Category: Norris & Norris (16)

Marc Stiles reported in a recent Puget Sound Business Journal  feature that “More than a fifth of renters in Seattle could afford to buy houses,” a fact that is contributing to the seemingly ever-rising cost to rent in Seattle.

Seattle’s rent is currently growing faster than any other city in the U.S., this according to the Seattle Times as June 2015 vs. June 2016 rent comparisons revealed a staggering 9.7% increase. What’s more, “rents are soaring so fast that June’s 1.1 percent monthly price gain in the Seattle area beat out the growth that Chicago and Washington, D.C., have seen in an entire year.

As Stiles says, “there are various reasons why apartment rents are soaring in the Puget Sound region, and an overlooked one is that Seattle has a relatively high number of renters who could buy but are not necessarily looking to do so.” This statistic, as the article outlines, puts “Seattle fifth on a new Zillow list of markets with the highest share of renters who are qualified to buy.” And when these potential buyers choose to rent, it “increases competition for apartments,” which drives rents up, “hurting lower-income households the most.”

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This exquisite craftsman boasts an architectural guesthouse that creates a Zen-like harmony. It has been artfully transformed to provide lake and Mt. Rainier views from every major room. The main house offers large living, dining spaces and the generous master-suite opens to South West facing outdoor view terrace and English gardens. The guesthouse compliments, connecting to the main home with a colonnade and trellis. Exposed beamed voluminous ceilings, slider doors, zen soaking tub and carefully detailed interiors.

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Eager homebuyers rallied during the first half of 2016 increasing unit absorption and median home prices by 48% and 28%, respectively according to analysis of Northwest Multiple Listing Service data released as of June 30th. The typical condominium is selling in just over a month with a median home value of $575,000. However, a closer look reveals that 135 of the 381 condominium closings so far this year were in the INSIGNIA condominium tower, a new construction development (and one remaining developer-owned unit in the Four Seasons Private Residences) whereas there were effectively no new construction deliveries or closings during the same term in 2015. When removing this spike of higher-priced, new inventory in the overall resale market still expanded by 22% year-over-year but total resale closings actually decreased 5% with 246 homes in 2016 (including a few resales at INSIGNIA) against closings of 258 units in the first half of 2015.

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This week, Paige’s Evoker broker film is featured on Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty‘s social media platforms and company website! Known for industry innovation, RSIR engaged Chicago-based branding house Evoker, Inc. to produce the broker films, which strip away the mass-produced structure of a standard biography video and allow each agent to tell their personal story. There is no script. No storyboard. No two films are ever the same.

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I am proud to share that Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty ranked among the top ten largest real estate brands in Washington State according to a recent report by Trendgraphix as of May 2016 based upon the trailing 12 months of total sales volume. The data suggests that amongst its peer group of established brokerage firms, RSIR is the fastest-growing, increasing its unit volume and gross sales volume by 25-percent and 53-percent, respectively year-to-date (May 2016) compared with 2015. Also noteworthy, RSIR consistently maintains the highest average listing and buyer side sales values and the greatest production on a per broker basis compared with its peers. As an independently owned and operated franchise, RSIR does not aggregate or report the sales activity of other affiliates in Washington.

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