February’s Home Connection


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


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

Friday, January 22, 2016

The 5th Wave
The Boy

Friday, January 29, 2016
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Finest Hour


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)

UW Huskies
Washington State Cougars

Whatever you do have fun and stay dry!

Jen Murrweiss ~Snohomish County Homes Real Estate


Countdown to Christmas and spotlight on homes ~ December 8th

Bothell is known for its great schools in the Northshore district and many I have assisted in finding a home have been surprised at what a fight it is to get a home there. Most always homes have multiple offers and you have to be persistent. Today I have two homes for you. The first is one heck of a deal and only one picture.  The second is a average home for sale in the Bothell area.


Bothell- $195,990. Opportunity! Attn: Investors, Builders, custom home prospects. Level, aprx. .66 acre lot with new septic system. Rehab the existing 3 bedroom/1 bath home or tear down and start over with your dream home. Attn: Mechanics – Apx. 960sf outbuilding/garage included. Nice surrounding home and neighborhood, near new Bothell High School.

Bothell-$344,950-Beautiful updated 3 bed 1.5 bath home is move in ready! Features new white millwork, hardwood floors, cabinets, granite, carpet, fixtures and all new paint. Enjoy the open kitchen with island eating bar and new stainless appliances. Back slider door leads to large deck and a large level fenced yard. Lower level has large family room, 1/2 bath, utility room and another door to yard. Other features include new gas furnace, roof and windows. 2 car garage with lots of parking. Hurry on this one!

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Holidays– Here is one and something I have learned the hard way. Write down where you have hidden the gifts. I swear the last few years I always lose a few and then end up finding months later. One year I even gave one of my boys a lego set that was supposed to be for Christmas in his Easter basket! Think you’ll remember? I always thought I would too but NOT!

Go See those lights. Link here to 9 De-Lightful Neighborhood Light Displays

Last Tip!
Have you ever heard of Froogle.com (powered by Google)? to compare prices quickly across online and offline retailers. Check it out! I just did because the store ran out of Skylanders. Wish me luck!

Happy Holidays!


Countdown to Christmas and spotlight on homes~ December 6th

Have you ever gone to Gold Bar and hiked Wallace Falls? Great hike for the family and beautiful view.

Gold Bar– $179,900 Wonderful Bank Owned Rambler with designer touches. Recessed entry and vaulted ceilings. Cozy propane fireplace. Hardwood floors. 2 Car Garage.

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Ten Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

  • Prune the to-do list. Ask “if I don’t do this, what will happen? “Aim to knock down the list of chores to the rock-bottom necessity.
  • Cut the gift list. Rein in gift exchanges that have been outgrown or lost their meaning. Limit gifts to children only, draw names, or organize a gift exchange.
  • Wrap as you go. Who needs to spend Christmas Eve catching up on wrapping chores? Sticky notes will help you keep track of gift contents.
  • Buy, don’t bake. Turn your back on the oven this year. Supermarkets, bakeries and the freezer department at the discount warehouse are a great source of delicious, pre-baked holiday treats. Costco here I come!
  • Email your cards. Reach out and touch someone-the easy way. Online greeting cards are easy, inexpensive and fun to send. No more lines at the post office! I would not suggest this for close family however. I know my parents would NOT appreciate an email card versus a real one with a picture of the kids. Of course use your judgment.
  • Scale back the décor. Substitute a simple door wreath for outdoor lighting and a tabletop tree for the over the top Tannenbaum. You can bring a festive feel to the house without day-long decorating sessions.
  • Cut the clean-a-thon. Focus cleaning attention on kitchen and public rooms; private areas can slide till season’s end. Better to schedule deep-cleaning chores like carpet cleaning until after the wear-and-tear of the holiday season.
  • Downsize dishwashing. Hand washing fine china is nobody’s idea of a good time, so move to everyday stoneware. Simpler still: paper plates!
  • Finger food, not feast. A smorgasbord of tasty tidbits is easier on the cook and kinder to the waistline that a sit-down dinner. Share the work by hosting pot-luck events.
  • Stay home! Cuddling down close to the hearth beats holiday travel any day. A holiday “stay cation” allows for evening drives to see the lights, family camp-outs in front of the Christmas tree, and evenings spent with carols and popcorn. Fun!

Happy Holidays


Count Down to Christmas and spotlight on homes~ December 4th

As one of Washington’s most picturesque waterfront communities, Edmonds offers visitors a seaside ambiance and residents an appealing, small-town quality of life. Tour the waterfront and you will come to know why.


Edmonds- $450,000 New home Development Lake Heights has this Spectacular home for sale. An open Kitchen with great room concept, formal dining and half bath on the main level. Upstairs includes 2 bedrooms with a guest bath with double sinks, master bedroom with vaulted ceilings and walk-in closet. Spacious bonus room with large windows welcoming natural light. Corner Lot, Edmonds School District, and close access to HWY 99 & I-5 and downtown Edmonds. There is only a few of these beautiful homes.

Finally A Politically Correct Christmas Carol

Deck the halls with boughs of non-endangered plant species
Fa la la la la, la la la la
“Tis the season to be self-actualizing
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Don we now our organic apparel
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Toll the ancient non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday-Carol
Fa la la la la, la la la la
See the blazing log on non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday non-endangered wood before us,
Play the harp without unnecessary brutality and join the chorus
Sing we emotionally stable in a collective group effort,
Heedless of the weather patterns despite the effects of global warming,
Fast away the chronologically challenged year passes
Hail the new year without any implicit ageism, ye persons
Dance in a non-ierachical manner in  merry measure,
While I tell on non-materialistic, non-demoninations-winter solstice-holiday treasure.
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Happy Holidays


Count Down to Christmas and spotlight on homes~December 3rd

Okay here we go. No Woodway but without the steep price here is a gem of a home that is perfect for a first time home buyer or someone wanting a rambler. Do you know ramblers more than any home hold there value?

Mountlake Terrace– $275,000- What a cutie! Newly listed Adorable starter home with 3 bedrooms, office space and attached garage. Cul de sac location with sidewalks and spacious yard. Updated windows, insulation, carpeting and roof. Cute kitchen with cork flooring and convenient dining area. Efficient natural gas appliances including gas heat, hot water and dryer. Super location near parks, schools, shopping and transit. A fantastic opportunity to purchase this move-in ready home.

Adorable and well kept home

Adorable and well kept home

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Green Giving 101:

Are you hoping to share some “green” holiday cheer this year? Here are some ideas to consider:

Give a consumable gift

Organic teas, fair trade coffee, fresh flowers, fresh or dried fruits and nuts all make great gifts.

Share your time and attention

Offer to baby-sit, pet-sit, house-sit, deliver home cooked meals or help clean.

Give a gift where it is needed

Make a friend smile when they get a card describing the child in another part of the world whose life will be improved by the gift on their behalf. There are several wonderful websites offering charitable gift opportunities, including: http://www.heifer.org and http://www.charitygiftcertificates.org.

Creative gifts show you care

The baby sweater or cozy scarf you knit yourself or is more likely to become a family heirloom, extending the life cycle of the materials in your gift.

Buy a local gift

A gift made or grown locally can tell a story or share a unique product you have discovered on your own stomping grounds.

Use packaging that will not go to waste. Your packaging may be part of the gift itself, such as wrapping the gift in a scarf or enclosing it in a box that can be reused for collecting life’s odds and ends. Reusable wrapping, such as a gift bag, will pass on the fun.

Happy Holidays!


Let’s Talk Turkey and Prep that Bird

Time for Turkey

Pre- Holiday Appliance Check

  • How to check oven temperatures: If you are worried about your oven not properly heating, you can quickly check it yourself. Buy an oven thermometer and place it in the oven. Set the oven thermostat to 350 degrees F. The oven should heat to between 325 degrees and 375 degrees. In most cases it is considered acceptable if the actual temperature is within 26 degrees of the set temperature. It is often possible to adjust the thermostat knob or to recalibrate the electronic range control if the oven is not reaching the right temperature.
  • Clean filters make for a more efficient Dishwasher: Filters protect the pump and motor seals. Many dishwashers have a filter located under the spray arm, near the bottom of the appliance. The filter can get clogged with sediment from hard water, food residue, or even detergent build-up. It is important to check the condition of the filter to make sure it is intact, has no holes in the screen and if free of debris. If the filter has been damaged you can purchase an inexpensive replacement.
  • Say goodbye to a smelly garbage disposal: If your kitchen doesn’t smell its best, check your garbage disposal. Food particles easily collect inside the disposal blades. The fact that you frequently run water through your disposal isn’t enough to prevent this collection of food debris. Freshen up a disposal by grinding half a lemon or lime.

Quick Fixes for Cooking Calamities

  • Don’t have buttermilk? Use plain yogurt or thinned sour cream or creme fraiche instead. Or add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup mild and let stand 5 minutes.
  • No dry bread crumbs? Just get some bread, tear it up into small chunks, saute in a skillet with a little butter until browned.
  • No eggs? If its for baking, substitute 1/4 cup applesauce for 1 egg.
  • No sweet potatoes for a casserole, soup or gratin-type dish? Use butternut squash or pumpkin
  • No granulated sugar? For every 1 cup needed, use 3/4 cup confectiners’ sugar or 3/4 cup honey.
  • No parchment paper? Use brown paper or waxed paper (not over high heat), or just grease and flour the pan.
  • No kitchen twine to truss the turkey? Use unwaxed, unflavored dental floss.

Avoid the Plummer! Did you know the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for plumbers? You can avoid an emergency call to the plumber by following these DONT’S

  • DON’T overload the garbage disposal with large amounts of starchy foods.
  • DON’T place heavy foods like pasta, potatoes, rice or coffee grounds in the disposal.
  • DON’T place stringy foods such as celery or rhubarb in the disposal; the strings are hard on the disposal blades. Use the garbage can instead! Better yet put them in the compost bin.
  • DON’T dump grease directly down drain- it solidifies in the drain! That included poultry skins.



National Real Estate News

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 09:31 AM PDT

The new home sales report for June – combined with the downward revisions for previous months – was very weak.

The Census Bureau reported that new home sales this year, through June, were 225,000, Not seasonally adjusted (NSA). That is down 4.3% from 235,000 during the first half of 2013 (NSA).

Maybe sales will move sideways for a little longer, but remember early 2013 was a difficult comparison period. Annual sales in 2013 were up 16.3% from 2012, but sales in the first four months of 2013 were up 26% from the same period in 2012!

New Home Sales 2013 2014

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This graph shows new home sales for 2013 and 2014 by month (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate).

The comparisons to last year will be a little easier in Q3, and I still expect to see year-over-year growth later this year.

And here is another update to the “distressing gap” graph that I first started posting several years ago to show the emerging gap caused by distressed sales.  Now I’m looking for the gap to close over the next few years.

Distressing Gap

The “distressing gap” graph shows existing home sales (left axis) and new home sales (right axis) through June 2014. This graph starts in 1994, but the relationship has been fairly steady back to the ’60s.

Following the housing bubble and bust, the “distressing gap” appeared mostly because of distressed sales.

I expect existing home sales to decline or move sideways (distressed sales will slowly decline and be partially offset by more conventional / equity sales).  And I expect this gap to slowly close, mostly from an increase in new home sales.

Note: Existing home sales are counted when transactions are closed, and new home sales are counted when contracts are signed. So the timing of sales is different.

New Home Sales decrease to 406,000 Annual Rate in June

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 07:13 AM PDT

The Census Bureau reports New Home Sales in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 406 thousand.

May sales were revised down from 504 thousand to 442 thousand, and April sales were revised down from 425 thousand to 408 thousand.

Sales of new single-family houses in June 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 8.1 percent below the revised May rate of 442,000 and is 11.5 percent below the June 2013 estimate of 459,000.

New Home Sales

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The first graph shows New Home Sales vs. recessions since 1963. The dashed line is the current sales rate.

Even with the increase in sales over the previous two years, new home sales are still close to the bottom for previous recessions.

The second graph shows New Home Months of Supply.

New Home Sales, Months of Supply

The months of supply increased in June to 5.8 months from 5.2 months in May.

The all time record was 12.1 months of supply in January 2009.

This is now in the normal range (less than 6 months supply is normal).

“The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of June was 197,000. This represents a supply of 5.8 months at the current sales rate.”

New Home Sales, Inventory

On inventory, according to the Census Bureau:

“A house is considered for sale when a permit to build has been issued in permit-issuing places or work has begun on the footings or foundation in nonpermit areas and a sales contract has not been signed nor a deposit accepted.”

Starting in 1973 the Census Bureau broke this down into three categories: Not Started, Under Construction, and Completed.

The third graph shows the three categories of inventory starting in 1973.

The inventory of completed homes for sale is still low, and the combined total of completed and under construction is also low.

New Home Sales, NSA

The last graph shows sales NSA (monthly sales, not seasonally adjusted annual rate).

In June 2014 (red column), 38 thousand new homes were sold (NSA). Last year 43 thousand homes were also sold in June. The high for June was 115 thousand in 2005, and the low for June was 28 thousand in 2010 and 2011.

This was well below expectations of 475,000 sales in June, and sales were down 11.5% year-over-year.

#nationalrealestatenews  #snohomishcountyhomesrealestate
Information obtained from http://www.calculatedriskblog.com




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What a view of the Cascades and the entire Snohomish Valley!  Can you imagine waking up each morning and having coffee on the deck to this? Its one of the very many scenic views our community offers and is the reason I call this area home.