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REAL ESTATE news

Latest report from the NWMLS

Why it’s now an empty nesters housing market

When buyers cannot afford Seattle most head north into Snohomish County therefore we keep a close eye on the housing market all over and these stories paint a clear picture of why so many are moving this way. 

Seattle’s scorching housing market positions it as a city on the rise.

What’s it like to buy and sell in Seattle’s crazy market 

Prices soar leading some to give up

Boarded up house in Ballard lists for $595K!!

MORTGAGE & FINANCE news

Crowdfunding your down payment: a new way to buy a home? 

3 steps to figure out how much mortgage you can afford 

HOME trends

Modern backyard cabin is an urban oasis

5 most popular landscape design trends for fall 2017

City of Seattle begins work on a proposal to encourage development of backyard cottages

Make it a great week.

Jen Murrweiss- www.snohomishcountyhomesinc.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homes For Heroes

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I am privileged to announce that I have officially joined the Homes for Heroes organization in their mission to help heroes across the country save thousands of dollars in the process of buying or selling their home.

What is Home for Heroes?

Homes for Heroes is an organization that was formed after the tragic events of 9/11 as a way to say “Thank You” to the heroes of our nation. The Homes for Heroes organization is composed of a network of real estate professionals who are prepared to give real savings to those who serve their communities when they buy, sell, or refinance a home. This program is our way to say, “Thank you!”

Who qualifies as a hero?

Our core group of local heroes includes but is not limited to: Military personnel, Police Officers, Firefighters, First Responders, Educators, and Health Care Workers.  If you think you might qualify, please contact me and tell me about what you do for your community. When you are buying, selling or refinancing a home, let us say thank you for all that you do!

How much will I save?

The total amount you save will depend on the final selling or buying price of your home. Homes for Heroes Affiliate Realtors agree to rebate equal to 25% of the gross commission they receive on your transaction. Discounted lender fees are also offered on purchases and refinances with a Homes for Heroes lender. The savings can be thousands of dollars!

Are there a lot of extra applications, forms, and paperwork?

No! Homes for Heroes promises no extra forms, no red tape, no fine print, no hidden fees, and no catch!

Homes for Heroes offers me the chance to help our local community heroes achieve their dreams of home ownership.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact me for more info or you can register now at www.snohomishcountyheroes.com to get started.

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Snohomish County Statistics July 2016

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Active Inventory

Prices are up 5% over last year same time July 2016 vs. July 2015

2141 brand new listings in July that is up 53 from last month. 2141 total active at the end of the month.

Pending Transactions

Up +3% July 2016 vs. July 2015

2079 units went pending last month that is 62 less however than June.  

Sold Transactions

+9% July 2016 vs. July 2015.

1673 units +11 more than last month

Days on Market

Snohomish County Active to pending 25 days vs. 36 a year ago. Incredible!

Median home price in Snohomish County $387,000!!

Median home price in King County $523,000. Snohomish county is gaining however the gap between King and Snohomish is growing.

Months of inventory

If no additional homes would be put on the market, there would be no inventory left after 1.25 months in Snohomish County. In King County that figure is 1.2 months. A balanced “normal” market is 3-6 months. Buyers’ market more than 6 and Sellers less than 3 months.

Area price % growth based on last Quarter

Bothell + 14%, Edmonds/Lynnwood +5%. Everett/Mukilteo +11%

Snohomish/Monroe + 11%. Lake Stevens/Granite Falls/Arlington/Darrington +7 %. Marysville +7%

New Construction is included in these percentages.  

July 2016 Market Characteristics:

  • Sellers: position your home to get premium pricing.
  • Buyers: need to be Buyer-Ready, Day-One™ to get a home in today’s market.
  • The market continues to be more intense than during the same time in year 2015.
  • Sales activity in King and Snohomish County is lower than a year ago but July 2015 was the best July on record. If we had more homes for sale, we would have had more sales activity.
  • There’s a severe shortage of homes for sale close to job centers. We are virtually sold out, and each new property on the market is getting instant action and most of the time multiple offers.
  • More new listings will lead to a higher level of sales activity.
  • Prices are increasing in the price ranges and the market areas where 90 percent of the sales activity is taking place, leading to premium pricing for sellers in those areas.
  • Interest rates continue to be in the upper threes.
  • Multiple offer everything
  • More new listings come on market from March through October than November through February.
  • More selection but also more intense.

 

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.

News You Can Use~ Mortgage Rates 4.27%

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

MORTGAGE & FINANCE news

10 reasons to take the plunge into homeownership

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/04/15/when-homeowners-are-better-off-than-renters

Americans now consider real estate best option for long-term investments

http://www.gallup.com/poll/168554/americans-sold-real-estate-best-long-term-investment.aspx

Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27%

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/04/17/mortgage-rates/7823375/

Earth Day: Energy-efficient mortgages have you spending now to save money later

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2014/02/07/how-an-energy-efficient-mortgage-can-save-you-money

REAL ESTATE news

Is your home ready for your retirement?

http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2014/04/18/home-remodel-design-aging-in-place/

10 home feature trends for 2014

http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-home-feature-trends-for-2014/10/

 

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Earth Day: 15 tips to make your home more green

http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2014/04/15-tips-to-make-your-home-more-green.html

LOCAL news

Price gains in 2014 don’t indicate a bubble, correction and inflation the cause of increases

http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlewaterfronthomes/2014/04/15/is-there-a-real-estate-bubble-in-seattle-inflation-and-11-of-our-home-equity-says-no/

Pierce County still cheaper to buy than rent a home

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/19/3056712/in-pierce-thurston-counties-its.html?sp=/99/261/273/

Earth Day: Downtown Bellevue and Seattle’s Columbia City among top 10 green neighborhoods in the nation

http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2014/04/top-10-neighborhoods-for-green-homes.html#.U1SWO-aMWRM

WEEKLY DOSE OF awesomeness

Did you know Earth Day was first announced in 1969 at a conference in Seattle?

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/earth-day

Earth Day: 3 free apps to help you go green

http://parade.condenast.com/280529/viannguyen/3-free-apps-to-help-you-go-green-this-earth-day/