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Sat Apr 6, 2013
Dan Tabit answered:
Hi Infocus,
Welcome back. As a long time Sammamish resident, I'm biased. The School districts (Lake Washington and Issaquah) are great; the location is central with fairly easy access to I-90 and 520. The town has a diverse mix of people due in large part to the high tech firms that make up a large portion of the cities employers.
Sammamish has been named a top place to live several times by Money Magazine and was recently named The Most Friendly Town in America by Forbes Magazine.
Now, there is nothing wrong with any of the places you mentioned. We all share much of the same resources, environment and climate.
Prices in Sammamish have been climbing, but I believe that would be true of most of the greater Seattle market due to the current shortage of inventory.
I've linked a blog post below highlighting some of the awards I've mentioned.
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Sun Jul 14, 2013
Chuck Sparks answered:
You sound just about ready to go, John! I live and work in the area and would be happy to help.

Homes in Sammamish are currently coming and going pretty fast. A must do for you is to get yourself pre-approved so that when time comes to shop homes you know what you can and are capable of affording in the LWSD portion of Sammamish.
I have several morgage consultants that can help you get ready for your move. Contact me and we can discuss the particulars.
I would be happy to get you started on a custom search on the mls in the area you are interested in so that you can see what's currently available.
Best of luck with your plans and I hope to hear from you
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Wed Apr 3, 2013
Marge Bennett answered:
property tax is based on value. Condo and HOA fees are based on a budget that includes the maintenance of the common grounds, management, utilities and insurance of what the condo assoc or HOA owns and the other items they pay for, such as water, cable, etc. The other items vary per association. So figure the cost you would incur for these items and compare it to what they are charging to see if that community works for you.
That is a gorgeous property.
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Mon Apr 1, 2013
stephen webber answered:
Yep it will be boring for a single guy.
You will find Kirkland and Old Bellevue offfer lively activity but Queen Ann, Ballard, and Greenlake are the most fun.

Best of Luck, Stephen
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Fri Mar 29, 2013
Dan Tabit answered:
Hi Angie,
This home would go to the new Rachel Carson Elementary in the Lake Washington School District. Carson has a great reputation. My kids went to Margaret Mead and we were very happy with their education. If you have more questions about the area, don't hesitate to let me know. ... more
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Wed Mar 27, 2013
Laura Feghali answered:
Hi Nadeem,
It may increase the home's value and make it a more desirable place to live to be within walking distance to the amenities of the neighborhood; that's if it isn't looking directly over the mall/retail stores. also may increase the traffic and noise on your street depending on where your home is situated which would make it less desirable.

Hope this is helpful.
Best wishes!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
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Wed Mar 27, 2013
Jim Merritt answered:
Hi Nadeem,
The lot should have a current survey to properly footprint the home to include the location of utilities. You will need an architect to design and engineer the home for construction. The building permit is obtained through the local municipality. The only other agency that may be involved would be the health department if a septic system is required. Other than that, it is a very straightforward process. Feel free to call me with questions. Jim Merritt 206-660-1400. ... more
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Wed Mar 27, 2013
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Mon Mar 18, 2013
Tim Moore answered:
Points? You need to do a lot of research on buying at a trustee sale at the courthouse to do it safely. It can be very risky!! You need cash, no loans and that is where points are involved. You will usually find the bank that has the loan will make an opening bid of what is owed or close to it, often no one bids more since the house is probably not worth what was owed. You need to know if there are 2nd trusts, liens, etc because if you win you will be buying these as well. The pros do a title search ahead of bidding to know. Often you get to the auction only to find out it was canceled or postponed. Often there can be 2 or more auctions going on at the same time too. It is not a place to learn on the job, good luck.

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Fri Dec 14, 2012
Cory Brandt answered:
There is no true average if you are looking to build because so much of the cost depends on who you hire and what your tastes are. That said, generally a mid-level home will cost you about $150/sqft to build on a well managed project. You can easily spend $200/sqft. I've had a few places built for under $100/sqft - but you have to really be watching your wallet to pull that off. Cory ... more
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Mon Dec 3, 2012
where does husband work
where do you live now
where do your kids go to school now
there are many great prople and spoiled people everywhere
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Thu Apr 14, 2016
Yes ..there is at least one program that can go up to a 90% ltv max loan amount 750K with no monthly mortgage insurance

30 yr fixed/ 3 yr / 5 yr / 7 yr / 10 yr arms available ... more
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Sat Mar 31, 2012
Alain Picard answered:
There is quite a few new homes for sale and sellling in Sammamish. If you e-mail me or call me and let me know exactly what you're trying to find out I'd be happy to help.

Alain Picard
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Wed Jul 16, 2014
Stacey Lange answered:
I have spent years selling new construction homes, many of those years spent selling condominiums. However, as of late, I am a believer that if you can afford a Single Family Home that is a best route to take, since Single Family Homes are currently on an upward trend while condos and townhomes are continuing to slide downwards. When you add up your monthly payment for a condo/townhome and tack on your monthly HOA dues, the question is where do you feel your money is best spent.

I have assisted a number of clients to purchase condos over the last year, but their situation dictated that was the best move for them.

Sammamish is always a good place to purchase -- so I don't think you can go wrong there and of course, Plateau 228 is a great community (Click Here to View all currently listed homes there -

To view homes in the Sammamish area and break them down by price --

Let me know if you have any questions at all! And best of luck in your home search....
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Wed Jan 18, 2012
Dee Owens answered:
The rental market is hopping in most markets around Seattle. You shouldn't have a problem finding a home for around $2500. I'd touch base around May so we can put you on an auto feed of available properties. That way we can be ready to preview when you are able to make the trip to find a place!
Dee Owens - ReMax Integrity - 206-954-4663
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Sat Sep 22, 2012
Dan Edwards answered:
This is a great question. In representing a buyer it's always key to ask what is the effect of location on my purchase. If you have that reaction so will future home buyers. Figure if you are getting a discount because of the location now, you will need to give that discount when it comes time to sell it. That being said some well placed trees may eventually cover up the eye sore....and as far the look of it, that depends on how well the city manages it.
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Thu Mar 17, 2011
Mary Sunde answered:
It may be possible that a home for lease will also accept a lease option or lease purchase but I would
not count on it as the Plateau has become extremely active with sales since January. I sold a home that
had 7 offers within 24 hours and bid $18K in February.
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Fri Jul 23, 2010
Judi Monday, CRS answered:
Commission structures vary from area to area and even within an area by Agent. I suggest you interview at least 3 agents in your area to determine what the Realtor costs will be and keep in mind, you will often get what you pay for when it comes to hiring an agent. A good agent can minimize your holding costs while the house is on the market as they are able to get your home sold quickly and for top dollar. Choose wisely! ... more
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Fri Jul 23, 2010
Tean Wong answered:

How long has it been on the market? You should look at the average time on the market of the houses with the same or comparable features is in your area. If you are above the average time, you should ask you agent with your open mind if your house is over price. You may think that you priced it right, I never seen or heard from any seller said that they home is over priced. Be open mind and willing to adjust the price. ... more
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