4 Ways to Use Your Tax Return to Boost Your Home’s Exterior

Planning to receive a nice chunk of change with your tax return? Consider using it for home improvement projects that will increase your home’s curb appeal. The following upgrades are all under $3,000.

  1. Replace door No. 1

As one of the first things a prospective buyer sees, your front door is critical to your home’s curb appeal. Buy a new door and spruce it up with shiny new knobs, locks and knockers. An energy-efficient door can help you save money on bills and may make you eligible for federal tax credits next year.

  1. Refresh the garage

That dented garage door panel you no longer notice? Prospective buyers will. Two new garage doors will set you back just under $3,000 and do wonders for spiffing up your home’s exterior.

  1. Get lit

Illuminating your walkway, installing motion-sensor lights or adding lighting fixtures that highlight your home’s architectural features or landscaping help your property look as appealing at night as it does during the day. Added light also helps keep your property secure.

  1. Add outdoor living space

Decks and patios are among the top features buyers look for. Use your refund to install a stamped-concrete patio or a small deck, and it’s almost like adding another room to your home.

All spruced up and ready to sell? Or know someone else that’s considering a move? Contact me; I’ll be happy to help!

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13107 119th St Ct E, Puyallup, WA 98374

$299,900

3 bedrooms; 2.5 bathrooms; 1,536 square feet

You’ll love this beautifully updated home on a large private lot! The main level is completely updated with hardwood floors thru-out, vaulted ceilings & skylights. Kitchen includes lighted cabinets, under cabinet lights, marble counters, tile back splash, pull-outs & stainless apps. You’ll appreciate the newer roof, exterior paint, windows, fence, decks, patio & furnace. Enjoy entertaining in the backyard, updated bathrooms, double closets in the large master with laundry shoot & lots of parking. Truly a must see!

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Sold 4/30/18 for $324,500 (we received 11 offers!)

March 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

Inventory Limits February Home Sales While Pushing Up Prices

One word sums up February home sales across the country – inventory. The lack of homes for sale continues to be the key factor as February marks the third consecutive month of year-over-year declines in home sales, coupled with quick sales and record prices.

According to the March RE/MAX National Housing Report, home sales dropped 0.2% from February 2017, while the Days on Market average of 62 days was the lowest of any February in the report’s nine-year history.

The Months Supply of Inventory was 3.1 – also a RE/MAX National Housing Report February record – and underscored an average decline in inventory of 13.7% among the 52 markets reporting.

Out of 52 markets, 18 metro areas saw double-digit percentage increases in median sales price year-over-year. While only two metros saw a year-over-year decrease in median sales price – Albuquerque, NM, and Burlington, VT.

Read the full article in RE/MAX’s newsroom

Watch the 40 second summary video on YouTube

Washington State NWMLS Market Snapshot for February 2018

6843 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408

$162,500

1 bedroom; 750 square feet

So many possibilities! This conveniently located and bright home features lots of newer wood wrapped windows and blinds, fresh paint and new doors. You’ll stay cozy in the large living and dining rooms with the wood stove and laminate floors, and also enjoy the space that the extra large utility room offers. The lot is fully fenced with multiple gates and there’s plenty of gated parking in front of the garage. You’ll appreciate the shed and easy to maintain siding. Don’t miss this opportunity!

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Sold 4/20/18 for $162,500

6 Ways Home Buyers Mess Up Getting a Mortgage

Getting a mortgage is, by general consensus, the most treacherous part of buying a home. In a recent survey, 42% of home buyers said they found the mortgage experience “stressful,” and 32% found it “complicated.” Even lenders agree that it’s often a struggle.

“A lot can go wrong,” says Staci Titsworth, regional manager at PNC Mortgage in Pittsburgh.

If you’re out to buy a home, you have to be vigilant. To clue you into the pitfalls, here are six of the most common ways people mess up getting a mortgage.

The 9 Hottest Interior Design and Decor Trends You’ll See in 2018

When it comes to home design and decor, we’ll be the first to tell you to stick with what you love, no matter what the pros say. But if you can’t escape that sinking feeling each time you walk through your front door that your decor is looking a little tired, well, don’t despair. We’ve got you covered! From splashy color palettes to bright yellow sofas and mixed metal everything, our stable of designers and tastemakers have given us the ultimate insiders’ scoop on what’ll be hot in 2018.

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