One of the tasks we spend quite of bit of time on during the week is pricing homes or building lots for Leavenworth home owners. Some homeowners call us curious about the state of the market and others are serious about getting their house on the market.
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Earlier this year, Leavenworth was the setting for the movie production of "Ira Finklestein's Christmas." A number of Leavenworth residents took part as extras, the Cascade High School band played in a Christmas parade, and Leavenworth the town was transformed into "Christmas Town."
The production company at Von Piglet Productions just released the trailer - let us know if you see anyone you know in this clip.
I thought it would be fun to start a new series of posts I'm tentatively calling The Life of a Leavenworth Real Estate Agent. I realize that most folks don't see a lot of the behind the scenes work that we do throughout the week, so here's a peek.
We don't make it every week, but Allyson and I try to go preview on a regular basis. From comments that other agents have made, I think it's clear that we tend to preview more homes than any other agents in the Leavenworth area.
What is previewing?
International buyers are hot for US real estate these days; and one group is simply sizzling: Canadian buyers. In fact, the 2010 National Association of Realtors (NAR) Profile of International Home Buying Activity Report found that foreign real estate buyers comprised 4% of the US real estate market. Amazingly, Canadians accounted for 23% of the purchasers. The majority of Canadian buyers staked claims in Arizona (Phoenix leading the way) but California, Florida and Texas were also popular choices. We asked Chris Adams, of Arizona's Show Appeal Realty, to tell us more.
The following is a Guest Post from Eric Kossian of Leavenworth Insurance.
Most people believe that fire damage is the most likely cause of loss to their home but the data proves homes are much more likely to be damaged by water than by fire.
How's the Leavenworth real estate market doing? Is the market picking up?
Don't worry you're not alone in asking those questions. I get asked those questions everywhere I go - at Safeway, at church, at the Wenatchee Wild hockey games.
When it comes to negotiating, especially on something as big as the sale of a house, none of us wants to leave any money on the table. So I'm not surprised when a seller tells me they want to price their home a little higher than they know they should - to leave a little "wiggle room" when it comes to negotiating.
Anyone with much real estate experience knows this is a fool's strategy.