26
Mar

Why Waiting to Save a 20% Down Payment May Not Be the Right Move

Most first-time home buyers have heard that they can avoid paying mortgage insurance by putting 20% down, and assume that waiting to save this amount before purchasing is best. However, this is not always the case. While not having to pay mortgage insurance is certainly ideal, it often comes at a cost that far outweighs its benefits: Real estate will

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17
Aug

5 Priceless Reasons to Save Up to Buy a Home vs. Renting

Home ownership is usually the biggest financial transaction that a person engages in.  Because of this, there is a tendency to focus on the numbers and the market, overriding the overall and incalculable reasons to buy and own your own home. Here are 5 priceless reasons why the value of owning a home far outweighs the alternative of renting… Create

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19
Jul

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: Portage Bay

Seattle’s Portage Bay neighborhood is a hidden gem just south of the Eastlake Bridge. This area’s residents enjoy a lakeside setting in the heart of Seattle. From spacious parks to sunsets over the Seattle skyline, this neighborhood has a lot to offer! Portage Bay Boundaries Portage Bay is located south of the University District and north of Capitol Hill. With

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19
Jul

Can I Afford to Buy a Home in Seattle?

Whether you are a recent Seattle transplant or a lifelong resident finally ready to invest in your dream home, buying a house in Seattle may be a daunting process. The booming tech industry has made our city a destination for many professionals across a number of industries, driving real estate prices up. If you are hoping to invest in Seattle

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9
Jul

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: Crown Hill

Crown Hill sits comfortably between Greenwood and North Beach / Blue Ridge. It is a comfortable residential area in the heart of North Seattle offering a peaceful retreat from the hurried bustle of city life, while still offering easy access to everything there is to love about Seattle. Crown Hill Boundaries The northern border of Crown Hill runs along Northwest

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26
Jun

Tips for Budgeting on How Much Home You Can Afford

Owning a home can be a blessing. If you don’t budget properly, however, you’ll quickly find yourself grasping at straws to financially stay afloat. To prevent this from happening, keep the following tips in mind when budgeting for your new home. Create a Monthly Budget You can’t stick to a budget if you haven’t drawn one up. To make that

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21
May

Important Tips for Millennial Homebuyers

According to Aperion Care, 85 percent of millennials (those who are 21 to 37 years old in 2018) expect to own a home at some point in their lifetime. However, having the intent to buy a home in some vague, distant future is hardly the same as having a plan ready to make home ownership a reality. Here are a

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15
May

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: Seward Park

Seward Park is southeast of downtown Seattle, snugly set between Columbia City and Lake Washington. It is well out of the way of major traffic arteries, but close enough to make a quick jaunt up to the main city when needed. The fact that the Bailey Peninsula constitutes Seward Park’s eastern side makes it the perfect place to get both

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7
May

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: Bitter Lake

The Bitter Lake neighborhood is becoming a popular place to live. In addition to rows of established lovely homes lining the neighborhood, new condos are springing up and old ones are being renovated. Just north of Greenwood it’s within earshot of downtown Seattle but far enough north to avoid much of the frantic hustle and bustle of the city. Bitter

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21
Mar

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: Delridge

Delridge, which is located in West Seattle, offers a short commute downtown while providing less expensive rent prices than other Seattle neighborhoods. Delridge Boundaries Right off Route 99, Delridge is bordered by SW Roxbury Street to the south, WA-509 to the east, Duwamish Waterway and Elliot Bay to the north, 35th Ave SW and Harbor Ave SW to the south

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