Trends, local news & Real Estate dose of Awesomeness!

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

REAL ESTATE news

What to expect for the 2017 housing market

Optimism and caution set to greet real estate in 2017

MORTGAGE & FINANCE news

How to save money as a last minute holiday shopper

How important is your credit score?

6 steps to take to ensure you don’t outlive your money

HOME trends 

Some “green” features can increase your home’s value more than others

Pinterest 100 pins for 2017

Design recipes to make your space bright

LOCAL news

Washington considers road use tax based on how many miles you drive

The new SR 99 Tunnel is 70 percent complete

Seattle must halt plan for more backyard cottages

Boeing cutting production of 777 beginning next year

WEEKLY DOSE OF awesomeness

Tricked-out tiny house has motorized furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Real Estate news and more

Happy Friday! I hope you enjoy this Real Estate round up of our area and other interesting articles plus some fun stuff too.seattle

REAL ESTATE news

Real estate getting bubbly but unlikely to pop, Seattle “is on fire across every sector

 

Number of million-dollar homes in Seattle area has tripled since 2012

U.S. existing home sales rise for a second straight month

MORTGAGE & FINANCE news

3 financial apps that will transform how you manage money

Will Millennials ever be able to retire?

The 7 biggest investment mistakes celebrities make

 

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HOME trends

From ceiling space to playroom

10 tips for budget-friendly lawn care

7 weird ways to stay cool this summer

LOCAL news

Massive frozen food recall in Washington State

Seattle No. 3 on top 25 best cities to find great jobs

Seattle to host 2018 Special Olympics

Is Seattle a better bicycle city than Portland?

Seattle homes selling faster than anywhere else in the U.S.

Seattle growth was 11th fastest according to just released Census data, now 18th on list of biggest U.S. cities

Facebook unveils Frank Gehry design for its new South Lake Union offices

Snohomish County looking to increase bike tourism

Snohomish county offers top teacher salaries in the state

City of Edmonds to develop an affordable housing strategy by 2019

WEEKLY DOSE OF awesomeness

House made from cardboard for is not your kid’s refrigerator box

 

 Have a spectacular weekend everyone! 

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Tax Day! What to keep and for how long.

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With Tax Season coming to a close and all that paper everywhere do you feel like just throwing it all up, away or into the fire? Boy I know I do but, we have to keep some important docs and I hope this list is a good reminder.

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

Paycheck stubs– 1 Year

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  1. Mortgage docs 10 years- After property has sold 7 years.
  2. Mortgage statement’s 7 years-  After property has sold 10 years
  3. Repair bills/contracts 10 years

Insurances

  1. Home 5 Years
  2. Life of policy +3 years
  3. Medical 5 years

Investment/Retirement Accounts

  1.  IRA contribution’s permanently
  2. 401K annual summaries-keep until you close the account
  3. Investment statements 7 years after last account is sold.

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  1. Adoption/Guardianship Papers
  2. Birth Certificates
  3. Citizen/Naturalization
  4. Health Immunization
  5. Lawsuits
  6. Marriage/Divorce Decree
  7. Pension Plan Docs
  8. Veteran Papers

Do you know about an exemption that can save you money when you sell?

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TAX TIP: The 121 Exemption When Selling Your Home

The reason to do a 1031 exchange is to avoid capital gains taxes on investment property. Almost once a week I get asked about the sale of a primary residence. When you sell your home, you have an exemption from most capital gains taxes. A great resource to get more details about that is an IRS Publication, updated annually, called Selling Your Home (Pub 245). You could go to IRS.gov to download that.

In short, there is a 121 Exemption for capital gains taxes up to $250K per individual or $500K per married couple filing jointly. You do have to have lived in the property as your primary residence for 2 out of the last 5 years, and you can only take this exemption, once every 2 years.

This has been used in a long term strategy to avoid paying capital gains on rentals by converting the property from investment to primary residence. The IRS got wise to this strategy and put some constraints on this.

It could still be part of a plan, but reach out to your tax advisor with questions and see if this is an option for you

Home Maintenance Tips

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Roof Maintenance

Most all roofs can, and will develop leaks in them; and a simple home inspection won’t guarantee to find them all. Leaks normally start as very small crevices or cracks, without the homeowner’s knowledge. In the early stages of a leak only small amounts seep through the crack, this is not a sufficient amount to alert the homeowner as it doesn’t travel through all the layers of the ceiling.

It is recommended that you have your attic, and roof thoroughly checked twice a year for such leaks. The most common source of leaks is flashing as they are often overlooked when repairing/replacing the roof, so be sure to inspect your flashing from time to time.

A garage door

Garage door maintenance

When it comes to home maintenance, your garage door might not be at the top of your list or even on it at all! However regular maintenance could save you headaches down the line, and the following tips may help keep your garage door working properly for decades to come. Applying a solvent like WD_40 to the roller tracks, and latches should prevent them from sticking over time due to rust and corrosion. While you’re there examine each component and replace any bent or broken parts as needed. Also be sure to apply some lubricant to the garage door opener if it is operated by a chain or drive screw. Wooden garage doors should be sealed and painted on a regular basis, and DIY network suggest caulking all cracks. Also, check the weather sealant at the bottom of the door and if it is damaged, replace it before the rainy season.

About.com recommends adding garage door maintenance to your yearly maintenance schedule. Spring or autumn are perfect times to make a date with your garage door, in between the harsher weather periods.

Finally this is one I see homeowners forget a lot. Your HVAC system worked very hard last winter. Have it inspected and cleaned by a professional HVAC contractor and keep those filters changed for the spring and summer months as well.

Get it done and enjoy the spring!

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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