Leslie Swindahl website roll out new for 2017

 

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Check out my new website for 2017

http://leslieswindahl.coldwellbankerbain.com/

First time buyers agent ABR,GRI
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Serving Clients Every Day
Fast, Effective & Efficient
Extremely Motivated
Exceptional Service

The role of a real estate agent is to guide you through the buying or selling process, taking the time to make sure you understand every step of the transaction. Im absolutely committed to fulfilling your needs and home dreams with the highest level of professionalism, expertise and service. My commitment to your satisfaction is the foundation from which a solid business relationship is built.

Leslie has also received the national designation of Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) from the Washington Association of Realtors, demonstrating quality real estate credentials and training gained through a challenging curriculum of courses. Leslie has been awarded the prestigious Certified.

When you work with me, you can expect friendly, professional service that includes in-depth knowledge of the area and current market conditions, outstanding communication skills, and the ability to aggressively market, manage and negotiate for you!

I truly love being a Real Estate Broker. Whether it is helping the first time homebuyer or someone who wants to buy another home, big or small, it is the single largest purchase you can make and I will make sure it is as painless and stress-free as possible

 

http://leslieswindahl.coldwellbankerbain.com/

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The Ultimate Guide to Holidays at Home

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From entertaining hacks to holiday decor storage ideas, gift guides for every member of your household, and even tips on selling your home during the holidays, consider this our little gift to you.

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Getting ready for the holidays can sometimes feel like a never ending list of to dos (and reindeer names!). Well this list is one we think you’ll find a little less exhausting.  We gathered some of the best advice for a stress-free, festive holiday season so that you can focus on what’s most important – enjoying the holidays with loved ones at home. From entertaining hacks to holiday decor storage ideas, gift guides for every member of your household, and even tips on selling your home during the holidays, consider this our little gift to you.

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Holiday Entertaining

Holy Stuffing! Rehabbing your kitchen after turkey day trauma.

Thanksgiving entertaining hacks good for any time of year.

Make holiday entertaining easy with this one must-have kitchen appliance this holiday.

Unsure what to leave for Santa? Ultimate Christmas Cookie Round-Up

Shalom in the Home. A Hannukah highlight.

A countdown to hosting a New Years Eve party at home.

Last minute holiday entertaining? No problem.

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Buying or Selling Your Home During the Holidays
Expert advice for selling your home during the holidays.

4 Staging Tips to Keep Your Home Sparkling this Holiday Season

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Holidays with Kids
Keep the kids occupied with these 4 Winter DIY Projects to Try Out

But really.  How does Santa Claus get into a house without a chimney?

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Holiday Decor
How to Pack Holiday Décor Like a Pro

1, 2, 3, 4 ways to declutter after the holidays.

Riddle: How many lights does your Christmas tree need? Answer: here.

Make your holidays green beyond just your Christmas tree with these 5 holiday decor tips.

How to decorate like a Christmas elf on a budget.


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Holiday Gift Guides
A gift guide for everyone on Santa’s list…and yours:

And we didn’t forget stocking stuffers!  Here are stocking stuffers inspired by every room in the house.

From all of us at Coldwell Banker, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

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The Smartest Way to Host Thanksgiving at Home

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Let simple tech from IFTT make your Thanksgiving feel like a vacation.

 

The gourds have arrived which means Turkey day is not far behind. While you prep for this year’s feast, we’re cooking up smart home hacks to help lighten your load. Home automation app IFTTT puts your devices to work using “recipes,” each of them like a helping hand around the house when you don’t have one to spare. Short of a full-time robot, there’s no a better way to let your smart home do some of the dirty work this holiday season.

Cook hands-free
To paraphrase Murphy’s Law, if a kitchen crisis is going to happen, it will happen when your hands are tied up with the turkey. But with the help of a simple IFTTT recipe and the Amazon Echo, you can shout instructions to your smart appliances and get things around the kitchen going even when your hands are tied. Try recipes for your WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot Slow Cooker that start the cooking or keep your dish warm.

What you need:

  • Amazon Echo
  • Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with WeMo

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Have the turkey text you when it’s done
Of course, you’d never leave housekeeping for the last minute. But let’s just say you’re… occupied. Somewhere other than the kitchen. In the few short hours after you’ve put the turkey in the oven. Should you find yourself out of earshot of the oven timer, this IFTTT recipe has got you covered. Before you get too close to dry turkey territory, you’ll get a text message from your turkey reminding you to drop whatever it is you were (or weren’t) doing and head back to the kitchen.

What you need:

  • Oven that supports Home Connect (from GE, Simmons, Bosch and more)

Eat, drink and be phone-free
It took a lot of prep, and maybe some arm-twisting, to get the family together. Once everyone’s at the table, don’t let the chirping of faraway people spoil the moment. Let IFTTT schedule your mass messages of thanks. Have them sent at a specified time, or create your own recipe that triggers an auto-response any time you get a group message that contains the word “Thanksgiving.”

 

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Share photos without missing a moment
Of course, you get a pass if you’re reaching for your phone to capture the moment on camera. But don’t get lost posting photos to all your social networks. Point and shoot, and let IFTTT handle the sharing. For example, if you take a photo with Instagram, this handy IFTTT recipe will automatically add your photos to a Flickr album. That ought to free your hands for more important things, like stuffing your face with pumpkin pie.

Set Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales alerts.
When all the eating’s done, another binge is just beginning. Shopping may be on your mind, but you don’t have to spend the last hours of Thanksgiving fighting the tryptophan while you hunt for the biggest sales. Thanks to these IFTTT recipes, you’ll be well rested by the time Black Friday kicks off. Have the hottest Black Friday posts from Reddit waiting in your inbox when you get up. Already eyeing a gift? Add your desired price and the product’s URL to this IFTTT recipe, and Semantics3 will email you if the price drops. Just another reason to be thankful for IFTTT this year.

How to Carve a Turkey You can carve a holiday-worthy turkey with these five easy steps.

You can watch the video about how to carve a turkey :Just by clicking on link below

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Carving a Turkey Step by Step

  1. Start by placing your turkey on a large cutting board, preferably with a trough-like groove around the perimeter to catch the juices (which can be drizzled over the carved turkey on the serving platter).
  2. Remove the leg portions by pulling the drumsticks away from the body and cutting the joints between the thighs and body.
  3. Carve each entire breast half away from the breast bone and rib cage. Place the whole breast halves on the cutting board.
  4. Slice the breast halves crosswise (across the grain of the meat). If desired, cut wings off the turkey frame, cutting at the joints.
  5. Hold the leg portions on the cutting board with a large fork; cut through the joints to separate the thighs and drumsticks. Cut the meat slices away from the bone.
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A Modern Blue Kitchen That Maximizes Every Inch

A clever setup stows everything any active family needs. The storage-packed design ushers in an abundance of natural light and scenic views. Preserving the view meant looking elsewhere for storage. Get inspired with this kitchen’s innovative areas for food prep, cooking, cleanup, and storage.

Easy Ways to Store Gift Wrapping

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Supplies Corral wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, and other holiday gift wrapping supplies with these easy storage projects you can finish in a weekend.

Your Gift-Wrapping Station Guide

Festive Red & White Gift Wrapping Ideas

Presentation counts! Top a holiday gift in festive flair with simple paper embellishments.

 

Holiday Entertaining 101

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Holiday entertaining doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. You can find amazing Christmas party ideas online. When you keep these holiday entertaining fundamentals in mind, creating a seasonal party is easy. Whether your holiday party is your first time hosting or if you’re a seasonal pro, we have everything you need to throw a memorable, enjoyable and affordable party.

 

1. DIY Decoration Party

The autumn and winter holidays are all about decorations. If you want to entertain your guests and send them away with a special gift, stock up on the DIY materials for everyone to make their own seasonal decorating must-have. It’s a great way to start the party, get everyone in the holiday spirit and break the ice while making something fun and unique. Shop Joann Fabrics for all your craft needs and be sure to use an Ebates promo code at checkout to save.

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2. Light Up the Night

Alternative lighting is the key to creating a festive atmosphere. Set the mood for your guests as soon as they walk in the door by turning off harsh overhead lighting and featuring small, soft light sources like string lights or votive candles. You can find a variety of beautiful candles that spread the scents of the season at ILLUME Candles where promo codes can save you a bundle.

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3. Fun and Games

Games are a great way to entertain kids of all ages and get your guests chatting and laughing. Pop culture trivia games break the ice for adults and easy art projects will captivate kids. Check out the learning corner at Are You Game for great activities for all grade levels and cruise the adult games section for grown-up activities.

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4. Toast for the Host

A specialty drink is a great way to establish your holiday party themes. There are many seasonal classics to choose from like mulled cider or wine, hot cocoa or egg nog, but it’s sometimes more fun to think out of the box when it comes to cocktails. Margaritaville Cargo carries quality party drink makers that you can offer with a holiday twist.

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5. Finger Food Favorites

Although everyone loves a good feast, a holiday party meal doesn’t have to be a sit-down affair. If you feature a buffet of finger foods and appetizers, not only will your guests enjoy more variety, but everyone can eat whenever they’re hungry and avoid the post-meal urge to nap. For inspiring Christmas party food ideas pick up a seasonal issue of your favorite lifestyle magazine at Meredith Magazines.

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6. All that Paper Good Glory

Jazz up classic Christmas party food ideas by turning bitesize cheesecakes into little Santa hats by adding strawberries on top. Or cut out brownies into triangles and add a drizzle of green icing to make Christmas tree brownies. Have enough disposables so that your guests can sample the array and even take some for the road. Stock up on all the disposable dish ware you need at Kmart.

 

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5 Super Simple Ways to Sell Your Home Fast

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Coldwell Banker Real Estate professionals share their tricks of the trade for how to sell a home quickly without sacrificing profit.

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When you need to sell your home fast, there are a few simple ideas that can help. We asked Coldwell Banker Real Estate professionals to share their tricks of the trade for how to sell a home quickly without sacrificing profit.

PRICE IT EVEN
“Price it even! I find pricing a home at $350,000 rather than $349,900 is much more effective. We are in the digital world and Realtors set up searches online and the consumer searches online for homes. When everyone searches, they set parameters (for example $350,000-$450,000) if you are at $349,900 you will not be in the search! It creates the most exposure for the seller, which translates to a quicker sale. Let’s stop pretending people don’t know about the $100 mind game and price it for the day we live in!”-Leslie Swindahl Coldwell Banker Bain University Place,WA.

5520 Mossy Creek Drive, Dublin, OH / $174,000 / Listed by Tamara Oakley with Coldwell Banker King Thompson

FIND THE RIGHT BUYER
“CBx + Facebook Targeting. As a Coldwell Banker agent, our exclusive CBx [app] has allowed me to have one more tool in my belt.” Using the CBx buyer profile, we’re able to not only dynamically evaluate what the price of the home should be listed for, but also use big data to know who the buyer is going to be so you can appropriately target the right buyer using powerful tools like social media marketing.

OPTIMIZE FOR THE ONLINE SHOWING
“Amazing pictures and floor plans are essential since the first showing is now online. Make sure you have that money shot. A bad image online equates to bad curb appeal creating an obstacle to overcome with the consumer.”

“I was told once that the first 8 seconds sells the house. So from the curb, to the door and often just the first few feet inside the door, are the most important; Clean, bright and appealing. Online photos need to be exceptional or buyers may rule out a property without ever stepping inside.”

“Pictures are a thousand words…inviting pictures on the internet, after serious decluttering will benefit the seller! Curb appeal…some new plantings and a freshly painted front door set the stage and invite the buyer home! Pricing that excites the buyers to want to see the home and make an offer! There is always a magic number so carefully prepare a CMA for the seller!”

“Maximize your listing visibility by doing two things, which cost you zip: schedule an open house and…record a walk-through video. Do these two things and watch your online traffic soar.”

627 E Lincoln Park, Cranford Twp., NJ / $800,000 / Listed by Sharon Steele with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

“We had a client that would have soft jazz playing quietly in the home when there was a showing scheduled. People looking at the home always remarked how great it showed and how homey it felt. Not an expensive listing, but what a great (free) way to improve showings.”

“I put a ton of detail into each and every listing prior to it hitting the market, garden beautification, house cleaning, staging, special scent throughout, open houses that impress with excessive open house signs and marketing collateral that will impress the pickiest critic! Details really matter!” .

218 Calle Diamante, Sedona, AZ / $1,399,000 / Listed by Gina Tartamella with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

PRICE IT RIGHT

“Market price is a neighborhood. Offers are open to negotiation.”

“Bury gold in the backyard.”

Leslie is with Coldwell Banker Bain

Real Estate. She lives and loves University Place in Pierce County in Washington state where she enjoys selling homes  along the Puget Sound  and eating at great restaurants. Enjoys and  loves the  outdoors , she loves to snowmobile and will go anywhere there are mountains.

  1. November 15, 2016Can you lend me backyard buried gold? Will return it in 30 years with interest!

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      November 15, 2016Sounds like a good deal, George! :-)

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Why Waiting Until After the Holidays to Sell Isn’t a Smart Decision

Why Waiting Until After the Holidays to Sell Isn’t a Smart Decision | Keeping Current Matters

Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are six great reasons not to wait:

  1. Relocation buyers are out there. Companies are not concerned with holiday time and if the buyers have kids, they want them to get into school after the holidays. 
  1. Purchasers that are looking for a home during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy.
  1. You can restrict the showings on your home to the times you want it shown. You will remain in control.
  1. Homes show better when decorated for the holidays. 
  1. There is less competition for you as a seller right now. Let’s take a look at listing inventory as compared to the same time last year:

Why Waiting Until After the Holidays to Sell Isn’t a Smart Decision | Keeping Current Matters

  1. The supply of listings increases substantially after the holidays. Also, in many parts of the country, new construction will continue to surge reaching new heights in 2017, which will lessen the demand for your house.

Bottom Line

Waiting until after the holidays to sell your home probably doesn’t make sense.

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