So, you've got the stable job and feel like finally settling into a place that feels more like your own. You probably have an idea of how purchasing real estate might work but maybe aren't sure this is the right time for you to buy. Here are a few indicators that you're ready to take the next step.
The first quarter housing market numbers reveal an interesting story about Seattle and the Eastside. Despite a slower season for home sales in Seattle, prices gained ground and rose to staggering heights for both areas.
The home values in the Seattle area are at an all time high. The median price for a single-family home in Seattle is $777,000 and $950,000 on the Eastside. The Seattle Times recently reported that "Both Seattle and the Eastside have smashed home-price records as the region's market continues to be brutal for homebuyers even before the peak spring season kicks off."
They say a picture's worth a thousand words, and that couldn't be truer when it comes to photos of your home in its real estate listing. Getting your home prepared for the market is no small feat and with new listings popping up at the speed of the internet right into buyers fingertips you want to make sure the first photo they see of your home is as appealing as possible. We've compiled a few projects and tips to help you spruce up your home and get top dollar when you're ready to list!
While the S&P CoreLogics Case-Shiller Home Price Index showed San Francisco and San Diego starting to catch up to Seattle for single-family home prices in the months of September and October 2017, our Puget Sound region ended the 2017 calendar year at a 16th consecutive month leading the nation. "In December, Seattle led the way with a 12.7 percent year-over-year increase," states The S&P Dow Jones official report.
Though many people have probably heard of Bitcoin by now, there are now several types of cryptocurrency. New types you may start hearing more about include: bitcoin cash, ZCash, Monero, Ripple, and Ethereum. They essentially all function the same way; and act as digital funds that are produced in limited quantities and without involvement of a bank or governmental regulations.
In December of 2017 the current administration passed a new tax bill, the biggest overhaul since 1986, and many changes were made that will have a direct impact on the housing market. Here is a brief look at what the new bill will mean for homeowners, buyers, and sellers.
With the new year comes new trends! The predictions for the trends of what we'll be seeing in magazines, in home-renovation stores, and all over Pinterest are already stacking up. Here are a few of our favorites.
It's no secret that the Seattle-Metro area housing market has been at, or near, the top of the nation's list for some time now (13 months to be exact). However, as typical with the winter months, that trend seems to be slipping just a bit
The Silicon Forest welcomes one more company to the grove. The top search engine in the Chinese language, Baidu, has opened an office in downtown Bellevue in an effort to expand its reach in the world of artificial intelligence and cloud computing.
These days it seems as though we are hearing about large companies being hacked almost every month. The companies that are supposed to be the most secure and have all the possible software and protection behind them; so, if they're getting hacked what chance to the rest of us have?
The real estate world is full of unofficial rules that many older generations love to pass on to new first-time homebuyers as words of wisdom. However, the housing market has gone through so many dramatic changes in the last 10 to 15 years that many of these "rules" have now become obsolete.
Released late last month, the RSIR Quarterly Reports show an in-depth look at the housing market and real estate trends from the first two quarters of 2017. The reports focused on Seattle, the Eastside and Bainbridge markets; but another recent semi-annual report pulled details from several neighborhoods and areas around the sound. The numbers from both reports show an increase in median home prices in every studied area.
Celebrate 71 years of “handmade excellence and supporting national designers, artists, and craftspeople” with the Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair starting Friday July 28th through Sunday July 30th. The busy Bellevue streets will be closed as art admirers, collectors, and anyone with an interest in art gathers to view local and national artists behind the Bellevue Mall.
As featured in The Seattle Times, the housing market continues to rise. With Seattle's hot real estate market, housing prices continue to be on the rise. This has caused many homes within the Greater Seattle Area to have prices averaging $1,000,000. Coming in at the top of the list, Queen Anne is the first large neighborhood to have a median price price of $1,000,000 and looks like it will be the model for pricing in comparable Seattle neighborhoods.
As a recent Realtor.com report indicates, home prices around much of the country continue to increase and “in large swaths of the country, a cool million has mostly come to represent the new standard for good, upper-middle-class housing.”
Summertime is divine in the Pacific Northwest; and we have the events to prove it! June, July and August are some of the busiest months here in the area and we wanted to share just a few of our favorite events to help you plan your best summer ever.
When mentioning “staging” to real estate clients we’re often met with reluctance or confusion. It has become somewhat of a controversial, and often not-trusted, practice by sellers. For those unaware, staging home, to us, means setting up your home to look the most appealing to the widest set of buyers. We want people who see your home to be able to picture themselves in that home!
We are pleased to announce the Realogics Sotheby's International Realty 2016/2017 Market Report! The full publication features editorial content and a full review on trends to watch and year-end statistics.
You’ve seen the headlines and read the blogs – it’s a tough market for homebuyers right now. Not only in the Puget Sound region but across the U.S., markets are reaching record low inventories and record high home values and sales prices.
One of the biggest trends in tech has been the boom in home protection and automation systems. A prediction of growth in smart locks alone may reach a value of $3.6 billion by 2019 (that’s 13 times the value today).
Not quite as synonymous with wine as Sonoma County, the Woodinville area still packs a punch in the vino business. With as many events in the month of March as there are varietals, there is surely something for all types of wine-lovers to enjoy. Thanks to 425 Magazine, they’re all neatly arranged so you can plan accordingly.
Seattle has been ranked with the 2nd lowest rate of homes available for sale in the nation. According to a recent article by the Seattle Times, only .4 percent of all homes in the Seattle region were on the market at any given time last year. This rate of available homes sits only behind San Francisco, which has had 1 out of 332 homes for sale in the previous year.