Private Escapes: Buying a Vacation Home

Vacation home in Phuket

“Whether in a warm-weather locale or on a snow-capped mountain, owning a second home affords the opportunity to escape to your very own private sanctuary. In a recent survey released by the National Association of REALTORS®, 78 percent of vacation and investment buyers reported that now is a good time to purchase real estate.”

An excerpt from this amazing article about Vacation homes from Sotheby’s International Realty.

http://sirluxuryrealestate.com/2013/06/20/private-escapes-buying-a-vacation-home/

Why Sotheby’s International Realty?

Many of you have asked me “What is Sotheby’s International Realty?” Another questions has been, “What makes Sotheby’s International Realty different from any other realty?” Well, have a look at this quick video! It will answer a lot of those questions and more.

Sotheby’s International Realty is an amazing company, full of some of the world’s most educated, experienced, and diverse employees and associates. It offers not only quality, luxury, distinction and taste, but also offers a global perspective with access to all the fine things our world has to offer. Take a look and see why Sotheby’s International Realty is known the world over for all of those things and more, for over a hundred years. Align yourself with that lifestyle, and give yourself access to the wonderful world of Sotheby’s International Realty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YQ_DH5o5X-c

 

Cash Buyers Are Fueling Quick Home Sales!

Buying homes with CashThis is a great article in the New York Times on how cash buyers are changing the buying market today. We have been seeing this here in our neighborhood for months now. It is an amazing new phenomenon, and makes for a very exciting home sale! From personal buyers to investors, we are seeing cash buyers make offers on nearly every sale. As my wise mentor Joseph Brazen always says “Cash is King!”. He is absolutely right. When two identically priced offers are presented, one cash, one financed, the cash buyer always prevails. Great article to keep up with the trend.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/us/cash-is-fueling-quick-home-sales.html?_r=0

 

Just Listed!

Just listed REO in Bellevue , 5 bedrooms, 3 baths for $$420,750, offers presented at 3pm on Monday – 3 in already – open Sunday @ 2017 NE 164th Ave, Bellevue, Wa. 98008, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

This house is located less than 1 block from Interlake High school, one of Bellevue’s top schools. A great sized home for the price in this popular area. Perfect for an investor, or someone looking for a fixer, in this coveted area. Will not last at this price. For seller financing incentives, agents and their buyers are requested to contact our designated Chase Loan Officer. Call the Listing Agent for details.  Erin Harold – (206) 326-8961Bellevue - Interlake Neighborhood

MLS #496960

 

12 Questions To Ask The Appraiser

This is a great article about how to qualify an appraiser before hiring them to analyze  and appraise your property. An extremely important step to get accurate and reliable results. This will allow you to make the very best decision regarding the sale or purchase of a property.

http://www.americanappraisals.com/12_questions_to_ask_the_appraiser.htmhas

Sotheby’s International Realty Exclusive Waterfront Property Search !

Luxury Waterfront

Luxury Waterfront

Sotheby’s International Realty is the only real estate company that has a
“waterfront specific” search engine for you to locate or list a
waterfront property. This allows you to find exactly what you are
searching for. It also allows you as a seller, to offer your waterfront
property to every buyer looking for specific waterfront properties, all
around the globe. Experience the distinction, and the powerful marketing
that Sotheby’s International Realty can offer you. Explore the opportunities by following
the link above and start the journey to your perfect waterfront dream
property!

 

A Great View of the Real Estate Market Monthly from 2000 to Current

A snapshot of how busy the real estate market is in the Puget Sound area. It is time to get that house listed, and it is a great time to buy!

4-County Puget Sound Region Pending Sales (SFH + Condo combined) (Totals include King, Snohomish, Pierce & Kitsap counties)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2000

3706

4778

5903

5116

5490

5079

4928

5432

4569

4675

4126

3166

2001

4334

5056

5722

5399

5631

5568

5434

5544

4040

4387

4155

3430

2002

4293

4735

5569

5436

6131

5212

5525

6215

5394

5777

4966

4153

2003

4746

5290

6889

6837

7148

7202

7673

7135

6698

6552

4904

4454

2004

4521

6284

8073

7910

7888

8186

7583

7464

6984

6761

6228

5195

2005

5426

6833

8801

8420

8610

8896

8207

8784

7561

7157

6188

4837

2006

5275

6032

8174

7651

8411

8094

7121

7692

6216

6403

5292

4346

2007

4869

6239

7192

6974

7311

6876

6371

5580

4153

4447

3896

2975

2008

3291

4167

4520

4624

4526

4765

4580

4584

4445

3346

2841

2432

2009

3250

3407

4262

5372

5498

5963

5551

5764

5825

5702

3829

3440

2010

4381

5211

6821

7368

4058

4239

4306

4520

4350

4376

3938

3474

2011

4272

4767

6049

5732

5963

5868

5657

5944

5299

5384

4814

4197

2012

4921

6069

7386

7015 7295 6733 6489 6341 5871 6453 5188 4181
2013 5548 6095 7400 7462

 

Are You A Wine Enthusiast?

Sotheby’s International Realty has access to some of the finest wines in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty exclusive monthly picks, that are only available to our clientele, to the auction of some of the rarest and finest selections and collections in the world.

If this is interesting to you, let me know and I will make the connection for you and help you turn your cellar into one of the finest in the world.

www.sothebyswine.com

www.sothebys.com/en/departments/wine/overview.html

Sotheby's Exclusive Wine

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Seattle’s Market Is Back!

Seattle-area home prices jump 10.6 percent year over a year!!!!

Article Excerpt:

“Seattle and all 19 other cities in a 20-city S&P/Case-Shiller composite index posted positive year-over-year gains in home prices. It was the third straight month of year-over-year increases for the 20-city composite. The data for March represent a three-month rolling average for January, February and March.”

Average home prices nationwide are now at levels last seen in mid-2003.

Written by:

May 28, 2013, 10:33am PDT, Puget Sound Business Journal

Read the entire article here: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2013/05/28/seattle-area-home-prices-jump-106.html?iana=ind_rre

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