Here’s How Home Buyers and Sellers Can Stay Proactive & Position Themselves for a Post COVID-19 World
Here’s How Home Buyers and Sellers Can Stay Proactive & Position Themselves for a Post COVID-19 World
As the world starts to open up again after Covid-19, people in the Seattle area who were looking to buy or sell a home before the pandemic hit may be wondering if now is the time to get ready to get back on the market again. The answer is yes, and we are here to tell you how you can position yourself to make your real estate goals happen now, or in the future.
For buyers and sellers: Stay up-to-date about the market
If you were already in the process of buying or selling a house before Covid-19 hit, then you are likely already familiar with the market in Seattle, and maybe you have even been watching the market closely, so you’d be ready to go when the world started to open up again. If you are a buyer, as a Seattle realtor, we have good news for you, because Seattle is currently in a buyer’s market. The median home value in Seattle is $767,906, while values have gone up 2.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -1.7% within the next year. If you are a seller, and you can wait it out, you might want to sit tight and see how the market fares in the coming months. Your agent is your best resource to discuss a strategy for your neighborhood.
For sellers: Get your home in shape
With more homes available, that means your job as a seller is to make your home stand out. Beyond the typical task of staging — making the interior of your home look its best, through decluttering and adding tasteful home decor accents — you need to take your home above and beyond. This could mean assessing your home’s curb appeal, by revamping your front yard, by adding fresh greenery with potted plants or a succulent garden. You can even take it a step further by painting your front door in an inviting or bright color.
For buyers and sellers: Go virtual
Getting comfortable with going virtual is the biggest shift in buying or selling a home right now because while shelter in place has been lifted, social distancing is still the norm and agents selling safely near you, are likely going virtual. For sellers, get your home’s online listing ready, if you haven’t already, and work with your agent to create a script and game plan to prepare for virtual showings. For buyers, be open to falling in love with a home on video, which you can then see in-person to make your crucial final decision.
For buyers: Research your dream home
With so many homes on the market right now, it’s key to know exactly what you want, so you can focus on it and go after it. Do you want a big open yard, or a home on the water? Or maybe you dream of a chef-ready kitchen. You can take advantage of virtual home tours to get a better sense of the options without making too much of a time investment.
Dealing with uncertainty isn’t easy, especially when it comes to a major life decision like buying or selling a home. The best way for buyers and sellers to stay proactive is to stay informed about the market and have clear real estate goals, to make it easier to achieve them.
Boasting a hard-to-find blend of functional design and elegant, modern style, this 2,003-square-foot masterpiece is move-in ready! Featuring a generous layout that includes 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, wonderful entertaining spaces, a huge insulated and heated garage, a fully fenced yard, plus an A/C heat pump, this home is nestled on a large corner lot in a quiet neighborhood. Located at 3007 Campus Prairie Lp NE Lacey, WA 98516 in a newer community with a new school and just minutes to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Olympic, parks, the waterfront, shopping and more, this home is listed for $359,950.
Showing off picturesque curb appeal, this lovingly maintained beauty is a joy to arrive home to, and a delight to entertain in! Classic Craftsman-inspired details on the exterior are made all the more attractive with the neat lawn and thoughtful landscaping. A lovely light-filled entryway welcomes you in, and immediately to the right, a haven of entertaining awaits with the formal living room and dining room. Vaulted ceilings and a stately fireplace elevate this elegant scene, and its neutral color palette is ready to be infused with your unique furniture and decor.
Imagine hosting holiday feasts and special occasions in the dining room, all with the open kitchen conveniently an arm’s reach away. Brimming with efficiency, the kitchen has everything you need to whip up homemade meals with as much ease as possible. Find ample storage in generous cabinetry, and tons of counter space to take advantage of. Plus, the center island provides even more room with the potential for bar-style seating. The layout flows into a possible dining nook area, and then right into a versatile living space.
When it’s time to unwind, this home’s spacious 4-bedroom layout provides loved ones with plenty of privacy and square footage to claim as their own. The large master suite is especially dreamy, and here you’ll find a walk-in closet and an ensuite bath with dual sinks and a soaking tub to indulge in. Sunlight pours in through corner windows, filling the corner bath with warm light to enjoy during luxurious bubble baths!
This home also includes a laundry room with shelving and a sink, ideal for keeping the home running as smoothly as possible. You’ll also find even more wonderfully versatile space in the huge 3-car garage, which is insulated and heated. Transform extra space into a fitness center or workshop!
Outdoor living at its finest can be found in this residence’s charming backyard oasis. Spruce up the patio with comfy outdoor furniture, a barbecue, and a couple of potted plants, and you can relax in style while you take in the view of the lush lawn and little ones exploring the play toy. A sprinkler system promises easy maintenance, so you can have more time to play and relax!
Living in Lacey
At 3007 Campus Prairie Lp NE Lacey, WA 98516, you’re nestled in a convenient Thurston County location that’s close to both outdoor opportunities and city amenities. Enjoy living in a newer neighborhood that even boasts a new school! Interstate-5 is only a 4-minute drive away, and JBLM is only about 10-15 minutes from home. The Nisqually National Wildlife Reserve is only half a mile away, as is the Meridian Neighborhood Park, the perfect destination for an afternoon picnic. When it’s time to run errands, places like Walmart, Costco, The Home Depot, and several more shops, restaurants, services and more are all only 5 minutes from home.
Meet Cyrus Bonnet
My name is REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet and I am “JBLM’s Dedicated VA.” I love helping my clients find homes close to JBLM, whether you’re looking for something that’s 15 minutes to JBLM or 1 hour to JBLM. As a military real estate professional, I have a lot of experience serving those who are new to the area and need to find real estate close to JBLM.
I’m Military & Veteran Housing Certified, a Certified Military Housing Specialist (USAcares.org), a Military Relocation Professional, a VA & Military Real Estate Specialist, and I’m a part of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (plus I serve as the Tacoma chapter’s president!)… and more! I also love supporting organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, War Dogs Making it Home, Paws & Stripes, etc.
(If you’d like to learn more about me, I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the video above and check out my website.)
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Want to work with a military REALTOR®? Ready to learn about homes near JBLM? Contact REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet, the VA specialist, online here or give him a call/text at (253) 343-4910.
Looking For a Home Near JBLM? Here Are 3 Reasons Why Spanaway is a Top Choice For Those in the Military
Looking for a home that’s close to Joint Base Lewis-McChord? Moving to the JBLM area and scoping out the perfect neighborhood to live in? Looking for realtors around JBLM? My name is Cyrus Bonnet and I am “JBLM’s Dedicated VA & military real estate specialist.” I love helping my military clients find homes that fit their needs when they arrive to JBLM, Many times proximity to JBLM is important, many of my clients want a home 30 minutes to JBLM, 15 minutes to JBLM, or more road friendly and willing to drive an hour to JBLM. Whatever the distance to Ft lewis or McCord air force base I am here to guide you, and not only with distance, but with full service to the VA home buying process.
As a military real estate professional, I have a lot of experience serving those who are new to the area and need to find real estate close to JBLM. Not only am I a veteran but I have used my VA loan many times and have even gone further to get all necessary training to stay up to date. I have many qualifications from various places such as: Military & Veteran Housing Certified, Certified Military Housing Specialist, a Military Relocation Professional, a VA & Military Real Estate Specialist, and I’m a part of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (plus I served as the Tacoma chapter’s president 2014-2015!)… and more! I also love supporting organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, War Dogs Making it Home, Paws & Stripes, etc.Since 2013 I have donated over $20,000 to these and other organizations.
(If you’d like to learn more about me, I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the video above and check out my website www.SoldiersAgent.com )
But you’re probably here because you want to learn more about living in Spanaway, Washington. Spanaway borders Joint Base Lewis-McChord, making it a highly desired location for those in the military.
Here are my 3 top reasons why Spanaway is an excellent choice for those in the military:
- Spanaway is super close to JBLM.
Like I already mentioned, Spanaway borders JBLM to the east. Depending on where you live in Spanaway, it can take anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes to get to JBLM, which makes commuting a breeze. Spanaway is also close to larger cities like Puyallup and Tacoma, opening up a wealth of options, whether you’re looking for shopping, restaurants, entertainment, services, etc. It’s also in close proximity to Highway 512 and Interstate-5, making it easy to head north toward Seattle or south toward Olympia. It is also filled with many new communities and various builders to choose from. Your dollar takes you further with new homes here than other areas.
- Spanaway offers tons of amenities & conveniences.
Pacific Avenue turns into Mountain Highway (both also known as Highway 7) and runs through Spanaway. This main road takes you past a whole host of Spanaway conveniences, including tons of restaurants and fast food options, grocery stores, shops, and several other shopping centers, services, and much more. Thanks to this central area, running errands is efficient, and it’s also easy to stop somewhere to grab dinner on the way home from work!
- Spanaway is the gateway to the outdoors.
Not only is Spanaway home to Spanaway Lake, Spanaway Lake Park, Lake Spanaway Golf Course, and other parks, but it’s also in close proximity to hiking, camping, fishing, and many other opportunities for enjoying the outdoors close to JBLM. It only takes 30 minutes to get to Lake Kapowsin for example, a haven of fishing, canoeing, and boating. Several other lakes surround the area as well, ensuring there’s plenty of space to find your special fishing spot. At just 30 minutes from Spanaway, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is another favorite destination, a fun place to head to for a day for kids and adults alike. Mt. Rainier National Park is less than an hour away from Spanaway as well, offering a myriad of opportunity for taking advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s beauty… all in JBLM’s backyard!
The internet is the greatest single tool one has at their disposal when looking to purchase a home. Generally speaking, the more time you allocate to researching and fully discovering the type of home that best fits your needs, the more satisfied you will be. Most of the information that you need to know will be readily available on sites like Tulia, Zillow, and Redfin. They have the largest and most comprehensive databases that will give you all the formal information including: current, future, and past price, lot size, school district quality, income levels, etc. These serve as our primary indicators and are the most important statistics we have at our disposal when we are preparing to buy a home. Once you have a type of house in mind including price-point, location(s), and lot-size you can begin using other techniques and tools to better investigate your future potential home.
Assuming that you have done a fair amount of basic research and have narrowed down your potential candidates to a manageable number you should begin using Google Earth to further investigate your potential future home. Say you have 8 potential properties you would like to visit and get a feel for their respective neighborhoods. Instead of driving to all of the aforementioned houses and spending valuable time and energy checking out each individual house; Do a little recon and visit each of these addresses online. For instance, look at the backyard and get a visual idea of how much space you have and what you could do with it. In addition, you can visually find out what type of privacy you can expect from your neighbors, their house size, and perhaps any other properties in the area which might come across as suspect. By this I mean perhaps there is evidence of hoarders, un-kept homes, or other unsightly aspects which would be unappealing. Keep in mind that the images from both, Google Earth and Google Maps are taken in the recent past, sometimes up to one year prior from the present. Thus, one can see if there were some major repairs taking place or other features which might raise some questions.
Consult Online Registries
If you have small children or are thinking about having children in the near future you should consult Family Watch Dog before buying a home in a specific neighborhood. The map has a nice widget that allows you to see not only the sex offenders in the area, but also how far they live from each individual school. A quick Google search for pawn shops, gun stores, alcohol stores and other similar types of business should give you a decent idea as to the overall affluence of the area. Check out Urban Spoon to see which type of restaurants are in the area. If you have dogs check out dog parks in the area and perhaps dog friendly restaurants.
Blogs are a nice way to find out about a neighborhood before you move there. For instance, if you Google a desired neighborhood and plenty of blogs come up it may be a good indication that the neighborhood has a good sense of community and that it is a healthy place to raise a family. Sifting through the many blogs may also bring up the instances of bad neighbors, loud pets, and other unruly facets that could raise alarm.
Junk Removal Companies
Many people will move before they have an official buyer thus the property may be transferred to a realtor/broker/investor who will hire many different companies to tidy-up the property before official showings may commence. Finding out which company they used could take some recon and persistence, but the potential results may be well worth it. Some people are disgusting and you would not believe the kind of junk they leave behind or live in. For starters look up local junk removal companies and give the first few a call. To find local companies click here. For extreme cases (legal issues) the company will be forced to call the police in which case the record will, most likely, become public. In other cases you may want to be made aware of if there were unusual pets, too-many pets, and other instances which could factor into your decision.
”E-1 to E-4 receive about $1,293/month for BAH with dependents, ” says Cyrus. “If soldiers have decent credit and not too much debt they usually can use their housing allowance and VA Certificate to buy a home 0 Down. At today’s rates (3.76%) around a $150,000 home!”…..
One of the top priorities for people who work on base and are looking to choose a neighborhood nearby to live in is commute time. When you’re facing a daily commute along one of our the regions busiest freeways, location is important. Spanaway is an attractive choice for folks looking for an easy commute to …
New homes need home inspections, too. Many people assume that because the home they are buying is new that it is in perfect condition. “Not true!” Says Cyrus Bonnet. “The quality of a new home is only as good as the subcontractors who worked for the builder………
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