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RE/MAX NORTHWEST!

In August of 2018, RE/MAX Northwest joined forces with RE/MAX Professionals to become the fifth largest RE/MAX in the United States. Infusing innovative technology with a personal approach to real estate, RE/MAX Northwest is home to 375 agents and 10 offices to serve Washington State. Founder, Matt van Winkle, opened the first RE/MAX On the Lake office at Green Lake in the summer of 2011, adding offices in Bellevue over the next three years. When he saw inefficiencies in current

RE/MAX NORTHWEST!

In August of 2018, RE/MAX Northwest joined forces with RE/MAX Professionals to become the fifth largest RE/MAX in the United States. Infusing innovative technology with a personal approach to real estate, RE/MAX Northwest is home to 375 agents and 10 offices to serve Washington State. Founder, Matt van Winkle, opened the first RE/MAX On the Lake office at Green Lake in the summer of 2011, adding offices in Bellevue over the next three years. When he saw inefficiencies in current

TOP 7 HOME PREPS TO TACKLE BEFORE FALL TEMPS DROP

Ahhhh, fall – the air turns crisp and cool, yellow patches of leaves appear to take over the treetops and you’re prepped for sweater weather. But, is your home ready for the season? Whether you do the dirty work yourself or hire out, RE/MAX put together a checklist to help you tackle fall home preps that can make a big difference of how your home handles the season. Get your mind in the gutter. If you’re not on top of

The Secret to Kitchen Envy: A Stylish Island

Home buyers love kitchen islands. It’s become a gathering spot for not just cooking but also eating, working, and socializing. As the island continues to gain stature in kitchens, homeowners are finding ways to spotlight it with contrasting shades or even different countertops to make it the focal point. Check out some examples from designers featured at Houzz, which show how the kitchen island can become the showpiece of your space. An island of a different color Photo by JJP

Top 7 Items Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Own

Congratulations are in order – you’ve purchased your first home! Now you get to make the house a home with one of the biggest interior design projects of your life. Filling the rooms of your new house may be a bigger feat than you’re prepared for. While you’re focused on big furniture investments, the odds are good that smaller household essentials have completely slipped your mind. RE/MAX is here to help with a list of household essentials, broken down by

5 Back-to-School Tips When Moving into a New Neighborhood

Selling a house, buying a new home, getting a new job, adjusting to a new place-moving is hard! It’s even harder moving as a family with small children during back-to-school season. With a new school year gearing up, RE/MAX has five tips to make the transition of moving to a new place and meeting new people a bit easier on your little ones. Know your neighborhood Before the first day of school, walk around the neighborhood as a family to

Top tips to help first-timers navigate the fast-paced housing market

If you’re ready to stop renting and start enjoying the benefits of home ownership, finding the perfect house within your price range can seem daunting, especially in a seller’s market. Keep these things in mind when you are shopping for your first home. Keep an eye on your credit score The interest rate of your mortgage matters a great deal. Even a fraction of a percentage can add (or subtract) thousands of dollars over the life of a 30-year loan. One thing that

5 Tips for buying your retirement home

Planning for retirement means making a lot of decisions, including when you’ll stop working, how much you’ll withdraw from your savings each year, and where you’ll live. Many Americans view retirement as an opportunity to move into a new home; in fact, 64 percent of retirees either have moved or plan to move. Ready to begin planning for your golden years? Here are five tips to get you started. Location, location, location Ideally, you should think about where you want to live

5 Tips for Purchasing a Home in a Seller’s Market

Purchasing a home in a seller’s market doesn’t have to be challenging. Some preparation and a strategy may give you an advantage over other potential buyers and increase your chances of having your offer accepted by a seller. Get lender preapproval or prequalification. Determine your loan options and obtain a pre-approval letter from a lender prior to beginning the home search. Some homes are going under contract within days, if not hours, so being able to move quickly with financing is

Who are today’s aspiring buyers?

The National Association of Realtors recently released the 2018 Aspiring Home Buyers Profile. Of the non-homeowners surveyed, 46 percent were age 34 or younger, 57 percent earn less than $50,000 annually and 81 percent live in urban or suburban areas. Let’s look at the mindset of these potential buyers: Homeownership Goals  According to the survey, 82 percent reported future homeownership goals, with 58 percent saying now is a good time to buy. So why aren’t more first-time buyers coming to the

9 Great Memorial Day Getaways throughout Washington State!

With its magnificent, diverse terrain, Washington State offers a wealth of fantastic travel destinations. You’ll find everything from breathtaking coastal scenery and wild driftwood-strewn beaches to dramatic mountains and glistening lakes with charming towns tucked in between. If you’re trying to make through the many options here, we’ve narrowed it down for you by providing some of the very best escapes for Memorial Day weekend in Washington. Click the following link to visit TripsToDiscover.com and find a great Memorial Day