Why Late Spring is the Best Time to List!

Why Late Spring Is the Best Time to List

Spring has officially arrived, but most home sellers considering listing soon in order to capitalize on the impending spring home shopping season should consider waiting at least a few weeks more to both maximize their sale price and speed up the process. Nationwide, the best two-week window for home sellers is the first half of May: U.S. homes listed in the May 1 to May 15 period generally sell almost two weeks faster than the average listing in the year, and they command a final price $2,400 more, on average, than homes listed at other times. The first half of May was the best time to list in 14 of the 24 large markets analyzed by Zillow. The start to the 2018 spring selling season has been characterized by an acute shortage of homes for sale, meaning a large number of home shoppers likely will be unable to find the right home in the early weeks of spring. Later in the season, these buyers may end up spending more than they intended as they get wrapped up in competition and/or rush to conclude a deal before summer. This means late-spring listers can capture buyers likely to be frustrated and earn an additional premium. As with most things, there are exceptions to the early-May best-time-to-list rule. In Pittsburgh, potential sellers thinking of listing this year should consider getting a move on:  The Steel City’s magic window is March 16 to March 31 (i.e., right now), the earliest among the two dozen large markets analyzed. At the other end of the spectrum, St. Louis home sellers have the luxury of time: The best time to list in the Gateway to the West won’t come until the first half of June, latest among markets analyzed.
–From Forbes.com

 

Seattle-Area Home Market Heats Up Yet Again, Leading the Country for 17th Straight Month

Seattle kicked off 2018 the same way it spent the prior year and a half, as the hottest real-estate market in the country, with no slowing down. The cost of the typical single-family house across the Seattle metro area grew 12.9 percent in January from a year prior, according to the monthly Case-Shiller home price index, released Tuesday. It’s the 17th month in a row that Seattle has led thecountry in home-price increases. That’s a record for Seattle and the longest streak for any metro area since San Francisco’s 20-month run that ended in 2001. There is, yet again, no sign that Seattle’s seemingly never-ending market surge is letting up — just the opposite. Driven by an uptick in cost for starter homes, price growth has started to accelerate slightly again after having stayed steady at 12.7 percent for the previous few months. And compared to just a month ago, home values grew 0.7 percent. That’s tied for the most in the country, and the biggest
month-over-month increase locally since last summer. Prices don’t usually go up that much here in the winter. Adjusting for the season, the price growth over the last month was triple the U.S. average. The biggest jump occurred in the cheapest homes in the area — those that are generally in the outlying areas of the region, and smaller, starter homes. Those houses cost 14.1 percent more than a year ago, the second-biggest increase in four years.

.–From Forbes.com

 

Want to Lower Your Property Taxes? 7 Steps to
Appeal—and Win

If you’re a homeowner, you probably already know that recent tax legislation means you can now deduct only up to $10,000 worth of property taxes from your federal tax bill. And if you live in a high-tax state—New Jersey, Illinois, and Texas, we’re looking at you, that probably feels like a drop in the bucket. So it’s understandable if you’re feeling a little extra burn as you pull out your checkbook this tax season. But what can you do besides complain? (Or move?) Sadly, there’s no “get out of paying property tax” loophole—it’s an ongoing burden that homeowners everywhere must take on. But there is a chance you can shrink the amount of taxes you owe on your home. Here’s how.
– From  www.Realtor.com

 

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Want to Lower Your Property Taxes? 7 Steps to Appeal—and Win

If you’re a homeowner, you probably already know that recent tax legislation means you can now deduct only up to $10,000 worth of property taxes from your federal tax bill. And if you live in a high-tax state—New Jersey, Illinois, and Texas, we’re looking at you, that probably feels like a drop in the bucket. So it’s understandable if you’re feeling a little extra burn as you pull out your checkbook this tax season. But what can you do besides complain? (Or move?) Sadly, there’s no “get out of paying property tax” loophole—it’s an ongoing burden that homeowners everywhere must take on. But there is a chance you can shrink the amount of taxes you owe on your home. Here’s how.
– From  www.Realtor.com

 

 

Local Events happening in April!!!

 

April 1-30  – Tulip Festival – Mount Vernon
April 4-8  – Dr. Seuss  – Seattle
April 4-19  – Dinner Cirque Show – Redmond
April 8  – Walk MS: Seattle and 5K Run 2018 – Seattle
April 6-29  – Crime Drama- Catch Me If You Can   – Tacoma
April 6-22 – “Shrek Jr” presented by Village Theatre – Everett
April 7  – Daffodil Parade – Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Orting
April 7  – Blues Music  – Tacoma
April 7  – Jurassic Tour – Monroe
April 8  – Half Marathon & 10K – Everett
April 8  – Pacifica Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert – Everett
April 9  – St. Anthony’s Hospital blood drive  – Gig Harbor
April 12  – Murder Mystery Dinner  – Tacoma
April 13-15  – Washington State Evergreen Spring RV Show – Monroe
April 14 – Annual Aha Mele Hawaiian Festival – Puyallup
April 14  – Plant Swap at Uptown – Gig Harbor
April 20  – Cherry Blossom Festival  – Seattle
April 21  – Jazz Walk  – North Bend
April 21  – Walk MS: South Sound 2018 – University Place

Center for Wooden Boats Annual Meeting

I just saw this on their website and thought you may want to join!

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ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018
CWB BOATHOUSE GALLERY AT SOUTH LAKE UNION
6PM – 7PM

CALLING ALL MEMBERS!
Join Executive Director Brandt Faatz & CWB Board Members for a report on the state of CWB. We’ll share program results from 2017, give an update on the Wagner Education Center, and finish with a Q&A. If you are filing a paper ballot for the 2018 CWB Election, you may submit that ballot at the meeting.

CWB MEMBERSHIP ELECTION
CWB bylaws require an election of the membership to ratify new and renewed Trustees and proposed changes to the bylaws. If you are a current member, we encourage you to vote!

If you want more information go to: https://cwb.org/events/annual-member-meeting/

Happy International Women’s Day!

international women's day

 

Here are some quotes from some amazing women in honor of all women!

 “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” – Helen Keller

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai

“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” – Beyoncé Knowles Carter

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” – Madeleine Albright

“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

“Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

What a blast!

 

I recently attended the annual Coldwell Banker Bain Manager meeting at the beautiful Alderbrook Resort and Spa in Union Washington. The grounds are lovely with amazing views, an expansive lawn, and oysters for days! It was so amazing to see all the Principal Managing brokers and assistants together in one location. We all have so much to learn from one another, and rarely will you catch us all in one place!  We had a lovely time! We had a boat ride, some power meetings, and some fun relaxing time to explore the natural beauty around us. I am so proud to be part of such an amazing team here at CBBain Lake Union!

-Can’t wait for the next one!