Floating Homes vs Houseboats in Seattle…

Seattle Floating Homes vs Seattle Houseboats: A Cost Comparison Report During a Hot Real Estate Market

seattle houseboats

Let’s start with the terms…  Intro by Courtney Cooper   Call/Text 206-850-8841 courtney@cooperjacobs.com

I call all of them Seattle houseboats.  That’s my choice and also one of many of the old timers on the lake.  I live on a 100 plus year old Seattle floating home in Portage Bay.  Long before the more recently added  categorization of Floating On Water Residences came into being to add liveaboards to our MLS database, they were all houseboats.   Houseboats was an umbrella term and still is for some like myself. It’s a lifestyle and I will continue to call floating homes “houseboats”, too.  I use the terms interchangeably, actually.   Molly, my business partner tends to go a different direction on terms.  She breaks them out into EITHER floating homes, houseboats (what I consider the vessel type), and barges.  See below if you need a visual on our views.  Neither is correct or wrong, but Molly wrote most of this post so I am clarifying….

Courtney’s way:


“Houseboats”  are any of the following:

  • Floating homes
  • Liveaboard Barges
  • Liveaboard Vessels

Molly’s way: 


Specific terms for each (although I have also heard her use my way on occasion…..):

  • Floating homes
  • Houseboats
  • Barges

And now… Back to the originally scheduled program.

Seattle Floating Homes vs Seattle HouseboatsSeattle floating homes

by Molly Cartwright call/text 206-841-6800  molly@cooperjacobs.com

We’d like to give a little insight for those who are looking to purchase (or have purchased) an iconic floating home or houseboat in Seattle.   Do they appreciate the same as land Seattle homes? We get this question quite a bit.  What do I look for in these types of properties?  We get this one a lot too.  We’d love to hear from you to better answer your questions on an individual basis.  

But above all the questions, this is the number one most asked question:

“Do I buy a floating home or a houseboat?”  We know it can be confusing!  So hopefully with this break down and after talking to a Floating Home Lender, we can help answer that question.

Since January 1, 2016 until TODAY August 10, 2017.  Here’s the breakdown:

Of Seattle Floating Homes, there have been a grand total of 31 sales.  This DOES NOT including Private Sales which we know of at least four on the lake between the $1M and $2M price tag.  

Sold Floating Homes                   31

Median Price                               $1,209,676

Average Square Foot                  1,172

Average Price Per Square Foot  $1,147

Average Days On Market            38

 

Of Seattle Houseboats, here is the break down:

Sold Houseboats                         22

Median Price                               $354,148

Average Square Foot                  564

Average Price Per Square Foot  $651.00

Average Days On Market            37          

Please call me if you are curious about getting more information. I am happy to talk to you about buying or selling Seattle real estate.  Seattle floating homes are the ultimate in Seattle waterfront living and we are happy to show you these or other Seattle waterfront homes. I look forward to showing you this lifestyle.  – Molly  206-841-6800

Seattle Luxury Market $5M + This Year Vs. Last Interesting Points

Seattle Luxury Market $5M + This Year Vs. Last:   Should we be concerned?

Looking at the Seattle luxury homes market for only single family residential properties that are listed for $5,000,000 or more, there has only been one sale that has closed this year!  In Laurelhurst,  a Seattle waterfront home located at 4911 NE Laurelcrest Lane was listed for $9,998,000 and sold for only $8,850,000 in March of this year. At face value this stat alone would likely be cause for concern for property owners contemplating selling their higher caliber Seattle homes.

Since the Seattle real estate market overall is on absolute fire, you have to dig deeper to see what is going on. This property closed in March. One sale in Seattle for over $5 million dollars this year so far.  How does that compare to last year? There were seven single family residences that sold for over $5,000,000 in the city of Seattle all of last year. All seven of these Seattle luxury homes – over $45 million in sales –  closed between 5/31/2016 and 7/14/2016.  You can see details of the sold Seattle luxury homes of 2016 here: seattle luxury homes 2016 .  It is interesting to look at the individual stats for them.  The average days on market for all seven in 2016 was 142 days with a range of 13 days to 368 days. The average sales price to list price ratio is 97.43% with a range of 89.57% to 122.11%. Only one Laurelhurst waterfront home in the list of sales went for over the list price of $4,750,000 with a final closing price of $5,800,000 in only 13 days. Another on the list across the water from Laurelhurst – one of the Broadmoor homes for sale sold for full ask in just 16 days.

Fast forward back to 2017 and where we are now.  There are 14 actives in the MLS for single family residential homes asking over $5,000,000. They range in price from $5,395,000 to $15,000,000 with a median price of $7,725,000.  The cumulative average days on market is 248 wth a range of 6 days to 709 days.  Six of these homes will need to sell between now and July 14th to catch us up to 2016 numbers. On the list, there are only two of these Seattle luxury homes that have reduced their price.  Oddly enough they are both in Queen Anne. One has dropped significantly from $7,500,000 to $5,395,000.  It has been on the market for 709 days.  The other is also a Queen Anne home for sale which has dropped their price form $7,500,000 to $6,895,000 and has been on the market for 216 days.

Back to my question – Should we be concerned with regards to the 2017 Seattle luxury home market?

My answer:  not yet.   We need to keep an eye on this.  If we catch up tot 2016 numbers and then sell our all 14 of the current listings then we are going to be pulling down much bigger numbers for 2017 and this should be encouraging for those thinking about selling. This should be the trigger if you are on the fence about selling. The buyer pool once you cross the $5 Million dollar threshold is much smaller so if our market has grown to be able to support 14 sales in one year to high net worth individuals for over $5,000,000 then this is cause to be recognized as a major achievement in the market.

Need help selling your home?

If you are thinking about buying or selling a Seattle area home, please let us know how we can be at your service.  Our team of brokers is reliable and honest and we work hard for you.  Our goal is to meet and exceed your goals.  homes@cooperjacobs.com call/text 206-850-8841

Magnolia Flip Opportunity: Earn Sweat Equity Now

Magnolia homes for saleLawtonwood Homes – Ever heard of this Discovery Park neighborhood in Seattle’s Magnolia area? (SOLD)

Magnolia is a fabulous Seattle neighborhood and there are many reasons why.  Magnolia draws residents in with incredible attractions such as endless beauty, salty sea air, and of course, Discovery Park.Many people don’t know about a neighborhood in Magnolia which is pretty much surrounded by Discovery Park:   Lawton Wood. Molly and I recently listed an estate in Lawtonwood which has a lot of upwards potential and would be a great opportunity for an investor or someone looking at ways to earn sweat equity in a neighborhood with a lot of bang for buck.

Links for you to learn more about other Lawtonwood homes for sale in Magnolia:

Magnolia Homes For Sale

Fantastic opportunity awaits! 16,220 sq ft of property in coveted Lawton Wood. Tucked away in a magical Magnolia neighborhood, this home is perfect for someone with vision to make it their own. Set back from the street, this stately circular driveway leads you to a world of possibilities. Wonderful exposed beamed ceiling in the living room accompanied by a wood burning fireplace. 3 beds/two bath, fenced yard. Additional garage/shop or turn it into a cozy cottage. A great find indeed! $998,000

Call/Text Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 We are Magnolia Realtors and we look forward to helping you. 

Wedgwood Homes For Sale: 3100 Sq Ft $650k Just Listed!

Just listed in Wedgwood! Creek Side Living in NE Seattle!Wedgwood homes for sale

ne seattle homesLooking at NE Seattle homes for sale?  Then you won’t want to miss this gorgeous nature lover’s home that we just put on the market this morning!

Incredible creek side in city oasis offers extensive grounds & beautiful natural settings – peaceful living while still being conveniently surrounded by all of the amenities of sought after Wedgwood! Open design main floor is an entertainer’s dream w/ beautiful slab granite island & sleek cherry cabinets + all appliances stay. Luxurious Master Suite you won’t want to leave, 3 additional bedrooms, loads of storage/extra spaces that will delight & surprise you + THREE car off street parking!  $650,000  (SOLD for well over list with multiple offers)

More info:

Find all Wedgwood MLS listings from all Wedgwood Realtors here:

Wedgwood Homes For Sale

Find all NE Seattle property listings from all NE Seattle Realtors:

 Northeast Seattle Homes For Sale

Features

Bath Off Master, Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, High Tech Cabling

Schools:

Wedgwood Elm, Eckstein Middle, Nathan Hale High School

Additional Informationwedgwood homes for sale

  • Property DescriptionCable TV, Deck, Partially Fenced, High Speed Internet
  • Taxes$6,176
  • WaterfrontCreek
  • ViewTerritorial
  • Lot Size0.21 Acre (9,152 SqFt)
  • ExteriorWood
  • Heating/CoolingForced Air, Radiant
  • RoofComposition Roof
  • FlooringCeramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

Seattle Floating Homes: The Shelby Dock Located at 1213 E Shelby St

Welcome to The Shelby Dock In Seattle’s Portage Bay!The Shelby Dock

1213 E Shelby St,

Seattle, WA 98102

The Shelby Dock is well appointed at the end of Shelby Street on the North side of Capitol Hill in Portage Bay. There are nineteen Seattle floating homes on The Shelby Dock and it is a great place to live if you would like to belong to a wonderful community with a well run co-op and friendly neighbors.

Some of the cool features about the Shelby Dock in Portage Bay:

Beautiful waterfront private garden at the head of the dock

Handy dock carts

Three parking spots for loading and unloading

Prime Capitol Hill waterfront property

Easy access to both Lake Washington and Lake Union

Moorage for your companion boat is available on the dock – at your home or in one of the dock community moorage slips

Thoughtful, but not overly restrictive rules regarding remodeling, etc. so that the entire dock can enjoy the ongoing charm of the dock

Storage on land building for each home, plus gardening tools

Recent Seattle Floating Homes Sales On The Shelby Dock:1213 e shelby st

#6 –  1 BR/1 Bath 777 sq feet $700,000 – outer slip  July 2016

#12 – 1 BR/1 Bth 840 sq ft $725,000  – outer slip  June 2016

#7 – 1 BR/1Bth  $675,000 – inside slip  July 2016

 What’s for sale now on this charming Portage Bay floating home dock?

1213 E Shelby St #2  $925,000   1215 Sq FT  2 BR/2 Bth (SOLD)

1213 E Shelby St #13  $945,000 1250 Sq Ft 2 BR/1.75 Bth m(SOLD)

Please let us know if you would like to learn more about The Shelby Dock or if you would like to see available Seattle floating homes for sale on the dock.  Molly and I are happy to show you!  206-841-6800 / 206-850-8841  houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Commercial Real Estate Focus: Improving Tenant Satisfaction

Tenant Satisfaction Is Key To Asset Performance

Making sure that tenant satisfaction is on the higher end of the scale is one way to improve the bottom line of your asset.

Turnover in commercial real estate costs money and ultimately has longer term effects on your asset’s return depending on length of vacancy and other factors.  The overall costs of procuring a new tenant can balloon in comparison to keeping an existing one happy so commercial real estate tenant satisfaction should be at the top of any building owner’s list of priorities.  Make sure you have a commercial real estate broker who also shares this philosophy and pay them handsomely for a job well done. It’s worth it.

Don’t believe it?  The numbers can be stunning. The lost rental income alone can be devastating on a building’s CAP rate, but then add in other less obvious costs of getting a new tenant in such as leasing commissions, tenant improvements (TIs), constructions time of improvements, and even tenant attracting perks like free rent.

Be Actively Involved in Commercial Real Estate Tenant Satisfaction

Instead of being passive and losing a tenant who is dissatisfied – or even not satisfied enough, have your commercial real estate broker actively combat vacancies.  They should be able to look at all contributing tenant satisfaction factors plus be able to  “crunch the numbers” to come up with a creative tenant retention program that can truly add to your bottom line.  The commission involved in hiring the right commercial broker is irrelevant if it can save you half a million to a million dollars in losses or add to your bottom line potential.

Some of the considerations your broker should have a grasp on regarding commercial real estate tenant satisfaction:

  • A good working knowledge of how to set realistic tenant expectations by first finding out what their perceived value of the property is – what are their prioritized needs?
  • Creating an image or package of value and increasing the value proposition for future and current tenants through an active campaign
  • Top notch management and maintenance services should be hired by your broker – crucial
  • Keeping tabs on future company plans for each tenant which may affect long term tenancy.
  • Making sure that tenants are recommending the building to outside prospects.

About Our Commercial Division: Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group has a thriving commercial division.  With offices in Portland and Seattle as well as Commercial Associates in California, Idaho, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Alaska, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, Delaware, and Minnesota, we offer full service for all your commercial real estate needs including creative marketing and listing services.

Seattle Commercial For Sale | Portland Commercial For Sale

commercial@cooperjacobs.com

Seattle Floating Homes For Sale – Houseboats Holiday?

Seattle Houseboats For The Holidays – Flo Villa Floating Home

Seattle houseboats for sale

If you are interested in living on one of our city’s gorgeous Seattle houseboats then there are only two choices available in the Seattle floating homes real estate market.

There are two Eastlake floating homes for sale currently in the MLS.  One is on the Flo Villa dock and the other is on Wards Cove.

These Lake Union floating homes for sale range in price from $775,000 to $3,295,000 and are quintessential examples of Seattle Houseboats Living℠ and waterfront living in Seattle overall for that matter. What better way to live closer to the water than Afloat In Seattle™ anyway? Let’s look at one of our current favorite Seattle floating homes on the lake.  This gorgeous remodeled Lake Union floating home resides on the Flo Villa dock at 2207 Fairview Ave E in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood.  Moorage is secured and with dock approval you may be able to add a recreational boat as well. This gorgeous home was recently listed at $775,000.

2207 Fairview Ave E #11 From the MLS listing description:

The iconic lifestyle you have only dreamed about! Located in Eastlake’s enclave of floating homes, this mid-dock light and bright Lake Union beauty is completely remodeled with an open floor plan featuring 1 BR + flex space, vaulted ceilings, bamboo fl, & new kitchen! Enjoy cozy extras like heated bathroom floor, new electrical, plumbing, windows & insulation. Enhanced further only by the timeless willow tree that also resides here, this home has a great relationship w/ the lake.

  • 1 Bedroom (there is room to add a second bedroom if desired)
  • 1 BathSeattle Houseboats
  • 832 sq feet
  • Built in 1918 but completely remodeled
  • Annual taxes $1,042
  • Bamboo floors
  • radiant heated floors in bath
  • new kitchen
  • newer windows, roof, etc.
  • lots of energy efficient choices went into the upgrade of this one
  • new electrical and plumbing
  • vaulted ceilings
  • open floor plan
  • well organized dock
  • securely owned moorage

We are Seattle Houseboats Realtors and Your Seattle Floating Homes Experts:

We would love to show you this beautiful and thoughtful floating home.  Would you like to see this floating home or are you curious about learning more about Seattle houseboats on Lake Union or Seattle Waterfront Living℠? We would be happy to tell you all about it and show you some of our favorite spots around the lake, including this gem on the Flo Villa dock.

Molly Cartwright | 206.841.6800  | molly@cooperjacobs.com

Courtney Cooper | 206.850.8841 | cc@cooperjacobs.com

©Cooper Jacobs Real Estate

Phinney Ridge Homes: Guess How Many Offers

Phinney Ridge Real Estate Bidding War Galore

Phinney Ridge homes in Seattle are hard to come by as any buyer looking in the Seattle neighborhood knows. There are bidding wars on Seattle homes in many of the hot neighborhoods including Phinney Ridge.

Looking at this Phinney Ridge Listing from the NWMLS listing data:

“Prime upper Phinney Ridge real estate! Sunny east facing 4 bedroom 2 bathroom craftsman ready for renovation. Nice entry space transitions to open living/dining room & nine foot ceilings. Large open attic with seven foot ceilings and views! Lower level has good ceiling height,an over-sized family room,2 beds and 1 full bath. An easy stroll to the Zoo,local,eateries,breweries,coffee shops of Phinney Ridge,Fremont & Ballard. Detached 1 car garage has private driveway. Easy commute to downtown.”

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate was able to sell this Phinney Ridge home located at 4806 1st Ave NW in Seattle, WA 98107. This Phinney Ridge buyer is THANKFUL this holiday season because she beat out 16 other offers.  Yes.  There were 17 offers on this Phinney Ridge home for sale. Curious about how to beat 16 other Phinney Ridge buyers in a bidding war? We have been in the trenches for a while in the Seattle real estate market and are able to offer you the tips on winning in a bidding war for a house if that is your goal.

It is interesting when you have a Seattle listing in a neighborhood where you know you are going to get multiple offers. We aren’t pricing these homes too low as some believe. There just aren’t enough of them relative to the buyers in the marketplace. Some sellers have gotten greedy under these circumstances, but most remain fair and reasonable. We have seen some take the “better” offer instead of just the “highest” offer. This is always the best course of action when it comes to the most likely way to close the property successfully. So how do you become the “better” offer when you may not necessarily have enough money or means to be the highest one? That is exactly where we come in as she has demonstrated time and time again.  *We represented the Phinney Ridge buyer in this transaction.

Hiring a Professional Buyers Agent who can get your offer in front of the pack:

We can go through the tools you will need in your arsenal to purchase a home in a seller’s market. We also happen to have brokers who are extremely personable and well liked in the industry (insider tip: if the listing agent doesn’t like your buyers agent or your buyers agent has a reputation for being difficult to work with then it will translate to it being more difficult for you to purchase a home).  We can’t stress enough how important a Realtor’s character and reputation in the industry is when it comes to representing YOU.

realestate@cooperjacobs.com

Maple Leaf Open House

Just Listed:  Maple Leaf Home

Open House Tomorrow: 11/15 1-4PM  (SOLD)Maple Leaf Homes

9408 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

If you have been searching for NE Seattle homes, then please take a moment to stop by and see this one in Maple Leaf which is open tomorrow from 1-4PM.  Maple Leaf homes are always desirable and this one is no exception.

Here is what the remarks in the MLS listing say:

A sweetie of a house in sought after Maple Leaf neighborhood. Tastefully updated kitchen and bath. Light filled living room with subtle art deco touches throughout. Updated plumbing and electrical, newer double paned windows. Blocks to the Northgate transit Center, Northgate Light Rail Center and I-5 freeway entrance. Fenced backyard and newly landscaped front yard. Partially finished basement ample storage and laundry area. Restaurants are a stroll away. You will love this house!

Additional Information

  • Property Description Cable TV, Partially Fenced, Gas Available
  • Taxes $3,665
  • Lot Size 0.11 Acre (4,930 SqFt)
  • Garage Size 1 Car
  • Exterior Wood
  • Fireplaces 1 Fireplace
  • Heating/Cooling Forced Air,
  • Roof Composition Roof
  • Flooring Hardwood Floor, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

More Information on this Maple Leaf Home or others:

 

Therese Byrne  tbyrne@tmbyrne.com 206-660-9698

 

Queen Anne Condo On Olympic Place 98109

Queen Anne CondosQueen Anne Condos:

Just closed in escrow yesterday!

500 W Olympic Place

Seattle, WA 98109

Seattle Realtor Molly Cartwright did a fabulous job representing the seller of this Queen Anne Condo.  We received more than one offer and the property did sell for 101.97% over  list.  This is a good rate for a condo in that price range.  Please let us know if you have a Queen Anne condo for sale.  We have other buyers interested and Seattle real estate inventory is extremely low.

Queen Anne condos sell quickly so if you are a buyer looking for a home and want to learn more information about buying a condo, please let us know – we are happy to help and have been quite successful in representing our buyers in multiple offers.  We can help you with Queen Anne condos or other Seattle condos and have a great grasp on the current market and what it takes to buy a home in this environment.  We also have fun finding the cool view condos if that is what you are interested in.  The Space Needle views from Queen Anne never grow old and it is an amazing city to live in. Queen Anne is rich with history, but also extremely “with it” when it comes to what people want in their community. It’s an exciting place and we look forward to sharing our favorite Queen Anne spots with you.

Here is how you can reach us:

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 (call/text)

Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 (call/text)

You can also email us at QA@CooperJacobs.com  We look forward to hearing from you.