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5 common down payment misconceptions

Published Oct. 2015, www.housingwire.com Before you let the cost of a down payment get in the way of your homeownership dream, make sure you fully understand the options available to you. According to Down Payment Resource, consumers are motivated to buy, but the down payment continues to be a primary obstacle. “Most homebuyers don’t know to look for or ask about homeownership programs … [Read more...]

Possible Housing Slowdown? Scarce Inventory…

Published Oct. 2015, www.nwreporter.nwmls.com KIRKLAND, Washington (October 5, 2015) - Scarce inventory, new rules for mortgage closings and affordability concerns will likely slow home sales around Western Washington during the remaining months of 2015 and into early 2016, according to spokespersons from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The latest statistics from the MLS show a … [Read more...]

9 Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid

Published Aug. 2015 by MSN.com Thinking of selling your home? Chances are, you’ve heard real estate professionals, neighbors, and friends alike wax eloquent about the importance of things like “first impressions,” “curb appeal,” and “home staging.” Indeed, these industry terms peppered in your conversations hold real weight: Real estate industry research indicates that redesiging your home for … [Read more...]

Seven Curb Appeal Tips for Fall

Published Aug. 2015 by HGTV.com Here are 7 simple tips for sprucing up your home for the Autumn home buying season: 1. Spruce Up Your Lawn While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive for showings, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in … [Read more...]

Home Sales Nearing 8.5 Year High

Published Aug. 2015 by Reuters.com U.S. home resales rose to a near 8-1/2-year high in July and factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region picked up this month, fresh signs of steady economic growth that likely keeps the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year. While other data on Thursday showed a slight increase in the number of Americans filing new applications for … [Read more...]

Sizzling in the South Sound

  Published July 2015 by TacomaNewsTribune.com The South Sound housing market in June 2015 had just about everything an owner would ever want if they needed to sell.  Closed sales jumped more than 30 percent in Pierce and Thurston counties last month and median prices rose by 9 percent and 4 percent, respectively, according to single-family residential data released Monday by the … [Read more...]

Auburn Home Prices Spike

Published July 2015 by AuburnReporter.com Home prices in Auburn jumped 11.8 percent, even though home sales dropped 4.1 percent in June compared to the same month last year. A total of 142 homes were sold at a median price at $313,000, according to numbers compiled by Redfin, a Seattle-based real estate company. The median home price was $320,000 for single-family homes and $186,250 for … [Read more...]

Half of Seattle homes sell in 9 days or less!

Published July 2015 by BizJournals.com   June was a busy month for homebuyers in Seattle. More than half of all the homes that hit the market last month were sold within nine days, according to data released from Seattle online real estate brokerage Redfin. Denver was the only city that had homes sell faster – half of all homes went six days or less. Interestingly, Tacoma had a big … [Read more...]

Buyers Face Challenge from Limited Supply

By Alex Veiga and Josh Boak, KomoNews.com, May 11, 2015 Bidding wars have broken out in hot real-estate markets like Denver, Los Angeles and Seattle, where there aren’t enough houses to meet demand. The lack of supply is a key reason home sales nationwide have yet to return to healthy levels following the housing collapse in 2008. “Inventory is still fairly low in a lot of markets across … [Read more...]

King County Home Sales Lead the Way

By Marc Styles, Puget Sound Business Journal, May 6th, 2015 New data confirm what most everyone knows: the central Puget Sound region’s housing market is frothier than a milk shake. Prices have shot up more than 13 percent throughout the region as more and more buyers compete for fewer houses, according to a report the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) put out Tuesday. The … [Read more...]