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We’re #66! Renton Ranks in Top 100 Best Places to Live

You’ve heard the “We’re #1” chant at high school football games. I personally believe Renton is #1 when it comes to great places to live and work. According to Livability.com, Renton is the 66th best place to live in the U.S. Okay, so it ain’t #1, but close enough!

So, how’d Renton make #66? Livability ranked more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000. They ranked the cities in areas such as amenities, demographics, economy, education, health care, housing, social and civic capital, transportation and infrastructure.

Of Renton, Livability said:

Population: 93,601

Median Household Income: $64,141

Median Home Price: $285,800

Residents Who Own Their Homes: 20,148

Median Monthly Mortgage: $2,024

“Located just southeast of downtown Seattle, lining the shore of Lake Washington, is Renton, a city with magnificent views of the Cascades and Mount Rainier. Adding to the beauty is Cedar River that runs through the downtown district.

The city is best known for assembling Boeing 737 commercial airplanes, while other key industries are information technology and service companies.

The NFL’s Seattle Seahawks have a training facility in Renton, and residents have access to quality of life conveniences like Valley Medical Center and an acclaimed Renton School District No. 403.”

Hot Place to Live

The Renton real estate market is still extremely healthy. We’re seeing low inventory, low interest rates, and money to lend. We just sold a home in Fairwood Greens in a bidding war and it went for above asking price.

5-Bedroom Stunner in Renton

Here’s one of our current listings in The Parks neighborhood of Renton:

Renton home for sale in The Parks neighborhood - Rosie Rourke

Built in 2000, this beautifully appointed 5-bedroom home has nearly 3,800 square feet of stylish elegance, with a soaring entry and 9-foot ceilings on both floors.

The home is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in The Parks, a sought-after community with miles of King County trails steps from the back door. There’s easy access to freeways and public transportation, and the neighborhood is close to major shopping amenities such as Renton Landing.

The home features many designer touches. The elegant formal living room has coffered ceilings, crown molding and custom blinds; a marble surround gas fireplace and gorgeous mantel piece.

There’s also a formal dining room; a family room bathed in natural light; a dream kitchen with granite counters, custom raised panel maple cabinets, custom knobs and stainless steel appliances, a commercial grade gas stove and walk-in pantry, double oven, planning desk, breakfast bar, and more.

A guest bedroom and bath on the main floor is a rare feature. Don’t miss the 4-car tandem style garage, air conditioning, stand by generator and air purifier. The fully fenced, private yard with patio has been professionally landscaped for low-maintenance outdoor enjoyment.

If you’re looking to buy a home, this one is definitely a “keeper.” Join us for an open house Saturday, September 26, from 1-4 p.m., or contact me at 206.719.5870; rosie@rosierourke.com, to schedule a walk-through. Ask for listing #843473.

2.5 Tons Shredded During Fairwood Recycle Event

Our Fairwood Family Greenfest was a huge success!

Families visited with neighborhood friends while munching on Hawaiian Hot Dogs (we served 200 delicious dogs!). And the kids had fun in the bouncy house.

Anne - hawaiian hot dog Co

We helped over 500 Fairwood residents recycle metal and computers and shred confidential papers. We did 2.5 tons of shredding and filled two big trucks of recyclables.

Thank you, Fairwood community, for your kindness and your business. The Rosie Rourke Team had a blast giving back to the community.

Here’s a picture of the Hills family – they were so excited to get rid of the boat motor that’s been sitting in their garage for the past 20 years!

Hills family

Save the Date: July 18 – Family Green Fest!

Only 10 days to go until the the Family Green Fest event at Fairwood Greens.

Date: Saturday, July 18

Time: noon-3 p.m., at Allen Park, on the corner of 145th Ave. SE and SE 167th Street in Renton.

Family Green Fest

Bring your recyclables (details below) and munch on a hot dog from the Hawaiian Hot Dog Company while you get to know your neighbors.

Free recycling

Recycling Trucks

1 Green Planet, a non-profit organization, is offering free recycling at the event for the following items:

  • Appliances – washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.
  • Electronics – televisions, stereos, etc.
  • Scrap Metal, machinery, circuit boards, etc.
  • Computers (secure data destruction, PCs, laptops, printers, monitors, etc.)
  • Cell phones
  • Batteries (car, computer, etc.)
  • Medical equipment
  • Ink and toner

Free shredding

Bring your confidential papers for shredding by Confidential Data Disposal. They’ll shred your papers and recycle them – no one will see or touch your materials from the time of removal until they are destroyed in the shredder.

Free bouncy house and giveaways!

There’ll be a free bouncy house for the kids, and free giveaways for the first 200 visitors.

Bouncy House at Recycle Event

The festival is sponsored by the Rosie Rourke Team (John L. Scott Real Estate) as our way of saying thank-you for your real estate business. Be sure to invite you neighbors! See you there.

Rosie at Recycle Event

Family Green Fest at Fairwood Greens July 18

Fairwood Greens is going green – really and truly green, on Saturday, July 18. Join us for a recycle celebration from noon-3 p.m. at Allen Park in Fairwood Greens.

Bring your recyclables (details below) and munch on a hot dog from the Hawaiian Hot Dog Company while you get to know your neighbors.

Free bouncy house and giveaways!

There’ll be a free bouncy house for the kids, and free giveaways for the first 200 visitors.

Bouncy House at Recycle Event

The festival is sponsored by the Rosie Rourke Team (John L. Scott Real Estate) as our way of saying thank-you for your real estate business.

Free recycling

Recycling Trucks

1 Green Planet, a non-profit organization, is offering free recycling at the event for the following items:

  • Appliances – washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.
  • Electronics – televisions, stereos, etc.
  • Scrap Metal, machinery, circuit boards, etc.
  • Computers (secure data destruction, PCs, laptops, printers, monitors, etc.)
  • Cell phones
  • Batteries (car, computer, etc.)
  • Medical equipment
  • Ink and toner

Free shredding

Bring your confidential papers for shredding by Confidential Data Disposal. They’ll shred your papers and recycle them – no one will see or touch your materials from the time of removal until they are destroyed in the shredder.

Save the date

Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 18, noon-3 p.m. Allen Park is on the corner of 145th Ave. SE and SE 167th Street in Renton.

Rosie at Recycle Event

Be sure to invite you neighbors! See you there.

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Family Green Fest

Rosie Rourke – John L. Scott Real Estate

In this short video, I’ll tell you a bit about myself and why I chose to work for John L. Scott in Kent.

Fifty percent of my business is representing home sellers, and the other 50 percent is representing buyers, so I’m in the trenches. I know exactly what buyers want to see and what they don’t want to see, so I can help you stage your home for your target buyer.

Real Estate Market Update!

Real estate sales are booming in King County. Sales are better than seen since 2000, surpassing the hey-day of 2006!

If you’re looking to sell your home or you are looking to buy, please check out our listings and give me a call: Rosie Rourke, John L Scott, 206.719.5870.

Tip for New Construction Visit

tipforconstructionAfter running into this challenging situation several times throughout my career, I thought you might benefit from this tip during your home search.

When you visit a new construction neighborhood, the site agent may ask you to sign a registration card. If you mark the box that you do not have an agent, the site agent will assume you will be using them to represent you.

In most cases, the site agent represents the seller.

Who represents you? That’s the rub!

Then I get the call from a buyer who wants me to represent them, but if the buyer already marked the box “no agent” then my fee to represent them gets discounted by the builder by a whopping 70%!

It is not fair that a buyer cannot freely choose who they want to represent them without ramifications.

Tip:

When you visit new construction and are asked if you have an agent, say, “Yes…Rosie Rourke, John L. Scott, 206.719.5870.”

Short Sales are down 10%!

In helping our buyers and sellers we are pleased to report we do not come across as many distressed sales as we did in the past.

A distressed sale, also known as a short sale, is where the the owner owes more than the market can bear. Distressed sales bring home values down.

In 2012 the 98058 Fairwood Renton ZIP code market reported 20% of the market were short sales.

In 2013 it was 17%.

Excited to report that in 2014, it is only 10%!