Jan 20

Median Home Sales Prices for 98007, 98008, 98006

BELLEVUE ZIP 98006 Median Sales Prices

BELLEVUE ZIP 98007 Median Sales Prices

 BELLEVUE ZIP 98008 Median Sales Prices


Dec 10

10 Reasons to Sell your House this Holiday

…your house probably looks wonderful all decorated for the holidays! Watch the video for nine more reasons.

Dec 07

Winter ‘To-Do’ List for Homeowners

Now that Winter is nearly here – December 21st is the first day of Winter – it is time to get ready for Winter Home Maintenance

Here are the items to put on your winter to-do list:

Interior Grout Lines and Caulk Joints
  • Check all grout lines at countertops and tub and shower surrounds to make sure they are sealed and are not cracked.  Re-grout where necessary.  It is very common for new construction builders to not apply grout sealer over grout lines, a recipe for cracked grout lines and water intrusion down the road.
  • Re-caulk any caulk joints that have opened up or just where the caulk is worn, growing mold, etc…
GFCI Outlets
  • Use the test and re-set button to test your GFCI outlets.  Better yet, for usually less than $10 you can buy a GFCI tester and make sure all GFCI’s in your home, including those that do not have test and re-set buttons, work properly. Any outlets that do not re-set should be replaced.  You are supposed to trip and re-set all GFCI’s monthly.
 Interior Sinks
  •  Run the sinks with the sink stoppers seated so the sink fills.  Let it go until it is flowing water through the overflow drain.  Open the sink cabinet and turn on a flashlight to check for leaks.  Then let the stopper come up and watch for leaks and for proper whirlpool action as the water drains.  If leaks are found, repair them.  If the sink will not drain properly, use liquid drain cleaner to open them.
  • Check bathtub for whirlpool drain action.  If the tub will not drain properly, use liquid drain cleaner to open the drain.  Periodically remove the drain strainer and remove the hair that builds up below it in the mouth of the drain line.
  • Run all shower heads and look for leaks at the shower head threads.  If there are any, unscrew the shower head and put plumber’s tape on it and put the shower head on again securely. 
  • Check your furnace filters.  Your furnace will run a lot more this time of year.  The more it runs, the more air that gets filtered, resulting in filters that need cleaned or replaced more often.
    • If you have permanent filters, made of metal, flush them out at an outside hose bib or in the shower.  Then let them dry thoroughly before reinstalling them.
    • If you have disposable filters, just write down the three numbers on the filter frame, then take those numbers to the hardware store.  The number stand for the length, width, and depth of the filter.  For example: 24 x 12 x ½”. 
Outside Hose Bibs
  • If you didn’t drain your outside hose bibs, make sure to buy covers for them.  Hose bibs that have water present can freeze during very cold nights if they aren’t covered, resulting in burst pipes and VERY expensive repairs.

Information compliments of:


Licensed Home Inspectors: Bill Easter #400, Chip Lusk #401, and Dan Urquhart #1434
Move Smart Home Inspections | 253-631-4019 | www.movesmart.net

Dec 06

Median home prices finally pass housing boom levels, hit all-time high

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National home prices hit a new all-time high surpassing the pre-recession peak

Home prices hit a new all-time high, finally surpassing the pre-recession peak, according to the Q3 2016 U.S. Home Sales Report from ATTOM Data Solutions, a source for comprehensive housing data and the new parent company of RealtyTrac.

In fact, the median home price increased 6% monthly to $230,000 in the third quarter, and is up 10% from last year. This is 1% above the pre-recession peak of $227,000 in 2005 and an all-time high in home prices.

Some appreciation slowing

The average seller home price gain since purchase start to wane in some of the highest-priced markets where appreciation is beginning to cool, indicating those markets are past their prime as sellers’ markets.

Distressed home sales drop to 9-year low

Although home prices are up, borrowers are not having problems making their mortgage payments, with distressed sales down in the third quarter. Distressed sales now sit at the lowest level in nine years, according to the report.

Distressed sales dropped to 12.9% for all single family home and condo sales in the third quarter, down from 15% last quarter and 15.9% last year, the report stated. This marks the lowest share since the third quarter of 2007.

Distressed inventory for sale is virtually non-existent in many of the nation’s hottest housing markets, and when a distressed property is listed for sale in those markets it often sells quickly and at little or no discount.

Good news for home sellers, who nationwide realized the biggest home price gains in 9-years

The scarcity of discounted distressed inventory is chasing away cash buyers and other bargain hunters, but it’s certainly good news for home sellers, who nationwide realized the biggest home price gains since purchase in nine years.

Cash sales decreased

Cash sales also decreased in the third quarter, falling to 27.4% of market sales. This is down from 29.2% last year and the lowest level of cash sales since the third quarter of 2007’s 24.3%.

Dec 03

10 Reasons to Sell Your House This Holiday

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Click through for the video showing 10 Reasons to Sell Your Home Now… Winter is a good time!

Nov 19

The 4 Things Buyers Really Want in Kitchen Cabinetry

The 4 Things Buyers Really Want in Kitchen Cabinetry


A great kitchen design can dramatically increase your property value – if you want to attract prospective buyers, your kitchen is the perfect place to invest money. The trick is to get it to appeal to the majority of people by spending your money on what most of them really want.

Kitchen cabinetry can do much to attract the right buyers. There are four key factors to consider: quality, symmetry, color and layout. If you can get these key elements right with your cabinetry, you’re bound to have a higher home value.

1.  Quality

The number of cabinets you have is not as important as the quality of the cabinetry. The fewer cabinets you add to your kitchen renovation, the less expensive it will be. Choose quality over quantity.

DO: Choose quality hinges and runners, including soft-close drawers, and custom-made cabinetry.

 2.  Symmetry

The eye is naturally drawn to appreciate symmetry and repetition. When you’re renovating to sell, keep your kitchen cabinetry simple and appealing. Elegance has a way of being understated, and simplicity is key when you are trying to appeal to the majority of buyers.

DO: Keep the wall cabinetry sizes the same where possible. Drawers look nice when they are large and expansive – if you have multiple sets, keep them the same size, with the same proportion of drawers.

 3.  Light Bright Spaces

Many buyers here in Australia want an open, light and airy space. A kitchen that is white makes the space feel bigger. White is also a universally appealing color and leaves a blank slate so buyers can re-envision the space, and also the most popular color with buyers.

DO: Keep the space open, bright and light with white cabinetry. If you want some contrast, go for a darker bench top. Back-splashes should be kept fairly neutral too – try to introduce texture instead of color into the back-splash. The more neutral and elegant the space is, the more potential buyers you will attract.

 4.  An Open Layout

Designing your kitchen to have a sensible and open layout is pivotal to increasing property value when you’re renovating to sell. In Australia, the trend is moving toward open-plan living and multifunctional spaces.

DO: Have a large open-plan space with a kitchen island if possible. Buyers often want to multitask in the kitchen. They want to cook, have their kids do their homework and socialize in it.


Nov 03

20 Best Places People Are Moving to in the U.S… uh, Seattle?

20. Seattle

Wondering why the increase in traffic? Seem like there’s more people here? Well, it’s not your imagination. Seattle ranks high in several national polls of ‘Best Places:’

US News and World Report of the 20 Best Places People Are Moving to in the U.S. :  #19

Most desirable places to live:  #5

Most fun places to live:  #5

Best Places to find a job:  #5

Oct 05

What’s it like to live in Seattle, WA?



Doesn’t it rain all the time…?

To answer the question on many people’s mind: “No, it doesn’t rain all the time.” Seattle gets less rain annually than Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Miami and many other major cities. The natural beauty of the city – it’s surrounded by both mountains and water on two sides – is one of the biggest draws for residents.

Easy does it…

The scenery and proximity to nature, perhaps, contribute to Seattle’s inherent attitude: one of calm and patience. Locals are mocked for always allowing others to merge on the freeway, but that attitude extends to everyday life, where coffee shops harbor intellectual discussions, and nightlife is more about chilling with a beer at the bar than wild nights on the dance floor.

Living in Seattle has as much to do with what’s outside the city as what’s inside…

For many, living in Seattle has as much to do with what’s outside the city as what’s inside. Less than an hour from downtown, residents escape for the day or weekend to wineries, ski resorts, hiking trails and sprawling parks. Seattleites bring that love of nature into the city as much as possible, enjoying Seattle’s parks and tree-lined streets while staying cozy in fleece jackets (practically the local uniform).

CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawkss


U.S. News analyzed 100 cities in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each city, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there. Seattle ranks as #7 with an overall score of 7.2 out of 10.

What’s the cost of living in Seattle, WA?

Large tech companies bring in money and the young, wealthy people who earn it, driving up the housing costs and increasing the stark socio-economic divides. Although the average Seattlite earns more than the average American, Seattle is one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S., and the high cost of living has been pushing low-income residents out of the city to suburbs, or even other metro areas..

Seattle offers a lower value than similarly sized cities when you compare housing costs to median household income.

Housing Costs this Year



What’s the weather like in Seattle, WA?

People say that living is Seattle is like being married to a beautiful woman who is sick all the time. They’re referring to the city’s unique combination of breathtaking scenery and the weather that often masks it. With consistently gray skies from November to May, you can see how the city gets its reputation for gloom.

What is less publicized is the reverse effect: Summer rarely sees a drop of rain with days averaging in the high 70s… with the temperatures rising in the past years. The saying around Seattle is that you travel in other months of the year… summertime is just too beautiful in Seattle to miss.

More about Seattle

Sep 22

’50 Shades of Grey’ condo sells in snap

Sarah Jullion Real EstateThe downtown Seattle penthouse condo that inspired the erotic “Fifty Shades” series trilogy was on the market only a day before it sold.

The list price was $8.8 million. The buyer is local.

Public records list the current owners of the 30th floor residence as Diamond Parking Service Chairman and CEO Joel Diamond and his wife Julie, and they’re selling the 5,170-square-foot home because they’re downsizing. Records show the Diamonds bought the condo in 2010 for $5.95 million.

Puget Sound Business Journal, September 15, 2016  Pictures 

Sep 20

9 Smart Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

dining-room-table-windows1. Strip the windows

Light and bright is what sells. They might be beautiful, but they’ll darken and date the room. You can leave the sheers, but take down the drapes.

Pull the blinds all the way up. If blinds are left in the down but open position, that can reduce light by 50% over the course of the day.  And make sure your windows are sparkling clean; they let in more light and just look nicer, too.

2. White-out the bathroom

Just as hotels use white items to reinforce the idea that they’re clean, white in the bathroom makes things look fresh and new.

Even if you can’t replace cabinets or counter tops at least purchase fresh white towels. And add a white shower curtain, white soap dish, and new white bathmat (though, if your bathroom floor is a selling point, skip the bathmat).

3. Update kitchen fixtures

You don’t need to replace the countertops or even paint to give your kitchen an update. The solution is simpler and cheaper.

Replacing an old light fixture with a nice modern one from Home Depot can do a lot to improve the look of your kitchen.

If your drawer pulls and cabinet knobs look dated, swap them out for the style and finish that’s most sought-after in your area, whether that’s brushed nickel or polished brass—ask your broker what’s hot.

4. Flip every switch

Lighting up the house by turning on every lamp and overhead light will make prospective buyers confident that you have nothing to hide. Remember, you’re not trying to create “atmosphere” like you would at a dinner party—you’re showcasing a product for sale. Place floor lamps in dark corners.

An inexpensive, high-intensity floor lamp directed at the ceiling can do a lot to make a room look bigger and brighter.

5. Replace wall art with mirrors

Whether your walls feature fine art or family photos, swap those personal pieces out for a large mirror on one or two key walls. Since people’s taste in art varies a lot, you should hide prominent paintings or art photographs unless you are confident they have broad appeal.  -— Read more

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