“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Real Estate Update

Revisions for real estate under “Stay Home, Stay Healthy”

On March 25th we wrote a blog post based on Gov. Inslee’s announcement about how we will continue to conduct real estate business under the “Stay Home, Stay Health” Order. Because information about COVID-19 and its impact on citizens and the economy evolve so quickly, we have several revisions to report.

 

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As of Saturday, March 28th, real estate agents are now permitted to conduct the following in-person activities as long as we adhere to the following protocol:

  • In-person activities must be by appointment only
  • No more than two people, including the broker, may be at a property at any one time
  • Those two persons must strictly follow social distancing guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by remaining at least six feed apart at all times.

 

Here are the revisions to the original Order regarding acceptable in-person activities:

  • Previews and showings of listings by appointment only
  • Listing presentations, photography, and creating virtual tours for new listing*
  • Inspections for pending transactions
  • Appraisals for pending transactions
  • Buyer “walk-throughs” for pending transactions prior to closing
  • Providing keys to buyers at closing

*Professional photographers are not considered “essential,” thus all photos must be taken by the broker or seller

 

There is a great deal more to know about how the real estate industry is adapting under “Stay Home, Stay Healthy.” Please connect with us to learn more!

 

Posted on March 30, 2020 at 8:02 pm
Kari Haas | Category: Kari's Blog

“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” How COVID-19 is Impacting Real Estate

How is coronavirus impacting the Seattle real estate market?

 

Since news of COVID-19 swept the world, a lot has changed and continues to change rapidly. Like in all businesses and industries, those in real estate have been adapting and doing our best to plan ahead. On Monday, March 23, 2020 Governor Jay Inslee announced to Washington State a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.

 

What did this situation look like before the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order?

Until now bars, restaurants and places of entertainment and recreation statewide had been limiting occupancy, doing just takeout orders, etc. In the real estate industry, we temporarily stopped hosting public open houses and were only doing private showings in addition to our extra efforts to wipe down surfaces and make hand sanitizer available.

 

What does the situation look like now?

Effective midnight on Wednesday, March 25th and lasting for two weeks, all “nonessential critical infrastructure workers” must close. This includes real estate brokerages and services. However, we can continue working from home.

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During this time, many aspects to how we as real estate agents conduct our business is temporarily changed. At the same time, because a lot of what we do has already been changing to be more tech friendly, much will remain the same.

Certain workers in the “Financial Services Sector” have been deemed essential workers including mortgage lenders, escrow and title insurers. Therefore, real estate transactions already under contract may continue with the closing process. It is important to remember that there may be delays, for which we have created a new addendum to add to contracts as needed.

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What we can do during this time:

  • Provide services remotely including complimentary listing consultations and meetings
  • Use the sites and software we already use to create online forms and do electronic signings
  • Send virtual tours, videos and photos of homes

What we cannot do during this time:

  • Physically show you or preview a property ourselves
  • In-person listing presentations
  • Take new property photos or videos
  • Stage homes

We continue to work with Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) and Washington Realtors to adjust our business practices under the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. We will keep you updated on whether days on market (DOM) and cumulative days on market (CDOM) will be suspended (helpful for our active sellers!), if we will be able to continue with appraisals and inspections, and more.

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During this time we must remember that we are part of an incredibly complex and interconnected world. All our efforts are to ensure health and safety for everyone. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us!

Updated information about COVID-19 is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website (www.cdc.gov) and from the Washington State Department of Health’s website (www.coronavirus.wa.gov).

 

Posted on March 25, 2020 at 9:18 pm
Kari Haas | Category: Kari's Blog

Kari’s 2020 Vision

Kari’s 2020 Vision – Winter Client Education Event

Matthew Gardner Invitation

RSVP REQUIRED: Click here to RSVP!

 

What: Enjoy an intimate evening with Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. Find out what the future holds locally and nationally and what it all means for you.

Where: Windermere Bellevue Commons – 100 116th Ave SE, 98004

When: Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Schedule:

6:30 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Presentation

8:00 PM Q&A and Dessert

 

About special guest, Matthew Garder: As Chief Economist for Windermere, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. He also publishes the Gardner Report, which highlights market conditions in regions throughout the Western U.S. Links to each region’s reports can be found below.

 

RSVP REQUIRED: Click here to RSVP!

 

Please contact info@karihaas.com with any questions. Looking forward to seeing you!

 

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Posted on December 13, 2019 at 7:32 pm
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Circle of Friends with Caffe Ladro

Kari Haas is honored to partner with Caffe Ladro for the Nov/Dec 2019 Circle of Friends promotion!

Caffe Ladro Postcard

 

Six times a year Kari Haas partners with a local business to bring her clients a free gift. For our winter 2019 promotion, Kari is bringing her clients a free 12oz beverage from ANY Caffe Ladro location!

 

About Caffe Ladro: Caffe Ladro first opened up shop in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood in 1994. It has since grown to include 16 locations from Everett down to West Seattle and over to Issaquah. Iti s known for its high quality, sustainably and ethically produced coffee and delicious baked goods.

 

One thing in particular that the Kari Haas team loves about Caffe Ladro is that each Caffe Ladro café was built to compliment the neighborhood in which it resides. As real estate agents, we appreciate the uniqueness of each Seattle neighborhood and help our clients find the neighborhood and home that compliments them most.

 

HASHTAG CONTEST

Post a picture or video of yourself with the Circle of Friends postcard on social media using the following hashtags and tag Kari Haas for you chance to win a $50 Amazon giftcard!

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#karihaas #karihaascircle #caffeladro #seattlerealestate

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To redeem, bring the card you received in the mail fully intact to any Caffee Ladro location thru December 31. Three* locations have drive thru coffee windows!

Upper Queen Anne – 2205 Queen Anne Ave N, 98109

Lower Queen Anne – 600 Queen Anne Ave N, 98109

Pine Street – 801 Pine St, 98101

Union Street – 108 Union St, 98101

1800 Ninth – 1800 9th Ave, 98101

West Seattle – 7011 California Ave SW, 98136

Capitol Hill – 435 15th Ave E, 98112

Just Sold in Capitol Hill!

In fall 2019, Kari Haas helped her clients sell for an average of 9% over list in an average of 5 days!

 

Fairview / South Lake Union – 400 Fairview Ave N, 98109

Fremont – 452 N 36th St, 98103

Ravenna – 1222 NE 65th St, Suite 103, 98115

*Bothell – 18610 Bothell Way NE, 98011

*Edmonds – 8403 Main St, 98026

*Lynnwood – 6314 196th St SW, 98036

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While grabbing your coffee in Edmonds, visit our Premier listing: Dramatic Styling and Luxury Design | MLS 1534338

 

Kirkland – 104 Central Way, 98033

Kirkland Urban – 400 Urban Plaza, 98033

Bellevue – 333 108th Ave NE, 98004

Issaquah Highlands – 1200 10th Ave NE, 98029

 

Connect with Kari Haas at 206-719-2224 to learn how you can get on her Circle of Friends list AND to create a strategy to meet your real estate needs!

 

 

 

Posted on November 20, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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November 2019 Real Estate Market Update

A steady influx of buyers continued to strain already tight inventory throughout the area in October. Home sales were up, as were prices in much of the region. With our thriving economy and highly desirable quality of life drawing ever more people here, the supply of homes isn’t close to meeting demand. Homeowners thinking about putting their property on the market can expect strong buyer interest.

EASTSIDE

As the Eastside continues to rack up “best places” awards, it’s no surprise that the area is booming. Development is on the rise, fueled primarily by the tech sector. The appeal of the Eastside has kept home prices here the highest of any segment of King County. The median single-family home price in October was stable as compared to the same time last year, rising 1% to $900,000.

VIEW FULL EASTSIDE REPORT

 

Check out photos from our recent Luxury Real Estate Event!

On November 7th, guests had the opportunity to meet the builder of a brand new one-of-a-kind custom construction.

 

 

KING COUNTY

King County’s 1.74 months of available inventory is far below the national average of four months. Despite the slim selection, demand in October was strong. The number of closed sales was up 5% and the number of pending sales (offers accepted but not yet closed) was up 11%. The median price of a single-family home was down 2% over a year ago to $660,000. However, some areas around the more reasonably-priced south end of the county saw double-digit price increases.

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In fall 2019, Kari helped her clients sell their homes for an average of 9% over list price in an average of 5 days.

Check out Kari’s Zillow reviews to learn more about how she goes above and beyond for her clients.

 

 

SEATTLE

Seattle home prices took their largest year-over-year jump in 12 months. The median price of a single-family home sold in October was up 3% from a year ago to $775,000, a $25,000 increase from September of this year.  Seattle was recently named the third fastest-growing city in America.  Real estate investment is surging. A growing population and booming economy continue to keep demand for housing –and home prices—strong.

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY

Both the number of home sales and home prices were on the rise in Snohomish County in October. Overall homes sales increased 7%, and the median price of a single-family home rose 5% over a year ago to $495,000.  Supply remains very low, with just six weeks of available inventory.

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This post originally appeared on GetTheWReport.com

 

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Posted on November 18, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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Luxury Real Estate Event: Meet The Builder

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Luxury Real Estate Event: Meet The Builder

Event Details

Where: 18109 84th Ave W, Edmonds, WA 98026

When: Thursday, November 7, 4-7pm. Special Presentation at 5:30pm

Come meet the builder and learn about the innovative design elements of this one-of-a-kind home! Dino of Alpha Construction will be available to answer questions and discuss use of materials and the thoughtful process behind building luxury homes. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and fine beverages plus a builder-led tour and presentation of this gorgeous one-of-a-kind masterpiece by Alpha Construction.

 

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RSVP

Please RSVP to the event by clicking here. An RSVP is not required to attend but we do hope you will let us know you are coming!

 

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About the Home: Dramatic Styling & Luxury Design

One-of-a-kind custom Alpha Construction masterpiece! Soaring 25-foot ceilings and over-the-top chef’s kitchen with huge quartz island, European-style cabinets and expansive butler’s pantry. Exquisite living and dining areas open to outdoor living deck. Impressive indoor and outdoor gas fireplaces. Lavish master suite with private covered deck and spa-like bathroom featuring a relaxing vessel tub & huge shower. Spacious bedrooms with sumptuous en suite bathrooms and private patios. Thoughtfully designed throughout with under counter and motion activated lighting, stunning modern wine bar, tankless water heater, in-floor radiant heat plus room for all your toys in the 4-car garage! Private and quiet with RV parking and a low-maintenance yard. This incredible estate home is set in a sought-after neighborhood blocks from SW County Park and close to everything you want and need in Edmonds and the surrounding area. Live the good life!

Highlights:

  • 4 bed / 5 bath
  • 3,932 sf / 15,190 sf lot
  • 380 sf of covered outdoor living space
  • 1,200 sf 4-car garage with tons of storage
  • Distinctive and tastefully appointed custom new construction
  • Stunning extra thick 3-sided quartz island
  • Chic under cabinet and motion activated lighting throughout

Opulent living spaces and optimum functionality. Luxury living at its best!

 

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Posted on October 31, 2019 at 11:41 pm
Kari Haas | Category: Events, Kari's Blog, Upgrades & Renovations

Kari Haas to Appear on “Coffee with a Superstar”

Kari Haas to Appear on “Coffee with a Superstar” Hosted by Tina Mitchell

Tune in to hear about the secrets of Kari’s success!

 

Coffee with a Superstar

 

SEATTLE, WA. October 3 — You are invited to tune in to the next “Coffee with a Superstar” Facebook Live interview with industry leader, Kari Haas of Windermere Real Estate.

Your host, Tina Michell will have the opportunity to share the inside scoop on Kari’s success and how she does it.  This is an opportunity for you to hear from the “best of the best” in the real estate space.

Do you want to take your business and life to the next level?  If you do, tune in on Monday, October 7th from 11:00 – 11:30AM (PT).

Some of the questions you can look forward to Tina asking Kari Haas during this interview include:

  • What do you attribute your success to in 2018?
  • What was your biggest challenge last year and how did you overcome it?
  • What is your best marketing tip?
  • How can the agents listening today take their business to the next level?

 

Kari Haas has also appeared on Tina Mitchell’s show, The Money Hour on 1150 AM KKNW. In December 2018, Kari discussed Strategies for Success in Today’s Market. Check it out here!

Strategies for Today's Success

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Posted on October 2, 2019 at 8:06 pm
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September Real Estate Update

A decrease in inventory coupled with an increase in sales activity led to fewer options for home shoppers in August. There is some good news for would-be buyers as mortgage rates have dropped to their lowest level in three years. Demand remains high but there simply aren’t enough homes on the market. Brokers are hoping to see the traditional seasonal influx of new inventory as we move forward.

 

 

Buyers need the top negotiator on their side, and that is Kari Haas.

Kari Haas won 100% of the time

when representing buyers in multiple offer situations in 2019!

 

 

Click here to check out Kari’s 36 five-star Zillow reviews!

 

 

EASTSIDE

The median price of a single-family home on the Eastside was $935,000 in August, unchanged from a year ago and up slightly from $925,000 in July. New commercial and residential construction projects are in the works. Strong demand for downtown condos has prompted plans for yet another high-rise tower to break ground next year.

VIEW FULL EASTSIDE REPORT

 

 

FHA condo laws are changing October 15th to make it way easier to buy and sell condos.

Get in touch with Kari Haas TODAY to game plan for your success!

 

 

Learn more about the changes on Kari’s Facebook.

 

KING COUNTY

Home prices in King County were flat in August. The median price of a single-family home was $670,000, virtually unchanged from a year ago, and down just one percent from July. Southeast King County, which has some of the most reasonable housing values in the area, saw prices increase 9% over last year. Inventory remains very low. Year-over-year statistics show the volume of new listings dropped 18.5% in King County.

VIEW FULL KING COUNTY REPORT

 

 

Ready to look for your dream home? Start searching here!

 

SEATTLE

Homes sales were up 12% in Seattle for August, putting additional pressure on already slim inventory. There is just over six weeks of available supply. There are signs that prices here are stabilizing as the median home price of $760,000 was unchanged from a year ago and up less than one percent from July. With its booming economy, demand here is expected to stay strong.

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY

Buyers looking for more affordable options outside of King County pushed pending sales, mutually accepted offers, up nearly 16% over a year ago. Home prices have softened slightly. The median price of a single-family home in August was $490,000, down slightly from the median of $492,225 the same time last year.

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This post originally appeared on GetTheWReport.com

Posted on September 19, 2019 at 5:37 pm
Kari Haas | Category: Kari's Blog, Statistics

What to Expect When Buying a Fixer-Upper

 What to Expect When Buying a Fixer-Upper

 

Buying a fixer-upper isn’t for the faint of heart. However, for many first-time home buyers, it’s the ideal way to get into the market. Before jumping into it, make sure you’re familiar with the buying process and what to expect when renovating. These tips will help you get prepared to take on your fixer-upper project the right way.

 

What to Expect When Buying

 

The average sale price for a home in Bellevue is $945,000, but a fixer-upper can often be purchased for less. When you start searching for fixer-upper properties in your area, keep these key points in mind:

 

  • Budgeting Basics: Your budget needs to factor in the cost of repairs along with the potential resale price once the home is all fixed up. You don’t want to offer more than you can expect to recoup when selling. It’s also crucial to consider how you will fund the renovations. Apartment Therapy recommends looking into renovation loans, which could help you finance the renovations and home purchase with a single mortgage.

 

Kari Haas team member Darren Costa is a mortgage industry expert, including Limited 203(k) loan programs. Darren and the rest of the team will help guide you along the right path for your project!

 

  • Choose Projects Wisely: When looking at potential properties for your fixer-upper, it’s important to assess how much of what you will need to do is cosmetic and how much is structural. Cosmetic changes will be least costly, whereas larger structural issues can add up quickly. Getting a home inspection is essential to making sure you know what to expect, and this will help you determine whether your renovations are likely to pay off. The national average cost of hiring a home inspector is $244 – $421. In the greater Seattle area, the price can range from $300-$600.

 

How to Tackle the Project

 

Buying a house that needs to be overhauled can be overwhelming. Avoid getting bogged down in frustration by creating a list of everything you want or need to do and then prioritizing projects.

 

The Kari Haas team is experienced in contracting and construction. Whatever your goals are, the Kari Haas team will be your best sounding board to help you make sure you’re set up for success.

 

  • Be Prepared With the Right Tools: The most cost effective way to tackle a fixer-upper is to do the work yourself. Even if you’re starting from scratch, it will be well worth investing in the right power tools. Consult a list of essential tools for DIY, such as this one from Fine Homebuilding. A few essentials include a drill, sander, and jigsaw, along with a basic toolbox and ladder.
  • Start With Structural Changes: If you need to make any structural changes or the exterior needs work, prioritize those projects first. Otherwise, you may end up undoing some of the cosmetic work you’ve done inside.
  • What Makes the Most Sense? Even if you have projects that you really want to put on the top of your list, focus on what makes the most sense to do first. You may be tempted to rip down some particularly ugly wallpaper, but if you’re planning on moving furniture in and living there through construction, it may make the most sense to install flooring first.
  • Make Your Space Livable: Along the same lines, prioritize one or two projects that are necessary to make your home livable. If you don’t want to live on takeout, that might mean a kitchen renovation comes first.

 

Stay or Sell?

 

After all the work is done, how do you know if selling is the way to go? If you have kept costs low by doing a good bit of the work yourself, you have a greater chance of being able to sell for a profit. Then you have the question of whether your fixer-upper makes enough money to buy a home you want to live in. Or maybe it would make a great vacation rental for long-term income! You may also fall in love with your “new” home and decide you want to stay. When someone buys a house to flip, they typically renovate to appeal to a wide range of buyers rather than to their own tastes, so think about your end goal.

 

You don’t have to figure everything out beforehand, but you don’t want to go into this process blindly either. Be sure to do your research and work with an experienced real estate agent who can guide you. If you’re up for the task, buying a fixer-upper has rewards that you will enjoy for years to come, whether you decide to flip or end up with your dream home.

 

Call Kari Haas TODAY to get started on your project, or just brainstorm!

206-719-2224

 

 

Photo credit: Pixabay

 

This post was originally submitted by Erin Reynolds and has been edited by the Kari Haas Team. Erin Reynolds is the creator of DIYMama.net, which provides resources to help others with home improvement projects and repairs.

 

Posted on September 6, 2019 at 6:35 pm
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Seattle Real Estate Market – August 2019

The real estate market continued to moderate in July. Inventory rose and home values softened, providing buyers with increased selection and more favorable pricing. With strong job growth and interest rates holding at below 4 percent, brokers expect the market to remain solid through fall.

EASTSIDE

The market remains strong on the Eastside. The current tech boom continues to fuel demand, buoyed by Google’s recent plans to build out another office in Kirkland. An increase in inventory gives buyers more time to find the right home for their budget. The median price of a single-family home on the Eastside was $925,000 in July, down 2 percent from the same time last year.

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KING COUNTY

Home prices in King County continued to ease. Buyers took advantage of lower prices and new inventory to boost home sales in July. The median price of a single-family home was $680,000, a 3 percent decline from the same time last year. More moderately-priced areas in the south end of the county saw continued price growth.

VIEW FULL KING COUNTY REPORT

SEATTLE

It’s no surprise that Seattle is the top city in the country where millennials are moving. Apple plans to add 2,000 jobs in Seattle. The first of 4,500 Expedia employees will start moving into Interbay soon. While demand here is expected to stay strong, prices continue to cool. The median price of a single-family home was $755,000, down 6 percent from a year ago and a decrease of 3 percent from June. Southeast Seattle, which generally has more affordable homes, saw the median home price rise 9 percent over the same time last year.

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY

Inventory remains very tight in Snohomish County. The number of listings on the market were up 6 percent over last year, and the county has only six weeks of available supply – far short of the four to six months that is considered balanced. The median price of a single-family home in July was $502,000 – up slightly from the median of $495,000 a year ago.

VIEW FULL SNOHOMISH COUNTY REPORT


This post originally appeared on GetTheWReport.com

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 6:33 pm
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