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September Housing Market Update for Snohomish County

Wow. The housing market was crazy this summer around Snohomish County. It was the best summer on record for sales activity. So now what? Looking ahead, new listings will continue to drop by about 20% in September and October. So for buyers, the best opportunity for selection and availability is right now before winter comes.  And we all know winter is coming…

  • June, July and August had record number of transactions
  • September and October will be the best time for buyers
  • New listings will drop another 30% in winter
  • Interest rates are the lowest they have been since last November​





Snohomish County Housing Market Update for August

Snohomish County is still experiencing a hot real estate market. Sellers are in a great position to get top dollar for their homes. And we have buyers coming into the market place daily due to the low interest rates. We have seen more inventory come on in the higher priced homes in our area.  This summer is turning out to be one of the hottest real estate markets we have ever seen in our area!

See the infographic below for more information. If you have other questions or need more specific info just ask! You can text, email or call!


July Housing Market Update for Snohomish County

On a monthly basis, during this time of year we see more listings coming on the market than pending sales, and June didn’t disappoint.

Buyers: The increase in the number of new listings, coupled with fewer offers for each individual property,  means more choices and little breathing room for the backlog of buyers who have been waiting to buy a home.

Sellers: The sales activity remains at a frenzy level for new listings selling in the first 30 days, although slightly less intense for each property. Sellers need to be market-ready in order to get the best price.

Check out the infographic below for more information!

Snohomish County Housing Update for February

Over the last couple of months we have seen a higher sales activity than new listings, which means we are still lacking houses to sell. February is always the bridge month between the winter and spring markets. So very soon, we will start to see an increase in the number of new listings coming on the market. So homebuyers there is hope, don’t give up! And sellers, if you are ready, now is the time to sell. See infographic below for more infmoration!

As always, if you have any questions I am here to help. You can post in the comment section, send me an email, or tex/call. I am always here to help. Each county is different so if you are interested in King County data, just let know!


The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the Real Estate Market in Snohomish County Right Now

Whether you are wanting to buy or sell your home the best thing that you can do is educate yourself. Learn the process, hire a relator, and know your market! In Snohomish County these are the top 3 things that will help you succeed in your real estate transaction.

1. We are in a Seller’s Market

So what is a seller’s market and how do we know that we are in one. Currently in Snohomish County we are at about 1 months of inventory. And that is down nearly 16% from last month!! Typically anything that is 3% or less is a seller’s market. Anything 3-5% is a neutral market, and anything above 6% is a buyer’s market. This is so great for sellers! Less inventory, means less competition, which can drive home values up. Which is what everyone is seeing right now.  So if you are thinking about or wanting to sell your home, now is the time to do it. So, that’s all good for sellers, but what if you are a buyer? Does that mean you are screwed and are paying too much for a house? Does that mean buyer’s should wait to purchase until more inventory becomes available? The answer to that is no.  The reason  the answer is no, is because  a buyer’s purchasing power is still strong due to the low interest rates that we are currently experiencing and we do not know how long that will last, see #2.


2. Interest Rates are Still at Historic Lows

Currently the interest rate on a 30 year fixed is at 4.05%. To put that into perspective this same time in 1997 it was at 7.82%. Then in January of 2007 it was at 6.22%.

So, all of those numbers are great, but what does that mean for buyers?  Simply put, this gives buyers more buying power, more bang for their buck! Lets break it down:

  • Home price: $350,000
  • 30-year fixed rate: 4%.
  • Total payment: $1,503.86/month plus taxes, homeowner’s insurance and PMI

Now lets take a look at the same price with a higher rate:

  • Home price: $350,000
  • 30-year fixed rate: 4.5%
  • $1,596.06/month

While $92 extra  month does not seem like a lot, it is!That extra $92.20/month is $33,191.54 over the 30-year life of your mortgage. If rates climb to 5% the incremental cost jumps to $184.40/month and $66,383.08 over 30 years!!! Click here for link to article.



3. The Average Days on Market is 38 Days

Currently in Snohomish County the average days on market for homes is 38 days. This may seem like a long time. After all, we know we have a shortage of inventory and willing and able buyers so what gives? First of all, let me say that this is an average of all sales in all of Snohomish County, Including short sales, foreclosed properties and all price ranges & areas. I also believe this may be a result of sellers over pricing their homes, causing them to stay on the market longer. Click here for link to graph.

If you are a seller, the reason why you need to know this, is to make sure your price your home correctly. And more importantly make sure that your relator will tell you what price is too high. When homes are listed too high,  they just will not sell, no matter what the market is like. And if you do get a buyer, the appraisal will not support the price.

If you are a buyer, the reason why you need to know this is because if things are priced correctly, they move fast in this market. It is not unheard of to have a home receive multiple offers on the first day of listing. Make sure that your realtor understands your market and knows the value of the home you wish to purchase.

Snohomish County Cumulative Days on Market

  • $200,000-299,000- 38 days
  • $300,000-399,000- 34 days
  • $400,000-499,000- 37 days
  • $500,000-599,000- 38 days
  • $600,000- 699,000- 39 days



Being prepared for what to expect in the market will help you through the process, whether you are buying or selling. Hire the right professional to guide you through. And remember, the more you know, the better.


January Housing Update for Snohomish County

2016 set a new record for the best ever sales activity in our region! At the end of the year we saw a huge increase in the number of houses that were selling compared to the number of new listings that were coming on the market. Basically a mini surge. Most likely fueled by the increase in interest rates. Buyers wanted to get into a home before interest rates were raised.  The good news for buyers is that interest rates are still historically low. Which means they can get into a home at  good rate and stop renting. On the flip side, the good news for sellers is that there is a backlog of well qualified buyers just waiting to get into a home.  Sellers are still getting multiple offers on their property if they are priced correctly.  Ending 2016 and rolling into January 2017 here are some things that stood out to me:

  • 1 month of inventory
  • Interest rates at 4.05%
  • 68% more homes were sold than were listed in December
  • Backlog of buyers is creating a severe shortage of homes for sale in the more affordable price ranges

We will continue to see more listings come onto the market as we get closer to February. This will be just in time for the spring housing market rush.  Check out the infographic below for more information. If you want this information for any other county just let me know!!!

Things to do this Weekend in Snohomish County!

Looking for something to do close to home?  Want to stay in Snohomish County? Check out the website! I came across this site by accident but am so happy I found it. I wanted share it with everyone I knew. Below are my top 3 picks for for things to do this weekend. Click on this link for all of the events!


Improv Night

When: Saturday December 17th 8:00PM-10:00PM

What: The Womb Escape X Improve Tournament is in its tenth year. The audience gets to  vote on the winners.

Where: Edmonds Community College located at 20000 68th Avenue West Lynnwood 98036

Cost: $12

More info click here



Christmas Lights Parade

When: Saturday December 17th 6:00PM- 7:00PM

What: You can drive your decorated and lighted vehicle down First and Second Streets for the 5th annual FreeStyle Christmas Lights Cruise in downtown Snohomish or just watch. To enter just show up. Since its freestyle you can do one lap or keep just turning right and stay the entire hour!

Where: 1st & 2nd Streets Snohomish 98290

Cost: FREE

More info click here



Cooking Class for Game Day Appetizers

When: Sunday December 18th 11:00AM- 12:00PM

What: A hands on demonstration teaches you how to make an appetizer that you create and get to take home to eat during the afternoon game! This includes a platter & take home appetizer for 4!

Where: The Hungry Pelican located at 113 Avenue C Snohomish 98290

Cost: $45 for 1-2 people

More info click here


Make Your Home Your Sanctuary

With the arrival of the holiday season our schedules can become overloaded. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. With that in mind, I wanted to create a blog about how we can make our home our sanctuary. So that when we do finally arrive home from  work, a party, a meeting,  we can relax and really just let the day go. As I was writing this blog and researching ideas, I kept coming back to a blog I had read on After some time, and a few drafts,  I realized that rather than creating my own list, this blog was perfect to share and had many more ideas than I had thought of. So please check out the full article written by Jessica featured on by clicking here. 


Here are just some of a few of the ideas presented in the article:

  • Flowers are incredibly soothing both visually and aromatically.
  • White candles add an air of calm and relaxation. Do stay away from the fragrant ones as they can often be overwhelmingly strong.
  • Lighting is so very important. Natural sunlight does wonders to one’s spirit.
  • Remove clutter. Clutter is distracting and immediately instills a sense of chaos and disorderliness.
  • Surround yourself with books and throw pillows and blankets.
  • Hardwood floors and soft area rugs can tie in furniture to help create a focal point and unity. Layering soft textures can create this effect as can fireplaces.



Take some time to sit back, relax & enjoy the holiday season.

My Top 5 Pinterest Picks for the Week

Finding inspiration on Pinterst is something I do a lot… probably more time than I should. Putting my pinning prowess to use, I thought I would share with you my 5 favorite pins of the week. Click on the image to be taken to the source. Enjoy and follow me on Pinterest by clicking here.

1. Caramelized Brussel Sprouts. Chances are if you have came to my house for dinner I have made this dish for you. I usually make this for dinner for myself once a week. If you are looking for side dish to bring to Thanksgiving Dinner, makes this! Super easy and delicious!


2. Designing with Plants. I am really loving grouping plants together. Using a beverage cart to do this is something I would never have thought of. And if its on wheels you can move it in different areas of your home to switch things up! Genius!


3. Dog Bowls. These rustic, stylish bowls are going on my Christmas list. Only $59 on Esty from hout1design.

4. Outfit of the Day. Love the big sweater with the leggings. If anyone can find this sweater let me know, I need it!


5. Nook Inspirations. I have been obsessing over nooks lately. Check out blogger’s Whimages space.


An Afternoon at Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar in Mukilteo

The Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar located in Old Town Mukilteo was the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon yesterday. The views are gorgeous and The Sydney  is situated perfectly above Puget Sound. There is an outside seating area that is ideal for summer days.

This is a bakery, wine bar and coffee shop all in one. The bakery items are to die for with many delicious choices. Cookies, carrot cake, cheesecake, triple chocolate cake, cinnamon rolls, pies, macarons, scones, & much more.  They offer espresso and teas. They also have small menu that includes breakfast, lunch and happy hour bites! Every Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM they invite you to bring your children for a story time while up sip a coffee.

I met a friend there in the late afternoon and we opted for lunch. We were welcomed by a friendly face. I was torn between the Paddington- an adult grilled cheese and the Veggie Roll, served with chili sauce. I decided on the Veggie Roll & with glass of Rose. My friend ordered the Sydney Salad with an orange tea. Both were delicious.

We sat at a small table right next to the window. There is a bar that faces the water and also a larger room in the back with a larger table if you are with a group of people.

There were a few people in there having coffee. Another couple came and ordered a piece of carrot cake to go. Another patron ordered lunch.

The decor is tasteful and inviting. I felt like I could stay there for hours, the atmosphere is very welcoming & laid back.

Looking forward to going back soon when I am already planing on having a coffee & the freshly baked cinnamon roll!


So many choices!


View from the wine bar.


The Sydney, so good!


The Veggie Roll. I love when places have vegetarian options!


The view from our seat overlooking the patio and the water!


Cute decor and a great message for us all.


Some fun names… Foreplay Chardonnay anyone??



Love the fireplace with the cute Halloween decor.


The view on a cloudy, rainy PNW afternoon…my favorite kind of day!

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