Wow! Did you watch the US Open? Holy mackerel – what an amazing finish. I wish I didn’t need to work tomorrow so I could watch the playoff.
One of my favorite parts of my job is when people ask me over before they put their home on the market to find out what they should and shouldn’t do to get their house ready. I like it because it’s usually so much easier than people think. However, if I don’t work in your market, or you want to surprise me when I do come over, click here for an easy, downloadable guide to preparing your home. You can also just do a quick, at-a-glance sort of thing, organized by items and rooms-whatever works for you.
Washington is known for its apples – but we grow cherries here, too, and we have some on our property, as a matter of fact. Usually, by Father’s Day they are all picked, and the ones at the very tip-top of the tree are old and over-ripe. This year, they became perfect for picking just yesterday. These are the eating cherries, our baking cherries should be ready in another couple weeks, which is also much later than usual. The culprit?…the unseasonable wind and rain and cold we had a while ago.
I always tell everyone reading this blog that if they’re in trouble with their mortgage, to contact their lender and try to do something about it. I urge this because I have always had the impression that people care about other people and don’t want other people to lose their homes. The people at Washington Mutual, however, are fans of the push-0-to-repeat-your-menu-of-options telephone customer service maze. AND, they’re such fans of holding people at arm’s length, at least one person almost lost her home. BUT, thanks to contact info provide by The Consumerist, she’s worked out a plan to save her home. Details here…
A woman in our office has a framed drawing of how each person involved in a real estate transaction sees your house. I wish I could find one for my office. This is the closest I’ve found to replicating it, though, and it’s pretty darn accurate in some respects!
That’s all for now. Market re-cap coming later in the week, so check back soon!