Interesting, cute home in Costa Rica for sale with 2nd dwelling

Many, many years ago, Reba Haas of Team Reba helped a woman with her dream of moving to Costa Rica. We helped her with paring down her belongings by bringing in outside help to assist her, and we negotiated the best deal she could get on her house with a local builder in Seattle. On top of it, we got her connected to a moving company that had the ability to coordinate cross-country moves with shipping containers, etc.

Well, this lovely lady has recently let us know that a house she owns in Costa Rica is now up for sale. We’ve been in touch with the very nice team of agents who are representing her and have their permission to help let those of us in the USA know about it being for sale. Considering how many people in the Greater Seattle area are snowbirds (especially for warmth and sun) and with more people owning homes abroad, it makes sense to go ahead and help them out with a little marketing of the property. I’m posting a link to their website listing and a description of the area is below as it came from the listing agent(s), William Turley and Angelica Sanchez.

Link to the listing details

Joan Ardrey Costa Rica House

Fortuna de Bagaces is located in the foothills of Miravalles Volcano. The average year round temperature is about 76-80. About 6 ft of rain so everything stays green but the soil has good drainage so not a problem. It is a small town of about 3-4 thousand people, couple of grocery stores, drug store, health clinic, couple of churches, a veterinarian, and a couple of bars. Most people work for ICE, the government power company that operates several geothermal generating plants nearby.

The Costa Rican people (Tico’s) are very friendly and easy going….since Costa Rica has no military, it is a peaceful country. The Pacific Ocean is a little over one hour away and the Liberia International Airport is 45 min. Liberia is the Capital of Guanacaste, the Province and has all of the modern conveniences.

There are many hot springs in the area and the air is pure and fresh. Close by you can find Monkeys, Racoons, and Deer. There are fish ponds that open on the weekends with restaurants serving fresh fish.

Joan’s houses are about 1-Km off the paved road on a well maintained gravel road. The Cuipilapa River is just a few hundred yards away.

This is an ideal retirement location.

We have lived in the area for over ten years and love it very much.

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Thinking of selling your home in 2015? Maybe NOW is the time instead…

If you’re thinking about selling your home this coming spring in 2015, you may want to really reconsider how long you need to wait to do it. With inventory still being very low in most areas of Puget Sound, particularly for move-in ready properties, NOW might be the time to come on market. This video will help you look at some of the reasons why…

 

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It’s the Team Reba annual Santa Pancake Breakfast this weekend!

We LOVE our clients and referral partners and this weekend is when we get to show them a little love by way of the holidays.  This is always a fun time and we’ve had Santa visiting our clients and their little (and some not so little) ones for many years now.

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Are there such things as real estate creepers?

Ok, if people don’t think that real estate is a bizarre industry based on the fact that we post our photos all over our marketing materials – I assume so people can think we look trustworthy – I have more proof for you. I just received a random call from an out of area phone number (not uncommon with cell phones today) and the guy who was calling said, “he found my profile on Realtor.com and thought I was very attractive and thought it worth reaching out to make contact with me. I’m not interested at all in buying or selling a house but just wanted to call you and see if there might be something we could find in common.” WHAT?!?!

This man doesn’t realize the complete inappropriateness of this call. What he probably doesn’t know is that almost every year there is a REALTOR or broker who is accosted, murdered or otherwise a victim of crime. Oftentimes when the culprits are found, frequently the decision of which agent had to do with their work photo. If many of you don’t already know, the real estate industry is still reeling from the recent murder of a real estate agent in Arkansas at the hands of a stranger who called to go see a vacant property. Yikes! Sometimes my job freaks me out and this would be one of those moments.

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Team Reba keeps getting greener in its real estate business practices

I’ll be out and about this morning showing 7 homes, both single family and townhomes, in the north part of Seattle today with a new first time buyers #realestate client. We’ll be hitting neighborhoods such as Haller Lake, Northgate, and Greenlake.

Loving using One Note too as I’ve been able to go even more “green” in my business by NOT having to print out listing details and have our tour on all my tech devices and am sending them like this to the buyers too. #lovetechnology

Once we’re done, it’s time to #GoHAWKS!

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Last Team Reba home buying class of 2014, this Saturday, Oct 18 from 10am-3pm

Home Buyer Steps Workshop
10/18/2014
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center – 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle WA 98106

Home Buyer Steps is a Workshop approved by Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC). The Home Buyer Steps Workshop is 5 hours and designed to provide participants with a Step by Step guide to the Homebuying process. Once completed you will receive a certificate of eligibilty to apply for down payment assistance or a Mortgage Credit Certificate if your income qualifies you. This class is perfect for ALL first time home buyers and those who haven’t purchased in many years but is not limited to 1st time buyers as a few WSHFC programs apply to many others as well based on area, job type, and income.

Together, we will help you understand and have working knowledge of:

1) Your Credit Score and its impact on your financial life.
2) Creating and working on a Budget
3) The Home Inspection Process
4) How to Find Realtor’s and Loan Officer’s with your best interests at heart.
5) How to protect yourself from Predatory Lending and how to interview a real estate agent.
6) Reading a Good Faith Estimate, Truth In Lending, and other essential documents.
7) Understanding what Escrow and Title are with industry speakers on the topic, along with available home warranty programs.
8) Going over all your different loan options including those specific to first time buyers.
9) In Depth on the Mortgage Credit Certificate, Home Advantage, and House Key Programs.

Our Workshops are done free of charge by local industry experts who volunteer to help you take the next step. We are happy to help you along the way and will answer all your questions. Upon completing the workshop you will feel more confident as a consumer and empowered in your path to home ownership.

Find Out More about WA State Housing Finance Commission programs at http://wshfc.org/
Class Location info at: www.youngstownarts.org 

RSVP to Classes@TeamReba.com or call 425.970.3697

Instructors: Eric Aasness of Wells Fargo Home Lending &
Robin Tomazic of Team Reba at RE/MAX Metro Realty

Home Buyer Class photo

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Spotlight on local business: Upbeat Sailing

This weekend I was provided a wonderful experience going out sailing with some past clients of Team Reba. Nine years ago, when I helped Andy Huntley and his wife Kris Hardy purchase a home in the Maple Leaf neighborhood, they told me about their long time dream of owning a sailboat charter business. Well, as of 2014, they’ve made that dream a reality, opening up Upbeat Sailing, with their boat slip out in Shilshole Marina near Ballard.

I took my husband and another couple, our friends Sue McCabe and Gerald Grinter (also a past client), on the boat this past Sunday and posted below are some wonderful photos we took while out on the boat. Andy also teaches sailing for a local company and he’s great at making this an easy experiential event for those who want to learn more about sailing while on the boat. We were also treated to their homemade desserts (this time cookies, but it changes) which added a very nice personal touch. One of the best parts of the day, besides some of the interesting boat and aircraft we saw go by, was the visit several times by a couple of Harbor Porpoises who trailed the boat and came right up to us to swim back and forth behind us. We got some fun pictures and videos of those two!

I hope you’ll check out Upbeat Sailing, and book your own excursion. They run all year round and you can find them at their website: www.UpbeatSailing.com plus via the Upbeat Sailing Facebook page and on Twitter.

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Gorgeous early October sunset over the Olympic Mountains

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Reba with her husband, James, and friends Sue McCabe and Gerald Grinter enjoying an outing with Upbeat Sailing out of Seattle.

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Captain Andy Huntley and his wife, Kris Hardy, the owners of Upbeat Sailing literally showing us the ropes while on board Upbeat Sailing.

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Do you agree with this video that Seattle is the best city in the world?

What are your thoughts on this video and its message?

 

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Seattle rental properties now require inspection starting in 2015. Are you ready?

First deadline for Seattle Rental Registration and Inspections ordinance passes

September 30th was the first Seattle Rental Registration and Inspections ordinance due date for properties with 10 or more units and properties with a history of code compliance violations.

Seattle’s DPD has just released its first data set for registration compliance, and say that over 2,100 registrations of an estimated 2400 target properties in the 10+ unit demographic were received by the deadline.

Online registrations have proven popular with approximately 75% of registrations submitted via the web. As rental housing owners continue to submit registrations RHA encourages them to use the onlne system in order to keep administrative costs down.

One other interesting note – about 10% of the properties that registered were not on DPD’s mailing list of likely rental properties. Their compliance is likely thanks to RHA and its partners helping to get the word out.

Late registrants will begin receiving notices over the next few days, with a $20 late fee included.

Inspections are due to start in 2015, so watch for more inspections information in the next month or so.

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