Thursday, May 25, 2017

Quiet Suburban Living

Here is a beautifully-maintained, light and bright home with five bedrooms and three full baths at the end of a quiet cul de sac, with many extras including an indoor/outdoor surround sound system; a fully fenced, professionally-landscaped yard with colorful foliage; in-wall phone, security, and vacuum system; potential darkroom space in master bath; a roof with lifetime warranty, and RV parking space. 

Newer kitchen appliances, water heater, furnace make move-in a breeze!

The neighborhood is serene and residential, with lots of green spaces to walk and play, but close to stores and urban amenities a short drive or walk away.

The owners have added many features to the house since they purchased:

During Construction: 

1.  Enlarged downstairs bath to a full bath.  (Total of 3 full baths)
2.  Added large french doors to the south side of the dining room.  Opens onto a fenced patio with steps to the lawn.
3.  Added gas lines to the fireplace in the family room.  Both fireplaces can now be operated with gas.
4.  A large clean-up tub was added with hot and cold water and a drain in the garage.
5.  A surround-sound system was installed in the family room.  Speakers connected to the surround-sound system are located throughout the house and outside facing the patio.  A pair of speakers are in the living room, downstairs bedroom, master bedroom, and above the sliding doors going out to the patio area.  All components of the surround-sound system stay with the house.
6.  An in-wall vacuum system was installed during construction.  There are vents installed in the walls throughout the house to allow vacuuming of all the rooms and downstairs areas.
7.  Added 4 night-lights that can be operated manually, or by motion activation to the front and back of the house.
8. Added security system to the house, with direct access to 911 for two of the rooms.  System is contained in the walls.
9.  Added an in the wall phone system throughout the house which allows for communication between the rooms and between the front door and the kitchen.  Two outlets are also located in the garage.
10.  Outdoor electrical outlets were added in the front, french-door side, and the back of the house.  These outlets have rubber covers on them to protect them from the elements.
11.  A large, walk-in closet was added to the master bedroom.  It is intended to be a darkroom.  It has 4 outlets, 2 phone jacks, an overhead light, (with switch inside the room), capped off hot and cold water sources, with a drain.  It is also fully carpeted.
12.  A huge two level exposed aggregate patio opens up the professionally landscaped backyard.  The sidewalk from the patio out to the driveway is also exposed aggregate.
13.  The owner also had the water lines routed so that they are next to the patio and the deck.  A plug is place for the hot and cold lines at these two locations if an arbortarium or a hot tub would want to be added by the new owners.

  After Construction:

1.  A new roof was installed last year.   It has a lifetime warranty which can be assumed by the new owner.
2.  A new secure, lockable, front screen door was installed last year.
3.  All new kitchen appliances have been replaced in the last 2 years.
4.  A new water heater has been replaced in the last 3 years.
5.  A new furnace was replaced in the last 2 years. 
6.  A new 8' x 10" foot Tuff Shed with 2 windows was added to the yard.  It is lockable.
7. In front of the Tuff Shed, there is a space for RV parking.
8.  A raised garden plot is located the deck.

The property is located at 11919 SE 199th Court in Kent. $499,999. MLS #


For showings, please contact Wendy Ceccherelli at

Happy Investing!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Two new listings!

I had two new listings go live on the NWMLS yesterday:

The first is a five bedroom, three bath home in Kent:

Beautifully-maintained, light and bright home at the end of a quiet cul de sac, with many extras including indoor/outdoor surround sound system; fully fenced, professionally-landscaped yard with colorful foliage; in-wall phone, security, and vacuum system; potential darkroom space in master bath; roof with lifetime warranty, RV parking space. Newer kitchen appliances, water heater, furnace make move-in a breeze! 11919 SE 199th Ct. NWMLS# 1120508. $499,999.

The second home is an affordable two-bedroom, one-bath starter home in Skyway:

Perfect starter home with open layout, large bathroom + lots of kitchen upgrades, including maple cabinets, granite counters and ss appliances. Entertain family and friends on the outdoor deck with a retractable awning and a fully-fenced backyard. A long asphalt driveway provides plenty of off-street parking for company, or multiple vehicles. Your oversized garage features a bonus room/shop with 220-amp service. Easy maintenance yard, and easy access to Seattle, Renton, Boeing. You will love living here! 12024 75th Ave S. NWMLS #1120499. $255,000.

Both properties have had several showings today, with offers coming in...For more information, send a private email to

Happy Investing! 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Seattle's Top Neighborhoods

Seattle’s Top 10 Neighborhoods for Price Appreciation
“Between 2015 and 2016, Seattle grew more than it has in any single year in the past century, adding nearly 90,000 new residents in just 12 months…” 

WHAT?!!!  That’s insane.  I knew Seattle was doing well (like, really well), but that’s crazy!!!  Anyway, where are all those people going?  Seattle Met put together a GREAT list (below) of their top 10.  But more than just a list, they interviewed longtime residents of each neighborhood and wrote a great little piece for each of their top 10.  Honestly, I was born and raised in Seattle so know quite a bit about each place, but I learned something new about every neighborhood in this article.  Definitely worth the read if you’re interested in learning a little more about the neighborhoods that make up one of the fastest growing cities in the country:

Seattle Met Top 10 Neighborhoods:
1)      Ballard – Home price increase since 2016:  12.5%
2)      North Queen Anne – Home price increase since 2016:  5%
3)      Beacon Hill – Home price increase since 2016:  12.5%
4)      White Center – Home price increase since 2016:  14.1%
5)      Central District – Home price increase since 2016:  11.7%
6)      Roosevelt – Home price increase since 2016:  13%
7)      South Lake Union – Home price increase since 2016:  6%
8)      Capitol Hill – Home price increase since 2016:  12.9%
9)      Columbia City – Home price increase since 2016:  15.3%
10)   West Seattle Junction – Home price increase since 2016:  13.3%

Please message me at if you would like a free home evaluation to see what your Seattle home is worth in today's market.

Happy Investing! 

Today's blog courtesy of Kyle Bergquist, Guild Mortgage

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mortgage and Finance News

Millennials face a lot of competition on the path to homeownership

Hiring slows, but unemployment at an all-time low

25 best personal finance books to read this year

Happy Investing!

Today's blog courtesy of Teresa Hollenbeck and Nicole Harding, CW Title and Escrow

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Latest from Zillow

Zillow has some great research tools and puts out regular research reports available for free to anyone interested in learning more about our housing market. They have reported that the three most perceived barriers to homebuying among renters are: inability to finance the down payment, qualifying for a mortgage, or dealing with existing debt. By far, the biggest concern in every major market was coming up with the down payment.

There are so many financing programs available for first-time homebuyers that it is truly remarkable that this fear exists. Many conventional financing programs allow for a down payment as low as 3-5.5%; allow for gifts from parents or loved ones; or even provide state-subsidized grants and tax credits that do not need repayment. Some programs such as VA loans for veterans and USDA for buying in rural areas provide 100% financing. The best way to find out if you can qualify for a mortgage is to speak with a mortgage lender.

In Seattle, home values are up 11 percent, while the selection of homes is down 10.5% from last year. "Low inventory, strong demand and tough competition will be the defining characteristics of this year's home shopping season," according to Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell.

Zillow also reported that the median mortgage payment in the US takes 15.8 percent of the median monthly income, while the monthly median rent payments takes 29.2 percent of the median monthly income. These statistics come from the largest-ever survey of US home buyers, sellers, owners and renters.

Zillow also analyzed the mortgage costs of moving to a three-bedroom home from a two-bedroom home, an estimated 50% increase on average in their monthly mortgage payout. In many coastal cities or hotter markets like Seattle, a family might expect this move to nearly double the monthly mortgage payment.

Bathroom count can also impact a home's price. Nationally, upgrading to a house with one extra bathroom, but the same number of bedrooms, can increase the monthly mortgage anywhere from $386-$838, depending on the size of the house. Adding an extra bedroom or bathroom to an existing home may be a cost-effective option for some families.

According to Zillow, 90% of the sellers who sold quickly and for more than list price worked with an agent, and two out for three began working with an agent from the very beginning of their sales effort.

The full 200-page Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends is available free at

Happy Investing!