Want a Home for under $300,000 in Western Washington? Where should you look now?

Shelton Mason County Home mortgageThe South End Real Estate market (South of Seattle) has boomed since 2010 and is currently one of the hottest housing markets in the US.   People are making the drive from Puyallup to Bellevue daily due to the high price points up north.  Now people are looking at Thurston County for their commute to Pierce County to save a little more or to gain more land.  Please let me connect you to one of my great Real Estate partner agents to help show you homes in the area that will fit your budget and your expectations!   Bruce

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Seattle remains nation’s hottest home market, with biggest price growth in 3 years

For the fifth straight month, Greater Seattle has registered the sharpest home-price increases of any major market in the country, as home costs soared at their fastest pace in three years. [Read more…]

What is Google Chromecast?

A few years ago Google Released the Chromecast audio device for your TV and radio I was quick to get 1 (OK actually 3 of them) for our home at a cost of only $35.00 per device.  This device turns any TV into a smart TV but with a unique twist!  Typically a smart TV (which almost every TV sold has this) will have you scroll with the basic remote that controls it, so scrolling through Netflix or Pandora can take a while especially typing out names when you have to go up and down through the alphabet with arrows!  The Chromecast allows you to use your Phone or tablet to control the content and then CAST the item to the TV of your choice in the home (as long as each location has a Chromecast device).

Google Chromecast review from Bruce McLaughlin

The device is quite small and easy to setup, just plug it into your TV or Stereo though an HDMI input and then plug in the power source to the TV or the wall outlet (plug included) an it is ready to go. Add the Chromecast APP to your device and then follow the prompts to connect the Chromecast to your network.

 

What I personally like about this device VS. the AppleTV is that this will work with any Android device or any Apple device including any Laptop/desktop computer. Meanwhile AppleTV will ONLY work with an Apple device.  If your home is like mine,  your wife (or roommates) may not have the same device and AppleTV won’t allow  access to your music or movies without an Apple product.   Google wins in this area hands down, you can setup the Family account for Google Music and  Google movies and share this stuff without the crazy fees!  Google Movies work on any device or laptop so you can easily stream movies you rent or buy from any device to any room. This will also work great with a number of other APPS such as Netflix, Pandora, HBOGO, VIMEO, YouTube, Spotify etc.

Take a look at the Google Page and see if the Chromecast would be a great addition to your home    Click HERE for the Google Chromecast

 

 

Pierce County Down Payment Assistance Program

 

Pierce County down payment assistance programs

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US new-home sales rise in sign of housing market health

Hello Everyone!  I am now with a new lender located in Puyallup, Washington and now I can get my website back UP!!  I was forced to take it down for the past couple months with my old lender.  I will do a better job with some real news and information for you all! Please let me know anything you want to see or learn about!   [Read more…]

Seattle and Portland home prices rise at twice the national rate

Home prices in the Northwest continued to climb at a double-digit pace in June compared to a year ago, easily twice the rate for the nation’s 20 largest metro areas, according to the Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index [Read more…]

King County and Pierce County Home sales push prices higher

I have been watching the Real Estate market get hotter and hotter the past 2 years, and most recently there are just not enough homes available to keep up with demand.  Talking to my fellow Real estate agents, inventory for available home to buy is less than 2 months and from what I understand it’s down to 6 weeks. [Read more…]

30 year fixed rates drop lower

If you have been holding out to refinance or to buy a home, the rates have continued to move lower this past week.  Many people still think that rates went higher when the Fed announced a RATE HIKE on December 16th, but that rate hike did not affect mortgage rates. That was only tied to daily funds rates that will raise the rate on your auto loans, credit cards and other installment loans from banks. Since Mortgages are tied to the Bond Market, they Rate Hike doesn’t directly tie to mortgage rates.   If you are looking to buy or refinance a home please reach out to me and I will help guide you through the process and help you every step along the way.

Bruce McLaughlin

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