Top 12 Sales of 2018

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Top 12 Sales of 2018

Thank you to our clients for your business and support over the years. This past year was good for Catherine Ferrera & Associates. Over $28M in sales with over 70% of those sales in the Kirkland area.

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Join me Sunday June 18th to Celebrate Loving Outdoor Living!

Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) has put together a curated collection of residences that elevate outdoor living to the next level for the Loving Outdoor Living Tour this coming Sunday, June 18th from 1 to 4pm. Among the chosen homes is Pickering Passage Retreat, an impressive 4.3 waterfront estate on south Puget Sound listed by Catherine Ferrera & Associates.  

Pickering Retreat is a one-of-a-kind lifestyle offering that serves as a peaceful and private getaway. Meander lush gardens and trails, relax with a bonfire and s’mores at the water’s edge, or pick oysters and clams from your own private shellfish beach.

This property is a haven for boaters with 975 lineal feet of low-bank salt water and private tidelands, and a concrete boat launch ramp to launch you into the waves. Whether heading out for a day of fishing or embarking on an aquatic adventure, seafarers will enjoy the open waters of the south sound. Residents have the choice of keeping a boat on the year-round boat mooring buoy with an anchoring system or storing it in one of several nearby public and private marinas.

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Renting vs. Buying a Home

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Renting vs. Buying a Home

Which is better for your financial situation - renting or buying? This is one of the most talked about subjects between economists, and there still has not been a general consensus on the subject.

What it really comes down to is if you really want to buy a house, and you make it a priority, you should invest in a house. 

If  it isn't very important for you to own your own house don't do it, especially it's not something you can't afford. No one wants to be "house poor." 

Regardless of your situation it is important that you are educated on both the pros and cons of renting and buying. 

Diversification in Renting

The main advantage of renting is diversification. When you own a home a huge chunk of your wealth is tied up in one asset. 

If for some reason your town has an economic slump (I don't foresee that happening in Seattle nor Kirkland), or if local zoning laws change, or if there's a pollution problem your home's value will go down, taking your net worth with it. 

This is when renting becomes particularly advantageous because you can invest your extra money in a diversified portfolio of assets, including: stocks, bonds, trusts, etc. You will be safe from local shocks like that. 

Home ownership also puts you in a sticky situation if you lose your job. 

Since both house prices and local job markets are tied to the local economy, the same slump that cost you your job, and which makes it harder for you to find a new work in the area, also tends to cut the value of your house.

All in all, owning a house makes it more likely that everything will go wrong in your financial life at the same time. 

The perk of renting is the ability to be mobile without any major inconveniences. If you do need to move because of a local economic slump, you are able to be flexible and move to a different town. 

True Upsides of Home Ownership 

Homeownership isn’t without true upsides, of course. It means you don’t have to pay rent each month (though you do have to pay property tax, maintenance costs and interest and principal on your mortgage loan).

Rent itself can be highly volatile and homeownership bears the cost of this risk. In addition, having a mortgage can be a sort of commitment device that forces you to save more of your income each month — since mortgage payments are investments in housing equity, they thus encourage saving.

Finally, many people prefer owning to renting, because it gives them more control over their own living space and fulfills part of the American dream.

Notice that except for avoiding rent volatility, most of the points in favor of homeownership are psychological, not financial. 

The only really good reason to buy a house is if you want to own a house. If you like homeownership a lot more than the average person — or if you want to use a mortgage to try to force yourself to save more money — then ignore the financial calculus and buy a house. It's that simple!

Contact Your Local Kirkland Real Estate Agent

No financial planner can tell you what price to put on your dream. If you're looking to purchase a home in the Eastside of Kirkland, Washington, please contact me, Catherine Ferrera, at +1 206.579.1077­ or fill out this online contact form.

 

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According to GeekWire, the New Google Campus will transform the South Lake Union Neighborhood

As the architects behind Google’s proposed campus at South Lake Union prepare for their meeting with the Seattle Design Review Board tomorrow at 8pm, GeekWire writes that “New images show how Google’s Seattle campus will transform the South Lake Union neighborhood.” Nat Levy, upon viewing the recently released images, says “the tech giant will drive the next evolution of the South Lake Union neighborhood, right in Amazon’s backyard” with a design aesthetic that speaks to the walkability of the neighborhood and incorporates natural elements, as walls of windows meet greenery throughout.

So what does Google plan to build? The article describes that plans “include a pair of six-story office buildings with a combined 313,500 square feet of office space. Above one of the office buildings will be eight stories of apartments with 79 units.”

The designs awaiting approval are set to accompany already approved designs at Block 25W, a 14-story building between Fairview and Boren, “with six stories of office space totaling 145,600 square feet for Google and 69 apartments on the upper floors” in addition to Block 25E (on the same block as 25W), which “will have another six-story office building for Google.”

Levy adds that Google will sign a long-term lease between 14 and 16 years and that when “combined with Google’s recently expanded offices in Kirkland, Wash., the technology giant will be approaching 1 million square feet in the region with this new space.”

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