A wave of condos is coming to Seattle and Bellevue for the first time since the housing bust

After a half-decade of building rental apartments, developers are switching gears to construct for-sale condo projects, which should open up more homeownership options that are less expensive than single-family homes but still not cheap. Seattle’s housing builders are starting to party like it’s 2005: That’s right, condos are back.Developers who spent the past several years building […]

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Expand your homebuying options with a fixer-upper mortgage

It’s the lament of first-time homebuyers in just about every housing market: There aren’t enough entry-level homes available that are move-in ready.One solution is to broaden the search to fixer-uppers. With a renovation mortgage, you can get one home loan that combines the purchase price with the cost of improvements.Not Enough Affordable LoansEntry-level homes are […]

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12 First Time Homebuyer Mistakes

Every year, first-time home buyers venture into the market and make the same mistakes that their parents, siblings and friends made when they bought their first houses.But today’s novice buyers can stop the cycle. Here are 12 mistakes that first-time home buyers make — and what to do instead.12 Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers MakeAnd How […]

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How to Make a New House Your Own

By Julea Joseph, guest contributor The keys are in your buyer’s hands! They’ve gone through the process … the search, deciding, inspection, stress, closing, and finally, the elation of buying a new home. Now, they have to make it their own. Here’s how. Color –  Paint is the least expensive, easiest way to update a space.  It can […]

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home inspection in Snohomish County

5 home inspection mistakes buyers and sellers make

A home inspection is an assessment of a home’s condition.  Home inspectors not only identify problems with houses, they can give buyers information that will help them with the upkeep.“We want to teach them how to maintain the property because it’s the biggest investment they’ll ever make,” says Alden E. Gibson, a past president of […]

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