There’s no question about it — the real-estate market in the Seattle area is downright crazy. But whether you’re looking to buy, sell, manage an investment property or just transform your existing house into the home you’ve always wanted, there’s one question you should ask yourself first.
And it’s not about square footage, market trends, or even your budget.
No, what you need to answer before anything else is this: “Why?”
It might feel different, but making a decision about real estate is a lot like any other financial decision. To make the right decision, you need an objective — especially with the market the way it is, and the amount of money involved in some of these transactions.
This is quite possibly one of the biggest financial moves you’ll ever make. It deserves a little more consideration and reasoning than simply thinking, “Well, we should probably buy a house, right?”
That’s where the “Home, Asset or Hassle” workshop comes in. We’ve put together a team of experts to help you with the “why,” so you can move past the barriers that cause frustration in today’s market — and have confidence that you’re making the decision that is best for you and your goals.
- Buying and selling: Is now the right time for you to get into the market? If you own already, should you be looking to sell? Are prices going to keep going up? Nobody can predict the future, but our real-estate appraiser can help you understand what goes into evaluating properties. And our financial planner will show you how buying or selling real estate can impact your overall financial plan.
- Remodeling: If you aren’t quite satisfied with your current house, but you don’t want to try to find another place in this supercharged market, renovating your space might be the way to go. You’ll learn from our interior designer about creating the home you’ve always wanted — and how a remodel can significantly increase the value of your property when you do decide to sell.
- Investment properties: When you’re thinking about purchasing a property as an investment, it’s important to have an accurate projection of how that investment will perform, and how it will impact your overall financial situation. Our real-estate appraiser and financial planner can help you determine if a rental property or other investment is appropriate for your goals.
- Property management: Whether you have invested in a rental or you just want to enjoy the benefits of owning a home without the hassle of maintenance, outsourcing property management might make sense for you. There are a lot of moving parts to owning a home or investment property, and depending on how they’re managed, they can make your experience a dream or a disaster. You’ll hear about your options and the potential benefits from our property-management expert.
Before you spend another weekend visiting open houses or looking through the picked-over properties online, take a little time to learn from experts other than real-estate agents and mortgage brokers — most of whom will encourage you to buy or sell because that’s how they make their living. When you sign up for the Home, Asset or Hassle workshop, you’ll find the answers that help you put it all into perspective.