I absolutely intended to write a page on everything I learned while buying our house back in April of this year, but moving and painting and settling delayed me and eventually inertia took hold. Let me put it this way, if you’re planning on buying a house in Seattle email me and I’ll happily answer anything you’d like. Otherwise countrywide differences keep me from hoping to help out anybody with what I’ve learned. I mean, our no view, no garage, slightly sketchy neighborhood house is worth a lot more that then three bedroom, two full bath, living room, dining room, den, full basement, two car garage, acre lot, quiet dead end street with park views suburban Cleveland house I grew up. But this is my best advice: get a realtor you love, it makes all the difference during the nervous parts.
Like anybody who learns how to buy a house (and it is a steep learning process, at least for those of us who would rather put our fingers in our ears and sing “la la la” loudly than, say, balance a check book) I kept on reading the MLS for Seattle long after we’d stopped obsessing over what is out there. This is dangerous because of the woulda/shoulda doubts over houses listed after our purchase was legally binding. That said, I’ve been attached to Redfin Seattle blog lately and, happily, it’s making me more and more confident about the house we purchased.