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Is My House Haunted? 6 Chilling Ways to Tell If Your House Is Haunted

Think you hear whispers at night? Listen closer. That cold spot in your room? Might be a ghost. If your pet is always whining and staring at a corner, maybe it’s time to move out! Use these tests to answer the question “is my house haunted?” 1. Use a voice recorder. Stand in the room where you think there might be a haunting. Turn on the recorder and ask the ghost a series of questions, then leave the room to

Wintertime: Cool Reasons Why It’s the Perfect Season to Buy!

Don’t pass up that ‘for sale’ sign stuck in the snow-it might just be your ticket to finding your new home at a steal! Real estate sales naturally slow as the seasons change and most home seekers put their search on hold until spring, but not you. You see an advantage in an overcrowded marketplace. You’ve been searching for a home since spring or summer and watched as houses were snatched off the market at record speed! More people means more

Top Trends in RE/MAX National Housing Report

Inventory increased as home sales dropped for the third month, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. “The market continues to move toward equilibrium. The modest inventory increase is a much welcome sign for buyers,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “Although home sales were down year-over-year, it’s encouraging to see the magnitude of the decline decrease from the sharp drop we witnessed in September. The trend of easing price increases remains and that’s also a positive.” Inventory Rebounds The third consecutive

The 5 C’s of Credit regarding Home Loans

You’ve researched the neighborhood and spent hours scouring listings online. You know the best zip codes and school zones and are ready for the next step in the home buying process – getting pre-approval from your mortgage lender. There is a lot that goes into determining if you qualify for a loan, but most traditional lenders will consider these five categories: Character Your credit score will tell lenders about your character and your credit history. Do you pay your bills on time? Are

Is My House Haunted? 6 Chilling Ways to Tell If Your House Is Haunted

Think you hear whispers at night? Listen closer. That cold spot in your room? Might be a ghost. If your pet is always whining and staring at a corner, maybe it’s time to move out! Use these tests to answer the question “is my house haunted?” 1. Use a voice recorder. Stand in the room where you think there might be a haunting. Turn on the recorder and ask the ghost a series of questions, then leave the room to

Change the Life of a Shelter Dog This October

You can become a dog’s superhero this month-October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! You have the power to change the life of a shelter dog by welcoming a new fur-baby into the family. The American Humane Society first established October as the national puppy-loving month to help more than seven million animals currently in shelters seeking fur-ever homes. If you’re not convinced that adopting from a shelter is the way to find the perfect pooch, we’ve done the research to change your

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