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Local Market Update – April 2019

After months of softening, home prices began to rise in February. That trend continued in March. While prices in most areas were down from the same time last year, they increased over the prior month. New listings rose as well, offering buyers more options and more time to make the right choice. Despite the uptick
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Washington Ranks Second in the Nation in New Report Analyzing the Most Innovative States

Washington state ranks second in the country when it comes to states contributing the most to the nation’s position of innovative strength during the tech era, according to a new study from WalletHub, the Washington, D.C.-based personal finance website. The 2019 Most & Least Innovative States report compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across
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Happening on the Eastside: April 2019

Each month, we bring you the up-to-date list of community and special events happening across the Eastside in cities like Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond. Spring is finally here, and April is abloom with possibilities from Jazz Festivals, to Arbor Day celebrations and much more! Kirkland April 20: Kirkland Egg Hunt Date Night April 20: Earth Day at
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Homeownership Greatest Predictor of Wealth

According to the Survey of Consumer Finance, homeownership is the primary driver of wealth in the U.S. A recent Seattle Times article reported that the median net worth for Seattle homeowners is about 25 times higher than those who rent. How Homeownership Creates Wealth A home appreciates. Since 2000, homes in the Seattle area have appreciated at an average
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Local Market Update – March 2019

The spring home buying season started early this year. Open houses had increased attendance and bidding wars returned. After months of softening, home prices in most of the region jumped significantly from the prior month. With just one month of data, we’ll have to wait and see if this is the start of a longer
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Home Seller Profits Hit 12-Year High

2018 was a milestone year.  According to the ATTOM Data Solutions 2018 U.S. Home Sales Report, home seller profits hit a12-year high – the highest level since 2006. Our Market Ranked #3 in the Country The Seattle/Bellevue/Tacoma area ranked #3 in seller return on investment for the entire country.  The remaining cities in the top five were
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Happening on the Eastside: March 2019

Each month, we bring you the up-to-date list of community and special events happening across the Eastside in cities like Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond. March will be a busy month with plenty of activities from St. Patrick’s Day events, marathon runs, wine tasting and more! Kirkland March 08: Kirkland Wine Walk March 16: Kirkland Shamrock Run  March
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The People, Products, & Places We’re Loving Right Now!

This week we’re sharing our quick round-up of the people, products, & places we’re loving right now: Last year we set an intention to be better organized around finances; fast-forward through months of research and we landed on Krisstina Wise’s “WealthyWellthy” program.  Her resources are endless–we’ve been loving her straightforward approach and group calls that
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Local Market Update – February 2019

January brought more good news for homebuyers. Prices were down, inventory was up and interest rates hovered near a nine-month low. Those factors drove more buyers into the market and resulted in an uptick in sales for the month. We’ll see how this transitioning market evolves as we head into the prime Spring home buying