The latest in real estate-related and community news (and a bit of awesomeness). 

WIRE FRAUD alert– Home-buyer loses $31,000 in mortgage closing scam

REAL ESTATE news

U.S. existing home sales rise in March, inventory remains tight.

How self-driving cars could affect the real estate market.

Cities with the largest home price gains since the Recession.

Rents are rising at the fastest pace in two years.

MORTGAGE & FINANCE news

6 personal finance habits everyone should get into

Millennials will spend about $93,000 on rent by the time they are 30

10 hard truths about buying a home

HOME trends 

Second-time homebuyers would rather have a laundry room than a living room

Ways to reduce your carbon footprint

When solar panels make sense…and when they don’t

LOCAL news

Washington has nation’s highest ranked economy

Seattle homes sold at fastest pace ever, says Zillow

A peek into the modern homes of Seattle April 28

Will spring showers bring relief to area homebuyers?

King County continues to lead in home price growth

Developer plans to restore Edith Macefield’s ‘Up’ house in Ballard

We’re on track for the wettest April in Seattle history

Waterfront tunnel tolling scenarios

Snohomish PUD drops plan for hydroelectric plant

Startup Urban Herd is ride sharing for horse-lovers

A new waterfront hotel breaks ground in Everett as the Marina makeover gets underway

Average home sale price in Edmonds now at $670K

Seattle sending Boise its economic boom and the accompanying issues as well

800px_COLOURBOX2590232Researching schools and school districts? Ratings and Reviews. WA State School Report Cards – grading and stats for districts and individual schools
National Center for Education Statistics – grading and stats for schools and colleges
Private School Review – search and find information on private schools
Public School Review – important information on public schools
Great Schools – information and reviews on public and private schools
School Digger – search for schools and compare ratings and scores

WEEKLY DOSE OF awesomeness

Light Rail for cars? There’s a road in Sweden that recharges your electric vehicle while you’re driving  See it in action here:

 

 

Memorial Day Ceremony

Come and join us for this special event! Edmonds Community College in partnership with the VFW, the Triton Student Veterans’ Association, and other organizations on campus and in our community is hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony and Wreath Laying to honor America’s fallen service members, and to strengthen relations between Veterans, the college and the local community.  The ceremony will include a ceremonial lowering of the campus flags to half-mast, a presentation in the Mukilteo Hall Black Box Theater, musical performances and a procession to the Boots to Books and Beyond Memorial for a Wreath-Laying Ceremony.

I will be there and afterwards at the reception handing out drinks to all. Please come join us and help make this celebration special!

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Taxes- What to Keep and for how long

With Tax day upon us I thought this would be a great reminder.

Taxes

Tax Returns- 7 years- Keep tax returns and all supporting tax docs. including W-2s, 1099 forms, property tax info, bank statements, mortgage interest statements, cancelled checks, receipts, home purchase, home improvement info.

Paycheck Stubs 1 year- Shred after confirming info matches W-2.

Home Ownership- Mortgage docs 10 years, After property has sold 7 years Mortgage statements 7 years, After property has sold 10 years, Repair bills/contracts 10 years.

Insurances- Home 5 years, Life of policy + 3 years, Medical 5 years

Investment/Retirement Accounts- IRA contributions permanently, 401K annual summaries- Keep until you close the account. Investment statements 7 years after last account is sold.

Permanently- Never Shred- Adoption/Guardianship Papers, Birth Certificates, Citizen/Naturalization,Health/Immunization, Lawsuits, Marriage/Divorce Decree, Pension Plan Docs.Veteran Papers.

If it is time to get rid of some of those old docs look for a shredding event near you. Here is one sponsored from BECU this Saturday.