3 Easygoing Living Rooms

New This Week: 3 Easygoing Living Rooms

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 7:44 pm
Kathy West | Category: Uncategorized

10 Easy Fixes for That Nearly Perfect House You Want to Buy

From price and location to the physical structure itself, the list of things to keep in mind when shopping for a house can seem endless. But some problems you encounter don’t need to affect your final decision. Although easy is a relative term, accomplishing the 10 fixes that follow is generally pretty straightforward. We also point out some big-ticket fixes to watch out for. Happy house hunting!

 

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Posted on August 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm
Kathy West | Category: Uncategorized

NAHB Releases Remodeling by Zip Code Estimates for 2016

NAHB has released its latest projections of spending on improvements to owner-occupied housing by zip code. The projections show total spending on improvements, the number of owner-occupied homes, as well as average spending per improvement, in each zip code for calendar year 2016.  Also shown for each zip are 2016 projections for the five key variables NAHB uses to estimate home improvement spending in relatively small areas.

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Posted on June 2, 2016 at 8:53 pm
Kathy West | Category: Uncategorized

Buffett: There is No Housing Bubble

house-for-sale-300x198   Warren Buffet

As home prices continue to surge upward, many in the industry are beginning to wonder if a housing bubble is imminent, or worse, if yet another financial crisis is in the making.

 

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Posted on June 1, 2016 at 11:03 pm
Kathy West | Category: Uncategorized

Pet Food Drive ~ The Whole Month of May!

Do you love your furry friends? Can't imagine life without them? You can help the local animal shelters by bringing in food & pet supplies to Windermere, or call me, and I can stop by to pick up your donations… The Snohomish County Camano Association of Realtors thank you!

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Posted on May 19, 2016 at 10:28 pm
Kathy West | Category: Uncategorized

Sellers Happy, But Home Buyers Are Frustrated

The number of home buyers who say now is a good time to buy dipped to an all-time survey low in Fannie Mae’s latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index. Meanwhile, home owners who say now is a good time to sell soared to an all-time survey high.

The disconnect in the market is likely partially due to the limited number of homes for sale in many markets, allowing sellers to face less competition and ask for higher home prices. On the other hand, home buyers are having fewer choices and stuck paying higher prices, sometimes in multiple-bid situations.

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Posted on May 19, 2016 at 8:42 pm
Kathy West | Category: Uncategorized

Lack of inventory in county sets up ‘crazy spring real estate market’

With spring coming soon — and hopefully sunnier weather along with it — more people will be out in neighborhoods checking out open houses.


They’ll have less to see.


Snohomish County has a third fewer homes available on the market now than it did just a year ago, according to numbers released Monday by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.


There were 1,244 homes listed in the county in February. That’s down from 1,880 in February 2015, or a decrease of 33.8 percent. It’s a trend being seen all over Western Washington.

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Posted on April 8, 2016 at 6:39 pm
Kathy West | Category: Uncategorized

Don’t Miss These Home Tax Deductions

Owning a home can pay off at tax time.  

Take advantage of these home ownership-related tax deductions and strategies to lower your tax bill:

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Posted on April 8, 2016 at 6:28 pm
Kathy West | Category: Uncategorized

What to Do With a Tax Refund: 3 Ideas That’ll Practically Double Your Money If You’re a Homeowner

If this year is anything like the last, almost 7.2 million Americans will get a tax refund this spring averaging around $3,000. If you’re a homeowner getting this refund, you’re fortunate because you’ve got more creative ways to invest it for a profit. Doesn’t matter if you’re selling, staying put, or stuck in the middle. Here are three homeowner-only options to grow that refund:

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Posted on April 8, 2016 at 6:20 pm
Kathy West | Category: Uncategorized

Top 5 ways to boost the value of your home

Learn how to make 10 percent more money when selling your home

This is a great time to be selling a house—or buying one. With housing prices at recent highs (in some neighborhoods they’re exceeding pre-2008 valuations), it’s no wonder about 5.3 million homes are expected to change hands in 2015, up about 30 percent from the bottom of the crash, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Buyers as well as sellers can benefit. That’s because purchasing a home is comparatively cheap right now, thanks to still-low interest rates (they recently dipped below 4 percent for a 30-year fixed mortgage). “A home buyer with the U.S. median income who buys the median-priced home will pay 15.3 percent of their income on their mortgage now,” says Skylar Olsen, a senior economist at Zillow, the online real estate marketplace. “The historical number is 22.1 percent.” And although home prices will continue to climb in 2015, they’re expected to do so at a slower rate than in 2014.

So how do you make the most money, no matter which end of the transaction you’re on? For answers, the Consumer Reports National Research Center turned to the people most in the know for answers—the real estate professionals who broker almost 90 percent of residential sales.

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Posted on April 4, 2016 at 8:56 pm
Kathy West | Category: Uncategorized