Not only is my listing in Kent at The Lakes turn-key, remodeled, and is lakefront... but it is surrounded by nature, recreation, and transportation hubs! Here are some videos highlighting all this area of Kent and this townhouse has to offer!
Check out all the upgrades and smart features!
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How to Buy Home and When is the Best Time? The time is NOW!
The Summer slowdown is now upon us! Every year buyers tend to cool off during the Summer months and the market slows a bit. Homes are for sale longer and buyers tend to have a little bit more of the upper hand. Don’t get me wrong, homes are selling but the crazy bidding wars from the Spring market have calmed down. With a decrease in buyer activity you have less competition, now really is the perfect time to buy!
Historically September (after Labor Day) until the first part of November tends to be one of the busiest buying seasons. Prices spike, bidding wars come back, and good luck negotiating any sort of deal or concession. Now is the time to buy if you are able!
But what is interesting about this time of year is watching the spikes in website and social traffic on our listings. It’s almost like people are on vacation checking out homes poolside and researching for their next move. If this is you and you are waiting until after the Summer to “get serious” about buying your first home, selling and upsizing to a new home, or maybe downsizing to a smaller home, please remember that the Summer slowdown is an opportunity to get into something before the Fall frenzy!
I know Summer is a busy time, especially if you have kids, but if you are serious about saving some money and having a less stressful experience, you should really consider moving up your buying timeline. Our expert buyer’s agents are ready to help you navigate the process and help you get started. The first step is a casual conversation about your goals and where to begin.
Learn more about Colleen, Melissa, and Karen, the dedicated team of buyer’s agents on the Rosie Rourke Team here: www.rosierourke.com/buying
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Out growing your current home? This blog is for you!
is busting at the seams, the kids have their stuff everywhere, and all your energy
is just surviving day to day, right? WE FEEL YOU! We’ve all been there, trust
us! And remember when you bought your first house, it seemed HUGE! Now you
would do anything to get into a home that fits you and the kids, but the thought
of having to purge and keep the house clean with kids is daunting. And you need
the equity in your current home to buy your next home too… what if you end up being
displaced for a few months or worse… in your in-laws’ basement?
Sounds like a lot of doom and gloom, doesn’t it? Let us be your hero and your advocate during the process… we have real world solutions! We work with the top lenders in the industry, there are ways to structure you home loan so you don’t have to sell and buy at the same time. We also have access to a pool of qualified buyers actively looking, so there is an opportunity to sell your home before it lists to the public. And so on and so on! We guarantee that the process can be fun, liberating, and the best decision you will make for you and your family!
Let our team leader Rosie Rourke buy you a Starbucks (our treat) and let’s talk about your solution! She has been where you are and wants to help you change your life!
Let’s face it, most real estate agents are checking out right about now, because no one wants to buy a house during the holidays, right? WRONG! My team and I are working hard selling our listings and helping our clients buy before the new year! Here are some reasons why NOW is a great time to be looking and buying!
Less competitive – Not that many people buy homes in the winter, and that’s for a variety of reasons. You won’t have people outbidding you, and you’ll have ample inventory from which to choose. It’s a win-win!
Lower interest rates… for now – Word on the street is that interest rates are going up after the 1st of the year. Buy now and save a lifetime worth of interest!
Eager sellers – Generally people who sell during this time of year are ready to get it over with. Their homes have either been on the market a while (because most people don’t buy this season), or they’re eager to get their family up and moved to a new place before the holidays or before a new job starts on Jan. 1. Either way, it means sellers are more willing to negotiate on price as a result!
Tax benefits – If you buy by the end of the year, it will also you to take additional itemized deductions, as well as write off your mortgage interest, from that year’s tax returns. Depending on how much your home was, that could mean thousands and thousands of dollars and savings.
Start the New Year off right – Wouldn’t it just be nice to have your move over and done with by Jan. 1? To start your New Year and new phase of life off in a brand new home? Many buyers think so!
Take advantage of breaks – Moving can be a hassle, taking days and days to pack up, load and unload cars, and finally, put everything in its new place. During the holidays, you and your family members likely have some time off work and school, giving you plenty of availability for these pesky moving tasks. If you move at other times of year, you’d have to take time off work, adding even more costs to your bottom line.
Easier to spot problems – Winter is a great time to make sure the house you’re buying is up to snuff. The roof, gutters, heating and plumbing are all put to the test as the winter weather gets harsher. If something looks awry, your home inspector will spot it and you can make sure the sellers fix it (or take it off the cost of the home) before you close.
So, if you are cruising through open houses or just surfing the internet looking at listings… tap in one of my professional buyers agents and one of the 50+ families they have helped buy a home in 2018! www.rosierourke.com/buywithus
You guys… this is a game changer! School boundaries can be tricky, we are excited to announce a new way to search for your dream home in your dream school district! You can now search for homes for sale that will send your kids (or future kids) to the school you want. For example, if you are looking for homes for sale in the Tahoma School District, you can add that to your search criteria… see the image above!
How do you get started? It’s super easy, head over to my John L. Scott search page and type in a school… that’s it! CLICK HERE: https://rosier.johnlscott.com/search Or contact me directly and I can set up a search for you! Happy house hunting friends!
Hi everyone, Rosie here! I came across some articles recently written by GeekWire about our growing city! Being a local Renton resident for 20+ years, I’ve always known how great this area is! Lake Washington, Gene Coulon Park, the new Landing/Southport, a revitalizing downtown area, the Highlands, Kennydale Hill, the Seahawks… Renton is awesome and the rest of the US is starting to notice! Here is a link to the articles on GeekWire:
With prices climbing in Seattle and the Eastside, a lot of young professionals and their families are moving south, and Renton has some great neighborhoods with affordable homes! And we are situated in a great commuter location with easy access to freeways and the tech hubs in Seattle and the Eastside. Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Expedia and many others are bringing in talent from all over the US and Renton seems to be a great place for people to land. If anyone reading this blog is from out of state and is thinking of moving here give a us a call… we can help! We are the top team in the area and we know the schools, neighborhoods, and locations you want to be in. Just contact me, Rosie Rourke, directly and mention that you say this blog, I look forward to helping you!!!
Finally… home inventory is up! I just read a report that more homes went for sale in September then they did last year at this time. In fact, this is the most home inventory for sale during the Fall in 3 years! This is GREAT news for buyers… so where are they?
I think the crazy market during the beginning of 2018 has scared a lot of them away. Their loss is YOUR GAIN! Homes are not selling as fast and there is room for negotiation now. And my preferred lenders have told me that there is a possible mortgage rate increase looming in 2019. If rates go up 1 point that could mean 10-15% less in buying power for you! You can’t afford to wait, check out my quick video about today’s buyers market, 3 reasons why you NEED to by now, and check out my team of expert buyers agents who are eager to help you buy a home before the holidays…. CLICK HERE!