Real Estate – Why DATA is the New Black

Volume 2005-2008

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?

walkscore

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 […]

How much for stainless appliances?

appliances

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

ZC

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 […]

Teaching Realtor Clock Hour Classes in Washington State: Getting Started

Instructor Development Workshop

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 […]

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% […]

Low Inventory? Be Pro-Active

Low Inventory continues to be an issue for many. This weekend there were so many people at one of the houses I was showi

An Improving Seattle Real Estate Market in Three Charts

We dug into the numbers on the Estately blog to see if we could make sense of the Seattle real estate crunch we’ve been

2012 More Homes SOLD = Fewer “for sale”

Lots of talk about Low Inventory since Jan 1 2012. Most suggesting that there are fewer sellers who want to sell, or are

Ardell’s Seattle Area Real Estate Blog – Most Visited Posts

It amazes me sometimes, which of my posts garner the highest readership. Dustin tracks the “per post” stats for Rain Cit