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5 Surprising Reasons to Buy a House In Spokane Right Now

Forget the Holidays, It’s Time to Buy

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It’s that time of year again – the holidays. For many, the holidays can be a big turn off from the idea of buying or selling a house. But the surprising reality is that the holidays are actually the perfect time to buy a house.

Here’s five surprising reasons why right now is the right time to buy real estate in Spokane:

1. “Days on Market” is increasing. As many people are waiting for January to buy, homes are sitting on the market longer. The factors that cause people to sell their homes don’t change much over the course of the year, such as moving out of town, needing a bigger space to accommodate a growing family, needing to downsize, or relocating for a job transfer. 

This means that people continue to list their homes year-round, and typically need to sell in a timely  manner. But buyers have a spokane buyers marketbig benefit here – there aren’t as many competing buyers in the market! This lack of competition tends to drive the number of days that a home has been listed (known as the Days on Market), upwards. This has a cascading beneficial effect for buyers, as you’ll see in the next few points.

2. List-price offers are more attractive. The increase in the Days on Market and the decrease in buyer competition has a direct effect on the offer that you, as a buyer, will submit. Prices are currently holding stable in Spokane, but you could get a better price out the door now, than you might get in January. In a buyer-competitive market (which usually begins in January and is known as a sellers’ market), buyers may be forced to over-bid (to bid over the asking price) just to have their offer considered. 

In a market with little-to-no buyer competition like we have from now until early January, buyers can offer at list price with a higher likelihood of having their offer accepted. For buyers this means that even if prices remain stable or slightly increase, you may end up paying less now than during a high competition season. 

3. Sellers are more receptive to negotiations. The holiday season is the perfect time to ask for what you want. As Days on Market go up and motivation to sell increases, your leverage as a buyer typically increases, too. 

It is a common part of every transaction to ask for what you want as a buyer, especially for things like repairs, upgrades, and concessions. The advantage you have during the holiday season is that sellers are more likely to agree to your requests. You’re also less likely to have another buyer competing against you with a more favorable (higher price, more down payment, easier financing options, or fewer requests/concessions) offer.

Take advantage of a negotiations-friendly market. Work with a real estate agent that is experienced in contracts and negotiations, who can get you the best home, for the best price, with the most favorable concessions. Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is a Certified Legal Assistant (CLA, also known as a Paralegal) with over 30 years experience in the legal field. This experience makes her an expert in real estate contracts and negotiations. 

4. Inventory in Spokane is up. The September stats released by the Spokane Association of Realtors (SAR) shows that inventory is up in Spokane. “Inventory” refers to the number of homes listed for sale at any given time, and can (and does) fluctuate over the course of the year. 

As a buyer, this is great news! Not only do you have favorable buying conditions, you’ve also got a wide selection of homes on the market to choose from. The SAR also notes that the number of “distressed homes” for sale is down. “Distressed homes” are homes that are for sale as the result of a foreclosure or similar event. A low number of distressed homes on the market can be viewed as a positive indicator of the area and the overall market health.

5. Avoid the feeding frenzy. In January, the real estate market generally experiences a dramatic increase in activity. As a buyer, increased activity means more competition from other buyers, more offers on the house you’re interested in, and less incentive for sellers to grant concessions.

In short, when competition goes up, your leverage goes down. If you’re looking to negotiate repairs, upgrades, and price, you’ll want to act now rather than in January. 

Real Estate Agents in Spokane

It’s a great time to buy a home in Spokane! If it’s time to go from renter to owner – or just time for something new, we’d love to help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking for walkability, great food choices, or the best schools, we can help you find the perfect spot! Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Carrie has over 30 years’ experience as a Certified Legal Assistant (paralegal) and is an expert at contracts and negotiations. 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team! You can also visit us at RealEstateAgentSpokane.com.

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All Pumpkin Err’thang

Where to Find Pumpkin Treats in Spokane

There is no denying the power of the pumpkin this time of year. Whether you’re a fan of the gourd or not, it’s hard to resist the pull of all the tasty treats popping up around town. And with the limited availability of these pumpkin delights, why not go ahead and go crazy?!

 

Spokane is quickly establishing itself as a culinary force to be reckoned with on the state and national foodie scenes. When it comes to pumpkin flavored everything, local vendors are bringing their best. Whether you’re looking for a great pumpkin flavored coffee, pastry, or breakfast experience, you’ll find it at one of these local Spokane eateries.

 

The Shop:

 

Address

924 S Perry St.

Spokane, Washington 99202

 

The Shop serves up a whole variety of pumpkin treats, and availability can be limited so check back often to experience the whole spectrum of pumpkin foods on their menu (think pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin lattes, and more). With a super hip, relaxed vibe, you’ll want to snuggle up in a corner with a good book, a cappuccino, and a pumpkin cupcake. You will eventually have to leave, but you won’t want to!

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A selection of the offerings available at The Shop

 

The Wake Up Call

 

Address:

Choose from one of the 11 locations across the greater Spokane/Valley/CDA area

 

The Wake Up Call is the best of both worlds. You get the corporate consistency that you’d come to expect from a multi-location chain, while still maintaining everything great about a locally-owned PNW coffee shop. And they aren’t ones to skimp on the pumpkin treats, either. Aside from the classic pumpkin themed drinks, you won’t want to miss their pumpkin donuts! But be sure to get there early, as these delicious slices of heaven are known to sell out quickly. 

 

Swell Coffee

 

Address:

1604 S Sullivan Rd.

Spokane Valley, Washington 99037

 

This drive-thru coffee spot is notorious for their awesome, friendly, and studious baristas. Barely over a year old, Swell Coffee has already established a reputation for their seasonal drink menu, which is currently sporting – you guessed it! – a pumpkin latte. Swell customers rave about the customer service and how customers really are family here. If you’re looking for the true local experience, it doesn’t get any better than this. 

 

Boots Bakery & Lounge

 

Address:

24 W Main Ave.

Spokane, Washington 99201

 

Boots Bakery & Lounge is a uniquely Spokane experience. In addition to amazing breakfast combos like their pumpkin waffles (amongst SO MANY other amazing options), they also host a slew of awesome events. Check out their Hallow’s Eve Art Show and Costume Contest on October 30th, or drop into one of their Punderground events for a heck of a good time! Boots serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and spirits, and the vibe is somewhere between hipster and rustic cabin. In short, you’ll find something for everyone and the best pumpkin waffles of your life.

 

Chaps Diner and Bakery

 

Address:

4237 S Cheney Spokane Rd.

Spokane, Washington

 

Chaps Diner and Bakery describes itself as a tiny farmhouse cafe and bakery. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but you definitely will want to get there early and try their pumpkin french toast, with a strong cup of coffee. If you happen to stay for lunch and dinner too, well who could blame you? An extra fun fact about Chaps – they were featured on the Food Network for fine dining and breakfast excellence!

 

Time to Bring Your Pumpkin Treats Home

There’s no place like home, especially when it comes to eating your favorite snacks in your special corner of the couch. If it’s time to go from renter to owner – or just time for somewhere new, we’d love to help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking for walkability, great food choices, or the best schools, we can help you find the perfect spot! Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home.

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team!

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Eat Your Heart Out

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The Perry District Dominates the Spokane Food Scene

For years, when you talked about the Washington food scene, the conversation was invariably about Seattle. But times have changed, and in the last 5-10 years, Spokane has bloomed like an onion, making headlines nationwide for its coveted status as a haven for foodies. The Los Angeles Times declared Spokane a city to “eat your heart out” in, and even the revered Wall Street Journal named Spokane as one of the top 6 small cities for foodies. 

But if you already live in Spokane, this likely comes as no surprise. The local food scene is fresher than the produce at the farmers markets, with the beer, wine, and whiskey to match. But if you’re looking for the best neighborhood for foodies to live, breathe, and eat, the Perry District will leave you covered, smothered, and ready for more. 

The Perry District is Fresh & Local

The Perry District is a must-try for hipsters and Boomers alike. Josi H.’s review on Yelp describes the Perry District as “such a quaint little slice of perfect in Spokane. It’s a getaway spot right below the South Hill.” One of the best farmers markets in the city calls the Perry District home, which sets the tone for a strong focus on local and fresh ingredients. The Thursday Market can be found at 924 S. Perry from 3:00 to 7:00 every Thursday from the start of May to the end of October. In addition to being one of the longest running markets in the city, it has also been voted Best Market 5 years in a row (wow)! Something else cool about the Thursday Market – they accept debit, credit, cash, and EBT/SNAP cards.

If you’re too exhausted after shopping at the farmers markets to actually cook any of that food, you’ll want to grab a beer and bite at one of the many local restaurants and tap houses. 

Breweries and Tap Houses in the Perry District

The Lantern Tap House is a neighborhood establishment offering craft beer, wine, and scratch-made food. Reviewers on Yelp often comment on the The Lantern’s warm, “old-world” environment, complete with 150 year old barnwood decor, a fireplace, and church pews from the 1890s.

Perry Street Brewing prides itself on being a true local brewery and taphouse, serving up Northwest-style favorites and Belgian beers, as well as local wine and cider. This brewery supports local causes and boasts a locally-focused menu. And while you’re there, be sure to try their 2016 Great American Beer Festival gold-medal winning India Pale Lager!

Manito Tap House is the perfect place to experience organic, fresh, and local food paired with your choice from over 50 local and regional beers on tap. In fact, this combination is so beloved by Spokanites and visitors alike that Manito Tap House was voted Best Tap House in Washington State!

The Grain Shed deals in everything grain related, doubling as both a bakery and a brewery. Like many restaurants in the Perry District, The Grain Shed gets all of their grains from farmers in and around Spokane, and mills them themselves, in house. The beer is great and the bread products are world class.

Meat & Seafood in the Perry District

Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops is known for using the highest quality USDA Prime, locally sourced, aged 21 to 28 days, beef. Spencer’s also offers fresh seafood and pork chops, with innovative side dishes. If you’re looking for a high-end, craft-quality meal, or want to sip  handcrafted martinis in a full service lounge, Spencer’s is the place to be.  

Wisconsinburger has one of the more unique ambiances you’ll find in Spokane, with furnishing rescued from a bowling alley. Here you’ll find all real Wisconsin cheese, whipped cheese curds, and WA aged beef, along with turkey and vegan burgers. Enjoy beer, wine, cocktails, and soda with your burger to complete the experience.

Casper Fry specializes in real Southern food, with a heavy focus on craftsmanship and quality. Harkening back to a simpler time in American food history, Casper Fry works to ensure their food is locally sourced, supporting the farmers and artisans in and around Spokane in a manner that is environmentally friendly. Great food, great ethics – that’s a win/win in our book!

The Perry District’s Got the Sauce

South Perry Pizza can’t be missed if you’re looking for handmade pizza in a comfy, fun environment. In the summer, enjoy the patio. In the winter, grab another slice to go with your bottle of wine. Either way, you’re bound to enjoy!

Allie’s Vegan Pizzeria and Cafe should be your go-to spot for vegan and vegetarian pizza that actually tastes amazing. Reviewers regularly comment on the quality of the vegan cheese, and non-vegans enjoy that Allie’s is family-owned with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Their menu also marks common food sensitivities, and offers gluten and nut free options. It’s a place where truly everyone can enjoy a quality meal.

Live (and Eat!) in the Perry District

If you’re looking at buying or selling a home in Spokane, we’d love to learn a little more about your move and help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking for walkability, great food choices, or the best schools, we can help you find it. Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

The Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Spokane has the house you’re looking for! 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team!

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You Won’t Believe These SHOCKING Stories Out of Spokane!

Spokane Has Some Crazy Stories in its History

In a city best known for its family friendliness and athletic events, it’s easy to forget about some of the whacky, scandalous, and downright crazy stories that Spokane is built upon. But have no fear! We’ve curated some of the best tidbits from Spokane’s history for your reading pleasure, from the pleasantly surprising to the downright ghastly.

 

Enjoy!

 

Bigfoot Lives Here

 

Washington state has more sasquatch (Bigfoot) sightings than any other state in the country. In fact, there are more than 500 sightings to date, and with the dense forests all in and around Spokane, a large portion of those sightings have happened right here in Eastern Washington. And these stories aren’t just a modern phenomenon. For centuries, Native Americans in the region have told tales of tall and hairy man-like creatures that would steal salmon from fishing nets and eat it raw, like a bear. The sasquatch was known to wander the forests, shambling on two legs.

 

Later settlers and missionaries in the area wrote about creatures that left behind tracks that were a foot and a half long. These creatures were said to sneak into settlers’ cabins, dragging still-sleeping men back to caves in the mountains, for lord only knows what purpose. These sightings and the resulting stories about the sasquatch have continued to this day, and if anything, have become even more prolific in recent decades. 

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Bigfoot mania experienced a resurgence in the 1960s after the infamous Patterson-Gimlin film of the sasquatch strolling through the woods. And in 1994, another famous film was shot just outside of nearby Walla Walla, which purports to show a bigfoot family.   

 

If you’re feeling adventurous and want a chance to see the beast for yourself, check out one of the local sasquatch sighting tours in the area, like the ones offered by Extreme Expeditions Northwest, who even hosts an annual Sasquatch Roundup

 

Murders at the Helena 

 

The Helena, now renovated and rebranded as the Pearl on Adams, was once home to several grisly murders. The whole ordeal began in 1998, after developmentally disabled resident Kelly Conway had gone missing. Apartment building manager Stanley L. Pietrzak, had bragged to another resident that he had violated and murdered Conway. 

 

In April of 1999, the police finally received a tip about Conway and the misdeeds at the Helena. Upon searching the building, the police found a piece of human scalp with the hair still attached (yuck!) which was hanging from a gas pipe in the basement. Additionally, a box was found in the building’s furnace that contained a staggering 1,350 pieces of bone! Through the investigative process, it was discovered that Conway had died in Pietrzak’s bed, with drugs and alcohol in her system. Luckily for Spokane’s residents, Pietrzak wasn’t very good at covering his murderous tracks. Pietrzak had actually bragged about the murder to several other residents of the Helena. These residents stepped up to testify against the ghastly building manager, who was ultimately convicted of the murder and sent to prison.

 

Further investigation into Pietrzak leads to the conclusion that he likely killed at least two other women living in the Helena. The coroner on the case matched the manner of death to two other women who had died in Pietrzak’s bed in the Helena, in 1976 and May of 1998 (only a few months prior to Conway’s death). The court decided these cases were inadmissible as evidence, and the jury never got to decide upon them.

 

Apartment living can have its benefits, but if you’d rather not risk a murderous building manager, go ahead and check out these properties for sale in Spokane.

 

Bing Crosby’s White Christmas 

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On a lighter note, many people don’t realize that Bing Crosby, who sings the uber famous version of the 1942 classic White Christmas, is actually from Spokane! Crosby grew up in Spokane and attended Gonzaga University (go Zags!). His influence in the city is so great that in 2006 the Clemmer Theater was renamed the Bing Crosby Theater and is affectionately referred to as the Bing.

 

White Christmas has sold over 100 million copies. 

 

 

 

The Legend of Irish Kate

 

In 1889, a staggering fire swept across Spokane, taking out the Spokane Falls and 32 city blocks. Within days of the fire, stories started to spread about Irish Kate, and her culpability in the destruction.

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As legends tell it, Irish Kate was a barmaid in Spokane. One fateful night, Irish Kate stood at the bar, sipping her favorite drink – whiskey and water, when a drunken patron began to make unwanted advances. Irish Kate rebuked him and retreated to her bedroom. Unwilling to accept “no” for an answer, the man followed Kate and tried to force himself upon her. In her panicked attempts to get away, Irish Kate knocked over a lantern, starting the blaze. While Kate fled for her life, the fire roared, leaving nothing but ashes in its wake.

 

While the legend of Irish Kate is poorly supported by evidence, the legend of Irish Kate is alive and well in Spokane, with bars and locally made whiskeys named after her.

 

Someone Rode Over the Spokane Falls in a Dugout Log – And Lived!

 

Driving past the Spokane Falls in Downtown can be an inspiring experience. After all, they are big, beautiful, and powerful! But nearly 100 years ago, back in 1927, adventurer Al Faussett looked at the Spokane Falls and decided he wanted to go over them, the hard way. Faussett had gained a reputation for himself through a series of similar stunts. But with the Spokane Falls, Faussett may have bitten off a little more than he could chew.

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Faussett was attracted to the Spokane Falls because of their 146-foot drop and swift current. To navigate and ride the Falls down, Faussett planned to use a 15-foot dugout spruce. Faussett’s creations are part boat, part container, and were a huge part of how he conquered so many waterfalls with minimal injury. For the Spokane Falls, Faussett reinforced his dugout spruce with iron bands and oak roots to help protect him from impacts during the fall. But when launch day arrived, on June 1st of 1927, Fossett and his team couldn’t get his “boat” through the intense current of the Falls.

 

As Faussett continued to try to breach the current, his boat (with him inside) ultimately got caught and launched into the air, plummeting over the Falls. The estimated 20,000 – 40,000 people who came to watch the spectacle were quick to assume Faussett’s demise, but the rugged adventurer resurfaced after spending nearly a minute submerged underwater at the foot of the Falls. Faussett was taken by ambulance to the hospital, and luckily lived to tell the tale.

 

The Mother of Father’s Day

 

If your family celebrates Father’s Day, you can thank Spokane for that. The holiday was started at the local YMCA in 1910 by

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Spokanite Sonora Smart Dodd. Dodd created the holiday to celebrate her own father, Civil War veteran William Jackson 

Smart. Smart was a single father who raised six kids – no small feat, as any single parent knows! 

Today, Father’s Day is celebrated nationwide and internationally. The Dodd House, home of Sonora Smart Dodd, is even on the National Historic Register as well as the Spokane Register of Historic Places. If you take a tour through this incredible historic building in Spokane, don’t forget to invite your dad!

 

Want to Make Your Own History in Spokane?

 

If you’re looking at buying or selling a home in Spokane, we’d love to learn a little more about your move and help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking to upgrade, relocate, or downsize, we can help you find what you’re looking for. Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

 

The Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Whether it’s forever or for now, Spokane has the house you’re looking for! 

 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team!

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