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!

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

Veralene Estates Rambler!

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Mint condition rambler in Veralene Estates neighborhood! Recently renovated in 2014, this 3 bed/1 bath gem comes complete with rich cabinetry & millwork throughout, beautiful quartzite slab countertops, SST appliances, designer tile in bath & low-e vinyl windows. Vaulted ceilings & lots of natural lighting. Large, fully fenced backyard with outbuilding for extra storage & garden tools. Quiet cul-de-sac; close to Boeing, I-5, ball fields & waterfront parks! Mukilteo School District!

Home Maintenance 101!

Home Maintenance 101!

In the life of every home, repairs happen. Here are the top 10 most common repairs that, sooner or later, your house will require.

To be safe, you should set aside money every year — 1% to 3% of your home’s purchase price — for repairs and maintenance.

The good news is that most repairs are simple, inexpensive, and DIY-friendly. If you can fix stuff yourself, you’ll only pay for the cost of materials and save a bundle on these common repairs and replacements. Read more

2014 Tax Tip Refresher!

2014 Tax Tip Refresher!

Congratulations! You’ve just taken another step up the American dream ladder and are a homeowner. Along with the joy of painting, plumbing and yard work, you’ll now have an added dimension to your taxes.

The good news is that you can deduct many home-related expenses. These advantages apply to any type of residence–mobile home, single-family, townhouse, condominium or cooperative apartment.

The bad news is that to take full tax advantage of your home, you need to itemize your deductions on Schedule A. You’re not living on “EZ” Street anymore; you’ve moved to the 1040 long form.

Avoid common mistakes and freshen up on some of the financial benefits of homeownership this tax season!

Beautiful Renovation in the Heart of Lynnwood!

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Newly renovated in heart of Lynnwood–nestled on private drive. Open floor concept w/ vaulted ceilings & Low-E windows provide abundance of natural light; gorgeous and efficient gas fireplace insert. Chef’s kitchen w/ large island, stainless appliances, custom Canyon Creek cherry cabinetry, slab granite w/ glass tile backsplash. Gleaming hardwoods, durable tile & plush carpet. Large master suite w/ roomy walk-in closet & generous tiled shower. Light & bright family room w/ gas fireplace insert & lovely guest room. Tiled laundry/mud room off garage. Designer interior paint colors; upgraded insulation/ventilation; tankless gas water heater; new wiring throughout. Functional multi-level decking for outdoor entertaining; newer roof; fully fenced; fruit trees & mature gardens. Easy access to I-5/405 & Alderwood Mall.