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While the market may seem hot right now, and momentum is too strong to even consider the possibility of it shifting, the reality is that it is bound to at some point. This is a natural process, and it’s not going to happen overnight, but at some point we are going to be looking at a buyer’s market. To guard against this, there are ways of protecting your investment and recession-proofing your home purchase. Below, you’ll find a list of a few things to avoid, as they may reduce the asking price of a property. We’ve also included a few value-adding features.


  1. Homes located on a busy street or highway
  2. Home built on an environmentally critical slope or steep incline
  3. Areas with a high crime rate
  4. Houses with a history of flooding
  5. Homes with particularly unusual layouts, such as two connecting bedrooms where you cannot access the back bedroom without going through the front bedroom
  6. Homes located adjacent to a commercial property
  7. Homes located in a flood zone
  8. Homes where a gruesome event, crime, or drug operation occurred on the property, or there is a belief that the house is haunted

Value-adding features:

  1. Natural light
  2. Properties with good views, if mostly protected
  3. Located in a cul-de-sac
  4. Big, flat backyard space
  5. Open layout
  6. Location, location, location – close proximity to downtown Seattle, high Walkscore rating, or in an area with good schools
  7. Particularly attractive architecture, such as having a craftsman style or rocking-chair porch
  8. Other homes on the block or in the neighborhood are uniformly attractive-looking

There are some features that surprise people in that they don’t appreciably change a home’s value, such as fencing, A/C, heated floors, decks, hot tubs, fireplaces, and soaking tubs. Buy for your pleasure but don’t expect them to raise your home’s value.

Often times closings occur later than stipulated in contracts and changing your moving date can be very expensive. Some moving companies charge up to $5000 to change the moving date and other movers won’t have another opening in their schedule until a few weeks out. Late closings can occur because the lender closed late or for a number of other reasons. If at all possible try and schedule your movers about 4-7 days away from your closing date, the longer padding you leave yourself the better. It will reduce a great amount of stress if you can allow yourself a week amount of time between closing and the date of the movers.


Moving to a new state is stressful. Getting to know your new environment before you move is a good idea but it can be a challenge starting from scratch with zero knowledge base.


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Carrie Pierce - Your Personal Real Estate Agent

Carrie achieved the status of
Coldwell Banker Danforth’s #1 Broker in 2013 & 2014 for Gross Sales Volume. She also earned the honor to be the #1 Coldwell Banker broker in our 5 state region, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Utah and qualified for Coldwell Banker’s International President’s Premier for 2014 to which only 1% of all associates internationally qualified for this award. The award she is most proud of achieving is receiving Seattle Magazine’s “Best in Client Satisfaction” award for 5 years running. Providing exceptional service and care to her clients continue to be her top priority and focus.

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