10 transit-accessible hikes in and around Seattle

You don’t need a car to hit the trails – By Josh Cohen May 10, 2018, 10:29am PDT

For those who hate driving, and more importantly, those without a car who still want to access the region’s amazing natural areas, it’s possible to go hiking by transit both within the city and nearby. King County Metro’s Trailhead Direct shuttle service from Seattle to trailheads in Issaquah and North Bend is making this exceptionally easy during the late spring and summer when it runs, but there are year-round options for transit hiking as well.  Check out the link below to see all the trails! https://seattle.curbed.com/maps/car-free-hiking-trails-seattle

How Much it Costs to Buy a House in the Seattle Housing Market in 2018

Article By Amanda Harding , May 26, 2018 from https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/how-much-it-costs-to-buy-a-house-in-the-hottest-housing-markets-of-2018.html/    | Peter Muller/Getty Images

The Seattle market is expected to grow another 5.4% in 2018. Ahead, check out how much it costs to buy a home in the 3rd hottest real estate market of 2018 according to Zillow’s latest housing report.

Median household income: $78,612
Median home value: $463,800
Median rent: $2,243
Real estate market growth forecast: 5.4%
A bona fide tech hub like Seattle is bound to be popular, which the median home value and rents show. With a projected growth of 5.4%, this is one of the top three most popular housing markets in the country right now.

5 Tips For Making an Offer in a Hot Real Estate Market!

It’s important for home buyers to make a strong, smart offer when the right house comes along. Here are five tips for doing exactly that.

5 tips for making an offer in a hot real estate market
May 12, 2018
Steady demand. Limited supply. That’s what we are seeing in real estate markets across the country right now. Inventory is particularly tight within the lower price ranges. “The starter house is nearly missing in some markets,” according to Jessica Lautz, managing director of survey research and communication for the National Association of Realtors.
Of course, conditions can vary from one city to the next. But the overall trend in housing markets across the country is that supply is still falling short of demand. (See the latest home prices for Snohomish County in this story from our online news partner The Seattle Times.)
Given these conditions, it’s important for home buyers to make a strong, smart offer when the right house comes along. Here are five tips for doing exactly that.
1. Understand the supply and demand situation in your area.
According to housing experts, a so-called “balanced” real estate market has five to six months of supply. This means, in theory, that it would take five or six months to sell off all homes currently listed for sale, if no new properties came onto the market.
Many real estate markets across the country have less than a three-month supply right now. And some cities have less than a two-month supply.
The first step to making a strong offer is to understand the supply-and-demand situation in your area. We are still seeing sellers’ market conditions in many cities, as of spring 2018. And this could persist for some time.
2. Study recent sales prices in your area.
This is something a real estate agent can help you with, but you can do some of it for yourself. The idea here is to get a good understanding of recent sales prices in the area where you want to buy.
This will help you in a couple of ways. It will save you time during the house-hunting process, by eliminating the need for repetitive research and pricing “sanity checks.” It will also help you make a strong, realistic offer backed by recent sales trends. And speaking of offers…
3. Make a strong and timely offer, backed by comparable sales.
In a slow housing market, where sellers are ready to jump on the first offer that comes along, home buyers have the luxury of taking their time. A buyer might start off with an initial offer below the asking price, just to open negotiations. The seller would probably come back with a counteroffer, or accept the first offer.
But it doesn’t work that way in a more competitive real estate market with limited inventory. In a tight market, buyers are better off making their first offer as competitive as possible. Otherwise, the house could go to a competing buyer.
4. Consider writing a love letter to the seller.
A house love letter, that is! Recent studies have shown that buyers in competitive real estate markets can improve their chance for success by writing a heartfelt letter to the seller. Sure, real estate is a business transaction. But there’s a personal side to it as well. Writing a personal letter to tell the sellers what you love about their home might just tip the scales in your favor.
5. Get an agent on your side.
It’s always a good idea to have help from a local real estate agent. It’s even more important in a tight market with limited inventory. An agent can help you move quickly, putting together a strong offer that’s supported by recent sales data.
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