New Law Affecting Homeowners

Having a Carbon Monoxide Alarm in your home or condo or apartment that you own or rental that you own, is now LAW in the state of Washington. By April 1st of this year, they are “required before a buyer or any other person may legally occupy the residence following the sale.” (RCW 19.27.530). Check out this article. Carbon Monoxide Article


Posted on March 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm
Leigh Harvey | Posted in Uncategorized |

Shadow Inventory

This is another information link to explain the current market conditions. Today the discussion is about Shadow Inventory.

The term Shadow Inventory  indicates the amount of homes that Banks have in their back pocket, so to speak, that will eventually be released to the market. The significance of it is that we have to work our way through all the inventory, or most of it, in order to get through this economic downturn. The banks have been holding onto thousands of homes before putting on the market, as they can only handle so many at a time. The Foreclosure process is very labored and banks are overwhelmed. According to the web site,, thousands of homeowners are struggling to go through loan modifications first, which has also slowed the process down and elongated the time a home gets to foreclosure.

I have included a picture of a map of the United States indicating how many months each state has of shadow inventory. Washington State is fortunate to have only 4 months! That is tremendous, against some states with 12, 18 and even as much as 34 months for the state of New Mexico and 65 for New Jersey. Wow!

Here is a pdf of National Shadow Inventory and Washington State Inventory county by county.  Shadow Inventory & WA State Inventory. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Basically, what this demonstrates is that Washington State, with only 4 months indicated of shadow inventory, stands very strong in the overall economy of foreclosures and recovery from this economic downturn.

More in next segment on the significance to us in the Seattle area.


Posted on March 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Leigh Harvey | Posted in Uncategorized |



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Go onto the web site linked above in the headline, and see what you think! Check it out!

Then from my web site, go to contact me at the bottom and mention that you are interested in the two free tickets. I’ll need your email information and name. There ya have it! Done! Go and enjoy!


Posted on March 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm
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Gardner Econ Report


Overall sense of the US populace has an “improved tone”, the Gardner Report indicates, noted here.

Here are some significant stats you’ll find in the report: (This is referencing the last quarter of 2011 WA State.)

  • 3% expansion of economy
  • Haven’t seen this expansion since Qu2 of 2010
  • Local employment at 7.7% less than national average
  • Job increases:
  • Aerospace + 9,400
  • Ed and Health + 5,400
  • Professional & Business +3700
  • Construction +1000 (awesome!)



Posted on March 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm
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Mariner’s getting going…

Who will surprise us this season with their prowess in baseball? Will it be the new Japan recruits? Will it be Ichiro in his new position? Will it be Ackerly getting really comfortable in the majors? Who will it be?

Look and see what Michael Saunders and Miguel Olivo are up to today.

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm
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Change in Market-2011 vs 2012

Look at the difference from a year ago in the market moving from a balance market to now a hot seller’s market. We need more homes on the market, more listing, more inventory, as there are plenty of buyers out there looking for a good, solid home.

February 2011 Months Supply Map

February 2012 Months Supply Maps

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 12:27 am
Leigh Harvey | Posted in Uncategorized |

Market conditions today…


It’s time to get out and buy something in this very brisk market. According to the NWMLS market conditions story Pending sales are up 27% (much higher in some areas), consumer confidence is on the rise and there’s an uptick in multiple offers.

From Personal experience of being out in the field working, I can tell you that it seems almost every offer I write is a multiple offer. We need more homes out there to add to the overall number, as there are plenty of buyers, but numbers of homes are down! Please, get on it if you are at all considering putting your home on market.

Take a read of this article, and let me know if you like it. Thanks!

Help the real estate market along, call me for a complementary Market Analysis today.

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm
Leigh Harvey | Posted in Uncategorized |