Yes! The Lenders Network did just that for me and my family, I picked out a few homes I wanted using their Realtor they game me. Have an attorney they got me with working on my credit, and got me an investor to purchase the property for me so far so good, the Law Firm they get got me with has been great we love our home!... more
Yes you can. Just find somebody with experience and is currently doing transactions so they know today's market. This market is different and you have to have a professional Real Estate expert on your side..... more
I think in todays market its critical to learn your market. Know which are the best buys in the price range and area you are searching. I have taught a process that will assure you know your market to over 25,000 home buyers in the Seattle area. You will find it outlined at Your-Road-Home.com.
Properties are moving so fast many people are over paying in the heat of competition. Gather up as much information as you can before you buy and be sure to have an inspection. And if you are a first time home buyer the MCC Tax Credit is amazing.
Trulia is also a good source of information and when you are ready you will find Seattle agents and loan officers offering their services on Trulia
Best of Luck, stephen webber... more
Was the listing a short sale? If so, the most likely explanation is that the buyer got tired of waiting or found a more available property or the seller's lender did not approve a price that the buyer found acceptable. This is just speculation, however. My best advice is to ask your real estate agent to make an inquiry of the listing agent.... more
First, I would totally ignore Zillow. It is not very accurate, so not something you should base any decisions on. Your ability to negotiate price will depend much more on the market in that particular area for that type of house.
Second, I can't tell what you're asking about with a dual agent from the facts you're giving. In Washington unless you've signed a buyer's agency agreement with an agent, it's very unlikely you really have dual agency (as opposed to the agent incorrectly thinking they are a dual agent.) If the agent has a listing agreement on a house, then chances are they would always be the seller's agent. If the agent does not have a listing agreement, then chances are they are the buyer's agent.... more
I use the monorail when I need to because it takes me where I need to go faster than the bus. Also, I don't need to park twice. The only downside is that you cannot use the Orca card so you will need to pay as you go. But the ride is wonderful.... more
My job as a Realtor would be difficult without a car, but I do walk as much as I can. For example, I park in one place downtown and take public transportation or walk as far as a mile if I have multiple meetings and errands. And I hope my future home will be in a transit oriented neighborhood where I will not need to use my car often.... more
Which construction? Apartments, or roads? Regarding apartments; is it just me, or do they all look the same? Regarding the roads; the city's elected leaders don't prioritize improved mobility in Seattle. Every major road project appears to be removing lanes of travel, resulting in more congestion. It seems like nobody is concerned about the increasing gridlock, and the impact that will have on business and our future quality of life. Sad, when a city's leaders lack a vision for the future....the future 50 years from now.... more
the general North end of Seattle has been evolving and changing over the past few years.
With the onset of the development of South Lake Union, the landscape of the area and its surroundings is growing and changing. And hence, the migration of residents into Westlake has increased as the area is becoming more walkable / live able.
I believe that the completion of the Mercer mess, will make the area more accessible and coveted in the next few years.
Let me know if I can be of further help.
George Brain is a Real Estate Broker serving Greater Seattle and the Eastside Communities
Yes, I work in the neighborhood in which I live. After a 27-year career in real estate, my clients needs dictate where I work. In support of my long-time clients I've transacted business as far north as Everett, south to Tacoma, and east to Yakima and beyond. It's all about taking care of my clients needs!... more
In Seattle you can enjoy an urban lifestyle and be close to outdoor activities. You can walk along the shore, sail, jog, fish, or just relax and watch the sunset. Check out neighborhoods like Magnolia, which adjoins Discovery Park. Or, explore West Seattle, and the neighborhoods that border Lincoln Park. In NW Seattle there is Golden Gardens. Of course, the jewel of Seattle Parks is Seward Park, a pristine peninsula that juts into Lake Washington. No matter which neighborhood you choose, you're just a few minutes from a spectacular city park.... more
Please don't risk getting an average inspection, get a great inspection. Prices vary, you can interview inspectors and review sample reports on their websites or by email. I've seen some pretty pathetic inspection reports and some inspectors I would never recommend. It's a wide open competitive field.
Ideally you want someone with a background in building who has years of inspection experience. They know their limitations and will recommend more specific detailed inspections when necessary.
A home inspector is a generalist, they know a little about a lot of things and then they refer out for HVAC, Sewer Scoping, Arborists, etc which they are not qualified or trained to address.
If you are spending a few hundred thousand dollars a home, don't be afraid to know what you are buying by getting a good inspection.
If you want a referral, contact me. My preferred inspector uses great technology, writes a very useful report and is priced competitively.... more
Be careful of infomercials and get-rich-quick seminars held at airport hotels. It sounds like you need the advice of an experienced agent. Start by asking friends, family, and co-workers for a referral to an agent. Someone you know already knows an experienced agent that can assist you. An agent will help you navigate through all the hype and nonsense and focus on the priorities that will help become a homeowner. Good luck.... more