Just Listed in Greenwood! PENDING!

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NEW LISTING!
721 N 87th St, Seattle 98103-3801
$699,000.

3 Bed 2 Bath 1340 sqft. The perfect location, location, location! Minutes to downtown Greenwood to pick up that cup of coffee or head out to dinner. Less than 1 mile to peaceful Green Lake, 1.5 miles to North Seattle College & future light rail stop. Easy access to South Lake Union. This house has been updated through out and includes a new roof and decks. Master bedroom sits on the top floor for privacy. At the end of a long day sit in your living room with vaulted ceilings and gas fireplace.

OPEN HOUSE: October 6th 1pm to 3pm




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Saviya Rowland

 I have been a full time Realtor since 2007 and have represented both buyers and sellers in transactions in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. I specialize in first time home buyers, but have worked with investors, short sales, and a large variety of unique real estate purchases. I am a Certified International Property specialist (CIPS), with a special skill set to assist international moves utilizing my experience living abroad and extensive travels.

The Greenwood Neighborhood of Seattle

Many of our beloved neighborhoods are or have been so transformed that they are almost unrecognizable. Urban density is good, especially around the new light rail stations that are finally opening! But it’s also nice to visit an old familiar friend, one with less construction, less 4-story apartments and a chiller vibe. Enter Greenwood. Oh, change is afoot, but you can still breath a little deeper here.

What’s so special about Greenwood? A whole lot…

Eating & Drinking - There are so many options in the Greenwood (and adjoining Phinney area) to list out here. Thai, Greek, Wings, Pubs (from fancy to chill), Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Pizza, Burgers and on and on and on. Just Google it and then let your mind wander and your mouth water.

 Yep, at Gorditos Taqueria you can get a burrito the size of a baby!

Yep, at Gorditos Taqueria you can get a burrito the size of a baby!

2nd Friday of the month Art Walk aka Art Up PhinneyWood. This is not a “come for maybe 30 minutes” kind of art walk. This is an entire, fun-filled evening of walking, snacking and checking out what local artists are up to. The vibe is fun and filled with community spirit. The “Big-One”- a 2-day art party - happens in May!

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Taproot Theatre - from their site “Founded in 1976, Taproot Theatre Company creates theatre experiences to brighten the spirit, engage the mind and deepen the understanding of the world around us while inspiring imagination, conversation and hope.” Perfect, live theatre with a soul. Subscription, please!

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Shopping, Taking Care of Business and Hanging Out - Florist, Library, Hardware Store, Salons, Boutiques, Auto repair, Espresso Machine repair, Cabinet makers, Ballet lessons, if you need it done or just need it, it’s likely here. Oh, and for best hanging out…Chuck’s, beer for the adults and ice cream for the kids. Win-win! Check out the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s list of businesses (PNA serves the PhinneyWood area) for a bigger picture.

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Speaking of the PNA, this group is amazing. Check out their site and get involved!


There you go, Greenwood. Explore this gem of a neighborhood…now! You won’t be sorry.



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Saviya Rowland

 I have been a full time Realtor since 2007 and have represented both buyers and sellers in transactions in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. I specialize in first time home buyers, but have worked with investors, short sales, and a large variety of unique real estate purchases. I am a Certified International Property specialist (CIPS), with a special skill set to assist international moves utilizing my experience living abroad and extensive travels.

Mukilteo Condo Pending!

While the market is “correcting” a bit, it’s still hot and there are still lots of people searching for homes and investment properties. This newly listed condo, now pending, had multiple offers, including cash offers. While we have had a very seller heavy market for quite awhile, we are now seeing a balancing out; still very good for sellers, but friendlier and more approachable for buyers (including investors, which I’m seeing quite a bit of).

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Golf next door, 3 swimming pools, a gym and easy access to 405 & I5. Mukilteo has so much to offer: smaller town feel, easy proximity to water and ferries, residents get two free parking passes at the wonderful Lighthouse Park, close to Boeing, Farmers Markets and so much more. If you’d like to explore Mukilteo, let me know!

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Saviya Rowland

 I have been a full time Realtor since 2007 and have represented both buyers and sellers in transactions in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. I specialize in first time home buyers, but have worked with investors, short sales, and a large variety of unique real estate purchases. I am a Certified International Property specialist (CIPS), with a special skill set to assist international moves utilizing my experience living abroad and extensive travels.

Just Listed! Mukilteo Condo next to Harbour Pointe Golf Club

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Stay active all year long with 3 pools 2 outside and 1 inside, gym, basketball court, activity center or enjoy golfing in your back yard. Open your slider to enjoy your morning cup of coffee listening to birds and the golfers swings. Beautifully updated kitchen with granite title counter tops with stainless appliances. Carpet and paint a year old. Large bedroom with walk in closet. 1 covered parking. Low homeowner dues and no special assessment. NO RENTAL CAP!

1 Bed / 1 Bath
$195,000

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Saviya Rowland

 I have been a full time Realtor since 2007 and have represented both buyers and sellers in transactions in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. I specialize in first time home buyers, but have worked with investors, short sales, and a large variety of unique real estate purchases. I am a Certified International Property specialist (CIPS), with a special skill set to assist international moves utilizing my experience living abroad and extensive travels.

Schools? Walkability? What's Important to Buyers?

Identifying your preferences for the type of home and neighborhood you want to live in are typically among the first things I want to get you to look at when we first start working together. For every client, there is a different motivation for what they are looking for and where it is.

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Debating between the convenience of a short commute versus the spaciousness of suburban living can be challenging when deciding upon the right home. Understanding the preferred characteristics of a neighborhood can be as important as those of a home. Whether it’s a suburban single-family home with more schooling options for children or a townhouse in the city with better access to public transit, it is important that homebuyers identify the communities that best serve their preferences and needs.

The National Association of Realtors® 2017 National Community and Transportation Preferences Survey polled adults from across the U.S. about what they are looking for in a community and found the following:

  • Young buyers continue to view their dream neighborhood as a walkable, mixed-use community.
  • 6 out of 10 millennials prefer walkable communities and short commutes, even if it means sacrificing living in a larger home with space to stretch their legs.
  • Millennials are not the only generation of homebuyers, however, that prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Members of the silent generation, those born before 1944, also prefer smaller homes in neighborhoods with easy walks to shops and restaurants.
  • Over 50 percent of the silent generation prefer walkable communities and short commutes, even if it means living in an apartment or townhouse.
  • Gen-Xers and baby boomers show a preference toward suburban living, with 55 percent of both groups saying that they are comfortable with a longer commute and driving to amenities if it means living in a single-family, detached home.
  • Homebuyers with children tend to shift their priorities when their kids get older. According to the report, six out of 10 millennials with kids in school characterize the ideal neighborhood as more of a conventional suburban area with homes containing more square feet and larger backyards.  

There are many things we'll discuss to get to the heart of what you are looking for, and where. By discussing the above and much more, it will give me the information I need to set up a search that will bet meet your needs and desires and get us up and running quickly. And in this market, that's imperative!

 

 

Living in Bothell, WA

I've worked a lot in Bothell, helped clients buy and sell (and then buy again!) in this great city. It's such a gem, close to Seattle but still has a small town, calmer feeling. As this video shows, it also has so much to offer and with the city doing so much to make it even friendlier and more inviting, what's not to love about Bothell? Have a look!

Home Buyer Class - Saturday April 7th

Whether you are new to the area, a first-time home buyer or long time renter, this informative Home Buyer Class will provide insight to the steps involved in buying a home in this competitive market.

Saviya Robinson, Real Estate Agent & Kate Beck, Mortgage Broker, will explain the processes involved and answer questions to help take the mystery out of buying a home!

WHAT: FREE Home Buyer Class
WHEN: Saturday April 7th 2017 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: HomeStreet Bank – Home Loan Center 3550 Carillon Point, Building 3000, 5th Floor, Kirkland WA 98033
RSVP: SaviyaRobinson@ColdwellBanker.com

Learn the skills you need to purchase your new home in this market!

  Kate Beck   Mortgage Broker NMLS #582875 206.898.7100 Kate.Beck@ Homestreet.com

Kate Beck
Mortgage Broker
NMLS #582875
206.898.7100
Kate.Beck@
Homestreet.com

  Saviya Robinson  Real Estate Agent 206.334.8348 SaviyaRobinson@ ColdwellBanker.com   

Saviya Robinson
Real Estate Agent
206.334.8348
SaviyaRobinson@
ColdwellBanker.com

 

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Saviya Rowland

 I have been a full time Realtor since 2007 and have represented both buyers and sellers in transactions in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. I specialize in first time home buyers, but have worked with investors, short sales, and a large variety of unique real estate purchases. I am a Certified International Property specialist (CIPS), with a special skill set to assist international moves utilizing my experience living abroad and extensive travels.

Save The Date! Next Home Buyer Class December 9th!

Are you thinking about buying a home in 2018? NOW is the time to start preparing! The market is tricky for home buyers these days, but it's not impossible, if you are prepared.

Joining me at this class is one of my favorite lenders, Kate Beck of HomeStreet Bank. Together we'll provide an overview of the steps it takes to get your financing in order, what the steps are to buying a home and how to best present yourself when you're ready to make an offer. Bring your questions, broad topic or specific to you...we'll get you ready to find your perfect home in 2018!

As always, my Home Buyer Class is FREE!  
RSVP: SaviyaRobinson@coldwellbanker.com or (206) 334-8348

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WHAT: FREE Home Buyer Class
WHEN: Saturday December 9th 2017 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Coldwell Banker Danforth 11300 Pinehurst Way NE, Seattle WA
RSVP: SaviyaRobinson@coldwellbanker.com

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Saviya Rowland

 I have been a full time Realtor since 2007 and have represented both buyers and sellers in transactions in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. I specialize in first time home buyers, but have worked with investors, short sales, and a large variety of unique real estate purchases. I am a Certified International Property specialist (CIPS), with a special skill set to assist international moves utilizing my experience living abroad and extensive travels.

Western Washington Housing - Now and What May Be Ahead

Key indicators for Western Washington housing still rising, but brokers detect slowdown and uncertainty.

Early seasonal snow and questions swirling around the tax plan unveiled last week by House Republicans could make the usual seasonal slowdown more pronounced, say industry leaders from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. For October, however, key indicators trended upwards.

Pending sales rose nearly 8 percent from a year ago, closed sales were up 5.2 percent, and prices jumped about 8.2 percent, with 14 counties reporting double-digit gains. Even the number of new listings improved on the year-ago total.

Northwest MLS figures for the 23 counties it serves show members added 8,466 new listings to inventory during October, out-gaining the year-ago total of 7,575 by 11.8 percent. Buyers outnumbered new listings, with 10,586 of them having their offers accepted. That number of pending sales was up nearly 8 percent from the same month a year ago.

Buyers may find themselves in a quandary as the year winds down as they contemplate limited supply, possible upticks in interest rates and tax reform. Last week's announcement of a provision in a GOP tax proposal to cap the mortgage interest deduction is concerning to buyers, brokers and builders.

"Imagine if the proposed plan to cap the mortgage interest deduction at $500,000 is approved in a market that is starved for homes and where the median price [for a single family home in King County] is now $630,000," said O B Jacobi, president of Windermere Real Estate. "Homeowners may be less likely to sell because they would be giving up their grandfathered tax credit on their current home. That's fewer homes for sale in a market where we really need them," he stated, adding, "There could also be a flood of new buyers trying to purchase before the plan is passed, adding to the already hyper-competitive market conditions."

The president of the National Association of REALTORS® also weighed in, saying details are currently under review, but stated, "Eliminating or nullifying the tax incentives for homeownership puts home values and middle class homeowners at risk, and from a cursory examination this legislation appears to do just that."

Northwest MLS data show 66 percent of single family homes sold so far this year (Jan. - Oct.) in King County had selling prices of $500,000 or higher.

For single family homes (excluding condos), the median sales price for last month's completed transactions was $381,000. Within King County prices are considerably higher. In Seattle, year-over-year prices jumped 17.6 percent, from $625,000 to $735,000. On the Eastside, the median price for a single family home rose 10 percent from a year ago, increasing from $768,000 to $845,000. Nevertheless, high prices did not seem to deter many house-hunters.

End of year and early 2018 home sales

With a large buyer pool for each new listing, a higher percentage of new listings sell within the first 30 days of coming on the market. As we enter the winter market, the number of new listings being added will be in short supply from now through February. Compared to spring months, the next few months will be at 30-to-50 percent of spring totals. The stage is set once again for a frenzy housing market after the first of the year in the price ranges where there is a shortage of active listings for sale.

Inventory remains low in many counties in the Northwest MLS system. Overall, there is only 1.5 months of supply of single family homes and condos combined. In King County, it's less than one month. Industry analysts say four to six months typically indicates a balanced (or "normal") market.

Most brokers agree inventory will not grow over the next few months. Sellers who bring their homes on the market over the next three months will have a lot of interest because of the pent-up demand of buyers who are going to have fewer houses to consider.

Brokers in Snohomish County are detecting some tapering of activity

Buyers are no longer being as aggressive with concessions on homes when making offers and they are unwilling to compete for a home where sellers are being too aggressive with a list price. Buyers who have been on the sidelines are now more active as they see a slowdown and an opportunity to finally own a home without the multiple offer competition.

Additionally the usual seasonal slowdown is apparent a bit earlier than usual. Multiple offers are continuing but listings in Snohomish County are experiencing longer market times, fewer above-list price offers, and a noticeable increase in price reductions. All of this puts an emphasis on how important correct, accurate pricing has become.

Statistics for October at first blush suggest the lack of listings of single family homes and condos in the region is self-correcting. As an example, new listings in the tri-county region (King, Snohomish and Pierce) increased 11 percent from a year ago, while year-over-year sales rose only 6 percent. That implies the shrinking inventory of homes for sale experienced over the past couple of year may be evening out.

The story continues to be in the 'commuter' counties, which are experiencing the biggest shrinkage from a year ago. This reduction of supply will continue to put pressure on rising prices. Bottom line: investment in a home continues to be bullish with no change in sight.

Northwest MLS board member Robert Wasser said while it may be a difficult time to be a buyer and a positive time to be a seller, the best strategy "regardless of market conditions is to calculate the pros and cons involved and make informed choices." Wasser, the owner/broker at Prospera Real Estate in Seattle, recommends working with a real estate professional who, among other topics "is equipped to discuss market conditions, financing considerations, historic trends, and buying and selling strategies."

- NWMLS &  Seattle King-County REALTORS®

 

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Saviya Rowland

 I have been a full time Realtor since 2007 and have represented both buyers and sellers in transactions in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. I specialize in first time home buyers, but have worked with investors, short sales, and a large variety of unique real estate purchases. I am a Certified International Property specialist (CIPS), with a special skill set to assist international moves utilizing my experience living abroad and extensive travels.

Congratulations to Pramit & Upasna!

Congrats to Pramit & Upasna on their closing of their new Redmond condo! It took us awhile, but we found it! 

That's the thing with looking for property...it can take awhile. Regardless of whether it's a seller's market or a buyer's market, buying a home is one of the biggest purchases people make and it should be just what you are looking for (or mostly what you are looking for). It's more than what neighborhood or what your budget is. Everyone has a different set of parameters, and it's important in working with my clients to find out what they are. And then, as we're touring homes, searching the listings, things will pop up and your parameters will change, or certainly be tweaked a little. 

That's my job (and my great delight), listening to you, searching all available homes, checking in with my peers in the area to help find the best options for you. Then we put in that offer and just like Pramit & Upasna...close the deal.

Enjoy your new home!

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Saviya Rowland

 I have been a full time Realtor since 2007 and have represented both buyers and sellers in transactions in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. I specialize in first time home buyers, but have worked with investors, short sales, and a large variety of unique real estate purchases. I am a Certified International Property specialist (CIPS), with a special skill set to assist international moves utilizing my experience living abroad and extensive travels.