April Showers During COVID-19

Even though our industry has to temporarily shut down all open houses, Windermere is providing leadership in using new knowledge tools to shepherd us through limited market conditions. Restrictions have been lifted to allow showings (one person at a time with distancing). For the foreseeable future in this public health crisis, there will be a trend to buy and sell homes virtually. More than ever, using a realtor will be important to help sellers provide useful information as buyers self-educate. For active properties, buyers need to make an informed decision. Listings will sell faster with less drama with pre-inspections and video tours using platforms such as Matterport. I am a professional in this business and am happy to be of service to help navigate sellers or buyers come up with a plan.
In this moment of pause, keeping in touch with friends and family is important. Stay healthy! We will all get through this “together-alone” and will be better people for it. The market on Bainbridge and North Kitsap is surprisingly robust right now! Let me know how I can help.

Posted on April 14, 2020 at 6:02 pm
Lorna Jean Giger | Posted in Ask a Macher |

Can I offer less in this market?

A good Realtor will open dialogue with the listing broker before submitting an offer and gauge the sellers expectations and “breaking point”. Days on the market, location and the house itself factor – also recent neighborhood sales will help adjust the price up or down.

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Posted on October 30, 2017 at 4:16 pm
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How do you successfully downsize, but also maintain a spot for your kids to land for “awhile”?

downsize and have a spot for kidsLook for a master on the main level, or at least a very nice guest room with a bath. Don’t be afraid of cosmetic changes – give your net a wide berth for neighborhoods and always work with a Realtor who is local. It will save you money and time.

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Posted on October 30, 2017 at 4:15 pm
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How should you manage expectations when buying a home?

Be prepared with a proof of funds letter and set yourself up (not a big bank) with a type of loan that will give you a path. Buying first is a great option if you qualify. You can close faster and look as good as a cash buyer!

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Posted on October 30, 2017 at 4:15 pm
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Why use a local realtor?

Lorna Jean Giger, BrokerWhen selling or buying, a good Realtor will know the local nuances of the community, as well as title and escrow, lenders, septic, water and county jurisdiction – this will result in a smoother transaction. A home listed by a local Realtor will also have added value in the saved tie and money.

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Posted on October 30, 2017 at 4:14 pm
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What is the best way to prepare a house for listing?

stage your home for better sale

A clean and staged home will sell for more money than “As-Is”.

Consider a pre-inspection . You will have a guideline for projects, and can share that report with buyers to show how market-ready you are. Often, this will allow the house to go straight to pending!

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Posted on October 30, 2017 at 4:13 pm
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