Interest Rates and your 2018 Real Estate plans

As you can see from the chart courtesy of Aaron Hoy at Capstone Home Loans, we are still at a historically low rate.  With rates expected to reach levels around 5% by the end of 2018 does this impact your plans? For some just excited to buy their first home it will impact what they can purchase.  This could cause that person to purchase something smaller, needing a little more work, or in a slightly different area.  Is this a reason not to purchase?  I don’t feel that way at all.  Prices are still going up and while we could see prices slow by end of 2018 into 2019, they will still be going up.  Even a loan at 5% is fantastic.  We have been spoiled now with several years below or near 4%.

In my opinion if the rates go up to 5% or slightly over this year the impact on the overall market will be very small.  Each persons situation is unique and some will feel the hit with a slight bump in rate as noted in the example above.  For most it will just be an adjustment to what/where they purchase.

Buying a home now will set you up for your future plans.  Owning a home is likely the largest investment you will make.  Is it always easy, no.  I am here to help guide you through the process you make sure it is a good investment for you.

4th Quarter Housing Market

There are some great insights by Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist, Windermere Real Estate in is most resent. The Gardner Report It is looking like it will continue to be a sellers market for 2018. The question is, just how much of a shift towards a balanced market will it take by years end?  It sounds like it could start that shift.

15 Acres of Tranquility & Possibilities – SOLD

Listed at $749,950 is this amazing custom home on 15+ tranquil, wooded acres. 4 bed, 2 3/4 baths, master on main w/ gorgeous entertaining decks, atrium, slab granite, vaulted cedar ceilings, brand new roof, potential MIL, high efficiency heat pump, built in vac, hot tub, and garage/shop with three bay carport. Property features, amazing garden/orchard, salmon creek, beaver ponds, walking/riding trails, RV/toy parking, and sports court. Maybe room for granny cottage? Come, relax, enjoy!!

The Windermere Foundation and what it does

As part of every transaction I donate to the Windermere foundation.  This is a look at where are the money goes and how much good is being done with it.  So I would like to thank all my clients once again for the opportunity to work with you which in turn helps to fund a lot of good being done by the Windermere Foundation.

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#YourStoryIsOurStory Brian & Michelle’s home buying story

Buying a home is not as simple as using an app to look at houses and going to some open houses then writing a contract.  It is a journey that needs a guide to help navigate potential pitfalls and help keep things grounded even during the good times.  Everyone should have a guide they trust to help them along the home buying journey.  The same can be said for selling your home.  There are a lot of memories in that home and it is not an easy decision to sell and move.  I hope you enjoy a little look into Brian & Michelle’s journey to finding their new home.

Just Reduced Price on Townhome

 

Welcome to your new home.

Welcome to your new home.

Click this link to see more about this great property. Price Reduced!!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to own a wonderful townhome close in to shopping with 3 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms and a huge bonus room downstairs that could make a great theater or game room.

Investor Opportunity in North Everett

Available housing inventory is limited in most markets in King & Snohomish counties.  Investor opportunities are becoming fewer as prices continue to go up.  This great property in Everett offers a home that has been well kept and does not really need anything done to it prior to adding a renter.  If you are not an investor that is okay too.  This is a great home for a first time home owner just getting started with the idea of building a nice real estate portfolio.

http://www.windermere.com/tid382744

 

Own your own fishing hole

Pilchuck River property for sale

The price was just reduced on this great property down to $385,000.  Nearly 5 acres and over 2300sf home built in 2009.  There is even a trail through your own mini forested area to a fishing hole on the Pilchuck River.  Check out the video in the link above to see more about this cool home & property.