Home Ownership

Buying & Selling Local Market Update July 2020 While our lives are very different than they were a year ago, the local real estate market has recovered to 2019 levels. Record low interest rates are helping spur demand. Sales were up, home prices increased and multiple offers were common. The number of pending sales, a measure of current demand, was higher in June […]
Home Ownership HOMEOWNERSHIP GREATEST PREDICTOR OF WEALTH According to the Survey of Consumer Finance, homeownership is the primary driver of wealth in the U.S. A recent Seattle Times article reported that the median net worth for Seattle homeowners is about 25 times higher than those who rent. How Homeownership Creates Wealth A home appreciates. Since 2000, homes in the Seattle area have appreciated at an average […]
For Your Home More Than a Yard: Finding the Right Home for Your Pooch For many house hunters, a dream home isn’t complete without being a good fit for the family dog. Some might see the fenced in yard, and consider the box checked. However, if you are looking for your next home, you may want to look a little deeper to be sure the fit is right before […]
Home Ownership Four Holiday Decor Trends We’re Excited About This Winter The holiday season is here and for many of us, that means it’s time to deck the halls. If you’re looking for some inspiration and a place to start, here are some ideas that are certain to get everyone in the spirit. A Tree of a Different Color Photo Credit: Left – Lushome, Center – HGTV, Right […]
Home Ownership Where Are Home Prices Headed? Home price increases in the Puget Sound area have started to moderate. While down from the unsustainable highs of this spring, prices continue to be up compared to a year ago. So, where are home prices headed next? The Home Price Expectation Survey checks in with over 100 national real estate experts every quarter, including Windermere […]
Home Ownership Building Character – Balancing a Home’s Personality and Amenities It’s sometimes said that the limitations of a house are what help make it a home. For many, however, it is a point of pride to accept only the finest in their new residence. How can you find the balance between cultivating a lived-in home with personality and quirks versus a house with cutting-edge amenities […]
Home Ownership Avoiding the Pitfalls of Home Addition Construction When dissatisfaction with your current home strikes, it can be exciting to launch into a plan for a new addition. A new living room, bedroom, or more can add value to your home while improving your quality of life. On the other hand, even a modest addition can turn into a major construction project, with […]
Home Ownership Refreshing Your Home and Your Spirit With Seven Easy Steps The yearning to move lives in the spirit of many homeowners, but that desire for something new is often at odds with what feels feasible. That sense of newness needn’t come from a dramatic uprooting, however. The great part about having a home of your own is you can make improvements and give your home […]
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Home Ownership How Staging Your Home Well Impacts Its Value For more than 20 years, the benefits of staging a home have been well documented. Numerous studies show that staging helps sell a home faster and for a higher price. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 88 percent of homebuyers start their search online, forming impressions within three seconds of viewing a listing. When […]
Home Ownership Building Your Home’s Amenities Into Experiences The value of a home is more than what it can be bought and sold for – it also lies in how it makes you feel. Security and comfort are vital components, as well as convenience; however, what many buyers are looking for in a home in 2018 are amenities that deliver a luxury experience. […]
Home Ownership Three Deck Design Ideas To Get Your Yard Ready For Summer A delightfully warm spring in many parts of the Western U.S. has many folks brushing off their summer clothing early. While this is exciting for all who love the outdoors, public spaces like parks and beaches may be overcrowded. What better time, then, to focus on ways to maximize the space you have in your […]
Home Ownership Let’s Make Your Memorial Day a DIY Breeze If you have ever had the responsibility of hosting a get-together over Memorial Day weekend, you probably know that it can be a daunting task. Between barbecuing, decorating, and general mayhem, the three-day weekend can feel like its own brand of work. To ease those stresses, we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite DIY […]
Home Ownership Start Moving in the Right Direction Moving is stressful, whether it’s across town or cross-country.  Once you’ve closed on your house, the reality of packing, moving, and setting up a new home can become overwhelming. While no list can make a move “stress-free”, planning ahead and staying organized can help make your move a little smoother.  Here is our list of […]
Home Ownership 8 Laundry Room Updates to Fit Any Budget   Hoping to transform your tired laundry room into a sparkling clean, efficiently working space, but without the major costs of a full remodel? By not changing the layout or adding square feet, you can bring costs down while still making meaningful changes to your space. Use this guide to help you decide what to […]
Buying & Selling 2017 Housing Forecast: Local Market No. 4 in US According to Veros Real Estate Solutions, the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue market is projected to be the fourth hottest real estate market in the U.S. in 2017. The company projects home prices to appreciate 10.2 percent in our region next year, far outpacing the rest of the country. If you’re thinking about selling, the timing couldn’t be better. […]