The affects of cold weather….to look for a new year round home? Or just a vacation home?

With such cold weather taking over many areas of the United States, Trulia studied how real estate searches changed as average temperature drops.  They wanted to know if the residents were looking for new year round homes to move away permanently or just looking for a vacation home.  Check out their findings below with an infographic, courtesy of KCM Blog:

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Posted on February 15, 2014 at 12:38 am
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Seattle Area Statistics

In the chart below you can check out some interesting statistics about the Seattle area residential and condo markets, including Months Supply of Inventory, Total Active Listings, Median Active List Price…and more!

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Posted on February 14, 2014 at 1:33 am
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Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

HIRE A REAL ESTATE AGENTCourtesy of KCM Blog


Posted on February 8, 2014 at 1:40 am
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Amazing Home Improvements to Take Your House to the Next Level!!

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Here is just the beginning of 33 ideas for your dream house:

  • Chandelier that turns your room into a forest with its shadow
  • Swing set dining room table
  • Spiral staircase, with a slide on the side!
  • Cat transit system (inside or outside!)
  • Hammock bed or couch
  • Ping pong door or kitchen island
  • See-through bathtub

To check out the rest of the list and see pictures of each of these awesome ideas check out the original post  >>


Posted on February 7, 2014 at 1:09 am
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Go Hawks!!!!!

I hope you have a fantastic Super Bowl Weekend!!!!

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GO SEAHAWKS!!!!


Posted on February 1, 2014 at 12:57 am
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% of All Cash Sales By State

Check out the infographic below, depicting the percentage of sales that are paid in all cash!  Washington clocks in at 27%!

Slide112Credit to KCM Blog.


Posted on January 31, 2014 at 12:37 am
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2013 Tax Deductions for Homeowners

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There are 3 very important tax deductions for homeowners that are expiring after 2013 taxes, unless Congress decides to renew them.  They are:

  • Private Mortgage Insurance – This deduction lets you deduct the amount you paid towards PMI in 2013 if you paid less than 20% down on your home and your loan is from 2007 or later
  • Energy Efficient Upgrades – This deduction helps you offset the costs of some energy efficient upgrades you may have made to your house, but its capped at $500
  • Debt Forgiveness – If you went through a foreclosure, short sale, or deed-in-lieu sale of your home in 2013 the banks allowed you to sell your home for less than what you owed on it, and that amount is treated like income and can be taxed; thanks to the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act you do not need to pay those taxes

However, there is also going to be a much more simplified version of the Home Office deduction that you can use if you work from home that is simply calculated based on the square footage of your office!

To read more about each deduction and find out if you qualify and how to file for it check out the full article from HouseLogic.com here  >>


Posted on January 25, 2014 at 1:31 am
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The Cost of Waiting

The table below depicts the difference in monthly mortgage payments for an average priced home if waiting to purchase from November 2012 to November 2013.


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Originally from KCM Blog.


Posted on January 24, 2014 at 1:16 am
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Guide to Architectural Styles

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Every house falls into one or more architectural style;  check out the full article here to learn more about the defining characteristics and history behind the 33 common architectural styles shown above.


Posted on December 28, 2013 at 1:28 am
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Top 10 Interior Design & Home Remodeling Trends for 2014

 

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Neil Kelly Company, based out of the Pacific Northwest, has been helped over 30,000 homeowners with award winning design-build remodeling, energy upgrades, and home repairs since 1947.  They are known for their innovative design and remodeling services, new home construction, quality craftsmanship and green, sustainable building practices.  Here is their list of the top 10 interior design and home remodeling trends for 2014:

  • 1. U-socket
  • 2. Curbless showers
  • 3. Stand alone tubs
  • 4. Floating shelves
  • 5. Cobalt blue
  • 6. Relaxed, classic and modern
  • 7. Self-expression
  • 8. Multi-generational living accommodations
  • 9. Eco-friendly cabinets
  • 10. Urban downsizing

Check out the full article here to find out more about each trend (with pictures!) and to learn more about Neil Kelly Company  >>


Posted on December 20, 2013 at 1:27 am
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