O-Condo, Oh Yes!


Condos & Townhouses for sale in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond WA, & Issaquah

Search for Condos & Townhomes on O-Condo.com

Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah & the rest of the eastside has a site specifically for the condo and townhomes buyers and sellers. 

O-Condo.com is a Condo & Townhouse specific site created for buyers and sellers in and around the Bellevue area. You can search condos and Townhomes for sale and/or get the market value of a condo or Townhouse

  There is also a quick condo/Townhouse search page set up for those looking for condos in a specific area and price range. 

  Check it out. It’s pretty cool!  


 Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah & the rest of the eastside has a site specifically for the condo and townhomes buyers and sellers. 


Orbitz.com blew it and it cost me $400. Orbitz took care of me..

Update..Update..Update Feb 20th 2010 

The power of social media/networking really works. How did I get the people at Orbitz to contact me to take care of my issue??

As you will see in the post below calling customer service didn’t work for me.  There are a few online social networking communities that I use regularly Facebook, Twitter & my blogs. I decided to use those to get my word out.  Facebook & my blog worked fine to get the word out but Twitter did the trick.   I blasted about 16 tweets about my experience Orbitz. Every tweet had the key words Orbitz.com in it. Orbitz has a Twitter application that sends them notifications when their name is in a tweet. There are a few designated people who read these tweets and if they need to be addressed they will find a way to get a hold of you. In my case they sent me a direct message via Twitter. A lady there wanted me to contact her directly so I did. She heard my issue and she agreed enough to take care of me.  She offered me a $400 voucher to cover the difference in the ticket prices.  I am now satisfied and will most likely do biz w/Orbitz again.  Twitter is not just a place to micro blog about your life 140 characters at a time. It’s the BEST search engine for the ABSOLUTE latest news, coupons/deals etc and, obviously, a place to get your issues resolved.

Happy again w/Orbitz


Angry at Orbitz.com

      Dec 22nd my biz partner tried ordering 2 flight tickets online with Orbitz.com. He had some issues so he called customer service. After spending over and hour on the phone the rep gave him a confirmation number and told him there would be an email confirmation coming w/in 24 hrs. An hour later he got the email and did what many people do, he filed it away w/out reading it. Feb 8th he wanted to check our itinerary so he opened the email and noticed it said the order was canceled.  The subject line didn’t mention anything about “canceled order”. It did say “action required” but it was the last thing in a long subject line that was too long to fit in the subject quick view. 

  We both got online, right away, to look at other flights and noticed the cheapest flight was now almost double the price we thought we locked. This being unacceptable to us I got on the horn w/an Orbitz service rep. The first call dropped and no call back. On the second call I spoke w/a friendly agent. I told her my problem mentioning that there should have been a call made to us way back when the order was cancelled to let us know we needed to find another flight. In my opinion when dealing with limited flights and constantly changing prices an email is not a good way to let a customer know an order was cancelled.

  I told the service rep I expected to get a flight close to the times we thought we had booked and for the same price. I had to escalate to a manager because the CSR didn’t have the power to satisfy us. It ended up that the manager didn’t have the power or was unwilling to take responsibility and pony up $400 for their lack of service. She offered a $50 voucher but that was not acceptable. She said that’s all she could do.

  I am still very unsatisfied with Orbitz and will not do future biz w/them and I have made it my mission to spread the word.  Be careful readers. Everything is fine until you have a problem. Good companies are able to build lifelong loyalties by taking responsibility for their weaknesses/mistakes.   Orbitz had their opportunity but blew right over it.

Home Buyers Tax Credit. Current Home Owners Now Can Get A Piece Of The Stimulus Pie

Stimulus PieFirst time home buyers are not the only ones getting a piece of the stimulus pie. Now current home owners who want to buy can qualify for the a tax credit. 

Christmas came early for the first time home buyers who just missed the deadline of November 30th to qualify for the $8000 tax credit. Christmas also came early for home owners who want to take advantage of the low interest rates and amazing deals on real estate. They now can qualify for a tax credit of their own, up to $6500.  You want more details? Check the vid below. 

FAQ regarding the tax credits

Do you want to take advantage of the tax credit?  Well you don’t have a whole lot of time. Start your home search here. 

Search homes for sale in Bellevue, WA and around the Eastside

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How to get your home sold fast and for the most amount of money..



   Sellers…. If you have to sell, you have to sell. Here is what needs to be done to get your home sold for the most money and the least amount of time. You have to get buyers to fall in love with one of two things if not both. First, they need to LOVE the price. You have to make them think they are going to lose a smokin’ deal, or you have to get them to fall in love with your home.  There has to be something absolutely amazing about your house. Something very desirable and hard to find. Here is an example. Remodel your kitchen and baths. I am not talking about getting stock materials  from the home super stores. Get the good stuff. If you don’t have an eye for design or know what most people desire, contact a good designer & contractor. Chances are they are offering great prices now.


   If you go the remodel rout and put $30K to $50K into your home you will have more buyers see your home because you have something special. The more buyers you have visiting your house the better the chance of a sale at a higher price.


  OK, let’s check out the other option. Your home is clean and well maintained but hasn’t been updated since the late 90’s or earlier. I believe you can still get your home sold quickly but you will have to attract the buyers with something else. Obviously, your average house is not going to attract many buyers. There are a boat load of average homes on the market. What will separate yours from the rest?? This answer is not an easy pill to swallow. You will have to give your house an incredible price. Take a look at the market (consult a real estate pro if you can’t find this info online) figure out what the “market value” is and beat it by 10% to 15%. If you think your home is valued at $499K ask $425K to $450K.  If you think about it, just about every retailer is dropping prices. They are not messing around with piddly price drops of 10%-15%. They are taking 25% to 75% off. They have to to compete and get their product sold. If you aren’t buying what I am saying, put a buyers hat on and lets go on a home search. We find 40 homes that fit your search criteria. After looking at the price and the pictures you weed out 35. All of those homes you weeded out were average homes with average prices, homes you didn’t like the style or simply over priced homes. Do you want one of those 35 to be your house?


Get your homes market value.   Search homes for sale.   Search luxury homes for sale.   Urban condo projects.


  I will leave it at that for now.  Thanks for visiting BlogWa With Realtor Greg. Please let me know what you think!


Luxuria. Luxury Homes & Real Estate in and around Bellevue WA



There are some new geo-specific luxury real estate websites created specifically for luxury real estate on the East Side of Lake Washington. The cities these sites cover are Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond. The folks at Luxuria also created micro-geo-specific sites for more specific areas. These areas are Clyde Hill, Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point and Mercer Island and each have a median price over $1,000,000.

These new sites are in the early stages but can still help with your Luxury home purchase and sale. Search for homes in these specific areas or all over Western Washington.

  Why should a Luxury home buyer or seller have a specialist working for them? Well, there are many reasons. For buyers you need to have somebody with a proven track record for successful negotiation. Agents who specialize in luxury homes are usually very good negotiators. They understand the market & the comparable homes.  By knowing this and asking strategic questions they understand who has the negotiating power and how to use that power to get their buyers or sellers the best deal. Even if a person would think they didn’t have the negotiating power they have the skills and experience to get creative and are still successful. 

 Why should a seller have a luxury homes specialist list their home?  Luxury home specialists KNOW luxury homes. They know how to price them correctly. They know what needs to be done to get a home ready to sell and what will return the most money to the seller. Luxury home specialists are also experts at marketing these homes. They use their network of other luxury homes specialists to find buyers. They strategically post these homes to special sites that luxury buyers visit to go along with the other more traditional real estate sites. These homes need national exposure.

 Picking the right luxury home specialist is vital to the sell of your luxury home or condo. The specialist at Luxuria are those people.

Contact Luxuria Real Estate

Click to have Luxury Home/Real Estate listings sent to you

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Click here to visit Luxuria Real Estate for Bellevue, Kirkland & Redmond

Click here to visit Luxuria Real Estate for Bellevue, Kirkland & Redmond

Should I sell my home now?

 Is it a good time to sell?

This posting is not specific to Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Bothell etc. It applies to the real estate market in most of Western Washington. Ok, the question is, Should I sell my home now.  Here is my opinion. With the way the interest rates are now I expect there will be a flood of first time home buyers, move up buyers and refinancers. So if you have been on the fence about selling here are a couple reasons to sell now.

-Don’t miss the flood of buyers suddenly hitting the market because of the rates.

Home values are still rising in and around the King County areas.

The selling season will be here in about a month. There is no better time than now to get your home ready for sale and put on the market.

One last thing I want to stress to sellers, It is vital to price your home correctly. Overpricing a home or condo doesn’t work and here are just a couple reasons why…

-Many sellers think they can overprice their home so they have room to negotiate. Sounds like good sound logic but here is the flaw. If the market value on your home is $495,000 and you want to list for $510,000 you will miss all of the buyers that have a max price point of $500K. 

-These days buyers are very well informed and educated about the real estate market. With the internet they have access to all of the listing on the Multiple Listing Service and they will know when a property is over price causing them to not want to visit your listing.

-Your home becomes “stale”…  What does that mean? If your home is overpriced it will sit on the market. Sellers have about a 3 week window to get a property sold for top dollar before it becomes “stale” meaning buyers will either think there is something wrong with the property and never view it or if you get lucky you might have a buyer looking for homes that have been on the market for a while and make a crazy low offer. Let’s compare your home to a loaf of bread. The market value on a loaf of bread is $1.99 but you price it at $2.50. Buyers will see all of the other comparable loafs for $1.99 and buy those. 3 days have passed and you decide you want to lower the price of your bread to the market value price. The problem is that your bread is no longer fresh and squishy. Another 2 days go by and your bread is still on the shelf. What do you have to do to get that bread sold??  Discount it to sell. It’s the same concept with a home. It’s better to price it correctly when you first list it so you get top dollar.

Please visit  www.GregRBenson.com or www.O-Condo.com  for your home and condo real estate needs. Somebody on my team is more than happy to answer your selling or buying questions.

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Current State of Mortgage Financing – What’s going on?



Anyone watching or reading the financial news over the last few weeks has seen a lot of alarm, anxiety and confusion over the state of the mortgage industry.  Hopefully the information in this email will help you navigate through it a bit easier. 


In the last month or so, American Home Mortgage and its wholesale counterpart, American Brokers Conduit, became the latest casualties of the credit crisis. Last year, this company closed over $58 billion in home loans. Despite being, by all accounts, a well-run business, market conditions forced them to file for bankruptcy, leaving nearly $800 million in loans unable to close. Tens of thousands of borrowers have now been left without financing as a result of companies like this going under.


Clearly, with over 100 national lenders having now closed shop in the last eight months, this is no longer simply a subprime lending issue. The credit market is experiencing unprecedented turmoil that, according to Mike Perry, CEO of Indymac Bancorp, is “broader and more serious than past disruptions.”

 What does this mean to the real estate market?  

·    Sellers can no longer be reluctant to accept offers or reduce prices. Tightening credit and diminishing mortgage products will continue to reduce the pool of qualified buyers. This, along with the increase in national inventories, means now is not the time to hold out for the “best” price possible.


·    Buyers with credit issues or who have difficulty providing required documentation can no longer sit on the fence. If market conditions change, buyers who qualify for a loan today may not qualify a few weeks from now for the same exact loan. Many lenders have stopped offering no-Doc loans, and some lenders have even pulled back on all forms of stated loans. As market conditions continue to change, a buyer’s pre-approval status can disappear even more quickly, delaying or spoiling the deal.


·    Subprime and Alt-A refi candidates, especially those with ARMs scheduled to reset over the next 12 months, need to act now – even those with a pre-payment penalty. ARMs borrowers struggling with monthly payments now might be shocked to know that monthly payments can double in some cases once an ARM resets.



This info was provided by

Troy Westendorf

Residential Lending

w/Liberty Financial Group

Please email Trow with any of your Financing/mortgage needs