Upcoming Event: Creating Homes

Whether you’re a polycule, platonic friends, a collaborative family, a married couple taking a unique approach to property ownership, or an extra-terrestrial seeking knowledge of human laws and culture, there is a lot of value in understanding how property and home ownership works, and how you can tailor it to your family’s needs.  This seminar co-taught by Jessica Eanes and Nathan Cliber and full of practical advice tailored to the attendees.

Jessica has been working professionally in real estate for over six years and done a lot of work with non-traditional families, and Nathan is a Seattle-based family law attorney with a focus on alternative family structures.  Both have offered similar seminars in the past, and are super excited to team up for this offering focused on home and property ownership.

The seminar will be happening at Office Nomads on February 1, from 7-9pm.

Registration fees are $40 for individuals or $30/person for groups of two or more attending together.

Mountlake Terrace Stats

I worked up this spreadsheet to show some stats for properties they’re looking at and give them a sense of current market conditions.  I figured since I’d done all the work, I’d share it more broadly.

I only pulled data on houses with 3+ bedrooms and 1.5+ bathrooms, and threw out a couple data points that were outliers.  The purpose of this spreadsheet was to advise strategy on pricing a competitive offer, so it’s curated to highlight the elements important to that decision.

Questions?  Interested in a similar workup for your neighborhood?  Let me know.

Mountlake Terrace Sold Price Stats

Reminder: June Home Buyer Education Seminar

We’re just a couple weeks out from this seminar, and advanced registration is very useful.  I’ll go ahead and quote the previous announcement for an updated description.

This is a great class to take, especially for first time home buyers.  It covers a ton of material, including whether you should buy, how to budget, how to get a mortgage, and how to find a house.  The class is free and doesn’t come with any obligations.  I literally will not even send you a “Thanks for coming,” after the class unless you explicitly give me permission to.  This is about giving you information that’ll help you make the right choices for you.

It also meets the education requirement necessary to qualify for WSHFC commission programs.  If you’re a challenged buyer (meaning low income, low savings, or shaky credit), these programs can be a huge help.  The class is worth going to on its own, but this is a big bonus.

The class is happening in the big meeting room of the Rainier Beach branch of the public library.  This time I’m teaching with Jan Watkins from AP Mortgage.  RSVP to me for a seat and I’ll get you registered.

June 23, 2:30pm – 7:30pm
Rainier Public Library
9125 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Upcoming Home Buyer Education

I’m happy to announce two upcoming dates for home buyer education classes sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance commission.  Both sessions will take place in the big meeting room at the Rainier Public Library, and I’ll be the broker half of the two part Loan Officer / Broker team for both.

This is a great class to take, especially for first time home buyers.  It covers a ton of material, including whether you should buy, how to budget, how to get a mortgage, and how to find a house.  The class is free and doesn’t come with any obligations.  I literally will not even send you a “Thanks for coming,” after the class unless you explicitly give me permission to.  This is about giving you information that’ll help you make the right choices for you.

It also meets the education requirement necessary to qualify for WSHFC commission programs.  If you’re a challenged buyer (meaning low income, low savings, or shaky credit), these programs can be a huge help.  The class is worth going to on its own, but this is a big bonus.

The room space is generous, but not infinite, and we have to make sure we bring enough material for all attendees, so if you’d like to come, please register ahead of time.  You can do that by contacting me by phone or email.  (Check the bottom of this page for contact info.)  The dates and times for the classes are below.

April 23, 11:00 am – 4:30pm
June 23, 2:30pm – 7:30pm
Rainier Public Library
9125 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Upcoming Event: Home Buyer Education

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission has a lot of opportunities for first time and low income home buyers to help them get into homes.  This kind of help can be especially helpful when trying to buy in the tough market in and around Seattle.  For purposes of many of these programs, looking in these areas, low income means under $96,000 for the household.

To qualify for the programs, buyers have to take a five hour buyer education seminar.  I’m one of their certified instructors for these seminars, and I’ll be co-teaching one with Joshua Horner of Caliber Home Loans at their East Lake location.  The event will be from 11-5 and RSVP is required.  Contact me if you’d like to attend – seating is limited, but I’ll start a waiting list if we fill up.