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

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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

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 Have a spectacular weekend everyone! 

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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.

 

Get out and enjoy the Pacific Northwest

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!

Things to do

Ski Washington  /  Ten Hikes in Snohomish County
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company  /Angel of the Winds Casino
Glacier Lanes Restaurant & Lounge  /Snohomish Golf Course
Imagine Children’s Museum  / Future of Flight Aviation Center
Flying Heritage Collection / Xfinity Arena
Wallace Falls State Park  /Monroe Historical Society & Museum
Evergreen Speedway / Mukilteo Lighthouse Park
Granite Falls Historical Museum / Blackman House Museum
Historic Everett Theatre /Boulder River Waterfall
Spencer Island  /Outdoor Adventures
Canopy Tours – Ziplining /Flowing Lake Regional Park
Snohomish Public Golf Club

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Or if you just cant stand the rain there are some great movies out this month.

The Forest
The Revenant
Norm of the North
Ride Along 2
The Benefactor

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The 5th Wave
The Boy
Exposed

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Kung Fu Panda 3
The Finest Hour

sports

How about those Seahawks? We love them win or lose and hey there is always next year? So for you sports fanatics

Football (Seattle)
Baseball (Seattle)
Minor League Baseball (Everett)
Hockey (Seattle)
Hockey (Everett)

COLLEGE
UW Huskies
Washington State Cougars

Whatever you do have fun and stay dry!

Jen Murrweiss ~Snohomish County Homes Real Estate

 

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!

http://www.snohomishcountyhomesinc.com

 

September is almost over go have some fun!

 

 

 

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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.

There is a Hot Rod Car show in Snohomish on the 28th.

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!

Enjoy

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Local Events and fun National Days for July

Did you know~ The month of July is Nectarine and Garlic Month? Here is a few other fun facts for July. Join in the fun and celebrate one of these National “holiday” days.

20th-National Ice cream Day

22nd-National Penuche Fudge Day

23rd-Gorgeous Grandma Day

27th- Parents Day

29th- National Chicken Wing Day

7/30- National Cheesecake Day

7/30- National Chili Dog Day

Some of these Sound Pretty Darn Tasty!

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Looking for something to do? Here is just a few of the great events happening this month. For the full line up of so many great events, Farmers Market and stuff to do around Snohomish County see the website .

Snonomish Kla Ha Ya Days is going on through tomorrow

Everett Music in the Parks and Outdoor cinemas are very popular and looks like a great concert tonight down by Lombardi’s- Check out the line ups

Lake Stevens Aquafest- 25th -27th

Mount Lake Terrace- Tour De Terrace- July 25th. 20th Annual Annual is a 3 day- Seafair-Sancitioned Summer Festival

Everett-First Annual Flying Heritage Collection Skyfair! July 26th 10:00-4:00. The Flying Heritage Collection’s 1st Annual Air and Ground show.

And can you believe we are almost at SeaFair time? Wow this summer is flying.

July 26th in Seattle SeaFair Torchlight Parade starting at 7:30