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.

May 15, 2014

Get Property Values in 1 Minute or Less

National Open House Weekend kicks-off this Saturday & Sunday. What is National Open House Weekend? It's a national event orchestrated by the National Association of REALTORS® to host open houses on a national scale. Effectively, its when real estate brokers welcome people into homes that we have listed for sale. Should be fun.

But what if you're out looking and would like to know a home's value compared to asking price? How would you do that? Now you can can.

Get estimated property values in 1 minute or less from a local Snohomish County real estate company with our newly released online property valuation tool.

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May 13, 2014

Are Building Rules Going to Change Post Oso Slide?

The date March 22, 2014 will live in the minds and hearts of Snohomish County residents for years to come. The Oso community's losses are more than tragic; they were our friends, our family, and our neighbors. For those who don't know, Oso's attraction is almost obvious - a small foothills community wealthy in tradition and the peaceful seclusion offered by the surrounding mountainous views.

Oso has seen donations of monumental proportions and that support continues to pour in yet Snohomish County is now faced with a new challenge - building.

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April 27, 2014

What are Buyer's Closing Costs?

If you’re using financing to purchase a Snohomish County home then more than likely you’ll be using NWMLS’s form 22A Financing Addendum. As part of a Purchase & Sale Agreement, 22A details 8 highly pertinent financing items for both the buyer and seller.

  1. Loan Application
  2. Seller’s Right to Terminate
  3. Loan Cost Provisions
  4. Earnest Money
  5. Inspection
  6. Appraisal Less Than Sale Price
  7. FHA/VA/RD – Appraisal Certificate
  8. Extension of Closing to Accommodate Requirements of Regulation Z of the Truth in Lending Act
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April 17, 2014

What is Escrow and Why is it Needed in Snohomish County?

What is real estate escrow?

An escrow is an arrangement in which a neutral third party (the escrow agent) assembles and processes all of the components of a real estate transaction (including legal documents), records the transaction, and ultimately, disburses and distributes funds according to the buyer's and seller's instructions. Your transaction is typically closed by an Escrow Officer or LPO (Limited Practice Officer) in Washington State.

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April 10, 2014

Neighborhood Spotlight: On the Hill

On the Hill Homes

More commonly known as east Marysville, and encompassing Bayview Ridge, Munson Creek, and the Northpointe developments, On the Hill is an established neighborhood with traditional Northwest architecture and mature landscaping. Being located on Marysville eastern border, and on a western facing slope, many homes are blessed by beautiful sunsets paired with timeless silhouettes of Olympic Mountains, the Puget Sound, and Whidbey Island. More neighborhood hallmarks consist of tree lined and wide flowing streets, the 18 hole Cedarcrest Golf Course, and quick access to SR 9 (aka Highway 9) and downtown.

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April 3, 2014

Why Should You Buy Now vs Later in Snohomish County

Why should you buy a home now vs later? Is there a waiting cost in delaying a purchase? Is there an echo bubble coming and waiting is the right choice? On the flip-side, in a declining housing market there is a cost savings with renting versus buying. Or is this smoke & mirrors to get people to buy? Creating a sense of urgency is not the goal here; however, showing the waiting costs in an increasing housing market is.

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April 1, 2014

Trulia.com Becomes a Dating Site for Real Estate Agents

Trulia.com, the national real estate website, has become a real estate agent dating site in what's been dubbed at Truluvia. Find Truluvia at Trulia.com and meet other real estate singles.

 

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March 18, 2014

Common Property Deeds in Snohomish County

Property deeds are the legal means by which real property transferred from owner to owner in Snohomish County. If you have purchased or sold a home then you've probably seen a 'legal description' or a 'statutory warranty deed' when writing and organizing a purchase and sale agreement or as apart of the closing documents. Deeds are an important and imperative part of the real estate contract yet what types of deeds transfer real property?

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March 8, 2014

Neighborhood Spotlight: Warm Beach

In the second edition of Neighborhood Spotlight, we travel to northwest Snohomish County and the city of Stanwood Washington where you'll find the community of Warm Beach. Approximately 4 sq/miles, Warm Beach lends its name (though this is not confirmed) to Washington's afternoon summer Sun which blankets its shorelines.

While being a quaint Stanwood community, Warm Beach has annual event that brightens hearts in cold winter months, the Warm Beach Lights of Christmas. Know for its million plus lighting displays, kids rides, hot chocolate, and winter bizarre, the Light of Christmas is a splendor to gaze upon.

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Feb. 28, 2014

Free Home Selling Checklist for Snohomish County Homeowners

Selling a home can cause stress and anxiety amongst homeowners. Strangers walking through personal space, viewing personal memories, and finding the time to prepare a home for sale is a chore all on its own. When meeting with homeowners, to sell their home, staging is always a topic of conversation.

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