketplace.

December and January were soft months compared to the surprisingly robust start to 2013, but we’ve moved past the “soft” and are beginning to see greater strength in the numbers for both the prices of homes in our area, and for the number of sales each month.

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Spring Fever for Real Estate

st-paddyThat venerable March holiday that brings out the Irish in all us is just around the Corner. This is a time to start thinking about the Spring real estate bump. St. Patrick’s Day is not just a green beer holiday party. it signals the early tingles of Spring. The Vernal Equinox is just a few days after the Celtic Celebration The temperature begins to warm, the rains turn to showers, and the sun decides to hang out for more than a peek-a-boo moment. People start thinking about going outside. Driving the old hot rod or walking in the park. And they start looking at homes.
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Foreclosure Rates are Down!

The rate at which banks are foreclosing on property has dropped substantially over the last twelve months. In general this is of course a very good thing indeed. The National Association of Realtors® has published an article on foreclosure data with which a link to the public portion is included below. Generally foreclosure rates run under 1% in a healthy market and many markets are already at or below 1% foreclosure rate.

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