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Is a Condo Right For You?

Mar 19, 2019
Maybe you’re sick of renting, but you can’t afford the down payment for a $700,000 house in Seattle. Maybe you want [more]
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“Buy or Rent?” is NOT this easy

Nov 29, 2018
Every so often, I’ll find some handy little map or infographic like this. It paints each state as “bett [more]
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Your Price Guide to Cabin-Buying in Western ...

Feb 27, 2018
Cabins in Western Washington make for perfect retreats any time of year—if only for those who can afford to have on [more]
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Where Are They Coming From!?

Nov 08, 2017
Newcomers keep rushing into Seattle—roughly 1,100 people each week since 2010. In 2016, more than 76,000 people mov [more]
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Down Payments: 20% down or 5% down and PMI?

Aug 15, 2017
The down payment—especially here in Seattle—intimidates many new buyers. I’ll de-mystify things a bit and sho [more]
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Homeowner’s Insurance: The Basics

May 08, 2017
Homeowner’s insurance covers four things: 1. Your Home If your home is damaged by fire, hail, lightning, hurr [more]
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Rents: Seattle v. Greater Seattle

Feb 27, 2017
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how high Seattle’s rents are. Fifth-highest among the U.S.’ [more]
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How can you afford a down payment?

Aug 01, 2016
Down payments can look impossible. Tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars—your stockpiled savings look downright [more]
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Buying a Second Home: Liberation or Handcuff...

May 09, 2016
Work is going well. You paid off the cars. Your spouse got a huge promotion. Your bank account keeps growing—and yo [more]
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Do I need a sewer inspection on a new home?

May 13, 2015
As professionals, we have to recommend sewer inspections. Failing sewer lines are unfortunately common. Our housing [more]
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Don’t Do This

Apr 29, 2015
Don’t do this: Don’t pay $717,000 for a 3-bed, 1-bath house. Don’t pay $158,000 above asking for a 1,100 sq-ft home [more]
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Sidestepping the Bidding Wars

Apr 23, 2015
We just sold a house for $60,000 above asking(!), but in this current Seattle real estate market, that’s far from u [more]
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