Snohomish County Real Estate Blog, News, & Statistics

The Snohomish County real estate blog address news and statistics which are pertinent to the real estate buyer, seller, and investor. Our goal is too provide educational information so people can make the best housing decision for them and their lifestyle. Please feel free to ask questions, participate in discussions, and share your experiences.

Aug. 20, 2015

Live Digital Map of Every Wildfire in Washington State

Found on TentonGravity.com, the above live map shows every wildfire within Washington State and is complete with interactive YouTube and Flickr links.

As impressive as the wildfire map is, it is sad and eye opening realization to how many fires are effecting Washingtonians (and the rest of the Nation).

I for one am hoping for rain, lots and lots of rain.

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Aug. 17, 2015

Google's Project Sunroof Video

Solar power, more specially residential home solar systems, is an electric topic these days. Whether it be in the real estate industry or our personal circle, folks want to know more. Who isn't intrigued about producing their own energy and sending the unused energy back into the grid.

Without getting into specific solar goals (living off the grid, making money, being more environmentally friendly), there are very few resources available to research their own specific energy producing capabilities, without calling the experts to evaluate and analyze.

Google wants to change that with Project Sunroof. Here is the Introducing Project Sunroof video Google released today.

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July 21, 2015

Aerial Video: 7432 78th Dr NE Marysville, WA 98270

Since the housing market has been jammed into high gear, we've been busy compiling and editing real estate drone videos for sellers.

For this interior and exterior home tour, we travel to Marysville's Bayview Ridge. Situated on 78th, the street is located at the top of the hill, this home, as well as the others, enjoy breath taking views of the Puget Sound, Tulalip Bay, Whidbey Island, Hat Island, and back dropped by the Olympic Mountain Range.

Please take a few minutes and enjoy this video tour with scenic views, its professional landscaping, and meticulous maintenance.

Property Page: http://www.barnettassociates.net/property/817635/

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July 6, 2015

Aerial Video: 10130 10th PL SE Lake Stevens WA 98258

Getting tired for the same old tranquil music when seeing Snohomish County home tours? If so, then put on the brakes for this Crystal View (Lake Stevens) home. Setting the tone is the electric guitar yet the real star is this emasculate two story home. Take a few minutes to watch and you'll see why this home is hot-to-trot.

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June 17, 2015

Washington Tourism: Mt. Rainier Scenic Train Ride

Summer has arrived. It's sunny, warm, and not a hint of rain in the forecast. Summer 2015 is shaping up to be a great one and with that, take advantage of it. In the continue Washington Tourism Series we take a look at something deeply rooted in Washington, trains.

On May 31st, the family loaded up to explore the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum. Coffees and hot cocos in hand, the adventure began in the morning's wee hours with us departing Arlington and arriving in Elbe, Wa. The drive was easy enough due to the time we left as well as parking and boarding the train.

On the 40 minute ride to the museum, the kids (ok us adults too) ate popcorn and had waters, which were available on the train, while taking pictures and video of our adventure. The ride was fun and the scenery spectacular though it would have been nice to see Mt. Rainier with no cloud cover. But that is Washington.

The video below shows our family's adventure starting at the train depot, to the museum, and ends with aerial drone video. Special thanks to MTSR for granting permission to fly at the museum and we hope you like the video. Get out there and explore Washington, you'll be glad you did.

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June 12, 2015

Snohomish County's May 2015 Housing Statistics

Below are four charts describing the Snohomish County real estate market: Average days on market (how long a home is listed prior to selling), monthly housing inventory (how many months it takes to sell all the active inventory), median home prices (the midpoint home price), and a 90 day perspective report.

Average Days on Market

The average days on market continued to decline through the end of May, to 31 days. By May's end, homes were taking a month to sell even though some micro markets were, and still are, experiencing much shorter time frames.

Average Days on Market for May 2015

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June 4, 2015

FAA APPROVED to Use Drones for Real Estate

On Friday May 29, 2015, we received official authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to legally operate a unmanned aerial system (UAS), more commonly known as drone, to market and advertising real estate and homes.

Read the full exemption on FAA.gov at:

Exemption No. 11717
Regulatory Docket No. FAA-2015-0102

Even though we've been filming homes for advertising, it was important to us to legally film and photograph real estate. That day has come and we're so excited.

Are you interested in hiring real estate agents who are authorized by the FAA? If so, learn more and contact us to start today.

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May 20, 2015

Aerial Video: 5924 Mero Rd Snohomish WA 98290

In the continued series of Snohomish County drone tours, we take a fly out to our new listing at 5924 Mero Rd Snohomish. Besides all the fantastic interior photos, the drone video appears at the beginning and a the end of the video.

My favorite, portion of the video is the end. Having to be on the water to film, the copter was flown up the walkway and through the towering Evergreens. The fly away video came out smooth and shows the home from a superb vantage point - at least we think so.

Watch the video and let us know what you think.

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May 6, 2015

Snohomish County Housing Statistics for March 2015

Are you getting the feeling like good homes are tough to purchase? At every opportunity, are faced with multiple offers and sellers accepting offers over list price? Market velocity has increased, home prices have escalated, and affordability is something from a by-gone time reminiscent of the foreclosure fallout. Without further ado, here are March 2015 housing statistics.

Snohomish County Housing Inventory

2015 has been marked by ever decreasing housing inventory and even less "good" homes for sale. As of March, housing inventory was down to 1.2 months (an equal housing market is 6 months) of standing inventory which greatly favors sellers. This low inventory is the key factor why buyers have to compete so heavily with each other.

March 2015 Snohomish County housing inventory

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April 16, 2015

Aerial Video: 6103 Storm Lake Rd Snohomish WA 98290

As you may or may not know, we are conducting aerial drone videos for real estate. Yep, you've heard right. A few months ago we purchased a DJI Phantom 2 H3-3D and a GoPro 4 Black for residential real estate tours. Needless to say, we are pretty proud of the results.

Below is a video for 6103 Storm Lake Rd, which is part of the Three Lakes area in Snohomish, that shows the property's position to it neighbors, surroundings, its low bank waterfront, and the home proximity to Flowing Lake (wait till the end).

Enjoy the views and the soft music.

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