More buyers, few sellers, push up King County home prices

  On the last day of November 2011, 158 houses were listed for sale in Bellevue east of Interstate 405. And on the same date this year? Just 62, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Inventory — or a lack of it — is driving King County’s residential real-estate market, brokers and industry observers say. Statistics released Wednesday by the listing service underscore the impact. Countywide, just 3,720 houses were on the market as of Nov. 30, 14 percent fewer than at the end of October and 43 percent fewer than a year ago. Inventory always dips in winter. But it hasn’t […] Click To Read More

Sustained home price gains show strength of recovery

Consistent home price gains demonstrate that the housing recovery is on solid ground, the publishers of a leading home price index and other industry experts say. The S&P/Case-Shiller national home price index — which tracks single-family home prices in all nine U.S. Census divisions on a quarterly basis — was up 3.6 percent from a year ago during the third quarter, and 2.2 percent from the second quarter. The 10- and 20-city S&P/Case-Shiller home price indices posted month-to-month gains for the sixth month in a row, both rising 0.3 percent in September. The composites also posted annual gains for the […] Click To Read More

Strong sales and tight inventory boosts home prices

A combination of rising sales and the lowest inventory in six years helped existing-home prices post annual gains for the eighth month in a row in October, the National Association of Realtors said today. Sales of existing homes were up 2.1 percent from September to October and 10.9 percent from a year ago, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.79 million. Also released today, a survey by the National Association of Home Builders showed builder confidence rose in November for the seventh month in a row to its highest point since May, 2006. Rising home prices are boosting home […] Click To Read More

New Credit Risk Scoring Promises to Qualify More Borrowers

Evidence is growing that more borrowers will be approved for a mortgage without increasing risk to lenders through more sophisticated credit risk scoring that uses alternative data, such as unsecured credit and property history in consumer credit report analysis, according to a new report by the CEB TowerGroup. CEB TowerGroup evaluated data from a joint analysis conducted by CoreLogic and FICO that compares the FICO® Score used by most lenders today with a new score launched in July that evaluates the traditional credit data from national credit data repositories and the unique alternative credit data contained in the recently launched […] Click To Read More

Housing Starts, Permits Post Big Gains in September

Nationwide production and permitting of new homes rose sharply in September to their highest levels in more than four years, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. A 15 percent gain brought the pace of new housing construction to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 units, while an 11.6 percent gain brought the pace of permit issuance to 894,000 units. These were the strongest numbers seen in both categories since July of 2008. Locally we are seeing the same kind of growth as the limited inventory has also created a new construction vacuum as […] Click To Read More

King County home sales, median prices up from year ago

The Seattle area real-estate market’s strong summer stretched into September, statistics released Thursday by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service indicate the median sale price, $375,000, was 7 percent higher than the same month last year. The median has been in the $375,000-$380,000 range since June. But analysts said sales activity would be even more robust if more homes were available. “There are more buyers than sellers,” said Seattle real-estate economist Matthew Gardner. “Buyers are getting frustrated with their agents, because they can’t show them what they want.” The total number of houses for sale in King County in September was […] Click To Read More

Buying Tip – Focus On “Motivated” Sellers

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Just a quick tip today for you if you are looking for a property and you want to find a good deal. There’s a lot of real estate on the market. And in a lot of cases, for any number of reasons, some sellers are very “motivated” to sell. What does this mean for you? Well, if your offer to buy comes in at the right time, you might find a seller who’s willing to let a property go for well under market value… which could set you up with some instant equity and a solid chance at making a […] Click To Read More

How To Get “Eyeballs” On Your Property

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  If you’ve been thinking about selling a property, or if you’ve been trying to sell a property without success, then you’ll probably want to start taking a more innovative approach to your marketing. After all, it’s not as easy to sell real estate today as it was a few years ago before the markets crashed. Here below are some ideas that should help you. The first thing you’ll want to do is use a service like Realbird.Com to build a nice “Single Property” website for your property. This will accomplish 2 main things. First, you’ll have an “online base” […] Click To Read More

Buying A Home? Take This Free Video Credit Course

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Here below is a series of videos that will teach you what you need to know about getting your credit in shape for a home purchase. Please feel free to share these videos with a friend who currently owns or is looking to own a home. Staying out of credit trouble can have a big impact on your financial help for years to come! Credit Course Video 1 Credit Course Video 2 Credit Course Video 3 Credit Course Video 4 Credit Course Video 5 Credit Course Video 6 Credit Course Video 7 Click To Read More

Negotiating Rules (7 Videos)

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In the series of videos below you’ll learn about 7 rules to follow when negotiating your next home purchase. These are: Never Put Your Best Offer First Develop a good relationship with the cooperating agent Know when to walk away Know what the seller wants Know your market Get A Home Inspection Ask For it! These rules are outlined in the 7 videos below… Negotiating Rules 1 Negotiating Rules 2 Negotiating Rules 3 Negotiating Rules 4 Negotiating Rules 5 Negotiating Rules 6 Negotiating Rules 7 Click To Read More