5 Steps to Downsizing the Easy Way

November 20th, 2014

Ninety percent of a successful endeavor begins with the first step. We know the thought of downsizing can be overwhelming, but we’re here to share a few things to make it easy. So let’s start downsizing and decluttering the easy way!

Downsizing

1) BEGIN SMALL

We suggest beginning in the room that you use the least. This way, because there will be less clutter, you will be able to scan through items, determine what to keep, and finish the job quickly. It’s important to set mini goals, so you can feel successful and eager to approach the next room.

2) MAKE IT EASY

Instead of making the art of organizing a BIG project, make it easy by using dot stickers to organize. Take 15 minutes in a room and stick the dots on items around your house with one of four colors: Red/Trash, Yellow/Maybe, Green/Keep, Blue/Donate. When you’re actually ready to eliminate these items, it will seem like you haven’t done any work at all.

3) USE UNIQUE SERVICES TO PRESERVE MEMORIES

There are resources available and clever ideas to help hang on to the memories of treasured items. Kari Townsend from The Quiet Lives Project, documents people’s valuables and creates a book for them. That way the memories are there, and the physical item can be enjoyed by somebody else.

4) MINIMIZE INCOMING ITEMS

How often do we rush out to the store to buy something that is probably in a closet or extra drawer in the kitchen? Try to make a point to sort through items that begin to pile up. You may find out you didn’t need those batteries after all!

5) KEEP YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

And lastly, tasks are always more fun with friends or a family member. Ask someone to help you and offer to help them in return. You may find you each have something the other one wants or needs. Win/Win!

The holidays are a good time to begin thinking about downsizing and decluttering before the New Year. Keep the tasks small, start in one room and create those baby steps and rewards for success. If you’re planning to move, it will be much easier having reduced clutter and unwanted belongings.

Happy Downsizing!

Open House Held By The Red Door Team

November 14th, 2014

Open House At 2726 163rd Place S.E. Mill Creek

Arnie and Sue Sherey will be holding an Open House in Mill Creek!

Located in the Mill Creek Highlands, this 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home radiates beauty!

Come stop in and check it out! It’s open from 1 – 4 PM on Saturday 11-15-14

Open House

The Mill Creek Highlands is the place for you. This home has so much space you won’t know what to do with yourself! Easy to entertain whether you’re inside or outside. No postage stamp lot here! The large open kitchen is easy to work in and the formal dining room provides an excellent atmosphere. There’s even a full bath and bedroom on the main floor! Easy to maintain with a 3 year old roof and furnace/hot water heater that are less than 6 years old.

If you have any questions call Arnie at 425-877-5933

Read more about the Red Door Team at www.reddoorteam.com

Ten Reasons the Holidays Are A Good Time to Sell!

November 13th, 2014

Red Door Holiday

You may be thinking, What, did I read that right? Most people think that selling a home during the holidays would be the worst time to sell. But in fact, there are a few good reasons why listing your house during the holidays has advantages. We’ve come up with a list of 10 to get your wheels turning.

1)    SERIOUS BUYERS - People who are out looking for a  home during the holidays are very serious buyers. With so much activity around the holidays, the non-serious buyer will opt to wait and start looking to purchase a home after the First of the year. The holiday buyer usually has specific plans and/or needs that require a home purchase in the immediate time frame.

2)    LESS INVENTORY - Because the hustle and bustle of family vacations, gatherings with friends and holiday shopping take up the majority of time, people opt to wait to put their home on the market, except you! Your home becomes more recognizable and easily searchable because there is less inventory on the market.

3)    MORE INVENTORY AFTER HOLIDAYS - Once the holidays are over, sellers decide to put their house on the market before Spring, which means your home has to compete with all the other similar homes on the market post holidays. Listing now ensures your home will be seen.

4)    EMOTIONAL PURCHASE - When people are out scouring the market in November and December, they are not only serious buyers, but they’re also emotional buyers as well. Depending on what is going on in a buyer’s life, being in the market to make a large purchase usually indicates are greater emotional need to be in their home by the First of the year or even at Christmas.

5)    PEOPLE ARE ON VACATION - Many people get a lot of time off during the holidays, which makes it a great time to contact an agent and walk through homes during the week while people are at work.

6)    TAXES - Often people are looking to make a primary home purchase or even a second home before the calendar year is over for tax purposes.

7)    JANUARY JOB STARTS - Many new jobs begin in January, and people need to relocate fast to be ready. Having a holiday home listing enables buyers to quickly look at homes on the market and make a quick purchase decision.

8)    RESTRICT SHOWINGS - Because serious buyers may be previewing homes during the week, sellers will be able to restrict showings on the weekend and on holidays, but still have their homes on the market. It’s the best of both worlds: having a home for sale, but restricting showings during the holiday season for times that suit you.

9)    DELAYED CLOSINGS - With inventory low, and buyers serious, sellers are able to command a higher price, but delay closing or extend occupancy until the end of the year.

10)  NON-CONTINGENT BUYER - When your house sells, you’ll have an opportunity to take advantage of better prices and more inventory in the Spring. This allows you to sell high and get more money, and get more FOR your money when it’s time to purchase your next home.

There you have it! Ten reasons why the holidays are a good time to sell. If you were thinking about waiting to put your home on the market until after the holidays, but may be convinced that now might be the right time, give us a call and we can help you make an informed decision.

Call the Red Door Team they make listing your home easy www.reddoorteam.com

 

Free Seminar – Senior Living Options

October 27th, 2014

Featuring: The Red Door Team

Are You Stressed Out & Need Help…

-       Searching for options for your parents or yourself?

-       De-cluttering years of personal belongings?

-       Preparing your home for sale to obtain the highest return

This seminar is an opportunity for seniors and their loved ones to learn about the different senior communities and home care options available in our area. 

You’ll come away with a better understanding of the choices available to for you and your family as well as the associated costs. The major benefit of this seminar is that it may provide a peace of mind knowing that there are many options that allow you to age gracefully. 

Free coffee and continental breakfast, provided by the Red Door Team. 

Real Estate Topics Covered:

November 8th from 10 AM to 12 PM

Baby Boomers – Downsizing your home, to upsizing your life. Making choices proactively. What are your options? 

January 10th from 10 AM to 12 PM

Aging in Place – Universal Design. When you have the home you love. What are the options to living long in it?

February 14th from 10 AM to 12 PM

De-Cluttering and downsizing. Ideas and resources to making your move and transition as smooth and stress free as possible.

 **This event has limited seating, so RSVP’s and registration is required

 www.reddoorteamseminars.com Or  425-408-9681

The Red Door Team and Real Estate

October 24th, 2014

 Here is great video of Sherri Hansen and Teresa Barthol talk about the Red Door Team and Real Estate

A Home is not a home because of its room dimensions of the color of the wall. It is about how you feel when you walk through the front door. And the way you can instantly envision your life unfolding there. This is about more than real estate. It is about your life and your dreams.

Different By Design

Keller Williams Realty takes a different approach to real estate, one that is built on personal touches, win-win deals and positive results.

The Red Door Team utilizes the latest technologies, market research and business strategies to exceed your expectations. More importantly, we listen and that means we find solutions that are tailored to you.

How We Can Help

Thanks for starting your real estate search with us. This website is full of information for you whether you are looking to buy or sell. After you had the chance to review this information, contact us, so we can tell you more about how we can help.

We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.

Don’t forget to find more information about the Red Door Team at www.reddoorteam.com

Tips when Researching Retirement Communities

July 29th, 2014

Tips when Researching Retirement  Communities

  • Think about location and timing: where you want to be and when you may need care.

-When do you want to do it and where do you want to do it ? A lot of it is based on where you want to go. We hear people say all of the time, we should have done it sooner. They just realize how nice and relaxing life can be once you make the transition.

 

  •  Talk to all family and friends who may be involved in the later life care about these plans.

- Get your family and friends involved in the process of finding the perfect retirement community. Get their opinion. You will find that people will actually be very supportive of your decision.

 

  •   Talk to residents, staff and family of present residents about each community. Ask for referrals when possible.

-Find out what people like and what they don’t like. It may just help you to determine if that is something for you or not.

 

  • Visit each community more than once if possible.

-The staff is always changing shirts and you may have a different experience each time you visit.

 

  • If possible eat a meal at each community you are seriously considering. Meals are important!

- It is a great idea to  to try the food out at each retirement communitie and see if that is something you would like or not.

Staging Your Home To Sell

July 8th, 2014

Professional Home Staging -

Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want.

 

Staging Your Home to Sell:

  • Staging can increase perceived value and result in higher demand & price
  • Goal is to make the buyer feel like this could be their home
  • Create positive focal points and distract away from negative ones

Here are a couple examples of some beautifully staged homes:

Staged Home

Professional Staging

professional staged home

professional staged home

 

Senior Move Managers

July 3rd, 2014

Senior Move Management is the profession that assists older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or “aging in place.

Although specific services vary, most Senior Move Managers can help with some or all of the following:

  • Plan,  schedule & coordinate all the details of your move
  • Help you downsize and de-clutter
  • Help decide what you’ll want to take
  • S. O. R. T. your things into 4 piles
  • Help you remove all your personal items off the property
  • Create floor planning for your new home
  • Schedule and oversee packing, moving & unpacking
  • Set up your new home and remove the stress of the transition

Ask The Red Door Team for a Senior Move Manager they would recommend!

FREE SEMINAR – Senior Living Options

June 27th, 2014

Senior Living Options

Mark your calendars and save the date!

Are You Stressed Out & Need Help…

-       Searching for options for your parents or yourself?

-       De-cluttering years of personal belongings?

-       Preparing your home for sale to obtain the highest return?

This is your chance to take a tour and a look inside and out of the beautiful Aegis at Marymoor and learn some great information from the Red Door Team!

Real Estate Topics

  • How to increase the value of your home to sell at the highest price in today’s market
  • How to downsize and de-clutter years of personal belongings
  • Resources to  help make my move easier
  • Professional staging
  • Senior Move Managers
  • Associated costs for home care and senior communities
  • Aging in place

This seminar is also a opportunity for seniors and their loved ones to learn about the different senior communities and home care options available in our area.

You’ll come away with a better understanding of the choices available to for you and your family as well as the associated costs. The major benefit of this seminar is that it may provide a peace of mind knowing that there are many options that allow you to age gracefully.

 

**This event has limited seating, so RSVP’s and registration is required:  www.reddoorteamseminars.com Or  425-408-9681

Searching for a Senior Community

June 27th, 2014

Tips When Researching Senior Community – Based Services

Happy Senior Couple

Here is an example of a few simple questions to think about before making your move to a senior community:

  • Ask for references
  • Visit the Senior Community or other sites and look at how the facilities are maintained
  • Talk with current clients
  • Talk with staff
  • Notice how staff interact with clients