Eastside Seattle Real Estate Blog

Home Buying: What is a Greenbelt? Buffer-Zone, Vacant Land Or...

asking questions when buying a houseWhat is a greenbelt? We get this question a lot - and it can have a different meaning depending on the circumstances and location of the home. More importantly, too many buyers become enamoured with the view & privacy - assuming it will always be that way. Home buyers coming to the Seattle or Bellevue areas from other parts of the country understandably may have preconceived notions as to what a "greenbelt" actually is... but they may be mistaken.

In the Pacific Northwest, a greenbelt or buffer-zone is generally considered by most homeowners and buyers alike, to be a vacant patch or parcel of forested land, behind, or to the side of a home. Typically in King County, greenbelts are at least partially forested, but the landscape can vary -...

New Issaquah Development & Buyer Demand Sparks Rising Home Prices in 2013

Issaquah is proving more popular than ever with home buyers in 2013. While Issaquah has historically enjoyed a very active market compared to other "suburban" communities in King County, with inventory continuing to shrink in neighborhoods closer to Seattle (and affordability dwindling), a greater number of buyers are choosing to purchase homes farther east. This trend, combined with new commercial & residential development in perennially "hot" neighborhoods like the Issaquah Highlands, has lead to a seemingly never-ending increase in home prices.

Is this good news? Well, this of course would depend on who you ask. For sellers, compared to previous years, this obviously means fewer days on the market, and a higher selling price - and perhaps some relief for many weary homeowners who are no longer "underwater." But for buyers, it means less home for the...

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