Marysville, WA Real Estate News

By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
The media likes to hype up information in order to get people to read and listen to the head lines. The housing bubble has made every website, blog site and newspaper at one time or another. And from my own position, I have seen web traffic and search term number decrease from the norm. But does that mean there is a pop in the housing bubble or a housing bubble at all? My answer is a firm no.Builders, lenders, title and escrow agents have come into my office and one of the first questions is “have you noticed slowing down?”. My answer stays pretty consistent, yes, it has slowed down but it is relatively speaking. The phones have calmed and internet inquiries are down but that doesn’t mean transaction and deals are any less prevalent in our office.That leads me to believe that the housin...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Growing up in Marysville, my friend and I would map out our Halloween plan on which neighborhoods would yield the most loot, candy. Being a residential town there are many neighborhoods to choose from because some are better than others, candy wise.Bayview Ridge - Bayview is a neighborhood made up of 700+ homes and is located on the Eastside of Cedarcrest Golf Course. it has wide streets and lights so families and children can feel safe from speeding cars and creepy people. It is also a neighborhood known for handing out "big" candy bars, an added bonus for any trick-or-treator.Kellogg Marsh - Kellogg is a neighborhood comprised of 500+ homes that boarders 67th, 88th street and Kellogg Marsh Elementary (my sister-in-law teaches 2nd grade their). It also has wide streets and lights for s...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Marysville "The Strawberry City" is a town located just outside the heart of the main cities. According to legend, James Comford, original founder, named the city Marysville after his wife Maria. The city started as a trading post and logging camp and didn't receive the nickname "The Strawberry City" until the Roaring Twenties. Since the early years, Marysville has developed into a nice residential community complete with distinct neighborhoods, parks and cult-ti-sacks. Traveling through the different neighborhoods you can find kids playing basketball outside and children racing around on the bicycles. Having kids around really makes Marysville feel like home. During Christmas season, Marysville is one of the best cities to travel through and look at the Christmas lights. With the "heal...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
How to make Your REALTOR Get You the Best Deal by Jodi Brown, Karen Villa Schweinfurth and Ken DeshaiesThis book is an easy to understand, informative, first time buyers guide to real estate process. It is written in large font and has quotes before each section from past clients. The book is broken down into four seperate sections: The Home-Buying Process: A Brief History, A New Law for the People, Let's Get Started and Getting Your Home. From the very beginning the book felt like it was written for someone that never went through the process before. As such, it covered a lot of areas someone would probably not think about when starting their research. It refreshed my memory as much as pointing out areas that I tend not to think about.The Home-Buying Process: A Brief HistoryHere the au...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Are you currently a real estate agent in Snohomish County? Are you thinking about switching broker offices for 2007? Would you like to reduce your monthly fees? Would you like to work for a company that provides custom marketing material? If so, Barnett Associates Real Estate would love to have you on our team.About Us: Barnett Associates Real Estate is a family owned real estate brokerage office that specializes in Snohomish County residential real estate. Our family approach to business creates a warm and inviting environment for seasoned and new agents alike.Where to find Us: Barnett Associates is located at 1212 2nd Street Suite A, Marysville, WA and on the web at http://www.barnettassociates.net/.Board of REALTORS: Barnett Associates is a proud and long standing member. We believe ...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
In this day an age, boarder security is as big topic for the legislatures as it is for us average citizens. With all the heightened security a passport will become mandatory in 2008 to travel from Washington into British Columbia. In years past, Washingtonians were highly accustomed to driving to the boarder crossing and getting into Canada. All it took was too show your ID/Washington State Drivers License and answering a few questions regarding purpose of visit (pleasure/business), duration of stay (usually a few days), my story was this "my buddy's and I are going to look at girls, drink till we puke and sleep in the truck in some dark ally", and if there were any guns, alcohol and how much tobacco was in the vehicle. If you could answer these questions without have sweat bead up on y...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Just a minute ago, I was talking to the guys at Marysville Everett Ceramic Tile and they shared a picture they found of Marysville from 1950. I immediately asked if I could borrow and went next door to my office and scanned the picture. In the picture you can see the block we are on, 2nd street, second from the right, and the rest of the city. During those times there wasn't a lot of action around here. At the bottom of the picture, where the green belt is, that is the current location of I-5. So much has changed and it makes me wanna dig up so old pictures of Marysville.The image is linked to the file so you can click it to get a better view. The orginal is 3400x2200 so you can get a pretty good view of the city.
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
I was looking though my pic tonight and I found this pic with my nephew and me. A-Do, Aiden, had his first shoulder ride in theis picture. Bryan brings him in the office almost every day and I love it. Aiden operates our BizHub, mashing buttons and faxing...it totally crarcks me up...do we have a broker in training? He just maybe the third generation Barnett to run the company. I love family!! There is no one harder and more enjoyable to work for IMO.
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Last night, Barnett Associates Real Estate got together to discuss how efforts of the local food drive. We are still collecting so if you would like to help out please stop by my office, 1212 2nd Street Suite A Marysville - WA - 98270, and contribute a few dollars or some nonperishable food items. All donations are going to help out the Marysville Food Bank and Volunteers of America. Barnett Associates Real Estate has a big week coming up and here is where you can find us.October 9, 2006 - We will be back in the Bayview Ridge neighborhood handing out reminder door hangers.October 14, 2006 - We will be at the Marysville Mall Albertsons handing out information and accepting donations.October 15, 2006 - Back to Bayview Ridge to pick up all the donation from residents.Our goal is collect 5,...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Reported on CNN.com there was article published, Next hot Market...Think Washington. Out of the Top 10, Washington received 5/10 of the top spots. The first being Mount Vernon.Mount Vernon is bustling area that is conducive to development. Having open lands which are relatively priced, Mount Vernon is going to the fastest growth area in Western Washington. The articles discusses why Washington is such a hot market. Driven by economical growth (Microsoft and Boeing's rapid highering) and low interest rates real estate still continues to be a hot topic here. As the nation seen a housing market decrease, Snohomish County, is seeing a dramatic increase in rentals rates to increase property management business (fueled by rental demand) and leveling off of housing prices to continue purchases...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Community living is far different than living in a home. Apartments and Condos have appeal that individual homes can not offer. I live in downtown Kirkland and in an apartment, yes I rent because I cannot afford to by in my area of choice yet, there are people that are in my demographical group. It makes it very nice because everyone is in a similar time of their lives and interests are also very similar, friends and fun.Community living also has allows people to live in the city where a person doesn’t need to use an automobile to get around. From my place I can walk to the gym, grocery store, the lake, friends place, Starbucks, restaurants and even the clubs/bars. Cab rides are only 3-4 bucks and Wendy's is open late. But there are some disadvantages to community living like barking do...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Wow today was a warm one in Washington somewhere in the 80's. Mickie and I walked the Bayview Ridge neighborhood and handed out door hangers, talked with neighbors and discussed how nice everyones yards looked with the changing colors. I had my camera and forgot to take pictures...darn it.Barnett Associates is pledging $100 to kick off our Food Drive. Our team is behind us and were are hoping to gernate a lot food/money for the Snohomish County Food Bank Coalition. In addition to teh neighborhood and our office, Barnett Associates will be at the Marysville Albertsons in Marysville Mall plaza on October 14, 2006. If you're down there shopping please drop in a few non perishable food items on your way out. We appreciate all your support.
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Tomorrow afternoon Barnett Associates Real Estate will be in the Bayview Ridge community passing out flyers on the Snohomish County-Camano Associations of REALTORS food drive and the neighborhood website contest. I can't wait to visit the neighborhood once again and talk to old friends. The nieghborhood has changed little since I last lived there but the memories will coming rushing back as I walk through my old hood. If you're a member of the Bayview Ridge Cedarcrest communities and you see us tomorrow give a shout out! We would love to hear from you. Last time I was in the neighborhood meeting neighbors I got yelled at by a guy disgruntal with the prize give away we were doing. He was an odd duck but he has a right to his opinion, that is what make the US so great, but Barnett Associa...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
The Snohomish County still has a strong real estate market which has not been affected by the rising interest rates. Below are some statistics on the Snohomish County.Active Listings, ResidentialAug 2006 - 3,807Aug 2005 - 3,040Increase of 20%Active Listings, New ConstructionAug 2006 - 1,226Aug 2005 - 850Increase of 30%If you are looking to buy, either a resale or new construction, there are plenty of homes on the market right now. This is not necessarily a buyers market because the price levels remain relatively high. With residential homes in 2006 seeing a Y-T-D average price of $473,237 and new construction 2006 seeing an Y-T-D average price of $497,852. In 2007, the market may shift to become more of a buyers market due to economical forces but since our area is still experiencing de...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Yesturday when I was in the office setting up the new desks I received an interesting call. A lady called from Guam regarding the availability of rentals and if pets were allowed. Calling on behalf of her husband, who is in the Military and who has emailed us as well, she was surprised she reached someone that has a real estate website that could assist in Washington military relocation. Following up on leads by email, I manage all incoming leads, and then receiving a call from half way around the globe was a real treat for me. My dad was a helicopter mechanic in the military and my mom knows first had the trials and tribulations that a military family faces as they move from place to place. My brother was born in Texas and I in Germany while my dad was in the service.But getting back o...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
I would like to give a shout out to Matt, Manager, of the Marysville Staples. When the office furniture we wanted to buy was being discontinued he helped us purchase the floor displays from his store and the Lynnwood and Redmond stores.Marysville Staples has been Barnett Associates office supply store for at least three years and they have always been top notch in customer service and assisting us with our office needs and this was the true test. Matt worked with us to get what we needed and inturn we will continue to all our office supply business there. I don't know how many people buy company office supplies but the dollar amount is a cost that we just can't avoid. So it is comforting to know there is a large company that we can count on to help us with our small business needs. I ha...
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