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All Blog Entries by Shane and Anne

Found 97 blog entries published by Shane and Anne.

 

 

Homeowners in the state of Washington pay the 12th highest real estate taxes per year, according to an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders. The federation, whose members construct about 80 percent of the new homes built in the U.S., found property tax rates differ substantially across the United States.

Using data from the 2017 American Community Survey, NAHB compared average annual real estate taxes on owner-occupied homes, average effective property tax rates (Washington ranks 28th), and real estate taxes paid as a share of total property tax revenue (Washington ranks 6th).

New Jersey retained its dubious distinction of having the highest average real estate tax bill per homeowner, at $8,485, as well as the

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* It now takes $105,367 annual income to buy a median home in the Seattle-Tacoma area, according to HSH.com, a mortgage resource company based in California. A median home in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue market was priced at $489,600 as of the fourth quarter of 2018 (National Association of Realtors). One catch, that's the income you'll need if you can afford a 20 percent down payment, nearly $98,000. If you can only put down 10 percent, you'll need $122,484. Seattle is the seventh most expensive city in they U.S. to buy a home. Of the 50 largest metro areas in the country, Pittsburgh is the least expensive. It takes just $37,660 in income. The median home price there is $141,625. No surprise, San Jose is most expensive. You need a

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One of Murray Franklyn’s most popular floorplans in Trossachs. From the minute you walk into this home, you’ll enjoy the spacious & unique layout. Main floor living areas include a fantastic living & dining room combo which is excellent for entertaining. The kitchen features granite tile countertops, a center island w/ a cooktop, ample space for preparing meals & a breakfast nook to enjoy your morning cup of coffee. There is a main floor 5th bedroom/office as well as a ¾ bathroom which is great for out of town houseguests.  Retreat at the end of the day in the sumptuous master suite complete with a spa-inspired master bathroom. There are 3 additional bedrooms & a large bonus room

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Savvy buyers are seeking out incentives from builders, especially on the West Coast and in other higher price point markets, according to representatives from John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

"Buyers have never had quicker and more complete access to information," stated consultant Dean Wehrli, one of a trio of consulting leaders with the Burns firm.

Joined by colleagues Lesley Deutch and Pete Reeb, Wehrli outlined four of the more effective incentives being deployed by today's builders. Speaking during a podcast, the presenters said the enticements are designed to generate traffic, save home seekers cash, provide buyers with nicer homes, and extend price discounts.

To generate traffic, builders are advertising more generous broker

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Pledging a "commitment to do our part to help kick-start new solutions to this [housing] crisis," Microsoft president Brad Smith and CFO Amy Hood announced a three-pronged $500 million workforce housing fund to boost affordable housing in the Seattle area.

Writing in a blog post, Smith and Hood emphasized affordable housing solutions require a multifaceted and sustained effort by the entire region but said the Eastside suburbs would be the primary focus of the initiative.

In their announcement, the Microsoft executives acknowledged the gap between job growth and housing production. While jobs in the region have grown 21 percent since 2011, housing construction has lagged at 13 percent. (One countywide report estimates the county needs

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Open the front door & you will certainly fall in love with this Buchan show-stopper! Inviting foyer w/ a romantic staircase, soaring ceilings & gleaming hardwoods. Elegant living & dining room combo w/ wainscoting, decorative woodwork & a gas fireplace. The chef of the house will certainly love the kitchen with trendy bistro lights, a tile backsplash & a high-end cooktop & double oven. The family room is a perfect room for relaxing w/ friends or for hosting large gatherings. Elegant front staircase leads to the bedrooms & a 2nd staircase leads to an over the top media room complete with theatre chairs, a projector & a 92-inch top of the line screen- what a great spot to watch your

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According to a 2017 analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM jobs grew at double the rate of non-STEM jobs between 2009 and 2015. STEM jobs are growing everywhere, but where are the hotspots, and where should you work in the field? WalletHub released a ranking of the best cities for STEM jobs, determined by a set of 20 key metrics assigned points that were evenly distributed into three categories: professional opportunities, STEM-friendliness and quality of life. Seattle topped the list for professional opportunities, which included metrics like job openings and employment growth. Also included in the ranking was STEM-friendliness, like qualities of engineering schools and math scores. And quality of life, which included

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Brimming with an abundance of natural light, this beyond beautiful Buchan showcases fine quality & attention to detail throughout. Voluminous cathedral ceilings & gleaming hardwoods are just a few highlights of this home. Enjoy preparing meals in the fabulous kitchen with a large island. Curl up on the couch in the family room and read a book next to the gas fireplace. Retreat at the end of the day in the  sumptuous master suite with a spa- inspired bathroom complete with a soaking tub & a large walk-in shower. 3 additional bedrooms, a full bath & a laundry room complete the upper level. Enjoy beautiful Spring evenings in the private & serene yard with mature landscaping & privacy

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Find yourself at home the minute you walk into this impressive Murray Franklyn home perfectly nestled on a cul de sac. Stunning foyer with a dramatic romantic staircase. Grand formal living & dining rooms join seamlessly for easy entertaining. Sit back & read a book in the family room which is adorned with built-ins & large picture windows that flood the room with natural daylight. Spacious kitchen with a large center island. Enjoy movie nights or game nights in the massive bonus room! This room is even large enough for a pool table! Retreat at the end of the day in the master suite with romantic inset lighting. Unwind in the master bathroom complete with a soaking tub. The focal

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The search is over! Beautifully updated top to bottom with a fashionable craftsman appeal. Welcoming front porch with a Dutch door complete with a flower box. Not a single detail has been overlooked in this house! Impressive entry with gleaming hardwoods. You will love celebrating special occasions in the formal living/ dining room combo complete with handsome shaker style wainscoting. Prepare your favorite meals in the fully remodeled chef’s kitchen. Enjoy reading the Sunday paper or sip a cup of coffee in the kitchen nook all by being warmed by the fireplace. Easy living & entertaining awaits you in the generous main floor bonus room. Retreat at the end of the day in the master

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