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5 Things To Look-Out For When Signing A Lease

5 Things To Look-Out For When Signing A Lease

Let’s be honest and acknowledge that barely anyone reads the fine print on user-agreements. Nobody wants to pour over pages and pages of boring technical writing, especially when clicking agree is the only hindrance from getting/downloading what you want. When it comes to your lease contract though, the fine print is quite important. The lease you sign is typically binding for at least a year, and doesn’t have the same rules as your parents’ place.

 

When you’re preparing to sign a lease agreement, you should leave yourself ample time to read over every detail. These details include things that affect your day-to-day, or how many people you can have over, and for how long. Understand what you’re getting yourself into! There are several things to look out for in a lease, but we’ve brought it down to five key parts to keep your eye out for.

Pets

Always read the fine print about your pets when it comes to potential extra fees and damage costs. Be sure to let your landlord know about any pets you’ll be keeping on the property that shed, or cause a lingering smell. You don’t want them to find out the hard way, which can result in a much higher fine than paying the initial pet deposit.

Guests

This is a tricky subject that is usually detailed on your lease. You naturally want to entertain guests at your new residence, but how long is too long? Look for the section in your lease that discusses the limitations on how long your guests can crash on your couch. Many leases delegate 10 days as being more than an ample stay.

Totals & Due Dates

When you initially found the property, what was the listed rental fee? Is it any different than the number you’re seeing on the actual lease agreement? If you originally thought the price of rent was more or less than what you’re seeing on the lease, ask about it! There could have been an error on their behalf, or there could have been a deposit fee you weren’t made privy to. Also keep a keen eye on the due date for rent and any late-fee you can incur from not paying on time.

Terminating Lease Early

You never know what curveballs life is going to throw at you, so it serves to know all your options. If you need to break a lease early, there typically is an early termination fee you’ll need to pay. Keeping in clear communication throughout your thoughts on breaking a lease early with your landlord is the best way to not find yourself sacked with a hefty fee just because you need to relocate for work suddenly.

Maintenance Responsibilities

Read through all the details on maintenance because largely it all befalls the landlord. Major issues with appliances that came with the unit are usually covered by the lease. As well as any big problems with leaks in pipes or roofing. Contact your landlord if any issue arises in your home that you’re unsure about if the lease isn’t crystal clear.

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4 Memorable Spots For Christmas Light Viewing In Greater Seattle

4 Memorable Spots For Christmas Light Viewing In Greater Seattle

During these darker times of the year in the PNW, it’s no surprise that some firmly take to the art of lighting up the night with their holiday displays. Some neighborhoods in the greater Seattle area even mandate a homeowner’s involvement in setting up a unique light display outside their home. For this reason and more it’s become a tradition in several neighborhoods around the city to create veritable pockets of winter wonderlands.

On top of the efforts of individuals around residential areas, there are also some bigger displays that are set up in the city. Many businesses utilize these fancy light displays to draw in foot-traffic in an otherwise slow time of the year for tourism and outdoor activities. We’ve put together four phenomenal places to view intricate holiday light arrangements the kids will love that are largely all free to view.

Candy Cane Lane

This is one of the eclectic neighborhoods that always offers stellar light displays free of charge for your family to view! Since 1949 Candy Cane Lane in the Ravenna neighborhood of North Seattle has been bringing in visitors from around the area to view whimsical displays. Twenty-three houses in a row all decked-out with lights, lawn ornaments, blow-ups and more for you and the kids to view. This display runs December 8th-January 1st so there’s time to check it out after Christmas!

Keener’s Christmas

This family in Bothell puts on a light display for the books. The Keener family has made a considerable mark in the area with their yearly Keener’s Christmas light showcase. Just Jeff and Candice Keener setting up over 500,000 lights at their home for your viewing pleasure. Not to mention their display helps raise money for the Ben Towne Foundation and serves as a food drive for HopeLink. You’ll want to stop by 16504 112 Pl. in Bothell for this truly heartfelt, and grandiose display.

Evergreen Lights

Also, a holiday favorite for families out in Snohomish County is the Evergreen Lights display at the Evergreen Church in Bothell. The kind people at this Church spend literally months putting together a display of over 500,000 lights. You and the kids can find them at 3429 240th St. SE and enjoy free cookies, cocoa, and naturally, a holiday family photo. This display runs nightly from 5-10pm from the beginning of December until Christmas Eve. Stop by for a one-of-a-kind light show dancing along to choreographed music.

Wildlife At Woodland Park Zoo

No list of amazing Christmas light displays would be complete without mentioning the efforts of the Woodland Park Zoo. Always a family favorite, this zoo becomes a technicolor wonderland of lights that often display popular animals in the zoo. Wildlights is a go-to family outing in the PNW for good reason—kids absolutely love it. They also have an indoor snowball fight, and carousel available for extra family fun. Wildlights runs November 23rd-January 5th from 5:30-8:30 every night, and tickets are available here.

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Everything You Need To Know About Your Wood-Burning Fireplace

Everything You Need To Know About Your Wood-Burning Fireplace

If you live in the greater Snohomish County area it’s obvious to see fall is making its way into winter. The leaves are changing and your home is getting formidably colder by the day. Typically all homes come outfitted with a wood-burning fireplace. If you just moved into your home there is a chance your fireplace hasn’t been active in a while.

 

There are factors to consider such as the overall state of your chimney and any potential blockage. There’s also a wrong way to keep a well lit fire in your fireplace. For this reason we’ve put together the complete how-to guide for using, cleaning, and playing safely with your wood-burning fireplace.

How To Build A Fire

If you’re just moving in to the house, get the chimney inspected! Try Murphy’s Chimney Service out of Edmonds if you’re unsure of a reliable service provider in your area. Next you’ll want to make sure you’ve cleaned out any old ashes, also checking the damper to make sure it’s open and functions properly.

After you’ve made sure your fireplace is ready, lay down some kindling over a balled-up piece of newspaper. You’ll then want to open the flue of the chimney by lighting a piece of newspaper freely in the fireplace. This step is important as it heats up the cold air in the chimney so you don’t get a bunch of smoke in your face when you light the kindling.

 

After you light the newspaper and kindling gently fan the flames to produce embers and then put on a larger log. You’ll know a log is ready for burning if it makes a hollow sound when knocked against another big piece of dry wood.

How Often Should I Clean The Chimney?

Over time a creosote and soot buildup can reduce airflow, cause smoke to back-up, and in the worst case scenario create a risk of fire. To avoid this it’s advisable to have your fireplace and chimney inspected annually by a professional.

 

When the layer of residue is about an eighth of an inch thick they will likely recommend a cleaning. If you ever notice any large buildup of debris in the fireplace itself put on a dust mask and sweep it out, scrubbing the surfaces with a brush and dishwashing liquid.

Is A Wood-Burning Fireplace Cost-Efficient?

It actually varies depending on the position of the fireplace within your home. Despite being a more antiquated charm to any home, a wood-burning fireplace actually wastes a lot of heat. A lot of heat escapes through the chimney because (as we all know) heat rises. If your fireplace is located against an outside wall it will lose even more heat from cold outdoor air.

 

Gas fireplaces are surprisingly more efficient though it can be expensive to install one in your home, or a waste of money if you’re renting. Especially if you need to make changes to the chimney. If you plan to sell the house later on it might be a good idea to improve the home and upsell it later on because of the improvements you’ve made.

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Dispelling 5 Myths About Real Estate To New Agents

Dispelling 5 Myths About Real Estate To New Agents

In the world of real estate, you find yourself running into a lot of armchair experts. With the endless facets of the internet, a little research makes a professional in the eyes of many adults. The same could be said of countless new real estate agents entering the field. Unsubstantiated expectations and assumptions about this career often make-or-break new agents. For this reason, we’ve lined up five myths about this career that we feel need immediate dispelling.

Get-Rich-Quick

A pitfall many new agents fall into is the belief that this line of work is the fast-track to riches galore. Not necessarily true. When you’re a professional of the real estate variety, you put the needs of your clients well-above your own. This means when preparing, and selling a home, often there are costs that you’ll have to pay out of pocket. Coming into the world of real estate with a small savings account and a get-rich-quick mentality can lead to a real-quick failure.

Flip Every House

Though reality television has given the impression that flipping houses like a madman is the secret to financial success—they’re wrong. True value and profit come from renting a home out to tenants for a long period of time. Holding on to a piece of property while tenants are literally working to pay-off your mortgage until the market is in the right place is probably the smartest move. More often than not those that sold a house over a decade or two ago experience severe “seller’s remorse.”

Being A Landlord Is A Full-Time Job

In the past having to collect rent, find and screen tenants, and handle maintenance was admittedly pretty demanding work. But with the wonderful innovations of the internet and software, most of these processes can be handled from the convenience of your home. This means people are now able to maintain the position of landlord across several homes, at either part or full-time.

Non-Traditional Work Schedule

Any job that you don’t clock in to typically requires as much from you as you’re able to give. Just because you walk, and talk like a real estate agent doesn’t mean you’re putting in the extra hours. Working a job that has something you could be doing towards it at all times can be daunting. Planning out specific times throughout your day devoted to sending emails, grinding towards making your first million dollars. Ironclad accountability and drive are the keys to success in finding the right groove of working non-traditional hours to build your business.

The Market Is Always Booming

The real estate market fluctuates, greatly. It’s operating both cyclically, and seasonally. When it’s good, it’s very good, and when it’s bad…you get the idea. Undeniably it will be slow in Q1 and Q3, and hot in Q2 and Q4. The biggest misconception about the real estate market is that anything can happen fast; it’s all slow. Things can feel amazing that’s happening quickly that is actually hurting you, and vice versa for when you feel like you’ve been on a losing streak. You might actually be on the upswing.

 

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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 on TheAdvisory 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 like the aaa heating ac repairs and the kitchen remodels, 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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