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    David Bell's Real Estate Blog

    Stay tuned to David's blog for updates on the Seattle Real Estate market, as well as other information from David's experience as a Seattle Realtor.

    Radio Segments

    David regularly appears on the Brashenomics Radio Show Wednesdays at 3pm on 1150 KKNW and occasionally on other radio shows around the region. Click here to view his previous radio appearances.


    Radio Show: Preparing to buy a home

    In this episode of Brashenomics, I speak with Ben about what home buyers should plan for prior to looking at homes and why a good plan is necessary for optimum results.


    Real Estate Radio Northwest Appearance 

    I recently appeared on Real Estate Radio Northwest to speak with Nick Neal about the current Seattle Real Estate market, as well as my predictions for the market in 2013. Click below to listen to the show:

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    Radio Show: Smart Negotiation Practices for Buying a Home

    Smart Negotiation Tactics that Actually Work

    When looking for the perfect home, it’s difficult not to be caught up with feelings and sentiment. The residential real estate market couldn’t be more different from the commercial real estate market. Whereas commercial real estate transactions are calm, cool, and collected, residential real estate transactions are fraught with emotion. It comes with the territory. You’re not just looking for property; you’re looking for a potential home.

    However, decisions made with the heart aren’t always the best. When negotiation, don’t let your emotions get the best of you, let cooler heads prevail. Here are some smart negotiation tactics to keep in mind when navigating the real estate market.

    Know what property is worth.

    Patience is a virtue. Once you’ve fallen in love with a home, it’s difficult to dial back the excitement and not purchase it on the spot. But the more prudent negotiators know that it’s always better to track the property and wait. In majority of cases, sellers overestimate the price since most homeowners usually have an inflated idea as to what their homes are worth. It’s a classic case of emotion affecting decisions. Some sellers are so attached to their home and to the time they’ve spent there that they end up raising the value because they think it should be worth more. The property has to be on the market for a while before a seller realizes that maybe he or she overpriced it. In majority of cases, it’s the seller (not the agent) who prices the home and they usually have an exaggerated idea of what their homes are worth.

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    The Best Time of Year to Sell a House in Seattle

    When is the best time to sell a house in Seattle?

    Many Seattle Home Owners ask when is the best time of year is to sell?  That’s a great question however there can be several “right” answers to it in the Seattle Real Estate Market.

    Historically spring is our busiest time of year.  Starting in late February the Seattle Real Estate starts to really pick up.  Then by mid April it’s usually in full swing until about mid June, when it starts to slow down and by August it’s pretty much dead until mid September.  We have seen this trend now since I’ve been in the Seattle Real Estate Market starting in 1999.

    That being said here are some other observations about timing your Seattle Home sale.  First of all if you need to sell your home and move because you are being transferred for a job, then when you find out when you have to more, that is the best time to put your home on the market.  So if you learn that you are moving on August 1st, you should put your home on the market as soon as possible.  The market may be slower in August but Seattle Homes still sell in every month of the year.  You may need to do a bit more work on your home to get it ready and you may not be able to push the price, but get it all cleaned up, price it correctly, and get it on the market.

    I’ve had many clients that have been transferred for a job at all various times of the year and I get the home sold.  It may take a little longer, say 45 days instead of 30 days to sell, but it does sell if it’s a good home, in good condition, and at a fair price. 

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    Two Online Pitfalls to Avoid

    Image Credit: Prasan Naik on FlickrReading about the myriad aspects of the Seattle real estate market such as neighborhoods, locations, homes styles, commute times, etc. on the internet can be very misleading sometimes.  While I think it’s important to do as much research as possible, to borrow a great philosophy, I suggest you “trust but verify.”  That process is something that I find extremely important in my business.  Being a native Seattleite and having over 20 years in representing hundreds of buyers and sellers in the greater Seattle are, gives me a very unique knowledge and perspective in the Seattle market.  With that perspective and experience I believe I’m able to offer my clients many things that most agents are not equipped to offer.

    Whether you are searching for a Seattle Realtor, a home to buy, a neighborhood to live in, or a mortgage company, searching the internet today can have it’s pitfalls.  With the advent of push-button publishing, just about anyone can build a professional looking website full of less-than-accurate information.  It's very important to fact-check and look for supporting data, especially when it comes to financial or numeric information.  And of course, NEVER give any sensitive information to a third party online unless you trust the business.

    Another pitfall online to avoid are websites that are set up to capture your contact information which is then sold to real estate agents and mortgage brokers.  Usually these real estate agents and mortgage brokers are set up to only handle very large volumes of requests.  And while large volumes are not necessarily a problem, it’s how the individual agents and brokers handle their business that can cause issues.  In some cases, a high volume broker can have quite a few licensed assistants that interface with the client instead of the actual agent.  

    Take the time to find a Seattle Realtor that works directly with you to determine your needs and goals.  I'm pleased to work with a talented real estate partner and we both work with all of our clients, so you get two agents working for you for the price of one.

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