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We are very excited about this program - you'd be surprised who can qualify! A lender sent us this helpful information on January 8, 2019. Check it out!


The program is free. It requires the client take a one day class through the WSHFC to be eligible. But first contact us for a free consultation we'll arrange with a qualified lender who can give you some quick tips!  

A credit score of 620 or above is required and ratios must be under 50% DTI. Have no clue what that means? Ross Palmer of CrossCountry Mortgage, who provided the info on this page, can easily explain this to you. Contact us to set up a meeting!

The Down Payment Assistance programs vary for

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Knowing the market will keep you ahead of the game, if you are only just thinking of selling or buying. We meet with people months in advance to talk about their plans. Here are some key updates we are currently seeing:

1. SELLERS BE PREPARED. The Seattle area market took a turn last summer. It has remained pretty stable after the turn. Winter often has a lull so that is expected. The spring will be very telling about where the market will land after it's shift. But overall, we have experienced more price drops in recent months than we have had in many years! Sellers, don't be surprised if you don't get your original asking price or expect to sit much longer on the market at your list price. We show you the statistics based on your neighborhood so you

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Wintertime is one of the best times to get organized in the home and keep you moving on those dreary days when you're tempted to just sit! We found some great articles for dealing with your garage, prepping to move, and just getting organized...including a storage unit because most people have to contend with those. Many people move in the spring but that is not the time to get ready. Winter is the time to get ready for your spring move! You will alleviate so much stress if you chip away at this all through the winter months. 

GARAGE: https://www.familyhandyman.com/storage-organization/brilliant-ways-to-organize-your-garage/view-all/ 

TOP 50 MOVING HACKS: https://www.updater.com/moving-tips/top-50-moving-hacks-of-all-time?rq=hacks 

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Come wander aisles and aisles of collectible books, maps, manuscripTs, prints, photographs, autographs, postcards, posters, fine bindings, broadsides, and ephemera at this rare book sale. Dealers from England, Canada, the US, and more will be offering them for sale and you can meet with specialists from all corners of the world!  The 2018 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair is in loving memory of Louis Collins, the beloved Seattle book dealer, who died of a heart attack on January 2nd, 2018.  He was the longtime proprietor of Louis Collins Books on Capitol Hill. More Info

The center of Seattle is home to everything from glassy skyscrapers to historic brick buildings, modern boutiques to flagship department stores, and some of the

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How do the schools in Redmond rate against other Washington schools? Check out these sources that many homebuyers like to view before deciding on a home. Whether or not you have kids in school, the school ratings affect the home values of an area. The better the schools, the higher the demand. The higher the demand, the better the home prices. 

School Digger: School Digger

Great Schools: Great Schools

Located 20 miles east of downtown Seattle, Redmond is the 16th most populated city in Washington state. The city prides itself in its high quality of life with good schools, a healthy economic base, a parks system that provides a variety of active and passive recreational opportunities, diverse offerings for

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Marymoor park in Redmond is King County's most popular park.  It hosts concerts, outdoor movies, and even Cirque du Soleil!  It's also home to a 40 acre off leash area for dogs, several picnic shelters, a climbing wall, and Washington's only Velodrome!  With such diverse offerings, and 640 acres, Marymoor park has something for everyone! More Info

Located 20 miles east of downtown Seattle, Redmond is the 16th most populated city in Washington state. The city prides itself in its high quality of life with good schools, a healthy economic base, a parks system that provides a variety of active and passive recreational opportunities, diverse offerings for shopping and dining, safe neighborhoods, and an

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All aboard!  Board the Halloween train in Snoqualmie or North Bend and enjoy spooky Halloween stories at the Train Shed Exhibit Building during train stops, old fashioned cider pressing, and celebrate fall and Halloween! For all ages. More Info

Known for the stunning Snoqualmie Falls, Snoqualmie is brimming with culture, history, outdoor recreation, and is officially recognized as "Home of the Boeing Classic".  The popular TV series "Twin Peaks" and the movie "Fire Walk with Me" were both filmed in Snoqualmie.  Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie is highly rated.  Snoqualmie is a unique city that is great for visiting or making a home!

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Hosted by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, Hilloween is an annual free sponsored event.  It starts with a kids' carnival, then a costume parade, and ends with trick-or-treating!  With live performances and games, Hilloween is sure to be a hit with the entire family. More Info

About Capitol Hill
Known for its night life and being Seattle's LGBTQ hub, Capitol Hill is a very happening neighborhood! Some streets have a very metropolitan vibe whereas others are tree lined and residential.  Capitol Hill is also popular among young business professionals.  Full of delicious restaurants, art, book stores, and even parks, locals and tourists alike flock to Capitol Hill.

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Photo Credit: Greg Gilbert - Seattle Times

The NWMLS delivered this article just recently and we have quoted these paragraphs that highlight the shift in our local market:

KIRKLAND, Washington (August 6, 2018) -

"Home sellers throughout the Seattle region are experiencing a reality check and the days of multiple offers are days of the past," was how one director with Northwest Multiple Listing Service summarized the market upon reviewing the statistical report for July."

"New figures from Northwest MLS show year-over-year improvement in inventory (up 6.5 percent), but modest drops on both pending sales (down slightly more than 7 percent) and closed sales (down 3.4 percent). Despite those drops, prices rose 8.64 percent across the MLS

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