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The World’s Most Extreme Rental Hikes Could be in Seattle

Seattle is the fastest growing big city in the country right now, which means land prices, building costs and rental prices are out of control. Warehouse rents are skyrocketing faster than anything around the Puget Sound according to a report b...

by Mary Pong, September 25, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, October 11, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, October 13, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, March 8, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, December 4, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, December 4, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, March 18, 2018
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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.  ...

by Mary Pong, September 27, 2018
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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...

by Mary Pong, September 25, 2018
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Buying and Selling Luxury Homes in Seattle and Bellevue

Seattle is booming, Bellevue is growing, and the housing prices continue to rise as more people move to the city. All the more reason to hire a seasoned real estate professional who knows the area when selling your luxury home. Article by Mary...

by Mary Pong, September 9, 2018
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China’s Real Estate Agents Love Seattle – Here’s Why

The China Alliance of Real Estate Agencies toured the Seattle area in November 2017. This membership is responsible for about 60% of home sales in China and they love the Seattle area and explain why foreign home buying is surging in this reg...

by Mary Pong, November 20, 2017
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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....

by Mary Pong, November 2, 2017
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Seattle Home Prices Practically Double Other U.S. Cities

Seattle’s real estate is one of the hottest markets in the nation. Seattle is leading the country in home price increases and we’ve almost doubled our home price growth over any other US city just in the last 11 months. Seattle’s hom...

by Mary Pong, October 25, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, October 20, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, October 13, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, July 28, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, July 17, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, March 8, 2017
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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,...

by Mary Pong, March 8, 2018
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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...

by Mary Pong, March 8, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, March 8, 2017
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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 ...

by Mary Pong, March 8, 2017
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Bellevue Named #2 in the 50 Best Cities to Live in America

24/7 Wall St. has just confirmed what many residents of Western Washington have known for years, that Bellevue is one of the best cities in America to live in. 24/7 Wall St. concluded its data about the best cities in America to live in by revi...

by Mary Pong, March 7, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, March 1, 2017
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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...

by Mary Pong, October 26, 2016
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