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6 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Selling your property in the competitive Seattle housing market can be a challenging endeavor. To maximize the potential rewards of a successful home sale, you should know and understand what you need to do. But just as important is being a...

by Mary Pong, July 19, 2019
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Why Buying a Home is Easier with a Real Estate Agent

If you're still having second thoughts about hiring an agent to help you buy a home, these six reasons will convince you that their professional expertise is a crucial advantage: Your agent gives you access to a wealth of information ...

by Mary Pong, July 12, 2019
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Simple Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Home

There used to be a time when greening your home would put a major dent in your budget. But technology has come a long way since then. In fact, most construction companies now are using eco-friendly materials for their projects as an industr...

by Stephanie James, July 5, 2019
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Questions to ask before investing in a property

Seattle real estate is not only of great interest to consumers, employees and homeowners here but also to real estate investors, as well. Real estate property in the Greater Seattle area has been a very profitable investment commodity or a ...

by Mary Pong, June 21, 2019
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Living in Seattle: A moving guide

Living in Seattle: A moving guide

Seattle, the Emerald City, and the Pacific NW is a fantastic place to live! Sure, it rains sometimes, but that’s why we have so many trees and lush green vegetation year-round! When the sun shines, it reveals majestic mountains, beaches, ...

by Mary Pong, June 14, 2019
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How To Hire The Best Seattle Real Estate Broker

Are you thinking about buying or selling a property in Seattle? There is nothing you will do that impacts your odds of success more than choosing the right representation. Unfortunately, many people hire a broker just because they are friends o...

by Mary Pong, June 13, 2019
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Most Anticipated 2019 Summer Events Around Seattle

For some, summer is all about pool parties, BBQ’s and vacations. For others, it is all about the festivals. Seattle is home to some of the most eclectic and sensational festivals in the country. Throughout the entire season you will be able t...

by Mary Pong, June 11, 2019
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Tips for putting the right price tag on your home

Tips for putting the right price tag on your home

Home buyers from all over the world are investing in Seattle’s strong economy and sought-after real estate market, so the demand for well priced homes in desirable areas continue to increase. That, however, doesn't guarantee that you will...

by Mary Pong, June 7, 2019
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Wine Lovers Rejoice! Seattle Is Home To Amazing Wine Bars

Whether you have had a rough day at the office, are craving a night out, or want to reward yourself for a job well done, there is no occasion that doesn’t call for a glass of vino! If you love to unwind with a glass of wine, you have no short...

by Mary Pong, June 7, 2019
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Spoil Yourself At These Luxury Spas Around Seattle

Could you use a day to relax and let your stress melt away? Lucky for you, Seattle is home to an array of amazing luxury spas where you can indulge in a variety of treatments that will leave you feeling like a whole new person. Here are a few o...

by Mary Pong, June 5, 2019
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Seattle Real Estate Investing 101: Cap Rates

When you make the decision to invest your money, it is only natural to feel some level of concern or insecurity that you could be making the wrong decision. It is that same anxiety that causes some people to even steer clear of the stock market...

by Mary Pong, June 3, 2019
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How To Know When It’s Time To “Move Up” In Seattle

Have you been feeling cramped at home lately? Could you use some more storage space? Do you find yourself casually browsing through Seattle’s real estate listings and dreaming of a new, bigger abode? It may just be time for you to g...

by Mary Pong, June 1, 2019
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Your no-frills guide to buying a Seattle home

Seattle real estate is one of the most coveted property markets in the country. Buying real estate in Seattle, however, requires the assistance of knowledgeable, experienced representation to be successful in this competitive market. To...

by Mary Pong, May 31, 2019
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The Hottest 2019 Summer Camps In Seattle

Summer is right around the corner which means it is time to start thinking about what your little ones will be doing with their time off. No parent enjoys watching their kid sit at home for a couple of months glued to their iPads and video game...

by Mary Pong, May 30, 2019
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Best Private Schools In Seattle

One of the most important goals of a parent, is empowering their children by making sure that they have an opportunity to receive the best possible education. Lucky for you, you live in Seattle where there is no shortage of high-quality public ...

by Mary Pong, May 20, 2019
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The Phenomenal Chinese Schools Of Seattle

There are so many wonderful and unique qualities that make Seattle such a special place to call home. One of those qualities is that we have a terrific selection of Chinese schools which cater to both Chinese and non-Chinese students interested...

by Mary Pong, May 14, 2019
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Are You Crazy To Invest In Bellevue Real Estate This Year?

There are few real estate markets in the United States that have experienced as frenzied buying and selling market conditions, as Bellevue. The intense competition that has dominated the Bellevue real estate market in recent years has likely le...

by Mary Pong, May 8, 2019
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3 Reasons You Should Move To Seattle, Washington

Are you looking for some fresh scenery and perhaps a change-of-pace? Moving to a new city may be just what the doctor ordered. While I admit that I’m a bit biased, I would certainly recommend that you should consider making your move to the E...

by Mary Pong, May 6, 2019
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How Accurate is Zestimate?

Many consumers often use resources on the internet, such as Zillow’s “Zestimate” or other web-based computer algorithm tools in attempting to come up with a market value for a home, prior to listing or buying it. Real estate brokers often...

by Mary Pong, April 26, 2019
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Amazon Expanding in Bellevue

One of the local tech giants in Puget Sound, Amazon, has plans to significantly expand their footprint outside of their downtown Seattle locations. According to The Seattle Times and the Puget Sound Business Journal, over the past couple of ...

by Mary Pong, April 26, 2019
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5 Benefits Of Living In Seattle Washington

Have you been considering starting a new life in Seattle? Are you wondering if the city is really as wonderful as its reputation? Perhaps you've been offered a new job, and you're wondering if you could really see yourself being happy her...

by Mary Pong, April 22, 2019
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6 Reasons Why Everyone Wants To Move To Seattle

Have you ever imagined what it might be like to call Seattle home? You might be surprised to learn that Seattle has become one of the most desirable and robust cities in the entire country! In fact, it has been receiving awards left and righ...

by Mary Pong, April 20, 2019
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Why Real Estate Investors Are Obsessed With Seattle

In recent years, The Seattle real estate market has been a buying & selling frenzy that has intimidated some consumers and investors. However, because of changes in Chinese monetary policy the market had slowed temporarily. Combined with a stro...

by Mary Pong, April 18, 2019
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How To Find The Best Seattle Real Estate Broker

So you’re thinking of making a move in Seattle? Good for you! A lot of people are picking up and moving to the emerald city and it seems even more who already live here are taking advantage of the positive trends we’ve experienced i...

by Mary Pong, April 16, 2019
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Spring 2019 Family-Friendly Activities Around Seattle

Mt. Rainier Guided Snowshoe Walk Older children and their parents can enjoy a guided snowshoe walk through Paradise with the Mt. Rainier Guided Snowshoe Walk. Held from March 2-31, 2019, these guided two-hour walks allow visitors to learn ab...

by Mary Pong, April 13, 2019
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How To Sell Your Bellevue House For Top Dollar This Spring

Unless you have had your head under a rock for the last couple of years, you probably know that it’s been a sellers’ market in Seattle recently and this is especially true in upscale neighborhoods such as the Bellevue real estate market. Ho...

by Mary Pong, April 12, 2019
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Sensational Seattle Spring Break Camps

It is hard to believe but spring break is right around the corner and it’s time for you to start thinking about getting your little ones enrolled in a camp, if you don’t want them sitting at home or stuck in a daycare. Lucky for you, there ...

by Mary Pong, April 11, 2019
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Vulcan Real Estate Purchased $45 Million Bellevue Complex

Bellevue Plaza was just purchased by Vulcan Real Estate for $45.35 million. Located at 117 106th AVE NE, Vulcan’s first Bellevue property is a 1960s retail complex perfect for redevelopment. Currently surrounded by 3 acres of parking, ...

by Mary Pong, May 10, 2016
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Homes Cost More Around Seattle’s Light Rail

Seattle’s mass transit line offers ease of commute but homeowners and buyers are feeling the pressure. Homes tend to cost more around the Puget Sound’s massive transit expansion, especially near stations. Seattle has been expanding t...

by Mary Pong, July 26, 2016
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Seattle Moving Trends

Seattle is on the move! With so many new tech companies moving into the Puget Sound region, prices are going up! Unfortunately there is simply not enough supply. This is great news for sellers, not so great news for buyers but by using the foll...

by Mary Pong, March 28, 2016
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New Record For Home Listings in Puget Sound

Just two months ago Seattle had an absorption rate of one month, meaning that if no more listings hit the market in the Seattle area, all the properties would be sold within about a month. A balanced market is about a six-month absorption rat...

by Mary Pong, May 10, 2016
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Seattle’s Real Estate Could Be Absorbed in 1 Month

Viaduct shut down, record traffic jams, more housing issues. Where will Seattle go from here? A recent piece in the local BizJournals stated that there are only 2,700 properties for sale in all of King County, where just a year ago there we...

by Mary Pong, May 10, 2016
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Apple May Be Expanding Offices in Seattle

Apple May Be Expanding Offices in Seattle

The real estate industry is buzzing with rumors that Apple may be purchasing a large office space in Seattle. Apple recently invested $200 million on Turi, a Seattle startup company focusing on machine learning enterprise founded by a comp...

by Mary Pong, August 27, 2016
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Best Neighborhoods in the Puget Sound

Greenwood The New Ballard. This residential neighborhood is located just north of Phinney Ridge and Green Lake between I-5 and Crown Hill, close to the Puget Sound. It is distinctly a residential neighborhood and over the last two years ...

by Mary Pong, February 26, 2016
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9 of the Hottest Seattle Neighborhoods Right Now

Hot real estate market, hot for buyers and renters and up and coming on job growth and entertainment, Seattle Magazine recently announced the 9 hottest neighborhoods in Seattle for 2016. Let’s take a look at each one of these and why they ma...

by Mary Pong, February 26, 2016
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Seattle is the #2 Hottest Housing Market in 2016

Zillow recently announced that Seattle made the top ten list of hottest real estate markets in 2016. Denver topped the list followed by Seattle, Dallas, Richmond VA, Boise, Ogden, UT, Salt Lake City, Omaha, Sacramento, and Portland. The ...

by Mary Pong, January 22, 2016
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A Guide to Seattle Neighborhoods

As with any major Metropolitan city, there will be pockets of neighborhoods, communities and unique districts in and around the city itself. Seattle is no exception. From the eclectic and whimsical neighborhoods north of Seattle such as Ballard...

by Mary Pong, September 7, 2016
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New Development Planned for Central Seattle by Vulcan

Promenade 23, a luxury property in Seattle’s Central District, was recently acquired by Vulcan Real Estate for further development. Purchased for $30.9 million, this high-profile complex on the east side of 23rd Ave South in Seattle will ...

by Mary Pong, February 26, 2016
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Cash Buyers are King in the Luxury Market

Got some cash? You’re going to need it to compete. According to the Seattle Business Journal two-thirds of home buyers purchasing high-end homes in 2014 paid cash. Out of that number, 39% of buyers were from overseas and primarily China. Many...

by Mary Pong, January 22, 2016
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Eastside’s New Construction on the Rise

Eastside’s New Construction on the Rise

Construction is already underway in Issaquah on a more than $15 million single-family home development. Jazz Run, is the newest development on Seattle’s Eastside, hopefully easing the strain for the low inventory throughout the Puget Sound re...

by Mary Pong, February 10, 2016
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Puget Sound Home Buyers Could Break Even on a Home Purchase

According to a new report in the Seattle business Journal, Seattle homebuyers could break even on a home purchase in less than two years. According to the “ Breakeven Horizon” a study published by the Seattle online real estate com...

by Mary Pong, February 10, 2016
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19 Puget Sound High Schools Ranked Among Top 1500 in U.S.

The U.S. News & World Report recently came out with the rankings of the top high schools in the country and the Puget Sound had 19 on this last. Schools are ranked based on how well he prepare students for college and how academically students ...

by Mary Pong, September 16, 2016
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