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Title: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Bowhunter3 on September 24, 2020, 05:50:04 PM
We are looking for a house in the north snoco or skagit area and I was hoping someone might be about to list theirs or know of one about to hit the market. We have been searching non stop along with my realtor for a place we want, so we know everything thatís out there and have looked at several but nothing we loved. What we are looking for is...

*Square footage- around 1000 to 1800.
*2+ bedrooms
*Good condition.
*Either has a shop or room to build one.
*Acreage. (Needs to have at least 2 unless it has a shop)

Areas we like are around Big Lake, Lake Cavanaugh, Conway, Lake Mcmurray, Arlington-Oso, between lake Goodwin and Stanwood. Away from busy neighborhoods, preferably in the woods.

Would like to stay below 500k. Financing is approved and we are ready to pull the trigger as soon as we find what we like. If you have any leads you could share feel free to PM me.

                         Thank you!
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Mark Brenckle on September 24, 2020, 07:09:34 PM
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/17930-19th-Ave-NE-Arlington-WA-98223/38451159_zpid/

Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Bowhunter3 on September 24, 2020, 07:56:17 PM
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/17930-19th-Ave-NE-Arlington-WA-98223/38451159_zpid/

Over what we would like to spend & not a fan of being on the railroad tracks. Thanks though.
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Southpole on September 25, 2020, 07:21:09 AM
Weíd sell you ours but weíre going to ask a ridiculous price like everyone else  :tung: .
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: 7mmfan on September 25, 2020, 08:29:03 AM
Thats a tough one. Under 500k is hard to find period in Snohomish County anymore, let alone with acreage. Good luck with your purchase, don't settle. Good chance housing prices in our area begin to come down in the next year.
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: ctwiggs1 on September 25, 2020, 09:05:13 AM
Have you considered Idaho Falls?   :chuckle:

In all seriousness, good luck to you!
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Buckmark on September 25, 2020, 09:34:38 AM
That is going to be a unicorn for the area you want to be in, if you are wanting a stick built home with those parameters you may need to go further north.
But if you are not against a manufactured home then this fits everything you listed and just hit yesterday

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/22741-Nature-View-Dr-Sedro-Woolley-WA-98284/23364704_zpid/
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Stein on September 25, 2020, 10:51:08 AM
Yeah, unfortunately that's going to be very close to impossible to find.  I would be checking daily as if something like that came up it will be gone instantly.

We live in Arlington, 1776 square feet on a postage size lot and our house is worth $450-470 or so (unbelievable to me).  A couple neighbors were selling smaller houses than ours and they are on the market for a few days at those prices before selling.

The I-5 corridor is going to be trouble in that price, I would look as far east as I could deal with, Darrington and similar areas.
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: ctwiggs1 on September 25, 2020, 10:54:35 AM
On a serious note, I'd let as many real estate agents around there as possible know about what you're looking for.  It's not uncommon for a good agent to hear about an upcoming property and help connect folks early.
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Mark Brenckle on September 25, 2020, 11:01:21 AM
We just bought our place in July not far from the link I posted, the market is crazy right now. The real estate agents are scrambling trying to find affordable homes, but people just aren't going to lose out on the extra $$$. Maybe try a new home community?
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Igor on September 25, 2020, 11:21:36 AM
Just for reference, my son is getting ready to sell his house in Lake Stevens.

Rambler with a bonus room, 2 car garage, covered RV parking, heat pump with air conditioning, wood stove, sprinkler system, laundry room, electronic surveillance system, on 1.75 acres, half in woods. The house is 19 years old, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,418 Square Feet.  He is listing it at $750,000 which is at the bottom of the current market right now.

Housing prices anywhere in Snohomish county, or north in Skagit county, are just nuts.
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: lokidog on September 25, 2020, 11:28:13 AM
For 500K you can buy 40+ acres in WI with house and plenty of outbuildings.  ;)
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Buckmark on September 25, 2020, 11:51:19 AM
I will also add that nothing priced correctly is selling for asking, all are going over. Anything you see that has sat for awhile or has been lowered was way overpriced and the sellers were shooting for the moon.
I have been involved in 6 scenarios (Buying and selling) over the last few years and all but 2 sold for more than asking.
All sold quickly and had multiple offers which can be creative, of the 2 that went for asking both were buying not selling, 1 was in an area that the market had not blown up yet and we were the first to view it and the first offer and they were in a bind to sell, the 2nd we were the 2nd offer and we were a cash buyer.
The most recent selling we had was just last month and had 17 showings the first 2 days and multiple offers and had escalators in a few that went as high as 100k over asking price.....stupid housing market right now
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: lokidog on September 25, 2020, 04:05:43 PM
I will also add that nothing priced correctly is selling for asking, all are going over. Anything you see that has sat for awhile or has been lowered was way overpriced and the sellers were shooting for the moon.
I have been involved in 6 scenarios (Buying and selling) over the last few years and all but 2 sold for more than asking.
All sold quickly and had multiple offers which can be creative, of the 2 that went for asking both were buying not selling, 1 was in an area that the market had not blown up yet and we were the first to view it and the first offer and they were in a bind to sell, the 2nd we were the 2nd offer and we were a cash buyer.
The most recent selling we had was just last month and had 17 showings the first 2 days and multiple offers and had escalators in a few that went as high as 100k over asking price.....stupid housing market right now

Good for you, we've mostly been on the wrong side of things.
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Blacktail135 on September 25, 2020, 04:48:45 PM
 Housing market around here is crazy. My 1000sf, 2bd/1ba, 1/3ac, 100 year old house I sold 2 years ago for 295k just got resold again for 385k.
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Bowhunter3 on September 26, 2020, 05:51:33 AM
I appreciate everybodyís input/advice/experiences. We know itís going to be tough to find what we are looking for. We had been casually looking for the last couple months and there were a lot of places that met our criteria and price range, but of course now that we are ready to buy theres barely anything.  We are okay with manufactured depending on condition. Love old farm houses. We are open to houses that need a little work, but we have gone to look at a couple that need work and are still priced like they are brand new. Itís insane. We donít need(or really want) a big house. Right around 1000-1400 would be ideal but we are open to a little smaller/bigger. We are constantly looking on Redfin, Homesnap, Zillow, Craigslist, plus our realtor is doing everything she can to find something we like. I am slowly convincing the wife to move further north/East but one step at a time there. Even looking further up to sedro or out to Darrington doesnít produce much more. My biggest thing is the shop(or room for one) and a little seclusion. She is more focused on the inside of the houses and location. I never imagined finding a house would be this difficult. My mom(our realtor) has been in real estate since I was a little kid and even she said she canít believe this. She also sees prices calming down in the hopefully near future. But we are also trying to take advantage of these incredibly low rates as well. Anyways thanks again everyone. The hunt continues  :tup:
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Bowhunter3 on September 26, 2020, 05:53:21 AM
For 500K you can buy 40+ acres in WI with house and plenty of outbuildings.  ;)

I would say you donít know how tempting that is, but I think we all know you do :chuckle: ;)
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Buckmark on September 26, 2020, 07:24:12 AM
I appreciate everybodyís input/advice/experiences. We know itís going to be tough to find what we are looking for. We had been casually looking for the last couple months and there were a lot of places that met our criteria and price range, but of course now that we are ready to buy theres barely anything.  We are okay with manufactured depending on condition. Love old farm houses. We are open to houses that need a little work, but we have gone to look at a couple that need work and are still priced like they are brand new. Itís insane. We donít need(or really want) a big house. Right around 1000-1400 would be ideal but we are open to a little smaller/bigger. We are constantly looking on Redfin, Homesnap, Zillow, Craigslist, plus our realtor is doing everything she can to find something we like. I am slowly convincing the wife to move further north/East but one step at a time there. Even looking further up to sedro or out to Darrington doesnít produce much more. My biggest thing is the shop(or room for one) and a little seclusion. She is more focused on the inside of the houses and location. I never imagined finding a house would be this difficult. My mom(our realtor) has been in real estate since I was a little kid and even she said she canít believe this. She also sees prices calming down in the hopefully near future. But we are also trying to take advantage of these incredibly low rates as well. Anyways thanks again everyone. The hunt continues  :tup:
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Did you look at the one i linked earlier in Sedro, 5 ac, shop etc for under 500k?
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Bowhunter3 on September 26, 2020, 07:39:43 AM
I appreciate everybodyís input/advice/experiences. We know itís going to be tough to find what we are looking for. We had been casually looking for the last couple months and there were a lot of places that met our criteria and price range, but of course now that we are ready to buy theres barely anything.  We are okay with manufactured depending on condition. Love old farm houses. We are open to houses that need a little work, but we have gone to look at a couple that need work and are still priced like they are brand new. Itís insane. We donít need(or really want) a big house. Right around 1000-1400 would be ideal but we are open to a little smaller/bigger. We are constantly looking on Redfin, Homesnap, Zillow, Craigslist, plus our realtor is doing everything she can to find something we like. I am slowly convincing the wife to move further north/East but one step at a time there. Even looking further up to sedro or out to Darrington doesnít produce much more. My biggest thing is the shop(or room for one) and a little seclusion. She is more focused on the inside of the houses and location. I never imagined finding a house would be this difficult. My mom(our realtor) has been in real estate since I was a little kid and even she said she canít believe this. She also sees prices calming down in the hopefully near future. But we are also trying to take advantage of these incredibly low rates as well. Anyways thanks again everyone. The hunt continues  :tup:
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Did you look at the one i linked earlier in Sedro, 5 ac, shop etc for under 500k?

I did, thank you for sharing it. I showed that to the wife when it first popped up and she is still in the air about it as far as the location goes. We have a couple to look at today and then might go check it out. Itís everything I want, but apparently I have to compromise a little for her :chuckle: but all it took was a trip out to look at one in big lake and she went from McMurray being the furthest north to big lake being the furthest. Just gotta work on her some more lol.  Again, thank you!
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: JimmyHoffa on September 26, 2020, 08:22:49 AM
This year is just crazy in general.  Probably get a few things to either stabilize or go extra crazy after the election.
For housing construction, there has been a shortage/delay in building materials this year.  Prices have gone up on quite a few things making it much more expensive to build; so more have to buy existing homes.  Some materials have tripled in price.  With the fires in the West, the hurricanes in the South and the rioting in the Lefty cities unlikely the demand will slow for a while.
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: fishnfur on September 26, 2020, 08:30:03 AM
MLS# 1660841
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: fishnfur on September 26, 2020, 08:34:01 AM
MLS# 1668727
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: j_h_nimrod on September 26, 2020, 08:41:32 AM
We were looking in another area and seeing the same thing.  We were looking for almost the exact same thing as you but with a few more bedrooms. There were a number of houses available beginning of the year, but by the time we were ready to pull the trigger there were very few and prices were astronomical. We ended up getting very fortunate on a great place, not all we wanted but enough that we are happy. We did end up going to the very top end of our budget plus a bit.

A word of warning, mortgage companies, appraisers, and inspectors are slammed. We barely met deadline for inspection and ended up having to get an extension for the appraisal and subsequent closing.

Good luck!
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: fishnfur on September 26, 2020, 09:05:51 AM
last one:  MLS# 1668635
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Bowhunter3 on September 26, 2020, 11:24:19 AM
This year is just crazy in general.  Probably get a few things to either stabilize or go extra crazy after the election.
For housing construction, there has been a shortage/delay in building materials this year.  Prices have gone up on quite a few things making it much more expensive to build; so more have to buy existing homes.  Some materials have tripled in price.  With the fires in the West, the hurricanes in the South and the rioting in the Lefty cities unlikely the demand will slow for a while.

Agreed
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Bowhunter3 on September 26, 2020, 11:25:23 AM
We were looking in another area and seeing the same thing.  We were looking for almost the exact same thing as you but with a few more bedrooms. There were a number of houses available beginning of the year, but by the time we were ready to pull the trigger there were very few and prices were astronomical. We ended up getting very fortunate on a great place, not all we wanted but enough that we are happy. We did end up going to the very top end of our budget plus a bit.

A word of warning, mortgage companies, appraisers, and inspectors are slammed. We barely met deadline for inspection and ended up having to get an extension for the appraisal and subsequent closing.

Good luck!

Itís really insane! Glad you guys found the right deal! Appreciate it
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Bowhunter3 on September 26, 2020, 11:27:22 AM
last one:  MLS# 1668635

Thanks fishnfur! This last one is the one we are going to view in a few hours. Went by for a quick peek this morning and liked it, just waiting for the wife to get off work.
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: pianoman9701 on September 26, 2020, 01:04:30 PM
I have a feeling the housing market will topple a bit before December. If you can wait a bit you might save some money. That is unless you're trying to sell, as well. Once these people who've been deferring Fanny and Freddie M. mortgages start defaulting, there's going to be a load of real estate on the market, IMHO. Just a guess.  :dunno:
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: fishnfur on September 26, 2020, 09:31:08 PM
last one:  MLS# 1668635

Thanks fishnfur! This last one is the one we are going to view in a few hours. Went by for a quick peek this morning and liked it, just waiting for the wife to get off work.

No problem man.  I like sorting through the crap and finding diamonds.  They all looked pretty good.  Seems to me part of the rapid price increases has to do with the lack of law and order in the city.  Hope you find the house of your dreams.  If none of these are perfect, I'd be patient and check new listings on Johnlscott.com every morning (using the map feature) .  Click on "search homes" on just left of center on the top, then zoom down to the area you are interested in.  Click on the criteria tab and enter the house of your dreams and see what comes up. 

Check back every day without fail.  Good houses are gone within hours sometimes.  You have to be ready to pull the trigger when you get a shot at what you want.  When the market is like this, you have to go all in. 

Good luck!
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on September 26, 2020, 09:39:53 PM
You would be love our place, but wife wonít move with grandkid in the area.🤬
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: j_h_nimrod on September 27, 2020, 11:04:50 AM
Also, try Movoto.com and Realtor.com. When we were looking, I was amazed that there seemed to be a few of the same houses on every site and then there would be this one oddball showing on only one of the numerous sites we were perusing. Ended up finding a few good leads on Movoto, and early on Realtor had a few nice places that did not show up anywhere else. Zillow seemed to be the most generic and error prone (no unique houses and frequent listing errors) but was good for a quick check.
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: fishnfur on September 27, 2020, 07:13:43 PM
...and FSBO listings found online, or even better, short-sales that can be found on a site like this:  https://www.auction.com/residential/32612%20NE%2082nd%20Ave,%20La%20Center,%20WA_qs/
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: Bowhunter3 on September 28, 2020, 05:16:58 AM
Right on thanks everyone! We are not selling, so that matched with our generous current landlord, has given us the luxury of time if needed. We have strongly considered waiting unless prices inevitably drop, but then we also run the risk of these crazy low rates inevitably rising. We spent the weekend looking at houses, some a couple times, and will be making an offer today on one we love. Hopefully itíll work out :tup:
Title: Re: House Hunting- WTB
Post by: lokidog on September 30, 2020, 07:54:29 PM
Good luck!