Real Estate Thoughts & Advice for the Auburn, Kent, Maple Valley, Puyallup, Renton & Tacoma Areas

Lakeland Hills – November 2014 Market Update

Lakeland Hills is one of my favorite areas in Auburn. Technically, Lakeland Hills spans both south King County and north Pierce County. It’s a truly lovely planned community area, with single family homes, townhouse/condos, rental properties, loads of walking trails, parks and shopping. Things have felt a little quieter around the area over the last couple of months and there has been a slightly longer marketing time before receiving an offer. But prices remain strong and shoppers are still taking advantage of amazing interest rates. More ... [Read more...]

Buy a House With Less Than 20% Down Payment

Buy a House With Less Than 20% Down Payment

Avoiding Mortgage Insurance — You Don’t Need 20% Down Payment It is possible to buy a house with less than a 20% down payment. One of the most frequent and often biggest hurdles when assisting potential home buyers is their lack of a 20% down payment, combined with their desire or need to keep their payment as low as possible. Typically their credit scores are pretty good, say mid 700’s or so, and they otherwise qualify nicely for a mortgage. They come to me wanting to buy a house, but thinking it’s not at all possible because they believe their only choice is to buy with... [Read more...]

Auburn WA Country Living! Barn, Shop, 5 Acres!

Auburn WA Country Living! Barn, Shop, 5 Acres!

Iconic barn! Five acres, 1,900 square feet, a huge shop and a barn make this solidly built home and property a real find for someone wanting to raise a few chickens, horses, or maybe even an alpaca or two. On the market for the very first time since the family built the home in 1969, the owner’s children (and grandchildren … and great grandchildren) are saddened to see this home now being sold, but tell me that the memories contained within its walls will last a lifetime. With generous spaces including a massive family room that was home to jigsaw puzzles and game playing, the home... [Read more...]

Steps from Lake Fenwick!

Steps from Lake Fenwick!

  Filled with extras, this gorgeous home offers a comfortable lifestyle—all the expected formal and private spaces, plus an incredible kitchen with both a true butler’s and food storage pantry outfitted with an extra freezer and refrigerator. In addition to the family room with gas fireplace, the main floor bonus room includes a pull-down screen for your projection system, and there’s still room for play tables—billiards anyone? All of the upstairs bedrooms are huge. The master and upper bonus room (with closet) are flanked with double-door entries, with two additional bedrooms large... [Read more...]

Rare Rambler Resale at The Lakes in Kent, WA

Rare Rambler Resale at The Lakes in Kent, WA

Rare Resale Rambler Townhouse at The Lakes in Kent, WA There weren’t many rambler units built throughout the entire The Lakes community in Kent. They don’t come up for sale often and, when they do, they tend to sell quickly, especially when they’re as beautiful as this one. Updated and meticulously maintained, pride of ownership is evident both inside and out of this stylish unit. Consider the designer paints, vaulted ceilings, gorgeous travertine tile baths, spacious kitchen, two bedrooms, and den/office. There are newer windows providing loads of natural light throughout the... [Read more...]

Real Estate Thoughts & Advice for the Auburn, Kent, Maple Valley, Puyallup, Renton & Tacoma Areas