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Coldwell Banker Bain Gig Harbor...Home Sweet Home!

Important Real Estate News Pierce & Kitsap Counties, Gig Harbor and beyond.

Published on June 04, 2014 by Charly Tate Once you’ve found the dream home, successfully negotiated and made it yours, there’s still plenty of work to be done. Moving can seem like a whole other big, not-so-pleasant project in itself. As a proud homeowner of your new place, you’ll fall into one of two categories: The folks packing up and moving to another neighborhood in town (maybe just down the road), or the folks relocating from out of state, sometimes across the country, maybe even across the ocean.
Should you rent or should you buy? That is the question. rent-vs-buy-smallGetting married. Having a new baby. Changing careers. There are a variety of reasons you might consider buying a home. Just make sure you weigh both options carefully.
Published on February 06, 2014 by Jennifer Valente Short sales have become more and more popular the last several years. But what exactly is the difference between a short sale and a foreclosure? Is a short sale financially risky, and is it worth buying one?

Published on October 17, 2013 by Jennifer Valente When it’s time for you to start looking to buy your new home, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the many costs associated with such an important purchase. In particular, you may feel confused as to how to hire a realtor, how your realtor will be compensated, and whether you can save on the commission. Let's face it, there is no manual explaining this process in a clear and definitive way! Here is some information to help clarify this confusing issue.
CBS News is reporting that the Government is relaxing mortgage down payment rules. The proposed new Qualified Residential Mortgage rule, released jointly by six government agencies, was cheered by both consumer advocates and mortgage industry members–who typically don’t see eye-to-eye on much–largely because it eliminates much stricter down payment rules that the previous version of QRM would have created.
First off, I love color. When we moved to the Seattle area I cringed looking at houses. They all had what my husband called “dead rat color schemes.” It didn’t make sense that in a climate that was grey a lot of the year, people also painted the inside of their homes grey. In our new home I wanted a color for every room, until I found out the cost! So the whole house was painted a very creamy yellow and I started to slowly but surely paint each room myself.
Published on May 28, 2013 by Michael Ackerman How important is it to do a sewer scope as a part of your investigation of a property you are buying? Really important! Watch the video below to learn about the technology that has been available for only a couple of years that allows you to investigate the sewer line that services your future home. Buyers should educate themselves fully about every aspect of the home they may be purchasing and that means sewer lines too.
We're smack in the middle of a seller's market and numerous discussions about "shadow inventory" hitting the market abound.
Published on March 29, 2013 by Pat Maddock According to the FHFA, home prices in the U.S. Pacific region rose 13.7 percent this past January over the same month one year ago. Here’s the real meat of the story. It's the highest increase the Federal Housing Finance Agency has charted since 2006.
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