Bothell is one of my favorite areas and also a lot of prospective home-buyers. Homes go very fast and due to the shortage there are multiple bids. Make sure you have a full pre-approval before house hunting so you can put yourself in front running position if you find a home you love. I would also agree with other comments on the townhome/ condo thing some many of my clients decided to forgo a condo in favor of a single home as the monthly dues in the area range in the mid 300 to 400's. Add that to your payment and you really could afford a new home. Good luck and if you ned any assistance please feel free to contact me.