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Consumers Vote Real Estate Top Long-Term Investment

For the third year in a row, the consumer’s top long-term investment is real estate, according to a Bankrate national survey. No-risk cash investments are a close second — also for the third straight year — while stocks are relatively unloved, in third place.Consumers’ Top Long-Term Investment Choice“If you have a long time horizon, you […]

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Pacific Northwest Summer

Summer could bring relief to homebuyer competition in Northwest

Homebuyers could have more luck landing a home in the Northwest market this summer as more housing inventory enters the market. But while competition is less, the Seattle market and surrounding areas still saw explosive growth in May. Northwest MLS suggested that would-be homebuyers who have been locked out of the housing market should test […]

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Critical Questions Buyers Should Ask Sellers

Avoid nasty surprises after moving in. Here are a few questions buyers should ask sellers before they move in.  Buyers will glean plenty of information from the seller’s disclosure agreement, the home inspector, and maybe even their new neighbors. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few questions they should ask the seller at the walkthrough […]

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Repair Tips for Homeowners

New loan program features lower payments for first two years

With loan originations  declining, some lenders are stepping “out of the box,” so to speak, to attract prospective borrowers. A few lenders are offering 1% down payment programs, but what about borrowers who are more concerned with their monthly payment than their upfront costs? Stearns Lending claims to have an answer for that…with a new loan program. […]

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Filing Taxes as a New Homeowner

As a new Snohomish County homeowner, the year you buy your own home will also be the first year you don’t take the standard deduction when doing your taxes. It can be confusing to know what is eligible for itemization and what is not. Most homeowners will end up itemizing their loan costs and fees, […]

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Seattle Real Estate Market in 2017

The general consensus for the real estate market in 2017 is that homes prices will continue to increase, but at a slower rate. That might not be the case for the Seattle area as it is the hottest real estate market in the US, with year over year increases of 11.0%.See Seattle’s real estate market ​increases […]

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