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4 Tips For Hosting A Successful Open House

4 Tips For Hosting A Successful Open House

You’ve made the home you’re about to sell look near-immaculate. You’ve catered to every nook and cranny of the property to make sure it’s in pristine viewing condition. But this isn’t enough. Neither is making a delicious spread of finger food. Several conditions need to be considered and met to walk away from your open house with a lengthy list of prospective buyers.

We’re not saying you need to beat a dead horse over details, but keep in mind people often get hung up in aesthetics. Aside from the obvious, there are several other steps to making this a fruitful endeavor on your behalf as the agent hosting the open house. Here are four useful tips we believe will elevate your open house hosting experience as a new agent.

Marketing!

As with any event in the current digital time we live in, marketing through several avenues is vital. In order to grab the attention of several prospective buyers, you need to list your open house on every major social media platform. Advertise through larger websites such as Zillow, and set up targeted ads on Facebook. The more spaces you fill with your listing that more opportunities people will remember to come. Diversify your listings on different media outlets with short videos, photos, and other related content.

Coordinating with other agents in the area could also prove useful. Teaming up for an “open house weekend” can also garner attention to your open house. Timing your event with another local gathering, business opening, or the like can also bring attention to your open house; there’s no shame in cross-promotion! Maybe you could partner with a local business even! Nothing can hurt to spread the word of the beautiful home you’re showing.

Don’t Go Alone

As previously mentioned, hailing the assistance of a fellow agent to offer safety in numbers during the showing can help immensely. Unfortunately, it’s worth mentioning the dangers that can befall you sitting alone in a house inviting in strangers. Aside from that, it also helps to have another set of hands on the job with you. Bringing in a trusted lender can also prove useful to further educate prospective buyers on lending options and help seal the deal on-the-spot.

Easy Contact Info Gathering

Going the old pencil and paper route can never steer you wrong. But with the technology available today, it serves to think of more inventive solutions to taking down contact info. Make it quick and easy for people to sign in to the open house. Having an iPad or tablet ready for people to enter their contact info into can expedite the process, and make you look more professional and tech savvy. The most obnoxious remorse comes from a bubbly conversation with a potential buyer that you can’t remember the name and email for after you forgot to write it down.

Invite The Neighbors In

Open houses have the tendency to draw in nosy neighbors who’ve been dying to set foot in a newly remodeled kitchen. It serves to cater somewhat to this crowd as they are potentially going to tell their friends about a nice home on their block. People tend to want to move their friends in to close proximity to themselves (but not too close.)

 

Holding a private showing an hour early of the actual one can create a sizable buzz in the local community. Those that come on “invite only” can feel like they hold special regard in their neighborhood, and will recommend it even further to friends and colleagues.

 

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Top 5 Breakfast Destinations In Snohomish County

Top 5 Breakfast Destinations In Snohomish County

Breakfast is essential whether it be a small plate in the morning, or a full dining experience with the family. Many favor breakfast restaurants for their filling portions, or innovative takes on classic dishes. Some claim it to be the cure to the headaches of a fun night out on the town. Others regard it as a sacred family tradition to cristen each Sunday with a hearty helping of breakfast foods.

 

Snohomish County is jam-packed with family-friendly destinations for all occasions, breakfast included. We’ve collected five of our highest regarded locations that satisfy all your breakfast needs. Brunch is also a popular topic among young and older folks these days, so we’ll include any great brunch options too! Who doesn’t love bottomless mimosas or a satisfying bloody Mary?

Maltby Cafe

The Maltby Cafe is an extremely well-reviewed breakfast destination located in Snohomish. This a classic eatery serving homestyle American fare, including popular cinnamon rolls. The cafe itself is housed in a school gym built in 1937! Maltby Cafe is a family-owned establishment known for its homemade country flavor, huge portions, and memorably efficient staff.

Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub

Shawn O’Donnell’s is a neighborhood Irish pub in Everett that makes you feel right at home. The pub offers ample space for families or large friend groups and caters to both breakfast and brunch. Customers remarked on the enjoyable Irish fair with an American spin on it. They also took note of the extremely short wait times for seating. Shawn O’Donnell’s pubs can be found in Everett, Seattle, and Fremont.

Jake’s Cafe on 2nd Street

Jake’s Cafe is a low-key establishment with a vintage flair that serves up American breakfast and lunch foods all day. Located on 2nd street in Snohomish, Jake’s is a staple for their cozy atmosphere and tasty offerings. Many customers noted the huge portion sizes, so bring your appetite to this welcoming cafe.

Rusty Pelican Cafe

Located in the beautiful scenic waterfront area of Edmonds is family owned establishment, Rusty Pelican Cafe. Opening in 2002, the Edmonds location of this chain of three (Seattle, and Mill Creek being the other locations) has been thriving. Although a bit more pricey, customers rave about this place offering some of the most well-made takes on their favorite breakfast dishes.

Saw Mill Cafe

Saw Mill Cafe is a quirky breakfast joint located in Mill Creek that boasts a 1940’s lodge-style decor. Customers mentioned this place getting busy, yet still being able to get a table quickly. It’s also a non-noisy environment to grab your favorite breakfast foods at night, as it’s served all day. Nearly every review makes note of the exceptional waitstaff, and their attentiveness to each customer.

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4 Best Landscaping And Construction Companies In Snohomish County

4 Best Landscaping And Construction Companies In Snohomish County

Taking pride in the exterior of your home, as well as the inside, is in the mind of any new home-owner. Most choose to go the DIY route when creating a lovely garden, driveway, pathway, pool, or even pagoda. Finding the right feng shui of the space available around your home is a task that can be stressful.

But there are numerous companies at-hand that can readily help; you can also help improve a companies service and support quality by taking a customer survey in just a few minutes. The idea can still be yours, but having a skilled pair of hands at your disposal can make the task that much easier to execute. Here are four companies we believe can make the exterior of your home into the eden you’ve always imagined. Or can simply offer reliable, and affordable repair.

Salazar’s All Seasons Landscaping

Operating out of Skagit, and Snohomish Counties, Salazar’s All Seasons Landscaping LLC is a great one-stop shop. The Mount Vernon-based company offers a myriad of services to maintain, renew, or develop your home. Everything from excavation work to water features, to landscaping is covered by these guys. Some of their other services include patios, irrigation systems, sod installation, retaining walls, snow removal, and lawn maintenance.

Sunny Seattle Construction

The people at Sunny Seattle Construction have been serving North King and Snohomish Counties since 2004. Known for free-estimates, and fair-pricing, Sunny Seattle comes very well-reviewed on HomeAdvisor. These folks have a combined 50 years of experience in both commercial and residential creative landscaping solutions and maintenance. Several of their reviews mention how quickly the work reached completion. As well as mentioning the quickness to come back and finish anything that may have been missed.

Parkview Landscaping

This is a landscaping company that is well-backed by positive reviews, and a positive back-story. Parkview Landscaping was started by a UW graduate, who used to save money for college and trips via yardwork. The owner, Benjamin, personally is involved with each project and is applauded for being honest, and patient. Parkview Landscaping offers services largely in yard maintenance, such as weeding, sprinkler repair, clean-up, sod installation or seeding, and drainage solutions.

Sparky Bark & Landscaping

Based out of Mill Creek, Sparky Bark is a clear choice for regular lawn maintenance. Known for quality, friendliness, and experience in completing jobs. This company was founded in 2009 and grew from a grassroots state and flourished. Originally installing beauty bark out of a rented Penske truck, Sparky Bark & Landscaping has risen to a position of high laudability in the Washington landscaping industry.

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Top Snohomish County Neighborhoods

  • Lake Stevens
  • Everett
  • Marysville
  • Snohomish
  • Arlington
  • Hat Island
  • Monroe
  • Bothell
  • Granite Falls
  • Lynnwood
  • Stanwood
  • Mill Creek
  • Alderwood
  • Edmonds
  • Canyon Park
  • Mukilteo
  • Gold Bar
  • Darrington
  • Silver Lake
  • Sultan

 

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3 Myths About Renting An Apartment Or Property

3 Myths About Renting An Apartment Or Property

We’ve talked a bit in the past about the benefits of renting on the property management side, but not the buyer’s end. It’s a common saying in the world of real estate that renting is like throwing away money. This isn’t necessarily the case.

The fact of the matter is that the market isn’t always in the most financially feasible place for everyone to make the monetary leap into home ownership. We’ve put together five myths about renting a home or apartment that seem to come up often.

Lease-Locked

A common belief is that once you sign a year-lease you’re locked in for better or for worse. Sometimes necessity drives you into signing a long-term lease when you know changes may arise down the road. Sudden life-changes such as losing roommates, or landing a dream-job that forces you to relocate can occur and cause you to break your lease.

 

The most obvious path simply speaks to your property manager, or landlord. Explaining your situation to another human-being often yields positive results. Letting your landlord know your full situation and offering to work with them to figure out a solution avoids any shadiness. This way if you choose to sublet your place until your lease is over you’ll know whether or not that’s even allowed at the property.

There are fees attached to breaking a lease no matter what, that’s just how it goes.

You’re Wasting Your Money!

Though paying monthly rent accrues no equity for you, it might not be financially-sound for you to be investing in a property right now! The market is ever-fluctuating and the cost-of-living in urban, or suburban areas is changing just as rapidly. Finding a smaller, more affordable space to reside in that has a low monthly rent might save you more money in the long-run than investing in a home before you’re completely ready.

 

You may have enough to put a payment down now but might go belly-up in upkeep and maintenance fees on your new home. Almost all rentals come with maintenance and repair covered in the lease-agreement. Cheap rent and no fees for appliance replacement or home repair might save you a lot of money in the long-run.

You Have (No) Power

Your landlord doesn’t hold all the power! If you’re renting from a smaller operation or perhaps a single person that rents out a handful of homes, talk to them! A negotiation is a powerful tool and any property has a single person attached to its management that you can talk to.

 

If you need to break your lease you have the power to say your decisions are final and that they need to work with you. Ask about relocation-clauses or mortgage-clauses in your lease. You have a lot more power than you think when push comes to shove.

 

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4 Tips For Moving To Seattle

4 Tips For Moving To Seattle

Moving to a new city is difficult, let alone one that is on such an economic and technological boom such as Seattle. Many people are moving here and to the surrounding areas for tech and engineering work, among others. The problem is there’s no space for us all, even though we all work within the city! There are ways though to find an affordable home within easy reach of the downtown or metropolitan area! Here are 4 tips we came up with to keep it easier for you to move to Seattle and start your new job, and your new life!

Public Transit Is Your Friend!

Many areas on the north end of Seattle offer reliable public transportation to downtown, or even the airport, or Kent! Areas we do business in such as Everett, Bothell, Lynnwood, and Edmonds (to name a few) all offer quiet, and serene home-lives, while still always having a bus stop nearby. Considering moving where you can park your car at a park & ride, or simply walk to a bus stop to get to work, contact the company at https://onthegomoving.com/ and get the place that fits you, this will save you a lot of money! Especially if the rent is a little steep!

Consider getting an ORCA card on a fixed monthly rate.

North Or South Of Seattle—Both Can Be Affordable!

There is a stigma that Seattle is pricey when it comes to renting or owning. But there are pockets of areas north and south of Seattle that offer affordable homes and apartments in charming pocket-neighborhoods surrounded by lush forestry. Check out any of our areas in Snohomish County below to see if you can dig up a real gem!

Maintain Financial Responsibility And Budget!

If you’re just moving to Seattle from out of the country potentially, renting may be your only option at present. But if you’re trying to buy a home within a couple years of first moving to America you can build your credit quick! If you maintain a balance utilizing 30% of your total lines of credit, and set up auto-pay your credit will skyrocket! Especially if you have a family member already in the States that can authorize you on their existing account! Follow these steps and your credit will improve to where your chances of getting a home loan will dramatically improve.

Stay Diligent In Your Search!

The housing market moves fast in Seattle as many people are realizing what a lucrative and gorgeous this area is to live. Don’t be discouraged though! Staying up-to-date with our site and utilizing our mailing list options to stay informed when a relevant property goes up for sale or lease is not going to hurt you. The more attuned you remain to the local housing market in your day-to-day the higher your chances will be of seeing something first.

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