2015 Conforming Loan Limits for Seattle – King County

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Conforming loan limits will be slightly higher in 2015 for homes located in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counites. 1 Unit: $517,500 2 Unit: $662,500 3 Unit: $800,800 4 Unit: $995,200 All other counties in Washington state will have the same loan limits in 2015 as they did this year.    

Ask not what your client can do for you…

Bill Gassett wrote a blog post a couple of days ago titled “Things Buyers Do That Real Estate Agents Hate”. I happen to know and like Bill and would not normally engage in a “correction”, point-counterpoint post with him. However one of my clients posted Bill’s article on his facebook page with this tag “Ardell […]

Quill Realty to Host Free Home Buying Classes January – June 2015

Free Home Buying Seminars

Seattle Home Buying Seminars Begin January 2015 Are you thinking of buying a home in Seattle in 2015? Or perhaps it’s time to sell your house? Either way, you’ll learn some great information at Quill Realty’s free House Buying Seminars for 2015.  We will be offering a free home buying class on the fourth Wednesday of every […]

Redfin bought Walkscore

A brief update to my recent post on Walkscore…Redfin bought it.

Real Estate – Why DATA is the New Black

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Early Friday evening one of my favorite long term clients asked me this question: “Why is the market so slow these days? I have an alert for ($) houses in (zip code) and I barely get a couple of hits every week west of (the freeway). Almost always tear-downs.” (actual specifics from his email removed) […]

VERY “Walkable”…but is it SAFE to walk there?

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I am very happy to report yesterday’s news that WalkScore has added a crime overlay, something I have been asking for since WalkScore first came about. Local residents often roll their eyes when they see an awesome walk score attached to an area where it is simply not very safe to walk after dark AT […]

Costco Signs Major Lease With Vulcan – Issaquah

Just received a press release that Costco is leasing 176,656 sf of space from Vulcan (Paul Allen) Real Estate at Sammamish Park Place in Issaquah. Sammamish Park Place is a 3 building complex totalling 586,823 sf with the other two buildings being occupied by Microsoft. This complex was built in or around 2000, so I […]

Should you hire a lawyer when buying or selling a home? Depends – do you want to reduce your risk?

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As long-time readers know, I have been promoting the idea that attorneys should be involved in real estate transactions for about eight years (boy, time flies!). And it took me a looooong time to understand the difference between blogging and shameless self-promotion. I think I’ve learned, and hopefully I strike the right balance and tone here, […]

It’s Hard Out There for Buyers, Lesson 2: Make Sure You’re Dealing with the “Agent-in-Charge” (It May Not Be Who You Think)

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Here’s another quick tale from the trenches as I continue to work with clients at my new real estate firm, this time from the rough-and-tumble market of South King County.  Yup, it’s tough everywhere… My client identified a home in Kent for purchase.  It had been on the market for 200 days, with a couple […]

“Offers to Be Considered on a Future Date”: Is This Really Fair to Buyers?

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As I work my way back into the market following the launch of my real estate firm, I am learning just how difficult it is from a buyer’s perspective.  Specifically, I am trying to get a client into a $400-500k home in West Seattle.  It turns out there are only a few thousand other people […]