Edy Kizaki

Evaluating a House

November 20, 2012 in Buyer's Handbook, First Time Home Buyers, Real Estate 411, Seattle Real Estate for Sale

An enchanting new home on a small lot can be a winner if you prioritize home features such as finishes and gourmet kitchen over privacy from passing cars or your neighbors.

A question I am often asked by home buyers is whether or not it is best to buy a new home. There are pros and cons to new homes as well as old. Newer homes are usually easier to maintain and more energy efficient. Older homes generally have lower property taxes and are in more established neighborhoods. On the other hand, older homes are likely to require more repairs and upkeep, and sometimes have different aesthetics about such design features as openness or family living space.  (Please see my recent blog Finding Home in Seattle for a discussion of some of the trade offs that take place when deciding what’s most important to you when establishing the parameters of your search.)

It is best to evaluate each house based on what it has to offer. There are many things to look for when walking through a home, including the following:

* Is there enough space for the present and the future?
* Does it have the desired number of bedrooms and bathrooms?
* Are you happy with the lot size?
* Do you like the floor plan?
* Does it include all of the minimum amenities for your lifestyle?
* How will your furniture fit in the space?
* Is there enough storage space for your needs?
* Is the house structurally sound and well maintained?
* Is the construction quality up to your standards?

As your buyer’s agent I will help point out the pros and cons of each home from a professional standpoint. My job is to provide you with the best information on the home and it’s surroundings possible, and point out things that need to be checked on.  Once we sort out the homes that do not interest you, we should

Older home in expensive Ballard neighborhood will have design features of yesteryear, but so will your neighbor’s homes, it becomes a game to meld old and new, all part of the neighborhood ambiance.

consider the details of the ones you like, including the amount of work that needs to be done if you purchase the home (which of course impacts the value). It is best to determine if all of the mechanical systems and appliances work, but in the normal course of the purchase process, this is taken care of by a detailed inspection done after the offer has been made and accepted (called mutual acceptance).  In order to chose which home to offer on, once you are happy with the home details, we should go back to the final contestants for a second look (quickly if the market is moving fast, as it currently is in Seattle, West Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland and Woodinville, not so much in the surrounding cities). This will help us select the perfect home for you. On average, home buyers walk through fifteen houses before selecting one, some more and some less of course.

The more you keep me updated with your needs, the better I can assist you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at 206-249-2914, edy@seattlecentric.com.

P.S.  I have a Buyer’s Checklist in PDF form that I sometimes use with my clients as we go thorough a selection of homes, so if that would be useful let me know and I’ll send it to you.  I’ll try to figure out how to offer it as a download from this site 🙂


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.





Edy Kizaki

Today’s Mortgage-Rate Info We All Should Know

June 13, 2012 in First Time Home Buyers, Real Estate 411, Seattle This Month

Hey home buyers, this is major,  don’t miss this.

According to the VP of Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation), this is the 6th consecutive week that fixed mortgage rates are riding on an all-time low. Compared to last year, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage average has dropped 0.82 percent! The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage average has dropped as well with a .74 percent decline.

So what does this mean for us?

With our nation being challenged economically and the number of unemployment still rising, now is the prime time to buy a house and take advantage on the low rates of interest that are available in this economic climate. Now more than ever we can lock in low payments and reap the benefits of owning a home that there is every indication will be increasing in value in the next few years. Take a look at this article for all the juicy details!