Buyers

Buying

Buying a home in a seller’s market

We are experiencing a ” seller’s market” this Summer.   You  have been waiting for good weather to start looking for your new home.  Or, you have waited all Winter and sold your home and need to find a new one. Whatever situation you find yourself in, now is a great time to make that new home purchase . Know the tips to get the best deal on your new dream home. First, be ready! Have your financial information in order.  Know how much you can spend, and  how much you can borrow.  You should know how much you have…

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When should you buy your home?

Finally, Spring is here.  You have waited patiently through the Winter to buy your dream home.  When is the best time to buy? Christmas day and Easter? One source declares that these two holidays are the very best days to buy a home.  Their reasoning is that if you submit an offer on either of these days there will be little or no competition.  If you wait until after the holidays, the offers roll in like crazy.  We all know that Spring, and especially April is the best time to sell your home.  But really, when is the best time…

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Home Buying Tips

Home Buying Tips That Will Make The Process Fun!

Home Buying Tips That Will Make The Process Fun Many first-time home buyers are overwhelmed with the process, from the initial search, to the stress of financing, and haggling through the final negotiations. Knowing something about all of these aspects is critical. When trying to negotiate the purchase of real estate, don’t be too accommodating or too inflexible. Try to strike a reasonable balance between the two approaches. It can be counter productive to be too aggressive in your bargain hunting. Be firm with your wants, but allow your lawyer and Realtor to be present at your negotiations since they…

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CHRIS CLARK Q&A

End of August Q&A with Chris Clark!

It has been a crazy summer, and the weather feels right for another Q&A! Our real estate market is hot as ever, and we still get great real estate questions. Thanks to everyone who submitted a question this week! Without further ado, here’s the end of August Q&A! Submitted by David Willoughby. Q: What is the minimum time that has to be spent in a home, before I can use it as an income property? A: What a great question. Many people get confused by the government’s rules for financing and occupancy. Surprisingly, there isn’t a length of time you must live in the…

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Building Real Estate Wealth

Building Real Estate Wealth

Due to overwhelming response to our last investment post, we have decided to delve a bit deeper into building real estate wealth. I wholeheartedly believe that real estate investing is the best long term wealth building vehicle in America. Anyone that knows me can tell you I don’t just talk about building real estate wealth, I practice it every day! It’s part of what qualifies me to be a great Realtor! I started buying investment properties in my twenties (a long time ago). I have always believed in learning from “doers” instead of “talkers.” There is always more value with experience then research!…

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CHRIS CLARK Q&A

Chris Clark’s Q&A Mid July

Hello again to this weeks Q&A! Wow, what a month. Our Pullman real estate market is busier then ever! This week we received two great questions for our Q&A! Congratulations to both our winners! We love giving away coffee at the Chris Clark Team and you can win too! Just ask us a real estate related question on our Facebook page, and we will put you in our weekly drawing! Now, on the the Q&A Answers! Submitted by Olivia Wooldridge. Q: What is the best thing to do when the market is over saturated in your area, but you still want to sell? A:…

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Real Estate Appraisals

Real Estate Appraisals

Real Estate appraisals have always been a bit of a wild card. Without regulations, appraisers can often directly impact the sell price of homes which delays transactions and changes prices. While our Pullman appraisers don’t contribute to the problem, the industry has placed a lot of pressure on real estate appraisers. Lenders always want “high” numbers and buyers always want “lower” ones, making it really difficult to remain impartial. A recent ruling (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) has helped to refine some of the rules. The ruling will help protect consumers by standardizing rules for real estate appraisals, and…

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Local Real Estate Offices

Local Real Estate Offices.

Local Real Estate Offices are a common conversation topic in Pullman. Local real estate offices are a hot conversation topic in Pullman. I get asked all the time about the differences between each office, how the realtors are different, if we focus on different things, etc. What does make our local real estate offices different? When I did a quick web search, I couldn’t find any real reviews or descriptions for any of our offices! So lets just create one! Having several different local real estate offices gives buyers and sellers diverse ways to find and sell their homes. While…

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CHRIS CLARK Q&A

Chris Clark “Belated” Q&A

Hello again! Sorry the Q&A is a bit late. June has been a huge real estate month and we have some exciting news! We recently joined the Lewiston Clarkston Valley MLS, and have opened a workspace in the valley. Its headed up by our newest Realtors Jeff and Michael McGuire! They are a dynamic father-son team, and are dedicated to helping our clients that needed a convenient way to shop in the valley. You can find out more about them at their website! Now on to the Q&A for this week! Congratulations to our winners Beth Hatter and Ari Kousbaugh! Please…

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Summer Real Estate

Summer Real Estate

Summer time is here, and the summer real estate market is heating up! When winter releases the Palouse from it’s icy fingers, the market starts to pick up. Home inventory is always low in the third and fourth quarters of the year, but spring brings an increase of local sellers and the market tends to flex upwards. This real estate “prime-time” fluctuates each year, but usually occurs in mid spring. By this time each year, the real estate market is wildly flexible and homes are literally (or not) flying off the MLS! Now is the optimal time to start looking into…

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