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neighborhoods: Tax-Friendly Cities: It's not what you earn, it's what you get to keep - 04/07/09 10:10 AM
According to a recent Kiplinger article, taxes play a significant role in deciding where to dig in your roots and call home (in addition to housing costs and living expenses). They have put together a list of U.S. cities with the lowest state and local tax burdens (as a percentage of gross income). And wouldn't you know it, Seattle made the list!
No. 4 Seattle, Washington Income tax: $0Property tax: $1,698Sales tax: $1,561Auto tax: $457 STATE & LOCAL TAX BURDEN: 5.0% Urban Facts: Seattle may be a tax-friendly city, but it also has a high cost of living, well above (2 comments)
neighborhoods: 8 Home Buying Do's & Dont's - 03/27/09 11:30 AM
In this market, and in ANY market, you want to do your research before you buy a home. Your home is your most important financial investment and as such, you will need to make sure you follow some helpful advice to get the best deal possible. Research the neighborhood Look at the house, but also look at the neighborhood. Location is the most important thing, so it's critical to look at more than bricks and mortar. How can you choose the right community? Become a neighborhood detective. Figure out what you're looking for, do research and find a neighborhood that fits (7 comments)
Have questions about Shoreline area homes? Would you like to be one of the lucky buyers like the ones above? The Egerer & Weidauer home team proudly serves the Shoreline homeowners and would love to help you with your home buying or selling needs! 206.661.7256 www.jeremyandnicolesellhomes.com 360.990.4083 (0 comments)
neighborhoods: Real Estate Rebound in Seattle - 11/18/08 03:56 PM
Yes.. I have another article for you about the Seattle real estate market. I can't get enough of these. In the last few weeks there seems to be story after story about how Seattle is one of the top cities in the nation to rebound from these difficult financial and real estate times. Thank you, Michele, for the link!
According to SmartMoney Magazine, Seattle is holding strong through these tough economic times and is due for a nice rebound. Here in the Pacific Northwest we have some strong businesses, like Boeing, Amazon.com, and Microsoft, that are doing well and in turn, has kept (3 comments)
neighborhoods: What Do Homes Rent For in Shoreline, WA? - 11/05/08 03:53 PM
Whether you are looking to buy or trying to sell.. we all end up dealing with a rental situation. I remember my first place. It was a 450 square foot, Lake City area rental. It was very cozy to say the least :) I have recently done some rental searches for some clients and found out some interesting information you might find interesting. There are some homes in the Shoreline area going for between just under $200,000 to $275,000. I did some math and calculated that with a modest down payment of 5%, the monthly mortgage payments wouldn't be too much higher (0 comments)
neighborhoods: Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 10/21/08 01:58 PM
Whether you're dying to ditch the city for the burbs, longing for grown-up digs where you can start a family, or feeling the pull of hot job opportunities elsewhere, moving to a new place is an adventure. But it's also one big question mark. How do you not screw it up? How do you find a hip area with cool neighbors, great restaurants and shops, and a decent commute to work? The first place to kick off your search is in your living room or office. Searching on the web breaks down a lot of walls- and miles- between you and (4 comments)
neighborhoods: Shoreline Calendar of Events - 10/20/08 05:09 PM
Are you itching to get out on the town and just don't know what to do?! I found some fun events going on in our fair city that I'd like to share with you.
And here is what's to come in November...
Let me know if I missed anything and I will add it and be sure to tell me how the events went. Hope to see you all there! Best Wishes, The Egerer & Weidauer Team (0 comments)
neighborhoods: Facts Regarding Washington's Real Estate Market - 09/25/08 12:39 PM
Please disregard what you hear from the news reporter of your choice- they don't have the facts about what is really going on in YOUR market. The fact is, Washington is doing great compared to the rest of the country. We may have to deal with a few issues in our national economy but besides that, take pleasure in knowing that we are doing well in the Pacific Northwest. The Washington State University's Center for Real Estate Research put out a report about the status of real estate in our state. Here are some of the highlights: *Their key message- The Washington (1 comments)
neighborhoods: Shoreline, Washington Market Update- Spotlight on Meridian Park - 09/17/08 04:19 PM
Meridian Park is a neighborhood in Shoreline, WA, a suburb of Seattle, just off of Interstate-5. The neighborhood is very open and friendly neighbors can be seen power walking down the streets with their dog in toe. As far as real estate goes, things are moving along just fine. Within the last month, 3 homes have sold, 1 went to a pending status, and there are still 5 active and ready to be purchased. The median listing price is $368,356 and the median sales price is $379,667. The average days on market for homes in the area is 99 days. In all of (0 comments)
neighborhoods: Shoreline Changes and Plans for the Future - 09/09/08 02:24 PM
For those of you who have the privilege of living in Shoreline, you know that it is a great city. Shoreline was featured in Seattle magazine as the #1 best neighborhood in the Seattle area. We have a lot to be proud of! We are an ever growing city that just seems to be getting better and better. When I first moved here in 1997, the city looked very different than it does today. Where Central Market is today was an old Thriftway store. Top Food & Drug on 175th used to be a run down framing shop and grocery store. The (0 comments)
neighborhoods: Spotlight on the Emerald City - 09/05/08 12:47 PM
We all know that Seattle is the best city ever - and now the rest of the world does too! Two major magazines, National Geographic Adventure and The Smithsonian, feature articles in their September issues about how wonderful our fair city is. National Geographic picked the top 50 best places for the adventuresome to live. According to the article, Seattle ranked #1 and was chosen among the most innovative towns that welcome people who relocate there. The magazine also says these spots have plans for becoming still more attractive - all without sacrificing green space or jobs (http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/2008/09/weekend-getaways/best-places-to-live/adventure-towns-text). University of Washington professor, Charles Johnson, relocated (0 comments)
neighborhoods: Shoreline, #1 of Top 10 Best Neighborhoods - 07/29/08 11:30 AM
For the second time, Seattle magazine has ranked Shoreline as the #1 best neighborhood in the Seattle area. Shoreline "has it all" with rankings in the top half of all criteria and because of that she beat out 109 other Seattle neighborhoods & surrounding cities. Upon hearing of the coveted title, Mayor Cindy Ryu said, "This ranking is a tribute to our great schools, strong business community, committed local organizations and nonprofits, involved residents, dedicated City staff and strong partnerships with the Fire Department and utility districts. I encourage the entire community to celebrate and be proud of the role each (0 comments)
neighborhoods: How Walkable is Your Home? - 06/17/08 11:54 PM
What is Walk Score? Walk Score shows you a map of what's nearby and calculates a Walk Score for any property. Buying a house in a walkable neighborhood is good for your health and good for the environment. The walk score of the Space Needle, for example is 89. Bill Gates' house walk score is 6. My place is 68. The higher the score, the more walkable the location. How does the site calculate walkability? How It Works Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Your Walk Score is a number between 0 and (0 comments)
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