Jan Zufelt

Assessed value versus market value

Dear Jan: We are buyers, shopping for a home in this crazy market. The prices are going up right before our eyes. We think of… Continue reading

 

Jan Zufelt

Get to know your homeowners association | Just Ask Jan

Dear Jan: We are selling our home on acreage and moving into town where we will have less property to maintain. We know what neighborhood… Continue reading

 

Staging versus an empty home | Just Ask Jan

Dear Jan: The moving company will be here at the first of the month and move our belongings to our new home out of state.… Continue reading

 

Where, oh, where are the buyers coming from?| Just Ask Jan

Dear Jan: We’ve been watching the local market for quite some time. As you have said, the inventory is historically low. We are curious: Where… Continue reading

Does Kitsap County have slide areas? | Just Ask Jan

Dear Jan: We are looking at waterfront homes, many of which are high bank. With Whidbey Island having had slides, how do we know if… Continue reading

Can our equity be saved? | Just Ask Jan

Dear Jan: Because my husband lost his job, we have not been able to make our house payments. We have received notice of our foreclosure… Continue reading

Will 2017 bring price increases? | Just Ask Jan

Dear Jan: Now that we are in a new year, do you see house prices going up again this year? Should we sell now or… Continue reading

Paint or stain sidewalk? | Just Ask Jan

Paint or stain sidewalk? | Just Ask Jan

Manufactured home: Fix up or sell? | Just Ask Jan

Dear Jan: We are thinking of listing a mobile home that we own but it needs a lot of work. Should we fix it up or sell it “as is”? — DTR

Let’s Get Real Estate: Getting help with house payments

Dear Jan: We are behind on our house payments. With all the talk about the mortgage companies working with the homeowners, have you seen this… Continue reading

Keep rental home or sell? | Just Ask Jan

With a steady rise on the housing market, is it time to sell the rental home?

Maybe you can sell now

About a year ago, we had an agent come out and give us a price for our home. If we would have listed for that price, we would have been underwater. We decided to wait to sell.

Maybe you can sell now

About a year ago, we had an agent come out and give us a price for our home. If we would have listed for that price, we would have been underwater. We decided to wait to sell.

Why a seller may choose a cheaper offer over full price | Just Ask Jan

We made a full-price offer on a piece of land. Another offer came in and we lost out. We have now learned that the land sold for less than our full price offer.

What is the best way to market your home? | Just Ask Jan

Our real estate agent says the No. 1 place she markets our home is on the Internet. How does this work? What about newspaper advertising?

Should we paint before we sell? | Just Ask Jan

We are thinking of painting the inside of our home before we put it on the market. Do you have any color recommendations and do you know any good painters?

Avoid escrow with proper documents | Just Ask Jan

Our home is in escrow. We have just been told that we cannot close because we do not have a road maintenance agreement with our neighbors. Can you help?

Help: Movers scammed us | Just Ask Jan

We moved from Florida to Wash-ington in November. We hired a moving broker in Florida to coordinate the move of our belongings. It is now March and we still don’t have our items, including our personal items like our photo albums.

When the landlord decides to sell the rental | Just Ask Jan

Our landlord has decided to sell the home. I have been told that I have to let real estate people into my house with buyers in tow.

Drain fields complicate plans | Just Ask Jan

Our friends were about to close on their home when it was determined that the drain field was not big enough.