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    Friday, November 18, 2016   /   by RE/MAX Town Center

    Should You Buy a Fixer-Upper?

    Should You Buy a Fixer-Upper?   


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    It looks so simple on TV: Find a diamond-in-the rough with "good bones," hire a few telegenic workers, perhaps squabble with your significant other about the interior paint color and presto – the home has doubled in value. The reality, of course, is not so easy. Here are a few things to consider before investing your money – and time – in a fixer upper.


     1. Can you afford it?


    After consulting an experienced building inspector to assess the home, a contractor for a time and money quote on the work to be done, and a Realtor to make sure the renovations are in line with what buyers want, do the math. Be sure to include materials and add an extra 10-15 percent for renovation "surprises" that may arise. Once you have the general price tag, you can calculate whether you have the funds to cover the cost of renovation or need (and are qualified) to take out a renovation loan.

    2. Do you h ...

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    Friday, November 18, 2016   /   by RE/MAX Town Center

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

    SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN....

    The Mill Creek Town Center is excited to announce the return of the Santa’s Coming to Town Event on Saturday December 5th. There will be events and activities all through the Mill Creek Town Center beginning at 1pm, ending with the parade down Main Street at 3:30p.m. More details will be posted to the event as they develop!

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    Wednesday, October 12, 2016   /   by RE/MAX Town Center

    Mill Creek Trunk or Treat

    2016 Mill Creek Trunk or Treat






    Come enjoy the Annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event on Monday, Oct 31st, 2016, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Mill Creek City Hall North parking lot.

    The event features a parking lot full of cars – whose trunks will be decorated and FILLED with candy and goodies. Children go from car to car “trunk or treating.”

    Date: October 31, 2016

    Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:00 pm

    Location: City Hall North Parking Lot

    Address: 15720 Main Street, Mill Creek, WA 98012

    Admission:  Please bring one non-perishable canned food item per person for the Mill Creek Food Bank

    ADA: Yes

    The event features a parking lot full of cars – whose trunks will be decorated and FILLED with candy and goodies. Children go from car to car “trunk or treating.”
    This event provides a safe environment for children and their families who wish to trick or treat.
    This is a great community event for parents to e ...

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    Tuesday, September 27, 2016   /   by RE/MAX Town Center

    Beware of these Home Inspection Red Flags

    A home inspection not only allows buyers to learn more about their home, it also helps them uncover any potential problems.
    Curbed.com recently featured a 14-point checklist to help home buyers during a home inspection. Here are a few items they suggest to investigate further during a home inspection that will give your buyers more confidence in moving forward. 
    HVAC system. Home inspectors will make sure the home’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system is working, and they should also be able to estimate how long the home air conditioning condenser (the outside unit) should last too. They just need to check the serial number, says Nigel Turner with Total Home Inspection Services in West Milford, N.J. Many condensers last 12 to 15 years before needing replacement. 


    Water drainage. "The biggest issue of any home is always going to be water disbursement," Turner told Curbed.com. "There’s the potential for damage to the foundation. If wat ...

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    Tuesday, September 27, 2016   /   by RE/MAX Town Center

    3 Questions to Ask Before Listing Your Home

    3 Questions to Ask Before Listing Your Home
       
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    Are you considering putting your home up for sale? Before you do, be sure to ask yourself these three questions.
     
    1. Is now a good time?
    Talk with a Realtor who knows your specific market (find one here) and can analyze the current sales inventory and trends. A good agent can determine whether it is a prime time to sell your home to get the best price. There may be all kinds of reasons to wait a season to sell, such as a glut of homes on the market similar to yours.
     
    2. Is the price right?
    Setting the right price and understanding how that price was calculated is critical to getting top dollar for your home. An experienced Realtor can provide comparable sales in your area, and evaluate the specific features of your home to set a price that will bring you the most value for your house in the shortest time.
     
    3. What's my exit strategy?
    You never know how quickly your home will sell, so es ...

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