South Park Townhome!

OPEN HOUSE, February 11, Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Immaculate townhome in South Park! Open floor plan w/ ultra-modern vibe. Upscale features include custom solar blinds w/ remote, new Samsung w/d, 4-burner gas cooktop, Bosch dishwasher, Maytag SS refrigerator, Caesarstone countertops, extra-deep SST sink & polished concrete flooring. Sumptuous master bath w/ waterfall feature, double sinks, large walk-in closet & skylight. Efficient radiant floor heating. Floor-to-ceiling windows create loads of natural light. Private patio & fenced backyard w/ raised garden bed option. Just minutes to downtown. No HODs! Make this your place to call Home! MLS No. 1240447.

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!

Realizing the Highest ROI on your Outdoor Remodeling Projects!

Realizing the Highest ROI!

This report takes a deep dive into the reasons why homeowners complete outdoor remodeling projects, the value of taking on such projects, and the increased happiness experienced by homeowners once a project is completed. It also contains:

• The typical cost of 10 outdoor projects, as estimated by members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

• How much appeal each project is likely to have for buyers, according to REALTORS®.

• How much REALTORS® estimate homeowners can recover on the cost of the outdoor projects if they choose to sell the home.

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.

Should You Fear Rising Mortgage Rates?

No Need to Fear Rising Mortgage Rates!

History shows us that we don’t need to fear the recent spikes in mortgage rates because they won’t have an impact on home prices, according to Fannie Mae researchers in a new report.

Fannie Mae evaluated the trajectory of mortgage rates since 1990. Over the years, researchers have found that rising rates don’t hamper home sales and have no impact on home prices.

“History suggests that interest rate increases at the level recently witnessed will not stop the current housing recovery,” the report notes.

For example, the study found that from October 1993 to December 1994, mortgage rates rose from 6.8 percent to 9.2 percent. However, home prices leveled off and then only dropped slightly during that time.

From October 1998 to May 2000, mortgage rates soared from 6.7 percent to 8.5 percent and there was no impact found on home prices during that period, according to Fannie Mae.

“What we see through the ups and downs of rate changes is that sellers are reluctant to lower prices,” Mark Palim, who led the Fannie Mae study, told CNNMoney. Read more

Multiple Offers! Did you say “Ugh”?

Multiple Offers 101!

Welcome to Multiple Offers! That’s what is happening all around Puget Sound. Since there is very little inventory on the market and when a property is priced at or below market value, it’s not unusual for a seller to receive 8-10 offers. Sometimes home buyers wonder if it’s even worth trying to compete against other buyers—NEWS FLASH—it’s almost always a good idea to write an offer anyway. By clicking the image above, you can review several tips that will leave you holding the key at the end of the day. These are just a few ideas, and with some strategic planning and thoughtful consideration, I can help you achieve your homeownership goals!

Contact me today at kristy@betterhomesproperties.com