AUBURN, Wash. — You think you’re walking into a VIP Suite at CenturyLink Field.
“They’re definitely in awe. Y’know when you open up the double doors,” says Chad McGraw, creator of the ultimate Seahawks Fan Cave. It’s part of the home he’s selling in Auburn.
“I always wanted to have a media room?” He made a media room all right! A nine-foot football light covered in pigskin material pulses with fiber-optic laces above. “Carrying it down the freeway in the back of your truck. A big ole football looks kinda funny.”
Custom Seahawk accents are carved in the wood above the 80-inch TV, which hides a bed that curls out from behind the wall. “Fit perfect for the space. You wouldn’t even know there’s a bed there,” Chad says.
The 12th Man bar is the perfect place to grab a snack. And if you own the place, you can sit in Chad’s favorite spot whenever you like. “These are all electronic reclining. So I would say the first seat here,” he says as he points to the corner of a brown, leather couch in the shape of an L.
Even the sink says Seahawks with its football texture. The knobs on the cupboards are footballs too. And the memorabilia that lines the walls is a mini-Hawks Hall of Fame. From a Marshawn Lynch-signed endzone pylon to autographed jerseys and trading cards to stylin’ stilettos in Seahawk blue and green sequins, negotiable is the keyword.
“Everything’s for sale. Not attached. It’s just stuff. I would love to take it to my new place? But it kinda fits this room.”
And if the weather’s good, you’ve got options, says Barb Pexa of Keller Williams Realty Bellevue. “The waterfall falls over the hot-tub. And in the back is a TV. So if you get tired of watching the Seahawks from the fan cave, you can just hop in the hot tub and watch it there.”
She’s been in the real estate biz for almost two decades. “I think the pool is my favorite I’ve ever seen in Washington. You’d expect that in something like Palm Springs, and he’s got it right here.”
McGraw calls it a “Fred Flintstone-esque” grotto with its waterslide and unique poolside feature. “That whole bar is heated like you would heat a concrete floor,” Pexa says.
She says when you approach this rare, 4700-foot rambler in the Washington National Golf Clubneighborhood, you get a sense of an Italian villa. “With the arched windows, the palladium windows, all the plaster, the marble tile, I think it definitely has a European vibe to it.”
The vaulted ceilings in the foyer are 15-feet high. There’s an inviting, sunken sitting room to the right as you enter and a swanky dining room to the left just off a spacious kitchen that opens to a family room with a fireplace.
On your way to the pool is a covered living space with a grill and a fireplace of its own.
But we suspect you’ll spend much of your time, especially on fall, Sunday afternoons, in the fan cave, which even comes with a little luck. “Correct. We finished the day before the (Seahawks’) Super Bowl win,” McGraw says.
So it’s first-party was a victory party.
The home in Auburn is offered at 1.6 million.
In a recent survey by realtor.com, people thinking about selling their homes indicated they’re generally willing to allow their agent and some potential buyers inside if done under the right conditions. They’re less comfortable, however, hosting an open house. This is understandable, given the health concerns associated with social contact these days. The question is, if you need to sell your house now, what virtual practices should you use to make sure you, your family, and potential buyers stay safe in the process?
In today’s rapidly changing market, it’s more important than ever to make sure you have a digital game plan and an effective online marketing strategy when selling your house. One of the ways your agent can help with this is to make sure your listing photos and virtual tours stand out from the crowd, truly giving buyers a detailed and thorough view of your home.
So, if you’re ready to move forward, virtual practices may help you win big when you’re ready to sell. While abiding by state and local regulations is a top priority, a real estate agent can help make your sale happen. Agents know exactly what today’s buyers need, and how to put the necessary digital steps in place. For example, according to the same survey, when asked to select what technology would be most helpful when deciding on a new home, here’s what today’s homebuyers said, in order of preference:
- Virtual tour of the home
- Accurate and detailed listing information
- Detailed neighborhood information
- High-quality listing photos
- Agent-led video chat
After leveraging technology, if you have serious buyers who still want to see your house in person, keep in mind that according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), there are ways to proceed safely. Here are a few of the guidelines, understanding that the top priority should always be to obey state and local restrictions first:
- Limit in-person activity
- Require guests to wash their hands or use an alcohol-based sanitizer
- Remove shoes or cover with booties
- Follow CDC guidance on social distancing and wearing face coverings
Getting comfortable with your agent – a true trusted advisor – taking these steps under the new safety standards might be your best plan. This is especially important if you’re in a position where you need to sell your house sooner rather than later.
Nate Johnson, CMO at realtor.com ® notes:
“As real estate agents and consumers seek out ways to safely complete these transactions, we believe that technology will become an even more imperative part of how we search for, buy and sell homes moving forward.”
It sounds like some of these new practices might be here to stay.
In a new era of life, things are shifting quickly, and virtual strategies for sellers may be a great option. Opening your doors up to digital approaches may be game-changing when it comes to selling your house. Let’s connect so you have a trusted real estate professional to help you safely and effectively navigate through all that’s new when it comes to making your next move.
What If I Need to Sell My Home Now? What Can I Do?
Every day that passes, people have a need to buy and sell homes. That doesn’t stop during the current pandemic. If you’ve had a major life change recently, whether with your job or your family situation, you may be in a position where you need to sell your home – and fast. While you probably feel like timing with the current pandemic isn’t on your side, making a move is still possible. Rest assured, with technology at your side and fewer sellers on the market in most areas, you can list your house and make it happen safely and effectively, especially when following the current COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
You may have a new baby, a new employment situation, a parent who moved in with you, you just built a home that’s finally ready to move into, or some other major part of your life that has changed in recent weeks. Buyers have those needs too, so rest assured that someone is likely looking for a home just like yours.
According to the NAR Flash Survey: Economic Pulse taken April 5 – 6, real estate agents indicate, not surprisingly, that there’s a noticeable decline in current homebuyer interest. That said, 10% of agents said in the same survey that they saw no change or even an increase in buyer activity. So, while buyer interest is low compared to normal spring markets, there are still buyers in the market. Don’t forget, you only need one buyer – the right one for your home.
Here’s the other thing – people are spending a lot of time on the Internet right now, given the stay-at-home orders implemented across the country. Buyers are actively looking at homes for sale online. Some of them are reaching out to real estate professionals for virtual tours and getting ready to make offers too. Homes are being sold in many markets.
There Is Less Competition Right Now
The same survey indicates that 56% of NAR members said sellers are removing their homes from the market right now. This can definitely work in your favor. If other sellers are removing their listings, your home has a better chance of rising to the top of a buyer’s search list and being seen. Keep in mind, listings will pick up again soon, as 57% of the respondents note that sellers are only planning to delay the process by a couple of months. If you need to sell right now, don’t wait for the competition to get back into the market again.
This year, delayed listings from the typically busy spring season will push into the summer months, so more competition will be coming to the market as the pandemic passes. Getting ahead of that wave now might be your biggest opportunity.
Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor Can Help
Real estate agents are working hard every single day under untraditional circumstances, utilizing technology to help both buyers and sellers who need to continue with their plans. We’re using virtual tours to show homes currently on the market, staying connected with the buyers and sellers through video chats, and leveraging resources to complete transactions electronically. We’re making sure the families we support remain safe and can keep their real estate needs on track, especially as life is changing so rapidly.
Homes are still being bought and sold in the midst of this pandemic. If you need to sell your house and would like to know the current status in our local market, let’s work together to create a safe and effective plan that works for you and your family.
|Home size||4,740 sqft|
|Lot Size||24,777 sqft|
|Days on Market||169|
It's like living in your own luxury resort. Between the swimming pool of your dreams, the Seahawk's themed theater room & community golf course you will never need to go on vacation. This is truly living at its best with everything you need on one floor. Chef's kitchen, tall ceilings, incredible covered outdoor living room with fireplace, grand entertainers dining room & incredible master with sitting area. Dream pool with hot tub, slide, water fall, grotto, heated bar, TV, kitchen & fire pit.
Property Type(s): Single Family
|Lot||0.5688 acre(s)||Area||310 - Auburn|
|HOA Dues||108||Pool Description||In Ground|
|Utilities||Cable Connected,High Speed Internet,Septic,Natural Gas Connected||View Description||Golf Course,Lake,Mountain(s),Territorial|
|Appliances||Dishwasher, Disposal, Double Oven, Dryer, Microwave, Range/Oven, Refrigerator, Trash Compactor, Washer|
|Exterior||Cable TV, Fenced-Fully, High Speed Internet, Hot Tub/Spa, Patio|
|Garage||Attached Garage, Yes|
|Interior||Bath Off Master, Central A/C, Ceramic Tile, Dbl Pane/Storm Windw, Dining Room, Fireplace in Mstr BR, French Doors, High Tech Cabling, Hot Tub/Spa, Jetted Tub, Security System, Skylight(s), Vaulted Ceilings, Walk In Pantry, Walk-in Closet, Wall to Wall Carpet, Wet Bar, Wired for Generator|
|Master on Main||Yes|
|Style||10 - 1 Story|
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What You Can Do to Get Your House Ready to Sell [INFOGRAPHIC]
If you are thinking of selling the season and have some extra time on your hands due to the Stay at Home order – here are some great tips!
- Believe it or not, there are lots of things you can do to prep your house for a sale without even going to the store.
- Your real estate plans don’t have to be completely on hold even while we’ve hit the pause button on other parts of daily life.
- Tackling small projects from cleaning the corners you may normally skip to tidying up your yard are easy and necessary wins if you’re thinking of listing your house and making a move.
Today’s everyday reality is pretty different than it looked just a few weeks ago. We’re learning how to do a lot of things in new ways, from how we work remotely to how we engage with our friends and neighbors. Almost everything right now is shifting to a virtual format. One of the big changes we’re adapting to is the revisions to the common real estate transaction, which all vary by state and locality. Technology, however, is making it possible for many of us to continue on the quest for homeownership, an essential need for all.
Here’s a look at some of the elements of the process that are changing (at least in the near-term), due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing, and what you may need to know about each one if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home sooner rather than later.
1. Virtual Consultations – Instead of heading into an office, you can meet with real estate and lending professionals through video chat. Whether it’s your first initial needs analysis as a buyer or your listing appointment as a seller, you can still get the process started remotely and create a plan together. Your trusted advisor is still on your side.
2. Home Searches & Virtual Showings – According to theNational Association of Realtors (NAR), the Internet is one of the three most popular information sources buyers use when searching for homes. Your real estate agent can send you listing information and help you request a virtual showing when you’re ready to start looking. This means you can virtually walk through the homes on your wish list while keeping your family safe. As a seller, you can still have virtual open houses and virtual tours too, so as not to miss those buyers looking to find a home right now.
3. Document Signing – Although this is another area that varies by state, today more portions of the transaction are being done digitally. In many areas, your agent or loan officer can set up an account where you can upload all of the required documents and sign electronically right from your computer.
4. Sending Money – Whether you need to pay for an appraisal or submit closing costs, there are options available. Depending on the transaction and local regulations, you may be able to pay by credit card, and most banks will also allow you to wire funds from your account. Sometimes you can send a check by mail, and in some states, a mobile escrow agent will pick up a check from your home.
5. Closing Process – Again, depending on your area, a mobile notary may be able to bring the required documents to your home before the closing. If your state requires an attorney to be present, check with your legal counsel to see what options are available. Also, depending on the title company, some are allowing drive-thru closings, which is similar to doing a transaction at a bank window.
Although these virtual processes are starting to become more widely accepted, it does not mean that this is the way things are going to get done from now on. Under the current circumstances, however, technology is making it possible to continue much of the real estate transaction today.
If you need to move today, technology can help make it happen; there are options available. Let’s touch base today to discuss your situation and our local regulations, so you don’t have to put your real estate plans on hold.