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10 things your real estate agent won’t tell you–But I will

What buyers and sellers should know In the article by Jonathan Burton, MarketWatch, published April 2nd, 2014, Jonathan reviews the following 10 points: 1. “I’m using your house to sell myself.” 2. “You might never get the chance to buy your dream house.” 3. “My commission isn’t set in stone.” 4. “Your home isn’t worth […]

Verna Metzger, Tacoma real estate agent

Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter: Ways I’ll Use to Share More With You

As far as my presence on the Internet is concerned, I’ve decided to expand the information that I share to include some of my personal interests in addition to information about buying and selling real estate, getting financing, and similar topics that pertain to the real estate market as a whole. I’m going to share […]

Home Selling Strategies from Popular Mechanics’ The DIY Guy

Some of the topics covered in the article include: Prep the exterior Prep the interior Kill the clutter Depersonalize Focus on the kitchen and bath Check mechanicals Clean everything Control pets Be ready to show Get out of the way As an agent with many years of experience, I say “Hurray!” to Popular Mechanics magazine for […]

Bank of America stops US foreclosures for review, According to the AP

According to a story published by the AP, “Bank of America on Friday halted foreclosures on homes across the country so it could review paperwork in tens of thousands of cases for flaws, expanding a crisis at a perilous time for the housing market.”

Existing U.S. Home Sales Rise to Highest Level Since 2007 in Recovery Sign

A story published on Bloomberg.com today states that “Sales of existing U.S. homes in November rose to the highest level in almost three years as first-time buyers rushed to take advantage of a government tax credit and lower prices.“

Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit all-time low

According to MarketWatch, “Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.78% this week, matching an all-time low in Freddie Mac’s weekly survey of conforming mortgage rates, released Wednesday. The mortgage averaged 4.83% last week and 5.97% a year ago. This week’s average matched a low set the week ending April 30.”