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For over 10 years, Kent Station has been a dining, shopping and entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Kent, Washington. With adjacent luxury style apartment complexes, Dwell and the Platform and its close proximity to the Sounder Train, it is the epitome of the urban core. Also, being close to the ShoWare Center, it is a destination place for thousands of visitors to Seattle Thunderbird games, concerts and events. During the colder winter months, shopping centers come alive. Lights twinkle, holiday music is in the air and children play through the station’s pathways. With everything from businesses to entertainment, there is something for everyone when you visit Kent Station. Of the many activities, below are 5 things to do when visiting Kent Station in the fall and winter months.

These last 5 months have seen dramatic changes in the real estate market in the
Puget Sound region. Home prices are down, mortgage interest rates are up, equity
has been lost. Fortunately, for homeowners, equity continues to increase year over
year, though it has slowed its rise. Buyers also have increased leverage when
putting in an offer.

As the market changes, preparations for showings are more important than ever. Getting your house to the listing stage is a huge accomplishment. Removing personal items from view and achieving a spotless house is a chore for many. Now it’s time to go live and activate your listing. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste. A buyer’s visit to your listing will be a determining factor whether they place an offer. Because showings often come quick and rapid, you want to be prepared. The following are some helpful tips to keep your house prepared for showings:

Oct 31, 2018

Written by:

Charly Tate

I’m a fan of home décor quizzes. Every few months, I dig for the latest style finders from websites like HGTV, Havenly and Laura & Wolf and can’t help but answer fun questions and pick photos of my favorite looks. Would you decorate with animal print? Nope. Are you a fan of bold color? Absolutely. After a moment of calculation, I’m presented my results, and lately I’ve been surprised to discover my style described as “happy modern,” “eclectic chic,” and “minimal eclectic.” Say what? 

Whether a first-time buyer, millennial, a busy “Gen-Xer” or a downsizing Baby Boomer, condominiums fit the needs of many. Generally, a condo is a building that contains a number of individually owned units. In the past, a home owner may have chosen a condo because it fit their financial needs. Today, price and low maintenance, make a condominium very appealing. Whether because of life style or price, home buyers are looking at condominiums more and more, because they fit the unique needs of today’s home owner.

Oct 4, 2018

Written by:

Mark Jacobs

Seattle’s visitors and new residents often gravitate toward the common tourist attractions that are, deservedly so, at the top of any list of things to see. Pike Place Market, the Monorail running to the newly renovated Space Needle and Mt. Rainier are well worth exploring. But it’s through the back doors where many really start to uniquely weave their lives into the historic fabric of our city.

These days, when listing a home for sale, a seller will have a choice of either reviewing offers as they come in or all at once on a specified future date. While reviewing at a later date may seem like the correct choice in this market that favors sellers, there are factors to consider before that choice is made. Although one method may seem like the better option, both have their merits.

Home price increases are beginning to cool in Seattle and surrounding areas. With any big shift in the market, we often wonder what the future holds. We also wonder: What affects housing price to begin with?

The higher real estate prices moved in Puget Sound these past couple of years, the more concerns grew that we were climbing closer to the peak of our market. Last June, those concerns materialized. Here are just some of the possible factors that catalyzed our region toward a sense of balance…yes, that’s market balance:

Aug 21, 2018

Written by:

Charly Tate

What’s a must-have on your ideal neighborhood list? Shopping? Great schools? Walkable communities? If you’re a runner like me, you probably want the option to step right out your door to hit the pavement for a few miles. Lucky for me and for outdoor lovers everywhere, Seattle, Portland and many areas throughout the Pacific Northwest have a plethora of trails and paved paths to run and explore to your heart’s content. Many of them are just minutes from the city (or right in the middle of it), and easily accessible.



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