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John L. Scott Realtor® Marti Reeder Named “Best of Kent” for Ninth Time

Marti Reeder, a full-time, full-service Realtor® and managing broker with John L. Scott, was named “Best Real Estate Agent” by Kent Reporter readers in their 2017 “Best of Kent” contest. This is the ninth “Best of Kent” award for Reeder. In addition, Reeder was a finalist in the “Best of Covington – Maple Valley – Black Diamond” contest in the real estate agent category.

The honors come just months after Reeder was named to John L. Scott’s Chairman’s Circle for the third year in a row for her work in 2016. Also, last year Reeder was the top residential producer in the John L. Scott Covington-Kent-Maple Valley office. In the last few years, Reeder has sold an average of one home per week, and was the top producer in three out of four quarters for the office last year.

“This is such an interesting time for real estate, and I love helping people navigate this seller’s market, whether they are buying their dream home or selling an existing one to upgrade or move onto their next one,” Reeder said. “Being recognized for doing work I love is just icing on the cake! Thanks to everyone who voted for me. Your trust in me means the world.”

As a lifelong resident of King County, Reeder focuses on clients in the South King County communities of Kent, Covington, Maple Valley, Auburn, Black Diamond and Renton. As a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Reeder also dedicates her time and expertise to educating home buyers and sellers on the value of home ownership and ensuring that they understand the ever-changing real estate and mortgage industries, including new rules and regulations that may affect them. Reeder is the leader of Team Marti, a small staff that helps Reeder serve her clients 24/7, whether they are buying, selling or building a home.

For more information about Reeder or to talk to her about your real estate needs, visit MartiReeder.com or call 253-246-8938 (office) or 206-391-0388 (cell). You can also read testimonials about Reeder on Realtor.com and Zillow.

About Marti Reeder:

With 12 1/2 years as a Realtor® and more than 30 years of industry experience, Reeder is affiliated with the Covington-Kent-Maple Valley John L. Scott office. She is a full-time, full-service real estate broker, serving the South King County region. She has a background in mortgages, home inspections, construction and real estate. Reeder is also a Certified Residential Specialist, representing only 3% of the Realtor® population. As a CRS, Reeder is a dedicated professional working to ensure her clients receive exceptional service by tapping into her extensive training.

Reeder specializes in staging and marketing her listings as well as helping buyers, whether they are first-time homebuyers or are downsizing or upsizing their current homes. When not listing or selling homes, Reeder can be found blogging about real estate or playing with her grandchildren and is active in the Kent community. She is a member of the Kent and Covington Chambers of Commerce, Kent Downtown Partnership and Kent Kiwanis, and she supports a number of local nonprofits. Reeder is married to Merle Reeder, who was recently appointed to the position of commissioner to the Soos Creek Water & Sewer District. Learn more about Reeder at MartiReeder.com.

5 Reasons to Work with a Real Estate Pro in 2017

If you’ve ever thought about selling your own home, we hope you’ll think again. Studies show that homesellers who try to sell their own homes don’t actually save money and, in some cases, it costs them more in time, money and heartache for going the FSBO route.

In addition, there are actually some very good reasons to hire a real estate pro. Here are five:

5 Reasons to Work with a Real Estate Pro in 2017

 

 

Homebuyer FAQs: Mortgage and Closing Costs

What You Need to Know about Mortgage & Closing Costs

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned homeowner ready for your next home, it is important to understand mortgage and closing costs. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you better understand your options.

Buying a Home: Homebuyer FAQs re Mortgage Costs and Closing CostsQ:  What factors impact a mortgage interest rate?

A:  There are many factors involved when determining a homebuyer’s interest rate including credit score, loan type, home price, down payment and mortgage costs (for example, points, mortgage insurance and closing costs).

Q:  What other credit-related factors are important when financing a home?

A:  The better your credit, the lower your interest rate for a home loan is likely to be. Mortgage lenders consider your overall credit score, but they also consider your credit history with them, the amount of debt you already have, how much money you have in savings, your total assets and your current income. Learn more about credit reports and scores here.

Q:  What are points?

A:  Also called discount points, points lower your interest rate in exchange for a fee paid at closing. When you choose to pay points, you pay more at closing, but you lower your interest rate and pay less for the home over time. Points are related to the loan amount, and one point equals 1 percent of the loan amount. For example, on a $200,000 mortgage loan, 1 percent of the loan amount would be $2,000. Points are listed on your loan estimate and on the closing disclosure.

Q:  What is mortgage insurance?

A:  Many lenders require mortgage insurance for borrowers who put less than 20 percent down on the purchase of a home. The mortgage insurance lowers the risk to the lender, making it easier for you to qualify for a home loan. The cost of the mortgage insurance is included in your monthly mortgage payment, increasing your monthly mortgage payment. The cost of private mortgage rates varies depending on the borrower’s down payment and credit score.

Q:  What closing costs will I have to pay?

A:  Closings costs, the amount of money you’ll need to pay when you close on the purchase of your home, vary. Sometimes these costs are paid out of pocket, but some lenders will roll these costs into the total loan amount of your mortgage. Certain closing costs may also be negotiated with the home seller and the home seller’s agent. Common closing costs include appraisal fees, title insurance, government taxes, tax service provider fees, and prepaid expenses (for example, property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and interest between the time of closing and the time your first payment is due).

For more information on interest rates, credit, points, mortgage insurance, closing costs and more, download this free home loan toolkit offered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It has some great information and checklists to help you through the home buying process. An experienced Realtor® can also answer these questions and guide you as you make decisions about buying a home.

Good luck!

Sources: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Testimonial: ‘Diligent, Proactive and Caring’

Marti FB profile pic“Marti works hard to understand what you want and find it. She keeps you informed in every step of the process, and she will go out of her way to get answers to questions that you have throughout the process.

I just bought my 3rd home, and I have worked with many realtors. I have never worked with a realtor as diligent, proactive, and caring as Marti. I can’t think of any other realtor that I would rather work with. Thanks, Marti!”

~ Sandra Gores on Realtor.com

Kent Realtor® Marti Reeder Wins John L. Scott Chairman’s Circle Award, Named Top Producer for 2015

Marti Reeder, Realtor® and Broker for John L. Scott’s Covington-Kent-Maple Valley office, is excited to announce that she was the Top Producer in her office for 2015, and she earned one of John L. Scott’s highest honors – the Chairman’s Circle Award – for her top grossing real estate sales in 2015.

2015 Chairmans Circle black“I would like to thank and congratulate our John L. Scott award recipients for the role they played in helping their valued clients achieve the American Dream of home ownership.” — J. Lennox Scott, Chairman and CEO, of John L. Scott, said in an announcement about the 2015 award winners.

Last year, Reeder also received the Chairman’s Circle honor for a productive and profitable 2014, and has earned a president’s award from John L. Scott every year since 2007. The awards signify that Reeder is a top Realtor® for John L. Scott and that she has worked tirelessly to help her Kent area clients successfully buy and sell their homes.

The latest John L. Scott awards join a collection of other remarkable honors Reeder has received throughout her real estate career, including being voted “Best Real Estate Agent” by readers in the Kent Reporter’s annual “Best of Kent” contest. Reeder has been named “Best of Kent” seven times, in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Reeder has also been named a “Five Star Real Estate Agent – Best in Client Satisfaction” by Seattle Magazine four times.

Marti FB profile pic“Since the economy has bounced back from the recession, the real estate market has become very competitive with many buyers but not enough sellers. I am grateful that buyers and sellers in Kent and its surrounding communities have turned to me to help them navigate this hot real estate market,” Reeder said.

“Being able to help families and individuals in our community to purchase their own homes is very rewarding, and I’m happy to say their home purchases have a direct impact on our local economy,” added Reeder. “I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to help so many. To be recognized by my company as a top producer is an added bonus. I love my job!”

As a lifelong resident of King County, Reeder works with clients throughout the greater Seattle area, with a concentration in the South King County communities of Kent, Covington, Maple Valley, Auburn, Black Diamond and Renton. As a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Reeder also dedicates her time and expertise to educating home buyers and sellers on the value of home ownership and ensuring that they understand the ever-changing real estate and mortgage industries, including new rules and regulations that may affect them.

For more information about Reeder or to talk to her about your real estate needs, visit MartiReeder.com or call 253-859-8500 (office) or 206-391-0388 (cell). You can also read testimonials on Realtor.com and Zillow.

About Marti Reeder:

With 11 years as a Realtor® and more than 30 years of industry experience, Reeder works out of the Covington-Kent-Maple Valley John L. Scott office. She is a full-time, full-service real estate broker, serving the South Puget Sound region. She has a wide range of experience in mortgages, home inspections, construction and real estate. In 2014, Reeder helped 35 families buy or sell homes. Reeder is also a Certified Residential Specialist, representing only 3% of the Realtor® population. As a CRS, Reeder is a dedicated professional working to ensure her clients receive exceptional service by tapping into her extensive training.

Reeder also specializes in staging and marketing her listings as well as helping buyers, whether they are first-time homebuyers or are downsizing or upsizing their current homes. When not listing or selling homes, Reeder can be found blogging about real estate or playing with her new grandbaby and is active in the Kent community. She is a member of the Kent and Covington Chambers of Commerce, Kent Downtown Partnership and Kent Kiwanis. Learn more about Reeder at MartiReeder.com.

 

7 Tips for Improving Your Credit Score

7 steps to improving your credit scoreIs your credit score impacting your ability to move to the home you’ve always dreamed of? Here are some easy ways to raise your credit score.

1. Watch your credit card balances. It’s easy to spend money on credit cards, but pay attention to how much credit you’re actually using compared to how much you have. If you pay attention to how small that percentage is, the better your credit rating could be. The smaller, the better. Keep your balance as low as you can.

2. Get rid of small balances on multiple credit cards. Charging one thing to one card and another to a different card can be harsh on your credit score. It’s better to pay off small balances on multiple cards and then figure out one or two cards that you can use for everything.

3. There is such a thing as good debt, and you should leave it on your credit report. Good debt is debt that you’ve handled well and paid off as you agreed to. If you have a good history of good debt, then your score is likely to be higher. You want to keep as much old, good debt as you can.

4. Shop for interest rates all at one time. When you apply for credit, there is the possibility that there could be a small dip in your score and that could last up to a year. The more you apply for credit, the more you want to use credit.

5. Pay all of your bills on time. This not only creates more ease, but it will help you figure out what kind of money you can save later on. You could have all the money in the world, but if you start to pay your bills late, that could impact a big purchase you have your eye on down the road – like your dream home.

6. Know that it takes time to improve credit scores. There’s no quick fix for a bad score, so pay your bills and wait it out.

7. Order your free credit report annually. Each consumer is entitled to one free credit report each year from each of the three credit bureaus: Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. Be sure to take advantage of this free service to monitor your credit, correct inaccuracies and discover identity theft. Go to AnnualCreditReport.com to order your free report.

Additional Resources: MyFico.com and Realtor.com

John L. Scott Realtor Marti Reeder Celebrates 10 Years in the Business & Other Accolades

Realtor Marti Reeder celebrates 10 years in the business and other accolades.in the Marti Reeder, Realtor®, Broker, CRS for John L. Scott in Kent-Covington celebrated 10 years as a Realtor® on October 16. Reeder also recently learned that she has been named a “Five Star Real Estate Agent” by Seattle Magazine in 2014 for the fourth time, and she is on track for making John L. Scott’s President’s Circle this year as the top agent in her office.

These most recent accolades are in addition to being voted “Best of Kent” this spring by readers of the Kent Reporter for six years, including 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. At the beginning of the year, Reeder received John L. Scott’s President’s Elite Award, one of the real estate agency’s top honors, for 2013 for being a top producer. Reeder has earned a president’s award every year since 2007.

“I love working with home buyers and sellers and helping them through what can be a very emotional and complicated process,” Reeder said. “Though I’ve been doing this for 10 years now, the business is always changing, so I try to stay on top of the regulatory changes and market shifts.”

When Reeder isn’t helping clients buy and sell homes, she serves as the vice president of the South King County Women’s Council of Realtors for 2014. The council focuses on connecting real estate agents with each other for personal and professional growth and to provide their clients with outstanding service. She is also a member of the Kent Downtown Partnership and the Kent Chamber of Commerce.

As a lifelong resident of King County, Reeder works with clients throughout the greater Seattle area, with a focus on South King County and the South Sound. She also focuses on educating home buyers and sellers on the value of home ownership and ensuring that they understand changes in the real estate and mortgage industries and how they are personally impacted.

For more information about Reeder, visit http://www.marti-realtor.com or call 253-859-8500 (office) or 206-391-0388 (cell). You can also read testimonials on Linked In, Zillow, Stik and Trulia, and click here to view her latest listings at http://johnlscott.com/martireeder.

 

John L. Scott Realtor® Marti Reeder Named “Best of Kent” for Sixth Time

KENT, Wash., May 13, 2014 Marti Reeder, Realtor®, Broker, CRS for John L. Scott in Kent-Covington was named “Best Realtor” in the Kent Reporter’s “Best of Kent 2014” contest. This is the sixth honor for Reeder since the Kent Reporter started the awards in 2008. Selected by readers of the community newspaper, Reeder also earned this award in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

In addition to winning “Best of Kent,” Reeder has been named a “Five Star Real Estate Agent” by Seattle Magazine for the third year in a row, and at the beginning of the year, she received John L. Scott’s President’s Elite Award for 2013 for being a top producer. This is one of the real estate agency’s top honors. Reeder has earned a president’s award every year since 2007.

To further serve the South Sound real estate market, Reeder is serving as the vice president of the South King County Women’s Council of Realtors for 2014. The council focuses on connecting real estate agents with each other for personal and professional growth and to provide their clients with outstanding service.

“I try to make every home purchase and sale a positive experience for my clients, so it is truly an honor when my clients and colleagues tell the community I’m the ‘best!’” Reeder said.

As a lifelong resident of King County, Reeder helps individuals and families buy and sell homes throughout the greater Seattle area, with a focus on South King County. She also focuses on educating consumers on the value of home ownership and ensuring that they understand changes in the real estate and mortgage industries and how they are personally impacted.

For more information about Reeder, visit http://www.marti-realtor.com or call 253-859-8500 (office) or 206-391-0388 (cell). You can also learn more about Reeder or view her latest listings at http://johnlscott.com/martireeder.

About Marti Reeder:

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Reeder works out of the John L. Scott office in Kent-Covington. She is a full-time, full-service real estate broker, serving the South Puget Sound region. She has a wide range of experience in mortgages, home inspections, construction and real estate. In 2013, Reeder helped nearly 40 families buy or sell homes.

She is also a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), representing only 3% of the Realtor population. CRS agents are dedicated professionals working to ensure their clients receive exceptional service by tapping into their extensive training. Reeder also specializes in staging and marketing her listings as well as helping buyers whether they are first-time homebuyers or are downsizing or upsizing from their current home.

For more information, contact:

Marti Reeder, Realtor/Broker, John L. Scott
17115 SE 270th Pl., Ste. 102, Covington, WA  98042
253.859.8500 (office)
206.391.0388 (cell)
martireeder@johnlscott.com
www.marti-realtor.com

John L. Scott Realtor® Marti Reeder Earns Five Star Real Estate Professional Award & Other Honors

KENT, Wash., January 6, 2014 – Marti Reeder, Realtor®, Broker, CRS for John L. Scott in Kent-Covington, ends 2013 with several industry awards and honors, including the prestigious Five Star Professional Real Estate Award. Reeder received the Five Star Award in December from Seattle Magazine for the third time.

Marti Reeder earns Five Star Real Estate Professional Award for third time.The award is only given to real estate agents in the greater Seattle real estate market who have achieved the highest ranking in customer service. The ranking includes fewer than 7% of local real estate agents who are evaluated by their clients in the areas of customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills, closing preparation, home selection, home marketing and overall satisfaction.

In addition, Reeder will receive John L. Scott’s President’s Elite Award for 2013 for being a top producer. This is one of the real estate agency’s top honors. Reeder has earned a president’s award every year since 2007. Reeder has also been named “Best of Kent” in the real estate category five times by readers of the Kent Reporter, including 2013.

To further serve the local real estate market, Reeder has been named vice president of the South King County Women’s Council of Realtors for 2014. The council focuses on connecting real estate agents with each other for personal and professional growth and to provide their clients with outstanding service.

Marti Reeder, John L. Scott, Kent-Covington“I love working with my real estate clients, and I strive every day to give them the best possible customer service when buying or selling a home. It is so exciting to see my hard work rewarded,” Reeder said. “I am grateful that I get the chance to do what I love in the beautiful Puget Sound area!”

As a lifelong resident of King County, Reeder helps individuals and families buy and sell homes throughout the greater Seattle area, with a focus on South King County. The “Best of Kent” realtor also focuses on educating consumers on the value of home ownership and ensuring that they understand changes in the real estate and mortgage industries and how they are personally impacted.

For more information about Reeder, visit http://www.marti-realtor.com or call 253-859-8500 (office) or 206-391-0388 (cell). You can also learn more about Reeder or view her latest listings at http://johnlscott.com/martireeder.

About Marti Reeder:

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Reeder works out of the John L. Scott office in Kent-Covington. She is a full-time, full-service real estate broker, serving the South Puget Sound region. She has a wide range of experience in mortgages, home inspections, construction and real estate. In 2013, Reeder helped nearly 40 families buy or sell homes.

She is also a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), representing only 3% of the Realtor population. CRS agents are dedicated professionals working to ensure their clients receive exceptional service by tapping into their extensive training. Reeder also specializes in staging and marketing her listings as well as helping buyers whether they are first-time homebuyers or are downsizing or upsizing from their current home.

For more information, contact:

Marti Reeder, Realtor/Broker, John L. Scott
17115 SE 270th Pl., Ste. 102, Covington, WA  98042
253.859.8500 (office)
206.391.0388 (cell)
martireeder@johnlscott.com
www.marti-realtor.com

12 Ways to Beautify a Porch With Plants

        12 Ways to Beautify a Porch With Plants

                                                    

This is a wonderful article with some great tips and ideas for making your front porch spectacular! It even has fall specific plant choices, I know I have yellow Mum’s on my front porch!

Don’t like your porch? Give me a call and we can find you a new house with the perfect porch for you!

Marti Reeder- 206-391-0388