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TOP COLUMBIA CITY LISTING AGENT ADVICE
Real Estate Agents often recommend that people de-clutter their homes before listing them, but it’s seldom performed by home sellers. Get rid of anything that takes away from showing as much space as possible, and anything that is in place to fill space. You want to show areas of homes to be as big as possible.
CLEAN AND POLISH
Your home should be shown in its best possible condition. That means making sure your home is extremely clean. Garbage bins should be empty (especially in the kitchen where odors are far too common), sinks should be empty, and floors should be clean. There is nothing worse than walking into a dirty home...it’s one of the first things a buyer will notice, and it does not bode well for you as a seller.
LEAVE YOUR HOME
There is nothing more uncomfortable for a home buyer than having the seller present for a showing. The buyer wants the ability to openly talk about the home, and discuss likes and dislikes with their Real Estate. Leave the home, and allow the prospective home buyer to feel comfortable during their showing.
KEEP IT BRIGHT
If you are selling your home, and a prospective buyer is coming to look at it in the evening, make sure you leave the lights on for them. You don’t want them entering a dark home, and fumbling around for light switches. If the showing of your property is during the day, make sure you open all your blinds and showcase the natural light that your home provides.
PAY ATTENTION TO FEEDBACK
If you have 10 people come through your home, and one of them provides feedback to you saying they think you are priced $10,000 too high, they can be viewed as an anomaly. If nine of them provide feedback to you saying that they think you are priced $10,000 too high, you need to pay attention. Listen to the feedback you receive from your Real Estate Agent and from the parties that view your home. You have to listen to the market.
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FIGURE OUT YOUR FINANCING
It is extremely important that you discuss your financing options with a mortgage professional. You don’t want to waste time looking at homes that you cannot afford, and you definitely don’t want to get your heart set on a home that isn’t an option for you. Make sure you have a pre-approval from your bank, or mortgage professional before you start your home search.
TAKE YOUR TIME AND TOUR
Everybody has a different timeline for their home purchase. We’ve had clients take many months, and we have had clients purchase the first home they saw. Everyone is different. Often it will depend on what type of market you are buying in (seller’s market vs. buyer’s market), but take your time. Do not rush into a purchase.
IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS AND WANTS
Planning your home purchase will make the difference between buying a nice house and a show stopper. These need to be identified before you spend time running around looking at houses. Take your time, and make sure you share your plan with your Real Estate Agent.
RECORD YOUR PROGRESS
The more you see, the more difficult it becomes to remember the characteristics of the homes. Make sure you keep good notes on what you saw, and what you did or did not like about the homes you tour. These notes can be extremely valuable when trying to assess the value of a home to you, or comparing homes on the top of your list.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
You should not skip out on performing your own due diligence on a property. There is critical information to be ascertained on properties, and the details can define whether or not you are making a good investment. A good Real Estate Agent will recommend that you have a property inspected. There may also be a financing condition to ensure that financing can and will be extended to you. You need to do your own due diligence when buying a property and you should not rely on the due diligence that may be provided to you by the seller. Make sure any fact finding is done on your own.
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Light Rail Station
The Rainier Beach Station is a Sound Transit Central Link light rail station in the Rainier Valley area of Seattle. It is an at-grade, or surface, station. It features center platforms. It opened on July 18, 2009.
The station is open air, in the median on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South. It has many amenities, including public art, bicycle racks, seating, and landscaping. 2000 daily boardings are projected for 2020.
There are 3 bus stops located on the street corners adjacent to the station. The bus stops are served by King County Metro Routes 8 and 106. Route 8 duplicates Central Link's route from Rainier Beach Station to Mount Baker Station, but has significantly more stops, providing local infill service.
Within the Seattle city limits, Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land, home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path, an amphitheater, a native plant garden, an art studio, miles of hiking trails, shoreline, beaches and more.
In 1892 Seattle Park Superintendent E. O. Schwagerl proposed that the city buy Bailey Peninsula as part of its first Comprehensive Plan. Many argued that the peninsula was too far from town, but Schwagerl knew better. Luckily, his opinion was backed by the Olmsted Brothers as they developed a plan for Seattle’s parks in 1903. In 1911, the city bought the peninsula for $322,000 and named it after William H. Seward, the Secretary of State who was responsible for America’s purchase of Alaska in 1867.
Development of the park was slow at first. In 1917, the lowering of Lake Washington by construction of the Ship Canal exposed the wide grassy meadow that now leads to the swimming beach. The bathhouse was constructed in 1927. The fish rearing ponds were built in 1935 as part of an effort to make Lake Washington a "fisherman’s paradise." In 1953, a Greek-style amphitheater was hollowed out on the south hillside and for years was the scene of lavish orchestra, chorus, and dance productions under the direction of Gustave Stern.
Seward Park is home to the Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center, a partnership between National Audubon Society and Seattle Parks & Recreation. The Seward Park Center’s mission is to inspire exploration, discovery, and stewardship of the natural world through programs that promote healthy, sustainable communities.
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