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Columbia City : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Feb 10, 2016
Kathy Burgreen answered:
You will have to do your own research. Realtors and lenders are prohibited from giving opinions due to Federal and State Fair Housing laws.

Best method is take a 1/2 day off work, visit the local schools and speak with the school administrators and parents. Ask the office for somebody on the Parent Organization to contact you. ... more
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Wed Feb 10, 2016
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Tue Jul 29, 2014
Kim Mulligan answered:
Many people in the Seattle area do and the trend is getting stronger. When you look for a place to live check our and and see the scores. Seattle is full of so many different Urban Villages all through out town, it is entirely possible to get by on public transportation.

Our newer light rail which keeps expanding has been boom to some communities that needed some good news. Also another Monorail will be on Seattle's ballot this year, so there might be other options besides the bus. Uber and Lyft , CarToGo and ZipCar are also changing the transportation landscape.
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Sun Jul 28, 2013
Ray Akers answered:
That's a good question, Steven. My answer is conditional, and based upon who is walking home and what time of day. There have been some robberies/assaults of both men, women and youth associated with the light rail. If you've got headphones in your ears, your iPhone in your palm, and a laptop bag, then you're making yourself a target. You can take measure to make yourself less of a target.

Besides light rail, you could also be robbed walking home from a bus stop....or have your car broken into while parked at your home if you leave anything of value visible. Crime is everywhere. If you take precautions, don't walk alone at night, leave valuables at home or out of sight, then you increase the odds you won't be a victim of crime.

Columbia City is continuing to evolve, and the light rail is evolving as well. More people are discovering Columbia City, and the great home values in 98118, and there is a new energy in the community. Columbia City is a good place to invest and I don't think it's any less safe than many communities in Seattle. I hope this information is helpful to you.
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Thu Apr 11, 2013
Ray Akers answered:
Columbia City is an evolving community. Columbia City is both old & new. Columbia City has the prettiest of the city's four Carnegie libraries. Columbia City has managed to preserve it's historic character, yet new development is happening all around. Columbia City is appealing, human-scale, and walkable. Columbia City feels a bit like a small town, in the midst of a growing city. Columbia City has a great farmer's market and a neighborhood cinema. Columbia City has a marvelous bakery and one of the oldest butcher shops in the city. Columbia City has a light rail station, a community center, and several of Seattle's best parks are within walking distance. The New York Times said tourists should make Columbia City a 'must see' when visiting Seattle. ... more
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Mon Sep 7, 2009
Rebecca Carlson answered:
Dear Home Buyer --

Columbia City is a great neighborhood within Seattle. There are many fabulous restaurants, access to transportation options, and a small movie theater. Here';s just a summary of what's so great about Columbia City:
1. Restaurants -- One of the best things about Columbia City is its fabulous restaurants. Here are just a few of my favorites: La Medusa (family-owned), Tutta Bella (fabulous pizza!), and Geraldines (awesome brunch and lunch options). There's also a Starbucks, for you die-hard coffee lovers.
2. Transportation Options -- with the new light rail just a few blocks away, it makes Columbia City an even better option for those who commute downtown.
3. Parks -- There are many parks within walking distance from Columbia City, including Genesee Park (which has a fabulous dog park) and Seward Park.
4. Affordable housing -- Houses will be cheaper in Columbia City than in Greenlake, Ballard or Seward Park. Click on the link below for a quick look at some of the homes available in this neighborhood.
5. Grocery stores -- There aren't any large grocery stores right in the heart of the community. However, there is a great PCC nearby and Safeway not too far.

All in all, I think you'll find Columbia City a vibrant community to live in, with great restaurants, library and transportation options. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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Sat Jan 3, 2009
Matthew Steel answered:
My suggestion is to work with a full service investment company that specialize in short sale, foreclosure acution and bank owned. The agent / firm that you work with should have experience in closing 100 plus short sale transations. They should also, have a foreclosure auction plat form / systems in case the propery that you are trying to purchase as a short sale gets auction off. At that time the company will have a foreclosure agent at all auction locations with money to bid on the property in your behalf. If the lender does not lower the price of the house to your liking and nobody else purchase it, it become bank own. Your agent should have the direct connection to the bank to purchase the property. ... more
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