Edy Kizaki

Edy Kizaki gets Seattle Magazine 5 Star Agent Award

October 2, 2012 in About Edy and the Team, Seattle Buyer's Guide

Wow, thank you, past clients!  When I heard that I got this designation, I first wondered how it was determined.  I found out that it is through interviewing home buyers in the last year.  At most the top 7% of agents responding homebuyers mentioned and rated get the designation.  Here is how it’s determined:

How Was I Selected?  here is the answer from Seattle Magazine:

Our research team contacted consumers in the Seattle area and asked if they had experience working with a real estate agent. Consumers who agreed to participate in the survey provided the name of the real estate agent and rated that individual according to key criteria such as integrity, negotiation and closing preparation.

Surveys were sent to Seattle area residents who recently purchased a home over $150,000 (more than 29,045 households) within an 8-month period (May 2011 to January 2012).

The survey data was collected and scored, resulting in the list of 2012 Seattle Five Star Real Estate Agents. The research methodology allows only 7% or fewer real estate agents in a given market to qualify for the Five Star award.

Five Star Professional follows standard sampling and survey practices used by other professional research organizations. Our research also includes a regulatory review to provide necessary checks and balances.


Edy Kizaki

True Home Benefits Team

September 28, 2012 in About Edy and the Team, Real Estate 411, Seattle Buyer's Guide

There are a number of things that result in a successful home search, but experience shows that your broker’s qualifications, tools, and back-up team are going to top the list.  Here at True Home Benefits our systems have been carefully built to maximize your advantage and minimize your stress and worry.  Our experienced, knowledgeable, tough minded, and highly rated real estate brokers have proven track records.  Our tools are cutting edge and carefully selected to facilitate your home sale and purchase. And our team is dedicated to your maximum benefit and to guard your interest at every turn.  We produce the result and work for you until the keys are in your hand and beyond.  Let proven professionals with your best interest at heart facilitate your home search and purchase, sale of the property you are leaving, and our team coordinate the inspection and escrow process so that nothing is left to chance.  We’re here for you.

The most experienced Realtors on our team are ready to help with all your real estate needs.  Members of the National Association of Realtors, among them they have over 40 years in the business and qualifications include experienced Buyers Representatives, Listing Agents, Real Estate Investment Analysis, Loan and Mortgage Expertise, Relocation Specialists, Luxury and Waterfront experience, and intimate knowledge of the area from Everett in the north to Federal Way in the South, Bothell down to Maple Valley on the Eastside.  Members of our team have been in the top 2% of King County agents for the last two years and have been recognized in Seattle Magazine as 5 Star Agents, based on the feedback of satisfied clients interviewed by an independent research foundation.  We work as a team to bring you the best service, know-how, and tools to get the job done right.

As Account Manager for Seattle, Edy Kizaki has chosen the most experienced and capable agents for the Advantage Team.  Edy is the Branch Manager of eXp Realty’s Lake Union Office and profoundly dedicated to our customer satisfaction.  Her expertise and knowledge combine with single minded dedication to create consistently superior results.

With extensive research and education skills Edy has created materials as a road map to guide our Buyers and Sellers throughout the process of the purchase and sale of your real estate.



The True Home Benefits Team consists of Daniel Newsome (Seattle and surroundings), Michael Pollock (Bellevue to Tacoma), Steve Baumann (Seattle and Eastside, Mercer Island, South End), Dave Sato (Everett to Renton, Woodinville, Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Issaquah and Sammamish, also Bainbridge), and Edy Kizaki (Seattle, Bainbridge, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Kirkland and Eastside, as well as Edmonds, Shoreline and Bothell).

From the first consultation to the final walk-through, our aim is to satisfy every need of our clients.  Your satisfaction is our business.

We strive to anticipate every need and provide for every eventuality.  From the first consultation, use of our map search, paperless office, virtual tours, comparative market analysis, neighborhood reviews, professionals to inspect, appraise, and if necessary provide home services, transaction coordination and trusted escrow providers, we educate and guide you throughout.  With your criteria and goals in mind we dedicate ourselves to getting you top dollar and a quick sale listing your home, and to facilitating a productive search for the right property at the right price when it’s time to find you the home your family will love.





Win With Your Real Estate Investment Strategy

November 26, 2010 in About Edy and the Team, Seattle Buyer's Guide, Seattle Investor's Guide

Investing In the Seattle Real Estate Market

The market is ripe for investing in real estate for a couple of reasons: first, prices are the lowest in many years; and secondly, financing rates are also the lowest in over 20 years.  So what’s holding everyone up?  Primarily, the current economic disaster is keeping people from committing to expand their resources into the market.   Why is that?  Because people are getting inundated with news about “short sales” and “foreclosures”  and are afraid to make a mistake.  This is understandable as most of us don’t want to lose what we have.

A key to investing in real estate today is ensuring that the investment will survive outside of you.  What that means is that if you decide to purchase real estate for investment, what is your end result and how do you get there without much risk.  Depending on the levels of investment into the property that you can make it is still possible to purchase single or multi-family properties (1-4 units only) with manageable risk.  If your goal is long term, which is the only way to invest in real estate, then you need to evaluate the property for what it could potentially rent for and what the accompanying expenses to owning the home is.  Once you know what both are, you put enough down to cover the expenses and provide you with a margin for future major expenses such as roofing, replacing hot water tanks…etc.  Now do not take the highest possible rental rate and evaluate it by that but take what is the lowest amount it could rent for and use that figure.  The reason for that is simple, if the home can still generate the income to cover the expenses at it’s lowest rental rate, anything you get above that is gravy.

Now, how you get the home at a low enough cost and financing at the rate necessary is  a function of how good your real estate broker is, how willing the seller is and how much you have to put down.  Luckily, there are so many houses on the market that you can find a willing seller if you look hard enough.  If one isn’t willing to negotiate, move along.  For whatever reason, they need to sell, otherwise the house wouldn’t be on the market, but you don’t have to but that house as there are others.

Previously, we mentioned multi-family but only 1 – 4 units, why?  Anything less than four units is considered residential and can qualify for 30 year fixed rates, which is what you want.  More units than that is considered commercial and will have short term, usually three to five years and fees at inception and every renewal.  This is very high cost investing.  It is much easier to budget knowing what your payments are for the next thirty years.

Oh and by the way, do not finance using an adjustable rate mortgage.  In most cases, this is like taking a house and giving it commercial type terms.  Sure you might get a good initial rate but unless you’re going to sell it in a short period of time, it will probably end up being more expensive financing as you will be paying fees every time you have to renew it.  Remember, investing in real estate today should be considered long term.

We are currently putting together a Seattle Investment Handbook for small property investors (1-4 units) and would be glad to send you the complete handbook, just email Edy at edy@seattlecentric.com.