Category: Home Listings

Low unemployment, less inventory, low interest rates and rising rents… all factors for a strong housing market in 2013

Prices and the number of multiple offers may be rising in part because of shrinking inventory. In Snohomish County, (for the month of December) year-over-year inventory was down more than 53 percent, while in King County the selection was about half of a year ago levels: 3,801 listings versus 7,472. (according to the NWMLS). At the end of December, […]

What Is A Common Road Maintenance Agreement? Do You Need One?

If you share a common access road or area with one or more property owner(s) you should have a road maintenance agreement in place. Sharing a common access point is also known as a right-of-way or private road easement (the right to use the property of another without possessing or owning it). Sometimes the only access […]

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required for ALL Housing

There has been much confusion around the January 1, 2013 state requirement that carbon monoxide (CO) detectors be installed in ALL housing. Below is some Q&A taken from the RHA website to get you headed in the right direction for installation, and ensure compliance.  Note: that this is a website of resources for landlords and tenants but this new law does apply […]

Snohomish County flood season; is your homeowners policy enough?

According to the Insurance Information Institute, “homeowners insurance provides financial protection against disasters. A standard policy insures the home itself and the things you keep in it”.  Washington state is sure to be excellent for winter adventurers with one of the best snow packs expected this year.   But it is never to early to plan ahead and as the winter […]

Seattle Rental Update…

Are you a Seattle-area renter who feels like rents have been going up too quickly the last couple of years?  I just read a great article by Eric Pryne from the Seattle Times that you should read: Ballard’s apartment boom comes with risks Seattle’s apartment boom extends far beyond Ballard. Nearly 8,400 units are under […]

The Condo Resale Cert.. What is that???

If you are anticipating buying a condominium in Washington State there is one document you should pay particular attention to. The Condominium Resale Certificate is a document provided to the buyer discussing the financial health of the building. It is prepared by the Association or a management company.  Once provided the buyer has five days […]

Don’t Make The Mistake Of Listing Your Home On The Wrong Day

Selling a home is a numbers game. You want your listing to look attractive to buyers and their agents online and if they like what they see, chances are they are going to tour the home in person. Once they are inside the home, they figure out if they really like it. To successfully sell a home, […]

Should You Really Have A Home Inspection… Um, Yes.

Never have I been more aware of the importance of a home inspection than today.  A home that is less than 7 years old and seemed to be kept in perfect condition was found to have a major mold problem in the attic that left the sellers speechless.    Needless to say, there will be a […]