seattle waterfront homes: REAL ESTATE VIDEO: The Good, The Bad, and the HD (Kodak Video Challenge) - 01/07/11 05:54 AM
Real estate video has been the "next big thing" for far too long.  We've been hearing about video changing the landscape of internet-based real estate sales, but every year the video quality seems to disappoint.  2011 may just be the year that it all changes, due to advances in technology and the affordability of equipment.
That being said, here's my homage to advances in video quality, all apologies to Clint Eastwood:The Good, the Bad, and the HD - Real Estate Video
I'll start with the bad, when I started experimenting with a Flip/handycam a couple of years ago.  Compact, portable, inexpensive equipment is key for real … (15 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Waterfront Real Estate Sales on The Eastside Surge, Then Slow - Seattle Waterfront Homes - 08/24/10 11:16 AM
Waterfront real estate sales this summer on the Eastside have been far stronger than in 2009. June sales were particularly outstanding, with July showing a slight downturn which wasn't unexpected after the early summer burst, matching the rest of the market in Greate Seattle.

Thirteen significant Eastside waterfront home sales on Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish closed in June, and four more lakefront sales closed this July. Compare that to 2009 which had just 7 similar sales in June and 3 in July. So far, the summer of 2010 is turning out to be a boon to waterfront buyers, as … (0 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Strong Sales of Waterfront Real Estate in Seattle Continue in July - 08/18/10 05:25 AM
Waterfront real estate sales in Seattle maintained an even keel in July, as the general real estate market continued to push along through a slow economy. July waterfront home sales in Seattle matched the eight homes sold in June, with two sales being high-end floating homes and the remainder of the sales being traditional single family homes. These numbers are a large increase over the same period last year.

The least expensive waterfront home sales in July were at the extreme ends of Seattle, with a Bryn Mawr home on the South end of the city selling for $650k, and … (0 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Seattle's Houseboat Market - Floating Homes, Lakefront Real Estate - 07/25/10 05:39 AM
There are currently about 3 dozen houseboats and floating homes for sale in Seattle. This number is a bit higher than usual, but not particularly far out of the normal range of inventory.
Sales of houseboats and floating homes started out well for the year, but have slowed a bit. We're currently at just 8 sales for the year, while last year at this point just 7 had been sold. This is a luxury/vacation/second home market, which typically suffers in slow real estate markets.

Financing is now available for houseboat vessels, which previously was a big hindrance for buyers. … (7 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: The Debate Over The "Real Estate Tax" In The New Health Care Bill - 07/22/10 08:07 AM
There has been much (uninformed) debate on the web about the possible existence of a tax on real estate sales within the new health care bill passed by Congress and the President this year. It's been called a "sales tax", "transfer tax", "income tax", and some have even said it doesn't exist at all.

Let's set the record straight--no politics, just facts. This is a tax that affects a very small number of Americans directly. It is, however, particularly significant for waterfront and luxury real estate owners. It could also be significant to builders, contractors, tradesmen, and others in the … (4 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Waterfront Real Estate Sales on the Eastside Continue Big Summer Push - 07/13/10 05:06 AM
While Seattle's waterfront real estate market stayed healthy but flat in June, sales of waterfront homes on the Eastside continued to make a big splash.

There were 13 homes sold on Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish last month, including a dozen sales over $1 million and 5 sales over $3 million. That more than doubles the sales numbers in June of ‘09 when just 6 waterfront homes in this category were sold.
Sales of waterfront homes in Bellevue, Kirkland, Kenmore, Renton, Redmond, Sammamish, and "the Points" have shown healthy growth since late 2009 and are continuing to strengthen the base … (0 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: June Sales of Seattle Waterfront Houses Stay Strong Vs. 2009 - 07/12/10 05:19 AM
The waterfront real estate market in Seattle continued to top 2009's sales numbers with 6 waterfront home sales in June and 5 of those being traditional houses. While the total sales are down slightly from the 8 sales in May, we're still significantly higher every month this year than we were in 2009.
In May of ‘09 we had a half dozen waterfront home sales in Seattle. All but one of those sales, however, were houseboats and floating homes, which average much lower sale prices than traditional waterfront houses. This June there was just one houseboat included in our numbers and … (0 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Lake Washington Waterfront for the Car Enthusiast – Bryn Mawr – 10420 Rainier Ave S, Seattle WA 98178 - 07/07/10 04:13 AM
Seattle Waterfront Real Estate Tour: 10420 Rainier Ave S, Seattle WA 98178
Car Enthusiast's Dream Home on Lake Washington Waterfront - Bryn Mawr, Seattle
There are a thousands of homes on the shores of Seattle's lakes and Puget Sound. Finding the right house for a waterfront home buyer always entails researching their need for boat moorage, privacy of location, and waterfront footage desired. Sometimes, though, a rare characteristic of a home makes it uniquely suited to a particular buyer's needs.
If I was searching for a Lake Washington home for a buyer who was a car collector, enthusiast, or just liked … (3 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Seattle Luxury Real Estate Sales Soaring Through June 2010 - 06/22/10 05:45 PM
For all those who opined that the luxury real estate market in Seattle was doomed to years of dismal sales: It's time to recalibrate your thinking.

While luxury home prices have clearly taken a hit since 2007, sales of multi-million dollar homes continue to rise, more than doubling last year's total. Buyers of luxury homes have been sitting on the sidelines for a few years, and they're finally feeling comfortable that they can get a good value on a Seattle waterfront or luxury home.
There were 82 King County homes sold for over $1 million in May, following up a … (3 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Case-Shiller/MacroMarkets, Zillow Agree: Seattle Real Estate is Hitting the Bottom - 06/22/10 05:22 PM
While the outlook for recovery and a return to price increases in Seattle real estate is a contested topic, two groups seem to have come to the conclusion that real estate is finally bottoming out.
MacroMarkets, using Case-Shiller Indices views the market as headed into recovery mode, and Zillow is predicting it will happen next quarter. MacroMarkets is predicting a moderate increase in home prices over the next five years, while Zillow thinks it will be flat market. For recession-weary home owners, even "flat" is a nice word to hear in the real estate market.

Economists polled MacroMarkets predict … (2 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Seattle Real Estate Prices to Rise 3.2% By 2011: CNN Money - 06/22/10 05:11 PM
Following up Money Magazine's projection that Seattle home prices will rise 0.6% in 2010, the further estimate is that prices will rise 3.2% through 2011. Every projection model has its flaws, but this model puts Seattle at #5 in the most likely markets for a housing recover.
CNN Money article

Median home price: $365,000Value lost since 2006: 18.1%Forecast gain through 2011*: 3.2%Seattle has become a world-class city with a diverse, vibrant economy. As a home to manufacturers, such as Boeing, and software providers, such as Microsoft, the job market has held up better than average, with December's unemployment rate sitting … (0 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Money Magazine Forecasts Rise in Seattle Real Estate Prices For 2010 - 06/22/10 04:57 PM
Money Magazine has a new report out on hundreds of U.S. cities and their forecasted real estate values for 2010. The magazine article (posted on CNN Money) is suggesting Seattle real estate prices will rise 0.6% in 2010. This seems to coincide well with the near 0.1% price increases we're seeing monthly right now.
Forecasts for all Washington cities in the article:
Washington (Q1 2010 - Q1 2011)

Longview -1.1% Seattle 0.6% Wenatchee 1.2% Mount Vernon 2.2% Olympia 2.3% Spokane 2.8% Yakima 2.8% Bellingham 2.9% Tacoma 3.9% Bremerton 4.2% Kennewick 4.6%
Money Magazine article


seattle waterfront homes: Strong Sales Continue For Seattle Houseboats and Floating Homes – May 2010 - 06/17/10 05:47 AM
Seattle Floating Homes and Houseboats, May 2010
Two floating homes sold in Seattle in May, a 2 bed 1 bath home in Westlake, and a 2 bed, 1.75 bath home in Eastlake. That brings the total floating homes and houseboats sold through May 2010 to six.

The trend for 2010 continues to be much stronger sales than in 2009. We had one sale in May 2009 of a houseboat, but it was the only sale for the entire year up to that point. We continue to see more buyers in the houseboat market, with sales rising along with the general … (0 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Private Leschi Retreat on Lake Washington Waterfront - 1730 Lakeside Ave S, Seattle WA 98122 - 06/17/10 05:41 AM
Seattle Waterfront Real Estate Tour - 1730 Lakeside Ave S, Seattle WA 98122
Private Leschi Retreat on Lake Washington Waterfront

As you pull up to the curb on Lakeside Ave S in Leschi, your might miss this home at first glance. Large trees, mature landscaping, and a downward-sloping lot obscure most of the facade of this Leschi home from the street. Take a quick step down the front stairway, however, and the grand design of this 1930s home quickly comes into view.

The nearly 3300 square foot home is divided over three levels. The main floor is an inviting … (1 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Waterfront Real Estate Masterpiece on Seattle's Portage Bay - 2511 Everett Ave E, Seattle WA 98102 - 06/17/10 05:31 AM
Seattle Waterfront Real Estate Tour - 2511 Everett Ave E, Seattle WA 98102A Waterfront Real Estate Masterpiece on Seattle's Portage Bay
Portage Bay is one of the lesser-publicized locales of waterfront real estate in Seattle. Situated between the ultra-convenient Lake Union and the expansive, luxurious Lake Washington, Portage Bay can sometimes get overshadowed or even overlooked by some home buyers (at their own expense). The floating homes on the water in this neighborhood are in themselves worth a weekend visit to view the radically different styles of residences.

This house on Everett Ave E builds from the unique style and … (3 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Mercer Island Waterfront Real Estate Sales Continue Strong 2010 - 06/11/10 04:37 AM
Mercer Island Waterfront Real Estate Sales, May 2010
There was just one waterfront home sold in Mercer Island during May, a 4340 square foot home on the mid-island. The West-facing home at 6 Brook Bay Rd, Mercer Island WA 98040, has 4 beds, 3 baths, and a 115 foot waterfront spread. The final sale price was $3.625 million. There were no waterfront sales in May 2009.
Waterfront home sales in Mercer Island are still up dramatically for 2010 as compared to last year at this point. By May 2009, there were just 3 waterfront home sales, with a median price of … (1 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Waterfront Real Estate Sales on the Eastside Nudge Up in May - 06/10/10 11:46 AM
Seattle Waterfront Real Estate Sales
Waterfront Home Sales on the Eastside, May 2010 (Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish waterfront)
Sales of waterfront homes on the Eastside in May showed large gains vs. last year and improved slighly compared to April. Eastside waterfront continues its resurgence as the housing market settles and buyers re-emerge in the luxury housing category.

There were 8 Eastside waterfront homes sold in May on Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. After a strong April of 7 sales, the pace seems to be moving right along for a big year. One year ago in May there were just … (0 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Big Gains in Seattle Waterfront Real Estate Sales - 06/10/10 06:03 AM
Seattle Waterfront Real Estate Sales Show Big Gains in May
Waterfront home sales in Seattle continued their 2010 resurgence with a big month in May. There were eight significant waterfront home sales last month, including four over $1 million. That number is twice the number sold in May 2009, and a big increase over the 5 waterfront homes sold in April, which was in itself a big improvement over last year.
Overall, the trend toward more waterfront real estate sales is getting stronger as the year goes on. We now have 29 waterfront homes sold so far in 2010, more than … (0 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Spectacular Luxury Living in Kirkland’s Woodland Cove – 8422 NE Woodland Cove Dr, Kirkland WA 98034 - 06/08/10 08:52 AM
Seattle Waterfront Real Estate Tour: 8422 NE Woodland Cove Dr, Kirkland WA 98034
Spectacular Luxury Living in Kirkland's Woodland Cove Community on Lake Washington
Kirkland's Woodland Cove community is just a small enclave on the Northeast shore of Lake Washington, but step inside the gates and you'll feel as if you've stepped back in time a bit. Perfectly manicured lawns and shrubs line immaculately-laid brick streets. The softly-flowing streets amble past picturesque homes with views of Lake Washington from nearly every piece of real estate in the neighborhood. While most of the homes are actually built fairly recently, the architectural … (0 comments)

seattle waterfront homes: Ease of Luxury Living in Kennydale – Renton Waterfront Home on Lake Washington – 7023 Ripley Lane N, Renton WA 98056 - 06/05/10 07:17 AM
Seattle Waterfront Real Estate Tour: Renton's Lake Washington Waterfront in Kennydale7023 Ripley Lane N, Renton WA 98056
Easy Living on Kennydale's Lake Washington Waterfront
I spent the day touring the Eastside waterfront with clients yesterday, from the North end of Juanita down to this final home in Kennydale, the Northern tip of Renton on Lake Washington. Every neighborhood exudes its own distinct feel, and the essence of Kennydale is laid-back living.

While the homes are gorgeous, well-built, and have views of some of the calmest waters on Lake Washington, there's also no pretense or ostentatiousness. The homes and the streets … (2 comments)

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