As Chairman of the Young Professionals Network, I have the opportunity to create social events, network with people in my community, and give back – physically, and financially. But, I'm just one piece to the puzzle. Our YPN crew gives so much creativity, and commitment to our group! Even as busy REALTORS, we all find time to exemplify our YPN mission – advocate, give back to the community, and seek out leadership opportunities, both locally and nationally.
The Seattle King County Association of REALTORS – Young Professionals Network was incepted in 2010, so this year marks FIVE years that our group has been tirelessly serving our young REALTOR community, connecting, and writing checks to local, non-profit groups. To date, $35,000 has been donated by our group. What was the perfect way to celebrate? Throw a 5th birthday party around the REALTOR blue color, and choose a charity to donate to! Our Royal Blue Birthday Bash benefited Habitat for Humanity Seattle King County, and took place on July 9th in Seattle. Just a few weeks ago, we spent time with Habitat for Humanity Seattle King County on a day build, and presented our check. The build took place in Renton, WA, under the supervision of AmeriCorp. Yes, it's a wonderful feeling to give important funds, but it's much more emotional, and rewarding to get our hands dirty, build a home and learn first hand where our donation dollars are being spent. A special thanks to our lead Sponsor, Envoy Mortgage for making this all possible!
Interest rates remained historically low for the month of November and 53% of the homes available for sale on Seattle's Eastside received a mutually accepted offer. On average, the median home price was $652,366 (10% above last year's median price of $592,041!) and the average days a home was available on the market was 57 days — a slight change from this Spring's 35 days.
While the real estate market may feel slower, it's only seasonal. The demand for homes in our area stays strong. The month of November was the best November since 2005 for pending home and condominium sales! Not surpringly, many buyers have complained that there is still not enough home inventory to choose from; the numbers prove their frustrations: home inventory is down 12% year over year.
December slowdown is expected as many buyers and sellers focus on the holidays and year end. As we move forward into the new year, interest rates should stay low to keep the buyers motivated. I've been busily viewing new developments on the Eastiside, including Bothell, Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah, and with the release of several new construction communities, these homes will help alleviate some of the demand. If you are waiting for the Spring market but have the ability to act now, I would recommend it! Take advantage of this healthy, neutral market while it's still quiet from the holidays.
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The Windermere Real Estate Company has been featured in many social media avenues over the past few weeks! Here are a few articles that I'd love to share with you. I'm proud to work for such a driven, creative, professional company that cares about our clients and community. Plus, our real estate market is healthy!
Probably one of the most beautiful, expansive condos on the Eastside. And available for sale for $6 Million.
One of Lake Washington's most unusual houses:
A new wave of Asian buyers are coming to the Eastside!
LOCAL. FRESH. FUN!
A glorious Seattle Summer has arrived! I'm excited for 80 degree weather today and looking forward to another 4th of July spent with family and friends. Since I live and work in Downtown Kirkland, each Summer season I look foward to spending time at Marina Park on Wednesday afternoons to buy produce, goodies, flowers, etc. at the Kirkland Farmer's Market. Whether you live in Kirkland, Redmond, Seattle or Woodinville, you can take advantage of buying local, too. Here is a list of the popular Farmer's Markets in/around the Eastside and Seattle:
Kirkland – Wednesday's
Until September 24th
Marina Park (Downtown)
Redmond – Saturday's
Until October 25th
7730 Leary Way
Crossroads (Bellevue) – Tuesday's
Until October 7th
15600 NE 8th Street
Issaquah – Saturday's
Until October 11th
1730 10th Ave NW
Bellevue – Thursday's
Until October 16th
1717 Bellevue Way
Bellevue – Saturday's
Until November 22nd
752 108th Ave NE
Woodinville – Saturday's
Until September 27th
17301 133rd Ave NE
Ballard Seattle – Sunday's
Ballard Ave & 22nd Ave
Fremont Seattle – Sunday's
3410 Evanston Ave NE
If you don't see your neighborhood on this list, please visit http://www.pugetsoundfresh.org/markets/list. Happy shopping!