There are many neighborhoods in the Bellevue/Kirkland/Redmond area that meet your parameters. Bellevue has two high schools that have been recenlty rated in the top 100 in the US. The schools in Bellevue shcool district and Lake Washington (which includes Kirkland and Redmond) are also award winning.
The best way for me to give you a good answer is for you to click on http://www.buyandsellseattlerealestate.com . At that site, you will find easy to use search options, demographics and school information for each area you choose.
I have sold this "Eastside" area for over 20 amazing years, so am happy to answer any detailed questions you may have. I also have a couple of lenders to whom I can refer you if you end up needing more mortgage assistance.
As to loan possibilities, I am a loan originator as well as real estate & would be happy to discuss options with you. There are too many questions I have to ask you before I can give you an answers. Fell free to contact me directly if you would like to do that.
Good luck to you in any case,
Isaac Real Estate Team
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Welcome to the States! You have some great choices in the cities you selected. Bellevue has its own school district and Redmond & Kirkland (along with northern Sammamish) share the Lake Washington School Districts. Within Bellevue there is a greater quality difference from their top performing elementary schools to their other schools. There are also some specialty programs in each district that may appeal to you and your kids needs. Iâ€™ve attached a link to a site that will allow you to compare individual schools to one another. If you have specific needs or preferences, let one of us know and we can assist you in the neighborhoods which are around the schools with the programs.
As a formerly licensed lender, I know our system well and would be happy to translate our mortgage requirements for you. My wife is Canadian so I realize there are some differences that donâ€™t always make sense. Let us know if we can help.
Stated differently, by restricting your search you're more likely to miss a house you'd love than you are to buy in a neighborhood you don't like.
Alot of it depends on where you work and what you are looking for. I am a Loan officer for the
Legacy Group based out of Bellevue so if you want to chat about programs and rates let me know
we do loans for canadians all the time. My email is dan.chapman@legacyG.com
All the best, Dan
You can find a lot of usable info on a site about neighborhood requested neighborhoods:
About Bellevue: http://www.bestbellevueteam.com/local/bellevue/
About Redmond: http://www.bestbellevueteam.com/local/redmond/
About Kirkland: http://www.bestbellevueteam.com/local/kirkland-wa/
Estside Area real estate : http://www.bestbellevueteam.com/idx/city/bellevue/
and if you go by local search you will be able to see different communities like Medina, downtown Bellevue, Clyde Hill....
Let me know when you in area if I can help, my office located in downtown Bellevue.
The US Fair Housing Act specifically prohibits real estate licensees from providing information on the basis of familial content - we have to treat singles equally with households of a dozen - so it's touchy to talk about "family homes." Still - with the right local real estate broker, this can be an easy transaction for you.
If you have kids that have already learned some French, there's a private French immersion school up to grade 5 on the Bellevue/Issaquah boundary:
French Immersion School of Washington
MLS #388145 might be a good base for that school.
Bellevue has three high schools that regular rank in the top 100 nationally on the US News list of best high schools. Among those is the International School, which has an emphasis on French or German languages from 6th through 12th grades.
The ideal neighborhood for that school would be Kelsey Creek. I don't see anything for sale there at the moment. Look at MLS #406687 on nearby Woodridge.
I am not sure about actual home mortgages (I'm the house, they are the money) but Cobalt Mortgage and Guild Mortgage are 2 popular mortgage brokers in Kirkland who can help you.
I work for a company that specializes in relocation and is the sister company of Brookfield, the 2nd largest global relocation company in the world. Let me know if you'd like a relocation packet.
Jennifer Nilssen, Real Living NW
I do have a lender that works with foreigners. They do have some restrictions, so I'll just forward their info to you so that you can contact them directly.
I love doing real estate and work 7 days a week, so feel free to contact me anytime.
John S Realty
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- Luxury & Waterfront Real Estate Team
I also know of a Mortgage Lender that can help you, they have experience with international Clients. If you would like to contact me, I can give you their information, and you can discuss the rates that you could qualify for with them. Right now is a great time to buy, since the rates are so low.
Keller Williams- Bellevue WA