I use the monorail when I need to because it takes me where I need to go faster than the bus. Also, I don't need to park twice. The only downside is that you cannot use the Orca card so you will need to pay as you go. But the ride is wonderful.... more
My job as a Realtor would be difficult without a car, but I do walk as much as I can. For example, I park in one place downtown and take public transportation or walk as far as a mile if I have multiple meetings and errands. And I hope my future home will be in a transit oriented neighborhood where I will not need to use my car often.... more
I've noticed that you have posted this question about several different Seattle neighborhoods, which leads me to think you're trying to decide what neighborhood would be right for you. As a Realtor and a 20 year Seattle resident, I can help you with neighborhoods. In fact, I recently moved from Queen Anne where I lived for nearly 10 years, and I have also lived in Magnolia, Fremont, Lake City/Meadowbrook, and Phinney Ridge/Greenlake. I am very knowledgeable about neighborhoods, as well as working as a buyer's agent. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com or www.jamieflaxman.com.
P.S. Love Queen Anne - particularly the shops and restaurants at the top of the hill, the parks, and the character of the homes.... more
It is a buyers market right now, and yes, for many people with a long term outlook and income to support a purchase, now is a great time. Both Queen Anne and Capitol Hill are desirable areas for renters and owners alike.
Investment properties are a great way to diversify your portfolio but they do require more work than owning stocks. Normally, I would recommend against condos and townhomes because of the extra monthly homeowner dues, but the areas you mention are very desirable.
Before investing, make sure you do your homework and understand your cash flow. Also be thinking long term (5 yrs or more) for holding the property. I think the days of buying and flipping are long gone (at least in the foreseeable future). Best of luck to your growing portfolio!
Read your listing agreement. It has a provision for cancellation. Use that provision. Then file a complaint with the Local Association of Realtors. You may have to pay a few bucks for the agents work and advertising, depending on how the listing agreement was laid out, but it might be the way to go. An agent cannot refuse to remove your home from the MLS. It is against the MLS Rules, Code of Ethics and the law.
Gary De Pury
Bay Vista Realty & Investments, Inc.
Director, Florida Association of REALTORSÂ®
Chairman, Communications Committee... more