With high-end woodwork & marble, Vancouver home a gem

Come home to a house where even the laundry room feels elegant. This dazzling Vancouver home, located in the desirable Rivercrest Estates neighborhood, is adorned with marble flooring, mahogany woodwork, tray ceilings and abundant natural light. Lived in by just one owner since it was built in 1993, the four-bedroom home is equally grand and intimate with expert craftsmanship around every corner.

Just inside the 9-foot carved mahogany double doors, the impressive entry sets the tone for the home with inset red-brown marble flooring and a soaring two-story ceiling. Moving to the column-flanked formal living room, tray ceilings and crown molding give the room height while the fireplace exudes classic luxury. The details continue into the dining room, with ample room and sophistication for entertaining.

But the home’s true focal point is its kitchen. Marble floors, countertops and backsplash shine in the light streaming in from windows that face the yard’s creative collection of trees and shrubbery. Deep brown mahogany cabinets and 24-carat gold hardware complement the rich green marble. Ample storage and a large eat-in area offer the space functional opulence. The kitchen’s unique features define the home’s character, and its style reverberate throughout each room.

The exquisite details continue to the second level with the staircase’s mahogany bannister and the dedicated office’s wainscoting, window trim and crown molding. French doors with leaded glass panes open into the master suite. The expansive bath includes a jetted soaking tub, large vanity, custom cabinetry and green marble flooring.

This home is in excellent condition and ready for its next family’s perspective. The Columbia River and Mt. Hood provide awe-inspiring views for the property and surrounding neighborhood. It’s conveniently located just off the Evergreen Highway and close to several schools, as well as Fairway Village Golf Course.

Terrie Cox is RE/MAX’s top luxury broker in Oregon and Washington. She takes pride in helping clients find the home of their dreams — then craft an unbeatable offer to make it their own. To schedule your private viewing of this magnificent Vancouver listing, call or text Terrie directly at (360) 607-4100 or email terrie@terriecox.net.

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POSTED ON: March 2, 2017 8:17 pm BY:

Spacious Vancouver home on green belt lot offers lush, secluded living

Tucked inside the private Vancouver pocket neighborhood of Hammann Farm, this sprawling three-story home is a blank canvas that will come alive with your family’s personal touch. With 6,600 square feet, five bedrooms and four bathrooms, it’s the perfect property for a home office, large parties, studio or fitness space, guests and more. The lush green belt lot’s natural landscaping and water feature blend into the woods, giving the house and its outdoor areas secluded beauty.

Towering ceilings, gleaming tile floors and the sleek, geometric fireplace in the entry and great room set a stately tone that continues throughout the house. The open concept floorplan gives the main floor an intuitive flow. Tray ceilings, recessed lighting and clean sightlines lead the eye to the curved deck and trees outside. The natural backdrop sets off the eat-in kitchen, family room, dining room and main-floor master bedroom. The suite is one of two in the home, offering flexibility for long-term guests or multi-generational families.

Downstairs, the vast finished basement features a full kitchen and granite bar. More than 2,100 square feet makes the space ideal for hosting events with friends and family, giving children a place to play and relaxing in style. Built-in storage will keep everything in its place. And the walk-out patio unites the home’s interior with the serene outdoors.

Terrie Cox is RE/MAX’s top broker in the Pacific Northwest. She’s an expert in advising clients as they purchase, personalize and relocate to their luxury homes. To schedule your private viewing of this elegant Vancouver property and see its potential for yourself, call or text Terrie directly at (360) 607-4100, email terrie@terriecox.net or visit www.usa-relocate.com.

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POSTED ON: March 1, 2017 4:44 pm BY:

Want to sell fast? Staging will get your home looking its best for buyers

Experienced, design-driven RE/MAX broker Terrie Cox says there’s nothing like professional staging to prepare a home to go on the market. These interior designers are in tune with modern décor trends, as well as what buyers want in their next home.

One thing they definitely don’t want? Too much personal touch. Buyers need to visualize what their lives would look like in a different home. Old furniture, family photos and other details from the current owners can be distracting.

“When I go to a seller’s house, they don’t see what I see. They’re not going to see what the buyer’s looking for,” says Terrie, who knows from 30 years as a Realtor in the Pacific Northwest that professional staging means a listing spends less time on the market — meaning a greater return for owners.

Many sellers think their furniture is adequate for their listing photos, open houses and tours. But Terrie advises her clients to invest in staging, especially for those selling high-end homes — and it pays off. Professionally selected and arranged furniture can emphasize selling points, mitigate dated features and net a more attractive offer than sellers might have otherwise received.

Before you list, ask Terrie for her advice and a referral for a staging professional. Call or text her directly at (360) 607-4100 or email terrie@terriecox.net.

POSTED ON: February 27, 2017 6:57 pm BY:

Choosing between real estate in Oregon & Washington? Consider the taxes

Homebuyers relocating to the Portland-Vancouver region have the flexibility of choosing a home in either Oregon or Washington. The two cities and their outlying areas each boast beautiful neighborhoods, upscale shopping and dining districts, high-performing schools and world-class events.

Living in Washington, however, has one benefit Oregon can’t match: no income tax.

Though Washingtonians pay sales tax while Oregonians do not, they’re keeping more of their annual income — to the tune of nearly 10 percent — by living in a state without income tax. And with Portland just a short drive over the bridge, southwest Washington residents can still take advantage of its attractions and its duty-free shopping.

Luxury real estate agent Terrie Cox was born and raised in Oregon, but she calls Washington home because it makes sense for her business and her budget. She cautions that those who live in Washington must work in the state to avoid paying income tax. It’s tempting to consider commuting to a job in Portland then back home to Vancouver, but you would not be exempt.

Terrie, RE/MAX’s top broker in both states, works with her clients to buy and sell some of the Pacific Northwest’s most spectacular properties. Call or text her directly at (360) 607-4100 or email terrie@terriecox.net to talk about your next move to Oregon or Washington.

POSTED ON: January 23, 2017 6:00 am BY:

Neighborhood Guide to Living in Vancouver, Washington

A relocation to Vancouver, Washington is a great move for anyone looking for the best of all worlds. Situated next to the Portland metro area for convenience to big-city amenities, Vancouver is perched on the north banks of the scenic Columbia River. Vancouver manages to strike the perfect balance between friendly neighborhoods, downtown services, and outdoor escapes.

No State Income Tax

Washington is one of the few states that has no state income tax. What’s more, in neighboring Oregon there’s no sales tax. Many residents find that working in Vancouver and buying goods in Portland is a great way to save money.

Fantastic Neighborhoods

Relocating to Vancouver means exploring some great areas for the perfect home. There are various excellent neighborhoods to choose from, with many close to walking trails or offering beautiful river and mountain views. Make sure to check in with Real Estate Agent Terrie Cox who knows the region well for information on specific neighborhoods.

Nature, Seasons, & Trees

While having all the conveniences expected in a city this size (the population is just over 160,000), Vancouver offers beautiful parks and miles of trails. Nature hikes are easily done without having to travel far. What’s more, the region enjoys four seasons with plenty of trees that burst into color every spring and fall.

Fun Events

The citizens of Vancouver love to have a good time. From the enormous Vancouver Farmers Market which boasts more than 250 vendors, to outdoor summer concerts under the stars, there’s something here for everyone. The city’s annual 4th of July celebration hosts what’s been named the biggest fireworks display west of the Mississippi.

Trendy Shops & Restaurants

The people here also love their food and quirky shops. Uptown Village is among the hippest places to shop, offering plenty of galleries, boutiques, and specialty eateries. After your job relocation, you’ll become accustomed to a handcrafted ice cream, local brew, and world-class lattes.

For more information about your relocation to Vancouver call or text Terrie directly at 360-607-4100.

POSTED ON: January 19, 2017 2:00 pm BY:

The Differences Between Moving for Work and Moving for Fun

Packing up to move to a different city is a major decision. Putting down roots in a new city can be a terrifying, invigorating, stressful or even a therapeutic experience. However, there is a difference between moving for work and moving for fun. Here are some tips to help you in your relocation process.

Moving for Work

Compared to moving for fun, job relocation is often considered practical. However, there are still some things to consider before leaving. You should always look up the cost of living in your new town. This can help you reevaluate and set up a new budget. You should also get a good idea of what your new commute routine is going to look like. Is it a short drive, or are you going to run into problems due to high traffic? Factor in how much you will be spending on gas or if you need to pay for parking. Make sure you keep yourself organized, and locate the important documentation you will need and have it handy. Lastly, do some research on what your new community has to offer. This will help you adjust to your new setting much faster.

Moving for Fun

For those with the freedom and a little wanderlust, moving to a new location can be enriching in more ways than one. If you are moving to a new city to try something new, it’s best to have a plan. Do extensive research on the cost of living to make sure you won’t be living outside of your means. You should also research the local job market. Find out what companies are headquartered in your new city. You will want to know where the best neighborhoods are located. An experienced real estate agent can be a great ally, as they will have first-hand knowledge of the area. Lastly, make sure you have all your new living arrangements set to ensure a smooth moving process.

POSTED ON: January 16, 2017 10:00 am BY:

Five Tips and Tricks to Get the Best Price For Your Home

Staging your home for sale is an important but often-overlooked part of the listing process. Not only can an accurate staging sell your home more quickly, but homes that have been designed so the buyer can picture themselves living in the property can earn you up to 10 percent above the listing price. Here are home staging tips and tricks to keep in mind before placing your home on the market.

1. Remove Personal Items

Your cherished photos and mementos have been carefully curated, but they aren’t a boon to buyers. Stow away your wedding photos, family albums, and other personal items that will make it difficult for buyers to imagine their family living in the property.

2. Shift Your Storage

Closet space is essential for homeowners, and buyers want to feel that their new property will be more spacious than their previous home. Avoid the temptation to put your personal items in closets, attics, and basements when home staging. Instead, invest in a storage unit.

3. Don’t Forget the Outdoor Space

Outdoor living is one of the hottest new commodities for luxury homes. Ensure that buyers can imagine themselves hosting Sunday brunch by arranging your patio furniture in an attractive display that’s conducive to guests. Pristine landscaping and fresh paint are also must-dos before listing.

4. Brighten it Up

The right light can make a big difference when it comes to making your home inviting. Maximize natural light by cleaning the windows and drapes. You should also replace your light bulbs with brighter ones when home staging.

5. Pack Up the Pets

Evidence of dogs and cats is unappealing to most buyers. If you have pets, find a great kennel or a generous friend who can watch your furry friends when showings are scheduled.

For help staging your home, Terrie Cox is available 24/7. Call or text at 360-607-4100.

POSTED ON: January 13, 2017 2:00 pm BY:

How to keep your cool in Portland & Vancouver’s hot real estate markets

You already know that the most important thing a buyer can do is create stability before submitting an offer on their next home. But how do you ensure it can compete in a hot Portland or Washington real estate market?

First, find a savvy, experienced and local Realtor. When you work with a world-ranked Realtor like Terrie Cox, you can expect unrelenting expertise and individual attention while drafting and submitting your offer. Terrie guides her clients through the entire real estate process, looking out for errors, reviewing forms, and negotiating on their behalf.

Step 1: Write a serious offer.

Once you’ve got Terrie on your side, get started on writing your offer. Getting pre-approved—a step beyond pre-qualification—shows the seller that a lender has verified your information, credit, and documentation to determine an exact loan amount. This speeds up the underwriting process, allowing buyers to act quickly and eliminating the anxiety of waiting for financing. It also shows the seller you’re prepared, enthusiastic, and trustworthy.

Including an escalation clause with your offer will guarantee it remains the highest submission, up to your maximum budget. For example, it may dictate that you’ll beat other offers by $5,000 up to $500,000, ensuring that yours is always on top.

As Terrie’s clients know, buyers shouldn’t take these steps before an inspection. Not only will that improve your knowledge of the home, it will streamline — or eliminate — contingencies. Most notably, your offer can move to the front of the pack, as it will not be awaiting inspection.

Step 2: Be accommodating.

Stay open-minded with your new home and separate your needs from your wants. If a listing meets most of your priorities, and you can let the others go (or take on a project later), place an offer. A less-than-perfect real estate property may signal easier negotiations and potentially less competition. And limiting contingencies—or even including an as-is addendum—will make you an attractive candidate. Know your deal breakers, though; you can walk away if the listing is more trouble than it’s worth.

Also, remember that the market is cutthroat, but you don’t have to be. Being gracious and making the seller’s life easier will work to your advantage. Limit negative comments about the home, be flexible with your closing and possession dates, submit a personal note with your offer, and be respectful. Your agent will fight for your interests during negotiations, so your interactions with the seller can stay light and cordial.

Step 3: Stay in the fight.

Even if your bid gets bumped for a bigger, better offer, it pays to keep tabs on the listing. Deals frequently fall through in financing, so you may find your offer on top again. Keep your credit and savings steady, and ask your agent to check in on real estate properties whose bidding wars you’ve lost to see if there’s a chance to win the battle.

Terrie Cox is RE/MAX’s top broker in the Pacific Northwest and among the highest producing in the world. She helps her clients turn their real estate dreams into reality, guided by decades of industry insights. To get her advice on how to submit an irresistible offer on your next home, call or text Terrie at (360) 607-4100, email terrie@terriecox.net.

POSTED ON: January 12, 2017 4:00 pm BY:

3 Ways to Best Stage Your Home for Sale

The purpose of staging is to make a home look and feel its most inviting. For a quicker sale and a better offer, most realtors insist on decluttering. Staging takes this process several steps further by minimizing the amount of furniture that’s present and arranging items in an eye-catching layout. Even small changes can yield big results.

Arrange Attractive Artwork On Walls

While less is more when it comes to wall decor, a few well-positioned pieces of the right type of art will show off your spaces beautifully. Remove any personal photos and instead add artwork that brings out the best in a room. Landscapes work well. So do tasteful abstract designs with colors that complement the walls and furnishings.

Light Up Dark Areas

Rooms that are light, bright, and cheerful feel welcoming. People are drawn in and want to spend time there. Dark corners and poorly lit zones have the opposite effect – they repel people.

With your realtor, check each room carefully to make sure all areas are well lit. Replace light bulbs and add fixtures to create the right impression. A mix of lighting increases a room’s appeal; be sure to have both ambient lighting and accent lights. Then add focused lighting for desks, cabinets, nooks, and other special purpose areas.

Group Furniture Into Intimate Settings

Prospective buyers looking at a room are searching for possibilities. They want to envision what the room could be for them. Stoke their imagination by grouping furniture into cozy, intimate settings. Move pieces away from the walls and arrange them into inviting layouts. Create living spaces that are uncluttered and feel welcoming.

For example, arrange sofas, chairs, and accent tables into comfortable conversational clusters. At the same time, make sure nothing blocks the flow of traffic. As prospective buyers follow their realtor from room to room, they’ll be able to easily picture themselves enjoying each space.

For help with staging, call or text Terrie Cox at 360-607-4100.

POSTED ON: January 12, 2017 2:00 pm BY:

La Center property boasts prime fishing & design potential

Located on the east fork of the Lewis River in La Center, Washington, this home is an oasis for any outdoors enthusiast. Perched atop its 5-acre lot, the house is clear of flood danger but just steps from Mason Creek Hole, where springwaters create an ideal home for steelhead and salmon. Scenic riverbanks offer prime fishing spots, and the boat launch gives access to the creek and river, leading all the way to the Columbia. Surrounded by territorial views and peeks at Mt. Hood, the property feels rural and secluded, despite being just 15 minutes from shopping and 30 minutes from Portland International Airport.

Inside the house’s stately arched brick entry, the sweeping two-story foyer features gleaming black marble floors and a curved staircase. The formal sitting room and dining room continue an air of classic luxury. Meanwhile, the bright open-concept kitchen, dining area and living room are prepared for a buyer’s design touch. A bedroom and exercise room — as well as a massive deck for grilling, outdoor entertaining and taking in the scenery — round out the main floor.

Upstairs, double doors open into a large master suite with a wood-burning stove, executive study and bathroom with tile and marble finishes. Large windows boast the home’s most dramatic view. Two more bedrooms and a den give families individual space as well as plenty of room to spend time together.

Back outside, the landscaped yard includes a swingset and play area. The fenced-in pool gives swimmers a chance to soak up the sunshine, while the adjacent outbuilding houses a steamy sauna. The three-bay garage is outfitted with 14-foot doors to accommodate a boat or RV, and the shop inside has electricity and water access. Attached to the garage, the guest house is perfect for visitor lodging or as a second residence.

Terrie Cox is RE/MAX’s top Realtor in the Pacific Northwest. She’s an expert in advising her clients as they purchase and personalize their luxury homes. To schedule your private viewing of this sprawling La Center property and visualize its full potential, call or text Terrie directly at (360) 607-4100, email terrie@terriecox.net or visit www.usa-relocate.com.

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POSTED ON: January 5, 2017 11:14 pm BY: