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Ask the REALTOR: How has this crazy Tri-Cities weather affected real estate business?

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Ask the REALTOR® is a regular video series in which I answer your most commonly-asked real estate questions. If YOU have a real estate question that needs an answer, drop me a note here.

This week’s question: How has this crazy Tri-Cities weather affected real estate business? Here’s the answer in this brief video, and don’t miss the transcript below.

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Transcript:

Hi! This is Cari McGee with Keller Williams Realty in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State, and welcome to this week’s episode of “Ask the Realtor.” This week’s question is…

“Cari, with all of the crazy weather that’s been happening in the Tri-Cities, has that affected closings, and signings, and house sales, etc.?”

Yes and no, like all good questions should be answered. It has not affected, from what I understand, escrow doing their job and lenders doing their jobs. They’re able to take care of everything — buyers and sellers are going into the escrow company, they are signing the documents they need to sign and then the lenders are loaning or sending the money that they need to send, and everything’s been fine there.

It seems to have slowed down the showings on a lot of properties. The listings that I have…it seems in between breaks in the weather, everyone makes a beeline for the listings to show them, and then when the snow starts to fall again, everybody’s kind of like, “Okay, we’re not going to look at anything until it’s done.” And again, that could be completely anecdotal, but again talking with some of my colleagues, they’ve experienced that same phenomenon.

So, that’s what’s going on. Yes and no, it’s probably affected the showing aspects of real estate more than anything else, not the closing aspects. Houses are still closing on time.

And that is all from here in the Tri-Cities. Thanks so much for watching. Talk to you next week. Bye.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016. I am on the Budget and Finance Committee there, as well. I love serving the citizens of this community, and my fellow Realtors, too. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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