About Harken









A different kind of real estate brokerage.

Harken Realty Works To Achieve A Higher Offer

A seller and broker should work together with the common goal of getting the highest offer for the listing. I don't like to write up a deal on the same night as a first meeting. In order to show a home at it's best, the first step is declutter. After living in a home, owners no longer see it the way others will. At Harken Realty, there's a checklist in place to help sellers. The plan is to start packing immediately instead of waiting for an offer. If you are serious enough to list your home for sale, you should be serious enough to start packing. Put anything you can in storage.

The second step is clean-up. Painting walls where the dog paw prints are or fixing a few inches of trim where it has come loose are important details that can make or break a sale when competing with so many other homes in the same price range.

The third step is maintaining the condition of your home. A house that is priced accurately should have an offer within 30 days. This means you only have to make your bed and do your dishes every day for a few weeks. That is the homeowner's part on the team.

It is the broker's part to preview the competition and study the recent sales in order to advise the homeowner on pricing their property. Often sellers ask to list the home high and negotiate down. This is the kiss of death in the real estate market. Buyers will make offers on accurately priced homes. The high priced house will actually help them decide on the lesser listing because they will feel they are getting a similar home for much less. If a home is lowered in price after staying on the market for long, buyers will then offer a lower amount because the assumption is that the price is dropped in desperation.

Yes, other real estate brokers will list your home at a higher price. Here's a secret most of the public doesn't know: Many brokers don't care if your home sells. They collect buyers that come by to preview or call because they looked at the sign in the front yard. Those buyers will write offers on other homes and the brokers make money while your home sits unsold! That's horrible, but true.

Here's where Harken Realty is different: Customer service includes more than pricing and signing papers. I have a degree in visual communications. I have studied the psychology of what works and what doesn't, especially on a subliminal level. In over 20 years of listing correctly priced homes, there is only ONE that was on the market for more than 30 days after being entered into the NWMLS database.

The moral here: Get listed and get SOLD with Harken Realty.

I have relied on referral business for over 20 years.

Sellers that get their home SOLD
will refer their family and friends to Harken Realty.

Call, text or email for more information.

Although Harken Realty is based in Everett, and I prefer to work from Seattle to Arlington,
special consideration will be given to all western Washington buyers and sellers
from Puyallup to Mt Vernon on a case by case basis.