Unobstructed Views in Somerset

This classic Somerset home offers stunning views from almost every room on both levels. Sweeping skyline views of Seattle & Bellevue and mountain views from the Northern Cascades to sunsets over the Olympics. Open living room with vaulted ceilings, fireplace and floor to ceiling windows. Large kitchen with eating area. Level backyard with plenty of room to play and soak in the views. Spacious lower level offers many possibilities. Convenient Somerset location, with top notch schools. $1,688,000

4502 137th Ave SE, Bellevue WA 98006

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Sweeping sunset views over the Olympic Mountains to North Cascades.
Open concept living with floor to ceiling windows to soak in the view.Views from nearly every room in the house.Located in sought after Somerset – this house is not to be missed.

Posted on July 22, 2018 at 9:04 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: real estate

Nautica by the Lake

Just Listed – Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo is beautifully updated. Level entry, corner unit located on a private treed setting. New hand-scraped hardwood floors throughout. Main floor bath totally remodeled. Master suite with full bath and deck with southwest exposure. Living room with fireplace. Covered deck with access to additional storage. Amenities include outdoor pool, hot tub, & exercise room. No rental cap or pet restrictions! Easy access to 405 and I-90 for close in commute. You’ll love it here!  All this for $300,000

Open Saturday and Sunday 1-4

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Living room with fireplace and sliders to private patio.

Open floor plan with beautiful new engineered hardwood floors throughout.

Kitchen open to dining room along private treed setting.

Master suite with double closets and attached full bath.

Charming remodeled guest bath.

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 3:59 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: listings, newcastle, real estate, seahawks

Somerset NW Contemporary

 

Beautifully updated Northwest Contemporary in sought after Somerset. Mountain and territorial views are framed by the tree lined private setting. 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths including full guest quarters in daylight lower level with separate entrance. Light filled kitchen opens to family room with gas fireplace. Living room with vaulted wood wrapped ceilings. Deck overlooking private backyard. 3 car garage, additional work space, and an abundance of storage. Convenient location and top ranked schools – Somerset, Tyee, Newport

All the listing details here.

Posted on July 14, 2018 at 8:48 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, listings, real estate, somerset

Seattle / Eastside Market Report – June 2018

Last month brought some long-awaited, positive news for buyers with May posting the most new listings in over a decade. Despite the uptick in inventory, most homes are selling in less than a month. Prices haven’t been impacted either, with the majority of the region continuing to experience double-digit home price increases.

Eastside

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The median home price on the Eastside hit an all-time high of $960, 000 in May; a 10 percent gain over the same time last year. While there were a third more homes for sale in May than a year ago, the area still had only about a month of available inventory. Three to six months is considered a balanced market. Redmond, a city with a population of 64,000, currently has only 51 single-family homes on the market.

King County

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First the good news: Those looking to buy a home in King County in May had almost 1,000 more homes to choose from compared to the previous month. The bad news: That boost in inventory did little to moderate home prices. The median price for a single-family home jumped 15 percent to $726,275, up slightly from the record high set in April.

Seattle

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A strong economy and desirable lifestyle have kept Seattle a leading destination for job-seekers. The ever-increasing demand for housing has sapped supply and sent prices soaring. For 19 months Seattle has led the nation in rising home prices. May saw the city set yet another record, with the median home price jumping 14 percent to $830,000.

Snohomish County

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Soaring prices in King County combined with rising interest rates make Snohomish County an affordable alternative for those willing to extend their commute time. The typical home cost $500,000 in May, an increase of 11 percent over the previous year, and down very slightly from last month.

This post originally appeared on the WindermereEastside.com Blog.

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 9:38 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: economy, real estate, statistics

Rare Rambler in Somerset

Timeless style with the ease of one level living. Charm abounds in this beautifully-maintained rambler with vaulted ceilings and new hardwood floors. Living room with wall of windows to take in this park-like oasis with views of Lake Washington and Olympic mountains. Four bedrooms including private master suite with an abundance of closet space. Family room off kitchen & eating area. Large patio. Upgraded vinyl windows. Two car garage. Award winning schools, just 4 blocks to Somerset Elementary! 4481 142nd Ave SE, Bellevue ~ $1,200,000

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Posted on May 20, 2018 at 10:04 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: listings, real estate, somerset

Mid Century Marvel

First time on the market and in original condition, this mid-century marvel is not to be missed. Ideal floor plan with open concept living, dining and kitchen. Large picture windows with bright southwest exposure. Fantastic statement wall with three dimensional tile and fireplace. Warm wood wrapped ceilings. Room for everyone with three bedrooms plus bonus room and two full baths. Lower level family room and shop. Ready for a new owner to introduce this home to today’s modern conveniences.   $375,000    Detailed information here. 

Posted on April 29, 2018 at 10:50 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: listings, real estate, seattle

Panoramic Views in Somerset

We’re pleased to present this updated traditional home in Somerset.  The home boasts unobstructed panoramic view of Lake WA, the Olympics, Seattle and Bellevue skylines.  Walls of windows flood the home with natural light and maximize the view. Gorgeously landscaped yard with perennials and flowering shrubs welcome you to the front door.  Level entry with full daylight basement and flat backyard, perfect for play.  Updated kitchen with an abundance of storage and endless view.  Award winning schools, Somerset, Tyee and Newport. Stop by this weekend and check it out.  Open Saturday and Sunday 1-4.

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Posted on April 20, 2018 at 3:56 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, listings, real estate, somerset

How Tax Reform Affects Homeownership

New tax legislation was signed into law at the end of 2017, and it included some significant changes for homeowners. These changes took effect in 2018 and do not influence your 2017 taxes.  Here’s a brief overview of this year’s tax changes and how they may affect you.

 The amount of mortgage interest you can deduct has decreased.

Under the old law, taxpayers could deduct the interest they paid on a mortgage of up to $1 million. The new law reduces the mortgage interest deduction from $1 million to $750,000.

These changes do not affect mortgages taken out before December 15, 2017.

The home equity loan deduction has been eliminated.

The prior law allowed homeowners to deduct the interest on a home equity loan if the value of the loan was $100,000 or less. The new law eliminates the deduction for interest on home equity loans.

The property tax deduction is capped at $10,000.  

Previously taxpayers could deduct all the state, local and foreign real estate taxes they paid with no cap on the amount. The new law limits the deduction for all state and local taxes – including income, sales, real estate, and personal property taxes – to $10,000.

The casualty loss deduction has been repealed.

Homeowners previously could deduct unreimbursed casualty, disaster and theft losses on their property. That deduction has been repealed, with an exception for losses on property located in a federally declared disaster area.

…AND AN IMPORTANT VICTORY

The capital gains exclusion remains unchanged.

Homeowners can continue to exclude up to $500,000 for joint filers or $250,000 for single filers for capital gains when selling their primary residence as long as they have lived in the home for two of the past five years. An earlier proposal would have increased that requirement to five out of the last eight years and phase out the exclusion for high-income households, but it was struck down.

Find out more about 2018 tax reform.

How does tax reform affect your plans for buying or selling a home?

The changes in real estate related taxes may change your strategy.  I’d be happy to go over your options and answer any questions you may have.

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: economy, real estate

New Year’s Tips for Buying and Selling

If your 2018 resolution is to buy or sell a home, here are some suggestions to help you along the way. For everyone else, we’ve added some tips about building equity and investing in updates to your home.

Buying:

If you’re in the market to buy your first home or if you’re upsizing/downsizing, here are some ideas that can help you make this dream a reality:

  • Create a buying timeline and work towards your goal
  • Check your credit scores and work to improve your rating
  • Start or increase your savings for a down payment
  • Start the loan pre-approval process
  • Meet with your real estate agent
  • Start looking for homes

Selling:

If you are planning to put your home on the market in 2018, here are some good places to start:

  • Create a selling timeline to work towards having your home ready for market
  • Make a list of home improvements and a plan on how to manage them
  • Get rid of the clutter
  • Contact a real estate agent (If you don’t have an agent, click here to be introduced to a Windermere Real Estate agent.)

Building Equity:

You may not be moving this year, but you can create a plan to increase your equity in the home you have now.  Here are some tips:

  • Take advantage of low interest rates by refinancing to a lower rate
  • Consider refinancing to a shorter term loan
  • Make extra lump-sum payments. Consider using your tax refund, cash gifts, work bonuses, garage sale money, or any other unexpected income toward paying down your principal.
  • Pay every two weeks instead of once a month. A biweekly payment plan can substantially reduce the amount of interest you pay because you are breaking the interest accrual down from 30 days to every 15.
  • Pay a little extra each month. Even if you’re only rounding up to the next $100 increment, putting a little extra money towards your principal every month can add up.

Investing In Your Home

You can add a lot of value and additional enjoyment to your home by investing in improvements and upgrades.

  • Choose a home improvement project that will yield a good return on investment when you do choose to sell
  • Create a home checklist to track maintenance projects over the year
  • Make eco-improvements to increase your home’s sustainability and reduce your utility payments over the long-term. These improvements are generally a good return on your investment when reselling.
    • Upgrade furnace to an efficient model
    • Upgrade windows for better insulation
    • Add alternative energy resources, such as solar power
    • Update toilets and showers to low-flow
    • Install a programmable thermostat
    • Update to energy-efficient appliances
Posted on January 18, 2018 at 3:51 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: real estate

The Gardner Report – Second Quarter 2017

Economic Overview

The Washington State economy has been expanding at a rapid pace but we are seeing a slowdown as the state grows closer to full employment. Given the solid growth, I would expect to see income growth move markedly higher, though this has yet to materialize. I anticipate that we will see faster income growth in the second half of the year. I still believe that the state will add around 70,000 jobs in 2017.

Washington State, as well as the markets that make up Western Washington, continue to see unemployment fall. The latest state-wide report now shows a rate of 4.5%—the lowest rate since data started to be collected in 1976.

I believe that growth in the state will continue to outperform the U.S. as a whole and, with such robust expansion, I would not be surprised to see more people relocate here as they see Washington as a market that offers substantial opportunity.

Home Sales Activity

  • There were 23,349 home sales during the second quarter of 2017. This is an increase of 1.1% from the same period in 2016.
  • Clallam County maintains its position as number one for sales growth over the past 12 months. Double-digit gains in sales were seen in just three other counties, which is a sharp drop from prior reports. I attribute this to inventory constraints rather than any tangible drop in demand. The only modest decline in sales last quarter was seen in Grays Harbor County.
  • The number of homes for sale, unfortunately, showed no improvement, with an average of just 9,279 listings in the quarter, a decline of 20.4% from the second quarter of 2016. Pending sales rose by 3.6% relative to the same quarter a year ago.
  • The key takeaway from this data is that it is unlikely we will see a significant increase in the number of homes for sale for the rest of 2017. Continue reading
Posted on August 6, 2017 at 3:57 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, economy, interest rates, market trends, real estate, statistics