Posts Categorized: Homes for Sale

Stay Home, Stay Safe Order

buying or selling a house during COVID 19

 

Hi everyone, Rosie Rourke here! I thought you may be wondering how the COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order is affecting the local real estate market. Today (March 28th) Governor Inslee lifted portions of his mandated shut down for our business. Realtors were originally not listed as an “Essential” company on Gov. Inslee’s list. Geez… I thought I was essential (hahaha). Here is what is permitted with his new decree as of today:

real estate during stay home, stay healthy order in washington state

 

The MLS also has strict COVID-19 protocols for in-person meetings, inspections, and showings. Our team has already sprung into action to implement these new protocols at all of our listings as well as showing appointments with our buyer's agents. There are also no more open houses, you need to connect with a licensed real estate agent if you want to see a property.

We also understand if you are still uncomfortable with an in-person interaction at this time, we are serving our clients in a virtual mode! My listing team is doing listing presentations & home valuations by video conference. We are also strategizing with clients virtually to keep them set up for success in this market.

There are some clients that NEED to sell or buy right now and we have been able to help them get their home on market without stepping outside. We actually had 4 listings hit the market last week! For each listing we now create smart phone video walkthroughs of the home. Our goal is that active listings will be viewed by eager buyers with idle time (everyone is at home and online, lol) and hoping they will put us on their favorite list when mandate lifted. Or, better yet, buy it virtually (believe it or not, it happens, we just had a home go pending site unseen last night)! This is considered a blessing for buyers in the first time home buyer price range where they can actually have a chance to buy a home without bidding wars right now! 

Will Home Values Decrease? 

As you can imagine I am getting this questions a lot. My 25 years of professional real estate experience is banking on my crystal ball answer – no. We were slammed with bidding wars right up until the eve of the shut down. We even wrote virtual offers after shut down. You have to remember that we have an extreme shortage of inventory (homes on the market for sale) and historically low interest rates for buyers. Unlike 2008 our housing market is on a solid footing, there are more qualified buyers then there are homes for sale, period! The stock market is crazy right now, but interest rates remain low. Supply and demand is creating a hot market cooled only by this isolated event of the horrific virus.

Unfortunately, people getting layoffs, especially in hospitality, restaurant and travel industries are not in a position to buy. But many other industries in our diverse economy are simply working from home and are still in the market. When COVID-19 gets under control, businesses can open back up and employees can get back to work again. I have a hunch we will have penned up demand of buyers ready to surge after mandate lifted as well. Experts are saying we could see a Spring-like surge this Summer or Fall. Values do not decrease when there is demand, actually the opposite is true, and we are seeing that every day right now despite the Coronavirus. 

Let's Recap...

  • Are people still selling their homes? YES
  • Are people still buying homes? YES
  • Can you see a home in-person? YES
  • Can you see a home virtually? YES
  • Can you go to an open house? NO
  • Is now a good time to sell? YES
  • Is now a good time to buy? YES

I’m here for you. My entire team is here for you. How can we help you? I am happy to chat and discuss any real estate concerns or questions you have. I am solution-oriented and utilizing my experience of surviving other economy crisis’.

Here’s a tip - I’ve been advising my listing clients to consider putting their home on market NOW or late Spring/Summer. I’m concerned when flu season comes back in fall/winter, that COVID-19 will rear its ugly head again. 

We will overcome! Sending blessings, and looking forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,

Rosie Rourke

Stand Out, List Now!

is now a good time to sell my home

Stand out from the crowd RIGHT NOW and command all the attention from buyers or be one of many homes on the market this Spring?

"But Rosie, I didn't plan on listing my home so soon in 2020, but I don't want to miss all the buyers RIGHT NOW!" Not to worry, the #rosierourketeam does more than just put a sign in the ground, we can help you organize, stage, declutter, repair/update, and get your home ready to command top dollar in the market place sooner than you ever thought possible!

Did we pique your interest? Here are your action steps...

#1 - In about 2 minutes you can see exactly how many REAL buyers are looking for a home that matches yours! Fill out the form below!

#2 - Contact Rosie personally at 206.719.5870, either by text or call to schedule a time for Rosie to give you a REAL home valuation, not from some computer program that doesn't know your home's story. You can also fill out the form below!

Spring is NOW and the buyers are ready to BUY, let us know if we can help!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

As we enter into a new decade we are coming off of an historic serge in our Renton, Fairwood, Kent, Maple Valley, and Seattle real estate markets! The past few years we have seen prices rise and interest rates fall, but what does 2020 have in store for us? It's also an election, what does that do for first time home buyers, home sellers, second time buyers, and is it a good time to buy or sell a home? Let's ask Rosie Rourke, once of King County's best real estate agents what she things, watch the video below!

 

 

Wildlife & Recreation Await…

Unique, Lakefront Townhouse for Sale in Kent!

 

 

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! 

 

 

Ready to see it in person? Contact Rosie for a private showing today!

New Search by School Tool!

find a home near my school

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!

 

 

Renton the next big tech hub in the NW? YES!!!

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:

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https://www.geekwire.com/2018/tldr-renton-become-next-big-tech-hub-pacific-northwest/

 

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!!!

 

Home Inventory Is Up… Where Are You Buyers???

how do i buy a house

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!

Homes for Sale in Covington – Maple Valley Area

Looking for a large home for sale in Covington close to Maple Valley? Check out this large 5 bedroom home for sale in Covington. It has 3 different living spaces, perfect for a blended family or multiple family living situation! Large kitchen, tons of updates, extra storage, a manageable yard, and it’s also a smart home! 

Check out the full listing here: http://rosierourke.idxbroker.com/idx/details/listing/a045/1323243/20010-SE-260th-Place

Homes for Sale in Burien | Home for sale near Searhurst Beach

Looking for homes for sale near Burien, WA or the Puget Sound in South Seattle? I’ve got an amazing home for sale near Seahurst Beach Park in Burien! It’s walking distance… that’s like having a waterfront home for a fraction of the price!

 


 

The seller is motivated and ready for this large home for sale in South Seattle Burien area to find a new owner! Check out the full listing here: http://rosierourke.idxbroker.com/idx/details/listing/a045/1359122/14203-13th-Ave-SW