Tips & Tricks

Decor When Establishing a Home Office, Should You Buy New or Remodel? When Establishing a Home Office, Should You Buy New or Remodel?     When you have dreams of running your own business from home, your first reaction is likely to evaluate your current space. Is it big enough? Can you actually run a business from home without violating zoning regulations? How can you ensure your […]
For Buyers 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 […]
Decor How to Boost the Value of Your Vacation Rental     Tens of thousands of dollars — that’s how much you could be making by renting your property out to vacationers if you do it right. Boosting the overall level of comfort and aesthetic appeal could turn a modest dwelling into a cash cow. Potential guests are willing to shell out for the extras, […]
About Kari Haas Experienced Real Estate Broker Gives Strategies for Success in Today’s Market In November I was invited to appear on The Money Hour hosted by Tina Mitchell on 1150 AM KKNW. The guest panel included: Randy Bannecker – President of Bannecker Public Affairs and founding partner of ClearPath Partners Kari Haas – Managing Real Estate Broker of Kari Haas Real Estate Team, associated with Windermere Real Estate […]
Investing Moving to Tacoma Tacoma sits on the banks of beautiful Puget Sound with views of majestic Mt. Rainier. It is a scrappy port city filled with proud locals and a hotbed of unprecedented growth for creative newcomers seeking entrepreneurship and arts communities. From the vibrant nightlife on Sixth Avenue, to the posh museum district, to the great outdoors, […]
For Sellers Check Tax Consequences Before Flipping a House Flipping houses can be an exciting venture, and if done correctly, can bring you the kind of return on investment that you have been seeking. But buying a house, renovating it quickly, and then selling it again isn’t as seamless as HGTV’s Flip or Flop and Fixer Upper make it look. It’s important that you be […]
Real Estate Related Checklist for Garage Sale, Make it a success Check with your local government to see if there are any restrictionsregarding garage sales and promotional signage. Advertise online using Craigslist, twitter, on your Facebook page, gslr.com, or nextdoor.com. Put up flyers on local bulletin boards. Make clear concise signs that can be easily read from far away. Double check your signs by driving past […]
Tips & Tricks Ready for Spring Checklist Inspection top to bottom: Now that the weather is temperate you will want to check on how your home weathered the winter. Check the roof for leaks, the gutters for damage, and the siding for cracks. You will also want to inspect your basement or foundation for any shifts. Make repairs now to prevent further damage. […]
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For Home Owners Winter Home Maintenance List Allow winter’s rain and melting snow to properly drain by removing fall leaves and other debris from your gutters. Consider having your furnace professionally cleaned and turned annually. Replace those furnace filters monthly, if needed. Repair any obvious leaks in the most common drafty areas: recessed lighting, window and door frames and electrical outlets. Feeling […]
Investing 4 money tips for new homeowners More than 60% of Americans own their homes, and while there are certain benefits to ownership, there’s also a downside: the cost. You may have thought that coming up with a down payment was the greatest financial hurdle you’d face, but as you’ll soon come to learn, there are numerous expenses associated with owning a […]
About Kari Haas A smarter way to invest in your child’s education What if you could invest in something that earned enough profit to pay for your child’s college tuition and still kept your initial investment growing towards your own retirement? That’s the picture when you purchase a home or condo as an investment for college. There are options in every price bracket and investment models that […]
For Sellers How to Sell Your House in the Winter Start with the exterior As with any time of year, make sure that the house looks well maintained and cared for, with eaves clean and minor repairs taken care of. While you can’t paint in winter, washing paintwork and siding with warm soapy water on a mild day can make a big difference. Make sure […]
Family Less Stress During the Holidays 1 Be organized Make lists for groceries, people to shop for, cards to write, decorations to buy. Sit down with a calendar and give yourself target dates for getting things done. 2 Less is more. Simple decorations can speak volumes more than a room crowded with all kinds of knick-knacks. Choose recipes that are tried […]
About Kari Haas What best day of the week to list your house? Selling a house What is the best day of the week to list your home? We analyzed over 18,000 closed residential sales (under $1,000,000) in King County in 2015 to see what effect the day of the week had in relationship to the chances the home would sell in two weeks and, if so, how […]
Investing Fall Remodeling – Don’t start without reading this As temperatures cool down, and we prepare for a season of shorter, darker days, it’s time to think about the inside of your home – how to make it as glorious on gloomy days as it was during the brilliant sunshine of summer. Oh good: Projects! But wait. Don’t let the excitement of improving your […]
Food 8 Household Uses for Eggshells Next time you whip up a quiche or bake a cake, you may want to think twice before tossing the eggshells in the trash. From deterring pests to making better coffee, practical uses for eggshells abound. Note that, except when using them in the garden, raw eggshells should be sterilized before using. To do this, place […]
For Sellers Selling You House, Make Sure The Price Is Right In today’s market, where demand is outpacing supply in many regions of the country, pricing a house is one of the biggest challenges real estate professionals face. Sellers often want to price their home higher than recommended, and many agents go along with the idea to keep their clients happy. However, the best agents realize […]
Family 10 Things To Do Before You Go On Vacation Invest in a light switch timer. Don’t leave your lights on at home during your entire vacation in an effort to make it look like someone is in your house. One of the best ways to keep burglars away from your home is with a light switch timer. Time the lights to turn on when […]