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Anyone who has ever thought about becoming a landlord in Seattle/Bellevue area has probably been attracted by its distinct advantages as an investment. Owning a property that appreciates in value at the same time it generates cash flow is a hands-on investment with obvious appeal. Yet that same “hands-on” factor can cause second thoughts: the very phrase “becoming a landlord” can inhibit busy would-be investors who aren’t eager to enroll in a second or third career.

In reality, becoming a landlords is considerably less daunting than it might appear. The “Forbes Real Estate Council” recently offered some choice observations on that score.

The Council is an assembly of seasoned high-end professionals whose commentaries

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Guide to Western Washington: Sports, Outdoors & More

Western Washington

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Washington State is a top destination in the Pacific Northwest. The state has a diverse geography with rainforests, islands and active volcanoes. And the western region has most of the state’s population, including the state’s largest city. Here’s a guide to the PNW for those looking to make the move to America’s best corner region.


Places to see

Seattle is the largest city in the state, and it is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. There are plenty of things to do in the city, but visitors should set some time to visit the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. The Space Needle is an iconic landmark, and visitors can pay a fee to ride to the

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Many Bellevue & Seattle area homeowners will be planning to list their properties this spring because it’s when future home sales would be expected to peak. Historically, at least, spring is when a sudden crush of prospects usually arrive on the scene. But this year, the upward drift in mortgage interest rates might have would-be sellers worried. After all, it’s common sense that any rise in home loan rates would put a damper on buyers’ enthusiasm.


That’s one way to look at the conclusions drawn by a pair of studies released last week. Both were focused on examining how rising interest rates are likely to affect future home sales. If you assume that higher mortgage rates automatically dampen home buying activity, that in

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The spring market frenzy seems to have shown up early this year in the Seattle area with a roaring economy you may not be surprised about an increase in prices, but most expect mortgage interest rates to start climbing up from their historically deep burrows which is also impacted the early seasonality of the market.

The Federal Reserve, since September, has been reducing its holdings of Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities. According to Tendayi Kapfidze, chief economist at LendingTree this reduction in the Federal Reserve’s holdings lowers demand for Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities, “If you reduce the demand, the price falls,” he added, “which in this case means that interest rates go

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open house prep

Open House Preparations Homeowners Often Overlook

An open house is key to the home-selling process. It’s a chance to show off your home’s best features and allow prospective buyers to envision how they might make use of the space. In other words, they get to imagine your house as their own.

One mistake homeowners often make is to impose their own style and belongings on the space, which makes it difficult for buyers to see it as theirs. Everyone knows you have to keep your house clean while it’s on the market. But it’s easy to overlook the fact that your decorations, photos and furniture are not what’s going to sell your house. It’s your space, and the possibilities that buyers can imagine for it as they move through your home.

As you prepare

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We’ve all witnessed the remarkable rebound in real estate values—and last week, the scale of that recovery was the subject of a CNBC commentary. “A growing number of homeowners are in the money,” it found; then, “Homeowners are sitting on trillions in tappable home equity.”

Trillions? That’s a number that sounds quite impressive—but also hard to grasp.

To get a handle on the scale of the nation’s real estate recovery in terms that are more meaningful to Issaquah readers, it calls for some imagination. Here’s a try:

If you think of a $345,000 home (today’s U.S. average)—and then of a neighborhood with 30 of those homes per block—a billion dollars’ worth of home equity would consist of 100 blocks of such homes. For

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There’s no challenging that ancient fable about the boy who cried wolf—which boils down to a
simple story about why false alarms turn into more than minor irritants when a real wolf shows up. I can’t think of a comparable fable for the opposite situation, which is when an opportune circumstance has been ballyhooed so often that a surefire opportunity is allowed to slip by.

Too bad there’s no fable that covers that situation—because I think we’re exactly there right now.

The opportunity in question is for Seattle area residents—particularly those who aren’t currently
homeowners, or who are mulling over a future move to a new home. Although there are always good reasons to start looking over the listings at any given

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If a NA® expert is to be taken literally, there is one unlikely factor that could lessen the stress level associated with selling your Bellevue house.

Just have some kids around.

That may not sound logical—but weirdly enough, it really could make sense. The expert whose thoughts spawn this deduction is the home improvement specialist writing for the NAR’s magazine. Last week, Stephanie Booth observed that sometimes “raising kids actually makes your house cleaner” (Ms. Booth’s italics). I have to agree.

If you have small kids, you’re already thoroughly familiar with the accompanying housekeeping side effects. Ms. Booth recalls her own memories—like the sound of “the slow wheezing death of a vacuum cleaner”

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You might think that when your house is in terrific shape, that’s all you need to guarantee a quick, successful sale. Just because it is located in a desirable Seattle neighborhood on a great street populated with conscientious neighbors—and just because it has most of the features and attributes that today’s buyers seem to want—that it’s a cinch to draw a raft of top-of-market bids from a clamoring flock of eager prospects.

It often turns out that the result was not inevitable. The reason is that “My house will sell itself” thinking was allowed to take over.

Now it is definitely true that all of the terrific qualities listed above should guarantee a short and successful offering. The problem arises when a homeowner

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Seattle, Washington is a city first driven by culture. With its progressive music scene, plethora of festivals, and famous sightseeing destinations, this rainy place in the PNW has recently been garnering attention for its natural and urban allure. With festivals and events taking place on any given day of the year, the month of February will bring events and attractions such as the Wintergrass Bluegrass festival, and concerts ranging from string quartets to indie rock favorites, like Kimbra and The Album Leaf.

Winter 2018 proves to be an exciting time for this city in PNW with an upcoming debut of the musical, Hamilton, and the three-day Seattle Food and Wine Experience at the end of the month. In addition, Paul Simon

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