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Posted by Johnine Larsen on March 8, 2019
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Come on by! We’re holding two open houses the next three Saturdays (March 9, 16, and 23) from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Both these condos are fantastic investments. The Queen Anne unit has Lake Union views and a timeless location, and the Ravenna unit is a top-floor corner condo that’s FHA-approved (if you don’t know what that means: 3.5% down—more information below). 


1800 Taylor Ave N #211

Queen Anne
$428,000

This is why you want to live in Queen Anne. With incredible panoramic views of Lake Union and the Cascades, this charming mid-century building has been lovingly maintained with all the original charm still intact. Offering two bedrooms and one bathroom, hardwood floors, and an oversized living room with a wall of windows, you won’t want to leave. Sun-filled from morning to early afternoon, and a quaint updated kitchen with views, as well. Covered parking space included and close to everything.

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9508 Ravenna Ave NE #307

Ravenna
$389,000

Great top-floor, FHA-approved corner unit in a well-managed complex. Updated kitchen and bathroom. Plenty of cupboard and counter space in a kitchen that opens up to dining area and spacious living room with wood-burning fireplace. Oversized windows look out to green space, and trees provide complete privacy. Large master bedroom with walk-in closet and 1/4 bath. Full bathroom remodeled with newer counters and ceramic tile tub surround. Full-size washer and dryer, and new hot water heater in 2017. Well-behaved pets are welcome.

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A quick note about FHA approval

FHA Condo Approval doesn’t just open the door to a much wider prospective buyer pool—it’s a government endorsement of a condo building. FHA carefully reviews any condo project before approving to confirm that the building has adequate reserves, a minimally acceptable dues delinquency rate, acceptable owner-occupied ratio, reasonable bylaws, etc. FHA-approval means you’re buying into a stable, thoroughly vetted condo project. Long-term, this means higher property values and smoother management.

An FHA loan is government-backed and insured by the U.S. Federal Housing Administration. It requires a down-payment threshold of just 3.5% of the total home purchase, and it’s geared toward homebuyers with low credit scores. If you have a FICO credit scores as low as 580 and bad credit, you can still meet FHA loan requirements. Even borrowers with a credit score as low as 500 can still qualify for an FHA loan (although they’re expected to make a down payment of 10% of the total home purchase.)

  • Brian Heagler
    Brian Heagler
    16:55 02 Jun 19
    I have worked with Johnine and her team for 19 years and have always received personal, knowledgeable and professional service and attention! There is never and pressure and they will guide you away from a property when appropriate, which is always appreciated when a market is hot and the tendency is to move quickly. I trust them and have never been let down!
    Anne Slater
    Anne Slater
    18:03 25 May 19
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    Amy Burdick
    Amy Burdick
    19:13 24 May 19
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    Bill Hollman
    22:21 19 May 19
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    Beth Guerra
    01:14 18 May 19
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    Aidan Key
    15:44 17 May 19
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