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Real Estate How’s the Market? Q1 Real Estate Review… An extreme sellers’ market, driven by too few homes for sale and incredibly low mortgage interest rates, led to the most aggressive multiple offer bidding wars we have experienced in our region. There are simply dozens of buyers for nearly every home that comes to market. To be competitive, most buyers did their home research […]
Archive Q2 2019 Reports: Market Update   Changes in the home lending environment drove down mortgage interest rates in Q2 to their lowest levels in years, giving buyers more buying power for their money and stimulating demand for available homes on the market.   The number of homes for sale is up markedly, especially in Seattle, as is the number of […]
Real Estate New Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) Rate (eff. 1/1/20)   Now that Washington State Senate Bill 5998 has been signed into law, our local real estate excise tax—the tax paid when you sell a property—will be getting a facelift in 2020. The flat rate of the past will make way for a new tiered system which gives owners a tax cut on the first […]
Archive Q1 2019 Reports: How’s the Market?   Be forewarned, this quarter’s report looks somewhat dismal. There are two very relevant facts that should be taken into consideration when reviewing it. The first is that Q1 is nearly always the worst performing quarter of any year because the sales completed in Q1 typically went under contract between late November and the end […]
Archive Annual Seattle-Eastside Real Estate Report: A Look Back at 2018   An increase in homes for sale coupled with rising interest rates have created a far more balanced market than we started 2018 with. This is a good thing as it will help our region tame affordability and create a sustainable marketplace. More homes came to market in 2018 than in any year since 2011. […]
Real Estate Protect Your Investment: 5 Fall Maintenance To-Do’s Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While he was talking about fire safety, I think it applies equally well to home maintenance. One weekend of prevention this fall can save you many headaches (and a lot of money) down the road. Here are a few ideas to […]
Archive 2018 Football Schedules, Recipes, Tips & More…   Are you ready for some football? Scroll down for printable schedules, game-day recipes and awesome tailgating hacks…       Hosting friends for game day? We’ve got you covered with everything from easy snacks to bonafide Seattle-born favorites… 1. Easy Chicken Taquitos So quick and delectable, you can skip the freezer aisle and go […]
Archive Q2 2018 Seattle-Eastside Real Estate Report   Signs of transition to a more balanced market are becoming abundantly clear as we move further into 2018. Price growth, while still climbing in most areas, has tapered off and average market times are inching up. Brokers are beginning to dust off forms that have seen little use of late—finance and inspection contingencies—as buyers […]
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Real Estate Outdoor Living Trends for Summer 2018   The sun is back and summer is so close you can almost taste the s’mores being toasted around the fire pit…is this the year to spruce up your outdoor spaces? Fun new trends in alfresco design revolve around individuality of lifestyle and a desire to bring the inside out with rooms, furniture and lighting […]
Archive Free Recycling & Shredding Event May 19th   Hosted in our Parking Lot: 2737 77TH AVE SE MERCER ISLAND   Bring your recyclable items (working or not) to the event. All recycling services are free! We’re also sponsoring a Confidential Data Disposal truck for free, secure shredding of sensitive documents. Saturday, May 19th 9 am – 2 pm What we can recycle: […]
Homeowner Tips Planning ahead: how tax reform will impact your home deductions next year   While you may still be busy filing your 2017 taxes, it’s important to look ahead and be aware of how the new 2018 tax reform laws will affect next year’s return–especially if you’re a homeowner. Those who itemize will need to note some big changes in what they can and cannot deduct. Many will […]
Real Estate Amazon Now Hiring 100,000 The South Lake Union-based e-commerce giant announced the plans in January to add more than 100,000 full-time employees in the U.S by 2018. Most of them will be in fulfillment centers, though some will be headquarters jobs in Seattle. There are 9,700 job positions in Seattle listed on Amazon’s job page. Amazon has about 40,000 […]
Real Estate China President Xi Jinping visits Seattle on 9/22-24, 2015 More Chinese people will know Seattle and its important role to US-China relations after Xi Jingping's visit. I have been seeing trenmendous inbound investment from China to Seattle area on tourism, real estate and Education businesses in the past 5 years.  Numerous cities throughout Washington and China have established sister-city relationships as following: Seattle—Chongqing Tacoma—-FuZhou Spokane—Jilin Kent—Yangzhou Dupont—Qinghai […]
Real Estate A moment of History: Secretary John Kerry announced effectively today (11/12/14) US issues first ten-year visas to Chinese tourists and business men and women What does it mean to Seattle Real Estate market in the future? What do it mean to your business? A lot of people expect that more Chinese buyers come to Seattle to buy properties here. Some people may think that fewer Chinese would apply EB-5 visas. Are you ready for this change?