February 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

Speed of January Sales Felt More Like Spring Selling Season

The record speed of January home sales may signal that buyers aren’t waiting around for the typical spring selling season to begin. Despite home sales being down 2.8% year-over-year, the February RE/MAX National Housing Report shows homes sold in a mere 60 days last month, marking the fewest Days on Market of any January in the nine-year history of the report.

Days on Market typically decline each month leading into the heart of the spring and summer buying season in July and start increasing monthly as fall progresses into winter.

The Median Sales Price of $224,000 also set a January record — up 6.7% year-over-year. Out of 53 markets, 51 posted gains, marking January as the 22nd consecutive month of year-over-year price increases dating back to April 2016.

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Washington State NWMLS Market Snapshot for January 2018

25853 176th Pl SE, Covington, WA 98042

NEW LISTING – Open House
Sunday, February 18, 12 – 3 pm

$420,000

4 bedrooms; 2.5 bathrooms; 2,060 square feet

Open floor plan with beautiful hardwood floors throughout the main level, vaulted ceiling, new carpet and skylight. You’ll appreciate the fully fenced level lot, fresh landscaping with new sod, shed and private patio ideal for entertaining with an awning. You’ll enjoy the large open kitchen with elegant cabinets and eating area. The 3 car garage includes a utility sink and new water heater. The master bedroom features cathedral ceilings, walk-in closet and 5 piece bath with relaxing soaking tub.

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4821 64th St E, Tacoma, WA 98443

Several Offers Received within 36 hours
and Sold Above List Price

$295,470

3 bedrooms; 1.75 bathrooms; 1,334 square feet

Bright and open floor plan with vaulted ceiling and skylights! You’ll appreciate newer windows, light fixtures, doors, molding & granite counters thru-out. Cozy living room w/pellet stove & beautiful bamboo floor. Kitchen features newer cabinets, apps, double sink & tile floor. Updated bathrooms. Large fully-fenced level lot w/gates, garden beds, sprinklers, shed, lean to, long carport for trailers/boats & extra parking. Enjoy entertaining on the large partially covered patio or relax in the hot tub.

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3 Design Tips to Enhance a Home’s Good Vibes

A space can have an instant effect on your mood. How can you make sure a home gives off positive energy and style? A recent article at The New York Times shares tips from designers on creating a home that supports a person’s well-being. Some of these tips could also apply to creating a more welcoming vibe in the staging of properties.

Embrace the two-foot rule.

Justina Blakeney, author of The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes, abides by a rule that passageways within the home be at least 24 inches between furnishings. “Even in small spaces, if you can leave two feet for these passageways, you tend not to bonk as much and get as cluttered,” she told The New York Times.

Let more light flow in.

“If I had to pick one tool that makes a home feel good, I would pick natural light,” Blakeney says. “Having a big window where there was none is a huge game changer. I would choose that over the sofa of my dreams.” Mirrors can also help add in more light by strategically reflecting whatever natural light the space does have.

Add in more plants.

“Anyone who spends a day hiking in the forest can attest that being in nature is good for the soul,” Blakeney says. “Why not bring that feeling home?” She has 52 houseplants in her 1,100-square-foot home. The plants range from small succulents to large palms in every room. “Living energy in your home is positive energy,” she said. “It’s people, pets, and plants that make a home.”

Source: “Designing a Feel-Good Home,” The New York Times (Jan. 23, 2018)

8203 Woodland Ave E, Puyallup, WA 98371

$774,000

4 bedrooms; 3 bathrooms; 5,436 square feet; 0.85 acre lot

Spacious and ideal for entertaining with a HUGE rec room! This completely updated home is a must-see with too many new/newer features to list: roof, heat pump, carpet, beautiful hardwood floors, contemporary bathrooms, granite counters & stainless appliances. You’ll enjoy lots of light with skylights & numerous large windows with Mt Rainier views. Relax by the pool or pond & appreciate all that the large lot offers: circular driveway, plenty of parking, trailer/boat carport, shed & garden beds.

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