Archive for November, 2012

Save Money Everyday – At the Grocery Store

Save Money Everyday – At the Grocery Store

 It is always tough to stay on a budget at the grocery story – there are so many choices.  Here are some tips that may help you as you navigate the food aisles:

  •  Make a list and buy ONLY the items you have written down.
  • Buy only enough perishables that you and your family can eat in a reasonable amount of time.  When you throw out food, you throw out money.
  • Stock up whenever possible.  Buy bulk on frequently used non-perishable items such as canned goods and paper products – especially when they are on sale.
  • Look high and low.  Stores often put the most expensive items at eye level.
  • Beware of the ends. Advertised items are often found at the ends of the aisles; however, they are placed alongside non-sale items.
  • Use coupons with care.  Do not use coupons for items you would ordinarily never buy.  Also, ask if the store will double a coupon or accept competitor’s coupons – you may be pleasantly surprised at the answer.
  • Check for sale prices.  Look at the store entrance for sale flyers.  Also, flyers come in the local newspaper, and you can find coupons online.

Real Estate Outlook – Seattle, WA – November 2012

Sales Continue to Climb, Up 27% Over 2011

According to statistics from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), sales in October 2012 were up more than 27% from October 2011.  And, sales were up nearly 7% over September 2012.

Inventory at lowest level in years

The number of homes on the market (inventory) continued to drop in October.   Inventory was down nearly 46% from 2011, and down nearly 13% from September 2012.  With so few properties on the market, buyers continue to compete for homes and many sellers are able to choose from multiple offers.

Prices continue to climb

Home and condo prices in King and Snohomish counties continue to climb.   In King County, the average price was up 13.64% over October 2011, and in Snohomish County, prices were up 9.2% over the year before.

Just Listed in the Renton Highlands

We just listed this Renton Highlands Rambler….

Just Sold – These two homes!

We just sold these homes….

North Seattle

and this one in Ballard