Most folks know that prior to my career as a real estate agent that I worked as a park ranger for the National Park Service. Some folks know that I used to race bicycles growing up and coached a youth cycling team for a while as well. But few of my clients know the strong influence that the Boy Scouts had on me growing up.
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People ask all the time what it's like living in Leavenworth Washington.
One of the real pleasures about small town living is how safe it is with very little crime and a great sense of community.
It's really pretty common for people to leave their doors unlocked here in Leavenworth. More than once when meeting with a homeowner to put their house on the market I have gotten a blank look when asking for a spare key to put in the lockbox.
Every seller we talk to in the Leavenworth market wants a real estate agent who will be aggressive about selling their home or property. That makes sense to us. Year in and year out we have clients come to us and ask us to list their home because they have tried other agents in the past and been disappointed with the results.
It's always exciting to share results like these:
A few weeks ago we posted a silly quiz. We tend to laugh at Seattle area agents who try and practice real estate in Leavenworth and so we made a funny quiz for them.
Here are the answers:
1. Leavenworth has just one zipcode. 98826 runs from Leavenworth to Stevens Pass including Lake Wenatchee and Plain.
A tear comes to our eye every time we hear that someone is buying a house in Leavenworth using a Seattle area real estate agent. Sure, as a licensed real estate broker I can help you buy a house in Seattle, Forks, Mount Vernon, Olympia or even Rockport. I've even lived in each of these places at one point in my life.
But having lived there, doesn't make me an expert and I would be doing you a disservice by pretending to think I could give you expert advice.
Admit it, when it comes to looking at online real estate, you are a bit of a geek.
It's ok, you're not alone. Hardly.
Ever notice that sometimes a house that was on the market a few months ago, comes back on the internet, only to disappear again the next day?
Here's the likely scenario, which usually happens in the spring.
Starting in December of every year we get buyers who tell us that they have decided to start shopping for a parcel in Leavenworth or Lake Wenatchee to build a cabin or dream home on.
Unfortunately, we get a bunch of snow in Leavenworth and winter isn't a great time to look at land.
Nothing is more frustrating to Leavenworth home buyers and real estate agents than a new listing that comes on the market in the spring at a price high above market value. I understand the motivation of the seller to get as much out of their property as possible, but their real estate agent should know better.
It is not always done on purpose, but sometimes this is done just to get the listing and in the real estate industry we call this “buying the listing.” This is specifically addressed in the REALTOR Code of Ethics:
Standard of Practice 1-3