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January 2015 Real Estate Market Update

by Cory Brandt

RE/MAX National Housing Report for January 2015

by Cory Brandt

RE/MAX researches 53 major metropolitan markets and analyzes the data to get a pulse on the US housing market. Here are some highlights from this months report. To download the full report visit http://www.remax.com/c/about/newsroom. For more information about your local real estate market and what these trends mean for you, just give me a call.

Lower FHA Fees Make Buying a Home Less Expensive

by Cory Brandt

President Obama announced last week that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will cut fees on the mortgages it insures to help make buying a home less expensive.

The annual premium charged on FHA loans have been trimmed to 85 basis points from the 135 basis points levie. The result for home buyers will be similar to seeing interest rates cut by half a percentage point.  That half a percentage point drop translates into about a $1,000 annual savings for a borrower with a $200,000 loan. FHA-insured borrowers also have to pay an upfront premium, and that stays the same.

The new prices are expected to go into effect relatively soon so buyers can start taking advantage of the lower fee.

The FHA insures loans made to borrowers who make down payments that are as small as 3.5% of the value of a home. That makes it popular among first-time home buyers and others with little wealth for a down payment.

RE/MAX National Housing Report December 2014

by Cory Brandt

RE/MAX researches 53 major metropolitan markets and analyzes the data to get a pulse on the US housing market. Here are some highlights from this months report. To download the full report visit http://www.remax.com/c/about/newsroom. For more information about your local real estate market and what these trends mean for you, just give me a call.

December Real Estate Market Update

by Cory Brandt

Activity is Up, Prices are Down


Even with the holidays, there has been a last minute push for a lot of buyers out there to close a deal before the end of the year.  Activity picked up, but prices are down slightly vs. last year.

 

Seattle Area Christmas Lights & Festivals

by Cory Brandt

It's that time of year again for lights and holiday fun.  

 

Festival of Lights, Seattle Children's Museum    11/28 through 12/30  www.thechildrensmuseum.org

Winterfest, Seattle Center  11/28 through 12/31  www.SeattleCenter.com

Wildlights, Woodland Park Zoo 11/28 through 1/4/15                                                               www.zoo.org

Christmas Ship Festival, Puget Sound & Lake Washington 11/28 through 12/23            www.ArgosyCruises.com

Garden d'Lights, Bellevue Botanical Garden  11/29 through 1/3/15                                          www.GardenLights.org

Snowflake Lane, The Bellevue Collection   11/28 through 12/24                                    www.BellevueCollection.com

Issaquah Reindeer Festival, Cougar Mountain Zoo    12/1 through 12/23                 www.CougarMountainZoo.org

Greenlake Pathway of Lights, Green Lake    12/13                                                     www.Seattle.gov

Holiday with Lights, Wild Waves Theme Park   12/5 through 1/4                             www.WildWaves.com

Candy Cane Lane, Ravenna Park Neighborhood    12/6 through 1/1/15                             www.Seattle.about.com

 

RE/MAX National Housing Report for November 2014

by Cory Brandt

RE/MAX researches 53 major metropolitan markets and analyzes the data to get a pulse on the US housing market.  Here are some highlights from November's report. To download the full report visit http://www.remax.com/c/about/newsroom

Contact me directly for more information about our local real estate market.

How Fast Can a Burglar Break In to Your Garage?

by Cory Brandt

This video went viral and shows how, in just six seconds, anyone can break into your garage. 

The garage door is the fourth most-common access point for residential break-ins.  So, what's a homeowner to do?  If you don't have a home security system, there are several do-it-yourself fixes to keep unwanted visitors out.   

Here's a handyman special option:

You can also put your smart-phone to work and get an instant alert:

In addition to the these solutions, remember to always lock the access door between the garage and your home and keep all windows or additional doors into your garage locked.   Another good idea is to check with the garage door manufacturuer to see if they have additional tips, advice or recommend security features.

How do Americans Celebrate Holidays?

by Cory Brandt

 

RE/MAX National Housing Report for October 2014

by Cory Brandt

REMAX National Housing Report

RE/MAX researches 52 major metropolitan markets and analyzes the data to get a pulse on the US housing market. Here are some highlights from this months report. To download the full report click here. For more information about your local real estate market and what these trends mean for you, visit my King County Market Stats page or call me directly at 206-419-2679.

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