As metaphors, cliffs suggest portals to new beginnings. Viscerally breathtaking, precipices can make us feel more alive—it's no wonder they've captured the traveler’s imagination. For travelers seeking repose, these ten bluff-hugging retreats take the cake, from a hill-hewed homage in Zihuatanejo to a treehouse-like collection of luxury tent bungalows in Thailand.
August in the Pacific Northwest is hard to beat, and those of us who live here do not take it for granted! Summer is when the city really shines. Sunshine and warm temperatures roll in contradicting the gray reputation, making for beautiful views and gorgeous days perfect for exploring. Here are some August events to ensure a month of summer fun!
Statistics from the second quarter of 2019 are in and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has analyzed the data with a look at the housing market trends for the second quarter of 2019, from the shores of Bainbridge Island’s waterfront homes and in-city living opportunities to the Eastside’s most distinguished residences.
Kirkland inventory, pending sales, and home prices have all increased during the month of June compared to a year ago, according to the latest report from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The same report, which covers 23 counties in Washington state, shows year-over-year drops area-wide in both the volume of new listings and closed sales, giving buyers some relief this summer.
In today’s hectic world, stress is always present. Your home contributes a lot to how you feel once you walk in the door; It will either nurture you and promote positive thoughts or overwhelm you, leaving you exhausted. So, it is important to create an environment within your home that is calm and peaceful, allowing you to recharge your energy and help you lead a happy life. Here are nine tips for creating your own calm and peaceful sanctuary at home.
Washington State legislators implemented a new graduated Real Estate Excise Tax (REET), replacing the current 1.28 percent sales tax applied to all transactions with a variable rate based on a property’s value (a structure quite similar to that being followed in California). In response, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) has launched WashingtonREET.com, a calculator to help home sellers navigate this new tax structure by displaying estimations of 2019 and 2020 taxes.
One of the best things about Summer in the Pacific Northwest is being able to enjoy time outside. The beautiful weather this time of year far makes up for the dreary Seattle winters, and it means we appreciate the sunshine more than anyone else! This summer, don’t limit yourself when it comes to home decorating- and take the comfort of our indoors outside with these seven outdoor decorating ideas.
Sustainability has emerged as a definite trend in home design and renovation projects. Below we have outlined a collection of top-trending materials and designs for you to consider as you begin your remodel or design process to decrease your carbon footprint and breathe a “green” element into your daily lifestyle.
In March 2019, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a measure called Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), which upzones 27 neighborhoods in the region. Mayor Jenny Durkan quickly signed the measure into law and it is set to go into effect on April 19th. MHA’s main objective is to add affordable housing to the city through the allowance of taller single-family and multi-family residential projects. In all, city official estimates indicate that MHA will, at a minimum, provide 6,000 new affordable homes for low-income residents.
The results are in and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Seattle tops the big city in the U.S. for the number of college-educated residents, coming in at a staggering 63 percent for residents age 25 and older. As Seattle Times reports, “among the 50 largest cities in the country, we’re the only one to hit that 60 percent mark — something we first achieved in 2015.”
Now that we have turned our clocks forward, we are officially on the countdown to spring. That means we are edging ever-closer to blooming flowers, chirping birds and the spring sales season—the busiest time of year for real estate in the Seattle region. If you’re considering making your next move, spring can be a great time to sell. Below we are outlining some key tips to preparing your home for a spring sale.
Washington state is among the strictest in the nation when it comes to new condominium development, which has largely deterred developers in recent years from building any new projects outside of apartments for rent. The reason? Developers don’t want to face costly lawsuits, which have become somewhat of a norm. As Sightline Institute reports, conventional wisdom states that “if you build condos, you’ll get sued.”
There is something truly special about the bold yet simplistic architecture of a modern home. Stemming from the International Style of architecture popularized in the 1920s and 1930s, modern homes afford open layouts with connections between indoor and outdoor living spaces, abundant natural light often created through walls of windows, and little ornamentation. February is modern homes month at Sotheby’s International Realty® and to honor this striking approach to architecture, we compiled a collection of inspiring modern homes from around the network, spanning coast-to-coast in the United States, to Australia and Greece.
Our local real estate market took some interesting turns in 2018, as the frenetic conditions of the first half of the year gave way to a more balanced environment in the third quarter. Data for the fourth quarter of 2018 has arrived, so before we turn our attention to the new year and what lies ahead, let’s take a look at the market trends that closed out 2018.
According to an article published by Seattle Times, “The single-family zones that make up about 75 percent of Seattle’s residential land have accommodated just 5 percent of all new housing added in the city this decade,” this courtesy of a report recently released by the planning commission. The advisory report, which was eighteen months in the making, says mild changes could be made in areas that are predominantly single-family homes right now.
If you’ve ever done a remodel on a home, you know how quickly the cost can go up during the process. Updating your home will always improve the looks, however, a remodel can also give your home’s value a boost. But what if you don’t want to spend 1,000’s of dollars on just the kitchen? Well, these four updates below should give you a great return with a relatively low investment!
Now that we are nearing the end of 2018, market experts are calculating what trends they think will dominate the industry in the coming year. Realtor.com® recently released their annual report and according to Forbes, we can expect rising mortgage rates to impact affordability, a slowing market, and rising home prices—albeit at a lesser rate than we’ve seen in recent years.
The shifting Seattle real estate market has grabbed headline after headline in recent months, with the Seattle Times making proclamations earlier this week that suggest Seattle’s home prices are dropping faster than any other metro area in the nation. Contrary to headlines, however, trendlines point to a much different outcome, indicating slowing—not lowering—home price growth, amidst rising inventory and typical seasonal trends for the region. So, what does this mean for homebuyers in the Emerald City?
A question we often receive from sellers as we prepare a home for sale is whether or not to invest in staging. The reality is that our homes are our personal spaces and it is imperative that you edit some—if not all—of the individualized pieces throughout it in order to make room for buyers to envision themselves in your home. Oftentimes this is helpful when you enlist the help of a neutral, third-party. HGTV recently looked at the benefits of staging, making the point that “the moment you commit to marketing your home for sale, you need to commit to transforming your home into a place that potential buyers can easily picture as their home.”
Until recently, the Seattle real estate market headlines didn’t seem to change much, each remarking upon the area’s unprecedented home price growth and highly competitive climate for buyers. The past few months, however, have given way to a slightly different narrative, as increasing inventory and a less frenetic environment have pushed the market closer to a neutral one (though still decidedly in favor of sellers). Below we’ve outlined how these new market trends are playing out in the local real estate market with a look at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty’s recently released market report for the third quarter of 2018.
With the recent security breaches and increasingly evolving methods of fraud, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant about your personal credit and identity theft. You may remember that recently, after some larger security breaches, the three main credit bureaus, Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian, all were offer credit freezes for a fee. Well, soon, consumers will be able to freeze their accounts without a charge.
As stated recently in a Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) blog, “The main cause of Seattle’s urban evolution is, first and foremost, that people want to live here.” That fact is reflected in the constant stream of people moving into the city. Earlier this year, The Seattle Times reported that Seattle grew 18.7 percent in the last decade, gaining 114,000 people and ranking as the fastest growing city in the nation. That growth is expected to continue through the next several decades; and by 2035 the expected population of Seattle will gain another 120,000 residents (and another 115,000 jobs).
An international organization of high profile property professionals, The Counselors of Real Estate® (CRE), recently published a report detailing the most pressing trends and issues affecting real estate. The “Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate™ 2018-2019” highlights five short-term and five long-term national and global topics that are having a direct impact on the real estate market. In a quick summary, we wanted to share the issues they thought were most pressing.
While it's true that home prices have continued to rise throughout the Seattle-Metro area, there are also some new and interesting statistics to go along with rising median prices. Realogics Sotheby's International Realty recently released their second-quarter market trends report for 2018 and we wanted to share a few statistics that jumped out at us.
In a recent report from RealEstate.com, a new real estate site geared towards first-time buyers, presented a list of features and phrases that resulted in higher-than-expected sales prices than comparable homes without those features.
The record high housing prices in Seattle have been in the news for over a year and a half now. "Seattle's median home price of $830,000 is up 14 percent from a year ago and sets a record after holding steady at the previous high of $819,000 in March and April" states The Seattle Times. Despite new and increased inventory in May, single-family home prices continued to increase further, still - arriving at the current $830,000 median.
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.