Realtor News

How Do You Avoid Real Estate Cyber Scams?

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Oct 25, 2019, 13:26 PM
Do not send sensitive information via email. “Do not send banking information, your social security number or anything else that could be used to comprise your identity over email,” Krull stated. “If you absolutely must send personal or sensitive information via email, only use encrypted email.” ​
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Marysville Windermere office begins food drive, brings Blitz to M-PHS

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Oct 23, 2019, 08:56 AM
Marysville Windermere office begins food drive, brings Blitz to M-PHS Earlier in the month, on Oct. 9, the local Windermere also began contributing to the community in another way: by beginning their annual food drive. “We do it in association with our Realtor, which is SCAAR, the Snohomish County and Camano Island Association of Realtors,” said Aimee Patton, a realtor at the office. “This is our pet project, it is the thing that we usually spend the most time on doing,” she said. The Windermere office is usually one of the biggest donators to the food bank. “We are usually the first or second donator to the Marysville Community Food Bank each year,” said Patton.
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Why do local elections matter?

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Oct 7, 2019, 13:23 PM
It is an "off" election year (meaning there are no federal races), but a lot is happening at the county and city levels. Did you know typically just 1 in 5 voters participate in off-year local elections? This means your vote at the local level can have an even bigger impact! If you do participate (and help your friends, family, & clients get to the polls, too), your elected officials will likely be more responsive to your needs and interests because you’re a voter. And if they aren’t, the next election is a great way to fix that problem. Are you, your family, friends, and clients registered to vote? General Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th. Online and mail registrations must be received 8 days before Election Day - October 28th. Register to vote in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 PM on Election Day, or register online.
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What are Some Realtor® Safety Tips for Home Buyers and Sellers?

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Oct 7, 2019, 13:10 PM
The National Association of Realtors® surveyed over 3,000 Realtor® members about how safe they feel while on the job, their personal safety experiences, and the safety procedures they follow. The report found nearly a third of Realtors® experienced a situation which made them fear for their personal safety, or the safety of their personal information, and 43 percent of Realtors® choose to carry self-defense weapons.
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Safety Checklist for Showings

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Sep 25, 2019, 16:02 PM
The practice of meeting strangers at their homes is not the smartest way to operate. But it’s been a part of the real estate industry for a long time, and it’s not going to change overnight. So for agents who will still do it, your office may have a certain protocol around safety, but this list can be your Agent Safety Protocol, or ASP, to administer in the field. It’s based on measures developed by people who have experience working in law enforcement. Before the Appointment When you’re on the phone setting up an appointment to meet a prospect at a home, tell the prospect that you’ll be arriving with a partner. Whether it’s true or not, this statement plants the seed that there will be more than one person present—and that’s not good news for a criminal.
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NAR New Safety Report & Resources & Safety Tips for Sellers

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Sep 23, 2019, 14:11 PM
NEW! Download and share the just released 2019 Member Safety Report. This report details how REALTORS® feel about their safety and what steps they are already taking to protect themselves. The National Association of REALTORS® and this organization have worked hard to keep REALTOR® Safety foremost in everyone’s minds. But what about your clients? They, too, face some dangers in allowing strangers into their homes or visiting other people’s properties. Share this valuable advice with everyone, and you’ll help them learn to protect themselves against crime:
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GSE Reforms

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Sep 23, 2019, 14:08 PM
The National Association of Realtors® GSE Reform Press Release Statement: “The National Association of Realtors® thanks President Trump and his administration for initiating thoughtful, genuine effort toward housing finance reform. We look forward to reviewing the proposal in more detail and are optimistic that, at a minimum, the administration’s efforts will shed light on the remaining mile markers on the path to reform." “NAR continues working with the White House and Congress as we move closer to securing palatable, pragmatic improvements to our housing finance system, and we maintain our belief that NAR’s blueprint for GSE reform represents the best path forward for this system and our economy. Our proposed utility model, as any successful reforms must, highlights competition, protects taxpayers and remedies the failures of the pre-crisis system while ensuring equal access for responsible, mortgage ready Americans in every market, safeguarding the role the GSEs were intended to play in our housing market.”
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10 Tips for Holding a Safe Open House

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Sep 10, 2019, 16:00 PM
10 Tips for Holding a Safe Open House Open houses can be a great sales tool—but hosting one also exposes you to numerous unfamiliar people for the first time. Take these steps to stay safe: 1. If possible, always try to have at least one other person working with you at the open house. 2. Check your cell phone’s strength and signal prior to the open house. Have emergency numbers programmed on speed dial. 3. Upon entering a house for the first time, check all rooms and determine several “escape” routes. Make sure all deadbolt locks are unlocked to facilitate a faster escape.
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56 Safety Tips for REALTORS®

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Sep 4, 2019, 10:08 AM
In honor of September being REALTOR® Safety Month, we wanted to share these safety tips with our members. All tips are taken from the National Association of REALTORS'® Safety Resource Kit. Please visit www.nar.realtor/Safety for more information on the important topic of REALTOR® safety.
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How to Make the Best Purchase Offer in a Seller's Market?

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Aug 23, 2019, 12:54 PM
You’ve worked with a Realtor® to scour the listings, toured what feels like a million houses and finally found it: the house you want to call home. The next step is to make your purchase offer, and if you are like most people, the prospect can be quite intimidating. In a seller’s market, there can be even more pressure on the buyer to submit an impressive bid. So how can you make sure that the offer you submit is the one that is accepted? ​ “In a seller’s market, home prices are a bit higher and inventory is lower,” said Glenda Krull, President of the Snohomish County Camano Association of Realtors®. “This means you are more likely competing with multiple bidders. In a competitive market like this, sellers need every advantage they can get, and working with a Realtor® to make the best purchase offer is a smart move.” And, believe it or not, the bid with the highest price is not always the one that wins.
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Trying to Find a Home in This Low Inventory Market?

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Jul 22, 2019, 08:43 AM
The start of the busy buying season means a growing number of Americans are on the hunt to purchase a home, but many could have trouble finding a home to buy. A new survey by the National Association of Realtors® reveals for the first time that difficulties finding the right property have surpassed challenges obtaining financing as the most cited reason clients are not purchasing homes. ​ This finding speaks to the tightened inventory conditions seen in many areas of the country. There simply aren’t enough homes available to purchase — predominantly at the low end of the market, where first-time buyers are most likely to shop. ​ “There’s more demand than inventory, which has pushed up home prices to levels above what many first-time buyers are comfortable spending,” said Glenda Krull, President of the Snohomish County Camano Association of Realtors®. “People spend countless hours going through the process of obtaining a loan and locating their perfect home only to find themselves competing in a bidding war.”
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Does Homeownership Matter?

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Jun 28, 2019, 16:15 PM
From city hall to the U.S. Capitol, REALTORS® are actively involved in a wide range of issues related to the health and well-being of the communities where they work and live. Through their membership in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), they are a powerful voice in support of the dream of homeownership and work to build strong communities and a vibrant business environment that benefits everyone. REALTORS® are committed to protecting the dream of homeownership, so we are celebrating the month of June as National Homeownership Month!
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Spring 2019 Government Affairs Newsletter

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Jun 5, 2019, 15:50 PM
Federal Legislative Update May 13th through May 17th, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) hosted their annual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. A small group of representatives from Snohomish County-Camano Association of REALTORS® (SCCAR) traveled to D.C. to meet with our federal legislators and talk to them about our legislative priorities. Authority for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was set to expire on May 31st, 2019, but NAR was able to get a temporary extension until June 14th, while they continue to work towards a permanent extension. We urged our legislators to pursue infrastructure policies which reflect our areas needs. We continued to advocate for a level playing field for both highway and public transit funding, to enhance property values and create desirable communities. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included many changes which affect homeownership and the real estate industry. As we close the first tax season under the new rules, REALTORS® are working to protect or support the following policies: extending expired Mortgage Debt Cancellation Tax Relief; fixing the marriage penalty on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap; and indexing to inflation the $750,000 cap on mortgage interest deduction, and capital gains exclusion on the sale of a principal residence. Fair housing is integral to our ability to buy, purchase, lease, and occupy real estate in America, having protected our nation's essential right to property for more than half a century. Earlier this spring, NAR was pleased to support H.R. 5, the Equality Act, which adds fair housing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. State Legislative Update The 2019 session adjourned for the year on Sunday, April 28th. Washington REALTORS® was able to work with both parties to protect the real estate industry and also proactively address our state’s affordable housing crisis. We ended a successful 2019 session by (1) protecting our members, (2) protecting real estate transactions, (3) providing opportunities to increase both commercial and residential real estate transactions, and (4) protecting our clients.
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What Obstacles do First-Time Buyers Face on the Path to Homeownership?

  • by Cami Morrill
  • May 30, 2019, 08:55 AM
For people with good jobs and strong credit, today’s real estate market is an attractive one. However, some buyers, especially first-time buyers, are struggling to enter the market and don’t always find the home buying process easy. ​ According to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), the share of sales to first-time home buyers inched backward to 34 percent (35 percent in 2016), which is the fourth lowest share since 1981. In the 36-year history of NAR's survey, the long-term average of first-time buyer transactions is 39 percent.
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When is the Best Time to Visit an Open House?

  • by Cami Morrill
  • May 24, 2019, 12:42 PM
The spring buying season has begun! This spring, Realtors®, members of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), across the country will hold thousands of open houses from coast to coast, aiming to focus attention on the benefits of homeownership for individuals, families, communities, and our nation’s economy.
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Homeowners More Likely to take on D.I.Y. Remodels?

  • by Cami Morrill
  • May 24, 2019, 12:39 PM
Homeowners looking to add personality and individuality to their home are more likely to undertake a “do-it-yourself” remodel than hire a professional, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2019 Remodeling Impact Report: DIY. The report also shows cash-strapped millennials are the most likely of any generation to take on a DIY project.
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Do You Know Who We R? What's the Difference Between a Realtor & Other Real Estate Agents?

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Mar 29, 2019, 13:36 PM
While many people know a Realtor helps buy and sell homes, what they may not know is only a Realtor s a member of the National Association of Realtors® and subscribes to its Code of Ethics. It's the Realtor Code of Ethics which inspired the association's powerful new "That's Who We R" campaign. The Realtor Code of Ethics isn’t just words on a page, but is a pledge of honesty, integrity, professionalism, and community service. Partnering with a Realtor delivers the peace of mind which comes from working with a real person, a real advocate, and real and trusted professional who is committed to their clients’ futures and neighborhoods just as much as they are. It’s the Code of Ethics which helped to inspire our new campaign, “That’s Who We R”. The campaign will demonstrate the value of a Realtor, distinguish Realtors from the rest, and deliver a sense of pride in being a Realtor. The campaign aims to reinforce the value of Realtors as advocates for property owners, engaged community members and trusted advisors with in-depth knowledge of the industry. “‘That's Who We R" serves as a reminder of what NAR has always stood for, while signaling where the organization is heading. For Realtors, the campaign is a rallying cry that instills pride in their everyday actions. For consumers, it's an education about the Realtor difference,” said Glenda Krull, President of Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors.
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2019 Legislative "Hill" Day Update

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Mar 5, 2019, 09:56 AM
Over 500 REALTORS® adorned with “Unlock the Door for Affordable Homeownership” scarves converged on Olympia for the Washington REALTORS® Legislative Day event. Over the course of two days, REALTORS® participated in governance meetings, installed our 2019 Leadership, networked and met with legislators to discuss solutions for the acute housing affordability crisis in Washington State. Our event keynote speaker, Dr. James Young with the Washington Center for Real Estate Research, presented valuable information on real estate trends affecting REALTORS® and consumers alike. The statistics and data he presented highlighted the extreme difficulty for first-time buyers to find affordable housing and for “empty nesters” to trade down, creating a ripple effect in the housing market. Dr. Young also points out that the most efficient means of providing opportunities for first-time home buyers (affordable condominium development) has not taken place in this market due to supply constraints. These supply constraints are having a significant impact on the overall housing market which is why Washington REALTORS® have identified several legislative priorities to address them. Over the course of over 140 different scheduled meetings with legislators on Thursday, January 24, 2019, REALTORS® received encouraging and positive response to the following Legislative Priorities:
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Do Most Americans See Homeownership as a Good Investment?

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Mar 5, 2019, 09:54 AM
Eighty-four percent of Americans believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision, the highest number in ten years. Yet six in ten said that they are concerned about affordability and the rising cost of buying a home or renting in their area. Nationally, forty-four percent of respondents categorized the lack of available affordable housing as a very big or big problem. “Most American’s still believe in homeownership and aspire to own a home of their own. Building equity, wanting a stable and safe environment, and having the freedom to choose their neighborhood remain the top reasons to own a home. Yet, Americans consider the lack of affordability as a big obstacle to ownership,” said Glenda Krull, President of Snohomish County-Camano Association of REALTORS®. Specifically, in Washington State, there is a housing affordability crisis impacting buyers, sellers, and renters. Growing pressure and demand for housing lead to skyrocketing prices and low housing supply. Families in all income groups are struggling to find homeownership opportunities. This impacts every part of the housing and rental markets in Washington. According to the University of Washington’s Center for Real Estate Research, first-time buyers in Snohomish County face home prices that are nearly double what they can afford. That is why Snohomish County-Camano Association of REALTORS® has partner with Washington REALTORS®, and other organizations, to address the housing affordability crisis in Washington State by launching “Unlock the Door” campaign. “Unlock the Door” is a coalition which seeks to bring affordable housing to Washington by reaching out to our local, state, and federal legislators. Washington will benefit from affordable ownership opportunities and, among other things, we need to encourage condo, townhome, and small lot building and zoning – especially near our transit lines. However, accessible and affordable housing cannot be solved by the private sector alone. This is a statewide problem that requires action by the state legislature, as well as local officials and even the federal government. For starters, we need to educate our elected officials about how the lack of affordable housing impacts the residents of our state. You can contact your legislators by visiting the “Unlock the Door” website: https://unlockthedoorwa.com/take-action/. You can let your elected officials know how important the issue of housing affordability is to communities across Washington. You can also read about the 2019 Legislative Agenda: https://unlockthedoorwa.com/2019-legislative-agenda/. These agenda points are what would create an environment of housing affordability. For more information about buying or selling a home, be sure to work with a REALTOR®, a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. Snohomish County-Camano Association of REALTORS® is the voice for real estate in Snohomish County. If you have questions for The Expert about Real Estate email us at info@sccar.org, or by visiting https://www.sccar.org/.
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Why Homeownership Matters

  • by Cami Morrill
  • Mar 5, 2019, 09:53 AM
The beginning of the year is a good time to celebrate and promote the American Dream of homeownership and identify the many benefits of owning that roof over your head. “Most consumers know that homeownership is among the soundest investments an individual can make to begin building their personal wealth. However, owning a home is not just in the best interest of the homeowner. Homeownership provides social stability, builds communities and is a driving force for the national economy,” said Glenda Krull, President of the Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors®. Below are some of the benefits of reaching the American Dream: Social stability: Improved educational performance, lower crime rates and improved health are a few social benefits linked to homeownership. “Homeownership allows households to accumulate wealth, which opens doors to more engagement in communities through volunteer work, involvement in social activities and electoral participation,” Krull stated. Strong communities: Homeowners tend to stay in their homes longer than renters, dedicate more money to improve their home and are more engaged in enhancing their community. “Homeowners are often more invested in their home and their surroundings, which leads to stronger neighborhoods and communities and increased interaction between neighbors,” said Krull. Economic force: Being a homeowner also has a positive local and national economic impact. That is because homeownership creates jobs through remodeling, landscaping, lawn service, furniture and appliances, home improvement and real estate services. “When a home is sold in the United States, the income generated from real estate-related industries is over $20,000 and additional expenditures on consumer items is about $4,500 – a boom to the economy,” Krull mentioned. Brings families together: Along with being more involved in their communities, homeowners are often active and connected to their own families. Family dinners and game nights at home could mean a more-connected, happier family. “Home is where people make memories and feel comfortable and secure. Homeownership Month is an opportunity to reiterate that anyone who is able and willing to assume the responsibilities of owning a home should have the opportunity to pursue that dream and enjoy the many benefits that come along with it,” Krull said. Consumers can learn more about homeownership and keep up with housing-related tips, news, stories and policy issues through Homeownership Matters: https://homeownershipmatters.realtor/ and HouseLogic: https://www.houselogic.com/. For more information about buying or selling a home, contact Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors® or visit www.sccar.org to speak with a RealtorÒ, a member of the National Association of Realtors®. The Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors® is, “the voice for real estate in Snohomish County.” If you have questions for The Expert about Real Estate email us at info@sccar.org.
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