Hot and Burning HOME OWNER!

HELLO MY FRIEND!
Let me tell you one thing. Owning a home for the first time just is just like the first time you get your ear pierced – black hole! I just want to keep throwing money at it: buy furniture, fix garden, add a yard, how about a new patio… It’s bad, my friend. 😛
This is part of me looking for excuses not to update this blog for almost 2 month! It’s my dad’s fault! Daddy visited me late July, built me a fence, cleared and leveled part of my back yard – daddy rocks. 
(Isn’t he the cutest ever?)
So to get back to my marketing plan. First of all, I must register an account with Bigger Pocket! Check me out and add me https://www.biggerpockets.com/users/Fei_InSeattle!
I plan to start marketing within 2 weeks, 10 post cards a week, resend every 3 weeks. I will keep you posted on my marketing results! 
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What to Expect From a Lender in Closing

Trust me.

I am currently going through underwriting with my lender. This is a 5% down conventional loan on a $415,000 house.

Oh yes they call your boss. (or your HR)
Oh yes they ask for your employment verification form.
Did your parents help with the downpayment? Oh yes they want to know how did they make that money and they want to see their bank statements too.
Are you self-employed? Oh yes, they need twice as much documents as that a regular employee.
Did you use inspection report to bargain with the seller? Oh yes they want a contractor to sign a letter saying everything is okay, and they will fix that this week.
Conditional approval? Congrads, they are going to come back for more.

Have you borrowing!

(I am so doing seller financing from now on.)

Landlord – are you terrified of vacancy?

Oh yes you do.

A good landlord should:
– have a professional accounting system (so you know your money is being recorded properly)
– have a legal binding lease agreement (so you know your rights are protected)
– have a move-in & move-out inspection form (so you don’t have to argue about carpet cleaning/junk removal)
– have a reliable handyman (so you know the service is fair and trust-worthy)
– is available to gossip with you when needed!

🙂 Befriend your landlord!

(Landlords, these conditions applies to you as well.)

Power of Delegation – Virtual Assistant

Can’t believe it! I actually hired a virtual assistant from the Philippines!

I have delegated some of my “busy works” to the assistant so that I can sit back and do my marketing! So far the assistant has been doing a great job. She saved at least 3 hours of my time so that I were able to go see 2 houses today and run some bank errands 🙂

What is virtual assistant? What can he/she do for you? My virtual assistant is helping me with simple research, graphic edit, and document edits work right now, in the future, I will ask my virtual assistant to respond to phone calls to collect buyer & seller information, compile background reports, etc!

A good virtual assistant is punctual, professional, and he/she can communicate effectively. If you are interested, let me know. I am happy to introduce you!

You Can Be Whatever You Wish – TAKEN ACTION NOW!

I went to my second REAPS (Real Estate Association of Puget Sound) meeting this past Sat. It was a whole day event featuring Mr. Louis “Lou”Brown.

To be honest, I did not feel I learned much on the “premier” public event on Thursday night where Lou gave a brief introduction on himself and his products. But I knew there is always something I do not know and what we need now is open up ourselves to different business models. Thus I set my alarm to 6am, and start driving at 7am. 
Do you listen to KUOW? I am a fan. When I heard this story I literally had tears in my eyes… 

Meet The 11-Year-Old Campaign Manager Stumping For Cambridge Candidate

  

Most of the time, volunteers for campaigns become active in politics during college, but in one local election, a volunteer is starting much sooner.

When a political candidate has little political experience, everyone around her has something to add, some experience to share, or some intangible to help the campaign.

Take, for example, Joyce Gerber, who is running for the Cambridge School Committee, and needed help analyzing voter data: 

“I had just posted a job description at the Harvard School of Government, because I was looking for someone to help me with my campaign. I knew what I needed.” 

What Joyce didn’t know is that her next volunteer didn’t drive, couldn’t vote, and stood as tall as her elbow. She bumped into a neighborhood kid, Zev Dickstein, an 11-year-old 5th grader. Zev is a political wonk beyond his years, whom Gerber had met volunteering for Elizabeth Warren’s campaign. 

“We had a little discussion, we had a policy discussion. And he sent me a very nice email and said he would love to be my campaign manager,” she said. 

That’s right; campaign manager. 

Gerber told him she would talk to his mother, who signed off, and Zev soon began knocking on doors for Joyce’s school committee bid, just as he’d done for Warren’s campaign. 

Zev said he learned a lot from Warren’s campaign. 

“I learned how to canvass, I had no idea in the beginning,” he said. “And, I learned what people thought of campaigns.” 

In the cynical, political world it might be easy to see Zev, The Campaign Manager, as a mere gimmick. But, the boy has been doing the grunt work that thousands of campaign workers do all across the country every year: 

“I create voter lists to contact, I do strategy, I helped with the Web site, I created the campaign literature. Luckily the election, I mean it’s mostly in the summer.” 

Summer is a time when most 11-year-olds are in camp, in a pool, or riding their bike to a friend’s house. But Zev has his time management down pat. 

“I do my violin when I get home, then I work on the computer for Joyce. It’s really busy,” he said. 

In politics, sometimes you need luck to fall your way. 

This Sunday, when Zev helps Joyce kick off her campaign at a Cambridge block party. This 11-year-old will also be performing magic tricks.

Zev Dickstein, credit Anne Mostue / WGBH

This 11-year-old campaign manager made my morning. It is the type of “motivational injection” that last me a whole week.

There I am, sitting in the middle of a whole room of people from all ages. Many of them had already owned more than 5 houses at the moment, some even holds more than 15 properties. On one side, I wish I could understand and absorb as much as they would do, because I know the more you practice, the more you would value continuing education. On the other side, I am so proud of myself perhaps being the 5th youngest person in the room, and I know – WE ARE DOING THIS! Not tomorrow, not next year – TODAY. NOW. 
Good news, I am closing my very first deal with the help from my wonderful realtor Mrs.RoJane Maybee. Tomorrow is my first inspection, and I already have renters coming to check out the house! 🙂 It’s all happening! I LOVE IT. 
Please stay in tune, and I would like to share something I learned from Lou last weekend with you shortly.

Living in Greenwood (Demographics – 2010 Census updates)

Where is Greenwood??
Greenwood is the neighborhood between Aurora Ave N and 8th Ave NW, from 75th to 135th St. 
Greenwood is a booming market. It constitutes zipcode areas 98103, 98133 and 98117. I have organized some demographic data from the 2010 Census. (You won’t find this on Zillow! My Econ degree is coming to play hah)
Here is the 2010 Census data. Over the past 10 years, Greenwood has attracted 10% more families (2+ household). In the 2000 Census, there were about 42.2% households with only single persons. And only 17.8% of the households has children. By 2010, census shows 31.8% of the households in Greenwood now has children! 
Source: Zilliow.com; demographic information comes from data in the 2000 U.S. Census.
Thanks for reading! Please let me know if you believe there is a misinterpretation of the census data on my charts or you see a way to improve them! I appreciate your suggestions!
Next time I will pick a few houses for sale in Greenwood, and we can talk about them 🙂
See you soon!

Living in Greenwood (To Be Continued…)

Spoiler alert! I have been living in Seattle for the past 7 years. I lived in U District (bought my first piece of furniture, a old old wing back chair from a lady in Bryant), Northgate, Central District (23rd and Jackson), and now Greenwood.

I enjoy living in the North Seattle area. But out of the 4 neighborhoods I lived in, Greenwood is my favorite. Hold your breath! (maybe not for too long, just a little bit) I would love to give you a short review on Greenwood, tomorrow!

First, please let me show my love for.. BEER. 😉

Naked City is AWESOME. Have you heard of the Humor Program yet? Comedy every third Sat. Are you coming? 😉 Hit me up!

Again, Naked City Brewery – Walrus Beer Garden for the Summer

So many cute and fun stores to look at on Greenwood Ave. 

More to come. Thx!!