Renton, WA Real Estate News

By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Just Sold! Charming Condo in Maplewood Sale Price $340,000 Condominium Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,150 sqftYear Built: 2000MLS #: 1748004 Location 15150 140th Way SEUnit H101Renton, WA 98058 Description Rare spacious 3/2 condo on one level! Enjoy open floor plan. Patio off dining room for outdoor entertaining. 2 full bathrooms feature ADA bars. New Laminate hardwood flooring and carpet in 2019. Golf Course across the way and nearby riverside trails. Easy access to freeways and shopping/restaurants. Club House with pool and playground on site. Unit features detached private single car garage. HOA fee $540/mo covers water, sewer, garbage, landscaping, earthquake insurance, amenities.      View All Available Issaquah Area Properties View Available Homes By Surrounding N...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
Are you considering the purchase of a home and want to know what might hurt future resale value? This red-flag checklist is designed to help you understand if a property has features that might turn away buyers either today or in the future. Keep in mind, no home or property is perfect, and what may be a red-flag for someone else might not be a concern for you at all.The opposite can also be true. If you love a home and plan to be there a long time, don't worry about the items that don't affect your enjoyment of the property. Our goal is to help you identify red-flags when making an offer so that you don't overpay for them now and end up regretting it when you do choose to sell the property in the future. Let's begin by talking about both external and internal obsolescence.Obsolescence ...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
Hi, friends! This is Jana Schmidt.Take a walk with me today at Soos Creek Trail in Renton. We begin at the northernmost section of the trail off of 192nd Street on a cool November day. Running about six miles, this trail offers easy, level walking trails with nice surfaced paths accessible for everyone. The recommended way to watch a 360° video is on your phone and in a swivel chair. This particular trail is within walking distance of several Renton communities including Forest Trails, Canyon Terrace, and Boulevard Lanes, and home owners in those neighborhoods will be able to experience several wonderful benefits from the proximity.Why should you live near a trail? Here are seven reasons to buy a home near a trail system: 1. Trails provide an opportunity for social activities, whether i...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
// We have an exciting new listing on the market. Right now you can buy this 2-Bedroom 2-Bath ground level condo in Cascade Park Condominiums on Renton's East Hill for just #227,500. This listing makes me smile because it's actually cheaper to buy this home than it a comparable apartment would be to rent.Search affordable Renton, Washingtong Condos here. Click here to see the details on the above pictured listing:https://janaschmidt.johnlscott.com/listing/wa/renton/17310-119th-lane-se-unit-l7/6691868 Let's break this down claim of buying being cheaper than renting. We will use the New York Times Rent Vs. Buy calculatorThis calculator is my absolute favorite because it takes into account so many variables. For example, if you are pessimistic and feel that real estate appreciation will sl...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
While getting a loan, especially a mortgage, can be a cumbersome process, it may help to know in a simple and boiled down approach to the 3 things that lenders look at when approving a home loan. They are:#1 Buyer's ability to pay the loan#2 Buyer's willingness to pay the loan#3 the Collateral (or the house) #1 Buyer's ability to pay the loanThe ability to pay the loan is determined by calculating a debt-to-income ratio. Which is a formula of determining how much recurring debt a person has each month and comparing that to their gross income.For example, if you gross $1000 per month. And you have a $200 car payment and a $100 credit card payment than your income is $1000 and your debt is $300 which means your debt to income ratio is about 33%. Of course, this is extremely simplified but...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
Managing credit is tricky. You need to open and maintain accounts to show prospective lenders your trustworthy of managing credit, yet if you open too many at once, they may judge your harshly for it. Opening new accounts shortly before or duing your mortage application process can derail your entire home buying plans and dreams. It's critical to discuss any new credit applications with your mortgage broker or lender before giving permission for someone to run your credit.I once bought some new clothes at Nordstrom's and at the check out was informed I could save up to $80 dollars by opening a department store credit line. I wasn't in the market to buy a home at the time, so I went ahead and took advantage of the opprotunity to save a little money. I noticed a couple months later that i...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
If you are dreaming of buying a home in the near future and want to make sure your credit is in tip-top shape, you may think it's a good idea to close old credit lines you are not using, but if you do, you might regret it. Closing old credit lines can affect you negatively in two ways. First it can shorten the length of credit history, making you look less reliable to lenders.  Second, closing accounts reduces the total credit available to you which make any current balances you do have appear larger in proportion.   Talk to a reputable lender before you make any changes to your credit lines. If you are in the middle of a transaction, this is critical. What might seem like a good idea at the time, might set you back. When it comes to managing your credit, always check with a professiona...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
The path to homeownership begins with good credit.  Good credit is often reviewed as a reward for being responsible with your finances. I've instead seen it as a game that credit providers play to reap profits and the key to financial success is learning the rules of the credit game and then playing to win. Good, or even excellent credit is extremely important to financial independence and too many people don't know what's on their credit report. Even an error on your report could be costing you to pay more money in interest than you have to. By law, you're entitled to a free report from each of the major credit bureaus. Click here to request a copy of your credit reportTo request your credit report, go to www.annualcreditreport.com Be sure to subscribe to this blog, we will be covering...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Sold! CHARMING Rambler in Maplewood - Renton Overview Renton Market Stats Sale Price $340,000 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 BathroomInterior: 640 sqftLot: 6,900 sqftYear Built: 1942MLS #: 1627979 Location 15018 130th Ave SERenton, WA 98058 Description *Just Sold* Beautiful and adorable home in desired Maplewood Community. Quaint and open floor plan lives large. Extend your living space to the beautifully landscaped yard with large covered patio for all your entertaining needs. The outbuilding could be potential extra living space, office, studio, shop or Man Cave. Maplewood Golf Course is directly across the street. Close to shopping, restaurants & easy access to I-405. I-5, and 167. Minutes to Bellevue/Kirkland & Seattle.     View All Available Renton PropertiesView Ava...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Just Sold! Woodside Neighborhood Home Sold in Renton Overview Maps Market Stats Sale Price $729,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2.75BathroomsInterior: 3,130 sqftLot: 5,500 sqftYear Built: 2005MLS #: 1616803 Location 17025 164th Way SERenton, WA 98058 Description This spacious 3,130 square foot, 4 bedroom home backs to a very private wooded area and has extra high ceilings. The master suite and five-piece bath are ideally located on the main level, along with an additional bedroom and a 3/4 bath. 2 additional bedrooms, a full bath and a large bonus room are on the lower level. Extra high ceilings and an nice feeling floor plan. Two decks on the back of the home and a gravel patio. Extremely private, fully fenced backyard that backs to a private green space.   View All Ava...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
 Finding an Accessible Home: Tips to Make the Search and Moving Process EasierBy: Guest Blogger Patrick YoungIn many ways, the internet has simplified the process of buying a home. It’s easy to start your home search online, which is especially helpful for anyone who has physical limitations. Even with this advantage, buying a home and moving is a big deal, with a good bit of time and effort involved. When you’re searching for an accessible home, you want to be extra diligent about getting the features that meet your needs. With this in mind, these are our top tips for making the entire process easier, from planning and searching to moving into your new home! Tips to Find Your New Home Having a plan, including a checklist of the features you need most, is especially important when it co...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Just Sold Turn Key Condo in Renton Sale Price $185,000 Condominium Main Features 1 Bedroom1 Full BathroomInterior: 660 sqftYear Built: 1993MLS #: 1526623 Location 4200 Smithers Ave SRenton, WA 98055 Description Welcome to this Turn-Key condo located in the private community of Valley View Heights. The unit is on the first floor and opens out to the shared grass yard perfect for entertaining, relaxing or an area for pets to play in. This community has low HOA’s and also NO RENTAL CAP!!! Perfect for investors!!! Updates include fresh paint, new floors, newer stove and new water heater. This 1 bed and 1 bathroom has ample natural light and has great flow from room to room. This is one not to miss! View All Available Renton Properties View Available Homes By Surrounding Neighborhoods: Issa...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
On November 30th of this year, we will be hosting our 6th semi-annual blood drive. Today I want to share with you why we do this drive.I live a charmed life, I have terrific health. While there has been times in my life of more and less adversity, for the majority of it, I could make this claim. It is only when our health, or the the health of someone we love is compromised, do we really start to understand how valuable it is.As I age, more and more of my friends find themselves in a situation where they need blood. I can now list numerous friends and family members who simply would not live another day without the life-giving blood of a stranger. Donating blood is one of the easiest yet profoundly impactful things you can do, period. At our most recent blood drive, Retro Earth Studios ...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
Here's a no-brainer: Moving sucks. Here are all of the considerations  that we'll break down in this article: Can you buy a new house before selling your old one? Buying your new home contingent on selling the current home  Requiring a "Rent-Back" Period on your listing  1. Can you buy a new house before selling your old one?The first question that must be asked when moving from a current home to a new home is “Where’s the money?” And this breaks down into 2 sections. Number one, where is the down payment coming from? And number two, do you have the income to support both house payments at the same time?If you need the equity from your current home for the down payment on your future home, you’ll need to sell it first. And even if you have the down payment in cash versus home equity, yo...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
If you are about to buy or sell real estate, the agent you hire is going to be a key part of that endeavor. They are going to have the authority to negotiate a very large financial transaction on your behalf and communicate your wishes and desires to the other party in the deal.So naturally you will want someone with the following traits: Competant  Ethical Reliable  Versatile  Experienced Energetic Here are some great places to start your search: Google "Best Agent Near Me" and then look for quality reviews Better Business Bureau Yelp Ask your lender for a referral Ask around with trusted family members or friends who have recently bought or sold real estate Once you've started to compile a list of agents you may want to consider hiring, then contact each agent and let them know that y...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
715 Rosario Pl NE Renton, WA 98059 Gorgeous single owner Harbour Homes builds in Maureen Highlands! Located in top-rated Issaquah School District, this 2472sqft home is smartly situated on a 7200sqft lot backed into protected wetlands with amazing privacy and windows galore. Formal dining, open kitchen with granite countertops & stainless appliances, bright & open living area with gas fireplace, beautiful recessed ceilings, updated hardwood floors, 3 car garage and more. Walk to elementary school, amazing location, a must-see! Brandy Saldivar(425) 559-4322KW Downtown Seattle
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
My cousin just got her real estate license and I couldn't be more excited for both her and her future clients.  Our industry needs great people as we are an old industry with a median age of 54, according to the National Association of REALTORs®.  And because our industry, like any other industry, is constantly evolving changing, new agents need to get established fast so they can adapt fast too.  https://fitsmallbusiness.com/real-estate-memes/For my cousin's benefit and others as well, here is a list of the most important attributes, tools and skills a new agent must have. (Be sure to follow the #JanaSellsHomes Team both in the Rain and the cloud as we expand on this series.) The SOI, aka: Sphere of Influence, Circle of Influence, your database, your address book, or whatever you call ...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
 Honoring our Veterans is something we take to heart at the Jana Sells Homes team and we are committed to that; not just in words but in action.  First of all, we want you to know we thank all our Veterans by purchasing a Fidelity Home Warranty when they buy or sell a home with the Jana Sells Homes team.  We also are passionate about helping sellers understand the benefits of working with a VA buyers. You may be aware that there can be a stigma with VA loans, and that negative connotation is really outdated, so we work hard to make sure our clients understand just how easy VA loans can be these days.  All the above aside, we are taking it a step up and between Memorial day and Veterans day we are thrilled to let you know we will be making a donation of $100 for every potential client yo...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
Can I just start by giving a full NERD ALERT and fully disclose my obsession with technology?   Let's talk tech. I'm Generation X. Modern innovations of my youth had falsely guaranteed saving time and money and all sorts of other resources.. So when it failed to deliver, it's more than understandable why my fellow X and Baby Boomer friends roll their eyes everytime a new app, smart phone, tablet, or any other fancy gadget is introduced to the market. Millennials actually got the technology we were promised, and it really does save time and money! The resulting culture clash and eyerolls when us older folks refuse to adapt, in their point of view, is probably justified, at least in some senses. For those of you who simply refuse to adapt to the constantly evolving climate we're all in, p...
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By Jana Schmidt, Jana L. Schmidt
(John L. Scott Renton)
Hi Friends, We covered Curb Appeal in the last of our "get your home ready to sell" series. Today, let's go inside and cover a few more of the basics. These may seem like common sense items, and yet they are still the most frequently asked questions. I've got a great board on Pinterest that features some great insight on getting your home ready to sell. Check it out at this link: https://www.pinterest.com/janaschmidtre/easy-tricks-to-get-your-home-ready-to-sell/ So back to the basics, almost without exception these items will give you a great return on your investment: Professional detail cleaning  New carpet & interior paint Roof & gutter cleaning   When it comes to getting your home ready for market, the advice of a seasoned real estate agent such as myself is worth a lot of time and ...
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