Welcome Sasha Blume to Our Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Team

Sasha BlumeWe are pleased to welcome Sasha Blume to our team at the Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Seattle office.

We love our Seattle real estate brokers and Sasha Blume is another great addition!  She is quite delightful and a wealth of knowledge and experience which will benefit her clients.  We are thrilled to have Sasha as part of the team and look forward to working with her.

Please feel free to reach out to Sasha should you have a real estate need:

Sasha Blume

360.280.6866

Sasha@CooperJacobs.com

Magnolia View Home For Sale: Open Tomorrow 12-4

Magnolia View Home in Carleton Park

Interested in living near Ryan Lewis?  Word on the street is that Macklemore’s partner just bought in Magnolia and not too far from this Magnolia view home either.

Magnolia View Homes For Sale

Carleton Park is highly sought after and this one has one of the most gorgeous views! If you have been looking at Magnolia view homes, then please take a minute and look at this one.  It is a perfect home for a Seattle Mariner baseball player (hmmmm… I think Mr. Moyer would agree.), but also well suited for anyone who wants to call Magnolia home.

  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3.25 Baths
  • 3200 Square Feet
  • Built 1958

From the listing of 2520 42nd Ave SW:

You will find this large, contemporary home well-placed on one of Magnolia’s most sought-after streets. Enjoy the warmth of two hearths on the main, oak flooring throughout, designer Ralph Lauren paints, modern floor plan, and tasteful finishes. Chef’s kitchen properly outfitted with stainless appliances & gas range; entertainer’s deck off of the living room invites you to take full advantage of the beautiful Puget Sound view and fresh breeze that grace this desirable location.

$1,149,000   *SOLD*

 

4019 Francis Ave N, Seattle WA 98103

*SOLD*: Just listed and in beautiful condition is this wonderful Fremont view home:

4019 Francis Ave N., Seattle WA 98103

4019 francis ave n

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1.75 Bath
  • 1640 Square feet
  • Built in 1926
  • Water and Mountain Views
  • Beautiful finishes
  • TWO decks
  • TWO master bedrooms
  • remodeled kitchen

From the listing:

Super in-city Fremont living on a very quiet residential-dead end street features TWO huge decks with private views of the Ballard Ship Canal across the Sound to the Olympic Mountains. Two master bedrooms, one on main floor and one down (continental bath), remodeled kitchen, beautiful bamboo floors, easy natural back yard landscaping, extra-long carport plus driveway parking for an additional car make this home an incredible find.

$600,000

Amazing attention to detail on this one.  For more details:  4019 Francis Ave N and you can also see all Fremont homes for sale as well as other Seattle view homes on our company site.

We have amazing Seattle Realtors that can help you!  realestate@cooperjacobs.com

fremont home for sale

fremont home for sale

What kind of a market is this, anyway?

With news headlines that are no less constant than they are sensational focusing on housing starts, inventory, home prices, and foreclosures, it’s hard for most people to decipher just where we are on the roller coaster.  I don’t like the roller coaster mentality, because it suggests the ride has an end. Since the dawn of time, man has tried to own and control the land on which he dwells. It’s obvious there will continue to be only the same amount of that dirt which we already have, and a growing number of people to inhabit it. It doesn’t take Mark Twain to tell anyone, “Buy land, they aren’t making any more of it”. In this way, I have a hard time with the myopic attitudes of many people during what is surely a historically affordable time in the housing market. Interest rates haven’t been this low since World War 2, and many of the world’s richest men have gotten there at least in part by their investments in real estate. There are still really wonderful lenders working with buyers who have been through the credit wringer, and who have very little to no money to put down (these are private porftolio loans but they come with the same kind of amazing rates- Key Bank is a great source).  Let’s celebrate! Right?

Actually the unfortunate thing is that this housing market came yoked to a bad economy–what economists say is the worst since the Great Depression, and in some ways even comparable.  Life circumstances often outweigh market circumstances, and many people are forced to sell low after having bought higher.  Many people would buy, if they could just get a decent job. Are those people apt to look through Mark Twain’s long lense of history and feel like this downturn is a blip on the radar? Probably unlikely. Enter wave after wave after wave of short sales and foreclosure properties. We’ve seen years of this, and are we near the end? The numbers suggest a slowing but not an end anytime soon- technically and broadly speaking, property values have to return to their previous levels in order for these homes to be worth what most homeowners still owe on them.  How long will that take? Call me when you find a crystal ball.  I am already seeing prices edging back up here and there, by small increments, in select areas around Seattle (Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Bryant, View Ridge, Queen Anne, Ravenna, Greenlake, and Maple Leaf are a few locations where I’ve recently pulled information for a specific property and seen values adjust higher than last year). My guess is a few more years for us, longer for more depressed areas in the state and the country.  Because this looks to be the case, What’s called ‘Strategic Default’ (and is technically classified by the FBI as fraud) now comprises a huge portion of these foreclosures and short sale files. People who were ‘A paper’ loans (the good e credit, steady financials buyer), who are not in financial trouble necessarily, but feel that it’s a better business decision to walk away from this debt than to continue paying, not knowing how long it will take the property to regain its previous value.  Lienholders are glutted with delinquent files. It’s a mess.

My point? Buy when there’s blood in the street, as one notoriously rich real estate investor has said. If you can find a way to capitalize on this time of opportunity and focus on the options available to you as a buyer (even you, previous short-salers– if you wait 3 years post close), you will be tickled pink that we’re all sitting around talking about this being the ‘bottom’. The ground floor is always the best place to get in on something good!  What little inventory there is, is really flying off the market here in Seattle, most often with multiple offers.   The low number of homes for sale creates a strong competition among the buyers out seriously looking for a home to purchase, causing many to lose out multiple times to other higher offers. Bidding wars are de rigueur on reasonably priced homes in high-demand areas like Seattle proper.

So is it a Buyer’s Market? In the way of you getting a great deal as a buyer, yes. In the way of being able to boss the seller around and come in swinging with a really low offer- no.  These days, I like to call it a ‘Buying Market’.

Matthews Beach Open House!

Matthews Beach Open House Sunday 1-4PM

$749500 / 3br – 2760sqft –

New Century Modern styling has high drama with heart. Light & spacious day rooms are highlighted by caramel colored concrete floors, high ceilings, dramatic porcelain sandstone floor to ceiling gas fireplace and custom cherry cabinetry. the gourmet kitchen features Ivory Chiffon slab granite counters, custom cherry cabinetry, Kitchen Aid Stainless Appliance package that includes an armoire style refrigerator, quiet dishwasher, oven & microwave/convection oven and best of all, a DCS 5 burner gas range in island. Family room, 3/4 bath & big utility room are open to day level. Upper level has a master bedroom, spa like master bath, walk-in closet and 2 additional bedrooms & full bath. There are two terraces that add to living and entertaining spaces. Two car attached garage with paver parking. Hardscaping & signature plants anchor the site. A must see for the discriminating buyer.
Let us know if you are interested in this or other Matthews Beach real estate! realestate@cooperjacobs.com