RE 2014 | Sellers No Longer In the Driver’s Seat

January 30, 2014

The real estate market seems to always be in a state of ups and downs – you may even refer to it as a rollercoaster ride of supply and demand. In 2013, we saw a low inventory of homes on the market, making it tough to satisfy all the Buyers who were looking to purchase. In turn, this created multiple offer situations for many Buyers looking to snatch the home they love. This has been ideal for residential sales as its been awhile since they had the pleasure of requesting the ‘highest and best’ offer for the property.
Most recently, we’ve seen a slight turn in inventory. More properties are beginning to come on the market and list prices are rising along with them. This combination is forcing Buyers to become more money savvy, taking a closer look at the costs they will incur for the home they want to purchase. Of course the rise in home prices is great for those looking to sell their home, and typically puts a positive spin on the equity issue many have been experiencing.
With all this in mind, and knowing that interest rates are expected to rise in 2014, Sellers still have work to do in order to compete in this market. Many Buyers aren’t looking to purchase the ‘fixer upper’, and if you’re one of the few and brave that are, you’re certainly not looking to pay top dollar. What to do to get top dollar? Clean it, stage it and price it right – this means price it in accordance with the market, not in accordance with what you’d like to get out of it. Also, Buyers are expecting a well cared for and mostly updated interior with a groomed and maintained exterior, and they’re willing to walk away if the home’s condition and price don’t match up.
This is just the beginning of our New Year, if you have questions about how to get the most amount of money out of your home, or are in need of assistance when it comes to purchasing a new one – the Better Living Group is here for you. Let us know how we can help make your 2014, the best one yet!


Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

July 2013 Real Estate Trends

July 30, 2013

House prices are on the rise and it is a great time to sell! If you are thinking about selling your home… contact me today for some great information on the current market in your area and how I can be of service to you and best fit your Real Estate needs.

Chelsea Knutson
Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE
the Better Living Group
Keller Williams Classic Realty NW


Fixed Rates for Mortgages sky rocket, the most since 1987

July 17, 2013

Three weeks ago the mortgage rates took a huge turn. A 30-year fixed rate mortgage went from 3.93% up to 4.46% in one week. Compared to last year when a 30-year mortgage was at 3.66%. The 15-year fixed rate went from 3.04% up to 3.5%. When last year the fixed rate for a 15-year mortgage was at 2.94%, this is a drastic change in a short period of time. This is the largest jump and change in interest rates since 1987.

A 30-year fixed rate mortgage is very common when taking out a loan on a house, so this increase will affect homebuyers. There is so much to look at when purchasing and or thinking about purchasing a home and current interest rates is at the top of the list. Because interest rates have such a major impact when purchasing a home, they have the power to change the potential buying power for current and future homebuyers.

When getting approved for a loan, many factors are reviewed which will give you a price range of what will be affordable for your lifestyle. Working in the interest rate will shift your “budget” lower or higher, depending on the rates at that time.

Due to the change and jump in mortgage interest rates, homebuyers will feel the affect on their monthly house payments compared to two weeks ago when the average interest rate was at about 3.75. Many people, including myself as a Licensed Realtor, will look at this with cautious eyes, and will keep watch on where they will go from here.

If you or someone you know has questions about moving forward with your new home purchase and/or are looking to see what your property value is in the current market – give us a call today! We have all the tools, experience and expanded referral list that you’ll need to move forward.