Help and Advice in case of flooding

What would you do if your property were flooded? Are you prepared?

Here in Washington we are lucky to have so many beautiful lakes and rivers surrounding us. With that beauty however comes a risk at times with rivers overflowing and threatening homes. Even if you feel you live in a community with a low risk of flooding, remember that anywhere it rains, it can flood.  Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past, doesn’t mean you won’t in the future.  Flood risk isn’t just based on history; it’s also based on a number of factors including rainfall , topography, flood-control measures, river-flow and tidal-surge data, and changes due to new construction and development.

Right now its really cold with nice sunny days but we know how fast it changes here. Take a look at these tips and information to help your family prepare in case the worse happens.

http://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/FloodSafe_HowTo.shtml

OPEN HOUSES! Dont Miss These Ones!

OPEN HOUSES!

Bordering Mill Creek/Bothell and South Everett you will find 5 new homes tucked back on a culdesac. These are not any ordinary homes but absolutely extrodinary with builders touches and quality that you do not see everyday.

Come and see me Friday 1/11 and Saturday 1/12 from 1-3 p.m. You will fall in love!

12315 31st Ave SE, Everett 98208

Huge lots in Silver Lk~GREAT location! Private, dead-end street and lot will be mostly fenced. Features 4 bdrms, 2.75 bath, HUGE master bedroom (16×24!!) includes 5-pc master bath! Office/den downstairs *WITH CLOSET* so can be used as possible 5th bedroom!!, formal dining, rec room w/ fireplace AND living room. You’ll appreciate this builder’s attention to detail and design.

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For details on these homes please click here

Considering a Remodel Project This Winter? Know The Average Cost Before Starting

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Welcome to 2013! Do you know  its expected to be a double digit year in remodeling?

Since the Seattle Remodeling Expo  is going on right now and through the weekend what better time to give an idea on how much those new windows or kitchen remodel would be. If a project is in your horizon this year, whether large or small, take your time and compare. Its amazing the cost difference and quality so pay yourself back a bit and do your homework. But most of all have fun!

These are average costs of typical projects and could be more or less depending on materials, labor costs or if your doing it yourself. For example, we added on our home a family room addition. The below states typical cost at about $101K.  We added 940 sq. ft on our split level home for a family room and additional down stairs bedroom. Our cost 75K but, I have a handy husband who did most all of the labor except for foundation, framing and electrical. Still a chunk of money and the time spent was enormous. Many late nights after work and weekends to complete.  So when you do factor in costs dont forget to consider your time. Oh, and the possible arguments with your spouse in Lowes (yes, I do know first hand). Most of all from me to you~~ Good Luck!

 

PROJECT JOB COST RESALE VALUE COST RECOUPED
Minor Kitchen Remodel $20,947 $19,165 91.5%
Garage Door Replacement $1,742 $1,531 88.4%
Entry door replacement (steel) $1,473 $1,252 85%
Deck addition (wood) $12,938 $10,596 81.4%
Window Replacement (wood) $13,504 $10,995 81.4%
Attic Bedroom $61,066 $46,981 76.9%
Basement Remodel $76,393 $58,337 76.4%
Major Kitchen Remodel $64,209 $48,745 75.9%
Deck Addition (composite) $17,358 $13,045 75.2%
Bathroom Remodel $19,204 $14,431 75.1%
Siding Replaced (Vinyl) $14,161 $10,080 71.2%
Two-Story Addition $191,902 $135,006 70.4%
Roof Replacement $26,086 $17,942 68.8%
Family Room Addition $101,311 $69,611 68.7%
Entry Door Replacement $3,959 $2,696 68.1%
Garage Addition $69,904 $45,893 65.7%
Master Suite Addition $127,813 $82,764 64.8%
Bathroom Addition $48,237 $29,747 61.7%
Backup Power Generator $16,996 $8,783 51.7%
Sunroom Addition $85,177 $43,184 50.7%
Home Office Remodel $31,239 $15,777 50.5%

OPEN HOUSE IN SILVERLAKE ~~~HOT , HOT NEW HOME

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OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW 1/4/13; FROM 1-3. COME AND SEE THIS AND THE 4 OTHER BRAND NEW HOMES IS A CULDESAC

FOR MORE PICTURES PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW.
http://snohomishcountyhomes4u.com/listings/D15557E2-06BE-229E-64E66EA179B2E3C7.shtml

Everett, WA 98208

Price: $494,950

GORGEOUS new construction home in a new 5 lot community, huge lot in the Silver Lake area~GREAT location! Private, dead-end street and lot will be mostly fenced. Features 4 bdrms, 2.75 bath, large master bedroom includes 5-pc master bath! Office/den downstairs *WITH CLOSET* so can be used as possible 5th bedroom!!, formal dining, rec room w/ fireplace AND living room. close to major shopping centers, malls, schools, Costco, Parks, Beaches and Everett Boeing. What could be better? You will definitely appreciate this builder’s attention to detail and design~!!

Move in Ready and will not Disappoint!

•Neighborhood: Silverlake
•Lot Size: 8400
•Type: Single Family Residential for Sale
•Floors: Two or More Stories
•Parking/Garage: 3
•Bedrooms: 4
•Baths: 2
•Half Baths: 1
•Square Feet: 2969
•Year Built: 2012
•School District: Everett

Protect Yourself This Holiday Season and Beyond

We all love going home at the end of the day to a place we feel safe. Yet, residential homes are often the target of burglary, theft and other crimes. Statistically there are over 8000 reported home invasions each and every day across North America. Luckily, there are a number of measures you can take to help keep your home and valuables secure when you are at home or away.

Secure the Yard with a Fence –  A fence and locked gate are two simple ways to prevent your home from looking like a target. These tactical deterrents add an important obstacle for thieves to overcome, and burglars will avoid homes with these basic security features. Fences can also add privacy to your backyard, and keep children and pets in one place as they play. Many fencing options are both attractive and secure, so you don’t need to worry about creating a “fortress” appearance around your home.
Secure Lighting- Lighting is a basic but important burglary deterrent. Indoor and outdoor lights can thwart would-be thieves by creating the illusion that the house is occupied when you are not home, and by minimizing the number of places for burglars to hide at night. Keep your yard well lit with motion-detecting lights and put several interior lights on a programmable timer when you are away.
Secure Garage  – Garages are a favorite target for thieves because they contain easy to sell valuables like bicycles, tools and cars. Garages can also provide easy access into the home unless precautions are taken. Installing garage door openers will make access much more difficult, but it’s also important to keep all garage windows and access doors securely locked. Look into installing tempered glass in windows, or covering the inside of the windows with a sheet of durable Plexiglas. You might also consider fastening a padlock and hasp on the interior access door when you leave for extended periods of time.
Secure Entrances  – Make a thorough evaluation of the entry points to your home. Make sure all doors have a secure lock and reinforce the door frames. Windows should be closed and locked at all times when you are away. You can also look into glass alternatives that are harder to break or cut.
The Right Alarm System  There are numerous variables and systems of monitoring, so research should be invested to find the perfect system that will works for your home and your budget. I am attaching one of those offers that I give to clients. You get a great system and a bonus too. Dont forget to give my name for this great deal! Remax Security System

Grand Opening Today! Hurry Only 5 Homes in this Development.

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12311 31st Ave SE, Everett 98208  Open today and Saturday 11-1; December 7th and 8th
GORGEOUS new construction home in a new 5 lot community, huge lot in the Silver Lake area~GREAT location! Private, dead-end street and lot will be mostly fenced. Features 4 bdrms, 2.75 bath, HUGE master bedroom (16×24!!) includes 5-pc master bath! Office/den downstairs *WITH CLOSET* so can be used as possible 5th bedroom!!, formal dining, rec room w/ fireplace AND living room,  …You’ll appreciate this builder’s attention to detail and design~!!  For More pictures please visit full listing at www.snohomishcountyhomes4u.com

 

Wow! Check Out These Great Events December 1, 2012 at the Mill Creek Town Center

Christmas

This Saturday, December 1st, Santa is coming to the  Mill Creek Town Center.  Santa will be having brunch at Kafe Neo and tea at Spotted Cow! 

Then come across the street to our office (Remax Town Center) We will host a gingerbread house coloring contest from 12-4pm. Children can come in and color homes, and we will help them place their pictures in the window for display. A hot chocolate station and coffee station will be set up for refreshments. We have also coordinated to have local author Susan Straub-Martin, http://www.strauberrystudios.com that will be reading her new Christmas book! Reading will be at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
After all the festivities we will pick a 1st and 2nd place winner from each age division. 1st place winners will receive a gift card to the local toy shop in the town center, and 2nd place will receive a signed copy of the Christmas book from Susan Straum.
Hope to See you there!

 

And dont forget after to check out the Tree lighting Event

Mark your calendar and please join Rotary of Mill Creek and Mill Creek Parks & Recreation for the annual Parade & Tree Lighting in Town Center. A few highlights from the event include musical performances by Jackson High School Jazz Band & Drumline, Disney Characters, Carolers, and Santa & his Elves.  Photos with Santa in Town Center – bring your cameras and add to your family memories.

Date: Saturday, Dec 1, 2012

Time: Parade at 3:30 pm & Tree Lighting at 4:30 pm

Location: North end of Main Street and end at Mill Creek City Hall

For more information, please visit: the City”s website at www.cityofmillcreek.com

Housing Update for Washington State

News from NW Multiple Listing Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 5, 2012

Housing recovery continues with prices rising as inventory dips to lowest level since 2006

KIRKLAND, WA, November 5, 2012 – Last month’s housing inventory around western Washington fell to its lowest level since February 2006, according to statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The MLS report covering 21 counties also shows year-over-year prices on closed sales area-wide increased by double-digits for the first time since March 2007.

Brokers reported 6,000 closed sales of single family homes and condominiums last month, outperforming the year-ago volume by 1,236 transaction for an increase of nearly 26 percent. Last month’s activity in the areas served by Northwest MLS marked a rebound from September when members reported 5,535 completed transaction.

Prices on October’s sales were up 10.4 percent compared to twelve months ago. The median price for last month’s closed sales of single family homes and condominiums (combined) was $251,625; a year ago the figure was $228,000.  The last time the multiple listing service reported an area-wide double digit hike in prices was March 2007 (up 11.3 percent).

Prices for single family homes, which accounted for more than 86 percent of October’s sales, rose more than 11 percent, while prices for condominiums jumped 16.6 percent.

The shortage of inventory is helping propel prices. J. Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, commented on the correlation of sharply reduced inventory and rising prices. “The rise in prices is derived from seasonally strong sales activity in a shortage of inventory market,” he remarked.

Scott’s analysis shows 95 percent of all sales in King County were for homes priced under $1 million.
A similar pattern exists in Snohomish County, where inventory is down 51.6 percent compared to a year ago. He found that 95 percent of sales there were for homes priced under $500,000. In Pierce County, his breakdown shows about 89 percent of homes sold for under $350,000.

Northwest MLS members added 6,979 listings to inventory during October, the fewest since January. The additions included 6,108 single family homes and 871 condominiums.  With those new listings, the selection at month end totaled 23,115 homes and condos. That’s down about 30 percent from the year-ago total of 33,094 listings.

Pending sales outpaced brokers’ ability to replenish inventory.  Northwest MLS reported 8,312 pending sales during the month, a 22 percent increase from the year-ago total of 6,187 pendings. Last month’s number of mutually accepted offers also surpassed September’s total by 818 transactions.

The brisk sales activity is creating imbalanced markets in some Northwest MLS counties. Area-wide there is less than a three month supply of homes based on the pace of pending sales when matched with inventory. (Many industry experts consider 5-to-6 months as the indicator of a balanced market.)

At the end of October, five counties in the MLS system have less than four months of supply:

County Active Listings Pending Sales Months Supply
King 5,437 3,400    1.60
Snohomish 1,960 1,325    1.48
Pierce 3,539 1,383    2.56
Thurston 1,218 320    3.81
Clark 213 54    3.94
NWMLS total (21 counties) 23,115 8,312    2.78

NWMLS director Frank Wilson said Kitsap County is continuing its “slow and sane” recovery. “October continued the trend of increased sales activity,” he noted, pointing to a 23 percent increase in pending sales of single family homes last month versus a year ago. “We also have fewer houses on the market,” added Wilson, the branch managing broker at John L. Scott Real Estate Poulsbo/Kingston. MLS figures show inventory of single family homes and condos (combined) is down 12.4 percent.

Wilson said fourteen of the 19 Northwest MLS map areas in Kitsap County have less than a 5-month supply of homes and condos. Among areas with limited supply are Bainbridge Island, Chico, Indianola, Port Orchard and Poulsbo.

Wilson also cited extremely low interest rates as a contributor to healthy activity. “Where there is activity there is recovery and appreciation,” he remarked.

In King County there is only 1.6 months of supply for the county overall and even less in the MLS areas covering the Eastside, north King County and Seattle.

Closed sales rose more than 33 percent in King County last month, led by the Eastside areas, which posted a 48.5 percent increase from a year ago. Prices for homes and condos that sold last month in King County increased 19 percent compared with the same time a year ago, and rose 2.2 percent from September.  The biggest gains occurred on Mercer Island (up 49.4 percent), Dash Point/Federal Way (up 46.7 percent) and Renton-Highlands/Kennydale (up 38.4 percent).

Brokers also reported solid gains in condominium activity during October. Year-over-year pending sales increased nearly 19 percent for MLS areas overall.  Prices rose 16.6 percent, while the selection shrunk. The number of listings was at about half the inventory offered for sale at this time last year.

Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member real estate firms, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest. Its membership includes more than 21,000 real estate brokers. The organization, based in Kirkland, Wash., currently serves 21 counties in Washington state.

Statistical Summary by Counties: Market Activity Summary – October 2012

Single
Family
Homes
+ Condos
LISTINGS PENDING
SALES
CLOSED SALES
New
Listings
Total
Active
# Pending
Sales
#
Closings
Avg.
Price
Median
Price
King 2,606 5,437 3,400 2,474 $420,345 $342,250
Snohomish 967 1,960 1,325 937 $265,631 $245,000
Pierce 1,150 3,539 1,383 877 $221,858 $199,950
Kitsap 348 1,480 345 279 $297,732 $225,000
Mason 94 692 95 63 $203,329 $170,000
Skagit 152 819 182 120 $250,018 $212,450
Grays Harbor 126 769 101 84 $126,828 $116,500
Lewis 111 665 105 53 $163,941 $160,000
Cowlitz 115 504 114 76 $144,355 $142,000
Grant 97 532 71 57 $184,278 $170,000
Thurston 308 1,218 320 297 $237,440 $220,000
San Juan 27 380 29 31 $399,485 $327,600
Island 130 748 147 109 $322,407 $269,950
Kittitas 67 446 52 61 $222,334 $185,000
Jefferson 58 461 56 44 $277,767 $235,000
Okanogan 35 404 30 24 $186,349 $149,450
Whatcom 310 1,353 312 242 $278,791 $257,625
Clark 43 213 54 41 $224,738 $195,000
Pacific 44 379 47 20 $91,950 $80,000
Ferry 5 78 3 3 $60,967 $39,900
Clallam 48 398 36 29 $241,847 $216,650
Others 138 640 105 79 $188,920 $164,500
MLS TOTAL 6,979 23,115 8,312 6,000 $316,505 $251,625

4-County Puget Sound Region Pending Sales (SFH + Condo combined)
(Totals include King, Snohomish, Pierce & Kitsap counties)

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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2000 3706 4778 5903 5116 5490 5079 4928 5432 4569 4675 4126 3166
2001 4334 5056 5722 5399 5631 5568 5434 5544 4040 4387 4155 3430
2002 4293 4735 5569 5436 6131 5212 5525 6215 5394 5777 4966 4153
2003 4746 5290 6889 6837 7148 7202 7673 7135 6698 6552 4904 4454
2004 4521 6284 8073 7910 7888 8186 7583 7464 6984 6761 6228 5195
2005 5426 6833 8801 8420 8610 8896 8207 8784 7561 7157 6188 4837
2006 5275 6032 8174 7651 8411 8094 7121 7692 6216 6403 5292 4346
2007 4869 6239 7192 6974 7311 6876 6371 5580 4153 4447 3896 2975
2008 3291 4167 4520 4624 4526 4765 4580 4584 4445 3346 2841 2432
2009 3250 3407 4262 5372 5498 5963 5551 5764 5825 5702 3829 3440
2010 4381 5211 6821 7368 4058 4239 4306 4520 4350 4376 3938 3474
2011 4272 4767 6049 5732 5963 5868 5657 5944 5299 5384 4814 4197
2012 4921 6069 7386 7015 7295 6733 6489 6341 5871 6453

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