Short and Sweet Real Estate news

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INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE… We all want to be the best and help make the housing market the best it can be. Housing took a big step ahead in July as Housing Starts blasted ahead 15.7% to an annual rate just over one million units. Starts are now up 21.7% over a year ago, with strong gains in the past year for both single family starts, up 10.1%, and multi-family, up 44.7%. New Building Permits zoomed up a nice 8.1% in July, also to a just over one million annual rate. Versus a year ago, single-family permits are up almost 4%, multi-family up just over 14%.

Monthly Housing Starts can be volatile, so let’s look at the 12-month moving average. It’s at its highest level since October 2008. Also nice to see, the total number of homes under construction (but not finished) is up 2.9% in July and up 22.8% from a year ago. No wonder the National Association of Home Builders confidence index is up two points in August, to its best read since January. More good news came with Existing Home Sales up 2.4% in July to a solid 5.15 million unit annual rate. Best of all, inventories have been growing for 7 months now and are 5.8% higher than a year ago.

30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.1%, a 2014 low!!!!

DID YOU KNOW?… The oldest surviving houses are in Turkey, in a Neolithic settlement built around 7500 B.C. People entered these mud-brick homes through a hole in the ceiling that also provided ventilation for the fires within.

BUSINESS TIP OF THE WEEK… It’s not about what you get, it’s about what you give. Focus on giving your clients more and the rewards will follow.

Sneak Peak coming soon Foreclosed properties!!

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 4 Beds, 3 Baths | 1,770 sq. ft. | Single-Family- Marysville

Very Elegant Home, 4 Bedroom, Vaulted Ceilings, Skylight And Pantry In The Kitchen With Breakfast Bar, His And Her Closets In The Master, Gas Fireplace W/ Blower

  Silver Firs Split

4 Beds, 3 Baths | 2004 sq ft. | Single-Family-Silver Firs

Superb split level in Silver Firs. 4 bedrooms, 2.75 baths with room to add another. Bright living room with fireplace. Large lower rec. room with fireplace. Over 2,000 sq. ft. of living space. Spacious kitchen with tile counter tops, hardwood floors. Large deck and yard. Fully fenced backyard with entertainment deck. Eligible for HomePath and Home Path Renovation Financing, low 5% down financing, No Mortgage Insurance fees!

 

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4 Beds, 2.5 Baths | 2,410 sq. ft. | Single-Family-Lake Stevens.

You will adore this home and its beautiful features! Kitchen has tons of counter space and plenty of cabinets to meet your cooking needs the kitchen island also provides additional prep space that you will be sure to love! You will absolutely love the fireplace in the open family room area, perfect on a chilly North West day. You will appreciate the easy floor plan of the upper level of the home where all bedrooms are located. HUGE fenced backyard is great for entertaining needs! WELCOME HOME!

Quote & Smoke~ Stay Safe!

            “The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.” -Jim Rohn

 Smoke alarms are an important defense against injury or death in house fires. The National Fire Protection Association states that nearly two-thirds of home fire fatalities happen in homes with non-working or missing smoke detectors. Most building codes now require smoke detectors in all residential structures, which has resulted in a steep drop in fire- and smoke-related deaths. Homeowners should check with their local public safety office or fire department for specific information on these requirements.

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NOTE: Remember Washington state has mandated CO Carbon Dioxide detectors installed in all home at change of ownership
  • As in real estate, location is important! Smoke alarms should be in installed every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on each level of the home.
  • Alarms should be placed high on a wall or on the ceiling. It’s best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement. High, peaked ceilings have dead air space at the top; smoke alarms should be placed no closer than 3 feet from the highest point.
  • For areas close to the kitchen, use a detector with a hush button that can be used to silence nuisance alarms triggered by cooking smoke or steam. Alternatively, consider installing a photoelectric alarm, which is better at detecting smoldering fires (vs. flames) near the kitchen. Never remove the unit’s battery to stop or prevent nuisance alarms.
  • There are two primary types of smoke alarm technology: ionization and photoelectric. According to the National Fire Protection Association, ionization alarms are more responsive to flames, while photoelectric alarms are more sensitive to smoldering fires. For the most comprehensive protection, both types or a combination unit should be installed.
  • Test the alarm monthly. Put a reminder in your calendar to do this on the first or last day of the month, for example. The units have a test button that will sound the alarm for a brief time when pressed. Any alarm that fails to sound should have the battery replaced. If the test button fails with a new battery, replace the entire detector immediately. Monthly testing is also an ideal time to dust off the unit.
  • Replace the batteries at least once a year. A common rule of thumb is to do this when changing to or from Daylight Saving Time in fall and spring. Some alarms come with 10-year batteries; for these, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for battery replacement. Remember, a non-working alarm is no better than no alarm at all.
  • If the alarms are hard-wired to the home’s electrical system, make sure they are interconnected for maximum effectiveness – meaning that if one alarm is triggered, all of the others will sound as well. Any hard-wired alarms, interconnected or not, should be installed by a licensed electrician.
Thank you to local Pillar To Post Home Inspector for this great reminder and  information!
BUSINESS TIP OF THE WEEK… It’s not about what you get, it’s about what you give. Focus on giving your clients more and the rewards will follow.
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OPEN HOUSE TODAY IN BOTHELL 3-5!

 

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OPEN HOUSE TODAY IN BOTHELL 3-5! Come and see me today and let the kids have some cookies and juice while you tour this great newly listed home. Do you know Ramblers always hold their value? They are sought out and they just don’t build them anymore! This Fannie Mae Value Priced Home! Lovely rambler located in an established neighborhood. Welcoming entry opens to great room concept living area which features custom tile flooring, vaulted ceilings and skylights and gas fireplace. You’ll love the natural light and warmth of this room! Home has a island kitchen with enough space for cooking for a crowd. This Home qualifies for HomePath Mortgage Financing and HomePath Renov.Financing. Purchase with as little as 5% down! This one is a MUST see. 1820 224th St SW, Bothell 98021

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