In addition to the standards, inspection, financing, etc. mentioned below, if you are purchasing a condo in Belltown you would typically include a contingency for review of CC&Rs (covenants, conditions and restrictions) of the homeowner's association, as well as all other HOA/condo paperwork.
I agree with the other posters that you need to review your situation with your agent to determine which contingencies are appropriate in your situation.... more
What I would advise you not to do is to work with the listing agent for a property (the agent whose name and phone number are on the sign out front). The listing agent works for the seller and by law is obligated to work in the seller's best interests. You can have the same advantage by hiring one buyer's agent to represent your interests.... more
Considering that there already is a rail station in downtown Seattle (and the Sounder station is just east of King Street Station) ... I think the question of 'when light rail is coming thru Seattle' is already happening. Here is a link to more information about the light rail tunnel in downtown Seattle:
I work mainly in Seattle & on the Eastside, but also work on Whidbey Island. One of the best-kept secrets about Whidbey Island is the new commuter train which provides a super-easy commute to downtown Seattle (new in June 2008).
You ride a 20-minute ferry from the south end of Whidbey (Clinton) to Mukilteo. Walk off the ferry, walk a few minutes to the commuter train station (Mon - Fri, 4 times each morning and 4 times each afternoon), and hop on! Voila, you are in downtown Seattle, at the King Street Station in 50 minutes. You can buy a combo commuter pass too for bus/ferry/train ... making a very affordable commute.
Doesn't work too well for real estate agents tho ... :-) !... more