Seattle Real Estate News

Dec. 10, 2014

3% Down Payments Are Back--And They Pose No New Risk To The Market

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced this week that they will now back mortgages with just three percent down payments.  That means banks, mortgage lenders, and other loan originators will be able to lend more freely to first-time home buyers and others with limited savings but appropriate incomes and credit ...

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Dec. 5, 2014

Seattle-Area Gets Higher Loan Limits For 2015

Seattle loan limit increaseThe FHFA announced new loan limits for 2015 in many counties across the country.  The Seattle market was one that saw an increase in the size of real estate mortgages available next year, a significant boost in a tight credit environment.

King, Pierce, and Snohomish County saw their loan limits ...

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Nov. 12, 2014

Surprise: Seattle Stats Say Winter Is A Better Time To Buy A Home

I've written before about the opportunities for home buyers in winter.  It's the best time to buy a home if you can brave the weather and the holiday schedule.  Buyers at this time of year have little competition, and sellers know it.  Now, I have statistical evidence to ...

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Oct. 30, 2014

How To Choose A Seattle Real Estate Agent/Realtor

Choosing a Seattle RealtorChoosing a real estate agent in Seattle is not an easy task.  There are dozens of companies and thousands of agents locally.  Most online guides offer "20 questions to ask a Realtor", but they don't really focus you in on the most important qualities to look for.

Every home ...

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Oct. 29, 2014

Bellevue #2 in America's Best Cities To Live

Bellevue was once again near the top of an American livable cities list.  The most recent story was produced by Wall St 24/7.

The outlet measured employment growth, education rates, housing affordability, and crime rates to create a list of the "best cities to live in".  Newton, Massachusetts was ...

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Oct. 21, 2014

Seattle Homes Prices Rise 9.7%, Inventory Still Under 2 Months

Home prices in Seattle rose nearly ten percent over the past year, outpacing many projections for the metropolitan market and adding further steam to local real estate atmosphere.  The median home sale price in Seattle sat at $499,000 in September, an increase of 9.7 percent over the same ...

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Sept. 23, 2014

NWMLS Areas: Should They Stay Or Should They Go?

NWMLS areasAt the WA REALTORS® Fall Business Conference this year, we had a chance to talk with some NWMLS staff and broker members about past and future changes to our MLS.  One subject that drew a wide range of strong opinions was the value of MLS areas.

Consumers probably have no ...

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Sept. 5, 2014

15206 238th Place SE, Snohomish WA 98296 - Echo Lake Home For Sale

15206 238th Pl SE, Snohomish WA 98296

15206 238th Pl SE, Snohomish WAThe perfect blend of rural and suburban feel--3 acres stretch from your contemporary home on a cul-de-sac to a wooded path and natural stream. Enjoy views of the wooded surroundings from nearly every room. The remodeled kitchen opens to the bright living and ...

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Aug. 19, 2014

With Seattle Waterfront Real Estate Inventory Shrinking, Puget Sound and Lakefront Home Prices Climb

Median home prices for waterfront real estate in the Seattle area continue to climb as limited inventory increases buyer competition.  While the overall real estate market may be seeing a slight increase in available homes for sale, the number of waterfront homes listed for sale continues to hold at a ...

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July 29, 2014

South Sound Waterfront Home For Sale: 6220 SE Arcadia Rd, Shelton WA 98584

Our friend Heidi Gilbert just listed a beautiful lakefront property in the South Sound.  The custom cedar home has a separate studio cabin/guest house, and over 200 feet of waterfront on Forbes Lake.  With over seven acres of land, this property is a wonderful retreat while still being just ...

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