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The “Queen of Lake Union” lists for $3.75 million
The “Queen of Lake Union” lists for $3.75 million

With uncompromising views and a spacious floorplan, the exquisite 4,800-square-foot floating home offers a slice of Americana on gleaming Lake Union. Also known as “Queen of Lake Union,” it is an entertainer’s dream come true.

Forecast sunny for interest rates, partly cloudy for first-time homebuyers
Forecast sunny for interest rates, partly cloudy for first-time homebuyers

We spoke with real estate experts — Rachel Adler, managing broker with Windermere/East Inc.; Ron Kirse, Seattle district manager of U.S. Bank Home Mortgage; and Lysa Catlin, branch manager of Summit Funding in Kirkland — to get their thoughts on mortgage rates. Get an insider’s look on what to expect in the months ahead.

New Western opens first Washington state office in Seattle
New Western opens first Washington state office in Seattle

New Western, a national real estate investment company, specializing in off-market properties, also known as pocket listings, has announced the opening of its office in Seattle.

Mortgage rates remain flat at 2.88%
Mortgage rates remain flat at 2.88%

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage held flat at 2.88% for the week ended Sept. 9, after dropping earlier this summer, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Surveys. The 2.88% average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was up slightly from the

NAR sues DOJ after the department withdraws from antitrust settlement
NAR sues DOJ after the department withdraws from antitrust settlement

The Justice Department’s original complaint against the National Association of Realtors, filed Nov. 19, 2020, alleges that the association enforced rules and policies that illegally hampered competition in residential real estate services.

Pending home sales up 6% from 2020 despite dwindling listings
Pending home sales up 6% from 2020 despite dwindling listings

A decline in new home listings has had little impact on the market as far as demand is concerned, according to a recent Redfin report.

iBuyers gain market share nationwide but remain low in Seattle market
iBuyers gain market share nationwide but remain low in Seattle market

For the first time, iBuyers, also known as instant buyers, clinched 1% of the overall market share of homes purchased nationwide, according to Zillow Research.

Seattle King County REALTORS  members credit education for business success
Seattle King County REALTORS  members credit education for business success

Real estate agents are crediting educational offerings — both in-person and virtual/on-line learning — for boosting their business success, according to a recent member survey conducted by Seattle King County REALTORS®.

Seattle Housing Scorecard: Housing starts rose, housing inventory fell in August
Seattle Housing Scorecard: Housing starts rose, housing inventory fell in August

Housing inventory fell in Seattle during August, while housing starts and existing-home sales rose.

Redfin: Outflow of Seattle residents slowing
Redfin: Outflow of Seattle residents slowing

Wonder where Seattle residents are headed? You might be surprised.

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