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NAR (National Association of Realtors) released their 2011,”Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.”  Guess what they found? According to NAR 88% of buyers (that’s up from 8% previously) use the Internet to search for available properties. We have all heard agents say they market homes on the Internet.  What does that really mean? When a home is listed on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) it’s suppose to get that property listing onto other websites; like Trulia, Realtor.com, Zillow, etc…   Did you know our MLS doesn’t feed to Realtor.com & your home isn’t listed on that website?  Having your home as a “featured listing” will rank higher when searching for homes on Trulia or Zillow.  Placement does matter; it makes it…

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 Priced at $325,000

Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5
Home Size: 1,861 sq.ft. Garage: 2
County: King Property Type: Condo, Townhome
Year Built: 2000 MLS Number: 331588

Property Description

Lovely end unit townhome with windows and sunlight galore. This immaculate home has everything to offer with new carpeting, new paint, high ceilings and best of all, great views. Imagine entertaining in this gourmet kitchen with GE STAINLESS APPLIANCES, Alder cabinets, maple floors and granite counters. Your relaxing master suite has great views, 5 piece master bath and new CALIFORNIA CLOSETS. Home is streaming with light throughout. 3rd floor utility and ATTACHED 2 CAR GARAGE complete this home. Welcome Home.

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Priced at $434,977

Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.25
Home Size: 1,730 sq.ft. Garage: 2
Lot Size: 7,841 sq.ft. Community: Redmond
County: King Property Type: Single Family Home
Year Built: 1977 MLS Number: 331329

Property Description

With an abundance of natural light, this home shines on even the most cloudy of Washington days. New kitchen appliances, tankless hot water heater, updated bathrooms, RV parking and an open floor plan are just some of the amazing features you will find in this tri level. The fenced back yard with territorial views, fruit trees and a brand new deck make this an entertainers paradise. At a shocking low price, this home will not last long.

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This is a program that could allow for you to refinance your home even if you are currently not in the position to refinance.

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Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae announced in late October 2011 the expansion of their Home Affordability Modification Program also called the “HARP Phase 2” program.  The main objective is to assist homeowners who are currently “underwater” and owe more than they are worth.  The changes from HARP Phase 1 to HARP Phase 2 are expected to take affect during the month of March 2012.  Freddie Mac estimates an implementation date of 3/15/2012; Fannie Mae has not published a date yet. 

Eligibility Criteria for HARP Phase 2 loans are as follows:

  • The existing mortgage must be owned/guaranteed by Freddie Mac or Fannie…

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With unemployment numbers coming down, historically low rates for mortgages, and low inventory we are seeing the best real estate market in almost 5 years. We literally have people sitting on the sidelines because they can't find the right home to purchase.

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If you are thinking of selling give us a call for a free consultation on the value of your home!

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Priced at $919,500

Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5
Home Size: 4,335 sq.ft. Garage: 3
Lot Size: 32,247 sq.ft. Community: Hollywood Hill
County: King Property Type: Single Family Home
Year Built: 1988 MLS Number: 330644

Property Description

Spacious entertainers estate in a quiet, private enclave on Hollywood Hill. Make a lifetime of glorious memories here! Spectacular great room style chefs kitchen multi level family/media room is one of a kind. The level southwest facing backyard envelopes the home and is a pure delight with play area, hot tub, raised patio, treehouse, two sheds & privacy foliage. Beautifully appointed formal living & dining rooms, master retreat with sun deck & new spa like bath, den, bonus, large extra room or…

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Daily Real Estate News | Monday, March 12, 2012

A 3.8 percent levy on certain investment income was included in healthcare legislation two years ago, and now misinformation about the tax’s application to home sales is being passed along over the Internet and e-mail, throwing some prospective home sellers into a panic. In actuality, very few owners will be affected by the new tax taking effect in 2013.

The tax will only be on investment income of upper income taxpayers. Included in the definition of investment income is capital gains from home sales above a certain amount and for households whose income is above a certain amount. This means individuals who make $200,000 a year or more, or…

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Priced at $2,250

Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1.75
Home Size: 2,320 sq.ft. Lot Size: 10,890 sq.ft.
County: King Property Type: Single Family Home
Year Built: 1993

Property Description

Breathtaking custom home on the Snoqualmie River. 3 Br, 1.75bath 2320 sf gorgeous custom home in a truly spectacular setting. Dream kitchen w/ granite counters, Viking double ovens, custom cabinetry and hardwoods. Elegant master BR w/ large walk-in closet, bath dressing room. Majestic, open great room w/ fireplace, vaulted pine ceiling expansive windows overlooking river. No detail spared in this stunning custom home. Formal dining room & large laundry room. Hot tub, deck, fenced yard, security system, central vac, shop/storage building, & Hardi Plank…

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I have written about Daylight Saving Time in the past, and since we’re about to start Daylight Saving Time here in (portions of) the United States, it’s fitting to look at the practice.

The idea behind Daylight Saving Time, of course, is to provide more light in the evening, allowing people to save energy.

However, the idea of shifting clocks to save energy isn’t a 20th century invention. The idea was originally raised by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. Franklin’s essay begins by describing an evening with friends in Paris. After he returned home:

I went home, and to bed, three or four hours after midnight…. An accidental sudden noise waked me about six in the morning, when I was surprised to find my room filled with light; and I imagined at first,…

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daylight_savings_1_211

I have written about Daylight Saving Time in the past, and since we’re about to start Daylight Saving Time here in (portions of) the United States, it’s fitting to look at the practice.

The idea behind Daylight Saving Time, of course, is to provide more light in the evening, allowing people to save energy.

However, the idea of shifting clocks to save energy isn’t a 20th century invention. The idea was originally raised by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. Franklin’s essay begins by describing an evening with friends in Paris. After he returned home:

I went home, and to bed, three or four hours after midnight…. An accidental sudden noise waked me about six in the morning, when I was surprised to find my room filled with light; and I imagined at first,…

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