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San Juan Island is a well preserved community tucked between Seattle, Vancouver B.C. and Victoria B.C. It’s a year-round destination, accessible only by ferry or seaplane. Nestled in the center of a “rain shadow” cast by the Olympic Mountains, San Juan Island enjoys nearly 250 days of sunshine each year and only half the annual rainfall of Seattle, making it a place where kayaking, biking and walking are as common as driving. With a natural grandeur that combines salty breezes, vibrant blue water, pebbled beaches and fragrant woods, San Juan Island is a rare, unspoiled retreat where many from the mainland come to “de-caffeinate”. Visitors can easily get around on foot in the historic seaside village of Friday Harbor, on the sunrise side of the Island. Though only 1 square mile in size, its authentic downtown streetscape is a perfect place to indulge in the eclectic collection of art galleries, coffeehouses, boutiques and eateries.

July 30th, 2015

Are Home Values REALLY at Record Levels?

Are Home Values REALLY at Record Levels?

Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Home Sales Report. The report announced that the median existing-home price in June was $236,400. That value surpasses the peak median sales price set in July 2006 ($230,400). This revelation created many headlines exclaiming that home prices had hit a "new record": Wall Street …

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July 30th, 2015

Homeownership is still "an important part of the American Dream"

Homeownership is still "an important part of the American Dream"

According to a¬†Merrill Lynch survey, over 80% of the people in this country believe that homeownership is still "an important part of the American Dream". There are many financial and non-financial reasons people feel this way. One of the biggest reasons is because it helps build family wealth. Last week,¬†Freddie …

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July 22nd, 2015

Two Graphs That Scream List Your House Today

Two Graphs That Scream List Your House Today

The spring and summer months have always been known as a very popular time for homebuyers to start the search for their dream home. This year is no different! We all learned in school that when selling anything, you will get the most money if the demand for that item is high and the inventory of that item is low. It is …

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June 23rd, 2015

Mortgage Rates Just Jumped Over 4%. Now What?

Mortgage Rates Just Jumped Over 4%. Now What?

Last week, mortgage interest rates jumped over the 4% mark for the first time this year according to¬†Freddie Mac's¬†Mortgage Market Survey. In an¬†article in Housing Wire, a¬†Bankrate analyst explained: "Mortgage rates rocketed higher following a stronger than expected monthly employment report. The good …

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May 26th, 2015

Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in April

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released the results of their Existing Home Sales Report. Despite the fact that properties are selling faster than they have at any other time since July of 2013, existing home sales declined 3.3% from March. NAR's Chief Economist Lawrence Yun explained the main reason …

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