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Newly built White Bluffs 3 bedroom rambler! $309,000

Welcome to 4651 Cowlitz Blvd! This stunning newly built rambler is located in the desirable White Bluffs neighborhood of South Richland. The 1701 sq ft home was built by Ranchland Homes with excellent quality and thoughtful design. The home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 9’ ceilings. The home is ideal for living, gathering, and entertaining with an open floorplan and split bedroom areas.

The kitchen is designed with stainless appliances, large walk-in pantry, granite countertops, full tile backsplash, and beautiful dark wood cabinetry with soft-close hardware.

Family room and dining nook are light and bright with large picture windows, raised ceilings, and access to the covered back patio.

Relax in the master suite featuring a large walk-in closet with built-in cabinetry and luxurious bathroom with soaker tub, separate shower, tile flooring, double sinks, and raised granite countertops.

There are two additional bedrooms, conveniently located on the opposite side of the greatroom, a hallway/guest bathroom, laundry room with cabinets/countertop, and built-in locker style mudroom cabinets. The 2nd bathroom features a tub/shower combo, dark wood cabinet, granite countertop, and tile flooring. There are many extras including 5 panel doors and 5″ baseboards. 

The exterior features 3 car garage, Hardi siding with stone accents, landscaping, curbing, stone, fence, and covered back patio. Ideally located in the desirable White Bluffs neighborhood, just mile from the Badger Mtn Westgate trail head and minutes from the Queensgate area businesses & restaurants. 

The home is newly built and nearly finished; new pictures will be added as work is completed. 

Located in the Richland School DistrictWhite Bluffs Elementary, (brand new) Leona Libby Middle School, Richland High School.

Call Nick or Valerie Kunde at (509)845-4570 for an appt to see it today; this could be the house you call home!

MLS #225682

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Zillow Listing

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Stunning 3 Bedroom Westcliffe Rambler! $366,000

Welcome to 1325 White Bluffs St. This stunning stucco rambler is located in the desirable Westcliffe neighborhood. The 2313 sq ft home features 3 bedrooms + office, 2 bathrooms, and gorgeous panoramic views! The home is ideal for living, gathering, and entertaining with an open floorplan.

The kitchen is designed with stainless appliances & hood, gas stove, corner pantry, granite countertops, full tile backsplash, and soft close drawers & cupboards.

The family room features a stunning gas fireplace with tile surround, built in entertainment cabinets, picture windows, access to front patio, and a raised coffered ceiling. The dining room opens to the backyard and covered patio.

Relax in the master suite with sliding door and patio access, large walk-in closet, and luxurious bathroom with soaker tub, large walk-in tile shower, dual showerheads, double sinks, and raised granite countertops. There are two additional bedrooms, a large hallway bathroom, office with French doors, and laundry room with cabinets/countertop/sink.

Many extras including tank-less water heater, stucco exterior, acacia wood flooring, top-down-bottom-up blinds, and Energy Star rated. The exterior features oversized garage, stucco siding, landscaping, curbing, stone, and covered front/side/back patios.

Ideally located just minutes from businesses, restaurants, and within walking distance to the Badger Mtn Trailhead and Park.

Located in the Richland School District:  Orchard Elementary, (brand new) Leona Libby Middle School, Richland High School.

Call Nick or Valerie at (509)845-4570 for an appt to see it today–this could be the house you call home! 

MLS Listing #225603

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Just Listed! Premium 5 Acre Lot With Yakima River Frontage Offered at $450,000

 
Welcome to Northstar PR NE! Rare opportunity to purchase 5 acres of land, including 241 feet of Yakima River frontage! If you’re looking for a fantastic location to build a getaway or dream home, you’ll find it on this 5 acre parcel of riverfront property, just 10 mins from town.
 
 
The lot is flat, fullly irrigated, with utilities at site. The riverfront area has mature trees and slight slope down to river. The calm section of river frontage is perfect for swimming, canoeing, boating, or fishing.
 
 
 
This desirable rural community includes quality homes and even neighboring peacocks! The tranquil road and quiet area is perfect for horseback riding, walking, & bicycling. If you’re looking for quiet country living just minutes from town, this could be the place you call home!
 
 
Located in the Richland School District.  Tapteal Elementary, Enterprise Middle School, Hanford High School. 
 
Directions: From N Harrington Rd, right onto Twin Bridges Rd, 2nd left onto Snively Rd, left onto Northstar Pr NE – Go 800 feet (You will
pass three driveways on the right side of the road). River frontage is located on far side of the lot.
 
Call Nick or Valerie Kunde at (509)845-4570 to schedule a personal tour. 
 
MLS Listing:  MLS #222694
 

SOLD! 6 Bedroom 4 Car Garage North Richland Home With Hot Tub! $299,900

Under contract with full price offer!
 
 
Welcome to 1973 Forest! This spacious Richland rambler with basement has many updates and plenty of space for living, hobbies, and recreation with 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and 2850 sq ft. 
 
 
The large kitchen features stainless appliances, breakfast bar, plenty of cabinets, full tile backsplash, and adjacent eat-in dining room with back patio access. The setup is perfect for gathering or entertaining. 
  
All bathrooms have been renovated and include beautiful custom tile. 3 bedrooms are located upstairs and 3 down. 
 
 
The full basement features a large family room with brick fireplace plus a separate spacious bonus rec/play/school room complete with storage closets, 3 bedrooms, and a remodeled bathroom. 
 
 
The exterior is complete with 4 car tandem garage, extra paved parking, and a built-in basketball hoop. You’ll love to relax in the backyard with covered patio, fenced yard, curbing, mature trees, storage shed, and best of all–a hot tub with privacy fence! Fantastic North Richland location within walking distance to Oak Park & community pool, in close proximity to the Hanford Site, shopping, and schools. 
 
 
Located in the Richland School District: Jason Lee Elementary, Chief Joseph Middle School, Richland High School
 
Call Nick or Valerie Kunde at (509)845-4570 for an appt to see it today, this could be the house you call home!
 
MLS Listing: MLS #222716
Realtor.com: 1973 Forest
 
 

SOLD! Beat the Heat with Backyard Pool in 3198 Sq Ft West Richland Home! $365,000

 
Welcome to 1848 Crab Apple Circle! This stunning West Richland home is well designed with a pool to beat the summer heat, and plenty of space for living, entertaining, and recreation!
 
 
 
The spacious home has 5 beds, 2.5 baths, 3198 sq ft. The main floor features spacious open living areas including a family room with gas fireplace, formal dining room, and a flexible extra room (could be office/rec/guest/5th bedroom) with glass french doors. ‘
 
 
The kitchen is open to the family room and features a breakfast bar, island, eat-in dining nook, walk-in pantry, and stainless appliances. Relax in the massive master suite complete with large walk-in closet, oversized countertops, double sinks, vanity, corner soaker tub, & separate shower.
 
 
There are 3 additional bedrooms upstairs, laundry rm, bathroom with double sinks, and a bonus den/loft room.
 
 
Exterior features 3 car garage, RV parking, fenced yard, patio, swimming pool, and beautiful landscaping with curbing, stone, and trees. Ideally located on a cul-de-sac within a quiet circle in a West Richland community.
 
 
Located in the Richland School District: White Bluffs Elementary, Enterprise Middle School, Hanford High School
 
Call Nick or Valerie Kunde at (509)845-4570 to see it today, this could be the house you call home!
 
MLS Listing:  MLS #222743
Realtor.com:  1848 Crab Apple Circle
 
 

SOLD! 5 Bed, 3 Bath Rambler with Basement in Cottonwood Springs $439,900

Welcome to 97405 E Kaitlyn Rd! This beautiful Cottonwood Springs rambler with basement is located on a .71 acre lot with gorgeous panoramic views! It is bright and spacious with 3562 sq ft, 5 bedrooms + bonus and 3 bathrooms. The entryway opens to a flexible room in the front of the home that could function as a den, open office, formal living, or formal dining room. 

The fantastic layout is perfect for gathering or entertaining–the kitchen is open to the dining area, deck access with panoramic views, and a living room with a gas fireplace, tile accents, and a TV niche. The kitchen and dining area are bright with natural light and feature solid surface countertops, raised wrap-around breakfast bar, and pantry. 

The luxurious main level master suite features marble countertops, soaker tub, & separate shower. A 2nd bedroom and adjacent bath are also located on the main level. One of two laundry rooms (which also functions as a mudroom to the garage) is also located on the main level. 

The daylight basement has 3 large bedrooms with full sized windows, a full bathroom, a large open theater-style family room with backyard patio access, craft/bonus room, huge laundry/utility/gym/storage room, plus 2 bonus storage closets. 

Don’t miss the many extras including the new HVAC system, new garbage disposal, new interior paint, raised ceilings, den/office, laundry on both levels, and security system. 

The exterior of the home features Hardi siding with stone accents, finished 3 car garage with man door, RV parking with hookups, fully fenced yard, 2 double gates on garage side for parking behind the fence. The yard is landscaped with curbing, stone, attractive plants/trees, retaining walls, and arborvitae. Fantastic location within walking distance to the Cottonwood Springs park. The neighborhood has a rural feel with spacious lots and nearby fields, yet it’s just 5 miles from Costco, Columbia Center Mall, theaters, restaurants, and other businesses. There is plenty of space for a future shop and pool as well! 

Located in the Kennewick School District with bus transportation to each school: Cottonwood Elementary, Desert Hills Middle School, Kamiakin High School. 

Call Nick or Valerie at (509)845-4570 to see it today–this could be the house you call home!

MLS Listing: MLS #222168

Realtor.com Listing: 97405 E Kaitlyn

Real Estate Market Statistics for Tri-Cities, WA

There are some very interesting market trends we’d like to share for the Tri-Cities, as we move from 2016 into 2017. 

The graph above shows the # of homes sold on the MLS over the past decade. The housing market is booming in the Tri-Cities! Although you may not see many signs for sale and there are not a lot of homes available to buy, more homes have sold this past year than in any other year. The numbers include only single-family non-manufactured residential homes within the Tri-Cities. 

The next graph depicts the median house price in the Tri-Cities. The median price in this area tends to raise slowly over time, but 2016 shows a dramatic increase of $24,000 for the median home sale in the Tri-Cities. The median list price rose from $214,900 to $235,000 in 2016. The median sold price rose from $210,800 to $234,000 in 2016. Note that there is only a $1000 difference between median list price and median sold price. This is great news for sellers–your home may be worth far more than you expect in today’s market, and buyers are making full-price offers!

The lack of inventory has resulted in higher prices and an increased demand. Buyers aren’t waiting to put offers on homes in this market. In the most demanding price ranges ($150,000-250,000) we joke with buyers that “if you have to sleep on it, you probably won’t sleep in it.” The median number of days-on-market has dropped to just 12, and for every house that sits 24 days on the market, there is one selling the first day! Many homes in the high-demand price ranges are selling the first day on market. 

The final graph shows how many homes have sold in each price range. Although the median price is rising, sales remain slower in the higher price ranges, with sales dropping as price increases–capping in the $1,000,000 range. Keep in mind that these numbers represent only homes listed on the MLS, there are additional homes sold by owner or custom built that are not reflected in the charts. 

How do these numbers affect you? If you’re in the market to sell, there has never been a better time to maximize profit. Many homes are worth about $23,000 more than they were 1 year ago. Buyers should be up to date on current price expectations, completely pre-approved for a mortgage, and prepared to write up an offer. Interest rates are low but rising, so it’s still a great time to buy when the right home hits the market.

Please contact Nick or Valerie Kunde at (509)845-4570 if you’re preparing to buy or sell. We’d be happy to analyze the numbers for your specific neighborhood and help you become a better informed buyer or seller!

Music video featuring Richland, WA

The city of Richland recently released a video highlighting the perks of living in Richland, WA: Where the Cool People Go. They’ve included several Top 10 lists where our city has scored well, including a shoutout to our local real estate investment market. We love the video and since we’re still surrounded by snow, it made us homesick for summer sunshine and the Columbia River! 

The video highlights Richland in the following lists:

  • Top 10 “Best place to raise a family,” -Kiplinger.com
  • #2 “Best city on the rise,” -Estately List
  • Top 10 “Best place for real estate investment,” -Nerd Wallet
  • Top 10 “Best place to live,” -Movoto.com

Give Nick or Valerie a call at (509)528-1366 if you’d like to explore our area–we’d love to take you on a real estate tour of the Tri-Cities and the Columbia River! 

 

Thank you for helping us achieve 90% repeat and referral business!

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November is the month of Thanksgiving! We’d like to thank each of our clients for trusting us with their home–the most important sale or purchase they will make. We are especially grateful for friends and clients who have recommended us to their family and friends. Almost 90% of our clients are repeat and referral customers. This has allowed us to focus our efforts on exceptional service and personal involvement though every step of the transaction.

The picture above (courtesy of Zillow) maps our residential sales in the Tri-Cities. We are excited to see our satisfied customer base grow so quickly without extensive advertising. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of our business!

  • We’ve sold homes in every area of the Tri-Cities, including Benton City, Finley, and Burbank.
  • We’ve sold over $25 million worth of real estate.
  • Year-to-date for 2016 we’ve sold (or have under contract) 27 homes.
  • No transaction is too small or large–we’ve helped clients buy, sell, or build from as low as $25,000 for a lot, to over $1,000,000 for a home.
  • We have experience negotiating residential, land, commercial, & investment property sales.
  • We don’t advertise our names, faces, or our brand extensively because almost 90% of our clients are repeat and referral customers.
  • We take pride in our reputation, take care of our clients, and ensure our work is about them–not us.
  • Our clients are lifetime customers—our door is open and our phones are always available!

Thank you again to all of you who have made this possible,

Nick and Valerie Kunde

 

Move Over Seattle, Tri-Cities is Hottest NW Housing Market!

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“Move over Seattle, Tri-Cities is hottest NW housing market” was the headline of Sunday’s Tri-City Herald. This area has been named the 18th hottest in the U.S. and the only area in the Pacific Northwest to qualify for the index, which is based on # of days on market and # of listing views on Realtor.com. The article states “The median Tri-City home has been on the market for just 40 days. A normal market is about 72 days,” and “Since January, the median price of a local home has climbed about 4%, to $234,000.” This price increase is the result of low supply and high demand, and homes for sale are currently in high demand in our seller’s market.

We’ve found the fastest-moving price range to be the under-$200,000 range. In this price range we’ve been able to help buyers by watching new listings come on the market, making appointments to see the home that day, and writing up offers within the hour when we found the right house for the buyer. The saying “if you have to sleep on it, you won’t sleep in it” has definitely applied in this price range!

The advantage to using our team of two agents is that one of us can take care of other business or family obligations, ensuring the other is available for buyers who need to see a house immediately or risk losing the opportunity for that house to become their home. In several instances this spring/summer, we were able to gain a competitive edge and win first-day-on-market multiple offer situations by working as a team when time was of the essence. We also help potential buyers find homes the day they hit the market by setting them up to receive emails directly from the MLS when a home that falls within their criteria range is listed.

Rising prices means your home may be worth more than you think, and since buyers are still able to take advantage of low interest rates, there has not been a better time to sell a Tri-Cities home in the past 10 years. Zillow’s “Zestimate” and county assessor property values are usually incorrect, so give us a call at (509)845-4570 for assistance. If you’re a seller we’ll provide you with a free market analysis of current prices in your neighborhood, and if you’re a potential buyer we’ll set you up to receive no-obligation emails directly from the MLS when homes hit the market.