Real Estate Market New Formula for Real Estate Excise Tax The Washington State legislature is changing the way real estate excise taxes are calculated. Currently the WA state rate is 1.28 percent, with most cities adding .50 percent for a total of 1.78 percent. The new formula will take effect Jan 1, 2020.
Real Estate Market September Stats Home Prices on Seattle’s Eastside have risen slightly from September of 2018. Seattle’s prices have decreased slightly year over year. The month’s supply of home inventory has dropped from September of 2018, still showing a seller’s market.
Community Event Teamwork at the Northshore Senior Center! Every year Windermere closes its offices for one day to help make a positive difference in our local communities, and today my office had a great day at the Northshore Senior Center. We showed up with shovels and rakes in hand, and worked together doing landscaping and garden cleanup projects that not only spruced up […]
Selling Homes Recoup your Home Improvements Are you thinking about adding an outdoor room now that summer is almost here, but wondering if your investment will pay off? Whether you're planning to sell right away, or refinance, or entertain outdoors more often, a remodeling project that fits your budget can be a great investment. You not only add tremendous enjoyment, livability […]
Real Estate Market An Eye on Mortgage Rates House buyers are are turning their jog into a run to get the home of their dreams, as competition in our low inventory market is being stiffened by rising mortgage rates. As an article in the Business Insider explains with easy-to-read graphs, the downward rates that we've experienced the last few years gave us an […]
Selling Homes Green Grass Makes a Difference When the first warm week hits in the Northwest, the rush is on to get our sprinkler systems up and running. Healthy, green grass not only makes our homes look more beautiful, it's documented to increase their market value. According to TruGreen's Lawn Lifestyles National Survey, the majority of homeowners (79%) reported “having a healthy, […]
Real Estate Market Home Values are Going Up! Homeowners were happy to read the newspaper headline this week that said "Seattle home prices jump" as reported in the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home-price index just released. The 3% rise from February to March and 10.6% for the year was the biggest since April 1990 — that's more than twenty years ago! These figures indicate […]
Real Estate Market The Housing Bubble Question I wish you and your family a peaceful Memorial Day holiday, as we remember the sacrifices of all of our Armed Forces servicemen and women who have worked so hard to protect our great country. As we celebrate the spirit of America, I'm happy to share good news from Matthew Gardner's report about Western Washington's […]
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Listings Stunning Estate at Chapel Grove This stunning home with elegant finishes and design embodies the Woodinville Wine Country lifestyle. In the coveted former Street of Dreams neighborhood, it offers an amazing amount of square footage for the price. No expense was spared on three levels of living space – a must see!  18215 190th Place NE, Woodinville The marble entry […]
Listings Open House: Fabulous New Listing in Medina This spectacular video on YouTube gives you a quick view of this fabulous new listing nestled in the heart of Medina at 7626 NE 8th Street. Enjoy a complete tour this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, from 1 to 4pm. Look for the Julie Billett with Windermere signs directing you to […]
Selling Homes Full Service from “For Sale” to “Sold!” The Windermere blog posted a few days ago perfectly describes what I do to sell a home for the best possible price, in the shortest amount of time, and hassle-free! Selling Your Home, a Step-by-Step Approach starts when I research and prepare a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) to help you understand your home’s current market […]
Real Estate Stats Gallup: The American Dream is Alive I always enjoy sharing positive and encouraging news about real estate. A leading expert in the field, Steve Harney, authors a popular monthly report called Keeping Current Matters, and just published this interesting data on homeownership. You hear so much about how good of a seller's market we have right now, it's good to see […]
Home Features A Barrel of Fun! As I was driving through Woodinville last weekend, it struck me how many cars had filled up wine tasting room parking lots, and how many people were milling about having a good time on the outside patios. Spring has arrived in our amazing Wine Country! I was on my way to a client’s house and […]
Listings A Ring Hill Rare Find: 21919 NE 161st St, Woodinville This home has it all! Impeccably remodeled Northwest style home with 4 bedrooms and 2.75 baths, built on a .95 acre lot is a rare find. Nothing has been left untouched! Gorgeous vertical grain clear fir trim and doors with built-in cabinetry visually impress. Amazing kitchen boasts slab granite, Acorn cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, task […]
Home Features Trade Secrets of Power Washing There’s power in a power wash, now that spring is here. It’s one of the first tips I give home sellers, as it’s an easy, relatively inexpensive way to make a home exterior sparkle and boost its curb appeal.  A power wash is like giving your home’s “outside” walls, plus its deck, patio, walkways and […]
Listings Just Listed… Elegance on Hollywood Hill This gorgeous William Buchan home has a territorial view of Wine Country, three levels of living space, and is walking distance to Hollywood Hill Elementary in the award-winning Northshore School District – a rare find. Located in Belmont Park, a boutique enclave of 16 homes perched atop a lovely knoll with westerly views, its near […]
Community Event 21 Acres in the Heart of Woodinville The welcome mat is always out at 21 Acres, and this weekend a special invitation is given to come and celebrate Earth Day. Family activities begin at noon and end with a potluck dinner at 5:30pm, designed to encourage everyone to talk about doing something good for the Earth and make a plan to do […]
Real Estate Market Ready to Move? Now the housing market has turned the corner, many people are asking if it’s the right time to move to a larger home that will better accommodate their growing family. There’s also a large population of empty nesters who’ve been hanging on, waiting for the right time to downsize. Wait no longer – our current […]
Home Features Increase your Property Value with Lawn Care Have you noticed how your lawn has started growing like crazy? It’s one of the first things that people see when they drive by a house, which is why we talked about it as a “curb appeal” factor at the seminar I gave with Julie Allyne a couple weeks ago at Molbak’s. Even if a […]
Real Estate Market How to Stand Out in a Crowd As multiple offers become the “norm” in today’s low inventory housing market, it’s more important than ever to be the “most attractive homebuyer,” as a recent article in Fox Business News explains. Plan ahead, do your homework, and know that cash is king. Putting 20 percent or more down will make a difference, especially if […]