Daily Show: Selling Timothy Geithner’s House

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How funny and accurate is this, makes you think about who is really managing this crisis.

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Posted on November 9, 2009 at 6:56 pm
Heather Adkinson | Category: banking, Real Estate | Tagged ,

Is Anyone Else Concerned?

I’m worried!!

There I said it.  Is anyone else worried about the month of November?  How the heck are we going to get all these houses closed in the month of November?  Do you think the government realized that the 30th fell on a Monday following a holiday weekend?

Here’s why I think they have no choice but to extend the credit.  There is no way the recording offices and the title companies are going to be able to handle the flood of houses that need to record on the 30th.  j0285142

Then on top of that!  Seattle, poor Seattle, with the work furlough in effect the government in Seattle decided to make, I think it’s 2 days before Thanksgiving mandatory days off for the recording office.  So not only do we have the Holiday to worry about we also have furlough days.

This is not shaping up to be anything but a nightmare for all of us.  I know that I have quite a few that need to close in November and I need to be on my toes at all times this month.  Days off in November will not exist.  I encourage all of you to keep on top of everything as our clients can’t afford anything else.

I don’t know about you but I won’t sleep much this November!

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Posted on October 30, 2009 at 5:03 pm
Heather Adkinson | Category: Moses Lake, Real Estate | Tagged , ,

$8000 Home Buyer Tax Credit

In searching and trying to find what the topic “du jour” is today it has become glaringly obvious that it is the home buyer tax credit.  There are a couple things that I think about the credit and believe me everything I write here is strictly opinion and nothing else.

  1. I don’t know if the tax credit is going to help us, is it a band-aid for a solution that is much bigger then we can wrap our heads around?  With that said I am leaving it open for further evaluation.
  2. I have only had 2 clients that have used the credit and it was something they were thankful for.
  3. I think we are going to have a heck of a lot of pissed off clients if they extend and add to that credit.

I see all these drawn out blogs explaining the tax credit until they must be raw at the fingertips when really it is quite simple:

  • Applies to purchases that close after April 8, 2008, and before Dec. 1, 2009.j0316868
  • Applies only to homes used as a taxpayer’s principal residence.
  • Reduces a taxpayer’s tax bill or increases his or her refund, dollar for dollar.
  • Is fully refundable, meaning the credit will be paid out to eligible taxpayers, even if they owe no tax or the credit is more than the tax owed.

To apply for the credit fill out form 5405 .  A couple other things to be aware of taken directly from the irs website:

For home purchased in 2009, the credit does not have to be paid back unless the home ceases to be the taxpayer’s main residence within a three-year period following the purchase.

First-time homebuyers who purchase a home in 2009 can claim the credit on either a 2008 tax return, due April 15, 2009, or a 2009 tax return, due April 15, 2010. The credit may not be claimed before the closing date. But, if the closing occurs after April 15, 2009, a taxpayer can still claim it on a 2008 tax return by requesting an extension of time to file or by filing an amended return.

So don’t forget when you’re filing your taxes for the next year to apply for the credit if you have the chance.

Posted on October 13, 2009 at 12:23 am
Heather Adkinson | Category: Real Estate | Tagged , ,

Moses Lake Waterfront Listing

Moses Lake Waterfront Home For Sale–29087054 —Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to own a waterfront home in Moses Lake while it’s still affordable!rear of house. pics 067

 This home has over 4800 sq ft of living space and comes with a seperate mother-in law suite on the bottom floor.  This home on Moses Lake Waterfront sits on 1 acre of land that gently slopes down into the water and has it’s own pool and boat dock.POOL BEST. pics 091  Comes complete with BBQ Pit and it’s very own Tiki Bar that is plumbed so you can make your drinks right down by the pool. 

While everything else for the Moses Lake Waterfront is priced over 550,000 at least this is priced at a fantastic $529,000 and is worth every penny.  This property has mature landscaping surrounding it (and we know how hard it is to find trees in Moses Lake) that provide shade from that hot summer sun.

 

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 The full size apartment on the lower level comes with a full size kitchen and 2 bedrooms and a seperate entrance to the outside with a solarium attached to the house.  Home is also currently being updated little by little to appeal to those with a more neutral pallet.

 

 

 

All of this is located in the Pelican Point area of town and children would attend the new Sage Point Elementary School.  This home sits on a street of similar waterfront homes and upper end homes all ranging from over 400,000 and up.  This neighborhood is only minutes from the convience of downtown shopping yet not in the heart of the town.  Don’t miss out on this fantastic buy today!

Heather Adkinson Windermere K-2 Realty LLC

hjadkinson@windermere.com 509-760-7733

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 7:37 pm
Heather Adkinson | Category: Real Estate, Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

Buyers

I’m am so thrilled to have gotten a phone call from some first time home buyers today.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this and not for the reasons that you’re thinking.  They are coming to look this weekend in hopes of moving right away.  I have everything ready, my binder full of listings that fit their criteria and my Buyers Agency Agreement.  I am now determined to use these with all my buyers.  I’ve been in this business long enough to see what happens without them and in our current real estate environment I refuse to go without them any longer.  I digress however…..

The reason I am so excited is that in the past 3 years I have primarily been working as a listing agent, not by choice, it just seems that is what happened.  Representing a couple different builders it seems to have taken up all my extra time and with doing Open Houses every weekend there were just never enough hours in the day.  I have missed my buyers!  My first years in the business I was meeting with buyers every weekend and I loved it.  Being able to find the perfect house for my client and knowing when we walked in that was the house for them.  It was such a great feeling.

There are obviously different emotions when dealing with a home seller and even more different when it is a builder.  It can at times take the fun and excitement out of it when you aren’t the one finding the perfect house for the client.  I am working hard to find that balance between listings and buyers so that I can keep not only a steady stream of business but also so I can keep those feelings coming back.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 4:56 am
Heather Adkinson | Category: Real Estate | Tagged , , ,

Home Inspector Please

Because of the recent changes to licensing for Home Inspectors we are running into a situation here in Grant County as I’m sure most counties are running into.  Our 2 (yes you read that right) our 2 inspectors who are actually still

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licensed and have all the training required to perform Home Inspections are currently 2 weeks out on Home Inspections.  This of course doesn’t work with the 10 day time frame for inspections so I have recently changed my inspection notices to 14 days.

I have some questions for Washington State fully licensed Home Inspectors.

  • Do you drive to other counties for inspections?
  • What would an extra cost be for drive time?
  • Is it safe to hire out of town inspectors…obviously weather conditions in different areas cause different issues in homes so if you’re great over in west side will you be familiar with the issues that can rise on the east side?

Homeowners even though we are running into this issue I think it is just growing pains until everyone is fully licensed.  This is something that we needed to have happen to get rid of the inspectors that really didn’t know what they were doing (similar as part time agents).  Make sure your Realtor gives you plenty of time to get an inspection done just in case you run into a similar situation.  Always, Always, require a Home Inspection.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:24 am
Heather Adkinson | Category: Real Estate | Tagged , ,

Presenting Offers

I admit it I think I may have gotten complacent and sometimes in this small town of ours we need to have an agent who does it “different” come in and shake us up a bit.  Well it’s been done but I’m still not sure about rocking the boat.

j0438505I don’t know about where you are but here the buyers agents don’t present their offers to the sellers we let the listing agents do that.  Now I’ve heard it’s done differently elsewhere.

It seems that having the buyers agent present the offer would cut down on some of the issues that can especially arise in small towns.  Agents know each other a little to well and do all they can to somehow derail an offer if it’s an agent they don’t like.  I’m not saying thats the norm but i have seen it happen.

I can also see the side however, where the sellers don’t want to meet the other agent face to face because it makes them uncomfortable in negotiations.  Wouldn’t it also put a face on the buyer which would make negotiating a little more difficult for my seller because they either will like what they hear from the agent or they do not.

I’m a little on the fence about this I can see where it would be a good thing for the buyers agent but maybe a bad thing for the selling agent.  I would be interested to hear what your experiences are with presenting offers as a Buyer’s Agent to the seller or if you don’t do it that way either.

I would like to hear what you think the pros and cons are for that situation so I can decide if it’s something I would like to pursue in this small town of mine!.

Posted on September 29, 2009 at 8:40 pm
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