Liberty Lake, WA Real Estate News

By BethAnn Long, Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate
(RE/MAX Inland Empire)
Greetings from BethAnn in Spokane ! I have been posting Spokane neighborhood tours here on my blog this summer, and it has been really fun visiting a variety of areas for those of you interested in relocating to Spokane, so you can get a flavor of the amazing options we have .This week, I am featuring Liberty Lake WA. 99019, which is actually it's own city about 20 minutes East of Spokane. I love Liberty Lake for so many reasons, mainly because we lived on the Lake from the time I was in 8th grade through my high school graduation. at that time, it was not what it is today. The growth and incorporation of Liberty Lake WA has been amazing to watch over the past 30 years. Situated just between Spokane WA. and Coeur d'Alene Idaho, Liberty Lake hosts 3 beautiful golf courses. You might see ...
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By Cindy Carrigan, Spokane WA Referral-Based Real Estate Team!
(Five Star Spokane Group, Keller Williams Realty)
23306 E Kamiakin, Liberty Lk, WA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools My Reviews $ Click for current price 5 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 2340 SQUARE FEET Affordable Liberty Lake Home with Lake Access! 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths in this 2,340 sq. ft. home on a beautiful treed corner lot with sprinkler system. Lower level features an in-law set-up with kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and family room with fireplace. Deeded lake access to Liberty Lake for swimming, boating and community dock! Follow This Home! Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure What is Your Home Worth? Presented By: Five Star Spokane Group Five Star Spokane Group, Keller Williams Realty 509-323-5555 Schedule a Showing/Request Info  
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By Robert Henry
(RealTeam Real Estate)
2010 was a devastating year for condominium values in Liberty Lake – seeing a 25% decrease in the price of the average Condo sold  compared to the previous year. Since the lows of 2010; however, the price of the average condo sold has slowly crept backup. It may take a while to see values seen in 2006, where the average price of condos sold was $189,359, but for those looking for an undervalued investment opportunity now, a Liberty Lake Condominium purchase just may make sense.
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By Robert Henry
(RealTeam Real Estate)
It is the season... many home sellers opt to hold off until spring to list their homes for sale.  This is understandable; after-all, who wants to be interrupted while preparing a family meal, for a home showing. Their is a sharp decline, every November and December, of homes listed for sale in the Liberty Lake area, as the chart below demonstrates. Sharp Decline in the Number of AvailableLiberty Lake Homes for Sale Those willing to list their homes during the holiday season, can enjoy the benefit of having serious buyers in a time that their is significantly less inventory to choose from. Anyone considering putting up their Liberty Lake Home for sale would be wise to consult with a real estate professional that truly understands the current real estate market as well as particular cycli...
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When is the best time of year to sell my Liberty Lake, WA home?by Robert Henry |  December, 2013 Liberty Lake, WA is one of the most popular communities in the Greater Spokane area.  Located near the Idaho border, yet only minutes from downtown Spokane.   To answer the question,we looked at over 700 home sales in Liberty Lake between January of 2010 to December 11, 2013.  We examined what month homes were listed, the average time on market (DOM = Days on Market, signifying the number of days the home was on the market, received an offer and then ultimately closed. We factored in the average number of weeks the average buyer spends actually visiting homes they may be interested in buying.It is not too difficult to assemble a spreadsheet showing the number of homes sold; in fact you will ...
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By Robert Henry
(RealTeam Real Estate)
Liberty Lake Real Estate Market Updateby Robert Henry |  September, 2013 Liberty Lake, WA home values have remained fairly consistent over the last 3 years. The average price of homes sold had a 4.2% increase from 2011 to 2012; however, 2013 averages seem to be returning to the levels seen in 2011.   Average Price of Homes SOLD in Liberty LakeClick here to see the change in home values by zip codes in the Spokane, WA area. Number of Homes SOLD in Liberty Lake There has been an increase in the number of homes sold. 2012 saw an increase of homes sold by nearly 24%.  Additionally, with two months  to go this year, we should easily surpass the number of homes sold in 2013 compared to 2012. Number of Homes SOLD in Liberty Lake What does this mean for buyers interested in moving to the Libert...
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By Robert Henry
(RealTeam Real Estate)
Liberty Lake Homes for Sale between $150k to $200k Liberty Lake Homes for Sale between $200k to $250k Liberty Lake Homes for Sale between $250k to $300k Liberty Lake Homes for Sale between $300k to $350k Liberty Lake Homes for Sale between $350k plus Spokane's Liberty Lake is one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Spokane County. Popular for its close proximity to the Idaho Border. Liberty Lake is just minutes from Post Falls and Couer d'Alene in Idaho and minutes from downtown Spokane. Top rated elementary school in the Liberty Lake: Liberty Lake Elementary Top Rated Middle Schools: Greenacres Middle School  
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By Scott Lewis, REALTOR, e-Pro,CIA,IMSD,GRI & CNE
(The Bald Man Group)
Liberty Lake Food Drive 2010 Scott Lewis of the Scott Lewis Group at Keller Williams has begun the Liberty Lake Neighborhood Food Drive in conjunction with Spokanes 2nd Harvest. We like to do everything that we can to help out those that are struggling to put food on the table. Liberty Lake is a great place to live and we want to show the rest of Spokane that we care! We have some great participation from local businesses. Ross Umbdenstock of Great Harvest Bread Co. has agreed to host a Second Harvest barrel on the west side of town, and Amy Snoddy of Twisp - cafe & coffee house has agreed to host a barrel on the north side of town. Not only are these local businesses hosting a 2nd Hrvest barrel - Amy is offering a 12oz or 16 oz mocha or latte for just $1 with a food donation and fillin...
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By Scott Lewis, REALTOR, e-Pro,CIA,IMSD,GRI & CNE
(The Bald Man Group)
Liberty Lake Washington - Home Value Statistics If you live in liberty lake you may be wondering about yor homes value. Scott Lewis at Keller Williams Spokane Realty specializes in home sales and home sales data for Liberty Lake and sourrounding the areas or Otis Orchard, East Farm, Green Acres and Newman Lake. The first part of April provides the following Liberty Lake home sales data: 157 Active Listings 25 Pending Listings 74 Expired Listings and 44 Closed Listings in the last 6 months. Of the homes that sold 18 homes or 41% were priced between $200,000 - $300,000 /  14 homes or 32% were priced between $125,000 - $200,000 and 4 homes or 9% were priced between $300,000 - $400,000 / 6 homes or 13.5% were priced between $400,000 - $500,000. The hot spot for Liberty Lake home sales is th...
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By Sarah Reinhart
(Brumback Residential)
Oftentimes people doubt the effectiveness of green cleaning products. After all, it would seem Mother Nature would lose in a head-to-head competition with the chemicals industry. However, there are now bio-based solvents and strippers that are just as powerful as those produced by the chemicals industry, yet they don't contain hazardous materials that harm human health or the environment. According to the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, making them particularly susceptible to indoor pollutants such as hazardous chemicals used in traditional cleaning products. In fact, indoor air pollution can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. There are even cases of indoor air being 100 times more polluted than the air outs...
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By Sarah Reinhart
(Brumback Residential)
  The green mortgage market is currently dominated by the faster moving smaller mortgage lenders right now, such as Norwich and Peterborough, Co-operative Bank and the Ecology Building Society. UK seems to leading the pack on this, so hopefully some more US ones will come on board. Throughout the next 12-24 months though, some experts believe that a few bigger players will want to play their hand and join the market too. I am still researching the avenues available in . Stay tuned :0
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By Sarah Reinhart
(Brumback Residential)
  A Green Mortgage, otherwise known as Energy Efficiency Mortgages, has increased in recent years. This is  to the increased public awareness of energy consumption as well as the financial advantages associated with owning an energy efficient home.  Although not common...They DO exsist! :) While traditional mortgages are based on a person's debt to income ratio only, a green mortgage applies the money saved each month in energy cost as income. This allows home buyers to sometimes qualify for a larger loan. This also presents an opportunity for those wishing to remortgage, since energy saving home improvements can be applied once an existing home is certified by a home energy rater. Purchasing an energy efficient home can also increases the resale value by as much as 5%. A $200,000 home ...
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By Sarah Reinhart
(Brumback Residential)
Sustainability in Spokane?   Sustainability considerations are becoming increasingly important in today's world as growing populations demand more of the planet's limited supply of natural resources and create more waste by-products, placing significant strains on the earth's atmosphere and ecosystems. Sustainability has several definitions but is often described as meeting today's needs without sacrificing future generations' ability to meet their needs. Sustainability not only encompasses environmental concerns, but, rather, considers the "triple bottom line" - environment, economy and society. As development in the Spokane continues, sustainability should be a top priority. A focus on sustainability in Spokane should have local, regional and global benefits. Globally, a sustainabili...
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  Structural Engineer is a person engaged in the professional practice of consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning or design of structures (buildings, bridges, or other structures) to safely resist vertical and horizontal loads which include gravity, earth pressure, wind and seismic forces. The structural engineer is licensed through examination by the state to use the title "Structural Engineer". We don't have many of these in Spokane, but I have found a few on Google. Anyone have a few good recommendations? BTW:  This Photo made me laugh! :)
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By Sarah Reinhart
(Brumback Residential)
As a "reflective thinker", I have often wondered if the Green Movement would fall by the wayside with the recent economic downturn.    Thoughts of post apocalyptic wastelands have danced in my head...yes I know that sounds a little dramatic :) However, despite its reputation for being expensive, there are proven and substantial financial gains associated with green standards.  On average, green building increases construction costs by only 1%-2%.  A prime example is Naval Base Building 850 in Port Hueneme, CA, which was constructed using sustainable principles and is estimated to save 64% in lighting, 67% in heating, and 43% in cooling expenses each year. Just something to think about.
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By Sarah Reinhart
(Brumback Residential)
Some practices, such as using local and renewable materials or passive solar design, date back millennia - the Anasazi indian tribe in the Southwest built entire villages so that all the homes received solar heat in the winter. There are few things as amazing as walking through some of the preserved homes!!! The contemporary green building movement arose out of the need and desire for more energy efficient and environmentally friendly building practices. The oil price increases of the 1970s spurred significant research and activity to improve energy efficiency and find renewable energy sources. This, combined with the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s, led to the earliest experiments with contemporary green building.
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By Sarah Reinhart
(Brumback Residential)
Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.  Green building is also known as high performance building or now more correctly defined as sustainable design. Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by: Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation
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By Sarah Reinhart
(Brumback Residential)
Why Go Green? On any given day, the average American household contains over 30 harmful and damaging chemical cleaning products. Six of which are located in the bathroom and kitchen according to Debra Lynn Dadd in her book, Nontoxic and Natural. There are alternatives cleaning solutions and methods which are just as effective and are less expensive than chemical cleaners. Big industry has picked up on the green trend as evidenced by Green Works produced by Clorox. However, the products are expensive. Few people realize that making your own cleaning solutions can save you tons of money. Using products like white vinegar, essential oils, castile soap, and herbs, your home can become clean without chemicals. I suggest you finish using the chemical products, and then reuse the bottles (aft...
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By Sarah Reinhart
(Brumback Residential)
People seem to think information they put on the internet is transient - here today, gone tomorrow. Increasingly, we are finding data doesn't disappear when you delete it. It may be automatically saved by Facebook or Google. You may think you got rid of something but it can come back to bite you. If you are 18, you don't think about your 42-year-old self looking for a job or promotion. People don't consider that long-term risk. I think this could become a serious problem in future. Young people seem very blasé about their privacy, but their opinions may change in years to come. People should consider what information they are letting out about themselves and to whom. Even if you think you have secured your pages through Facebook, the data may be accessible through other routes like Goo...
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By Sarah Reinhart
(Brumback Residential)
People don't think about employers reading their Facebook pages and kids don't think about their parents going online to check up on them. But an increasing number do. Employers don't want to take risks with employees. One way they can find out who they're hiring is by checking their Facebook page. Recent research by an American university found 23 per cent of employers reviewed candidates' profiles on social networking sites.  It surprised me how many were using sites like Facebook to screen applicants. Here, workers can now ask to see traditional job references under the Data Protection Act, so people might be reluctant to write the things they would have done years ago. So employers go to the next best source - Facebook - to find out more. There have also been a number of cases of p...
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