Memorial Day Weekend in the Gorge, Geohazard Website for Oregon, and 6 things every Realtor wishes you knew (#6 is usually a shock)
First, some fun! I'm going to be helping my sister out this weekend by pouring wines with her at Syncline Winery in Lyle, Washington. I can't wait!
Memorial Day Weekend
Can you believe summer is right around the corner?This spring has been a blur of friendly new faces discovering our wines and our beautiful spot in Lyle. We have new wine releases, and very soon, a gorgeous and easy to navigate new website. If you haven't made it out to Lyle in awhile, why not bring some friends and spend part of your long Memorial Day weekend with us?
Solstice Cafe will have their mobile pizza oven parked at Syncline this Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th from Noon until 5 serving their award winning pizza and wood fired s'mores. We love the pairing of wood fired pizza made with fresh, local ingredients with our wines. Come spend the day touring the wineries of Lyle and stop at Syncline Winery for lunch. We'll provide the wine and an idyllic picnic space!
Have you wondered about hazard zones when considering a home to buy?
Wonder no more! Here is a VERY handy website that will give you not only information about flood zones, but also slide zones. When we house shopped, we took into consideration the flood zones, but hadn't considered the slide zones. We chose our home, and after our move I discovered oregongeology.org . I also discovered that half the homes we'd considered were in slide zones. I was very grateful that the home we had chosen was not.
Finally, here is an article that I really love about what Realtors(c) wish you, as the consumer, knew. I take issue with the time frame for selling a home (not the preparation, but time on the market). If you price it right, it will sell (if you build it, they will come...).
6 Things Real Estate Agents Wish You KnewDec. 9, 2013Real estate agents see it all. From the unmade beds to the overstuffed garages to the "What were they thinking?" decor. Over the years, they learn a thing or two: Why some houses sell, while others linger on the market. Why some promising buyers never make it to the closing table. How to get a better deal on the mortgage. Even just how much the other agents stand to make on your home. And the good news is, they want to share. Whether you're a buyer, seller or both, here are six things real estate agents wish you already knew.
Want to sell quickly? Price it just under the market
In today's market, sellers are again optimistic on the value and price of their homes -- "but buyers aren't," says Ron Phipps, principal with Warwick, R.I.-based Phipps Realty and past president of the National Association of Realtors. "Your challenge as a seller is to price the house so that it is compelling," he says. What that means in dollar signs: "Set a price slightly below market value," he says. Just "a fraction." For example: If similar homes in your neighborhood are clustered around $210,000, you might price yours at $200,000 or $198,000, he says. Read more here...#6 is usually a big surprise to most...
Until next time!