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
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
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
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?
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
I hope your week is a great one!
Jen Murrweiss | Remax Elite | 425-422-7243
Happy Friday! I hope you enjoy this Real Estate round up of our area and other interesting articles plus some fun stuff too.
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
10 tips for budget-friendly lawn care
7 weird ways to stay cool this summer
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!
Thank you for your service and helping to keep our neighborhoods safe!
National Police and EMS week may 11-17th.
Are you a Hero that is looking to save on your next home sale or purchase and all the services that go along with it? Contact me and I will show you how easy it is.
With Tax day upon us I thought this would be a great reminder.
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.
The weather is ugly today so sitting here working on client files my mind started to wander to all the great things, activities and adventure that can be found in our great state and especially here in Snohomish County. So join me in checking out some ideas for fun stuff to do to either get out of the rain or have fun in it!
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!
Wow! Can you believe it’s almost the end of September? Have you seen all the Halloween stuff already in stores? Better yet for the really ambitious how about all the Christmas items? I personally am a one holiday at a time girl. Halloween goes up the 2nd week in October and Christmas not till after Thanksgiving.. one at a time please.
If you’re looking for something to do in the next few weekend here is the full line up from around the Northwest and a few great ones worth mentioning to get you started.
Fremont Oktoberfest September 19th-21st. 5-11:30. Fremont Oktoberfest has been hailed as one of the top 10 places in the world to celebrate Oktoberfest. So come raise a toast with friends to the start of fall, and the wide variety of beer flavors that come with it.
Need Fresh Fruit and veggies? The Farmers Markets are still in full swing. Bothell, Lake Stevens and Everett are on Friday the 19th and the 26th.
Speaking of Bothell its Ye’ Old Pirate Day at Country Village on Saturday the 20th.
Have you done the Puyallup yet? Or should I say Washington State Fair? If not this is the last weekend!
Now that you have filled up this weekend see whats up the last weekend of September.
The Art and Harvest Festival is happening from the 25-28 in Everett with a not to miss night of Beer and Brats.
The Everett Fall Home Show starts Friday, Sep 27, Ending Sunday, Sep 29. Go and get motivated for any and all of your remodeling projects.
Italian Festival at the Seattle Center 9/27 – 9/28
And are you wondering why I put the coffee and beer picture on? Well Monday September 29th is National Coffee day and who would we be in the Great Northwest to not recognize this day?
So after all that beer, brats, pasta and wine from the festivals you will need a break and some coffee to wake you up on Monday!