A new year signifies new design trends for the real estate world. As 2016 begins, we have taken a look at which trends are on their way out from the past year and which styles will be taking over the interiors of our homes. Outside is...

“What are some ‘deal killers’?” - Margot of Kirkland, WA For me, power lines, I won’t buy properties directly on power lines or directly on freeways. I feel they’re very hard to sell and it’s very difficult to determine what the price is on these types...

“Tell me about the one that got away (a deal you missed out on). And what lessons you learned from it?” - Lucas of Auburn, WA I never get too emotionally involved in any deal; it’s business. You can’t take anything too personally, so there’s really...

“Have you ever backed out of a deal and why?” - Jett of Shoreline, WA I’ve never backed out of a deal that I’ve waived feasibility on. I always do all of the due diligence up front to make sure that the property works for us,...

“I’m looking to rent out my investment property but I’m not sure how to price it. What aspects are usually involved when deciding rental rates?” - Jose of Woodinville, WA Rental rates are very market and neighborhood specific, but also depend on: bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage,...

“What is a short sale?” - Jenny of Issaquah, WA A short sale is a type of sale where the homeowner has fallen behind on their mortgage and is facing foreclosure. Rather than taking a full foreclosure on the homeowner’s credit score if the lender approves,...

“What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying real estate at auction?” - Robert of Seattle, WA Buying real estate at auctions can be tricky but also rewarding. One of the advantages to buying homes at auction is the price. Depending on the minimum bid and...

“I’ve seen the term cents on the dollar used quite a bit in real estate. How do you calculate cents on the dollar and what does this term mean?” - Mary of Lynnwood, WA Great question! Cents on the dollar can be interpreted in a couple...

“Do I need an LLC to purchase an investment property?” - Michael of Lakewood, WA Technically, you do not need an LLC to purchase an investment property. While I am not an attorney, I can expand on how I personally use an LLC. I use the...

“What is ARV?” - Bryan of Everett, WA ARV is an acronym for after repair value. The after repair value is what we think the property will be worth after all of the value-add renovations are complete. Many times we may be purchasing a property and...