Real Estate news you can use!

Check out these articles for great information about our community and the real estate industry.

New home sales hit highest level in 9 years! 

Millennials still believe in the homeownership dream even if they can’t afford to buy

Housing market across the U.S. finally starting to look healthy

MORTGAGE & FINANCE news

Salary needed to buy a home in 19 major U.S. cities

Tips for staying out of debt

Calculate how much house you can afford

HOME trends

King County’s eco-remodeling tool provide tips for going green for your next home renovation

Four colors that may hurt a home’s sales price

LOCAL news

7 percent of Puget Sound homes are underwater, compared with 12 percent nationally

A teardown a day: Bulldozing the way for bigger homes in Seattle, suburbs

BLS stats show Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue is #7 Metro area for fastest job growth

What does Vancouver’s housing market implosion mean for Seattle?

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Seattle home-sale market provides small hint of slowdown

You need an annual salary of $83K to afford a home in Seattle

Everett welcomes the film industry, an important economic driver for local businesses

WEEKLY DOSE OF awesomeness

Happy 100th Birthday U.S. National Parks

 

 I hope your week is a great one! 

Jen Murrweiss | Remax Elite | 425-422-7243

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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.

 

2015 Movies for kids and local area Concerts

There is so much to do here in the Pacific Northwest that I had to share a few of my favorites. Also don’t forget the Arlington Fly-in is this weekend and the Mill Creek Festival. There is something for everyone to do I am sure.

I hope everyone is enjoying this incredible summer!

Free Bowling for those rainy days or take in a movie.

Summer movies

Summer Concerts

And how about some concerts at the winery?

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 2015 lineup:

July 11 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
July 18 & 19 Harry Connick Jr.
July 24 John Fogerty
July 25
Cheateau Ste. Michelle Festival of Jazz
July 26 Wine Country Blues Festival
Aug 1 & 2 Jackson Browne
Aug 6 Brit Floyd
Aug 7 & 8 Steve Miller Band
Aug 22 Michael Franti and Spearhead
Aug 23 Chris Isaak
Aug 28 Gipsy Kings
Aug 29 Randy Newman
Sept 3 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Sept 4 & 5 Pink Martini
Sept 11 & 12 Mark Knopfler

Get Outside This Fall and Winter!

The other day as I was driving my sons to school, my middle son was complaining that he hated this time of year and the cold and rain. He said he wished we could move from our home in Snohomish County to Arizona where Grandpa and Grandma are now and where it’s always sunny and warm (when he was younger he use to say Arizona was “shiny”) My youngest piped in and said “Oh no you better think about this! You know how mom is always saying get outside and blow some stink off? If we lived in Arizona we would never get to play XBox!

As I smiled in the front seat and tried to contain my laughter I thought yes, Arizona is nice and I do love the sunshine but, I think in the Pacific Northwest we appreciate the sun more. We search for outside activities for when it is nice outside, regardless of the time of year, so we can run out and enjoy the beauty this great state of Washington has to offer.

 

So I say to all of you- Go outside and blow some stink off!

And here is a great list of ideas and links from parks to hikes and everything in between.

Want more? How about the Best of Western Washington winners? For ideas on where to eat, shop and play? Check these locals out and it will be sure to be a wonderous fall!

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