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The Power of One…

The Power of One…

 

Did you know that just a 1% rise in mortgage interest rates can spell disaster for the home buyer looking to make a purchase? It means a loss of 10-12% of buying power. Essentially that could cost a Northwest home buyer their chance of buying a home at the top of their price range and be stuck owning something at the bottom of their range. Scary, right? So when you watch the news and they talk about rising interest rates, it’s something to pay attention too.

 

Here is a great example, let’s say that you buy a 4 bedroom, 1800 square foot home for  $503,000, your mortgage payment with a 4.25% interest rate would be $2475 per month. Now, if the interest rates rise just 1%, you could end up with a smaller, 3 bedroom, 1500 square foot home for $458,000… and your payment would be $2529! Higher payment, smaller house… that is the power of one!

 

Ok, this is a little gloomy, but there is hope! Interest rates are still historically low… but have been creeping up. But ask yourself, “Can I REALLY afford to wait until next year?” The answer is NO… YOU CAN’T! So here is the deal, my team and I want to help… and now is the time.

 

Need to sell so you can Upsize/Downsize? The market is hot, your home will sell faster than you think, and we work with many lenders that can help you finance the purchase of your new home while listing your current home… you have options!

 

Tired of renting? Our team has 2 dedicated, expert buyers’ agents who are ready to help you find your dream home and close the deal in this competitive home buying market!

 

Yes, the Power of One can be great… but just imagine what you could do with a team behind you ?

Breaking News About The Real Estate Market!

Hi everyone, Rosie Rourke here! I have some breaking news for you about the real estate market… it has slowed down for the summer! I know, all you hear on the news is how hot it is, but my years of experience and the numbers don’t lie! But this is a great opportunity for you if you are ready to buy!

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Using zip code 98058 (Renton/Fairwood) as one example, see above chart. I’m happy to run a report in your zip code–just contact me! The report shows the last 5 years history. As you can see, every year during the summer and holiday months, the sales dip in quantity. Our area has very limited sunshine, so when summer arrives, the buyers and agents disappear. Especially when kids are out of school. Families take their annual vacation and summer sport tournaments take over.

Even in the best of markets, this trend continues. Note the lack of inventory for this year over the last 5 years… wow! Our market is still extremely hot, just in a plateau as buyers take a break for sun & fun. 

I hear so many times… “I thought summer would be best time to sell since the families need to position for school”. In reality, it already happened in late Spring so that buyers/sellers could enjoy the summer months.

Without rapid pace of sales, the inventory is higher than it has been since Spring market, but on par for last year this same time.  Don’t worry! September and October will heat us back up again.

If you are a buyer, now is the time to take advantage of buying without fear of a bidding war and having no leverage. And, sellers – we got this! Your house may not sell within minutes, but we will sell it for top dollar in a timely manner. 

Area Home Prices Are Up… BIG TIME!

Area Home Prices Are up $132,500 in The Last 24 Months… Whaaaat?!

This isn’t a type-o! Can you believe that? We are looking at the hottest real estate market with the highest home values in our area EVER. For example, home prices in Fairwood alone are up over $132k in the last 24 months. AND, mortgage rates are still at historic lows and home inventory is down. What does that mean for you, the happy home owner? That means your house will sell for more than you ever thought was possible… and fast! The majority of my listings are selling above asking price and we are getting multiple offers.

I know, this is a lot to take in, but is THE time and this is YOUR opportunity to cash in if you are looking to upsize, downsize, or cash in on a rental home you are tired of managing. Just know that I am here to help you navigate this crazy market and help you make the best decision for you and your family.

Call me, text me, email me, or just stop by my brand new office in Kent sometime, I’d love to reconnect and look at your options!

Featured Fairwood Business – Handyman Services!

With this post, I am happy to be continuing my “Fairwood Featured Business” series with installment #10.

My ongoing passion as the top real estate agent in the Renton & Fairwood area is to highlight and celebrate the Fairwood neighborhood I live in, raise my kids in and work in.  I believe that a big part of what enhances our quality of life is when we enjoy our surroundings.  So I’m taking an opportunity to focus on our neighborhood specifically and to appreciate all that we have here, so close to home.

Previously on this blog, I have featured Plaza CleanersFairwood Thai Cuisine, and Cosmo Nail Parlor, Fairwood Golf & Country Club, Fire District #40, Station 17Shakey’sThere Ya Go Espresso,  Salon Tii Gavo and The Wine Alley!

For January I am excited to be featuring…

Fairwood Handyman Services!

The owner and handyman Craig Wadsworth is the best kept secret in Fairwood! He has been an expert handyman for the Fairwood area since 2002. Being a local resident, Craig not only is an incredible resource for Fairwood homeowners, he truly cares about the community we live in. He donates his time and money back to his kid’s schools and helps out when he can! “Customers just love me”, says Craig.

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Have a Honey-Do List?

Craig is a licensed contractor in the State of Washington and really is a jack of all trades. No job is too big or too small. “What annoys you? It’s the honey-do list items that I specialize in”, says Craig. And think about that, you work hard, the last thing you want to do on your weekend is patch a wall or fix a leaky pipe, right? And with Craig’s hourly rate being amazingly reasonable, you can’t put a price on your personal sanity!

“Excellent work at an honest price. Craig’s attention to detail is great and he’s a pretty funny guy, too.” – Bob W. via Facebook Review

Raised to be a Handyman…

Some people are born with a green thumb… Craig was born with a hammer in his hand! “I learned a lot from my dad, he was a handy guy, I guess it just rubbed off on me”, Craig said with a smile. He has a passion for problem solving and working with his hands. I’ve personally recommended a lot of my clients to Craig and I’ve never heard a negative thing… and that’s saying something in today’s crazy world we live in, right?

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Getting a Hold of Craig

Craig is available via phone, just call or text 206-713-4904. You can also interact with him and his customers via his Facebook page, click here to check it out!

Named a 5 Star Top Real Estate Agent… AGAIN!

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I have recently been awarded Seattle Magazine’s 5 star award. This honor is awarded to the top professionals in their field. I feel blessed to have been consistently awarded this 5 star status year after year. I would not be here without my amazing local real estate team or my fantastic clients. I am truly passionate about real estate here in western Washington. Whether you are buying a home or selling a home in Renton, Kent, Maple Valley or anywhere near you I will make your real estate dreams come true. Check out the award here: http://www.fivestarprofessional.com/awards/five_star_award.php

Featured Fairwood Business – The Wine Alley!

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With this post, I am happy to be continuing my “Fairwood Featured Business” series with installment #9.

My ongoing passion is to highlight and celebrate the neighborhood I live in, raise my kids in and work in.  I believe that a big part of what enhances our quality of life is when we enjoy our surroundings.  So I’m taking an opportunity to focus on our neighborhood specifically and to appreciate all that we have here, so close to home.

Previously on this blog, I have featured Plaza CleanersFairwood Thai Cuisine, and Cosmo Nail Parlor, Fairwood Golf & Country Club, Fire District #40, Station 17Shakey’s, There Ya Go Espresso and  Salon Tii Gavo!

For December I am excited to be featuring…

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The Wine Alley 

With the Holidays in full swing, what better business to feature than the Wine Alley?! A great place to get that special holiday gift or a treat for yourself!

The Wine Alley has been a fixture in the Fairwood community since 2005, but in 2015 the new owners Touŕe and Charisse Sam took over and have fallen in love with Fairwood!

A New Beginning with new Owners!

Touŕe and Charisse are excited to meet their neighbors. Originally from California the Sam’s relocated to Virginia to be closer to family, but soon realized that they desperately missed the West Coast. They decided to pack up and move to the Seattle area after visiting for a friend’s wedding and falling in love with the area (what’s not to love?!) When the long time wine lovers found out a local wine shop was for sale they jumped at the chance. They could not believe they had an opportunity to share their passion for wine with their new community!

Shop Local in Fairwood

October 1st 2015 the Sam’s officially took over the Wine Alley from the previous owners Scott & Alley. They have enjoyed getting to know everyone here in Fairwood and are passionate about shopping local. Did you know they carry local cheeses and chocolate? It is delicious if I do say so! Of course they carry local wines too like the hard to find Cave B and Delille! The Wine Alley also carries many different varieties of craft and hard to find beers.

Tastings & Events

Touŕe and Charisse invite you to be their guest. If you mention Rosie Rourke when you attend one of their tastings they will waive the fee*! Please head in there, say hello, taste some remarkable wine or beer and relax this holiday season.

 

*not valid on all tastings

 

Rosie’s Holiday Party & Food Drive!

That’s right, Rosie and the Rosie Rourke Real Estate Team are hosting a Holiday Party & Food Drive at the Fairwood Country Club! This is a free event that is open to everyone in the community! Come by for FREE Santa Photos and help us take donations for the Renton Salvation Army’s Food Bank.

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Please RSVP – Click Here!

 

Fairwood Featured Business – Salon Tii Gavo!!

With this post, I am happy to be continuing my “Fairwood Featured Business” series with installment #8.

My ongoing passion is to highlight and celebrate the neighborhood I live in, raise my kids in and work in.  I believe that a big part of what enhances our quality of life is when we enjoy our surroundings.  So I’m taking an opportunity to focus on our neighborhood specifically and to appreciate all that we have here, so close to home.

Previously on this blog, I have featured Plaza Cleaners, Fairwood Thai Cuisine, and Cosmo Nail Parlor, Fairwood Golf & Country Club, Fire District #40, Station 17, Shakey’s and There Ya Go Espresso.

For September I am thrilled to be featuring Salon Tii Gavo!blog-pic-salon_tiigavo1

Salon Tii Gavo has been a fixture in the Fairwood community for EVER – in fact 2017 marks their 20th anniversary!

A Gathering Place

Tii Gavo means “A Gathering Place” in the native Havisupi language. Believe me, the spirit of the name rings true the very moment you step into the salon. You are greeted as if you are family when you walk in (but here’s a hint, it’s BETTER than family – there are SPA services!!) Nine stylists are on staff to provide the full range of hair services, manicures, hot stone spa pedicures and more.  If nothing else, you must experience the luxury of “the lather lounge”…a 5 minute stress relieving scalp massage while getting your hair washed.  It is heaven!

Service Oriented

Owner Jolene Casey showcases her many talents and gifts through her business. Top among them are her dedication to customer service and community outreach. First rate, high-touch customer service is the standard at Salon Tii Gavo. Their reputation in the industry is excellent and customer reviews are outstanding. Jolene takes that commitment a step further, however, by her continuous efforts to give back to her community. Jolene and her team at Salon Tii Gavo are regularly sponsoring raffles, community events and promotions to raise money for worthy charities. Many local and regional organizations have benefited over these 20 years from donations of money, goods and services that the Salon Tii Gavo team has provided! That dedication to service is amazing and rare… I am so happy we have Jolene right here in Fairwood!

Referral Promotion

Jolene shared with me that Salon Tii Gavo is running a referral promotion through the end of October! For current clients, when you refer a new client you will be rewarded from a list of amazing gifts!

The holidays are around the corner as well.  If you have never seen the Salon, please do stop in during November and December to shop from a wide variety of gift ideas for your loved ones…or yourself 🙂

Thank You to Jolene Casey and Salon Tii Gavo! It is businesses like yours that make our community so very special!

~ Rosie

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Fairwood Is Turning 50!!!

FAIRWOOD IS TURNING 50!                                     

fairwood_50_wordpress1Everyone please save the date and JOIN US at Petrovitsky Park on Saturday,
August 27th for an amazing celebration of our beloved Fairwood Neighborhood!

King County Parks is hosting a wonderful day crammed full of activities, including a FUN RUN, Crafts for Kids, Dunk Tank, FOOD TRUCK, Concert in the Park, an outdoor MOVIE in the PARK, and so much more!!

I will be personally involved in the event as well!  The Rosie Rourke Team is proudly offering FREE popcorn at the movie night!  YAY!!!!

All of the details of the day can be found at the King County Parks website. They have done a great job of pulling together local businesses and individuals to highlight our community ~ I am so honored to be able to help celebrate the neighborhood I love.

I can’t wait to see all of you at the party!

~ Rosie

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Fairwood Featured Business – THERE YA GO ESPRESSO!

With this post, I am happy to be continuing my “Fairwood Featured Business” series with installment #7

My ongoing passion is to highlight and celebrate the neighborhood I live in, raise my kids in and work in.  I believe that a big part of what enhances our quality of life is when we enjoy our surroundings.  So I’m taking an opportunity to focus on our neighborhood specifically and to appreciate all that we have here, so close to home.blog pic 6

Previously on this blog, I have featured Plaza Cleaners, Fairwood Thai Cuisine, and Cosmo Nail Parlor, Fairwood Golf & Country Club, Fire District #40, Station 17, and Shakey’s.

For the month of July, I am so happy to feature There Ya Go Espresso!!

This my favorite coffee stop for so many reasons!  It’s close, it has a convenient drive thru, and They Know My Name!  I love great customer service, and that’s what I get every time at There Ya Go Espresso.

Owners Brian & Shelly Cox bought the Fairwood stand in 2008.  Both local kids, (Brian – Kentridge HS, Shelly – Tahoma HS) their commitment to bringing quality independent business to their community is something I truly admire.  They own two locations, Fairwood and Maple Valley, and have been working in the coffee industry since 1995,

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There Ya Go proudly serves Caffe’ D’arte Coffee, which I learned is one of the oldest roasters in Seattle.  They were roasting here when Starbucks and Seattle’s Best were just baby coffee companies!  Caffe D’arte also has a roasting plant in Italy, so it’s like having “real Italian roast” right here in Seattle!  In addition to coffee, There Ya Go serves a variety of teas, food items, and recently began offering SPARK, by Advocare!

The Fairwood location was just remodeled in 2016, employs 6 Amazing Baristas, and offers specials every weekday!  Free Muffin (banana bread) Monday, Two Stamp Tuesday, 4th Shot Free on Wednesday, 50c off Food Thursday, and Free Flavor Friday!!!

Open every day from 5am-5pm, There Ya Go Espresso is one of Fairwood’s Finest!

Thank you Brian and Stacy Cox ~ keep up the good work!

~Rosie

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