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All Blog Entries by Shane and Anne

Found 102 blog entries published by Shane and Anne.

KIRKLAND, Washington (April 5, 2019) - Both pending sales and new listing activity around Western Washington surged during March as buyers, sellers, and brokers emerged from February's record snowfall.

Brokers added 10,516 new listings of single family homes and condos to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service inventory last month, the highest monthly volume since August 2018. Compared to the same month a year ago, new listings across the 23 counties in the report were down slightly (79 fewer units).

MLS members also reported 10,261 pending sales during the same timeframe, the highest number of mutually accepted offers since July, and nearly matching the year-ago total of 10,311.

"After the housing adjustment in 2018, this year's spring

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According to EducatedDriver.org, the average resident in Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma will spend approximately 9.88 days commuting in 2019, which comprises daily one-way trips of 29.3 minutes and round trips of 58.6 minutes. So drivers will spend about as long driving to work as kids spend on vacation for spring break - not that knowing that helps. To calculate the time spent in traffic, EducatedDriver.org used U.S. Census Bureau on city commute times, and then factored in average work and vacation times. New Yorkers will lose an average of 12.51 days a year and Los Angeles residents 10.25 days. Recently Kirkland traffic-data firm INRIX calculated that Seattleites spent 138 hours in traffic each year, which placed Seattle

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The search is over! You will feel at ease the moment you walk into this lovely home located in Pine Lake Heights. This home boasts a formal living & dining room combo which is a great space for entertaining. The fabulous newly updated kitchen with a Subway tile backsplash & white cabinetry will entice any chef. Enjoy your morning tea while sitting at the large island in the kitchen. Relax in the heart of the home in the ever-appealing family room with wood floors, large picture windows & a wood burning fireplace. Retreat at the end of the day to the master bedroom with a recently updated master bathroom complete with an oversized intricate tile shower & heated floors. 3 more

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Perfectly perched on one of the most sought after lots in Castle Pines, there is no need to look any further. Dramatic foyer w/ soaring ceilings & a breathtaking wrought iron staircase. Grand formal living & dining rooms will entice the entertainer. Chef’s kitchen w/ high end appliances, a huge center island & a brand new 64 inch French Door fridge/freezer combo. Relax in the massive family room warmed by a gas   fireplace flanked by rich custom built-ins. At the end of the day, retreat to the sumptuous master suite w/ a spa-inspired bath with an exquisite glass tiled walk-in shower. Pop some popcorn & enjoy movie nights in the bonus room complete w/ a projector, big screen & built

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Meticulously cared for, this home, with magnificent mountain views, awaits your arrival! From the minute you open the front door, the gorgeous hardwood floors & the romantic wrought iron staircase catch your attention. The updated chef’s kitchen joins perfectly to the family room creating a comfortable great room design. Formal dining room is placed perfectly for easy entertaining. Retreat at the end of a long day in the master suite complete with a spa-inspired master bathroom. The mountain views from the master bedroom are simply tranquil! A large bonus room, a full bathroom as well as 2 additional bedrooms complete the second level. Enjoy summer evenings dining al fresco in the

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Homeowners in the state of Washington pay the 12th highest real estate taxes per year, according to an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders. The federation, whose members construct about 80 percent of the new homes built in the U.S., found property tax rates differ substantially across the United States.

Using data from the 2017 American Community Survey, NAHB compared average annual real estate taxes on owner-occupied homes, average effective property tax rates (Washington ranks 28th), and real estate taxes paid as a share of total property tax revenue (Washington ranks 6th).

New Jersey retained its dubious distinction of having the highest average real estate tax bill per homeowner, at $8,485, as well as the

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* It now takes $105,367 annual income to buy a median home in the Seattle-Tacoma area, according to HSH.com, a mortgage resource company based in California. A median home in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue market was priced at $489,600 as of the fourth quarter of 2018 (National Association of Realtors). One catch, that's the income you'll need if you can afford a 20 percent down payment, nearly $98,000. If you can only put down 10 percent, you'll need $122,484. Seattle is the seventh most expensive city in they U.S. to buy a home. Of the 50 largest metro areas in the country, Pittsburgh is the least expensive. It takes just $37,660 in income. The median home price there is $141,625. No surprise, San Jose is most expensive. You need a

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One of Murray Franklyn’s most popular floorplans in Trossachs. From the minute you walk into this home, you’ll enjoy the spacious & unique layout. Main floor living areas include a fantastic living & dining room combo which is excellent for entertaining. The kitchen features granite tile countertops, a center island w/ a cooktop, ample space for preparing meals & a breakfast nook to enjoy your morning cup of coffee. There is a main floor 5th bedroom/office as well as a ¾ bathroom which is great for out of town houseguests.  Retreat at the end of the day in the sumptuous master suite complete with a spa-inspired master bathroom. There are 3 additional bedrooms & a large bonus room

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Savvy buyers are seeking out incentives from builders, especially on the West Coast and in other higher price point markets, according to representatives from John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

"Buyers have never had quicker and more complete access to information," stated consultant Dean Wehrli, one of a trio of consulting leaders with the Burns firm.

Joined by colleagues Lesley Deutch and Pete Reeb, Wehrli outlined four of the more effective incentives being deployed by today's builders. Speaking during a podcast, the presenters said the enticements are designed to generate traffic, save home seekers cash, provide buyers with nicer homes, and extend price discounts.

To generate traffic, builders are advertising more generous broker

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Pledging a "commitment to do our part to help kick-start new solutions to this [housing] crisis," Microsoft president Brad Smith and CFO Amy Hood announced a three-pronged $500 million workforce housing fund to boost affordable housing in the Seattle area.

Writing in a blog post, Smith and Hood emphasized affordable housing solutions require a multifaceted and sustained effort by the entire region but said the Eastside suburbs would be the primary focus of the initiative.

In their announcement, the Microsoft executives acknowledged the gap between job growth and housing production. While jobs in the region have grown 21 percent since 2011, housing construction has lagged at 13 percent. (One countywide report estimates the county needs

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