Based on the information you provided I created a search to filter these areas (and for your ease it provides a map so you can see WHERE the homes are), a price range from $400,000 - $550,000 a minimum of 3 bedroom and 2 car garage. If you want to save this search you may do so and the system will just automatically forward you NEW properties as they come on the market.
Additionally, you can learn more about the cities, helpful links etc by visiting:
Best of luck to you as you prepare for an exciting move!
Here is the link to your custom search: http://www.searchseattle.net/idx/search/02a32ad2669e6fe298e6
The areas suggested are probably your best choices -- Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and Issaquah. It is a good idea to contact agents here and begin working with just one agent. It is also very helpful to give them information in advance on any special needs you may have for your new home -- a good agent will ask you the right questions to narrow the search to the best homes for you.
Note that here it is typical for the buyer's agent to be paid by the seller from the proceeds of the sale. In other words, the buyer almost never will pay anything to their agent.
Good luck to you & have a safe journey,
Welcome to the Northwest! We are fortunate to have many families from all over the world settling here. By far the biggest question most ask is about schools. I've attached a great tool to compare school districts and even compare one school to another.
Redmond is in the Lake Washington School District, which also covers Kirkland and Sammamish. These are all nice areas, close to Microsoft and many services and shopping areas.
Bellevue is close by and has its own School district. A little farther away, but still popular with many people is the Issaquah School district which covers Issaquah and South Sammamish and a few parts of Renton.
Northeast of Redmond is the Northshore School District which serves Woodinville and Kenmore.
If you have specific services or needs for your kids, check out what each district offers and start there.
Any of us answering your questions here would be happy to assist you when you arrive.
I just did a transaction similar to your situation with a couple from Shanghai. I would recommend certain areas in Redmond that has good schools for your child and also is close to work. You can start by emailing me and I can start sharing my expertise with you. Also I will be able to send you properties that you can start considering or gain knowledge of what is available. I will share with you the whole legal process of buying a house. Hope to hear from you soon.
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