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For years, the chatter has been about the soaring real estate market. With double digit value gains and very few listings to choose from, Sellers enjoyed a market that favored them by a considerable measure. Now, as we begin a new year, to the casual observer, it appears that the tables have turned. It could be assumed that the market has flipped to favor buyers. While prices have cooled, and inventory has increased, market corrections have benefited both the buyer and seller.

Dramatic changes in our local real estate market continue. Yes, it’s a new year, but will home prices go up or down? Will buyers come back or stay on the sidelines? Will sellers continue to flood the market or put the brakes on, once again constricting available inventory? The truth is - we don’t yet know.

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.

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?

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.

Homeowners who’ve made the arduous decision to sell their place have plenty to do to prepare for the day when their home hits the market. The condition of the house - inside and out, the age of the sellers - older or younger, and the homeowner’s level of desire to control the preparations will be factors in creating a well-considered timeline.

You’ve been renting or residing with family for a while and you’re tired of living in someone else’s home. Maybe family is getting too close for comfort or you’ve have had enough of the neighbor, who always slams his apartment door. These are common reasons I hear when a first time home buyer is ready to purchase a home. If you are planning to buy and are currently renting, think ahead. The planning can be weeks, months or even years. Having a game plan will help you be prepared so when the time is right, you will be able to make your move. The following are five things to do when preparing to buy a home.

As we may be tipping off the fevered pitch of the residential real estate market here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s a good idea to highlight some valuable credentials awarded by the National Association of REALTORS® or its affiliates. These designations may be recognizable and valuable to potential home sellers or buyers as they search for brokers who will best assist them in navigating our ever-changing market.

May 14, 2018

Written by:

Mark Jacobs

In the ever-convenient world of online meet and greets, there are plenty of reasons to dive deep when interviewing real estate brokers. Certainly, some of that can happen via phone, direct message or chat, even by email, but once the field is narrowed down, the conversation should continue offline whenever possible before choosing your broker. Here’s why it matters:



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