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Out of State Buyers Snatching Up Bellevue Property

For the second time in a week, out-of-state buyers have purchased large, downtown office buildings in Bellevue. The Houston-based Lionstone Investments partnered with the Seattle-based business Talon Private Capital to purchase a seven-story at...

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Rising Interest Rates Prompt Seattlites to Buy

There was a 30% rise in home sales across the Puget Sound region in November 2016 as many homebuyers quickly hurry to lock in their interest rates before the new year. We have enjoyed historically low-interest rates for the last several years, ...

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2017 Could Be the Best Year to Invest in Real Estate

If you have been on the fence about investing in real estate, 2017 could be your year. Diversifying your portfolio while creating passive income is one of the top reasons people get into real estate investing. According to a report from the Joi...

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Buyers Frustration Over Low Inventory and High Prices

Pending sales are up but new listings are down across the Puget Sound area. Listings with mutually accepted offers (pending) reach their highest levels in January 2017 since back in 2005. This continues to repeat the same story that we’ve ...

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Financial Benefits of Home Ownership

There are many benefits to home ownership. Many of the benefits of home ownership are tied into finances even benefitting owners at tax time. Here are some of the financial benefits home ownership can bring. Ownership Makes You Money ...

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Zillow May Be Overestimating the Value of Your Home

Zillow May Be Overestimating the Value of Your Home and the Accuracy of the “Zestimate” Buying and selling a home is arguably one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. Find the right home then sell and hope you gain more at the sa...

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How to Choose Between Two Perfect Homes

So you’ve been to some open houses, gone on some tours, and now find yourself in an unusual dilemma: two houses that seem perfect for you. In a way, it’s a good problem to have — better to have multiple options than none, right? But it ca...

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Benefits of a Traditional Broker Over a Discount One

Everyone wants a discount. Obviously. But is cheaper always better? If you’ve lived long enough to know that that is not the case you might be doing a little more savvy shopping these days, especially when it comes to looking for a real estat...

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Some of Washington’s Largest Tech Employers

It’s no surprise that Washington state has more tech employers than just about any other state in the nation. Dozens of tech companies in Washington state break the 100+ employee mark and Amazon plans to add another 100,000 jobs to that numbe...

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Bellevue’s First Condo Project in Over a Decade

Bellevue will be getting its first condo development in over a decade. Set to be completed in 2019, One88 is Bellevue’s first condo project since the housing crash. Vancouver BC based Bosa Development, also responsible for Seattle’s Insi...

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GIX to Establish a Physical Presence in the U.S.

And it’s Bellevue! The Global Innovation Exchange, or GIX, has established for the first time a Chinese research university’s physical presence in the United States. This new graduate Institute in Bellevue, run by the University of Washi...

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Selling Your Home in a Market of Millennial Buyers

The millennial generation makes up most of the buyers in the real estate market currently. Knowing what appeals to the millennial generation where home buying is concerned is a very smart move for anyone looking to sell or even to rent a home i...

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What Will 2018 Look Like in the Real Estate World?

Emerging Trends in Real Estate is one of the most highly regarded annual industry outlooks for the real estate world and is now in its 39th year. The market looks towards 2018, providing a regional snapshot in all 78 major markets across the co...

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Is Seattle in a Housing Bubble?

Times are different. We are not in a recession and we’re not in a housing bubble; this is really the way things are and prices are booming…according to Matthew Gardner, a local economist. The dynamics that led to the last housing co...

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How to Take Care of Floors in the Winter

Winter weather is wet weather. In Western Washington that can be anything from rain, to snow, to a mix. This wet and harsh weather gets tracked in on the floor from the bottom of shoes creating a nice mess that will have you feel like you spend...

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Compass Realty to Acquire Pacific Union Real Estate

Compass, a real estate company based in New York created in 2012, is working on closing a buyout deal with Pacific Union International Realty. This brokerage is one of the largest on the West Coast with sales reaching $14 billion last year.  ...

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Facebook to “Add” Bellevue to Its Friend List

Bellevue is home to many large tech companies and they could be adding one more to their collection. According to anonymous sources, seeking to protect their business relationships, Facebook is looking to expand on the Eastside and is lookin...

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Seattle is the 2018 Top Real Estate Market

The Seattle and Bellevue real estate markets are expected to be the nation’s top performers in 2018, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report by the Urban Land Institute and PwC (a nonprofit education and research institute....

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Baidu Opens Seattle Area Office

The Chinese tech giant Baidu opens a Seattle based office, creating an additional U.S. outpost to expand its artificial intelligence and the cloud. Baidu has been well-known as the leading Chinese language Internet search engine. It covers fi...

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5 Most Expensive Zip Codes in the Puget Sound

The Puget Sound Business Journal had a write up of the wealthiest ZIP Codes in the Puget Sound region throughout King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. It was determined by a proprietary formula, which includes net worth, home value, p...

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5 Things to Think About Before Buying a Condo

If you’re in the market for a new home in Seattle, a condominium can be a charming and convenient option. Condos are often less expensive to buy than houses or townhouses, and they can offer conveniences you might not otherwise be able to aff...

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Bothell Finally Gets New Homes

The nationwide homebuilder Toll Brothers has acquired a large development in downtown Bothell where plans on building new homes. MainStreet Property Group, a critical base real estate company, has sold a large development property in downtown B...

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How to Determine Fair Market Value

One of the key questions that potential sellers typically ask an agent is, “What is the market value of my home?” Determining fair market value requires experience, knowledge and honesty in finding accurate comparable sales. In answering...

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15 of Seattle’s Best Neighborhoods

Seattle is Booming! That’s no secret, and with the recent visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping Seattle will even more be the forefront of business and growth. If you’re considering moving to the Seattle area or relocating within Seattle,...

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Seattle’s Backyard Cottages

Homes with small detached living spaces or potential to build an additional living space on the property are growing in popularity in Seattle. Since the city has changed the zoning laws to allow property owners to build Accessory Dwelling Units...

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Chinese – American Bellevue Home Buyers

Belleuve is a wonderful city full of culture, job opportunity, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Bellevue has a wide selection of neighborhoods and home types to offer every buyer. This is a very desirable area to...

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Chinese Buyers Looking for Homes in Washington State

Recently residents from China have topped the list of foreign property buyers in America. In the months of March 2013 to March 2014 Chinese buyers spent $22 billion on American real estate up from $12.8 billion in the previous year. Washington ...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Selling a Home Yourself

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Selling a Home Yourself At some point in a homeowner’s life, they have thought about selling their home themselves. It’s a rational thought; why not? I can save money, right? Also known as a FSBO, For Sale by Ow...

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How to Increase Your Home Value to Sell

Selling a home can be stressful. Will I sell the home at asking price? Will I find buyers quickly? Will the transaction go smoothly? While maybe the answers to those questions are not known, one thing is certain, there are several things you ca...

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