Pete Hallett's Blog Posts

6 Reasons You NEED To Be Pre Approved BEFORE You Look At Homes

Ever had an agent deny to show you a home because you weren’t pre-approved for a mortgage? It’s not because they’re mean, or they don’t value your business… it’s actually because’

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As Renting Becomes More Unaffordable Home Ownership Is On The Rise

When people think “affordable housing,” they typically think of renting. However, that’s no longer the case. According to Realtor.com’s most recent Market Outlook Report (from

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Projected Mortgage Increases Wont Affect Property Values

With interest rates projected to rise an entire percentage point in 2018 (according to a recent report, the rate for a 30-yr fixed-rate mortgage is projected to jump from the end of 2017's 3.9% to 4

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End In Sight For Historic Housing Shortage

One of the biggest challenges facing buyers in the Whatcom and Skagit County markets right now is actually finding a home. According to Realtor.com's recent Housing Shortage Report, the

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How To Spark A Bidding War

Spark A Bidding WarReady to make a move? Have a certain figure in mind that you need to sell for? Depending on your market, you might be able to get a little more than what you may be needing. Go

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4 Small Changes That Can Add Major Value To Your Home

When it comes to selling your home, obviously you want to do everything you can on your end to add value to your home and secure the highest offer. But while you might automatically assume that

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5 Criteria For Pricing A Home

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision

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The Difference Between A Short Sale And A Foreclosure

As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and must face the possibility of losing their homes, short sales and foreclosures provide them options for moving on

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Fees Costs And Benefits Of Home Owners Associations

If you are planning to buy a residential property in Bellingham that is a gated community or a planned property, you must be aware of the home owners association that looks after the maintenance

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The Joy Of Owning A Home

If you haven't bought a home yet, you're missing out on a wonderful feeling! That moment when you walk through your doors, throw your purse or keys on the floor, plop down on your couch and

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Bellingham Tap Trail

The Pacific Northwest has an amazing array of Breweries and Tap Houses and Bellingham is no exception.    Just a reminder that Bellingham has a powerful concentration of world renowned

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