November Real Estate Market.. HOT, HOT!

 

Snohomish County Statistics as of November 2016

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November is known for being on the cold side and normally signs of a slowing Real Estate market as everyone starts to buckle in for the winter and holidays. Not this year however! November was smoking hot with only 1.4 month of inventory and buyers were snatching up everything they could. I saw multiple offers skyrocketing and bidding wars with some homes being bid up 100K. The picture to the left is a Bothell home that had 32 offers and was bid up 95k! Crazy!!

Here are your local inventory stats.

 

Active Inventory

 +17% November 2016 vs. November 2015

1111 available homes currently on market -800 vs. last month.

Pending Transactions

Up 1% November 2016 vs. November 2015

1528 units -88 vs. last month

Sold Transactions

+27%!!! November 2016 vs. 2015

1452 units -182 than last month

Days on Market

Snohomish County Active to pending 33 days vs. 47 a year ago up 7 days from last month.

Median home price in Snohomish County 399,000 +14% last year.  Up $7,000 from last month.

Area price % based on last Quarter

All percentages are up and also include new construction

Bothell + 16%, Edmonds/Lynnwood +17%. Everett/Mukilteo +12%

Snohomish/Monroe+ 11%. Lake Stevens/Granite Falls + 17%.

Marysville +14%

King County Median home prices are $523,000 + 16% over last year and up $6k from last month.

Woodinville area Median price is $550!!

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Curious when the best time to buy a house is? 

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You’re not alone.

As a Realtor, one of the questions I hear most frequently is, “When is the best time to buy a house?”

The answer is simple – the best time to buy a house is the right time for you.

That being said, the housing market does experience some seasonal patterns. Traditionally, folks don’t want to move during the holidays and they desperately want to get into a better school district prior to school starting.

This means inventory is typically low during the winter and demand is often high during the summer. While inventory has a tendency to peak during August, buyers who have been on the hunt for a substantial amount of time begin to experience fatigue.

By the time fall rolls around, many house hunters have given up and signed a lease or decided to stay in their current home for another year. In fact, the Seattle area housing market has gone like gangbusters from January through July of this year. Homes were flying off the market. Bidding wars were common. Buyers were waiving inspection and guaranteeing earnest money.

There was a tapering off in August. Bidding wars became less frequent and listed homes received fewer offers. Now that we have hit fall, the competition has dropped even further. Yet, interest rates still remain at record lows.

As a potential buyer, this is great news. With low rates and less competition, you have more choices. Doesn’t fall sound like a good time to buy a home?

Ready to find a home? I can guide you to great lenders, programs that fit your budget and of, course, find you a home. Contact me today!

What is your favorite style of home?

We’ve all had that moment — driving down a street and we see a home we like specifically for the architecture and design elements. The United States is full of different home styles and architecture, and pinpointing a specific one can be difficult, especially when dominant home styles change from region to region. The homes below are examples of the most prevalent home styles found throughout the United States.

Which is your favorite and why?

 A Victorian

VICTORIAN

Victorian homes give off a certain air and possess a very stately feel. Victorians are more about beauty than functionality, with complex designs, ornate trim, and large wraparound porches. The Victorian exterior is seen as a medium for decoration. These homes generally have gables, bay windows, towers, overhangs and many are known as ‘Painted Ladies.’ The Victorian style also has sub styles, the most notable being Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne and the Romanesque style.

A craftsman Bungalow

Craftsman Bungalow

The Craftsman or Bungalow style is seen as an expression of structure and elements that rely heavily on simple, elegant design. The Craftsman is one of the most common and popular styles in the United States, with an incredible resurgence in the last five years. These homes are characterized by their wide front porches, low-pitched roofs and exteriors that use wood, stone and/or brick. The interior of the Craftsman also has an open floor plan with many built-ins throughout the house.

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Tudor

Tudors are very distinct and based on English building traditions during the Tudor Era (1485 – 1603). Tudors are characterized by their asymmetrical exteriors with windows playing a large part in the design. These homes generally have stone and stucco walls with wood accents/framing, and Tudor roofs are steep-pitched. Tudor homes are one of the most recognizable styles in the United States due to their specific architectural components.

A Cape Cod

Cape Cod

Cape Cods were first built in the 1600s and took inspiration from Britain’s thatched cottages. Cape Cods have steep roofs, dormer windows and large chimneys — elements that helped the homes withstand harsh Northeastern winters. The Cape Cod style is most recognized for its dormer windows, which play a large part in the design of the home.

A ranch

Ranch

Ranches are also known as ‘Ramblers.’ Ranches are characterized by their single-story construction and low pitched roofs. Ranches became very popular in the post World War II era, with a large resurgence in the 1960s as ‘mid-century moderns.’

A colonial

Colonial

Colonials are another home style that have a distinct appearance. Symmetry plays a large part in Colonials — evenly spaced shuttered windows, dormers, columns, and old Colonials will have many fireplaces. The most common Colonial in the United States is the Georgian Colonial, characterized by its strict symmetry, box shape, paneled front door below a decorative crown, simple or flattened columns, and the most notable feature of five shuttered windows across. Other notable Colonial styles in the United States are Dutch, Federal, and Spanish.

A contempary

Contemporary

Contemporary homes have an almost futuristic look to them, but many contemporary homes look to connect the indoors with the outdoors. Natural light plays a large part in the contemporary home, as do flat roofs and simple horizontal and perpendicular lines. Contemporary homes embrace industrialism and put an emphasis on the use of efficient and affordable materials, and the homes emphasize an importance of combining materials (steel, glass, wood, stone, etc.) to create a fluid space.

A spanish

Spanish

Spanish style homes incorporate a fusion of design elements from European and Native American architecture. The Mission Revival style is the most popular, which has its roots in Spanish churches built by missionaries. Spanish style homes tend to have clay roof tiles, arcaded porches, arched corridors, bell towers, square pillars and quatrefoil windows (these windows resemble flowers).

A mediterranean

Mediterranean

The Mediterranean style became very popular in the United States in 1918 to 1940. This style is modeled after the hacienda style, where red tile roofs, arches, and plaster surfaces play a large part in the exterior of the house. Mediterranean style homes have become popular again, but the style has adopted more design elements like porticoes, balconies, and ornamental details that include heavy wood doors, tiles in multiple colors or designs, and balconies with ornate iron railings and embellishments.

A pueblo

Pueblo Revival

The Pueblo Revival is a style favored in the Southwest, highly influenced by the ancient Pueblo’s simple multifamily homes. This home style favors materials sourced from the earth — adobe, concrete, stucco or mortar, and wood beams — and the homes tend to feature enclosed courtyards and flat or sloping roofs. The Pueblo style is also characterized by rounded exteriors that exhibit square windows, weathered wood doors and exterior stone accents.

Homes can take any shape or size, and many homes built today embrace two or more styles. The United States has many other home styles not featured. If you’re looking for a home in a particular style, your agent will be able to help find that perfect property.

If you’re interested in learning more about home styles, you can find more information here: This Old House, Popular House Styles, DIY Network

Sneak Peak coming soon Foreclosed properties!!

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 4 Beds, 3 Baths | 1,770 sq. ft. | Single-Family- Marysville

Very Elegant Home, 4 Bedroom, Vaulted Ceilings, Skylight And Pantry In The Kitchen With Breakfast Bar, His And Her Closets In The Master, Gas Fireplace W/ Blower

  Silver Firs Split

4 Beds, 3 Baths | 2004 sq ft. | Single-Family-Silver Firs

Superb split level in Silver Firs. 4 bedrooms, 2.75 baths with room to add another. Bright living room with fireplace. Large lower rec. room with fireplace. Over 2,000 sq. ft. of living space. Spacious kitchen with tile counter tops, hardwood floors. Large deck and yard. Fully fenced backyard with entertainment deck. Eligible for HomePath and Home Path Renovation Financing, low 5% down financing, No Mortgage Insurance fees!

 

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4 Beds, 2.5 Baths | 2,410 sq. ft. | Single-Family-Lake Stevens.

You will adore this home and its beautiful features! Kitchen has tons of counter space and plenty of cabinets to meet your cooking needs the kitchen island also provides additional prep space that you will be sure to love! You will absolutely love the fireplace in the open family room area, perfect on a chilly North West day. You will appreciate the easy floor plan of the upper level of the home where all bedrooms are located. HUGE fenced backyard is great for entertaining needs! WELCOME HOME!

Sneak Preview New Listings

Sneak Peak! Do you know there are some great bank owned homes from Fannie Mae coming soon? Here is one in Bothell that will hit the market in a few weeks. 1994 Rambler with nice tile floors, island kitchen, gas fireplace, 3 bdrm/ 2 bath/ 1632 sq ft. List price will be under $340K. Want more info? Hurry and ask BEFORE it hits the market.

Bothell Coming soon

 

This one is going on tomorrow! Turn Key FHA approved town home ready for new owner! Located in a small gated community surrounded by new homes & natural growth protected area. This Private & spacious home sits in back of the complex backing up to green belt. W/ Large living space of 1128sq. ft. & a 525 sq. ft garage w/additional storage you have room for everything. Features lots of large windows, hardwoods in kitchen & bath, gas stove, gas fireplace, gas heat & all appliances. Min. to Everett Boeing, Muk. Schools & Shopping. $165K

 

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You just bought a $300,000 house so how much interest do you pay?

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You have finally closed on your new home and with great rates and a beautiful home you can now relax all the hard work is over right? Not exactly. So get settled in and get use to a mortgage payment then, after a few months take a look on how you can get that mortgage down a bit faster.

Either right away, or in the future, there is a better way to pay that 30 year mortgage down quicker and build your equity faster.  Here is a current payment schedule based on a approximate 4 1/8% rate. As you can see the first few years you are paying an astronomic amount in interest. Just think of what just one extra payment a year could do for you.

Here is a link to a great site I give to my buyers and sellers. While I am not a mortgage broker (I work with some great ones) I do believe all of us Realtors should provide better tools  to our clients and be informed. After all, a home buyer, or seller, who understands the process is more comfortable with their home and their purchase.

Not only does this site have mortgage calculators. Check it out  there is every kind of financial calculator you can think of. It actually is a bit addicting so have fun with it!

Payment schedule

Year

Total
Payments
Principal
Paid
Interest
Paid
Ending
Principal
Balance
$300,000.00
1 $17,395.20 $5,192.05 $12,203.15 $294,807.95
2 $17,395.20 $5,408.99 $11,986.21 $289,398.96
3 $17,395.20 $5,634.96 $11,760.24 $283,764.00
4 $17,395.20 $5,870.37 $11,524.83 $277,893.63
5 $17,395.20 $6,115.61 $11,279.59 $271,778.02
6 $17,395.20 $6,371.14 $11,024.06 $265,406.88
7 $17,395.20 $6,637.34 $10,757.86 $258,769.54
8 $17,395.20 $6,914.62 $10,480.58 $251,854.92
9 $17,395.20 $7,203.53 $10,191.67 $244,651.39
10 $17,395.20 $7,504.47 $9,890.73 $237,146.92
11 $17,395.20 $7,818.00 $9,577.20 $229,328.92
12 $17,395.20 $8,144.63 $9,250.57 $221,184.29
13 $17,395.20 $8,484.91 $8,910.29 $212,699.38
14 $17,395.20 $8,839.40 $8,555.80 $203,859.98
15 $17,395.20 $9,208.70 $8,186.50 $194,651.28
16 $17,395.20 $9,593.44 $7,801.76 $185,057.84
17 $17,395.20 $9,994.27 $7,400.93 $175,063.57
18 $17,395.20 $10,411.80 $6,983.40 $164,651.77
19 $17,395.20 $10,846.79 $6,548.41 $153,804.98
20 $17,395.20 $11,299.97 $6,095.23 $142,505.01
21 $17,395.20 $11,772.08 $5,623.12 $130,732.93
22 $17,395.20 $12,263.90 $5,131.30 $118,469.03
23 $17,395.20 $12,776.27 $4,618.93 $105,692.76
24 $17,395.20 $13,310.07 $4,085.13 $92,382.69
25 $17,395.20 $13,866.14 $3,529.06 $78,516.55
26 $17,395.20 $14,445.46 $2,949.74 $64,071.09
27 $17,395.20 $15,049.00 $2,346.20 $49,022.09
28 $17,395.20 $15,677.73 $1,717.47 $33,344.36
29 $17,395.20 $16,332.74 $1,062.46 $17,011.62
30 $17,391.71 $17,011.62 $380.09

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