The Reprint– Buyers Guide How to buy in Seattle area

I wanted to share with you this great reprint of the authored article published in The Seattle Times that summarizes what the buyer needs to be prepared for.  It is a battle out there and I have been helping my buyers win homes and condos even in this super hot competitive market.

Here is the cold, hard math: The median down payment on all homes (single-family and condos) in King County just topped $100,000 for the first time, up from about $50,000 just five years ago, according to mortgage tracking company Attom Data Solutions.

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Posted on June 12, 2018 at 2:45 pm
Michael J. Link | Category: Uncategorized | Tagged ,

Here is where people are moving to–

wanted to thank so many of you for the comments on my recent article about everyone moving to WA and Seattle specifically.  However the number one question I have been getting from my discussions with you “would be sellers” is “If I don’t stay here where will I go?”

Recently my stats friend Mark Nowlin at the Seattle Times compiled the data and chart for me.  The chart below shows the top ten counties that King County residents are moving to.
The top two areas that I have the most outside influence on is Chelan and Kittitas County of which both counties made the top 20 list with about 1000 each.  Keep a close eye on these two counties.  Long a huge refuge for recreating second home lovers.
My prediction-As density continues to increase in Puget Sound, look for neighboring Chelan, Kittitas, Thurston and Skagit counties to continue to grow at more than 15% per year.  Reason-less dense and slightly lower housing costs, recreation, lower cost retirement, good care nearby, not too far away from family and peers.

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Here is a link to the US Census Migration map.  You enter most counties and see for yourself the migration pathsmigration charts

Keep in mind I have Windermere agent staff in all 13 Western states.  If you or someone you know is looking to move far or near I can put my Windermere team to work right away!!!!!
Posted on May 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm
Michael J. Link | Category: Uncategorized

Mike’s Windermere 1st Quarter 2018 update with Gardner notes

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 8:45 am
Michael J. Link | Category: Uncategorized | Tagged

Mike’s 2018 Real Estate Forecast

Posted on January 11, 2018 at 3:22 pm
Michael J. Link | Category: Uncategorized

Here is the Windermere Gardner 3rd Quarter 2017 report

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 6:09 pm
Michael J. Link | Category: Uncategorized

Time to get your place ready for Fall

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 10:39 am
Michael J. Link | Category: Uncategorized

Look What’s Happening in the Market

I wanted to share the latest real estate neighborhood stats as soon as I could. This time I have also included the five year trend to show the seasonality of the market and how you could play it

Posted on August 11, 2017 at 8:27 am
Michael J. Link | Category: Uncategorized

What’s Happening in the Market

Here is what’s happening in the market[UNIQID]

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 9:21 am
Michael J. Link | Category: Uncategorized

Just sold this home at 27% over list price

With all the real estate headlines in the news, most likely you’ve read about overheated buyer demand and low inventory.    You may recall this trend was also articulated in Mike’s 2017 Forecast.

I wanted to share this story so people you know can benefit-

Working with my Bellevue sellers we listed this cutie rambler in the Foxglen community of Bellevue on March 23rd.  Open houses Friday-Sunday, over 200 people, 83 agents and the most viewed home online that weekend (according to Zillow).  Set up from the beginning with “buyer desire” home positioning and multiple offer process we listed for $630,000.  Receiving 37 offers, the sellers were in contract on the 30th and closed on April 7th for $802,000!  That is 27% over list price and $102,000 more than many expected.  That is also $517 per square foot.  We may have set a new mark in East Bellevue as the average was $380/ft when we started the upgrades.

The backend story is that after working with lots of buyers over these past several years looking at old homes built in the 50’s and 60’s, the sellers and myself created an excellent situation by renewing the home, opening up walls, installing new roofs and windows and many other items most buyers can’t or don’t want to do.  A great family will now call this cutie rambler home.

The market rewarded these sellers and the whole experience exceeded expectations of everyone involved.  This wasn’t a coincidence.  This was incidental.  Sure many of the homes and condos have been selling but not 27% over list.

I don’t expect these close-in markets to appreciate at this clip forever.  That is unsustainable.  But for the next several months I believe you or those you know can sell for 15-25% more than just a few short months ago.

I thought you would want  to know about this right now.

I will show you how we did this.


Posted on April 10, 2017 at 1:08 pm
Michael J. Link | Category: Uncategorized | Tagged ,

Real Estate Forecast 2017

Here is an abstract of my forecast on 2017 real estate market:

A record low number of houses for sale in December indicates that 2017 will continue to be a very competitive market for buyers. The good news: those who decide to take the plunge and list their home can count on getting a premium price for their property. Brokers reported that about three-fourths of the homes sold in December involved bidding wars. That leaves an ever-rising population to compete over the same stock of houses, driving prices even higher.
Condo values have finally reached and surpassed the 2007 peak so getting your “dream price” may be here.

Buyers spooked by a spike in mortgage interest rates gave rise to the busiest November for homes sales in over a decade. Prices rose accordingly. Case-Schiller ranked the area as the housing market with the fastest rising prices in the country.
Sellers can expect to get a premium for their homes as we move into 2017, BUT they need to consider how an expected further increase in interest rates may impact the market later in the year.

Click Here for the full report…

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm
Michael J. Link | Category: Uncategorized