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On first look, the early half of 2018 may seem like a broken record, with more of the same. No inventory and a high number of buyers. However, believe it or not, the real estate market is on a rollercoaster ride. It may be one of those kiddie rides at the fair, but nonetheless, there are some ups and downs taking place. In this mid-year market update, we’ll discuss the King County real estate market patterns through the first half of 2018.

Updating your own place is one of the many enjoyable aspects of owning a home. Everyone loves to dream. Sites like Houzz and Pinterest are popular because planning a project is so much fun. King 5 television recently discussed a Remodeling Magazine study of the amount of return on investment (ROI) for certain home upgrades, naming the top 5 for Seattle. While homeowners are hopeful that an upgrade will increase their home’s value, not all projects are created equal. Although updating the kitchen and bathrooms have generally been at the top of any list, this year they have been displaced by those items that have to do with curb appeal.

The frenetic pace of our current real estate market opens the door for homebuyers to use creative tactics when searching for their dream home. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of such methods as well as the additional time it takes to initiate unconventional search campaigns.

If you're looking for a peaceful, safe and friendly community within minutes of downtown Seattle , Madison Park is the perfect place. A neighborhood where everyone knows each other, it features unique boutiques and restaurants, and impressive period homes on tree-lined streets.      

If you are considering buying or selling a property, be prepared to see a FIRPTA Form included in the transaction. Established in 1980, FIRPTA stands for Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act, and authorizes the US to tax foreign persons on the sale of real property*. 

The luxury real estate market in Seattle is heating up, and it's not the first time. By the turn of the 20th century, the gold rush had brought tens of thousands to the area; families seeking wealth, and merchants all wanting their piece of Klondike gold. Now, top employers like Boeing, Microsoft, and Amazon.com, as well as Silicon Valley tech firms expanding, are boosting the Emerald City’s popularity once again, and folks are flocking to the beautiful Pacific Northwest in record numbers.

We are all dreaming of waterfront living this time of year, but have you ever thought of making that dream into reality? It might not be as out of reach as you think. With the popularity and ease of vacation rental sites, many of these investment opportunities can pencil out and create a lifetime of memories.

Jul 17, 2014

Written by:

Charly Tate

My husband is an avid golfer and introduced me to the game several years ago. Skeptical at first, I now enjoy a round (or two, on a good day) of 18 holes. Whenever and wherever we play, we find ourselves looking at the gorgeous homes right by the fairway, or situated comfortably behind the green. How convenient!

Aug 8, 2013

Written by:

Rob Wachter

Seattle houseboats, made famous by the film Sleepless in Seattle, could be the future of upscale living. Imagine: a view of the downtown skyline from your living room. Or direct access to Lake Union in your front yard.

Apr 8, 2013

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In the early 90’s my husband and I decided we might enjoy a vacation home. We spent weekends exploring different areas around this side of the State. Then, we discovered Lake Cushman and fell in love with the lush forests, tall peaks and crystal clear lake.

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