How much for stainless appliances?

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Stainless has become a preferred color option. Most people who say “stainless” are not always talking about expensive Stainless STEEL. As long as the color is the same, most people don’t care. Easy way to tell if it is Stainless “Look” is to carry a fridge magnet when you are shopping for appliances or houses […]

Seattle listed as 2nd hottest housing market for 2014

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The new Zillow predictions for the 2014 housing market show Seattle as the second hottest market in 2014. They also predict only 3% increase in prices overall, so “hottest” could be kind of cool. Personally I think it all depends on how many sellers come out to play this year. You will have your same […]

Selling a Home in King County 2014

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Selling a home in King County has been fairly easy to do for most people since early 2012 when the market started taking off again. We don’t have the same momentum in first quarter 2014 as we did in first quarter 2013. There are still many more home buyers than home sellers, so supply and […]

Teaching Realtor Clock Hour Classes in Washington State: Getting Started

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I’m writing this post because I am often asked how to get started teaching Realtor clock hour classes.  There are a million ways to answer this question.  Do you want to know what the state requirements are? I can easily point you in the direction of Washington State’s required forms but the form won’t tell you how […]

Impact of Fiscal Cliff Agreement on Homeowners?

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There was so much fear mongering going on about “The Fiscal Cliff” it was starting to feel like being tied to a chair and being forced to watch The Shower Scene from Psycho. The stock market rallied up in response to it just being OVER WITH! But should we just be happy that it’s over […]

2012 Real Estate Prices

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The basic Real Estate questions in 2012 have been: 1) Are prices UP or DOWN, going UP or DOWN…at bottom, in recovery, recovered? 2) Is Inventory low…will it get better…where is the shadow inventory? To answer these questions I am using data from the Lake Washington School District, as it represents a good mix of […]

2012 Median Home Prices UP…and DOWN

King County Home Prices by School District

Single Family Median Home Prices are UP 6% YOY for the First Half of 2012 in Seattle. First Half 2011 @ $399,000 – First Half 2012 @ $423,000 Bellevue School District is the Big Winner at UP 20% with a Median Home Price of $689,000. Issaquah School District DOWN 4%, Northshore School District DOWN 2% […]

Where Should I Live?

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Not every client asks me where they SHOULD live. But the question comes up from time to time, and often from family memb

How to Buy a Home Stress-Free in a Seller’s Market

There is a lot of evidence out there, both statistical and anecdotal, that it’s a “seller’s market” in the Seattle area.

“Motivated Seller” ???

Why is it that when you call to set up appointments to see homes that are for sale, the owner that gives you the longest