Buying A Home

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  Snoqualmie Ridge, perched idyllically above Snoqualmie Valley below. Several small cities like Snoqualmie in King County have seen their 20-year growth plans be rejected by regional leaders because they want to grow too much. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)   By  Lynn Thompson Seattle Times staff reporter

Leaders of the small cities — Duvall, Carnation, North Bend, Snoqualmie and Covington — say they, not a central planning agency, should determine how they expand within their own borders. And they say that without growth they can’t keep the lights on and the roads paved.

“We have a right to grow, a right to revenue to support our city,” said Snoqualmie Community Development Director Mark Hofman.

Much

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If you're in the process of buying a house or are getting ready to, you may be overwhelmed by all the possibilities - and all the details. It can be easy to lose sight of some of the things that are important to you when you're seduced by pretty counter tops or kids playing out on the street. Making a checklist of those must-haves will help keep you on track.

Is the bedroom count and general floor plan workable? You may be tempted by a house that's nicely staged and has that elegant-yet-warm feel you want. But look beyond the furnishings to make sure what you need is what the house has.

Is there a place for your dogs to hang out? And is there a place for the dog bowls to go? This only seems like a little thing until you're moved in and are…
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$735,000 - 17528 228th Place NE, Woodinville

   Bedrooms: 3
   Bathrooms: 3
   Sq. Footage: 2,640
   Year Built: 1978
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 962649
OFFERED BY: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:
  Shannon Woodcock
Real Estate Broker
206.484.5330
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The Coveted & Rare Rambler in a Peaceful Woodinville Setting—Welcome to this fully updated great room style rambler + bonus rm & ¾ bath up, on 1.1 Ac. Every detail is attended to: 2013 Milgard windows, rich white crown molding, modern wainscoting, ALL baths &
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$275,000 - 15805 Waynita Way NE D107, Bothell

   Bedrooms: 2
   Bathrooms: 1.75
   Sq. Footage: 907
   Year Built: 1988
   Garage Spaces: 1
   Type: Condominium
   MLS® Number: 962296
OFFERED BY: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:
  Dafna Shalev
Broker
425-220-1356
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Updated & move-in ready condo in a desirable Bothell location! Bright kitchen with NEW granite counters & NEW stainless appliances faces a spacious living room with tile floors & a sliding door to a sunny large deck! Nicely sized bedrooms with laminate floors, master bedroom
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$680,000 - 430 Front Street, Issaquah

   Bedrooms: 4
   Bathrooms: 1
   Sq. Footage: 1,520
   Year Built: 1943
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 961562
OFFERED BY: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:
  Laurie Tarantola
Real Estate Broker
425-246-8633
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Location, Location! Lots of potential with possible conversion to small office/business in downtown Issaquah. Four bedrooms, 1 bath home with old charm featuring arched hallways, crown molding and hardwood floors throughout most of home. Large county kitchen features walk-in pantry and formal dining
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Some Highlights:

  • Real estate outranks stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term investment among Americans.
  • Real estate is ranked as the best long-term investment among all age groups.
  • Millennials rank both real estate and savings/CDs at 26% when it comes to the best long-term investment.

Just remember: Browsing the listings for months is one way search out the deals, but weighing the investment potential of each property can be difficult, and many homes for sale are never listed publicly.

The Home Buying Process

As you begin to think about buying a home, you're probably acutely aware that this is likely to be your greatest investment ever (short of children or a good marriage), and

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The real estate market fluctuates often, making it tough to predict whether the market will favor buyers or sellers when it’s your turn to buy. Especially if you’re shopping for real estate in San Francisco, CA, or another market that currently favors sellers, you need to know some tricks of the trade to help ensure you don’t make any mistakes. Buyers in a seller’s market can get what they want, but they need to bring their “A” game — buying a house in a hot market isn’t for the indecisive. Here are six common mistakes many buyers make — mistakes that you can learn to avoid — when shopping in a seller’s market. 

1.Not making your best offer:
The drive to buy what we want for as little money as possible is practically in our DNA. So when most people

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$1,600,000 - 18908 160th Ave NE , Woodinville
  Bedrooms : 4
  Bathrooms : 4.5
  Sq. Footage : 5,509
  Year Built : 2001/2003
  Garage Spaces : 3
  Type : Residential
  MLS® Number : 961834
 
 
 
 
 
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  Dafna Shalev
Broker
425-220-1356
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One of a kind builder's & artist own home ~ craftsman w/exquisite handcrafted glass & custom ironwork details offers beautiful and rich surrounding in a
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$1,500 - 222 NE Dogwood Street, Issaquah

   Bedrooms: 2
   Bathrooms: 1
   Sq. Footage: 783
   Year Built: 1986
   Type: Rental
   MLS® Number: 962220
OFFERED BY: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:
  Hailey Miller
Broker
714-655-0595
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Great top Floor Unit in Bavarian Complex in downtown Issaquah. Custom remodeled bath w/tile & custom vanity. Corner fireplace in living room, dining room situated between kitchen and deck gives full use of the living room area. Sunny balcony overlooks city and mountain views, nice storage closet also. Updated kitchen
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$1,200,000 - 11006 W Lake Joy Dr Ne, Carnation
  Bedrooms : 4
  Bathrooms : 4
  Sq. Footage : 4,239
  Year Built : 2003
  Garage Spaces : 3
  Type : Residential
  MLS® Number : 961138
 
 
 
 
 
Offered By: Property Description:
  Diego J. Vitelli
Managing Broker/Property Manager
(206) 529-7728
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An absolutely gorgeous custom lakefront haven w stunning lake & mountain views. Expansive flat yard provides able land space to play
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