Maple Valley, WA Real Estate News

By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
Maple Valley Homes on AcreageWhat's available?What are they selling for?Keeping tabs on the market, whether you plan to buy in the next few months or just like to track your home equity is a smart move.This market snapshot is for Single Family Homes on 1+ Acre within the Tahoma School District boundaries. Keeping in mind, some of those "cities" will include Ravensdale, Renton and Black Diamond as TSD serves those areas as well.What's Available? Currently there are 29 listings available for sale, with the lowest priced property being offered at $224,900 and the highest listed just under $2.1M.The median asking price is $739,950 and the average days on market is 99What's Pending? There are 5 properties Pending Inspection and 23 Pending (meaning moved past the Inspection phase of the proce...
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
Medical Check Ups? IckReal Estate Check Ups? LoveHome sales for the first quarter of 2015 in the greater Maple Valley market are up more than 20%.  With 38% of the 160 single family homes sales ytd within the Tahoma School District falling between $300,000 and $399,999, many of these properties received multiple offers and sold for 99% or more of list price. Year over year comparisons are always interesting (if you're a real estate geek like me, or just really into real estate stats) and you can view more of those here.
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
What's Available for Rent in Maple Valley?Short answer....not much.Homes for lease within the Tahoma School District are a hot commodity, which is why they don't stay on the market all that long.Currently there are only 2 active rental properties listed in NWMLS within the Tahoma School District. Other avenues to locate rentals are by searching Craigslist (be careful of scams though) and Rentals.comOur office manages a portfolio of properties which do come up occassionally. If you're looking for something specific, please let us know and we'll see if any of our upcoming inventory might work for you.In the meantime, if you're a Landlord in the area and need assistance pricing your rental, screening tenants or with monthly management, we have a strong track record of success in the local ...
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
Gentleman's Farm in Tahoma School District JUST SOLD     After a rocky first escrow, with that buyer's financing falling through, we put this 7.2 acre mini-farm back on the market for a second look and received another offer shortly thereafter. This 1960 built 3 Bedroom Rambler had several outbuildings, a meandering creek through the acreage, 3 Stall barn and a vintage 1940's (?) International Harvester tractor which was left for the new owners to enjoy. Sold for $408,000   See Also: Top 10 Home Sales in Maple Valley 2014 Vacant Land for Sale in Tahoma School District
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
 Top 10 Home Sales for Maple Valley WA 98038 in 2014 Blame David Letterman for the format, but looking back on the highest priced home sales in the Tahoma School District is worth the review. There were some really gorgeous homes sold last year and while not fall within the Maple Valley city limits, they are all served by the Tahoma School District, which, in broad terms, best describes the market boundaries. So without further ado, here you go!   10. 29045 229th Ave SE, Black Diamond On the shores of Lake Sawyer, this 2008 built 4 Bedroom waterfront custom home was listed for $939,000 and sold for $915,000 9. 20923 SE 216th Way, Maple Valley With nearly 6000 square feet of living space (including guest quarters), this 2003 built home has an in-ground pool, covered parking for 8 vehicle...
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
  98038 Real Estate Maple Valley Home Sales Closed Real Estate sales for Single Family Homes in the greater Maple Valley market area through the month of September 2014 dropped from their peak in August. Sales numbers are fairly on par with totals for 2013 over the same time frame. Generally speaking, numbers are staying fairly steady, no huge spikes or drops in prices or units closed. Track 2014 market stats for the greater Maple Valley WA market here    
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
Maple Valley WA Fun Facts for Real Estate sold YTD through August 2014 A bedroom community approximately 20 miles SouthEast of Seattle, the Maple Valley area had 682 Single family homes close from January -August 2014.   View the complete market report for homes in Maple Valley online. Now for the trivia: 48% of homes sold had 4 or more bedrooms 10 Acres  with a 4000 sq. ft+ home was the largest lot size sold.  28 Short Sales Closed 41 Bank Owned 4 with an inground pool 9 homes had 2 Master Bedrooms And....11 had 2 Kitchens (Think Mother-in-Law)   If you're looking for something special in the Maple Valley area, let us know and we'll find it!   Or Start Your Own Search here!   Maple Valley WA Fun Facts for Real Estate sold YTD through August 2014
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
  Maple Valley Single Family Home Sales Report  for the month of July 2014 (Keep in mind homes closed in July were contracts likely written in May or June)   # Units: 65 Lowest Price: $163,500 Highest Price: $1,135,250 Average Days on Market: 33 days Short Sales: 1 Bank Owned: 2 Fun fact: Largest home sold? 7320 sq. feet   Looking for a home in Tahoma School District? Start your search HERE     Photo Source: Free Digital Photos Stuart Miles
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
Homes for in the Lake Wilderness Country Club community of Maple Valley are diverse in age, size and amenities. Some offer golf course views and and others have more privacy...ramblers to tri-levels to 2 stories. These homes were built from the mid-80's to the mid-90's. Looking for a home in Lake Wilderness Country Club? Start here!  
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By Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale
(www.roundrealestate.com)
  Maple Valley's Median Price is up 9.2 % from June 2013 and up a total of 29.1% in the last two years overall. Average DOM down 35.3% from 2012.  Months supply of Inventory is down 12.2% from June 2013 and down 31.7% from 2012.  Traditional sales (home sales with equity) made up 90% of the sales. Bank Owed sales (Foreclosures aka REO's) made up 7% of the home sales.  128 Maple Valley Homes currently listed for sale - up 17% from June 2013. 64 Homes went under contract in Maple Valley in June.  Under Contracts is up 31.7% from June 2013 and up 45.7% from 2012 72 Home sales closed in June 2014.  Based on the current number of homes going under contract (Pending) there is just a little over two months supply of houses for sale in Maple Valley. Which indicates it's a Seller's Market. Now i...
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
Cherokee Bay is a waterfront community in Maple Valley, WA...AND...it's the neighborhood where I sold my very first home back in 1990!  Approximately 25 miles South East of Seattle, Cherokee Bay  is a private neighborhood with community owned waterfront on Pipe Lake.  Many home buyers like the eclectic mix of home styles, ranging from smaller cabin style homes to newer 2 story and Mid-Entry styles. The Community Waterfront Park is enjoyed by residents with swimming, fishing from the stocked lake and play area. The Cherokee Bay community is served by the Tahoma School District View available listings in Cherokee Bay now!
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
The Real Estate Market for Maple Valley WA for the first half of 2014 has performed pretty much as predicted. A flurry of activity mid-Spring put upward pressure on prices and finally we're seeing a slight leveling off to a more stable position.  Here's a snapshot of what's been going on for the first half of 2014 for Single Family homes located within the Tahoma School District*   For the first half of 2014 Sales have been as follows: Maple Valley Home Sales 2014 313 Single Family Homes Sold Average Sales Price:  $364,824 Lowest Price: $57,750 Highest Price: $2,310,000 Average Days on Market: 41   Search all homes in Tahoma School District     *These numbers reflect single family homes listed and sold through NWMLS and do not include private sales. Photo Credit
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
Maple Valley Property Management services by RE/MAX Select Real Estate include comprehensive systems designed to simplify the complex issues surrounding ownership of investment properties. Our property Manager, Heather Maggio is a Maple Valley resident and has more than 15 years industry experience in management and sales. She is 100% committed to customer service and as a Landlord herself, has a unique perspective on the importance of communication and maintaining professional standards.   Heather is a member of NARPM. View more information about RE/MAX Select Property management here View available Rental Properties we manage here
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By Roseanne Campagna, Kent/DesMoines/Blk Diamond/Renton/Maple Valley, WA
(John L. Scott RE Maple Valley, WA )
July 2014 Calendar of Events in Puget Sound Now that the 4th of July celebrations are behind us... what else is there to do this month around Puget Sound? Here are a few ideas... 10-13   Kent Cornucopia Days   11-12   Redmond Derby Days   11-13   West Seattle Summer Fest  12        Seattle Polish Festival  12-13   Seattle's Dragon Festival  12-13   Ballard SeafoodFest  12-13   Mercer Island Summer Celebration  16-20   White Center Jubilee Days  16-20   Kla Ha Ya Days - Snohomish 18-20   Vashon Strawberry Festival  18-20   Bite of Seattle  19-20   Mill Creek Festival  25-27   Goodguys 27th NW Nationals | Puyallup  25-27   Bellevue Festival of Arts  26        Seafair Torchlight Spectacular 
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By Roseanne Campagna, Kent/DesMoines/Blk Diamond/Renton/Maple Valley, WA
(John L. Scott RE Maple Valley, WA )
Farmers Markets in Southend of King County   Auburn Farmers Market 23 A St & 2nd St SW Sun 10am - 3pm, June 8 - Sept 21   Burien Farmers Market 5th & SW 152nd St Thu 11am - 6pm, May 3 - Oct 25   Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market S 227th & Dock St Sat 10am - 2pm, June 7 - Oct 25   Federal Way Farmers Market The Commons Mall Parking Lot by Sears Sat 9am - 3pm, May 10 - Oct 25   Kent Farmers Market Town Square Plaza, 2nd Ave & Smith St Sat 9am - 2pm, June 7 - Sept 27   Maple Valley Farmers Market Rock Creek Elementary 25700 Maple Valley Hwy SE Sat 9am - 1pm, June 21 - Oct 4   Renton Farmers Market Renton Piazza, 3rd & Burnett Tues 3pm - 7pm, June - September    
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By Dave McFarland
(RSVP Real Estate)
Richard Sherman, Cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, just bought an amazing home. I was expecting a home like this to be in Seattle, Bellevue, or Issaquah but nope, this incredible home is in Maple Valley, WA. Thanks to Zillow for the find. Click here to see the photos.
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
Maple Valley home buyers have been frustrated by low inventory since the 2014 market really began to take off....right about the time the Superbowl was over and everyone began to shake off Seahawk fever.    April numbers show inventory was the highest since November of 2013 with 102 active Single Family listings within the Tahoma School District. As is typical for many Spring Markets, many home sellers were waiting for better weather to list and as such, Maple Valley inventory is at it's highest for the year, with 123 Single family homes available. The lowest priced home currently available is listed at $87,000 and the highest priced property is offered at just under $1.4M. You can search all available homes for sale in the Tahoma School District here Stay current on market activity, si...
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
Not unlike Listings for Sale, properties for Lease in and around Maple Valley and more specifically, the Tahoma School District, continue to be sought after and elusive. As of this posting, the NWMLS database only shows 2 available properties for lease in TSD...one a townhome and another a VERY Large home. Over the past 6 months, there have been 37 Single Family homes rented through NWMLS. The lowest rental price was $1395 and the highest was $2600. The average rental price was $1973/month. Over the same 6 months timeframe in 2012, the number of rental properties was 30 and the average rent was $1890. So year over year, the average monthly price for a rental property in the greater Maple Valley area increased by 4.39%. Have questions about property management in Maple Valley? We're here...
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By Roseanne Campagna, Kent/DesMoines/Blk Diamond/Renton/Maple Valley, WA
(John L. Scott RE Maple Valley, WA )
I recently changed offices to be closer to home and adopt a new perspective on my real estate business. It wasn't an easy decision, but one of those intuitive nudges that I wanted to follow. Just like corporate America, each office has a little different culture. You can find me now at the John L. Scott Real Estate Maple Valley Office. One feature is the website Market Trends feature that will make it so easy for my current and future clients to get current information for any area.   The following link is a sample of the full report - Market Trends in Maple Valley, WA
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By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
Maple Valley WA, March pending home sales outnumbered newly listed single family homes in the Tahoma school district  the for only the second time in a year. Pendings also outnumbered new listings in December of 2013, which is to be expected as sellers often refrain from listing until after the holiday season. Inventory remains low which is has pushed prices higher. When inventory began to drop off in August, the average price point began to rise (see graph below).     The number of sales bottomed out in February, which was a nationwide trend. May and July 2013 tied for the highest number of sales, while average prices peaked in November 2013. The good news is, homes are selling and the market continues it's recovery. If you have any questions about the Maple Valley market, feel free to...
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