Snohomish County, WA Real Estate News

By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
With AI and AI images being so popular and trendy these days, I thought wouldn't it be fun to see what AI thinks real estate agents look like from each of the 50 States.The results were nothing short than hilarious with some States being far funnier and less serious than others. New Mexico kills me with the alien and the Open Galaxy side rider and then there is Las Vegas with the agent has me saying "Liberty Bibberty" from the Liberty Mutual commercials - LOL.If you have a moment, go vote on your favorite, chime in on AR or Facebook, and let us know if AI missed or hit the mark and have a laugh at the AI generated nonsense as we know, the real estate industry could use a laugh right now.Being AR doesn't have a photo gallery option, all the AI pictures have been uploaded to the Team's Fa...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
With the summers being hotter each year, I hear people complain about how hot it is, they can't cool down, and are always in a search for a place to chill. On the weekends, our local lakes and sprinkler parks are packed, people park illegally, and just over populate the local areas. All this compounds into frustration. So, what can homeowners do to elevate stress and making living better?Simple, add a whole house AC unit or Heat Pump and/or ductless mini splits to add air conditioning to the home while being energy efficient.For many, cost is always the factor yet if you're living in a home and hot as all-get-out then paying for AC is going to be a welcomed upgrade that you get to enjoy during ownership. Here are two videos, a long & short form video, detailing the enjoyment of adding A...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Are you have trouble locating a well for a property? Or, did you spot a well on a property can wondering how to find more information? If so, then watch our latest short on how to search for well logs in Washington State.What if you're need a more in-depth look at water and wells? In the article How Do I Find Watershed Information in Snohomish County? has a deep dive into local water information in a ease to follow format.Thank you for tuning into another short video from the Barnett Associates Team and we'll see you on the next one.
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
PCSing to NVSTA Everett or Moving here to work at Boeing, Tesla, Amazon, or Costco? Toby Barnett with Keller Williams Realty Marysville here. If you're PCSing to Naval Station Everett or moving into the area to work at Boeing, the new Tesla facility, or manage anyone of our retail & grocery and Costco warehouses or even healthcare.We've created a page on our website for you to get to know the area and to see homes that might be close by and just get used to the surroundings. Our website is really robust and has a lot of information and you can search by schools, neighborhood, and by city alone.So take a minute and visit the link below and visit the relocation page because there is a lot of opportunity for people moving into the area. Thanks for tuning into this short and we'll see you o...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Toby shares insight into Western Washington, and more specifically Snohomish County's, commuting and housing prices in the Less than One Minute. Tune in to this YouTubeShort and get the gist if you're moving here from out of state.
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Monthly Rent is a 100% Interest Rate and Gives a Tenant Zero Rate of Return. There is a lot of discussion out there with interest rates rising and home loans becoming unaffordable. Let's break down some math for those of you that are currently renting. If your current lease is $2,400 a month that equates to $28,800 a year you're giving your landlord. A 2 year period that number jumps to $57,600 and in a 5 year period it equates to $144,000 that you never seen any ROI from. And, if you're in your mid 40s and you've rented for 20 years, you've paid out $576,000. So, take a moment and do some math. How much is your rent? How many years you've been renting? And, see what that looks like. And, if you have questions about buying a home and start putting that money in your pocket, because you ...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
4 Items YOU Expect when Interviewing a Real Estate Agent to Sell a Home or Property.When you're interviewing a real estate broker to sell your home property you at bare minimum should expect the 4 following things. 1. Above average communication. In a shifting market timely communication will be critical to a successful sale, 2. A robust marketing plan that includes professional photos, drone video, Matterport or other VR videos along with a robust social media marketing campaign, 3. You should expect open houses. At least for the first weekend and every other weekend till the home sells. 4. Brokers opens. Brokers opens are catered mostly to real estate brokers and are conducted on a certain day of the week depending on your area. Kinda like MLS definitions. So, if you're interviewing, ...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
So you have prequalification in hand. You have or wants / needs list balance and now its time to start looking at homes. 2 Things to Think about When Starting to Look at Homes. The First One: Compare the square footage of the home you're looking at online and the one you're looking at online. If you're looking at a home that is a1,000sf online and you live in 1,000sf and its to small there is no real point to go look at the home because it "might work". It might but the likelihood is low. The Second: Is Neighborhood composition. Real estate agent rarely put neighborhood pictures in a listing unless its a playground or park. So if you don't want to live in a certain neighborhood and your real estate agent didn't send you the property there might be a reason. Call and ask them: What kind ...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Forever Home vs. Starter Home. Changing Mindset to Make a Move-Up Move in 5-7 Years. When people are buying their 1st home a term I hear quite frequently is "Forever Home" and understandably so. People are really excited about buying their 1st house and they want to have all the features for the long haul. That 10, 15, 20 years of living in the house. Yet, when you're getting started buying a 1st home there is a "Starter Homes". We call the "Starter Homes" for a reason. That allows a new homeowner get used to monthly payments, unforeseen expenses and then as life changes we use that equity and market appreciation to then go buy "Move-Up" purchase or "Forever Home". So, change mindset about 1st House and maybe it doesn't have to have all the bells and whistles in it but maybe it will be ...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
We're starting to receive some positive, and some negative, feedback across the socials so I made a quick video stemming from a recent interaction - watch below.One piece of feedback that sparked a past video came from a Facebook message just saying "thank you" and that they're learning a lot from these easy to follow real estate shorts.While the videos usually require 15 or so takes to make a one minute video I'm happy with, the videos are garnering a steady stream of views, likes, and driving subscriptions / follows.
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
What are VA Home Loan Limits in Snohomish County, Wa?You might be surprised they're well over $600,000. Click the video to watch a 1 minute video explaining the zero down loan limits, type of homes that qualify (view all VA qualify homes here), and more. If you have questions please send a message or give me a call at 425-210-0709 to discuss using your VA Eligibility.
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
An often overlooked home maintenance item is the home's dryer vent. Why is cleaning a dryer vent important?1. Eliminates (or greatly reduces) a Fire Hazard within the Home: Dryer lint has been known to catch fire when it builds up inside the vent.2. Improves Dryer Efficiency: With a clean vent a dryer will be operate normally and improve drying times.3. Reduces a Home's Interior Moisture Levels: Since the moist air can easily flow out the dryer vent, the interior of the home, and/or laundry area, will not experience increased moisture levels thus reduces the risk of mold and mildew.As the video shows, the cleaning takes less than 5 minutes using the Linteater Dryer-Vent Cleaning Kit that I purchased from Lowes.How To: Clean Dryer Vents in Less than 5 Minutes
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
For the month of September, we focused on PCS-ing to Naval Station Everett, understanding VA benefits, learning towns near the Naval Station, improving personal credit, and applying for a VA home loan. The entire newsletter can be read here or by click the image below.If you're PCS-ing to Naval Station Everett, a active/veteran/discharge service member we can help you purchasing a home. We look forward to working hard for you because you work hard for us! Thank you for service and have a great day!
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Joy Blodgett is a loan officer with Caliber Home Loans and is also my wife. Over the years, Joy has worked with my clients to improve credit scores, get qualified for a home, refinance an existing loan, and teach overall financing and savings. With interest rates adjusting upwards people have to save and plan more when purchasing a home. In this quick video, Joy explains how you can become a saver with some simple steps you can do as there is no better time to start than now.If you have question or would like to talk to Joy directly please call her at 425-879-5771
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
The next video in the series How-To Build a Shop in Snohomish County has been published.In this video I cover 3 topics The County's Permit Website. The Architect I Hired. Submitting Building Plans. The video is over 8 mins yet this step starts to set the tone of getting your shop built and submitted to County for review.Thank you for tuning and as always, please comment, call, or email if I can be of help!
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
As you may or may not know, I am making a video series on How-To Build a Shop in Snohomish County, Wa and to inject a bit of humor, and a bit of reality at the same time, I decided to make a video meme of how I'm feeling. Hope you enjoy the YouTube short.
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Previously, I made a video on how to care for a roof by applying moss kill semi-annually. Since making the original video back in 2018 that video has garnered over 12k views and a fair amount of comments. Those results are pretty good for a quick driveway video.Yet, those comments have held a constant theme of "you didn't show us how to apply it and that is why were are on YouTube". Regardless of my personal beliefs of how not difficult applying moss kill is by listening to the video or reading the instructions, I made a follow up video showing my exact steps.Here is the second video in the Home Maintenance Minute video. It took using a few GoPro's and the phone & mic to get enough footage to make a video and hope it is actually interesting enough to watch.
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
The next video in our series How to Build a Shop in Snohomish County is out and we decided to focus on receiving a As-Built from the Department of Health and locating the property's drainfield as to avoid getting a permit denied based on an improper encroachment.
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Out of 1,700 real estate agents and teams under the Ben Kinney Brokerages of Keller Williams, we were #14 in total homes sold in 2021.We are very proud of our achievement because we are a small team. We don't have admin staff, we don't have just buyer's agents, we don't have just listing agents. We have Mickie, Toby, & Tracy in 2021. Tracy has relocated to Spokane ☚ī¸ yet we're happy for in her new adventure with Kelly Right RE of Spokane LLC.Looking forward, we are excited to have added Casey Stivers to the team and having a successful 2022!In addition, Toby was #10 Team Agent by Units Across all Ben Kinney Brokerages Locations in 2021. Have to be proud of that!!!Ok, the self pat-on-the-back is over 😀
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
With April approaching, we decided to put together some infographics, using a newspaper format, regarding Snohomish County property taxes. If you're interested in knowing more please enjoy the read on 7 different topics and impact Snohomish County property owners.
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