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Buyers waiting in lineThe other day I was showing a home to a nice young couple. This Marysville home has just been listed for sale a day earlier. There was nothing extremely special about the home. About 20 years old and needs some cosmetic touches here and there… But overall, a decent 4 bedroom Marysville home listed just under 200K.

When we arrived, there was a car already parked in the driveway. Another agent was showing a home. Well, just a coincidence. It had happened before…

Well, not really… About 15 minutes later, it was our turn.

As soon as I opened the home for my buyers, I noticed another car pulling in right behind us. Wow! Another agent was bringing their buyers for a showing!

Three showings in a row for this Marysville home? Wrong! By the time my buyers checked the home (it didn’t take them too much time knowing that the other couple was waiting), there was one more real estate agent waiting with their clients!

We have been seeing a considerable uptick in buyers activity in the last two months. There are quite a few reasons for that:

  • Local economy stabilizes (Boeing and other companies are hiring)
  • Mortgage interest rates still remain low (4.0%)
  • For those who qualify for a home loan, renting is more expensive

What this means for the buyers (and their agents) that are currently looking for homes? Well, there are a few things I’m seeing:

  • The inventory of homes listed for sale is shrinking. There are less homes to choose from than last year. This means it’s more difficult to find the home that fits the most of your needs and wants.
  • We see multiple offers on most decent homes that appear on the market. More buyers and less homes drive the competition.

Does that mean that the real estate prices in Snohomish county will start rising. Well, we don’t know that yet. But since real estate market is highly seasonal, in most cases the stats go back an entire year to compare the data. (For example, sales in April 2012 would be compared to the sales in April 2011).

So, by the time you read or hear that real estate is appreciating again, the prices will have already risen.

  1. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 3,660 sq ft
    Lot size: 80.00 ac
    Year built: 1994
    Days on market: 1,750
    Listing provided by Windermere Real Estate M2 LLC
    Broker reciprocity icon
  2. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 6,634 sq ft
    Lot size: 41,817 sqft
    Year built: 1974
    Days on market: 25
    Listing provided by Realogics Sotheby's Int'l Rlty
    Broker reciprocity icon
  3. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 3,136 sq ft
    Lot size: 5.16 ac
    Year built: 1974
    Days on market: 277
    Listing provided by RE/MAX Whatcom County, Inc.
    Broker reciprocity icon
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,903 sq ft
    Lot size: 4.99 ac
    Year built: 1986
    Days on market: 15
    Listing provided by CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center
    Broker reciprocity icon
  5. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,550 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,245 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Days on market: 1
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Realty Bothell
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  6. 5 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 6,400 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.12 ac
    Year built: 2006
    Days on market: 16
    Listing provided by KW Everett
    Broker reciprocity icon
  7. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,592 sq ft
    Lot size: 33,541 sqft
    Year built: 1993
    Days on market: 35
    Listing provided by North Pacific Properties
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  8. 5 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 4,564 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.44 ac
    Year built: 1999
    Days on market: 78
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Rlty Marysvlle
    Broker reciprocity icon
  9. 2 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,547 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Days on market: 127
    Listing provided by Realogics Sotheby's Int'l Rlty
    Broker reciprocity icon
  10. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 3,760 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.01 ac
    Year built: 2006
    Days on market: 8
    Listing provided by RE/MAX Elite
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See all City of Marysville | WA Homes for Sale.
(all data current as of 6/23/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Since I posted before about my own experience of buying a home in Marysville without a home inspection and also described other people’s attempts to “save money” by skipping a home inspection, I’m not going talk a lot about the importance of a home inspection. Today, I’d like to say that it’s important to know WHO you hire for your home inspection.

Earlier this morning I attended a home inspection with Dave Richardson at Cascade Inspections. Dave spent 5 hours investigating issues with the house, and prepared a full-fledged report on the spot for a very impressed buyer.

This cellphone picture was taken by the happy buyer right before the inspector was to dive into the crawlspace (Who wouldn’t be happy when you have someone else to do that for you :).

 

 

In addition to all other wonderful home search features offered on this real estate blogsite, you can now take advantage of Serhiy’s new Keller Williams website:

http://doma.kwrealty.com/

While currently there are no plans to regularly post updated the real estate articles on that website, what you may find useful is the REAL ESTATE SEARCH tool. It’s provided by a different provided – Market Leader.

Both, this website and the new one pull homes for sale via Serhiy’s account from the NWMLS. Therefore, both sites should show the same listings. The difference is in the layout, however. If you happen to like the new home search tool, go ahead and use it.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions along the way.

Happy home hunting!

HUD Homes AwardI heard this story from a very experienced real estate agent. When she was just a new agent, she felt jealous of all these real estate agents in her office who proudly displayed all sorts of real estate awards and achievements. So she ordered herself this award for her desk with the inscription “Jen …, 5 Star Real Estate Agent”.

Well, it turns out I don’t have to do this.

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– What’s the fastest way to get downtown?
– Are you driving or walking?
– Driving.
– That’s the fastest way.
An old joke

Home buyers contact me via this website all the time. I regularly schedule appointments to show homes. Usually, we meet at the house that the buyer is interested in.

Occasionally it happens that the buyer gets lost and calls me for directions. What’s my first question? “Where are you at right now?”

When deciding on how much lower (if any) to offer on a bank-owned home that is listed for sale, the answer is similar.

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Live Chat with Real Estate AgentYes, I do spend way too much time at the computer… Searching for houses on the MLS, checking public records, reading news, keeping myself up to the date on all the real estate stuff… It takes time.

So I thought, while at it, I could make at least some use of the time. (As if I need another excuse to sit by the computer :) ).

By the time you get to reading this, you’ve probably noticed. Yesterday, I installed this live chat option on this blog. This means that whenever I’m online, there’s going to be a chat box available in the bottom right corner. This will give you an opportunity to get in touch with me immediately, while continuing to search for houses.

I thought it should be cool! Live chat with a real estate agent! Real estate agent? Cool? Neah, I guess “useful” or “convenient” would be the right words here.

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Mukilteo, WA LighthouseMoney Magazine has just published its annual ranking of best places to live in America. Mukilteo, WA is again in the Top 10!

I said “again” because Mukilteo ranked #10 two years ago. Now, it’s #9 on the 2011 list. That’s some consistency, I must say! Why would Mukilteo be a great city to live in?

Here are some of the reasons the Money Magazine provides why Mukilteo was chosen as one of the best places to live:

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Just MovedEvery year about 12% of Americans move from one place to another. We, real estate agents, help people move all the time. Not literally, in most cases, but by helping to buy that new home.

People are excited to move into a new house, aren’t they?

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A while back I shared a vivid example of how RealtyTrac pre-foreclosure listings on Trulia confuse home buyers.

Are you still interested in pre-foreclosure listings? Here’s another example. One of my buyers sent me this Arlington WA pre-foreclosure listing she found on Zillow:

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