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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Dec. 2, 2019

Plan and Prioritize Home Maintenance to Save Money

Planning Home Maintenance When working with new homebuyers a question that often arises is “what happens if the hot water tank breaks?”. Now it may seem obvious to those who currently own but to those who haven’t it can be a cause of sheer panic. Heck, even those who own and are familiar with home maintenance can panic at any unexpected expense.

I’ve been working on a video series called Home Maintenance Minutes over the last year with the aim to cover home maintenance items that often arise during home inspections: furnace filters, moss on a roof… etc. These smaller and regular  maintenance items are critical to preventing larger scale expenses and panic situations.

With that said, how does a homeowner plan and prioritize home maintenance items? That is the target for this blog post and if you’re facing items and feeling a bit overwhelmed then this blog is for you.

Step 1: Identify Needs and Wants

Identifying Needs and Wants will aid in a building a workable list of maintenance items that can be addressed in the near future and wants that can be done without until the right time. It is helpful to ask your spouse, friend, parent, or even kids to assist and walk through and around the home taking notes.

Example: A Need is to replace a leaking garbage disposal. A Want is get a new flat screen for the master bedroom. A Need is to replace a leaking faucet and a Want to pick up the new release of Call of Duty.

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Nov. 26, 2019

Protect Your Water Pipes with Hose Bib Covers

Broken water pipes can cost thousands to repair and usually come at the most untimely times (near the holidays and in the middle of the night). The cheapest and easiest way to protect a home's water pipes is to cover the hose bib, or water spickett, with a hose bib cover.

Hose bib covers can be found at any Lowe's, HomeDepot, Ace Hardware, and E&E Lumber and are really inexpensiveness. I also did a Amazon search and found some hose bib covers for as low as a $1.50. So, pick up some covers and protect your home this winter and save yourself much unneeded frustration.

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Nov. 1, 2019

55,467 Californians moved to Washington State last year.

Being known for little-more than the The Boeing Company, Snohomish County has grown so much over the last 30 years. People are now talking about the bustling economy, widespread employment opportunities, and a robust housing market.

This growth has helped to shape local communities and has extended out to the smaller towns. The downside of this growth and strong economy is traffic.

Traffic used to start in Lynnwood and travel south into Seattle for the morning commute and reverse in the evenings. Now, that traffic extends all the way to Smokey Point. This article isn't a tirade into the County's traffic increase though it easily could be. However, with all the growth, were are all these people moving from?

Related: Relocating to Snohomish County

In a recent MSN Real Estate article 691,145 Californians left last year: What state did they go to? shows Washington State ranked 3rd for California's outward migration flow with 55,467 people entering the State.

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Oct. 28, 2019

Pink the Rink Jersey & Hat Combo Winners!

Oct. 16, 2019

Pink the Rink Annoucement

Pink the Rink was a great success and a superb time and we hope you all feel the same way. If you're checking in on the jersey hat combo giveaway please rest assured we're working on it. There were many entries and look for an email by day's end announcing the day of the drawing.

Oct. 8, 2019

Pink the Rink at Angel of the Wind Arena

Pink the Rink Angel of the Wind Arena

Join us Oct. 12th at Angels of the Winds Arena for Pink the Rink and raise awareness for Breast Cancer and celebrate survivors.

When: October 12, 2019
Where: Angel of the Wind Arena (Everett)
Time: Puck drops at 7:05pm

WHAT IS PINK the RINK?

Pink the Rink is charity hockey/fundraiser event sponsored by Angel of the Wind Casino in conjunction with Safeway, Toyota of Marysville, Pepsi Co., and the Barnett Associates Team (we're new volunteers/sponsors). In addition to a fundraiser and celebration, Pink the Rink is also a hockey match between our local Everett Silvertips and the Seattle Thunderbirds which should be some great evening entertainment.

2 GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAYS

Since we're a first year sponsor we'd decided to do something special.

We're giving away 2 Grand Prizes: Silvertips Jersey & Hat and Thunderbirds Jersey & Hat. Just stop by our table and fill out an entry form for your chance to win. The drawing for the Grand Prizes will be held at a later date so the winners can then choose an appropriate size jersey.

But that's not all. That evening we'll be giving away 5 Breast Cancer Awareness Bags that include a hat, lapel pin, car decal, wrist band and a scarf.

Hope to see you there and please stop by our table to enter to win.

Oct. 1, 2019

INFOGRAPHIC: NWMLS Market Snap August 2019

Below is in infographic from the NWMLS regarding real estate statistics for August 2019.

Washington State Real Estate Market Snapshot for August 2019

Aug. 15, 2019

Home Selling: Disposing of Old Paint Cans

Preparing a home to sell can seem like a daunting and endless process. Through the decluttlering and landscaping clean up phases and the last thing many want to do are dump runs. However, dump runs, like decluttering and landscaping, are a necessary task to prepare a home for sale and to create a setting that's fantastic on photo and video day.

Though the dump are easy to handle, just Google "[city name] + transfer station" for locations, disposing of old paint, oil, batteries, light bulbs, pesticides & herbicides, and automotive oil filters are be a bit challenging. That is why, I created the video below to share information about the Snohomish County Hazardous Waste disposal center in Everett.

During our home sales, its inevitable that are sellers have unwanted items and our buyers get left with the sellers years worth of paint choices.

May 15, 2019

Who's building Wealth? You or Your Landlord?

Who's Building Wealth? You or Your Landlord?

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April 4, 2019

Are Sellers willing to Contribute towards Buyer’s Closing Costs in 2019?

are sellers paying closing costs

To create some context and set the tone of where the article title stems from its important to revisit two items: the Residential Purchase & Sale's Financing Addendum and the Great Recession.

Let us begin with the Purchase & Sale contract's Financing Addendum.

Within a buyer’s Financing Addendum (Form 22A) there's a paragraph allowing a buyer tthe option to request the seller to contribute money (a fixed dollar amount or as a percentage of the purchase price) towards buyer’s closing costs.

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