Tag Archives: Kennewick

Tri-Cities School District Boundaries

If you are looking for a house for sale in a specific school or district in the Tri-Cities, you might be overwhelmed.  The boundaries can be confusing, especially if schools are full (such as White Bluffs or Badger Mountain, where new students are reassigned).  There are Richland residents whose homes fall within the Kennewick district boundaries, pockets of homes within a neighborhood that are assigned to a different school, and boundaries that are divided by population & demographics rather than proximity to schools.

Buyers and sellers should be aware of the school boundaries for their homes, even if they currently have no children attending.  The assigned schools can make the home more or less desirable, therefore affecting market value. 

How do you avoid surprises?  Click on our convenient new page: Tri-Cities Schools.  It will link directly to the district websites and boundary maps so you can keep up to date on the latest changes.  We can help you navigate the boundary confusion–our kids have attended Pasco and Kennewick schools, and we currently live in Richland.  Yet growth in the Tri-Cities means schools fill & boundaries change, so we recommend you verify all school information through the district before you buy or sell your home.

 

 

 

Kennewick Park 2 story – Under Contract in 33 Days!

This weekend we placed our listing at 8914 W Falls Avenue, Kennewick, WA, under contract!  This is a great example of a house priced to sell at market value–it showed 16 times in 32 days.  The buyers saw it twice the 32nd day-on-market (Friday), and made an offer after their 3rd showing (Saturday).  It is typical for buyers to move fast once they find a house they love in their price range, and this Kennewick Park house was no exception. 

Pricing your home at market value has many benefits:  Showings are constant and remain fresh in the minds of Realtors (3 agents showed this property to more than 1 client–chances are those agents “kept it in mind” as a good deal even if it didn’t fit their 1st client).  Also, offers tend to be stronger because the house shows well for the price range, a desirable price may generate a higher offer, sellers don’t have to worry about indefinitely keeping the house ready for showings, and the seller is free to move on with a serious offer on their next dream home. 

We’d love the opportunity to sell your home in 33 days too!  We can give you a neighborhood analysis with recent sold and listing prices in your area so you can be informed and know your market value. 

 

 

 

$10,000 Price drop – Hansen Park 3 Bdrm

We’ve just dropped the price on our Hansen Park, Kennewick listing by $10,000!  The new price is $219,900 for the immaculate 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with 3 car garage.  You’ll love the kitchen with plenty of cabinets and a huge island, the sunken family room, and the master retreat with walk-in closet and jetted tub. 

The address is 202 S Kansas, Kennewick, WA  99336.  MLS #178769.  Give us a call to see it in person, or for more information, check out our blog post Hansen Park and our featured listing with map, pictures, school info and more at 202 S Kansas.

 

Gearing up for Spring Home Sales

We are still scraping ice and shoveling snow in the Tri-Cities, but at the same time we’re gearing up for spring home sales.  Why so soon?  Several friends have approached us with the possibility of listing their home, and the question always comes up–when is the best time to list?  The answer is whenever the time is right for you, but according to statistics, that may well be February. 

Residential Sales 2011 - Richland, W Richland, Pasco, Kennewick

 Referring to the 2011 monthly chart, you’ll notice a few spikes in residential sales.  The first spike was in March.  Sales increased by 72, from 160 in February to 232 in March.  Another spike came in June.  Keep in mind the typical 30 day closing period for a loan, which means the contracts to purchase those homes were made in February and May. 

There are several reasons for the spikes; the Feb/March jump includes those who put off buying or selling over the winter–once spring begins, they’re ready to roll.  Sellers may be hoping to beat the crowd to have more choices to buy or time to build a new home by the end of summer (when I worked for a builder, I saw increased traffic in February–the majority already had houses listed or under contract).  May/June sales include those who want a head start on relocating, giving them time to settle in their new location before fall.  Also families with kids often move during the summer break from school. 

The real estate market can also be driven by interest rates, tax incentives, and the local economy.  February and May obviously don’t work for every situation; you’ll be glad to note that sales remain steady year-round in the Tri-Cities.  If you have questions about when the time is right for you, give us a call.  Our next client’s home will be listing on the MLS this week, so check back in a few days to see the new addition to our featured listings! 

 

 

 

 

Tri-Cities Home Sales – What’s Your Price Range?

Those who follow our blog will notice that we like charts and graphs.  Why?  They take an otherwise meaningless list of statistics and organize it into a tidy picture that is immediately understood.  This chart shows the 2011 sales of residential single family homes in Richland, West Richland, Pasco, & Kennewick, divided by price range. 

How does this apply to you?  The first thing you’ll notice is that if you’re selling a house for under $350,000, you’ll have a far greater number of potential buyers (93% of the market).  In fact, more than HALF of the home sales in the Tri-Cities were priced between $100,000 and $200,000.  Fewer homes sold in the higher price ranges, but there were also fewer on the market.  Keep in mind there are higher priced custom built homes that don’t get listed on the MLS, so they aren’t included in the chart. 

The bottom line is that whether you’re in a lower price range with more competition, or a higher price range with fewer buyers (and custom built competition), you need to price your home competitively to attract potential buyers.  The best way to know your price range is to call us for a free market and neighborhood analysis; we’d be happy to tell you the current value of your home. 

 

 

 

 

Hansen Park Real Estate – Living in Kennewick, WA

 

Hansen Park Pond

 
Hansen Park is a vision in process.  A 778 acre fruit orchard on the Southern border of Kennewick, family owned by Hansen Fruit since the 1950’s.  The trees in each section were felled only after they’d passed their prime production years, beginning in 2000 with a 20 year projected completion.  The vision is immense–an all inclusive community within a community including:  apartments, townhomes, private residences, storage units, a church, an office complex, a 15 acre commercial retail center, a middle school, and of course the 26 acre park and man-made lake with green space and walking trails for all to enjoy! 

 

 A community designed with style and convenience, a neighborhood that inspires you to take a daily walk to the lake or playground, where you are certain to meet up with your neighbors on a regular basis. 

The location couldn’t be better–we currently have a house listed for sale on 202 S Kansas, in the heart of Hansen Park.  It is located 1 mile from Clearwater restaurants & businsses, 1.36 miles to Ridgeview elementary, 2.13 miles from I-82 freeway access, 2.5 miles from Costco, and 2 miles from the mall and two movie theaters!  But of course you won’t be thinking about that while relaxing on the front or back porch of this Hansen Park home! 

 

This beautiful & immaculate home has a spacious open floor plan with vaulted main level.  The chef in you will love the open kitchen and island with plentiful upgraded cabinets.  Sunken family room  with tile fireplace and built-in shelving.  Spacious master with walk-in closet and luxurious jetted tub.  Relax on front and back patios or take a walk to Hansen park or pond!  $219,900 for 3 bdrms, 2.5 baths, separate living & family rooms, well-manicured fenced yard, and 3 car garage.  Give us a call if you’d like to see this amazing home & neighborhood. 

 

 

 

 

SOLD! Kennewick Park House for Sale $194,900

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 Just listed–8914 W Falls Ave, Kennewick.  This beautifully updated home in desirable Kennewick Park neighborhood has 4 bedrooms + bonus, 2.75 baths, 1995 sq ft, and a .18 acre lot.  The kitchen has been remodeled with wood flooring, granite tile countertops (including an eat-in breakfast bar with room for the whole gang), and extra cabinets.  In the living room you’ll find a stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling, and wood flooring.  Master and 2 bedrooms upstairs; 4th bedroom + bonus room downstairs.  The daylight basement is complete with huge family room and laundry area.  The yard is beautiful and the back is fully fenced.  You’ll love the upper deck & lower concrete patios.  Fully fenced, storage shed.  Professionally cleaned including carpet!  Located on a quiet street just 1 block from Sunset View grade school.  Priced at $194,900.  MLS #179699.