Brand New Seattle Floating Home On The Market

New today on the market…

2031 Fairview Ave E, Houseboat “P”

$825,000

seattle floating homes for sale

Stunning Eastlake Seattle floating home for sale and new on the market—2 bedrooms, 2 baths, bamboo floors, new windows, new exterior paint, roof top deck, window seat, room for your small craft or water toys, LARGE 10 x 4 ft kitchen island for entertaining & a cook’s dream!

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1.75 Baths
  • 1100 Square Feet
  • Built in 1985
  • Owned Moorage
  • $385/month dues
  • LOW yearly taxes at $2005/year
  • roof top deck
  • updated finishes throughout

Beautiful surfaces and finishes everywhere you look! Hip glass“garage door” let’s in the light & the fresh air and is just one of the reasons you will fall in love with this home!  Here are some more pictures or you can see the full listing here:  2031 Fairview Ave E #P

For Your own private showing or for more information on this Seattle floating home or other Seattle houseboats, please get in touch with Seattle floating homes Realtors Courtney Cooper (courtney@cooperjacobs.com) or Molly Cartwright (molly@cooperjacobs.com or 206-841-6800) of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate. If you are interested in other Seattle floating homes for sale, we would love to show you what is available besides this beautiful property.

All The Single Ladies: Female Homebuyers The New Norm

As a broker for the past eight years, and as a woman with quite a few female friends who are single into their 30s and 40s, I have noticed a growing phenomenon. The Single Female Buyer.

With women more employed than ever, and with the average couple marrying later and bringing their own assets and properties to the relationship, women are not waiting until marriage to buy their first home.

According to the State of the Nations Housing: 2009 report, compiled by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, “social and economic trends have given women a more powerful presence in housing markets. Between 1980 and 2000, the number of households headed by unmarried women increased by almost 10 million.” The same study, however, also states that, “because women still earn less on average than men do, they are more likely to face housing problems than either married-couple households or households headed by unmarried men.”

Statistics on Women and Homeownership

  • Interestingly, single female buyers accounted for nearly twice as large a share as single male buyers for both first-time buyers (23 and 15 percent) and repeat buyers (17 and 9 percent).
  • Twenty percent of recent home buyers were single females, and 10 percent were single males.
  • More women (15.5 million) than men (11.8 million) lived alone. Among these, women were more likely than men to own their homes (56% vs. 47%).
  • About one-quarter of the nation’s nearly eight million single mothers spend more than half of their incomes on housing, compared with one-tenth of households headed by single fathers.
  • Over the time period of 1994-2002, the number of unmarried females owning homes climbed from 13.9 million to 17.5 million.

Below is a slew of articles chronicling this rapidly growing phenomenon and suggesting to you, the Single Female Buyer, what you ought to do in terms of real estate investment. My advice is from the heart: buy a home. If you can find a way to do it, especially now that we have gotten through the slump and are in a healthier economic climate, do it.  Nobody can evict you, raise your monthly housing cost, tell you not to paint the kitchen yellow, restrict your pets, etc. Because land ownership has not historically been a woman’s place, it was hard for me to find a great quote by a woman pertaining to this. But as a wise man once said, “Buy dirt, they aren’t making any more of it”. Ownership of one’s home is powerful, both financially and personally. There is nothing I love more than seeing someone become more empowered. Unless that person is trying to take my parking spot.

Sources: 2011 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, (Chicago, IL: National Association of REALTORS®, 2010) and The State of the Nation’s Housing: 2012, (Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, 2012).

Single, female and shopping for a home, (MSN Real Estate, Jan. 29, 2013).

Guess Who’s Driving the Demand for Rental Apartments?, (CNBC, Jan. 29, 2013).

Here’s Some Advice For All The Single Ladies Flooding The Housing Market, (Business Insider, May 16, 2012)

Singles dive into the real estate market, (MSNBC, July 12, 2011).

What Women Home Buyers Want, (Builder, Jan. 14, 2011).

Women Home Buyers, a Major Economic Force in the Industry, Have a Language All Their Own, (NAHB, Aug. 23, 2010).

Single Women Home Buyers: Key to the Housing Recovery?, (AOL Real Estate, May 14, 2010).

Wanted: Single Women Home Buyers, (SmartMoney, Apr. 9, 2010).

Singles, especially women, a growing share of homebuyers, (Chicago Tribune, Feb. 28, 2010).

Women make up their mind faster when buying a home, (Inside Tucson Business, Sept. 11, 2009).

Gender differences abound in the home-buying process, (RISMedia, Sept. 1, 2009).

Single women skilled in house buying, (Washington Times, July 11, 2008).

Women homebuyers growing in number, (Ventura County Star, Jan. 27, 2008).

They’re buying solo, (Newsday.com, Mar. 15, 2007).

Singles taking stride in the home buying market, (The Hammond Times,Feb. 17, 2007).

As the Nation Changes, So Do Home Buyers, (RISMedia.com, Feb. 13, 2007).

The Historic and Iconic Admiral’s House Is For Sale In Seattle

Welcome home to one of the most  exceptional estates in Seattle with arguably the best views in the city.

The Admiral's House

The distinctive Admiral’s House is a stunning combination of notable architecture, remarkable history, and unparalleled location. Situated on 3.89 acres above Smith Cove, this unique 7316 square foot eight bedroom residence takes in unobstructed Southwest views of Downtown Seattle and the Puget Sound as no other home in Seattle can.This premier three story gated estate has enjoyed an extensive and refined history as housing for the Admirals of the Navy since World War II.  Many highly esteemed government officials and foreign dignitaries have frequented it and cemented its historical significance. In fact, Quarters A, as it was called by the Navy, is designated as a City of Seattle landmark and nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. (SOLD)

Seattle luxury real estate

For more information:

Courtney Cooper, Designated Broker, Cooper Jacobs Real Estate, 206.850.8841, courtney@cooperjacobs.com
Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Platinum Properties Division is a registered trademark of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate, LLC

Seattle Floating Homes: Fairview Landing Dock In Eastlake

Seattle Luxury Floating Homes:

Fairview Landing Dock on Lake Union

seattle floating homes

If you are looking for one of the most luxurious docks on Lake Union, then you should definitely look at 2369 Fairview Ave E.  This is a dock of modern architecture floating homes with beautiful touches and high tech surroundings.  This is the primo dock if you want to see the best of the best.

Latest sales on the Fairview Landing Dock:

On 10/30/2012 after 60 days on the market and multiple offers including a back up offer in case the first one failed, Floating Home #1 on the Fairview Landing dock (2369 Fairvew Ave E) closed in escrow and set a new record in recent history for Seattle floating homes and also became a significant placesetter in Seattle luxury homes sales in 2012 as well.  

Map courtesy of Google.

Magnolia View Homes: Admiral’s House For Sale

Here is the press release :

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE

Admiral's houseSeattle Based Real Estate Firm Is Selected To Represent The Historic Admiral’s House For Private Sale

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate’s Platinum Properties Division in Seattle, Washington was selected over competing Seattle brokerages to represent the historic Admiral’s House above Smith Cove in Magnolia.  Realtors® at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate are listing the property this week for $3,200,000 and you can see more pictures at http://www.cooperjacobs.com/admiral.

The distinctive Admiral’s House is a stunning combination of notable architecture, remarkable history, and unparalleled location. Situated on 3.89 acres above Smith Cove, this unique 7316 square foot, eight bedroom residence takes in unobstructed Southwest views of Downtown Seattle and the Puget Sound as no other home in Seattle can. This premier three story gated estate has enjoyed an extensive and refined history as housing for the Admirals of the Navy since World War II.  Many highly esteemed government officials and foreign dignitaries have frequented it and cemented its historical significance. Quarters A, as it was called by the Navy, is designated as a City of Seattle landmark and nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.  (SOLD)

 

For more information about The Admiral’s House please contact Courtney Cooper at 206-850-8841.

For more information about Cooper Jacobs Platinum Property Division for Seattle luxury homes contact Courtney Cooper at 206-850-8841 or courtney@cooperjacobs.com

How To Buy When You Already Own

How To Buy When You Already Own
Do you own your home or condo but want to sell it and buy something with more space, a different location, or perhaps a view?

One option is to take out a HELOC. A Home Equity Line of Credit (ask me for a lender with great programs of these right now) lets you take out a certain percentage of your home’s equity to use as a downpayment on your new home. To find out how much equity you have, contact a Realtor, like myself, to research the value of your home (it changes ALL the time). If you have a certain percentage of equity, you can qualify for a new loan. And if you’re preapproved for your new home loan, I can get the home you want to sell prepped for the market pronto!

Another option is a bridge loan. A bridge loan has some ramifications though. They generally tend to have higher interest rates and need to be paid back in a specified amount of time. It’s like a short term loan on your current property to buy a different property. It’s all about timing with a bridge loan. You can find out more about bridge loans HERE.

You can always make an offer contingent on your home selling. This is perhaps the option offering the least amount of risk. Of course with our current market today, properties are moving fast and a contingent offer isn’t as clean as an offer with a definitive close date, for example. But if are you a homeowner considering the contingent offer option, consider the right list price and a home in tip-top shape, it won’t take long to sell.

molly a. cartwright | seattle realtor
cooper jacobs real estate, llc
206.841.6800
“Serving home buyers and sellers in Seattle’s most popular neighborhoods”

Buying Equestrian Property Requires More Than Horse Sense

One constituent of the Seattle-area real estate market is equestrian property. And in fact all around the Puget Sound, beautiful locations minutes from urban hubs offer the chance to live the ‘country’ lifestyle without trading briefcase for pitchfork. One of my favorite things about the greater Puget Sound area is the abundance of natural beauty, within close proximity to major centers of commerce, like Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue, Olympia, and Everett. If you work in one, you may want to live close enough to drive in but far enough away to keep your children more connected to the simpler things, or perhaps you got a taste of urban farming and decided chickens weren’t good enough for you.  But right now in the market, low inventory means those looking in such a specific property niche may have trouble finding the right property ready and waiting.  As a result, many people are instead building what they wish they could find for sale. It’s a thrilling process for some, a stressful one for others. Only you can weigh the benefits and pitfalls of choosing to buy land and build exactly what you want. And if what you want is equestrian property, there are some finer points to consider. 

Purchasing an equestrian property involves a lot more than simply finding enough land to keep a horse on–zoning restrictions, property drainage, trail access, land clearing, building setbacks for structures specific to the animals, etc. When looking for property, bear in mind that there are sides of mountains, zoned for horses, that are more suitable for mountain goats. And inside city limits, horsekeeping may be prohibited by statute. Even if you see horses in the area, they may be grandfathered in, so make sure livestock are actually allowed. 

What you know from previous building experience may or may not apply. According to the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review, barns are classified as agricultural buildings.  In fact, many aspects of an equestrian property fall under the jurisdiction of the agricultural zoning- drainage and manure management, for example. In King County’s horse-keeping regulations, you will need an approved manure management plan (it must be hauled off site for disposal in most cases or you will need to install a 3-stage composting system). 

Always research the specific regulations and land use law in the county you’re planning to buy in. To build a barn and outdoor arena, you’ll need all the usual building permits, and your county planning department can tell you what permits are required if you submit a site plan. There are setbacks to consider that you should take note of prior to purchasing a parcel of land, since your plan to build a covered riding arena, for example, may require such a large setback that you find yourself looking for a larger piece of property than you had originally thought you’d need. Covered riding arenas are difficult to permit in King County these days, a little less so in Snohomish and Pierce, because quite a bit of land and a means to mitigate the environmental impacts is needed. Barns and pastures are easier to get a permit for, as are outdoor riding arenas, as they create less impervious surface/runoff. You will need a clearing and grading permit to do the groundwork, and a WA state DNR Forest Practices permit to clear any significant quantity of trees. The real cost in tree removal (if they are marketable timber) is not the timber removal, but it’s the destumping and disposal costs. In most cases the stumps can’t be burned, and so must be loaded and hauled to a composting facility/landfill. 

Barns can cost from $1-2,000 per stall for Noble panel sheds/modular barns to $1,000,000 or more for a custom, state of the art facility with heat/bathrooms/living quarters, wash & veterinary bays, etc.  Much like houses, barns are a matter of individual taste and budget. 

What you should do, (wink) is look for a beautiful custom home on good acreage (cough) which borders the 30-plus miles of Snoqualmie Valley trail (perfect for riding), and then build a great stable.  You should look at….something like my beautiful new listing in Fall City!

Happy trails, househunters.  Whatever your wishes for your dream property, share them with your realtor. Make sure they know enough to help you navigate the murky waters of land use regulation. There are an abundance of great locations close to your chosen Seattle-area metropolis, waiting for you to saddle up and ride. I mean buy.

Queen Anne Open House Today Until 4PM

New Queen Anne View Homes For Sale Listing:

1901 Taylor Ave N #PH 6, Seattle 98109

$750,000

Open Today Until 4PM

Spacious penthouse condo in prime Queen Anne location has it all: Massive master suite & huge walk-in closet, 2nd bedroom, spacious office with wall of built-ins. Open floor plan, gas range, cherry cabinets & granite counters. 2 secure parking spots, huge storage room & plentiful storage throughout. Full size laundry, sound system, A/C, hardwoods & skylights.queen anne view homes

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • office
  • 2 Baths
  • Built in 1999
  • 1804 Square feet
  • Private Laundry
  • Fireplace
  • City views
  • Mountain views
  • Lake Views
  • Territorial Views

Big deck with great views of Lake Union & downtown!

Lives like a house in a quiet, green neighborhood with the convenience of downtown!  Come see why there are very rarely homes available in The Verandas on Queen Anne!

Listed  Cooper Jacobs Real Estate

realestate@cooperjacobs.com

If you would like more information on this amazing Queen Anne View home or other Queen Anne Real Estate, let us know!

1901 Taylor Ave N, Queen Anne View Penthouse For Sale

New Queen Anne View Homes For Sale Listing:

1901 Taylor Ave N #PH 6, Seattle 98109

$750,000

Spacious penthouse condo in prime Queen Anne location has it all:

Massive master suite & huge walk-in closet, 2nd bedroom, spacious office with wall of built-ins. Open floor plan, gas range, cherry cabinets & granite counters. 2 secure parking spots, huge storage room & plentiful storage throughout.

queen anne view homes

Full size laundry, sound system, A/C, hardwoods & skylights.

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • office
  • 2 Baths
  • Built in 1999
  • 1804 Square feet
  • Private Laundry
  • Fireplace
  • City views
  • Mountain views
  • Lake Views
  • Territorial Views

Big deck with great views of Lake Union & downtown!

Lives like a house in a quiet, green neighborhood with the convenience of downtown!  Come see why there are very rarely homes available in The Verandas on Queen Anne!

Listed By  Cooper Jacobs Real Estate

realestate@cooperjacobs.com

If you would like more information on this amazing Queen Anne View home or other Queen Anne Real Estate, let us know!

Magnolia View Homes Tour

We toured all the latest in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood as well as some other Magnolia homes we have just been too busy to get into before today and the inventory is pretty interesting on both the A Hill and the B Hill.

Magnolia View Homes In Decent Price Ranges…

Just looking at the mid $600k range to mid $800k range in Magnolia can give you choices with lots of big Puget Sound views. In fact in the low and mid $700k range, there are IMPRESSIVE Magnolia view homes for sale.

My favorite Magnolia home on the market right now is in the high $700k range, but has this fabulous 2 car garage off the alley which is modern but was built perfectly to go with the house.  The house itself is loaded with all the spaces I personally look for in a home and a great option for Magnolia buyers. Homes in Magnolia do tend to sell faster than Seattle real estate overall right now. This is not always the case, but overall Magnolia tends to be a stronger market force.

Magnolia real estate market update: We just sent out a postcard to about 1300 Magnolia homeowners to let them know about our latest Magnolia homes sale – 3 weeks on the market with multiple offers and sold for over list which happened to also be about $50k higher than any other Magnolia real estate agents told the seller their home was worth.  We go the extra mile for YOU and really take the time to evaluate the market value of your home so that you are not leaving money on the table.