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Old 03-04-2008, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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Yeah, but you're stuck in Texas!
... but we don't consider ourselves stuck. We WERE stuck in Bothell - whew that we got out of that one!!!

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If you had up to about $575,000 and would like a house built in the past 15 years (and a close commute to MS - 30 minutes),
Have you looked at Education Hill, in Redmond. -- uh, strike that. A quick look @ Zillow shows homes on a street that I am familiar with as in the $700-800k range. Real Estate Search Results | Zillow Real Estate

Sammamish?
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Seattle area
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We just moved here from TX ourselves and bought a house in Redmond. As far as newer construction at that price, I'm thinking it will be tough. You might look at Redmond Ridge for that -- personally that community isn't for me, and rush hour traffic isn't great (that 30 minutes will be easy at some hours and hard at others). But it is new, and the houses 'modern' with the big master suites, if that's what floats your boat.

Traffic to Woodinville struck us as completely insane when we test-drove it. Some people said it wasn't likely to be as bad as we found it, normally, but we ruled out Woodinville when we got stuck on a two-lane road for 40-some minutes way far out. There may be *parts* of Woodinville that are close enough in, but everyone wants that 30-minute window....

If you are looking on a map at I-405, don't bother. I'm sure there's an analagous highway where you live -- looks great on a map, but at rush hour, it's a parking lot. Not a commuting option to get you to a cheaper house if you're driving in at rush hour.

If your husband has flexible hours -- can work from 10 to 7, say, or 7 to 3:30 -- Woodinville may become more doable (from what I've seen the past month, others may know more than I do). My husband could easily do that, but we have a baby, so I don't want him there all night

Good luck. I've been finding it beautiful here. We've had a stretch of perfect weather -- might be over for a little while, but for two weeks it was heaven in February. I'm so happy we moved here. I hope that lasts beyond the move into the new house after close and the rest of the winter!! good luck.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Seattle area
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Hi Jenbar! We just paid $515k for our Ed Hill house, so it's not as bad as 700 yet! (Now I have to hope it does get that bad for the whole hill, since we got here AFTER the house price boom :-) ). It's near Meadow Park. 104/160 seems to be a dividing line between some older, smaller houses and some newer, bigger ones. We're on the north/"newer" side of that line. SEEMS a nice neighborhood, met some people, hope we did right. There were some other nice houses in the $520-560 range, but it does seem they've 'dried up' in the last 2 weeks. I'm sure they'll cycle back.

We're in MS-provided temp housing in Sammamish right now. Boy, they did us a favor sticking us out here. We found out we can't handle being out here -- the commute is AWFUL. Everyone says that "the flyover" is going to fix everything. You'd think they're curing cancer out there or something. It's open one direction now, but that's not going to fix the traffic issues! Just getting down off the plateau can take thirty minutes! Getting from up Sahalee down to Target at 202 and 520 took me 30 minutes one day.

I know it works for a lot of people... but no way are we buying a house out here with the traffic issues. Takes forever to get ANYwhere. But, the same applies on the times -- if you work off-hours, you may have better luck.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:21 AM
 
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Excuse my ignorance, but what's the "flyover?"
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Seattle area
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Haha, sorry about that. As far as I can tell, it's a big ramp their building to get onto highway 520. 520 ends out northeast of Marymoor Park right now, just stops being a highway and turns into Avondale road. It's a huge traffic MESS in the mornings and evenings. The "flyover" is a ramp that is supposed to take traffic over the surface streets and somehow resolve this mess. Realtors are saying how great it will be to live out east now because "the flyover" will fix everything. But, I'm still new here, maybe I missed something and they are curing cancer down there or something. Or, maybe it will fix the traffic problem -- we'll know in a couple of weeks -- I'm just not holding my breath! You've got time to deliberate -- if by summer everyone says that it's better, you could include Sammamish in your search. But after a month of living in Sammamish, it seems to be pretty far from everything time-wise.
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Old 03-04-2008, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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Hi mamma mia. Has anyone told you about the most complete resource online for real estate in a very wide area near Seattle, including the entire area you’re interested in? It’s MLSOnline. No registering required; no emails.
Seattle Real Estate, Top Seattle Real Estate Search, TheMLSonline.com

Less complete, but useful for comparisons, are
Realtor.com: http://www.realtor.com/Default.aspx
Homes.com: http://www.homes.com/index.cfm
for condos, Condocompare.com: http://condocompare.com/

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Old 03-04-2008, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Seattle area
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Cats, how much rep are you getting off those links all the time, anyway? :-D

Actually, I found redfin.com to be much more helpful in this area. We could search using the map, which was great -- let us avoid some areas of cities easily, concentrating in the radius we wanted. Redfin is great!

Redfin - Seattle, WA Real Estate - Find, Buy & Sell Homes
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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I always just used the two main realtor company websites when we were searching for a home. Windermere.com and johnlscott.com
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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Cats, how much rep are you getting off those links all the time, anyway? :-D

Redfin is great!
Hahahahahaha!! That's so funny! How many dozens and dozens of times have I given out MLS, apartments, and jobs links -- and I have received - O N E - rep for the links! So funny! I guess it's because the folks I'm talking to don't know about reps, and/or are just focused on the information they're hungry for. But that's okay.

I've heard about Redfin. If you recommend it, Jenlion, I'm sure it's excellent. I shall go play with it, and add it to my list of unreppy links!!!
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:46 PM
 
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Redfin is a "competitor" but their maps are the best! And in addition to the proprietary MLS stuff I use available to agents, Redfin's maps are very useful, though they post stuff a day later than the MLS, which has no effect in a slow market.
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