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Seattle's Hot Real Estate Market: Will the Streak Continue?

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 12:40am. 14 Views, 0 Comments.



Seattle has one of the hottest real estate markets in the country due to limited inventory and significant development. Because demand is high, experts predict that the hot streak will continue into the foreseeable future.

Seattle is the fastest-growing city in the country attracting an average of 57 new residents per day, according to the Seattle Times. With a highly competitive real estate market, home prices are steadily climbing. Some are concerned about a potential real estate bubble, but the consensus among economists is that the market’s growth will hold firm. With a quarter of a million technology jobs in the state of Washington, prospective residents often come for the abundance of job opportunities. There is also international interest in

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Free Indoor Photography Workshop in Shoreline

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 12:39am. 14 Views, 0 Comments.

Are you interested in improving your photography skills? Local professional photographer Arnab Banerjee will be hosting a free photography workshop in the meeting room of Richmond Beach Library in Shoreline. Learn how to use your camera to its full potential, and start thinking like a professional photographer! 

Banerjee will illustrate various photography techniques using a slideshow and hands-on indoor photo session. This is an indoor classroom-based workshop, so you do not need to bring a camera or equipment. Click here to learn more and to register!

 

ABOUT SHORELINE

Shoreline is located 9 miles north of downtown Seattle which allows residents to have a strong sense of community while still being close to the city. Shoreline has

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Live music and wine in Shoreline? Look no further!

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 12:38am. 13 Views, 0 Comments.

Stop by North City Bistro and Wine Shop in Shoreline for and evening of live music, food, and wine. North City Bistro is a neighborhood establishment with the goal to support local artists while providing top quality food and wine at a reasonable price. The Bistro was purchased by Ray and Sharon Bloom in 2014 and has since undergone many upgrades including improvements to the interior and menu.

The Bistro is located at 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA 98155 and they also have happy hour!  Click here to learn more!  

 

ABOUT SHORELINE

Shoreline is located 9 miles north of downtown Seattle which allows residents to have a strong sense of community while still being close to the city. Shoreline has developed a reputation for strong

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Which home styles do Americans love the most?

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 12:37am. 14 Views, 0 Comments.



Which home style is most popular in Washington? Ranch style homes! Trulia scoured the listing data of for-sale homes in more than 100 metros to find out how homes are most often described across the United States. You may be surprised to learn that ranch homes are the national favorite, with 34 states claiming them as the most popular. The second-favorite style is the modern home, most popular in 15 states. This popularity could be due to affordability, as ranch homes are often cheaper per square foot compared to other styles. 

Popularity doesn’t always equal affordability, however. In Seattle, the craftsman home ranked second in popularity, with a median listing price of $250 per square foot.

SOURCE: Trulia - Trulia's Guide to the Most Popular

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Budget-Friendly Home Staging Guaranteed to Impress Buyers

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 12:31am. 14 Views, 0 Comments.



Everyone knows that home staging increases a homes resale value but the whole process can be expensive. If professional staging isn’t in your budget, use these budget-friendly tips and tricks that won’t break the bank. 

If a home is vacant, focus on furnishing only the main room including the living, dining, and family rooms. Furnish the bedrooms if they are unusually small or oddly shaped. Use furniture to help define how the space could be used so homeowner can picture how they could use the space.

To spruce up old living room furniture try a ready-made slipcover. This can neutralize dated or too-busy patterns and freshen up an upholstered piece. Accent paint can also be a quick way to spruce up a room if your home has mostly neutral-toned

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Saving for a down payment? Follow these tips!

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 12:29am. 15 Views, 0 Comments.



Buying a home may seem like a daunting task. With student loan debt and cost of living on the rise, how can anyone afford a down payment? Although it may seem out of reach, with careful planning it is attainable. Ask yourself these questions and follow these helpful tips before you buy:

1. Are you prepared to commit to living in one geographic location long-term? Be sure to factor in your career path, education, and family.

2. Do you have a family or partner/spouse? You may decide to prioritize a home purchase once you’re ready to settle down, but buying earlier may put you in a better situation financially as your home builds equity.

3. Can you afford it? It’s a wise decision to keep total housing costs at 25-35% of your after-tax income (this

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The Best Juice Bar in Shoreline!

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 12:29am. 35 Views, 0 Comments.

Stop by Alive Juice Bar in Shoreline for juice with a side of attitude! At Alive Juice Bar, the staff strives to “make the nasty stuff good”. The juice bar serves up a variety of soups, salads, and healthy juices. From the mismatched furniture to the unique menu, you’re sure have a memorable experience. 

Alive Juice Bar is located at: 20226 Ballinger Way NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

Oh, and here’s a quick tip…be sure to read the chalkboard before ordering!

SOURCES: HeraldNet and Foodyap: An Alive Juice Bar Blog


ABOUT SHORELINE

Shoreline is located 9 miles north of downtown Seattle which allows residents to have a strong sense of community while still being close to the city. Shoreline has developed a reputation for strong

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Don't Miss It: The Lowering of Lake Washington Exhibit

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 12:27am. 32 Views, 0 Comments.



Visit Shoreline Historical Museum for the exhibit “High and Dry: The Lowering of Lake Washington and its Effects”. The exhibit explores the “before” and “after” of the lowering of Lake Washington and its effect on the local environment and waterfront communities. Through research and photographs, the exhibit details a piece of history that has shaped how we live today.

Click here for more information. 

ABOUT SHORELINE

Shoreline is located 9 miles north of downtown Seattle which allows residents to have a strong sense of community while still being close to the city. Shoreline has developed a reputation for strong neighborhood communities, excellent schools, beautiful views and abundant parks. To learn more about the housing here,

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Urban Forests Need Our Help!

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 12:26am. 68 Views, 0 Comments.



Get out and volunteer in the City of Shoreline! Join Master Native Plant Stewards from the Washington Native Plan Society and help restore local urban forests. There are several urban forest restoration volunteer opportunities in the coming months including project at Twin Ponds, Boeing Creek, Brugger’s Bog, and more. Removal of invasive weeds is underway and help is needed this fall preparing and installing native plants. 

Click here to learn more and to sign up!

ABOUT SHORELINE

Shoreline is located 9 miles north of downtown Seattle which allows residents to have a strong sense of community while still being close to the city. Shoreline has developed a reputation for strong neighborhood communities, excellent schools, beautiful views and

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First-time homebuyer? Your free guide to be prepared!

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 12:26am. 58 Views, 0 Comments.



Are you a first-time home buyer? The home buying process can be trickier to navigate than you may expect. Use this 12-month checklist to avoid common mistakes like paying too much interest or getting stuck with a home you aren’t excited about.


12 Months Out:

- Mark sure your credit report is correct and correct any mistakes.
- Determine how much you can afford by calculating your debt-to-income ratio (lenders look for a total debt load of no more than 43% of your gross monthly income).
- Make a down payment savings plan and aim for 20% down if you can.


9 Months Out:
- Prioritize what you want most in your new home and know what trade-offs you’re willing to make.
- Research neighborhoods and start going to open houses to get an idea of what you

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