The real estate market in Seattle was just ranked #1 in the nation for appreciation in 2013. (Other sources rank Seattle as low as #5.) Seattle is forecast to experience double-digit appreciation in many neighborhoods. One report suggests 13.5% appreciation this year. This is great news if you have a home to sell. The news is not-so-great if you're a buyer. Now is the time buy. Buy early and reap the benefit of double-digit appreciation by the end of the year. The only problem is the lack of inventory. The number of 'for sale' homes is at a record low. You may find yourself in competition with other buyers in 2013. Get connected with a good Realtor that knows the community where you want to buy. Ask friends or family for a referral to a Realtor. Somebody you know already knows a great agent that can help you. Get started today, you'll be glad you did.