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Entries from January 2013

Big turnaround in 2012 for Northeast Seattle housing market (sponsored story)

January 24th, 2013 by hillaryu

(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

What a difference a year makes … sale prices continue their climb and time on market continues to drop. It is definitely turning into a seller’s market.

For the 10 out of the last 12 months median sale price for single-family homes sold in Northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, University, Wedgwood, View Ridge, and Laurelhurst met or exceeded the sale price for the same period a year prior. Much of this trend can be attributed to a decrease in the supply of new listings in 2012 compared to 2011.

In addition to a shortage of inventory, record low interest rates, continued strong hiring by Amazon, Microsoft and a slew of smaller to midsize companies and a general belief that the market has hit bottom has resulted in strong appreciation for most Seattle home owners and sellers in 2012.

The median sale price for single-family homes sold in 2012 in NE Seattle was $442,000 compared to $410,000 for 2011, an almost 8% increase. The average time on market decreased to sold 29 days in 2012 from 55 days in 2011.

A less than a 3 month supply of homes is generally considered a Seller’s market. The overall supply of NE Seattle homes averaged around 1.6 months of inventory for 2012 relative to a little more than a 3 month supply for 2011.

Expected trends for 2013 include continued low interest rates and inventory as well as multiple offers situations for competitively priced homes in popular neighborhoods including most of NE Seattle with its great walkability, popular schools and proximity to downtown.

More stats on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found here.

Tip: Even in a strong home Seller’s market amazing photos and professional marketing materials (including a custom website and full color two sided flyers) can result in a quicker sale and the best sale price.

John Madrid is a Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, john@live206.com or www.live206.com.

(Statistics are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. All information should be verified to the users own satisfaction.)

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Grand opening Saturday of NE Seattle Tool Library

January 17th, 2013 by Support Staff

A new tool lending library serving northeast Seattle is having its grand opening on Saturday.

We will officially start lending tools at our Grand Opening on January 19, 2013. The building will open at 10 a.m. for new member registrations and meet-and-great, followed by the official speeches and ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. We’ll stay open until 2 p.m. for tool lending, plus “Taste of the Tool Library” demonstrations.

The library is in space leased from the North Seattle Friends Church, at 2415 N.E. 80th St. For an inventory of tools, click here.

Membership is free, but donations are encouraged. “Anyone over 18 is welcome to use The NE Seattle Tool Library, whether you live in NE Seattle or anywhere else in the region. Members are just required to fill out a membership application and a liability waiver as well as present two forms of ID to Tool Library staff.”

For more information click here.

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