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Making the Holidays a “Treat” for All!

We don’t spoil our pets—but we do treat them like family. We especially love to treat them with all sorts of seasonal goodies. If you love your animal companions as much as we do, then you are probably guilty of sneaking them a little holiday food. This can be more common when friends and family try to use food to get on your animal’s good side.

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Upper Kittitas County – Real Estate Market October 2021 Round-Up

We crunch the numbers so you don’t have to, and so you know what is really going on in the market. Usually, the autumn market enjoys a slower pace, and after houses flying off the market at break-neck speed all summer long, we were kind of looking forward to a seasonal break. However, that’s not quite what happened in October.

This year, we’re still seeing higher-than-usual activity in some areas. We’re starting to recover from the extreme market of last year, but we’re not out of the woods yet. As a result, we’re going into the winter market with low inventory and high demand.

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Winterizing Your Home

Winter is rough on houses. Moisture, freezing temperatures, high winds, and heavy snow all take their toll, not to mention small animals looking for a way inside. Sometimes it seems easier to take a reactive approach to home maintenance: waiting until something goes wrong to fix it.  But that’s also a stressful and an expensive approach—it’s far more economical to fix a dripping faucet now than wait until it’s gushing water.

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Upper Kittitas County – September 2021 Real Estate Market Round-Up

It wasn’t just the autumn air—last month was brisk! Even though the market is slowing down as usual for autumn and winter, two-thirds of homes listed in September accepted an offer in 14 days or less. The sweet spot seemed to be around 6 days, with 23 of the 45 new listings accepting an offer before they were a week on the market. This turnover rate is similar to what we saw in the summer.

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Upper Kittitas County – August 2021 Real Estate Market Round-Up

Autumn is upon us, and we’re starting to see the first signs of the market slowing down as usual around this time of year. Everyone is starting to prepare for the holiday gauntlet—Spooktober, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. We’re looking forward to upcoming events with friends and family, but first, we need to assess the market for the last month of summer.

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Digital Detox in the High Country of Kittitas County

Technology is everywhere, and for some people it’s everything. Social media, entertainment, groups, forums, chats, texts, swiping left—right—up—down! Even for us, running a real estate business means emails, texts, phone calls, ads, marketing, and more—all facilitated by the internet. That much content consumption can eventually lead to information overload and burn out. Fortunately, we live in an amazing part of the country where it is possible to travel off the grid for a refreshing digital detox.

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Upper Kittitas County – July 2021 Real Estate Market Round-Up

Ready for September yet? Us, neither! (Although if you said “yes,” cheers for being on-top of things!) We’re enjoying the last long weeks of summer, and analyzing what happened last month in our market.

We witnessed some amazing transactions, both in person and from the sidelines. Many homes are still receiving multiple listings, and 79% of homes that closed last month accepted an offer for full list price or more! In fact, three homes received over $100,000 above their list price!

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Our Horse-tory – Horse History in Kittitas County

We love our 4-legged riding partners. They are the best best-friends, always ready to listen, never gossiping behind your back, and equipped with the softest shoulders to lean on when the trail gets long.

So it won’t surprise you that hoses have been a major element in our county’s history and culture.

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Upper Kittitas County – June 2021 Real Estate Market Round-Up

The heat is on—and we’re not just talking about the weather.  The summer surge is upon us as families look for a place to settle before the school year and those who vacation here consider taking up part-time residence. The market was positively buzzing last month, with new properties coming on and then flying off the market almost as fast.

In fact, 74% of homes that closed in Upper Kittitas County last month spent 2 weeks or less on the market! The average time on market was only 16 days. (There was one outlier that spent 213 days on the market. If we exclude that one listing, the average becomes 13 days!)

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Real Estate Agent vs. REALTOR®

Although the terms may be used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. All REALTORS® are real estate agents, but not all real estate agents are REALTORS®. So what’s the difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®? And how does it impact your bottom line?

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