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Negotiate Your Best Buy

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Negotiate Your Best House Buy By: G. M. Filisko Keep your emotions in check and your eyes on the goal, and you’ll pay less when purchasing a home. Buying a home can be emotional, but negotiating the price shouldn’t be. The key to saving money when purchasing a home is sticking to a plan during the turbulence of high-stakes negotiations. A real estate agent who represents you can guide you and offer you advice, but you are the one who must make the final decision during each round of offers…

Luxury Home Market Update

Several years ago, I achieved the Certified Luxury Home Sales Specialist Accreditation. There was some coursework involved and the Accrediting Institute, required a track record of selling “Luxury” properties in the area. Their qualifying benchmark for the category of  “Luxury” property was that if it sold for 150% or more of the Average Sales Price. Here in Maple Valley, as of today July 1, 2016, the average Sales price ytd in Tahoma School District is $444,309. According to the Institute’s definition, a “Luxury” home in Maple Valley would be any property listed or sold for…

Land for Sale in Tahoma School District

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Land for Sale in Tahoma School District Thinking about building in Maple Valley or the surrounding area? Whether your dream is to build your ideal floorplan, or to have a little more room outside the subdivisions, the most difficult part of the process is locating and securing the right property for your needs. When the market turned in 2007, custom home building slowed down considerably. In 2009-2010, several lenders who offer custom construction financing told me that the cost to build was exceeding the appraisal valuations…not a good option for…

Ramblers for Sale in Tahoma School District

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Ramblers for Sale in Tahoma School District Whether you’re looking for a home on acreage, in a gated 55+ community or something on the golf course, there are many options for single level living in Maple Valley. Given the start of the new year (2015) there will continue to be more inventory coming on the market over the next few months so be sure and check back or sign up for our new listing alerts if you have something specific you’re waiting for!