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Scott, Home Owner in Kirkland, WA
Scott asked:
Looking for a low maintenance turn key condo in Kirkland? visit http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10164-NE-137th-Pl-Kirkland-WA-98034/2106062700_zpid/

Great condo with low HOA dues and close to shopping and restaurants.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 24, 2014 Home Buying in Kirkland
Leslie Gould…, Real Estate Pro in Kirkland, WA
Leslie Goulden answered:
looking for a condo kirkland, wa. with water view or water front.
There is nothing that beats the Kirkland waterfront view!!! If you can afford it...do it! You will thank yourself everytime you come home :)
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 8, 2014 Home Buying in Kirkland
Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in Sammamish, WA
Dan Tabit answered:
Spec homes in Kirkland, Bellevue (Enatai)
Primus,
Talk to a great agent. We can send you listings, preview until you arrive and keep you informed. This site is not up to date in our area and others may not be either. I tou ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 6, 2014 Home Buying in Kirkland
Kary L. Kris…, Real Estate Pro in Renton, WA
Kary L. Krismer answered:
Buying a foreclosure in WA and remodeling costs
To go a bit further into the pre-foreclosure, actual foreclosure auction situation, you also need to make sure that you're buying the house free and clear of all liens. If it is a seco ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 16, 2014 Home Buying in 98033
Sandi Elder, Home Buyer in Kirkland, WA
Sandi Elder answered:
Considering about buying from Merit Homes Inc....is that a quality builder? Do they take offers below the asking price?
Merit homes is purchasing larger lots in my neighborhood, tearing out the existing homes, subdividing the lots, and building multiple homes on each lot. I purchased a home from Merit i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 12, 2014 Home Buying in 98033
Ruth & P…, Real Estate Pro in 95030
Ruth & Perry Mistry answered:
How much does it take to get rodent removal from a house? Also how much does it take to get vapor barrier?
Hello Neha

It all comes down to the size of house, land associated with it, as well as
as extent of garbage on the property.

Rodents, can take 1-6 months to remove should there b ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 2, 2014 Home Buying in 98033
Aaron Zehm, Real Estate Pro in 98072
Aaron Zehm answered:
Is property appreciating in the Seattle area? When is a good time to buy?
This is a great time to buy in the area. With rates coming down a lilt bit. The average price in the area is up about 12% year over year. I expect that we will continue to see appreciat ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 23, 2013 Home Buying in 98034
Aaron Zehm, Real Estate Pro in 98072
Aaron Zehm answered:
Kingsgate is not an ideal area for housing, right? Reasons?
The best thing that you can do for yourself is to drive through the neighborhood. There are many neighborhoods that get a bad rap from time to time that are great neighborhoods. Sometim ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 23, 2013 Home Buying in Kirkland
Billy O', Real Estate Pro in Princeville, HI
Billy O' answered:
Do you know of any good custom home builders in Kirkland?
Jonathon,

Kirkland is a fun place to live and thus, there are lots of builders that are competing I am honored to have some REALLY fun homes listed now with builders that will also d ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 21, 2013 Home Buying in 98033
Kathi Pierce, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Kathi Pierce answered:
Can you buy a house for a friend or family member without them taking a big tax hit?
It depends on how you structure this. A house, in and of itself is not "income". I can pay cash for a house, after closing I can remove my name (Quit Claim) from the Title and Quit Cla ... more
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Kathi Pierce, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Kathi Pierce answered:
Tax Credit/Tax Write Off, what is the difference?Could someone provide and an example for a $300K purchase?
There WAS a tax credit up to $8,000 being offered to help stimulate home sales (i.e. PURCHASES) but that ended a couple years ago.
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 29, 2013 Home Buying in 98034
Kathi Pierce, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Kathi Pierce answered:
I purchased a condo at a trustee sale (cash on courthouse steps) The opening bid was $240K, the loan was $233K, I paid $341K
Kari's link is correct. Thanks for sharing. As the Seller, the underlying Lender is the party that will apply for excess funds and the most likely to receive them after all other liens ... more
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Mary Sunde, Real Estate Pro in Kirkland, WA
Mary Sunde answered:
What areas in kirkland are kid friendly and ofcourse great schools ?
Skippy

I lived near downtown Kirkland for 25 years and walked to local shopping, entertainment and great Peter Kirk Park. Many of Kirkland/Bridle Trails/Rose Hill/Totem Lake neighbo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 11, 2013 Home Buying in Kirkland
Shelly Hu(…, Real Estate Pro in Bellevue, WA
Shelly Hu(胑秀萍) answered:
For a short sale, can the buyer agent contact the negotiator? Thanks.
Hi Mmyy,

I agree with the answers below that the buyer agent would need get permission from the listing agent and the seller. I have worked on a short sale where I was authorized to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 29, 2013 Home Buying in Kirkland
Vikki Iverson, Real Estate Pro in Sammamish, WA
Vikki Iverson answered:
The market is so tough now and everybody is fighting for the good house. what's the best strategy to buy a house? or should I wait?
In this market I would find a good Realtor who has experience writing escalation clauses. An escalation clause allows you to offer a predetermined amount and build in a cushion above it ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 24, 2013 Home Buying in Kirkland
Brian Leavitt, Real Estate Pro in Issaquah, WA
Brian Leavitt answered:
how to find out which builder it is for the house, except asking owner?
Simply take a look at the tax record under ownership history. Usually this will show who the builder is but if not a call to the title company can often provide the answer. your broke ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 16, 2013 Home Buying in 98034
Jirius Isaac, Real Estate Pro in Kenmore, WA
Jirius Isaac answered:
Should I use listing agent as buyer agent for a short sale?
I completely agree with Dan below. It could be ok, but you have to be careful. If you really want to use the listing agent, then I would consult with a buyers agent that is very famil ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sat Dec 22, 2012 Home Buying in Kirkland
Jirius Isaac, Real Estate Pro in Kenmore, WA
Jirius Isaac answered:
Will I lose escrow money if the house is not closed on time? What recourses do I have?
If it looks like it will not get done on time, go speak to a real estate attorney. I can recommend a couple of them to you that do this full time & they can discuss options with you. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 8, 2012 Home Buying in 98034
Kary L. Kris…, Real Estate Pro in Renton, WA
Kary L. Krismer answered:
Would I lose my escrow money if I unable to get a mortgage due to the property appraisal coming back as 'unique'?
I'm glad you spoke to some attorneys. Yes you can change lenders within the 5 day period, but not loan types.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 18, 2012 Home Buying in 98033
Pba03, Home Owner in Kirkland, WA
Pba03 answered:
I would like to change from a septic system to sewer how much will it cost
I live in the recently incorporated section of Kirkland. I connected my sewer last year. The permit from Northshore UD was about $7000 based on the size of your water line. Then I neede ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 20, 2012 Home Buying in 98033
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