SPRING 2019 EDITION

  • Consult the Coach - Spring 2019

    Summary:

    I am feeling overwhelmed and unfocused as a result of the many (too many) marketing activities I've got going on to sustain my real estate business. What do you suggest?

  • Property Management Q & A - Spring 2019

    Summary:

    Our client has signed a PSA to sell their single family home to a developer (who wants to knock it down and build a new home on the site). The buyer only wants to close after they obtain their building permit, which means that the home will be vacant for 4-6 months. Our client has asked us to find a tenant to occupy the home until the closing...

  • Washington REALTORS® Legislative Update

    Summary:

    For Washington REALTORS® the 2019 Legislative session was focused on our theme of "Unlocking the Door" to affordable homeownership opportunities (visit https://unlockthedoorwa.com/ for more information). Our goal was to have housing policy as the top policy issue that the legislature engaged on. As of this writing and based on the number and scope of bills, that goal is very likely to be achieved. There are nearly 20 pieces of legislation that have to do with housing policy that have made their way through various committees and obstacles and have been passed on either the House or Senate floor.

  • Trust Your Intuition

    Summary:

    In January 2001, Mike Emert, a Bellevue-based real estate broker was brutally killed by a client at a vacant home he was representing. Mike's tragic death inspired the formation of the Washington State Real Estate Safety Council. This Council was made up of REALTORS®, law enforcement and the Department of Licensing...

  • Fixing the Housing Ladder by Addressing Affordability

    Summary:

    The Washington Center of Real Estate Research's James Young tells what REALTORS® can be doing to make an impact on affordable housing in their local areas.

  • Are You Adequately Insured, 2.0?

    Summary:

    In 2019, broker liability, and thus insurance risks, expanded and now the appropriate inquiry begins with... are you insured for the action you are about to take? Only after you answer that question do you need to consider whether your insurance is adequate.

  • What is a Buyer Love Letter?

    Summary:

    Letters, videos, photos, or any communication accompanied by an offer from a potential buyer to appeal to the seller. Love letters place sellers in the position of indicating a preference for a buyer based on a "feeling" or something that the seller "just likes" about a potential buyer. This "feeling" frequently arises from shared interests, history, family preferences, etc. of the buyer and seller and may trigger decisions by seller based on the seller's unconscious bias.

  • REALTOR® PROfile: Mark Kitabayashi

    Summary:

    By focusing on continuing education, market trends and the cultural nuances among his client base, Windermere broker, Mark Kitabayashi, has carved out a niche for himself that's endured nearly two decades in the South Puget Sound market.

  • How to Get Started with Podcasting

    Summary:

    Podcasting is taking the real estate world by storm! At the recent Inman Connect conference in New York City, Dustin Brohm from the Massive Agent Podcast said onstage, "Podcasting is huge for two main reasons: you can listen to it while you are doing something else (walking the dog, driving, working out) and they are free!"

  • Block Your Time & Money to Build Relationships

    Summary:

    It is no secret that real estate is a business of relationships and that there are many different ways to build and maintain them—all of which require time or money.

  • Beauty of Hyogo

    Summary:

    Get to know our Sister Association in Japan: The Hyogo Takken Real Estate Association.

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