Tag Archive: The Laue Team

Realistic Expectations
As Rick touched on in our last Spokesman article, the Wilsonville Real Estate Market is shifting. In 2016 sellers could expect their home to receive multiple offers in the first week. In 2017, many homes are taking much longer to find the right buyer. Rick expands below: Recent months have seen a slight shift in… Read More ›
How Accurate is Your Zestimate?
Has researching the value of your home left you scratching your head? In The Laue Team’s most recent Wilsonville Spokesman article, Principal Broker Rick Brainard shares the risks of relying on online sources like Zillow’s “Zestimate” to calculate the true value of your home: With its introduction in 2006, Zillow changed the way the public… Read More ›
10 Questions to Ask Your Contractor!
Most homeowners have some concerns when it comes to hiring home improvement professionals. Some are afraid of overpaying, some worry that they’re hiring an unqualified professional, and others wonder about the character of the individuals they’re inviting into their homes. Asking these ten questions can help alleviate all of these concerns. 1. How long have… Read More ›
Seattle Family Almost Doubles Its Space Without Adding On!
“Warm, modern and family,” is how Lauren Zerbey describes her 1910 home in Whittier Heights, Seattle. A lot has changed since she and her husband, Kyle, both architects, bought and began remodeling the house nine years ago. After strategically upgrading systems and reconfiguring the first floor of the home in the first six years — doing most of the… Read More ›
8 Bad ‘Home Improvement’ Habits
Home owners can overdo it when it comes to the upkeep of their home. This Old House recently spotlighted several ways that home owners’ enthusiasm for home ownership may actually harm the house. 1. Having light bulbs that are too bright. You want a well-lit home, but exceeding a lamp or light fixture’s recommended wattage can… Read More ›
Inaccurate Zillow 'Zestimates' a source of conflict over home prices!
When “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell asked the chief executive of Zillow recently about the accuracy of the website’s automated property value estimates — known as Zestimates — she touched on one of the most sensitive perception gaps in American real estate. Zillow is the most popular online real estate information site, with 73… Read More ›
10 Ideas for a Lighter, Brighter Living Room!
Most of us have a couple of rooms in our homes that get less light than we’d like. You may find that you gravitate toward the pleasing sunny spots, while avoiding spaces that feel gloomier. Heavy curtains, dark carpets and the wrong paint color can all take their toll on the impression of light in… Read More ›
4 reasons 2016 is the year to buy a home
If you’ve been on the fence about buying a home, 2016 is the year to take the plunge. Mortgage rates have been bouncing around record lows for a while now. But even though they’re likely to start going up, you haven’t missed your chance to get a deal on a house. A number of factors are… Read More ›
Just before the holidays hit the calendar, the Federal Reserve increased the bank’s prime funding rate. In its first move since 2006, it didn’t affect the majority of home loan or mortgage rates—most residential first mortgages held or even lowered due to the earlier predictions of investors. Most investors thought the Fed was going to increase the rate… Read More ›
The Dream Room Edit: Minimalist Style
By: Rebecca Davies,interiors writer, theROOMedit “Contrary to popular belief, Minimalism isn’t about living in a soulless white box stripped of every home comfort. It’s all about celebrating space, light and simple, geometric forms, all combined in the best possible order. Read more here!
The Best Way to Get Your Windows Spotlessly Clean!
Article by, Bonnie McCarthy-Houzz Contributor When I was a kid, my mother would often quip at the sight of large, multistory homes: “Yeah, but who’s going to clean all those windows?” In her mind, she was probably imagining one person painstakingly cleaning each window the way she did around our home. She would mix 1… Read More ›
Character for a New House in the "Burbs"
1-North-Shore-Traditional-Home-with-Urban-Edginess-transitional-family-room-chicago Transitional Family Room by Winnetka Interior Designers & Decorators Lara Prince Designs, Inc. “Sometimes character develops over time, and other times you just have to bring it with you. These homeowners decided the talent of interior designer Lara Prince was just the thing to give their newly built French Normandy-style house an independent spirit… Read More ›