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Tips for Moving To Mount Vernon

Tips for Moving To Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is by far one of the prettiest places to live in the state of Washington. Home to one of the states biggest attractions a city can offer, but on top of that is within the Skagit Valley County lines, over the last several years Mount Vernon has been a very popular destination for those who are moving. Below are a few tips that are important to know about when moving to Mount Vernon!

 

Craigslist Can Be Your Friend

When searching for a new apartment, a new home or a room to rent out typically some of the best deals that you’ll be able to find will be on craigslist.org. The skagit.craigslist.org destination will be the most specific search engine to get you closer to finding a roof to cover your head. Navigate their friendly website and find a what you need from there!

 

Check Out Deception Pass

Deception Pass is one of the most known destinations around the state. So popular that this area can see roughly 2,000,000 visitors per year! Deception Pass itself, is a strait that separates Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island. It is part of a connection where the Skagit Bay and Puget Sound intersect with the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There are bits of art, beaches, parks, scenery and different tasteful food spots around the pass. The destination is so popular there are even many spectacular and special lodging options. For more information on Deception Pass check out https://whidbeycamanoislands.com.

 

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Stop By The Skagit Valley Casino Resort

This casino is located right of the Interstate-5. This casino is only 18 miles from the very popular destination, Bellingham! The rooms offer a relaxed and vacation destination vibe with all sorts of different features. The casino also has 3 different restaurants and commonly has different live entertainment going on. This truly is the ultimate home away from home if you want to try a “staycation.”

 

Enjoy The Tulip Festival

This event is the most popular event that the Skagit Valley County has to offer. The Tulip Festival is a special time, which only takes place once a year. The festival is where millions of different colored tulips burst into bloom in the fields of Skagit Valley County. Due to the force of mother nature, they do bloom at different times, but the attraction is in session from April 1-30. It is something that everyone who lives in this state must do at least once in their lifetime, some people even travel from around the world for this special gathering. In 2016, the Tulip Festival welcomed people from all 50 states and even to 93 different countries! Check out the official Facebook page for the Tulip Festival here: for more information. www.facebook.com/SkagitValleyTulipFestival.

 

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6 Pitfalls To Avoid In Online Real Estate Marketing

6 Pitfalls To Avoid In Online Real Estate Marketing

When selling a product of high value, such as a house, it’s a very fine line one must walk. You want to present an enticing offer, but you don’t want to be entirely transparent on yourself or the home. You want to leave little quips, factoids, and selling-points in your pocket for when the conversation really starts to sound like an inked deal. There is such a thing as being “too available” in the real estate market.

You want to present your listing online in a way that is telling enough to bring your potential buyers in. Many fishing metaphors could be made here, but you get the idea. Bait. You want your marketing to reflect the property in an honest light, but still leave some aspects to the imagination. This is not always the easiest thing to do. Here are six pitfalls to avoid in your marketing campaigns.

Titles Of Listings

This mostly pertains to online listings. The title of your listing is the first thing your potential buyer will see other than the cover photo when looking at your advertisement online, or on a website such as Zillow. They want to know two things immediately: the price and the location. After that it’s up to you to find less than 6 words to make a big impact if the cover photo doesn’t sell it enough.

Being extremely sparing, yet concise in your titles for listings is also integral to their favoring in search engines. Look in to plug ins or information on optimizing search engine optimization. A mere rewording could rank your listing much higher on frequently-used search engines. This is a very important factor in making a big impact with your marketing campaign. A well-ranked title that you can spread through multiple social media channels is reliable and gets traffic to your page.

Visuals

We live in an extremely short-spoken, visually-driven society at present. As a result, the first picture a cliente sees on an advertisement for a property can be a dealbreaker. You want a picture that truly shows the beauty of the house *from the outside. Potential buyers want to bask in the outer beauty of a house before being brought inside to see what it really has to offer. They want to see a house that even on the outside is a representation of their own tastes.

Avoid infusing your listings or advertisements with too many photos. Arrangement of the order of these photos is also very important. Imagine it’s a virtual tour and you want the tourist to see the main rooms of the house first. The entryway, the living room, the kitchen, the main bathroom, the main bedroom, the backyard, then everything else. Think about what would wow them the most immediately out of all the house has to offer internally. Backyards are always a plus, and are always worth early mention.

Ad Placement/Duration

If your brokerage has a website, make full-use of it for your listings. If not, consider big names like Zillow, or Trulia, or make use of them in addition to your brokerage’s website if allowed. Casting out many lines is never a bad idea, it’s just keeping in mind which ones are worth fully worth pursuing. You want to pay attention to everywhere you advertise, and between slow periods pay for more ads pertaining to your own portfolio, or success of your real estate group. This will keep interest and traffic to your pages when you don’t have a pretty house to show everyone.

Use social media outlets such as Instagram and Facebook to gear advertisements to specific demographics and areas relevant to your listing. But only do this within a few weeks prior to your showing of the house. You don’t want this ad in everyone’s feed for too long or it will become white noise. When you pay for ads on Facebook or Instagram have a clear marketing goal and deadline in mind or else the traffic to the posts won’t achieve the desired goal—selling the house.

Virtual Vs. Actual Open House

As mentioned prior, in your ads for the house, you don’t want to give away all of its beauty and mystique. Leave a few shots, maybe even full-angles of spare bedrooms, lofts, gazebos, little things. Things that will only further sell an already keen buyer on closing a deal, imagine the icing on a cake.

This is also where your extra factoids come in to play, such as a customization on the home that a previous owner made that you found fitting of the home. These tidbits are what develop rapport with your client. It makes them feel like you love the home as much as they want to.

Timing

Timing is everything in well, every regard. You never want to spend too much out of pocket or from your employer on paid advertisement. Sponsored ads are only helpful when there’s enough content and activity from yourself or your group’s website that will keep people there.

Many sponsored ads are looked-over because they run too long, too short, too soon, or too late.

Wait until you have something ready to sell, or you’re in a dry-spell and just need people to know you’re still active in your real estate endeavors.

There’s always time to come back into full-view, as long as timely efforts are made to stay relevant. Active social media pages for your personal and professional work are a good way to kill time between big listings you’re trying to bring even more attention to.

Research!

The best research tool is constantly at your fingertips—the internet! Nothing has ever hurt a growing business, brand, or person than doing research on relevant work, fields, or even disasters. Digging deep in to Google’s folds will unravel a wealth of knowledge that you maybe didn’t think existed. Google Trends is a very useful, and free tool to see what people have been searching for over a large span of time. See what words, locations, people, things are engaging people online to better hone your own online marketing!

If a house has been listed in (at least) the last two decades, an online record of its listing exists. You can even go to the library! Perspective and the wins and losses of your past peers will only help you gain a better understanding of where you stand in your market today.

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International Community School Is Certifiably Amazing

International Community School Is Certifiably Amazing

In one of our last blogs, we brought up the potential of finding a home in our great Snohomish County that is close to a reputable public school. Among the three we brought up, International Community School stood out the strongest. Voted #3 by US News, #35 in National rankings, with a college readiness score 98.4/100.0, ICS in Kirkland is top-notch. If your child shows strong signs of academic aptitude in elementary, then probably submitting an application to ICS would put them in the fast-lane to success.

 

ISC (founded in 1997) is a small 6-12th grade public school in the Lake Washington School District with about 60 students per grade. It’s part of a series of schools founded by Dr. Bruce Saari. “International” in the school’s name reflects an international focus in curriculum, though it’s not an international school in the usual sense. And as we mentioned, there is an application, but it pans out a little bit different.

All complete applications are entered into a lottery to select those who will be admitted. In the event that there is space available in excess of the applications submitted by in-district students, applications by out-of-district students are allowed. In recent years, there’ve been over 800 applications for the 65 or more spots available yielding a less than 10% chance for admittance. Utilizing a lottery to keep things exclusive, yet still fair is just an additionally intelligent aspect of this institution.

The Curriculum

ICS’s curriculum focuses on six core subjects—international studies, world languages, the arts, humanities, science, and math. This integrated curriculum keeps a focus on international and global awareness. Many of the courses offered in grades 10-12 are either honors or advanced placement, so only the best and brightest.

 

The option of studying abroad upon the completion of a foreign language program and embark n a focus week excursion outside of class. With over fifteen clubs and activities such as drama, Future Business Leaders of America, and the National Honor Society. There are even ample opportunities for parents to volunteer for various school-related functions, field trips, and parent nights.

The Faculty

With phenomenal test scores and post-graduate success rate, naturally comes an equally impressive staff. Every single review by present or past employees on Indeed.com reveal nary a negative comment on the institution. Their overall score out of 46 reviews is a solid ⅘.

 

These are scores potentially reflective of educators that had a long-standing career at this school, and have watched it grow since 1997. Whether coming, or going, or staying, ICS is an upstanding place to grow, and learn together, either as student or teacher.

 

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4 Reasons To Move To Arlington, WA

4 Reasons To Move To Arlington, WA

Just a short drive north of Everett on i5 sits an amazing town with history, attractions, you name it! Arlington offers a few real estate companies to get information on places to live and free quotes; the best quote we found online helps you with moving and allows you start looking for your new house quickly. Here are four simple reasons we know any prospective homeowner would be thrilled to take up roost in Arlington. It is possible to have a quiet home-life, and still work in the big city! Public transit is only improving in the greater Seattle area, and making it more viable for those working heavily in the city to easily get back to their quiet home and their family!

 

Fun Family Activities!

Arlington features a super fun place to bring the kids—A KANGAROO FARM. This is the only place that readily features so many roo’s in all of Washington! The Outback Kangaroo Farm is providing kangaroo and exotic animal tours during which you have the opportunity to interact with all their different animals. In addition to kangaroos, their farm houses everything from alpacas and flying squirrels, to peacocks and wallaroos. Head over to their site today to learn more!

 

Ample Parks!

They have parks, and plenty of them! The beauty of Arlington’s natural environment of woodlands, wetlands, streams, the Stillaguamish River, and the surrounding mountains are central to the quality of life locals enjoy their. Designated a Tree City in 2003, Arlington is striving to preserve their rich environmental heritage. Some parks and trails offer vistas from which to view the environmentally sensitive areas, fish, and wildlife that make their community intimate, and special. Check out some of the parks within the lush walls of Arlington, WA!

Entertainment For Adults!

Angel of the Winds Casino and Resort is the perfect destination for your first weekend away from the kids in a while! Book a hotel, relax by the pool, enjoy the amazing food from the buffet—or gamble! These folks are a Vegas style resort located near I-5 exit 210. Entertainment, dining, relaxation, and gambling! Over 1,100 slots, tablegames, keno, etc! What more could you ask for for a nice weekend away without even leaving your new hometown!

Affordable Homes—DUH!

Check out our listings for quaint, affordable, luxurious, or even extravagant homes in the Arlington, WA area! Look below for all the modern, yet rustic areas we will get you and your family happy and home in no time. Homes along the i-5 north corridor are ideal for commuters and those looking to have a bustling day in the city, but a quiet night at home.

 

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  • Lake Stevens
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  • Lynnwood
  • Stanwood
  • Mill Creek
  • Alderwood
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  • Mukilteo
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4 Reasons Mukilteo Should Be Your New Home!

4 Reasons Mukilteo Should Be Your New Home!

Not only is Mukilteo one of the most affluent neighborhoods in north Seattle, it’s also an ever-growing opportunity for prime real estate that is only rapidly growing in value! If you come in and get your hands on one of these soon-to-be unavailable homes you could experience what so many others are already enjoying! Mukilteo by definition means “good camping ground,” which makes it either a prime home or vacation—or both! Mukilteo offers a vibrant bar-scene, as well as rural areas to camp, AND a ferry to Whidbey Island which is where a very, very fun park is located to camp. Let’s get in to it!

The Beach!

Mukilteo is a waterfront city in our great Snohomish County-area we serve, and we’re giddy to bring attention to it. Not only are there fine restaurants and bars, as well as rural areas to get away—it’s right next to the beach! A true aspect of the PNW experience is having easy access to a beach. Beaches become essential to any PNW’er when the sun comes out for a few months in what we call “summer.” This is where we absorb the vitamin D that will get us through the rainy, potentially snowy winter. If moving to Washington, try to be close to the beach because it will bring you much joy, guaranteed, you can Visit This Site for more info! And you can bring the kids!

Eat By The Beach!

Arnies Restaurant & Grill is the premier waterfront dining experience that doesn’t break the bank in Mukilteo. Enjoy sweeping panoramic views of snow covered Olympic Mountains and the beautiful Puget Sound while celebrating the phenomenon that is a sunny Seattle summer. They take pride in 39 years of quality, genuine service. They skillfully prepare local products and spectacular views on the waterfront in one of our hottest areas for real estate. Enjoy the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer!

Camping In The City!

Voted #3 of 15 best activities by Trip Advisor in Mukilteo, Lighthouse Park is a sight to behold. Typically boasting a windy shoreline, Lighthouse Park is a prime space to engage in quality PNW summer camping. If you book your reservations soon—they go quick! The park was constructed in the 1950s on a filled tideland and has provided continuous public beach access since 2003 when it was deemed to the city. This is a place where you can comfortably live and still get away without having to make much of a drive.

 

Take A Ferry To Whidbey Island

Not only is there solid camping in Mukilteo, there is also a convenient ferry at the water that will take you to Clinton, a southern-tip town on Whidbey Island. Our favorite place to camp that offers an ocean-side escape to city life is Deception Pass State Park. This amazing park is a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island, in the northwest part of the U.S. state of Washington. This is the convenient, affordable (if booked in a timely manner!), and magical weekend vacation that you and your spouse, or the whole family can go to and make happy memories.

 

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