King County, WA Real Estate News

By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Incredible Custom North Bend Home with access to Snoqualmie River Mount Si Views OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesMarket Stats List Price $1,695,000 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms3.25 BathroomsInterior: 3,500 sqftLot: 618,988 sqftYear Built: 2007MLS #: 1812460 Location 42909 SE 149th StreetNorth Bend, WA 98045 Description Your mountain paradise awaits, where Mt. Si looms so close you could almost touch it, the rushing South Fork Snoqualmie whispers, and your custom timber-frame lodge offers comfort beyond compare. Call these 14 gorgeous acres home, and your daily routine could include strolls along 340-feet of riverfront and evening bonfires with rugged peaks as a backdrop. It’s no wonder the home was designed to capture all this breathtaking splendor; every space within the brig...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Just Sold! Beautiful Kenmore Rambler OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesMarket Stats Sale Price $835,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,080 sqftLot: 7,770 sqftYear Built: 1984MLS #: 1781592 Location 15919 70th Ave NEKenmore, WA 98028 Description The peaceful setting will calm your soul all summer as you relish this ravishing rambler. Supreme pride of ownership shows in perfect exterior, manicured landscaping, luxe new fixtures. From entertaining to quiet time, all will be impressed. So many captivating spaces: the living room with warming fire and soaring ceilings, the dazzling kitchen with cream granite and hi-end stainless apps, the soothing master and its chic ensuite - all updated with care. Outside, mature greenery creates a private, lush oasis of decks, ...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Just Sold! North Bend Cottage at Ranger Station OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesMarket Stats Sale Price $815,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2.25 BathroomsInterior: 1,850 sqftLot: 2,478 sqftYear Built: 2019MLS #: 1777307 Location 283 Olallie Place NENorth Bend, WA 98045 Description *Just Sold in North Bend*  The mountains are calling. Live at the foot of rugged Mount Si, with stunning views everywhere you look. This smartly designed home offers a wide-open layout with spaces that blend – ideal for memorable entertaining. Incredible kitchen upgrades dazzle: stylish quartz, chic stainless appliances, double oven and a large island. The owner’s suite is an alpine escape, with a cozy ensuite, cavernous closets and tons of natural light. A sweeping covered porch offers all-season o...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Rare Opportunity and Endless Possibilities in Newcastle Home for Sale OverviewMapsPhotos Sale Price $865,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 BathroomsInterior: 2,838 sqftLot: 41,558 sqftYear Built: 1949MLS #: 1796865 Location 12245 SE May Creek Park DrNewcastle, WA 98056 Description A one-of-a-kind Newcastle estate that combines Tudor flair with a farmhouse vibe to create a truly enchanting place to call home. Built in 1949, the main residence is pure charm, from the attractive stucco/cedar siding combination, to the quaint second-story bay windows, to the incredible European-style paver courtyard. This to-die-for space is ready to become the ultimate outdoor hangout: add comfy conversation furniture, a water feature, a grill station, outdoor TV – the possibilities are end...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Charming Snoqualmie Ridge Home OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesMarket Stats $650,000 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms2.5 BathroomsInterior: 1,750 sqftLot: 2,513 sqftYear Built: 2009MLS #: 1794354 Location 34618 SE Jacobia StreetSnoqualmie, WA 98065 Description Welcome to RidgeStone, where Mt. Si views, Snoqualmie Ridge amenities and a host of homey comforts will make you feel utterly at peace. Wonderfully colorful curb appeal draws you in - from the sharp architecture to the inviting covered patio space. Step inside and this cheery townhome will win you over with its quality finishes and features: lovely millwork, rich hardwoods, handsome (and plentiful) windows, smart layout and more. The beautiful kitchen’s central island with seating will host so many memorable moments – enhanc...
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By Dan Edwards 425-276-7008
(Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue)
May showed yet another month of declining inventory and the end result is that with less inventory on the market we continue to have an imbalance of supply and so we find ourselves a market that favors sellers.  In May, the number of total active listings in King County dropped by 42.46% from 3,467 to 1,995 YoY. On the Eastside, inventory decreased 63.22% YoY from May of 2020. This level of inventory decrease isn't normal for spring, but there is still less competition for people wanting to sell their homes.Pending sales and closed sales increased from May 2020 in King County and on the Eastside. According to our King County Home Sales Report, pending sales across King County increased 30.41% and Eastside pending sales increased 28.57%. King County closed sales were up 83.24%  and on th...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Just Sold! Si View Neighborhood Home in North Bend OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesMarket Stats $1,020,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2.5 BathroomsInterior: 2,530 sqftLot: 7,364 sqftYear Built: 1996MLS #: 1759425 Location 525 SE 5th StreetNorth Bend, WA 98045 Description Beautifully appointed home in the ever popular neighborhood of Si View! This open floorplan lives large with 4 sizeable bedrooms upstairs and a separate office on the main level. Move-in ready with many recent updates including a new roof with transferable warranty, new furnace, new H2O heater, fresh paint inside and out, new vinyl plank flooring, new carpet, updated bathrooms, new doors, new blinds, LED lighting and smart home upgrades throughout. Quiet cul-de-sac location with fantastic views of Mt Si and c...
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By Tate Ensign, Helping brokers keep more of what they earn.
(T.S. Ensign, CPA & Company, Inc.)
The individual tax filing deadline for 2020 is this Monday, May 17, 2021.  What can you do if after preparing your tax return, you realize you cannot pay your taxes?  Should you even file a tax return if you cannot pay? SHOULD YOU FILE IF YOU CANNOT PAY YOUR TAXES?Let’s address the second question first.  YES, to minimize penalties and interest that accrue after the filing and payment due date, it will be beneficial to file the tax return even when you are currently not in a position to pay the amount due.   As we have written about previously, the failure to file penalty gets ugly in a hurry. OPTIONS WHEN YOU CANNOT PAY YOUR TAXESThe IRS collection process can be very intimidating for people who find themselves unable to pay their taxes.  The late-night television and news radio advert...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Exceptionally Renovated Snoqualmie Rambler OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesMarket Stats *Sold* Sale Price $1,000,000     List Price $895,000 Single Family Home - Rambler Main Features 3 Bedrooms2.5 BathroomsInterior: 2,270 sqftLot: 50,094 sqftYear Built: 1990MLS #: 1773788 Location 9610 353rd Place SESnoqualmie, WA 98065 Description Sited near the pristine foothills of the Cascades, this classically styled home is all about pursuing your passions. Stroll the uncommonly expansive lot - more than an acre in size - and imagine the possibilities of covered boat and/or RV storage, a detached 3-car garage/workshop, the huge covered grilling station and plenty more room for whatever fulfills you. Raise animals, treat your dogs to the ultimate upgrade, or give the kids or grandkids room to roam. All...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Beautiful Bridlewood Home in Bothell OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesMarket Stats Sale Price $1,450,000 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms2.75 BathroomsInterior: 3,440 sqftLot: 9,690 sqftYear Built: 1992MLS #: 1770375 Location 9914 NE 157th StreetBothell, WA 98012 Description This gorgeous, gracious and spacious home stands tall in the picturesque Bridlewood neighborhood, close to so many Eastside amenities. Don’t rush in; enjoy the manicured landscaping and architecture of the grand entrance, including stunning brick accents. Inside, gaze upward at the soaring ceiling of the main living space. The open and airy feel features so many windows, yet the home still exudes warmth with two stately fireplaces, classically beautiful millwork, richly finished oak hardwoods and utterly charmi...
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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 Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Just Sold! Stunning, Private Retreat with Puget Sound Views OverviewMapsFeaturesMarket Stats Sale Price $2,650,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms1.75 BathroomsInterior: 2,570 sqftLot: 1.92 acre(s)Year Built: 2011MLS #: 1740234 Location 5308 Gold Court SWSeattle, WA 98136 Description *SOLD* The Kevin Meyer Group represented the Happy Buyer's of this beautiful home, winning out in a multiple offer situation! Gated shy 2 ACRE parcel overlooking Puget Sound Sweeping 180 unobstructable views ( you control trees ) Private retreat estate setting in the heart of West Seattle above Beach Drive. first time on market in 75 years, 10 year old custom rambler, 1000+ sq ft of sweeping view decks, huge 1000+ sq ft "rock star "detached garage with studio office, shop. Walking trails on bot...
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By Tate Ensign, Helping brokers keep more of what they earn.
(T.S. Ensign, CPA & Company, Inc.)
We view the annual tax return as a summary of previously made efforts and decisions.  After you implement proactive tax planning strategies, instead of getting shocked with the balance due presented on your tax return, you have the opportunity to reflect on the changes you made to control how much tax you did not overpay by using the legal opportunities presented to you through planning.  Does this feat deserve celebrating?  Of course, it does, especially when we are all seeking opportunities for positivity coming out of a pandemic!I am sure you are well aware by now that the individual federal tax filing due date has been moved from the dreaded April 15th filing deadline until May 17, 2021 for your 2020 federal income tax return.  Don’t let this rain on your parade or go canceling the ...
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By Lisa Archdale, Leveling Up Your Seattle Real Estate Dreams
(Keller Williams North Seattle )
There are so many things to do to prepare your home for sale. It seems like many of us make the decision to sell our property and then wonder, when prepping my home for sale, what should I focus on? My partner Ahmed and I have a team, at Keller Williams North Seattle, Seattle Level Up. We help sellers get organized to prep your home for sale and what to focus on.North Seattle has experienced very high demand for housing the past few years and this past year during the pandemic the greater Seattle area is in a serious drought for inventory.The job market here in Seattle remains steady and strong due to many of the local industries which are global companies. That has even more people moving into the area hoping to become buyers and take advantage of the amazing historically low mortgage ...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Delightfully Updated Wilderness Rim Home OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesMarket Stats Pending Well Over List Price $579,000 Single Family Rambler Main Features 3 Bedrooms1.5 BathsInterior: 1,360 sqftLot: 9,600 sqftYear Built: 1978MLS #: 1751217 Location 43201 SE 176th StreetNorth Bend, WA 98045 Description This delightfully updated and cozy single level, Wilderness Rim home is tucked away on a peaceful cul-de-sac just a stone’s throw from the breathtaking beauty of rugged Rattlesnake Ridge. Refined renovations are plentiful and sure to level-up your daily living: lovely modern vanities and charming tilework in the bathrooms, richly finished flooring, a lovely gas fireplace surrounded by superb built-ins – it all feels so fresh and new. The kitchen update is particularly impressive; on-trend ...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Turnkey Home in the Heart of Issaquah Sale Price $360,000!  List Price $335,000 2 Story Condominium Main Features 2 Bedrooms1.5 BathInterior: 1,015 sqftYear Built: 1986MLS #: 1744494 Location 290 Newport Way NWUnit A-5Issaquah, WA 98027 Description *Sold Well Over Ask Price* Updated, turnkey 2 bed, 1.5 bath townhome in the Heart of Issaquah! This wonderfully cozy home offers an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a wood burning fireplace in the living room, and a slider to a patio and backyard area. Upstairs provides a charming master bed with bath as well as an additional bedroom and laundry. Brand New flooring throughout: new carpet, new vinyl in the bathrooms and engineered hardwoods. Just blocks from Downtown Issaquah! Walk to dining, schools, and parks. Quick access t...
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By Tate Ensign, Helping brokers keep more of what they earn.
(T.S. Ensign, CPA & Company, Inc.)
There are some lessons learned in life that ring true frequently enough that they may just become a cliché.  “Just because you can do something does not mean you should” qualifies as a cliché, especially when considered within the context of taxes.Here are a couple opportunities for you to step back and consider the tax benefits of not taking everything you are eligible for: Penalty abatement – When you receive a notice from the IRS, claiming something went awry, did not get submitted correctly or on time, they have a responsibility to assess and collect penalties and interest.  Depending on your specific circumstances, there are a few ways to reduce or remove the balance owed for penalties, including reasonable cause and administrative practices.  The first-time penalty abatement is an...
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By Tate Ensign, Helping brokers keep more of what they earn.
(T.S. Ensign, CPA & Company, Inc.)
Primarily serving real estate professionals and construction industry business owners, I meet a lot of “Type A” personalities.  One thing they have in common is that they like to remain in control.  I appreciate their spirited ambitions and encourage them to regain control of the boxes on their tax returns.  From my perspective, you earned it, you should decide how to spend it.  If you want to overpay your taxes, that’s your choice too.This time of year, many real estate professionals and other self-employed individuals are paying someone else to prepare and file their income tax returns.  The paid preparer will likely ask some follow-up questions after reviewing your information and placing your numbers in the correct boxes on government forms.  When the next contact is made, there is ...
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By Tate Ensign, Helping brokers keep more of what they earn.
(T.S. Ensign, CPA & Company, Inc.)
How do you set yourself apart from the industry in extremely competitive markets?  Leaving a business card, creative cold marketing direct mail and social media advertising can help with name recognition; however, if your client base is like ours, referrals represent the single greatest source of new opportunities.  Give your client base a reason to refer you by anticipating the need. One of the successful real estate professionals I work closely with sends a copy of their client’s closing statement to them at the end of the year for each transaction closed during the year.  They include a simple reminder message that says something like, we want to make sure you have everything you need to be ready for preparing your tax return.  Thank you again for the opportunity.  When you and those...
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By Tate Ensign, Helping brokers keep more of what they earn.
(T.S. Ensign, CPA & Company, Inc.)
As a Gonzaga University alum (class of 2000), I find it quite fitting and timely to share a tax strategy we refer to as bracket management.  Yes, the NCAA tournament is approaching and my ten key cadence is a bit slower than normal due to having my fingers crossed that this year’s teams get the opportunity to share their talents and acumen with the spectating world at large…even if it will be viewed from our remote offices.The U.S. currently has seven, yes 7, federal income tax brackets to apply to an individual’s taxable income.  Until Congress revises the rates, they currently start at 10% and ratchet up to a top rate of 37% (this does not include the Additional Medicare Tax or other applicable taxes for gifts above the annual exclusion amount or those imposed by other jurisdictions, ...
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