Category Archives: Real Estate

Seattle Is A City Expected To Be One Of The Healthiest Real Estate Markets For 2013

What makes a healthy real estate market?  Check out this infographic below and see what you think…Seattle is headed for a healthy real estate rebound for 2013, due in part to a healthy job growth by some of the big-boys (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Boeing, Costco HQ)…and from all of those, support/feeder businesses are ramping-up as well.  Consumer confidence is back…YEA!  And interest rates are still teetering at 50+ year lows…

If you’re a seller, you couldn’t be in the market at a better time (inventory is extremely low, with many pockets of Seattle and the Eastside Seattle Real Estate seeing multiple-offers happening)…if you’re a buyer, time to get going with that purchase because prices are rising due to buyer competition & limited inventory…

See below how #SeattleRealEstate fares out in the TOP 10 Healthiest Real Estate Markets…This is an exciting time in real estate!!

Healthy Real Estate Markets - Infographic

Source: AppFolio.com

What makes a healthy real estate market?

Real Estate Review…FREE!

FREE Real Estate Review

Here’s what I’ve found to be a great tool to better serve my clients before they buy or sell.  I’ve called it a Real Estate Review…and it’s FREE!  This is a complimentary service I perform for my clients and future clients.

Whether you know it or not, you’ll be moving.  Surprise!  Maybe not in the next 180 days, but you will be contemplating a move in your future.  The average American lives in a single home for 7 years…to some that seems long & to others who have lived in a home for 40+ years, they don’t understand the “nomadic” lifestyle.

 So I’ve prepared a document similar to a market analysis but in most cases reports more info.  It reviews the immediate neighbors home values so the client has a good feel of their neighborhood trend.  Also, it includes various statistics and local demographics.  I end it with a very pictorial view of what’s happening in the Seattle Eastside Area as well as history on interest rates.

 The combination of all the info presented will put a client in touch with the current real estate market in their specific area.  My clients are thrilled with this analysis!  If nothing else, it will establish a baseline for when we prepare the Real Estate Review again next year, making them more informed when they do enter the real estate market.

 Are you interested in your Real Estate Review?  Contact me today!

What’s Up with the Real Estate Market?

DSCN1540What’s up with the Real Estate market?  During the month of December 2012, 54 homes were sold from this Totem Lake/Kirkland Windermere office…Are you sensing a changing market from even a year ago?  Here’s the local Seattle Eastside stats you can relate to since November 2011:

  1. 41%  less Active Inventory
  2. 9% less Active Market Time
  3. 22% more Pending properties(properties under contract)
  4. 3% higher Median Sales Price (Closed properties)
  5. 22% more Closed Transactions

Everything in these stats are part of a bigger picture, and that is that the market has experienced a rebound.  The biggest thing that will change in the coming months will be the Active Inventory…Jan – July are traditionally the months where the most inventory is available on the market, changing the landscape slightly from a strong seller’s market (now…Red on the color map), to a more balanced market as we get more into 2013.  Buyers will have more to choose from and more negotiation power with sellers.  Luckily, interest rates are   supposed to stay really LOW, as stated by the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, well into 2015, stimulating buying and bringing buyers more buying power for their dollar.

I still can’t emphasize enough that a home MUST be priced for the market…overpriced properties will sit far longer than the average market time and usually succumb to a far lower sales price than if originally priced according to the market.

Keep watching…I’ll continue to share the market stats.  The market is really heating up…if it’s your time to make a move, don’t get caught on the sidelines!

Are Ramblers the New 2-Story Home?

Redmond Wa RamblerRamblers…have you thought ramblers?  What about the demographics of the population?  The baby-boomer generation is one of the largest segments of the overall population…and what would the baby-boomers be thinking about?

  • Down-Sizing
  • Empty-Nesters
  • Simplifying Lifestyle
  • No Stairs (this is HUGE!)
  • Thinking of Retirement
  • 2nd Home/Vacation Property

What about the first-time home buyers?  What are they looking for?

  • Turn-Key/Move-In Ready
  • Updated/Current Trends
  • Easy Living
  • Convenient to Work/Friends/Social Life
  • Affordable

Here’s a great example of a rambler that has so much to offer…like all of the above!  So, are ramblers the new 2-story?

Seattle Eastside Real Estate Stats for Aug 2012

Continuing with a Seller’s Market for Aug 2012…this is very encouraging news, as the rest of the country has not had this strong of a comeback in the real estate market or this fast.  The rate of market value increases has been slow, but steady.  We’re seeing anywhere from 2-4% increase in market value over this time last year.  Remember, slow and steady wins the race!  Here’s some more

Aug 2012 Seattle RE Stats

facts and data:

  •   Months Supply of Inventory              2.1                     -46% change
  •   Total Active Listings                           1859                    -33% change
  •   Pending (YTD)                                       6837                     22% change
  • # of Closed Sales (YTD)                       4746                    19% change

Always available to share/explain this info in detail, so never hesitate to engage me.  Here’s to a very active and solid 4th qtr for our Seattle Real Estate Market!

What Does Your Realtor Do For YOU?

Up-scaled Kitchen

As I go about my real estate work day, I had a conversation with another Realtor®   about what I do for my clients.  As our conversation went on, he said, “You do all that?”  My response was, “I genuinely like my clients; I do what it takes to make their real estate transaction the best it can be.”

So I decided to share some of the things I’ve done for my clients:

  • Help find quality vendors for repair/home-maintenance/remodel work
  • Suggest the types of home updates that will help their home sell faster and for more money
  • Help shop for best-buys in appliances, carpet/flooring selection, lighting (etc, the “pretty things”!) to bring the home forward with a more current style; suggest the things to do that will provide the most return for the seller
  • Help analyze the tasks at hand to break them down into manageable events
  • Pay for a pre-inspection on a listing…this gives the seller a thorough understanding of any deficiencies that should be corrected before the home goes on the market…creating more value for both a buyer and the seller in a transaction
  • I provide vignette staging to better show-off a home
  • For buyers, I’ve done many of the same things, but also help them acclimate to a new area, providing them with local knowledge
  • Analyze the potential purchase with the buyer to make sure they’re getting a good value
  • Marketing via Social Media

So I do ALL of the usual & standard “stuff” a Realtor® should be doing for their clients:  searching, showing, marketing, writing contracts, helping a client price their home for sale, negotiating, monitoring the transaction through to a successful closing… but I view my role as more than that.  I view my role as their friend and partner in achieving their goal.  Is that what your Realtor® does for you?

Trending Seattle Home Features

Mud-Room

What’s trending these days with new construction homes?  Well, we’re seeing this list of wants by buyers and a positive response by local #Seattle builders:

  • A Flexible floor-plan (spaces for dens, guest rooms, bonus/media rooms)
  • 3-car garages
  • Upstairs  vs. Main floor Laundry…50/50
  • Mud-Rooms
  • Main-floor Ensuite Guest Rooms
  • Clean lines & upscale finishes
  • Large gourmet kitchens,  kitchen islands & family living
  • 3/4 Bath vs. 1/2 Bath Powder Room

And what “trends” for New Construction then becomes the desired remodel for the “re-sale” home…