Aug. 20, 2012

Start Your Own Small Scale Geoduck Farm on Puget Sound

Geoduck Field Guide

Geoduck Farming on Puget Sound

In looking around Puget Sound for waterfront vacation properties with a client (we ultimately found a good deal on a fixer, estate sale in Port Orchard), I learned about the earning potential of creating a small scale geoduck farm and using the proceeds to completely ...

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May 7, 2012

April 2012 Real Estate Summary for the greater Seattle area

April 2012 Real Estate Summary for the greater Seattle area


Spring is in full swing! Many start planning moves in the Spring to avoid mid-school year disruptions. With the market conditions favorable to both buyers and sellers, now is the time to make YOUR plans. I would love to ...

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Feb. 29, 2012

Cap Rates Revisited

Cap Rates Revisited-Even Some Realtors Don't Understand them!

One of the biggest problems with some realtors, commercial and residential, is that they make an attempt to utilize a Capitalization Rate (Cap Rate) to market a property without really understanding what they are.  After reading a listing that honestly ...

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Feb. 9, 2012

Investing in Real Estate Today-2012

Thoughts on Investing in Real Estate Today

In today's market, you hear all kinds of good and bad comments so which do you consider when thinking of investing in real estate today?  First, let's go back to last year and see what happened. Initially, the market was ...

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Jan. 18, 2012

Queen Anne Real Estate Market

Queen Anne real estate market has always been a hot one due to the highly desirable location and charming properties but it has never been hotter!  The combination of the attractive values and historically low mortgage rates is bringing a lot of buyers that were sidelined during the boom ...

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Dec. 24, 2011

Housing Affordability Diverges Sharply in Neighboring Markets: Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC

Seattle or Vancouver? 

A Tale of Two Cities: Seattle or Vancouver, BC?

The affordability of houses is trending sharply differently in the nearby markets of Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.  Affordability is made up of three factors: the median home price of a city, median household income of the inhabitants, and ...

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Oct. 31, 2011

3 Rules of Real Estate Investing

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3 Rules of Real Estate Investing

Three rules of investing from the wise old heads of the Washington REIA:

  1. If you aren't embarrassed to make your offer, you are offering too much.

  2. If they take your first offer, you offered too much.

  3. If you need a calculator to figure ...

Posted in Eastside, Investors, Seattle
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Oct. 23, 2011

Learn about the Eastside Deal of the Week

Eastside Deal of the Week

Each week I'm picking out the Deal of the Week out of my Eastside Value Buyer's List.  I'm looking for a house that is already discounted to fair market value at the list price and is in good repair.  I visit the ...

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Oct. 19, 2011

What is a Short Sale?

What is a Short Sale?

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Do you know what a short sale is?  You hear about it all the time in the news.  Your friend just scored a super deal on a short sale.  A stranger once suggested to you to never ever make an offer on ...

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Oct. 18, 2011

Pacific Northwest Top 10 Hottest Neighborhoods


"Wow" did you know that Seattle and Portland reached the top 10 hottest neighborhoods to live. Four of the five most popular U.S. neighborhoods are in Portland, Ore., and Seattle, based on for-sale real estate searches at in September.

Zillow reported that homes in Portland's ...

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