King County, WA

Eastside Real Estate Is the Seattle Eastside Real Estate Market Healthy in the First Quarter of 2014?   The number of distressed sales, bank owned and short sales, has dropped in half from 2011.  Only 13% of the real estate sales on Seattle's Eastside at the close of 2013 were distressed sales.  More and more homeowners are reaping the benefits of the increase in sales prices and are no longer underwater.  This […]
For Buyers King County Assessor Lloyd Hara to host Town Hall Meeting in Kirkland, Washington Are you questioning why your property taxes may have gone up?  Many people do.  Every year I get phone calls from neighbors and clients asking me why their taxes have increased.  Most people hope to contest King County's tax assessment if they think the property tax increase is unfair.  Before you decide to contest your […]
Bellevue Real Estate Seattle Eastside March Real Estate Marched On!   Finally, there were a few more homes for sale on Seattle's eastside in March, the first month since August of last year! Did this increase in inventory dampen the number of sales?  So far, nothing has slowed down the rate of sales.  In fact, the rate of home sales in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and […]
Eastside Real Estate Are Distressed Sales a Big Part of the Real Estate Market on Seattle’s Eastside? Not only is the Seattle Eastside Real Estate market on a roll, the number of distressed sales (bank owned and short sales) has declined dramatically.  In the 3rd quarter, only 18% of the homes sold on the eastside were distressed sales.   Seattle and the rest of King County also had numbers that were on the […]
Bellevue, WA Animals in King County Need Your Help! Calling all pet owners and animal lovers in King County. Pets in King County need your help. Several eastside cities, Bellevue, Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond, and Mercer Island, are thinking of canceling the contract with King County for animal control services . Each of the above cities would be responsible for animal control issues within its […]
Bellevue Real Estate Negative Headlines for Seattle Real Estate?   I thought we were finally past the negative headlines in Seattle real estate, but apparently not. Both The Seattle Times and the PI had articles about the decline in prices. The articles take a look at the latest Case-Shiller Index for January, 2012, which shows closings for December of 2011.  The offers for the […]
Eastside Real Estate How Was The Seattle Eastside Real Estate Market in January, 2012?       Real estate on Seattle’s eastside had a great start to 2012.   Pending sales were up by 38% and there were 26.5% fewer homes on the market this year than in January, 2011! This is a recipe for a positive real estate market here in the cities of Bellevue, Kirkland,  Redmond, Issaquah, […]
Bellevue, WA My 2009 Predictions for 2012 Seattle Area Real Estate   Predictions for 2012 Seattle-Eastside Real Estate?   I’d just written a post with predictions for this year’s real estate market, when I happened to come across this post from 2 1/2 years ago with positive predictions about the 2012 Bellevue/Eastside real estate market.  Looking at the reprinted post below, how much looks like it could […]
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Bellevue Real Estate Sellers in the Seattle Area and On the Eastside Start Your Engines!   At the start of 2012, there are less than 8000 homes for sale in King County!  Compare this number to the start of the last three years: 2011:  10,008 homes for sale 2010:    9726 homes for sale 2009:  11,363 homes for sale   The old law of supply and demand is at work […]
For Buyers You Snooze, You Lose, in This Seattle Eastside Real Estate Market   Brooks and I just sold a home in Redmond which had multiple offers.  A contract was in hand, when the very next day I received phone calls from both an agent and a prospective buyer who wanted to see the home.  They were a day late. It was gone. It was sold. Here on the eastside, […]
Bellevue, WA Which Eastside City had the Fastest Selling Homes In October, 2011?   Homes in East Bellevue and Redmond near Microsoft sold the fastest on Seattle’s eastside in October. Homes sold in under 2 months, at 59 days. Market time for the other eastside cities, ranged from 99-117 days or just shy of 4 months.  This is a reasonable market time as it shows a more of a balanced […]
Eastside Real Estate Is Now a Good time to Sell Your Seattle Eastside Home? Is this a good time to sell your Seattle eastside home?  If you’re a seller on Seattle’s eastside, the numbers are on your side.  This is the second week in a row with less than 10,000 homes on the market in King County, a first for this year!  The competition has pulled up the “for […]
Eastside Real Estate How Many Seattle Area Real Estate Sales Were Distressed Sales? How much of the Seattle area real estate market is made up of distressed sales, sales in which the property is bank owned or a seller is required to obtain approval from the bank in order to sell?   In the third quarter of 2011, Seattle and the eastside suburbs were holding their own in […]
Bellevue Real Estate How Many Homes Sold in Your Seattle-Eastside Neighborhood in July, 2011? [googlemaps,+WA&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=23.403932,58.271484&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Bellevue,+King,+Washington&ll=47.610377,-122.200679&spn=0.310148,0.910492&z=10&output=embed&w=425&h=350] How many homes sold in June, 2011 in your neighborhood? It’s uncanny to see how similar July real estate sales on Seattle’s eastside were to June’s sales results.  On most of the eastside, the numbers varied only slightly from June.  Twenty-three percent of the homes for sale on the eastside sold, with the […]
Bellevue Real Estate How Many Real Estate Sales Were in Your Seattle-Eastside Neighborhood in June, 2011? [googlemaps,+WA&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=23.403932,58.271484&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Bellevue,+King,+Washington&ll=47.610377,-122.200679&spn=0.310148,0.910492&z=10&output=embed&w=425&h=350] How many homes sold in June, 2011 in your neighborhood? June continued to be a strong month for real estate sales on Seattle’ eastside.  In fact, June may have been the strongest month for real estate sales on Seattle’s eastside in four years.  The Puget Sound Business Journal stated more homes sold this […]
Bellevue Real Estate How Strong Were June, 2011 Real Estate Sales on Seattle's Eastside? How strong were June, 2011 real estate sales on Seattle’s Eastside?  This summer’s real estate market is going to stay stronger than what we usually see during a Seattle summer. Traditionally, the highest number of homes for sale during a year comes near the end of July.  With this increased competition, it can make it […]
Bellevue Real Estate The Seattle-Eastside Real Estate Market Is Better Than You Think! It’s simple.  Mix one part law of supply and demand;  one part the more positive economy;  and one part more ready, willing, and able buyers.  Mix with more realistic pricing that meets the market demand.  You now have the well priced homes selling and the most positive real estate market the eastside has had since […]
Bellevue Real Estate There Are Some "Hot" Real Estate Markets Around Seattle There are some hot real estate markets in the Seattle area. These “red” hot areas are shown below. The usual suspects of Queen Anne and Capital Hill experienced a hot market in February. The newest suspect, East Bellevue and Redmond near Microsoft, my neck of the Seattle real estate market, was also going strong.    In […]
Bellevue Real Estate How Badly is Seattle's Eastside Real Estate Affected by Distressed Sales “Distressed Homes Sales Dragging Prices Down” screamed the print version of The Seattle Times, while the online version shouted  “Median Home Price in King County Drops in February, Dragged Down by Bank Repos. Pretty scary headlines.  Scary headlines certainly attract readers. Distressed home sales, bank repos and short sales, are out there and affecting home […]
Bellevue Real Estate Has a Positive Trend Started in Seattle-Eastside Real Estate? The positive trend in Seattle’s eastside real estate continued from December, 2010 to January’s sales.  Maybe the uptick in December was not an anomaly?  We’ll still need to wait and see. This, again,  is what the Seattle Times said after December’s home sales numbers were released: • Buyers are climbing off the fence, even if […]