Renton, WA Real Estate News

By Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age
(First American Title)
  Residential Transaction Study 10/18/2009 Renton, WA 98056 (non-waterfront) homes...   monthly market Most recent transaction: 10/7/2009 Market (homes): 6064 month year sales mrkt% $/sqft avg price median Oct 2009 4 0.1% $170 $430,450 $355,000 Sep 2009 22 0.4% $164 $349,624 $298,500 Aug 2009 18 0.3% $197 $355,085 $273,000 Jul 2009 15 0.2% $188 $305,039 $303,000 Jun 2009 24 0.4% $164 $358,596 $320,250 May 2009 17 0.3% $171 $306,353 $302,000   property characteristics 1 story 3789 w/ bsmt 1,790 platted 5,737 1.5 story 142 avg bsmt sqft 1,002 avg lot sqft1 8,541 2 story 2122 w/ garage 3,686 unplatted 327 3+ story 0 avg garage sqft 451 avg lot sqft2 17,646 avg % imprvd 52% avg year built 1972 avg bldg sqft 1,930 avg # beds 3 avg # baths 2       1avg lot sqft of all platted properties 2avg...
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By Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age
(First American Title)
  Residential Transaction Study 10/16/2009 Renton WA 98055 (non-waterfront) homes...   monthly market Most recent transaction: 10/7/2009 Market (homes): 4149 month year sales mrkt% $/sqft avg price median Oct 2009 4 0.1% $135 $276,738 $283,475 Sep 2009 13 0.3% $153 $308,977 $301,500 Aug 2009 13 0.3% $135 $280,491 $285,000 Jul 2009 16 0.4% $173 $424,091 $300,500 Jun 2009 12 0.3% $154 $330,612 $318,500 May 2009 8 0.2% $144 $258,238 $266,250   property characteristics 1 story 2452 w/ bsmt 1,456 platted 3,729 1.5 story 120 avg bsmt sqft 1,059 avg lot sqft1 12,344 2 story 1560 w/ garage 2,869 unplatted 420 3+ story 0 avg garage sqft 465 avg lot sqft2 65,500 avg % imprvd 60% avg year built 1977 avg bldg sqft 2,066 avg # beds 3 avg # baths 2       1avg lot sqft of all platted properties 2avg ...
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By Larry Lamb
(John L Scott - Kent North)
Townhome for sale in Renton, Washington - Gainsborough Commons - MLS# 29125404 - $204,900 Larry Lamb - John L Scott Real Estate - KMS For more information on this listing ring my cell, 206.841.4041 and visit my website!         Gainsborough Commons is a townhome community on the east hill of Renton, Washington.  The neighborhood has two divisions with a common clubhouse and outdoor pool for use by all homeowners. This townhome for sale is an end unit (which is what most people want when buying into a townhome community) with 2 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms.  The two-level floor plan is especially nice since you are "neighbor-free" above you. The upkeep on this home is spectacular, the homeowner has done numerous upgrades which are apparent both in the photos on my website and when you visi...
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By Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age
(First American Title)
Social Media Marketing SEO and ROI with pictures... By spending just a couple of extra minutes to tweak your picutres, you'll  increase your blogging SEO and ROI. Most readers will quickly eye scan the pictures on your blog post before reading and they will spend about 70% of their visit time looking at them. Regardless if they read your entire post or not the reader will remember how the picture made them feel longer than the details of what you talked about. Example... Fall in the Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite times of the year... Well I admit, every season here is my favorite, but for different reasons... This is from my condo deck in Renton, WA 98055 yesterday around 6:00 PM. In a couple of weeks, when all the leaves have fallen I'll have a great view of the valley below. ...
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By Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age
(First American Title)
You sing the perfect song... and I'll make the noise. As adults, our willingness to jump right into something new is often held with a somewhat skeptic eye. We look before we leap. We make a lot of decisions very quickly when confronted with a new opportunity. Most of them based on why we shouldn't. There in lies our challenge. Social Media is all about our willingness to participate. It's about joining in online communities, making conversation, opening up and sharing. Bringing value, building trust, and paying forward. I had the privilege of meeting Mandalynn for the first time this past Saturday, October 11, 2009. She's one of the best Social Networking Masters I've encountered in a long time. Mandalynn waltzes into my condo about 7:00 PM and makes my aquaintance. Asks 50+ questions ...
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By Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age
(First American Title)
I was reminiscing yesterday about a couple of great guys I use to work with, John Wickwire and Hung Nguyen. Even though they came from opposite sides of the planet they shared many similar traits and values. John grew up in Ephrata and the Moses Lake area of eastern Washington. The son of a Judge, he had a passion for the law. John served in Vietnam and attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and the University of Washington, in Seattle. Hung was from South Vietnam and served his country as a judge. Because he worked with the Americans during the war he had to escape the country after the fall of Saigon and came to America. John and Hung both gained followings that were legendary in our industry. Both were well known for their expertise, their creative abilities to solve pro...
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By Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age
(First American Title)
Social Media, old school... This past couple of months life has been a race with not only a busy work schedule but even busier weekends. One of my oldest friends, Dave Hoskin, called me last week. His voicemail was funny, "I know your really busy and you probably can't go, and you're probably working, but I'm headed up to the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair this Saturday and thought you'd like to go."  I laughed thinking how typical that message was. Dave and I have been friends for about 40 years. We met when I just started College. We were both in music. Dave is an excellent drummer and percussionist and we've played in bands together, musical stage shows, jazz band, parades, gig'd around a lot and even played in Concert Bands at the park in the summertime, years ago. Dave works for the...
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By Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor
Friendships, Love and Loss - something we all live through ~ it's as inescapable as time, and yet...you can never really prepare yourself.   I first read about Jesse-Joy's story in Gary's McNinch's Post.... I Got a STAR on AR, and Didn't Write A Word???  Where Gary shared........the story of his wife Jessie-Joy's fight with cancer... Its a miraculous story of love and faith triumphing one day at a time....                                                              One of my favorite people on Active Rain, I had the privilege of meeting Gary Mcninch and his charming wife Jesse for the first time in Orlando this past February.  I shared a post about our visit........in Testimony of Love and Faith........Gary Mcninch's Story.......    "From the beginning I was moved and touched by Gary's...
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By Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age
(First American Title)
I kind of do several things at a time, but really I know I juggle them. It's not really true multitasking. I'm not doing two or three or more things simultaneously. It's more like I have a cluster of things going on and I jump from one to another, back and forth, randomly selecting which one to nudge next towards the finish line.  In the Title world I learned these skills very well in customer service. The phone would ring off the hook (as they use to say) and every client that called (especially Friday afternoons) was getting ready for a listing appointment that very day or the next and needed help with a profile, map, documents, comps, easements, height restictions, water rights, green belts, the owner of a vacant lot in back of their hopeful listing, CCR's, a homebook, demographics,...
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By DOUGLAS CHING
(FARMERS MORTGAGE GROUP)
  Mobile Auto Detailing Renton, Kent, Tukwila WA       Your life is stressful enough without having to worrying about the small stuff in life like protecting your Automobile.  I have personally used the Daily Auto Detailing company many times and Jason's attention to auto detailing and his true enjoyment of his job makes this experience a unique one.  In the busy life that we live, with our jobs and families taking priority our extra time is often our most precious commodity.  Everything he details is done by hand and everything he uses is bio-degradable.  After using Jason's service now for four years I have decided to take the time to write this testimonial on his behalf.   If you want a unique experience and a Auto Detailer that you will use for life then simply ...
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By Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age
(First American Title)
It’s important that we aren’t just blowing our own horn all the time. When we participate through conversation in communities like Active Rain we’re not only creating relationship with each other, we’re building a rapport with the search engines. Our relevance on line is greatly influenced by others chiming in about us. In part one... keeping-your-online-presence-manageable-and-in-step-part-1  we talked about the ubiquitous way of social media marketing. Here in part two we’ll continue this line of inquiry and talk about how the dynamics of group can bolster your ranking. There’s power in numbers! Simply put, search engines like Google are robots that crawl the web to find all public content. Remember the search engine isn’t ‘the’ content but the device that finds and organizes it. Sear...
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By Reba Haas, Team Reba, CDPE
(Team Reba of RE/MAX Metro Eastside www.TeamReba.com)
As a person who resides in Renton I am on the mailing list of the local city government.  With the past couple of year's having had some big rains and flooding in the area, it seems that there is some long term damage to a local dam that is going to take a while for the Corps of Engineers to repair.  If you haven't looked at your homeowner's insurance policy lately, now would be a good time.  The city says that with potential flooding in the Green River Valley area it could cause sewer back ups and other issues.  If a sewer back up originates from outside your home, your policy may not cover it. Flood insurance is available to anyone who wants it, you don't have to live directly in a flood zone to get it despite popular opinion. I called my local guy, Gerald Grinter, of G2 Insurance and...
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By Gary McNinch, Broker, Renton WA Real Estate
(Better Properties Real Estate)
A Simple Explanation Of The Federal Reserve Statement (September 23, 2009 Edition) The Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate within its target range of 0.000-0.250 percent. It also reiterated plans to support the mortgage market to the tune of $1.5 trillion. In its press release, the FOMC noted that the U.S. economy is "picking up following its severe downturn" and that financial markets have "improved further". It's the second consecutive post-FOMC statement in which the Fed appears somewhat optimistic -- a signal that the recession will end soon, or has already ended. That said, the economy still has some soft spots and the Fed made a point to single them out. Each poses a distinct threat to economic recovery. Ongoing job losses Sluggish income growth Tight ...
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By Gary McNinch, Broker, Renton WA Real Estate
(Better Properties Real Estate)
City of Renton just opened the Cedar River Off Leash Dog Park. I was looking at homes in Fairwood the other day and swung by to take a look. Nicely done. Kudos to the city and the RUFF (Renton Unleashed Furry Friends) volunteers who raised money and worked on this project. And sometimes it' s important to remember that some people love their dogs more than their kids. Here's a link to the Renton Reporter article. Renton dog park opens with a bark Whether you are buying a Renton home mostly for you or mostly for your pets we are glad to help. The Gary McNinch Team home website is www.RentonHomeFinder.com My twitter handle @RentonHomeFinde Our facebook page is Gary McNinch on Facebook My Active Rain website is Gary McNinch Team on ActiveRain Gary McNinch Team Realtor Renton WA Real Estat...
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By Gary McNinch, Broker, Renton WA Real Estate
(Better Properties Real Estate)
So here is the way it is supposed to work....  I'll tell you the rest of the story at the end. Opened AR a while back, and look what I see .....   CONTACT FROM SOMEONE REFER SELLING THEIR HOME... So I am excited, ready to go, always like to list and sell a great Renton home.        SCROLL DOWN FOR THE REST OF THE STORY.................           So..  These folks are my neighbors 3 blocks away, in my geographical farm area, I helped them arrange a refi a few years back...  I remember when their baby was born....  I wave at him a couple times a month as he drives by.   INTERESTING.... rather than call or walk down the street, she googles me and AR pops us and she sends me an email through AR.    We love our customers and nice when they find us on Active Rain.   Just another value of Soc...
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By Karen Reyes
(Central Banc Mortgage Corporation )
FHA Streamline Refinance - The Easiest and Most Conveniant Way to Reduce Your Mortgage Payment With mortgage interest rates plummeting to record levels, and home sales plummeting as well, many people have a renewed interest in refinancing for lower interest rates and sometimes shorter mortgage terms. The FHA streamline refinance is a great option for quite a few of them. Here are the rules which are currently in effect since January 1, 2009 for calculating FHA streamline refinances. In order to qualify for an FHA streamline refinance you must be a homeowner who currently has an FHA-insured mortgage.  An FHA streamline refinance does not require any proof of income or any verification of funds to close. No repairs are required unless the house has lead paint. FHA does not require a credi...
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By Karen Reyes
(Central Banc Mortgage Corporation )
FHA Purchase Loans in Renton, Washinton Advantages of FHA Loans in Renton, Washington Did you know: With an FHA, you can go up to 97% of your appraised value Get cash out up to 85%   Low mortgage income insurance premiums No median income requirements In our area the maxium loan balance is $567,500 now that's a lot of house in Renton, WA  Less restrictive credit scores than conventional loans and leaving the best to last - Great Interest Rates. Give me a call Karen Reyes (206-931-1139) and I will help you get FHA qualified and then find a home to fit your needs!
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By Karen Reyes
(Central Banc Mortgage Corporation )
Advantages of FHA Loans in Renton, Washington Did you know: With an FHA loan the 3.5% Total Down Payment can be gifted by a relative?Low mortgage income insurance premiums No median income requirements In our area the maxium loan balance is $567,500 now that's a lot of house in Renton, WA  Less restrictive credit scores than conventional loans and leaving the best to last - Great Interest Rates. Give me a call Karen Reyes (206-931-1139) and I will help you get FHA qualified and then find a home to fit your needs!
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By Gary McNinch, Broker, Renton WA Real Estate
(Better Properties Real Estate)
Ben Bernanke Leaves Clues About The Future Of Mortgage Rates On the 1-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT HAS ALREADY BEEN A YEAR), Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday that the "recession is very likely over at this point". His comments were supported by a Retail Sales report for August that was much better-than-expected. Equities improved on the day, mortgage markets worsened, and Renton home affordability suffered. The days of ultra-low Renton mortgage rates may be coming to an end. Since last September, mortgage bonds markets have been in Rally Mode. As the Financial Crisis of 2008 worsened, investors fled the relatively risky world of stocks and moved dollars into safer investments like cash and bonds -- including the mortgage-backed kind. Risk av...
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By Johnnie Davis
(Metropolitan Mortgage)
  FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS AND THE TAX CREDIT RENTON, WA First-time home buyers in Renton, WA can count on financial assistance from the government in the form an $8000 Tax Credit.  You may use this credit to help you qualify for your FHA loan. About the First-Time Homebuyer Purchase Tax Credit.   In an effort to stimulate the housing market FHA will now allow the use of the anticipated tax credit to be used to offset some of the mortgage cost or in some situations to be used for the down payment.  Borrowers will need to complete IRS form 5404. A key component is that a tax refund of the first-time homebuyer home tax credit will be made by the IRS only to the taxpayer, not to a third party. In other words, any refund issued in response to a claim for this purchase tax credit cannot be ass...
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