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12
May

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: Phinney Ridge

Are you thinking about visiting a lovely neighborhood in Seattle, Washington? Phinney Ridge might be the place for you. Located in north central Seattle, this area is often associated with Woodland Park Zoo. If you’ve never had a chance to see a Komodo Dragon before, you may want to swing by and treat yourself! The zoo was originally the land

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14
Apr

Chinese Home Buyers Flock to Seattle After Vancouver Enacts 15% Tax

A lot of different factors can affect local real estate markets. Sometimes, as in the case of Seattle right now, decisions by another municipality can impact the demand for housing and investment properties. For many years, Chinese home buyers looking to profit on the North American real estate markets have been investing in homes in a number of cities. Vancouver

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4
Apr

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: Magnolia

Seattle residents long term and new are all aware that Seattle is truly a city of distinct and individual neighborhoods, almost little towns. Magnolia is no exception located on a peninsula of hills northwest of downtown, connected to Seattle only by three bridges, which transport residents over railroad tracks which would otherwise cut Magnolia off from the rest of the

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3
Mar

30 Year Fixed Mortgage Rates at Three-Month Low

Mortgage rates tend to fluctuate based on a variety of social and economic factors. In late February, the average new mortgage was carrying an interest rate of 3.85 percent, which is historically a very low and favorable rate. Although the Federal Reserve has said that they intend to raise the prime interest rate in the near future, their most recent

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21
Feb

Seattle is the Hottest Housing Market in the U.S. – What That Means for Homebuyers

One would have to live under a rock to not know that housing prices have been skyrocketing in certain cities across the nation over recent years. San Francisco and New York markets have seen mortgages and rents rising to unaffordable heights for many long term residents. However, other formerly hot cities have seen a slowing trend toward the end of

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18
Jan

Seattle’s Apartment Boom Will Explode in 2017: What That Means for Rents

For the last 50 years, the number of apartments added to the metropolitan area of Seattle, annually has been relatively constant and unremarkable. However, as most who live in Seattle today can tell you, since Amazon moved in, so has everyone else. In 2017 alone, the plan is to add 10,000 more apartments, double the amount in 2016, and 2018

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10
Jan

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: Madison Valley

A hidden gem with a European vibe, Madison Valley is located north and east of Capitol Hill, and is enclosed on the north by The Montlake Cut, Lake Washington on the east, and downtown Seattle and I-5 on the west. You don’t really pass through Madison Valley to go anywhere but there, so it is a slower destination neighborhood than

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20
Dec

What to Expect in Seattle Real Estate in 2017

Seattle has been experiencing a stronger than average real estate market, when compared with other cities in the United States. With the Federal Reserve recently increasing the prime rate, there’s a risk of a national cool down of the real estate market. Thankfully, due to an overall population increase in the Seattle area and the rise of Seattle technology companies,

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7
Nov

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: Greenwood

Located in the north end of Seattle, a Greenwood is a lovely tree lined destination with a robust commercial center that is good for a great meal or cup of Joe. Greenwood boasts a great selection of hip bars, quirky coffee houses, restaurants, and fun shops. Boundaries commonly recognized are N. 80th street to the south (just north of Phinney

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18
Oct

Fall 2016 Seattle Real Estate Market Roundup from a Local Mortgage Broker

Home prices the real estate markets in many populous cities in the western United States have been at an all-time high for several years now. Seattle was the U.S.’s fastest-climbing housing market in August of this year, according to Redfin. And it’s still rising. In September, median home prices in and around Seattle rose 10.3 percent to $630,000, from last

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