Adrian Willanger's Blog Posts

How Homeownership Multiplies Your Net Worth

About AdrianAs an active real estate broker Adrian strives to give his clients the kind of service and attention that he'd want if he were in their shoes. Among other things, that means making

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Understand Coronavirus Mortgage Relief Options

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyone. For homeowners, they might be wondering how they are able to keep up with their mortgage in light of shelter in place orders, financial difficulties,

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Wait, Don't Buy that New Car, It May Impact The Ability To Buy A New Home

Those who are in the process of buying a new home need to be aware of some of the factors that might influence their ability to do so. Even though credit score, income, and assets will play major

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Why Selling Your Home in Washington this Fall May Be Your Best Move

If you’re thinking about moving, selling your house this fall might be the way to go. Here are four highlights in the housing market that may make your decision to sell this fall an easy one.

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Negotiation Tips: How to Ask the Seller to Pay the Closing Costs

You've found the perfect new house or condo, and you are now preparing an offer that you believe the seller will find tempting enough to accept. However, you know that there are going to be

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Why Pricing Your Home Right Matters This Fall

Some HighlightsAs a seller today, you may think pricing your home on the high end will result in a higher final sale price, but the opposite is actually true.To sell your home quickly and for the

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Experts Forecast a V Shaped Economic Durve

About Adrian WillangerAs an active real estate broker Adrian strives to give his clients the kind of service and attention that he'd want if he were in their shoes. Among other things, that means

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A Few Items to Get Your Home Ready For The Market

About Adrian WillangerAs an active real estate broker Adrian strives to give his clients the kind of service and attention that he'd want if he were in their shoes. Among other things, that means

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2020 Homebuyers Preferences

About Adrian WillangerAdrian strives to give his clients the kind of service and attention that he'd want if he were in their shoes. Among other things, that means making himself accessible in

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Should Homeowners in Washington State Refinance?

Most people have heard the saying that it might be a good idea to refinance if mortgage rates drop. For those who might not know, refinancing is essentially taking out a new loan to replace the old

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Homebuilder Confidence Hits a Record All-Time Record

Last week, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported their Housing Market Index (HMI) hit an all-time high in the 35-year history of the series with a

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How To Find The Right Color Combination For Your Home

September 16, 2020 by Adrian Willanger (Edit)There are lots of decisions that people have to make when it comes to the decorating scheme of their home. One of the key decisions that

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The Pros and Cons of Paying Cash When You Buy Your Next Home

September 23, 2020 by Adrian Willanger (Edit)With mortgage bubbles and real estate issues still in recent memory, one might feel that their best option is to buy their next home using

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The Cost of a Home Is Far More Important than the Price

Housing inventory is at an all-time low. There are 39% fewer homes for sale today than at this time last year, and buyer demand continues to set records. Zillow recently 

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Shopping For Home Improvements Safely

September 22, 2020 by Adrian WillangerThe coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyone and everyone is trying to go about their lives in a safe manner. With so many people spending time at

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Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing Market

 Tuesday August 11th, 2020  First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Interest Rates, Move-Up Buyers, PricingToday’s housing market is

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Why Foreclosures Won’t Crush the Housing Market Next Year

With the strength of the current housing market growing every day and more Americans returning to work, a faster-than-expected recovery in the housing sector is already well

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New FHA Financing Available For Condo Buyers That Has A Low Down Payment

Condominium owners and buyers have previously been at a disadvantage when trying to use the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) support to get a home mortgage. Single-family homes could get better FHA

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What FICO® Score Do You Need to Qualify for a Mortgage?

What FICO® Score Do You Need to Qualify for a Mortgage? What FICO® Score Do You Need to Qualify for a Mortgage? | MyKCM While a recent announcement from CNBC shares that the average national

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More Home Loan Options Now Available For Borrowers With Bad Credit

For a long time after the real estate housing crisis in 2008, buyers with a poor credit history had a difficult time finding mortgage financing. It was a problem that trapped those seeking to buy a

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5 Homebuying Acronyms You Need to Know

5 Homebuying Acronyms You Need to Know [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:Learning the lingo of homebuying is an important part of feeling successful when buying a home.From APR to P&I, you need to

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The Most Popular Cities For Relocating To Get A Better Deal On A Home

The Most Popular Cities For Relocating To Get A Better Deal On A HomeMany people are looking to buy homes, not across the street, not somewhere else in town, but in other parts of the country. The

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3 Signs the Housing Market Is on the Rebound

3 Signs the Housing Market Is on the Rebound  The residential real estate market has been plodding along for most of the year. However, three recent reports show the market may be on the verge

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4 Tips to Improve Your Home and Save on Your Energy Bill

4 Tips to Improve Your Home and Save on Your Energy BillBy making a few key upgrades to your home, you’ll save on your utility bills and improve the energy efficiency of your home.

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What to Expect from Your Home Inspection

SHARESCHEDULEEMAILCOPY POSTMOREWhat to Expect from Your Home InspectionYou made an offer and it was accepted. Your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents often

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iBuyers: What Is the “Cost of Convenience” When Selling Your Home?

SHARESCHEDULEEMAILCOPY POSTMORE iBuyers: What Is the “Cost of Convenience” When Selling Your Home?When thinking about selling their house, homeowners have many options. A

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Search for a new High-Performance home

Find your next High-Performance HomeReady to get your FREE list of High-Performance Homes? FREE listings of all Green Built homes in King County. "I'M SEEING a lot of interest in textured

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Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo?

Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:Buying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process.To point you in the right

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Victory Heights July Real Estate Snapshot

Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First

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Americans’ Powerful Belief in Home-ownership as an Investment

Americans’ Powerful Belief in Homeownership as an InvestmentThe Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) recently released their 2019  Survey of Consumer Expectations Housing Survey. The

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SHARE SCHEDULE EMAIL COPY POST MORE Is Your First Home Now Within Your Grasp?

Is Your First Home Now Within Your Grasp? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:According to the US Census Bureau, “millennials” are defined as 18-36-year-olds.According to NAR’s

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5 Important Benefits of Downsizing

After the children are all grown and moved out, the family home often feels excessively large and empty. If you’re in this stage of life, you may be wondering if you should downsize like so

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Americans’ Powerful Belief in Homeownership as an Investment

Americans’ Powerful Belief in Homeownership as an InvestmentThe Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) recently released their 2019  Survey of Consumer Expectations Housing Survey. The

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Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 6 Years Running!

Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 6 Years Running! [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:Real estate has outranked stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best-

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4 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

4 Tips to Sell Your Home FasterSince June of last year, we have seen an increase in the inventory of homes for sale month per month. Every spring and summer, the inventory increases because people

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Know What to Expect at Your Home Inspection

 So you made an offer and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.This

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Why A Buyer Needs An Independent Inspection Prior to Closing

Many sellers hire inspectors and appraisers to value their home prior to placing it on the market. It's important for buyers to hire their own inspector to get an independent opinion. If a buyer

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Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Grinds to Lowest Rate in 2 Years

Home prices rose by 0.40 percent in October according to Case-Shiller's 20-City Home Price Index and were unchanged from September's year-over-year reading of 5.50 percent growth.Slower growth in

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The Importance of Staging

Happy New Year! You think staging is important. Check out my first attempt to send out a New Year's wish compared to the second.Happy HolidaysWhy Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step when

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Are You Thinking About Buying a Home?

The process of buying a home can be overwhelming at times, but you don’t need to go through it alone.You may be wondering if now is a good time to buy a home…or if interest rates are

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What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week - December 17th, 2018

Last week's economic reports included readings on inflation and retail sales. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released.Retail Sales Grow, Inflation Unchanged

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3 year real estate market snapshot for North Seattle

Click on the below heading to view a three year historical time line for the North Seattle real estate market.Homes For Sale North Seattle (inventory)Pending SalesClosed SalesAverage Sales

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Should You Buy A Fixer Upper Or Move-In Ready Home?

There's a lot to be said for buying a move-in ready home. All you have to do is put your things away and start living your life.On the other hand, buying a fixer upper has its advantages, too. You

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4 Reasons To Buy Or Sell A Home This Winter

The winter real estate market tends to be significantly different from other seasons. Buyers and sellers alike are often driven by different reasons than at other times of the year.That can be a win

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3 Things You Need To Know About Divorce And Homeownership

Divorce can be an incredibly emotional and financially stressful time. Questions about what happens to assets and the family home add to the anxiety. Each state has divorce laws that differ and that

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What Does A Home's Energy Rating Imply?

Your home's energy rating is an evaluation of your home's overall energy efficiency. If your house's rating is high, it means your potential for energy loss is also high. Bringing your rating

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New High-Performance Homes in The Seattle Area on The Rise

New High-Performance Homes in The Seattle Area on The Rise Over the last five years, we’ve seen somewhat of a market transformation in home building in the Greater Seattle area. Increased

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How To Keep Your Pets Safe During Your Home Sale

If you have pet, you probably wonder what you can do to keep them safe after you decide to put your home up for sale. With all the disruption going on during a home sale, it's all too

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Complete These Repairs Before You List Your Home

There are several things to do when you prepare to list your home for sale. One of the projects you'll need to do is complete certain repairs. Your home should be in the best possible condition

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What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week - December 10th, 2018

Last week's economic reports included readings on construction spending and Labor Department readings on private and public jobs growth. The Consumer Sentiment Index was released along with weekly

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Guide to Quartz, Granite and Laminate Countertops

It can be confusing choosing the right countertop material for your kitchen. Here is a list of some common countertop materials along with their pros and cons. Knowing the differences will help you

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4 Important Reasons Why You Should Consider Buying A Green Home

Buying a home is one of the most important decisions you can make. There are many decisions involved inchoosing the right home from picking a real estate agent, to figuring out what type of home

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5 Home Renovations That Really Raise Values

There are many home renovation projects that can increase the comfort and visual appeal of a dwelling. Owners who plan to sell their home in the future, however, prefer to focus on projects that

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5 Creative Ways To Buy A Foreclosure

Buying a foreclosed home is easy, right? After all, they sell for pennies on the dollar, right? Well, that could be a false assumption. Buying a foreclosed property appears easy on TV, but in,

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5 Strategies Millennials Can Use To Buy Homes

Millennials face numerous challenges when buying their first homes. 55% of young adults between 25 and 34 years old don't own homes as compared to 80% in 1967, according to data from the Census

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5 Home Design Trends To Watch Out In 2019

Home design trends continue to change at supersonic speeds. With New Year right around the corner, the home design world is focusing on trends that will probably reign big in 2019. So, as you

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3 Critical Tips for Buying a Home in a Short Sale

You just found your perfect home, and you feel like everything is right including the price. But, what could be wrong with your ideal home? Maybe, it is being sold as a short sale, and that could

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