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.

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Oct. 12, 2018

2 Videos of a North Lake Stevens Home

Have you been looking for a Lake Stevens home that has acreage, 4 bedrooms, an oversized 3 car garage, and loads of privacy? Then look no further.

Located in the Getchell area of Lake Stevens, this rambler boasts it all and you'll enjoy the peaceful living, the spacious living areas and master suite, and so much more!

Watch the two videos and contact Mickie Barnett at (425) 750-9090 for a private showing or additional questions.

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Sept. 7, 2018

5 Acres and 2 Homes on Camano Island

Mickie just listed a wonderful opportunity on Camano Island that is worth a good look. Featuring 2 homes, 5 acres, 2 addresses and a familiar warmth that just becomes people home. Here is our drone video and pictures and if you're interested in seeing this Camano Island home just contact us for a private showing.

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Aug. 27, 2018

Residential Housing Update August 2018

Snohomish County housing inventory has increased 15.75% in July and is on pace with 2016 levels. Which means more homes for sale, more competition to sell a home, and ever higher important to price accordingly if selling a property.

Snohomish County Housing Inventory August 2018
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Aug. 15, 2018

2 Videos of a Meadow Park Rambler

My latest home for sale is located in the Meadow Park neighborhood in north Marysville, just off 132nd. For its size and price it has a lot to offer: featuring a 3 bed floorplan with the master on the opposite end of the home, 2 full baths and a garage which is uncommon for this neighborhood, and one of the larger lots. Don't miss an opportunity to be near schools, shopping, and arterials for easy commuting.

Learn more by visiting the Exclusive Listings page.

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July 19, 2018

Residential Housing Update July 2018

Snohomish County's residential housing market has been hot of late but is a slowing looming? In the article Is it a Good Time to Sell a Home in Snohomish County? 4 years of housing inventory was compiled to determine low and high points in order to know when the optimal time for selling a home is.

Now, we'll continue the conversation and examine individual city data to identify if local housing inventory is consistent with previous years, trending downward, or showing an increase.

The below data was generated on 7/19/2018 and focuses on residential homes and a few key categories and a chart showing the Active residential housing levels by month.

*The property types were excluded: manufactured homes, condos, vacant land.

Active Arlington Residential Homes

Arlington's housing inventory isn't up to last years levels yet if the upward trend continues then July and August will be close to the previous year.

  • 88 Total Active Homes
  • 66 View Homes
  • 5 New Construction
  • 16 Waterfront Homes
  • 0 Short Sales
  • 0 Foreclosures

Arlington Housing Update July 2018

Search all Arlington homes at and let us know if you'd like a private showing.

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July 13, 2018

2 Videos of a Solar Home in Marysville

In a past blog post, we've discussed solar home values and now we're are selling a solar home. This particular property is located in Marysville's Sunnyside neighborhood and has so many benefits for its new owners. So, what are the benefits of solar and this home in particular?

  • Transferable Solar Incentives
  • Virtually NO PUD Bills
  • Sound & Mountain Views
  • 3 Bed & 2 Bath Rambler Floor Plan
  • Open Kitchen Design w/ Granite
  • Insulated Garage w/ 2nd Furnace & Epoxy Flooring
  • Private Backyard with Sprinkler System and 12 X 7 Garden Shed

But don't take my word for, watch the two videos, see the pictures, and request a tour today. Enjoy!

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June 11, 2018

Selling: How Important is Professional Photography?

Professional Photography in Marysville Wa

When selling a home how important is professional photography? In one word. VERY.

Real estate advertising has changed so much in the last 20 years. From monthly property books with single photos and weekly print ads to low resolution photos that were limited to just a handful of pictures. Now, there are thousands of real estate websites with property data at your fingertips and high definition photos and videos for nearly every home.

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June 7, 2018

How Do I Find Watershed Information in Snohomish County?

I've spent hours in classes, conducting online research, and asking questions to the Department of Ecology to make this well and water basin post as informative and easy to read as possible. So let's begin.

Not to dive into much back story; the gist is, the Hirst Decision changed the way county building departments decide to approve or deny building permits that use wells as a primary water source. As property owners and potential buyers, if needing to know what watershed serves an address it can be challenging.

This post will aim to answer the following question and deliver information on how to research watersheds and water basins.

  • How do I find a watershed for a particular property?

Let's start with the basics.

There are 5 watersheds in Snohomish County and they are the Lower Skagit-Samish WRIA 3, Upper Skagit-Samish WRIA 4, Stillaguamish WRIA 5, Snohomish WRIA 7, and Cedar-Sammamish WRIA 8.  Yet, it is very unlikely that a property will need to research the Cedar-Sammamish WRIA 8 since the SW area of Snohomish County relies on city water - view watershed map.

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April 16, 2018

Buying: How Much Money do I Need to Buy a House?

How much money is needed to buy a house?

How much money do I need to buy a home? is a question that is regularly asked from homebuyers, especially from first time homebuyers. It's a normal occurrence as costs tend change over time. In this article, we'll dive into a typical homebuyer's costs for purchasing a home.

In a previous article Buying a Home Zero Down Doesn't Mean Free it was discussed that zero down loans are often confused with zero cost to buyers for purchasing. Equating zero down to needing no funds to purchase isn't readily discussed within the industry and in real estate blogs. So let's break it down as those items are very different.

Besides downpayment, whether its a zero down loan or not, there are other costs incurred when buying a home.

Home Purchasing Costs Include:

  • Earnest Money
  • Home Inspection
  • Appraisal
  • Closing Costs

What is Earnest Money? Earnest money is funds put up with an accepted purchase and sale contract, usually a personal check, money order, certified check, or wire. Those funds are held in a trust account at the closing company, typically the escrow firm, until closing. Upon closing, those funds are applied towards closing costs or refunded in the event a purchase and sale contract terminates. There are other scenarios but for sake of argument we'll not venture down that path.

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March 26, 2018

10 Things to Know when Selling a Home

10 Things to Know when Selling a Home

As times change and new technology disrupts the real estate industry, the process of selling a home has become more complex and what once was customary isn't so much.

Whether you're a first time seller or just haven't sold a home in a few years, there is always something new and in the 10 Things to Know when Selling a Home, we'll cover many of these items and how homeowners should prepare themselves and their home.

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