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Buying and Selling Luxury Homes in Seattle and Bellevue

Seattle is booming, Bellevue is growing, and the housing prices continue to rise as more people move to the city. All the more reason to hire a seasoned real estate professional who knows the area when selling your luxury home.

Article by Mary Pong – Professional real estate broker for Seattle and the Eastside

Is your goal to sell? 

Now is a fabulous time to sell a home in the Seattle metropolitan area. Home prices have never been higher and the competition is aggressive which means that working with amateurs is off the table. Pricing a home correctly from the beginning is crucial. Maybe you’ve been concerned about selling because you are afraid to sell? This is a legitimate concern as the market in many neighborhoods around the Puget Sound are feeling the low inventory. This is why it’s important to have an advocate on your side throughout the process who understands the market, stays calm during negotiations and helps achieve your real estate goals.

You must be ready for the influx of buyers and so should your house. Staging, preparation, and planning are the keys to getting a home sold as soon as it hits the market.

“I worked with Mary for most of 2017 to prepare and sell my home located in Seattle, WA. Mary provided excellent advice regarding refreshing the interior of the home for the sale. Mary kept in contact and visited on occasion to review the progress. She educated me and explained the plan to reach a date for the listing. She arranged for the staging, the photography and the final presentation materials. Everything was extremely well done with great attention to the details. The final presentation of the house was exquisite. The sale transaction was efficient and timely. I recommend Mary to anyone who is considering selling a home in the Seattle area” – Lynn M.

We start with the first initial meeting. Let’s talk about your goals and the end results you want to achieve. Markets change frequently so timing the listing is essential. With skilled experience, and trial and error, I have predicted when to list a home for the maximum exposure.

Multi-Family takes experience – Decades of Skill

“When I decided to use the services of a realtor to sell my multi-unit property in Wallingford, I did a great deal of research and took my time to find the right one. This search led me to Mary Pong and I can’t recommend her highly enough! She has a wonderfully positive outlook on life in general and clearly loves what she does. Her knowledge of the neighborhood and surrounding areas was impressive, and she provided me with up-to-the-minute comp information and media articles about Seattle real estate I wasn’t aware of. She wants her clients to have as much knowledge available to them as possible to help you make informed decisions about your property. And Mary respected the fact that I didn’t just want to sell the property to the highest bidder, but to the buyer, I felt was the best fit for the property and my now-former neighborhood. And she succeeded in helping me do that! I have already recommended Mary to two other sellers and will continue to do so to anyone I know who wants to buy or sell a property as they will be in very good hands with Mary Pong!” – Zillow Review

Whether it’s a complex, business, duplex, multi-family property or vacant lot, these properties take a different finesse to market and sell. Connections in business and commercial real estate are my foundation to not only listing and selling but in finding the right buyer. Residential-only brokers cannot facilitate commercial deals. Because I am well-versed in both I can help investors, foreign buyers, and local entrepreneurs find the business or investment to further their portfolio.

Is your goal to buy?

Buying in this crazy, unpredictable, and volatile market is not an effortless task. Bidding wars, escalation clauses, and over-market-value offer clear the table for many first-time home buyers. This should not discourage, however, because, with the right agent, homebuyers can achieve their goals of homeownership without breaking the bank (or the appraisal).

Out of state buyers have even more challenges as they may not be able to see a home on a whim or make an unseen offer in a timely manner. This too can be overcome with the trust of an experienced agent.

Seattle’s City Guide to Communities, Cities, and Neighborhoods

Mary is a wonderful real estate broker to work with. I’m an out of state buyer and [needed] to find a broker who [possessed] extensive local knowledge [and who was] trustworthy. Mary is very dedicated to her work and she will not stop until she finds you the home. She was always quick to respond to my questions and concerns and the communication was very effective. She always has her client’s best interest in mind. Mary’s work does not stop at the closing, she continued to help me even after the transaction is over, because she is a strong believer of a long-term relationship. I strongly recommend Mary!” – T. Tachen

Did you know? Seattle is the 2018 Top Real Estate Market

Buyer’s Agents – a Dime a Dozen

Agents are everywhere but not every agent has a skill-set. As a Mandarin/Chinese speaking broker, I have helped hundreds of foreign investors and overseas buyers negotiate for their terms in an understandable and successful way.  My proven strategy for getting offers accepted is proprietary.  In our tight and competitive market, yours needs to be the offer that gets accepted. There are creative and strategic ways to submit offers that have been proven time and again. New and part-time agents just don’t have the skill-set to accomplish this.

Related: Are There Really Benefits to a Traditional Broker Over a Discount One?

Navigating simultaneous closings is also an intricate process that needs persistent communication and clarification. For all the details to come together at once takes dedication and determination. Don’t let the deals fall through by choosing the wrong broker.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Seattle Neighborhoods

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Based on ZIP Codes and the percentage of people with advanced degrees, the Puget Sound Business Journal ranked the best-educated neighborhoods in Seattle, and they’re not all in the Seattle area either. Based on this criteria, Pullman actually had a higher percentage of advanced degrees then Bellevue due to Washington State University. Seattle’s University district was also high on the list for similar reasons.

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More About Mary

Born in China, Mary has experienced living in and traveling to many beautiful areas of the world, however for her, home will always be Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

The “Emerald City” offers all the amenities that you would expect from a world-class city… an opportunity to live in a sophisticated, vibrant, healthy environment, surrounded by nature and a melting pot of international cultures.

Today, Seattle is a global gateway where East and West converge. Mary’s multi-lingual language skills in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese enable her to assist international clients interested in either relocating to Seattle or in diversifying their portfolios to include our strong real estate investment opportunities. More About Mary Pong

I invite you to contact me at any time for information on homes and properties throughout the Puget Sound. 425-829-3417