Sammamish, WA Real Estate News

By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
Eastlake Sammamish Park, Silent Sunday Eastlake Sammamish Park, (aka ESP) is a place to play, party & picnic.  Located at the on the northern side of Sammamish is Eastlake Sammamish Park.  The covered area can be reserved for group events.   The ball fields are busy this time of year with Eastlake Little League almost every night.   The play structures are rarely this quiet, but it was a cool school day when I took these.   View Larger Map
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Sammamish Real Estate - Vintage Home for SaleExecutive level Murray Franklyn 2001-built home for sale incorporates the signature design of this premiere builder with stunning architectural elements throughout the 3140 square foot home offering four bedrooms, three baths plus den, loft, bonus. Magnificent Craftsman exterior has a European feel with the arched covered entryway and handsome white-columned and bricked pillars fronted by a lovely courtyard garden.Indoors, the 2-story living room ushers in abundant natural light that simply dances across the hardwood floors that extend into the formal dining room. Deep white moldings and designer accented walls in hushed green and deep mocha delight the eye. The worldly den in this Sammamish home for sale has dramatic flair with coved ceiling...
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
Wordless Wednesday, Cherry Blossoms in Sammamish Cherry Blossoms are busting out all over the Northwest.  These white blossoms are set against some pink, making a nice color contrast.  Our daffodils are blooming and the Tulip Festival in La Conner has started.  I’ll be making my annual trip there after the taxes are done.     
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
Home Buyers & Home Brewers around Sammamish & the Eastside.  I enjoy a good craft beer.  I’d rather drink one quality ale than any amount of the more popular beers, and one is usually all I have.  With this in mind, when I turned 30 my wife and best friend bought me my first Home Brewing Kit.  It came complete with the ingredients and instructions for a simple Amber Ale.  The most difficult part of making my first batch was waiting for the wort (pronounced wert) to ferment.  The wort is the mix of grain extracts, water and hops.    After boiling the grain extract, hops and water this mixture is put into a fermenting chamber where the yeast is added and is then sealed with an airlock.  During the fermentation process Co2 air bubbles are released as the tiny microorganisms convert the sug...
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
From Sammamish in 30 Minutes or Less; Shopping Malls   From Sammamish in 30 minutes or less; Shopping Malls.  Shopping, whether for clothes, outdoor gear, tools or electronics is something we all get to do.  Some people call it Retail Therapy.  If you live in Sammamish, have a car and want a little retail therapy in a mall setting where can you go in 30 minutes or less?    Redmond Town Center, The Market Place at Factoria, Crossroads Mall, North Bend Premium Outlet Mall, and of course the grand daddy of all local malls, Bellevue Square.   This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the smaller quaint shopping centers around.  Gilman Village in Issaquah is a great spot, but hardly a mall.   Depending on traffic, weather and where in Sammamish you start, any of these locations can be ...
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
The Sammamish Homebuyer with a Hunting License   I recently posted a blog called, Good Things Happen When You Put Things in Writing.  I described how sometimes an agent or even a buyer at an open house will make a verbal offer on a home or request a commitment from me for a lower price.  It’s my practice to present any valid offer to my sellers and let them decide how to respond.  I also never request my sellers tell me their “Bottom Line” before we’ve tested the market.    Let’s say I answered Mr. or Mrs. Buyer’s question directly, “Yes, I’ve cleared it with my seller; even though we are listed at $450,000 they will take $435,000.”  What will the buyer or agent do with this information?  Will they immediately write a clean valid offer for that price or will they assume that since we ar...
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
Good Things Happen When You Put Things in Writing   The phone rings, “Hello” I answer,   “Hi, this is Mary Jones from Upstart Realty, my buyer is interested in your new listing but wants to know if your seller will accept $X00,000?   “Hi Mary, thank you for calling.  Has your buyer seen my listing?  I don’t recall your name on my keybox report?”   Mary, “No, they want to know if you’ll take this much before they look.”   “I don’t know Mary; I never ask my sellers to tell me what they will accept below the list price.  Why don’t you show your buyer the home and see what they think?  It’s actually very nice and has….... We’ve also had a lot of interest since it’s been on, so your buyer needs to see it.”    Mary, “I'm not sure, I’ll see what I can do.”   Guess what; Mary never shows the li...
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Wordless Wednesday, My Favorite Moments.. Sammamish First Time Home Buyers. After months of searching, showing, preparing for financing, submitting offers only to miss out and start again, my favorite moment in every transaction is when I get to hand over the keys to the buyer.  This time was especially fun. I've known these first time home buyers for a while.  Welcome Home Holen Family! 
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By Kendra Todd
(The Kendra Todd Group)
A luxurious 6 bedroom home for sale in Sammamish, WA is expected to attract a great deal of interest. This luxurious 6 bedroom home is a multi-family property with a self-contained MIL unit, which is suitable to be used by a relative or to keep as guest accommodation. Built in 1982, this luxurious 6 bedroom home for sale is a spacious property and covers an area of 4,280 square feet. Last sold in September 2011 for $435,000, this luxurious 6 bedroom home for sale stands on its own park-like grounds of almost an acre or approximately 34,848 square feet. This luxurious 6 bedroom home for sale in Sammamish, WA offers generous accommodation with spacious rooms throughout. At the same time, this luxurious 6 bedroom home succeeds in presenting a surprisingly cozy and welcoming atmosphere thr...
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
Beaver Lake Park, Sammamish WA, Wordless Wednesday Beaver Lake Park's enclosed meeting room comes complete with a small kitchen prep area. The outdoor covered pavillion is great for group gatherings. It has a large stone fireplace, totems and barbeques on the outside.    Totems are a nice feature of the park and are a tribute to the Northwest Natives who were here before us.                            View Larger Map
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Sammamish Homes are Selling Like Crazy, Why do I Need an Agent?   We all see on the news that homes are selling like crazy, buyers are lining up and bidding wars are commonplace again.  Why should I hire and pay for an agent?    Great question and one I asked before I was a broker and understood what it takes to generate all this traffic and sort through the offers.  I can answer it simply; it isn’t an accident that some homes are selling quickly and others aren’t.  In a recent market report for Sammamish, the average days on the market was 138 in spite of a number of homes going in 7 days or less.  Doing our job and doing it well makes all the difference.    I wrote a blog series called 4 Keys to Selling Your Home Quickly and for Top Dollar, and I believe that if those 4 keys are fully...
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
What do I do if it doesn’t appraise?  With low inventory of homes on the market we are seeing buyers flock to new listings and multiple offers flooding in.  Buyers are getting frustrated; “will I ever get to buy a home?” lamented one I spoke with recently.    Just because you outbid the competition doesn’t mean smooth sailing from here.  If you are financing, the home still has to appraise.  If the best comparables are thousands under your accepted offer you may be in a difficult position.   A lender will finance X% of the selling price or the appraised amount, whichever is LOWER.  If you planned to put 20% down but the appraisal came up $25,000 lower than your offer, we have a problem.   Our standard form contracts in Washington anticipate this on our Financing Addendum or if you are p...
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
Sunset over Lake Sammamish, Silent Sunday   This picture was taken from the Tilingit neighborhood in central Sammamish on Thompson Hill.  I've used this picture as the backdrop and banner for my AR blog and my Facebook cover page.  I love the colors and the silhouette of the trees against the lake.
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
How do I Prepare My Home for an Inspection?  You’ve prepped, primped and prepared your home for the market.  You’ve left for showings and open houses while strangers wandered your halls.  An offer has come in. We've negotiated with the buyers until all the parties are satisfied and tomorrow is the inspection.  Once again, it’s time to make yourself scarce.  This is a time for the buyer, their broker and the inspector to take in the house in much greater detail.  The owner may bring a tape measure to see how their furniture will fit.  They may bring a camera to shoot more pictures to share with friends and family, but the main reason for this extended visit is to check out the details.  It is not a good idea to stick around, and please bring your pets with you and let any kids know not t...
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5 br 3140 sq ft Remodeled Multi Level View Home Overview Maps Photos Open House Market Stats $599,950 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 3,140 sqftLot: 0.28 acre(s) Location 1421 212 Ave NESammamish, WA 98074USA To get updates on open home dates and other property events, please click the "Like" button below: Paul E Nelson Residential Specialist(206) 261-7355paulandc@gmail.comhttp://www.EastSideLuxuryLIving.com         Listed by: Paul E. Nelson Real Estate Our recent listings Cosmetic Fixer minutes to downtown Bellevue5 br 3140 sq ft Remodeled Multi Level View HomeGorgeous Issaquah Townhome with 2 Car GarageGuemas Island GetawayLike New Lowest Price Home In Snoqualmie Ridge Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
Inspection Suspense, da da dahhh! Inspection suspense, da da dahhh!  The house is selected, the contract's been agreed upon and now the inspection has commenced.  Oh, what suspense!  What will the mighty inspector find as he searches high and low, checking every crack and every crevice for what evil lurks in the heart of this house?  What amazing device will he pull from his utility belt to detect rot, decay, moisture, electrical foul play or pest residue?  As the inspector searches the house from top to bottom, will he detect a good soul or an evil menace waiting to gobble up the wallets of unsuspecting buyers who don’t do the right thing?  Only the inspector knows, at least until we see the report.  Do the right thing, boys and girls; hire a fully licensed, experienced and well-traine...
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By Kendra Todd
(The Kendra Todd Group)
A 2 story 4 bedroom home for sale in Sammamish, WA has just come onto the market. An early viewing is strongly recommended as interest in this 2 story 4 bedroom home is likely to be high. The 2 story 4 bedroom home for sale stands in beautiful, park-like grounds in a favorable location. This 2 story 4 bedroom home for sale was built in 1984. Last sold in 1990, it has since been fully updated to a high standard. The single family 2 story 4 bedroom home for sale covers 2,470 square feet, in a flowing layout offering maximum style and functionality. Offering spacious accommodation, this 2 story 4 bedroom home for sale in Sammamish, WA features a kitchen that has been fully updated with oak flooring and granite counters. The 2 story 4 bedroom home for sale also has a formal dining room for...
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
Two Roads Diverged... Two Roads Diverged in a yellow wood... Beautiful words by Robert Frost.  This came to my mind as I stood at the entrance to Soaring Eagle Park in Sammamish Washington.  A beautiful, but not yellow wood on the edge of our city.  Walkers, runners, trail bikes and wildlife can be seen throghout this park year round. 
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
An Empty Bench, Full of Memories     An empty bench full of memories.  In early 2002, a classmate of my oldest son had a nose bleed.  A common event for an active young boy, playing soccer, running with friends and just being a kid.  The nose bleed led to a Dr. Appt, which led to a diagnosis of leukemia.  The young man went through all the best treatments medicine could find, but it was to no avail.  The bench is empty, but for those that knew him, it brings back many memories.  Hug the ones you love, they are on loan for just a little while.
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By Dan Tabit
(Keller Williams Bellevue)
Real Estate Market Report, Sammamish WA 02/19/13   This is a Real Estate Market Report for Sammamish Washington, for Residential homes including town homes and single family homes.   Currently there are 87 Active homes on the market in Sammamish, zip codes 98074 & 98075    The average list price is $1,067,927 with a low price of $298,000 and a high of $4,897,000.    The Median price is $752,450.    The average days on the market for all active inventory is 138, with a low of 0 and a high of 1416, without short sales the average DOM are 125 with a range of 0-1128.     For homes priced under $1,000,000 there are currently 59 active listings.                      Average price of $669,684 with a median price of $699,500                    Average days on the market 148, with a low of 0 and...
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