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Mr. Brandt Builds a House in Sammamish

by Cory Brandt

We're making progress on the home building site on the Eagle Tree Property.  Here's a look at the what it takes to run utilities and sewer lines for new construction in Sammamish.

November Real Estate Market Update

by Cory Brandt

Did the Government Shutdown "Shutdown" Real Estate?

 

Not yetDespite the shutdown (and it's impact on lending) and the typical seasonal slow down we hit once fall and winter kick-in, October was a good month.  Year-to-date closed sales were up about 19% in 2013  and prices increased 11%.  Inventory is still about a 1.75 months supply.  In fact, inventory hasn't risen above a two months supply in 2013. 

Get Ready for Winter Checklist

by Cory Brandt

Whether you live in Seattle, Sammamish, Bellevue or Redmond, it’s that time of year to get your house ready for winter.  While we don’t get as much snow as some parts of the country, we do have our fair share of storms (water and wind), so here is a short list of must do maintenance. 

Seattle and Eastside Neighborhoods: Look Before You Buy

by Cory Brandt

How Well Do you Know the Local Neighborhoods? Look before you leap into buying....

There are so many factors to consider before buying a house.  But, when you have children, it's even more important to weigh the various schools, parks and Cul-de-sacs.

Seattle Area Real Estate Outlook

by Cory Brandt

Are We Headed for Another Bubble?
Where is the local and the global marketplace heading...

With rising prices, many folks are concerned about another Real Estate Bubble.  But it's important to look at both the local and overseas influence; combined these  point to the return of a more normal market, not a bubble.

Mr. Brandt Builds a House in Sammamish

by Cory Brandt

Are you ready for chapter two? 

Here's a look at the Eagle Tree Property, just down the street from the Iceberg Rock.  We're finally moving dirt and getting ready to put in the utility trench.  This is the exciting part; when you finally see the lots take shape.
 

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Cory Brandt

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall further than they have already. They are assuming that the best course of action is to wait for the bottom in the market and then buy. The problem with this approach is that you don't know where the bottom is until you see it in the rear view mirror, meaning until you've missed it!

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have gone up in the last six months, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, if home prices come down a little further but interest rates go up, it could cost you even more to service a mortgage on an identical home!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates and low home prices, rather than to hope for a further break in prices in the future.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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Cory Brandt
RE/MAX Integrity
371 NE Gilman Blvd, Suite 160
Issaquah WA 98027
Mobile: (206)419-2679