Homeowner Tax Breaks!

2017 Homeowner Tax Breaks!

If death and taxes are the two things you can always count on in life, there probably should be a third: the bucketful of tax breaks Uncle Sam offers every year to encourage more Americans to buy a home. If you own a home and are looking to save on your taxes, or if you’re considering buying a home in 2017 and trying to see if you can afford it, here are five valuable deductions that you may be able to claim if you’re a homeowner. Read more

Homebuyer Affordability – How Much Home Can I Afford?

How Much Home Can I Afford?

Are you part of today’s real estate buyer pool in the Pacific Northwest? If so, you know that it’s very competitive, with multiple buyers vying for the same property in many situations. Being prepared is paramount to your success.

The first step in the home search process is not looking for homes, but first knowing how much home you can afford. Use this mortgage calculator to get started! Concurrently, you must obtain pre-approval from a qualified lender of your choice. If you’d like a few referrals for top notch professionals in the mortgage business, click here!

Just as soon as you’ve got this accomplished, you’re ready to jump in! Better Homes & Properties is a full-service, boutique brokerage serving the greater Puget Sound area. We welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have about real estate, the local housing market, or the transaction process. Move ahead by contacting us to obtain your Buyer Package!

Functionality Meets Location in Meadowdale!

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Open House:  November 20, 2016, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Fabulous Meadowdale location with Puget Sound & Olympic vistas; 6 bedrooms & 3552 sq. ft. of functional living space; New plush carpeting & interior designer paint throughout; 2 new high efficiency furnaces; Kitchen with granite countertops & maple cabinetry; Roomy master suite with 2 closets & bay window; 3 cozy fireplaces; Vaulted ceilings & skylights; Private patio & backyard with fruit trees; XL work shop; Loads of storage space; MIL potential with stove & washer/dryer hookup; Quiet cul-de-sac; Close to amenities.  Make this one yours!

 

To Rent or To Buy, That is the Question!

Rent vs. Buy—Know the Difference!

Should you buy or rent? This is a question most of us will likely face in our lives, whether buying a house makes more financial sense than renting a home. There is a way to understand the financial impact of buying vs. renting. The realtor.com® rent vs. buy calculator can help you calculate the net cost of buying a home versus the cost of renting over time. Read more

Moving? Keep Your Identity Safe!

Moving? Keep Your Identity Safe!

For most people, moving is sufficiently stressful, without any complications or threats of crime, but what most people don’t realize is that the possibility of an identity-related crime is high. Few have a clue what sort of supernova, black hole intergalactic terrible might be awaiting them on the other side of that move. Read more

Function Meets Style in Kenmore’s Inglemoor Neighborhood!

Seeing is believing—not your average dwelling! Meticulously maintained with gourmet kitchen, slab granite, SST appliances, center island & ample maple cabinetry; open floor plan (kitchen/dining/living/sitting rooms) leads to covered Ipe/ironwood deck. Light & bright/skylights. Exquisite master suite w/ cozy double-sided gas fireplace, sumptuous spa-like bath w/ cast iron Kohler pedastal tub for 2; XXL walk-in closet! Enormous, heated shop w/ separate furnace. New hot water heaters & just-refinished hardwoods. Mature gardens/landscaping. Large backyard w/ charming playhouse & room to grow; fully fenced. Loads of storage. MLS 970362/Offered at $739,950.

Edmonds Westwood Hills Beauty!

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Beautifully updated two-story in Westwood Hills. Four bedrooms + huge bonus room up; formal living, dining, office & family room on main. Freshly painted interior (ext. within 18 mos.) & new plush carpets throughout, tile flooring & countertops (kitchen/baths). New interior doors/molding/lighting/hardware. New SST KitchenAid downdraft range & newer SST Whirlpool refrigerator & dishwasher. New garage doors & extensive landscaping, including fence/gate. Raised garden beds & fruit trees. Quiet & peaceful neighborhood, yet close to amenities. Welcome Home!