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10 Reasons South King County, Washington is a Great Place to Live

If you’re thinking of relocating to the Seattle area, and are wondering which area to choose, consider South King County, Washington. Here are 10 reasons it is a great place to live!

  1. Convenient location. Whether you live in Kent, Covington or Maple Valley, South King County is located between Seattle and Tacoma with either major metro area being a 20- to 30-mile drive, depending on your destination.
  2. Easy access to mass transit. King County has a great mass transit system, including everything from buses and water taxis to trains and SeaTac International Airport.
  3. Breathtaking views. On a clear day, you can view the majestic Mount Rainier from just about any vantage point. You can also see the Green River (Kent and Auburn), the Cedar River (Renton) and Puget Sound (Des Moines, Burien and Federal Way). Most cities in South King County also have lakes. Renton, of course, is on the tip of Lake Washington. Kent has Lake Meridian, Clark Lake and Lake Fenwick, and Maple Valley has the beautiful Lake Wilderness.
  4. Fabulous parks and trails. All of our South King County cities have access to fabulous parks and trail systems, as well as county and state parks and trails. In Kent, for example, we have the Soos Creek Trail, the Green River Trail and the Interurban Trail. In Des Moines, there is Saltwater State Park and Dash Point State Park, both on Puget Sound.
  5. Shopping. We all need to shop, whether we like it or not, and South King County has a wealth of options including The Landing (Renton), Kent Station (Kent), The Outlet Collection Seattle (Auburn) and Southcenter (Tukwila). In addition, we have lots of boutiques, shops, and locally owned stores.
  6. Dining. South King County is home to very diverse populations, bringing people from all over the world together. To celebrate our diversity, we have a wide range of dining options featuring everything from All American diners and Asian flavors to Indian and Ukrainian food. No matter where you choose to call home, there will be dozens – if not hundreds – of options nearby.
  7. Arts and entertainment. South King County is rich with culture, including long-time favorites like free summer concerts and the year-long Spotlight Series in Kent to seasonal festivals like Sausage and Cider Fest in Covington and Renton River Days in Renton. Live music, theatre, art galleries and studios, movie theatres and much more.
  8. Schools. From award-winning school districts to local colleges like Green River College and Renton Technical College, there is a wide range of educational opportunities in South King County, serving students of every age and ability.
  9. Weather. People across the nation have the misperception that it always rains in this part of the state. Yes, we get rain in the Seattle area, primarily in November, December and January, but we rarely have snow. And our summers are breathtaking. In Kent, for example, our average temperature in December is 46, and in August our average temperature is 78, according to U.S. climate data.
  10. People. We love the diverse populations that make up South King County, and we are proud that people from around the world call this area home. We have hundreds of cultures and languages represented here, and we love that sharing that with each other, as evidenced by the many cultural events and festivals here including the Kent International Festival, the Khalsa Day Parade and the Renton International Festival, just to name a few.

If you are looking for a home in Kent, Covington, Maple Valley, Auburn, Renton, Federal Way or Black Diamond, there are countless reasons to live here. If you’re looking for specific information, please let us know. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about the area. We love calling South King County home – we know you will too!

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Vote for me as “Best of Kent” and enter to win!

I am so honored to have been named “Best Real Estate Agent” in Kent eight times. I’d love to have your vote again this year! Just fill out the Kent Reporter’s 2017 “Best of Kent” ballot online, or a paper copy in the weekly Kent Reporter, and submit it before the 4PM, April 14 deadline. You’ll need to vote in at least half the categories for your vote to count, but that will be a fun way to choose your favorite Kent people, places and things.

As my thank you for taking the time to complete your ballot, if you share this post or comment “I voted for you,” I will enter your name into a drawing for dinner at Paolo’s Italian Restaurant and movie tickets from AMC Theatres at Kent Station. A fun night out on the town – compliments of Team Marti! Just click on one of the share buttons below

Thanks, as always, for your support!

~ Marti

Kent Realtor® Marti Reeder Named to John L. Scott’s Chairman’s Circle for 2016

Marti Reeder, John L. Scott, Kent-CovingtonMarti Reeder, Realtor® and Managing Broker with John L. Scott’s Covington-Kent-Maple Valley office, is excited to announce she has earned the Chairman’s Circle Award for 2016, her third year in a row for the honor. Previously, Reeder won other President’s awards from John L. Scott, and in 2016, Reeder was the top residential producer in her office, selling an average of one home per week. She was also the top producer in three out of four quarters last year.

“I would like to congratulate our John L. Scott award recipients for their continued dedication to providing the highest quality service to their clients. Their professionalism and hard work are exemplified by their success,” said J. Lennox Scott of the 2016 winners.

In addition to this prestigious award, Reeder:

  • Was voted “Best Real Estate Agent” in Kent for the eighth year
  • Was voted “Best Real Estate Agent” in Covington for the first time
  • Earned her Managing Broker’s license

Along with these achievements, Reeder’s transaction lead Valerie Mays earned her real estate agent’s license, so she is now also a showing agent, and Reeder hired a transaction coordinator, Elaine Kahns, to complement the efforts of the team. Team Marti outgrew its office space in Covington, so Reeder has opened a separate office in Kent but is still a part of the John L. Scott family.

“Whether they are buying or selling a home, my team and I always put our clients’ needs first, so it is an honor to be recognized for our hard work by John L. Scott,” Reeder said. “Home ownership has a positive impact on the stability of our communities while contributing to the local economy, and that’s great for all of us.”

As a lifelong resident of King County, Reeder works with clients throughout the greater Seattle area, with a concentration in the South King County communities of Kent, Covington, Maple Valley, Auburn, Black Diamond, Federal Way and Renton. As a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Reeder also dedicates her time and expertise to educating home buyers and sellers on the value of home ownership and ensuring that they understand the ever-changing real estate and mortgage industries, including new rules and regulations that may affect them.

For more information about Reeder, visit MartiReeder.com or call 253-246-8938 (office) or 206-391-0388 (cell). You can also read testimonials on Realtor.com and Zillow.

About Marti Reeder:

With over 12 years as a Realtor® and more than 30 years of industry experience, Reeder works out of the Covington-Kent-Maple Valley John L. Scott office. She is a full-time, full-service real estate broker, serving Washington’s sixth largest city, Kent, and surrounding communities. She has a wide range of experience in mortgages, home inspections, construction and real estate. In 2015 and 2016, Reeder helped nearly 100 families buy or sell homes. Reeder is also a Certified Residential Specialist, representing only 3% of the Realtor® population. As a CRS, Reeder is a dedicated professional working to ensure her clients receive exceptional service by tapping into her extensive training.

Reeder also specializes in staging and marketing her listings as well as helping buyers, whether they are first-time homebuyers or are downsizing or upsizing their current homes. When not helping clients buy or list homes, Reeder can be found blogging about real estate or playing with her grandchildren and is active in the Kent community. She is a member of the Kent and Covington Chambers of Commerce, Kent Downtown Partnership and Kent Kiwanis, and she supports many local nonprofits with donations following each home sale. Learn more about Reeder at MartiReeder.com.

Three Major Home Buying Trends for 2017

Every year the real estate market reveals its own quirks and idiosyncrasies. The market and economy are two major reasons why trends change. In 2017, real estate experts are predicting three major home-buying trends to dominate.

1. First-Time Buyers Out in Force

According to a Realtor.com trends survey, it’s estimated that just over half (52 percent) of all buyers in 2017 will be first-time home buyers, compared with just 33 percent in 2016. Significantly, the overwhelming majority of buyers (61 percent) will be under the age of 35.

Millennials, the group born approximately between 1980 and 1999, are reaching the point where they are financially and emotionally able to strike out on their own. Expect to see lots of competition for affordable starter homes; demand may push prices through the roof in some markets.

2. Everyone’s Looking for the “Move Up” Home

As Millennials mature, so do their housing needs. The property of choice is no longer a loft-style condo in a hot urban center. In 2017, Millennials will be looking for move-up homes with space for growing families. Safe neighborhoods, private yards, and more space, inside and out, top the home-shopping list as buyers seek more bang for their buck. Expect the suburbs to reclaim their cool status, with hot competition for single-family homes in good, safe neighborhoods that have reliably strong public schools.

3. Debt Is a Major Barrier to Home Ownership

Throughout 2016, the lack of inventory has been pushing up prices and pricing buyers out, especially in cities like New York City, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, and Seattle. It’s no surprise, then, that mortgage qualification issues are at the front of buyers’ minds for 2017. When questioned, 37 percent of would-be homeowners said their biggest concerns are coming up with the down payment and getting their credit in check. The National Association of Realtors noted that 44 percent of Millennial buyers had a student-loan debt balance of at least $25,000—an intimidating obstacle for younger home buyers. Looser mortgage regulation would help first-time home buyers who have been feeling the pinch of today’s tough lending standards.

Celebrate the International Day of Charity Sept. 5

Helping Hands: International Day of Charity, Sept. 5In 2012, the United Nations established the International Day of Charity to recognize the role that charity plays in alleviating humanitarian crises and human suffering. It is celebrated on September 5 of each year, in honor of Mother Teresa. According to the UN, there are 7 types of charitable actions that can make a difference in the lives of others:

  1. Donate money.
  2. Donate time.
  3. Donate goods.
  4. Volunteer.
  5. Promote charities on social media with hashtags like #charity #charitablegiving and #DayofCharity.
  6. Start a charity.
  7. Be charitable to others in your day-to-day life.

However you choose to give, you can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and organizations. By being charitable, we are ultimately improving everyone’s quality of life and making communities like Kent, Covington and Maple Valley stronger.

I am proud to support the following organizations: Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, John L. Scott Foundation, Kent HOPE, Young Life, Vine Maple Place, Kiwanis International, Kent Community Foundation, Kent Downtown Partnership, Kent Chamber of Commerce and the Covington Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you for caring.

~ Marti

Valerie Mays of Team Marti Gets Her Real Estate Broker’s License

 

Valerie Mays of John L. Scott earns real estate license.Just a year ago Valerie Mays joined my real estate team as my Assistant. The first day was a great day, but the year from that point on was epic! She was promoted to Transaction Lead, and now thanks to her hard work, she has gotten her real estate broker’s license and is now also my Showing Broker.

Congratulations, Valerie, and thank you for your hard work and the valuable addition you’ve been to Team Marti!

Here’s to another great year together!

~ Marti

King County Proposes Septic System Fee and Monitoring Requirement

Public Health of Seattle and King County to consider an on-site septic system fee and monitoring proposal at June 16 meeting

 

If you live in King County and have an on-site septic system, or you’re considering a King County property with an on-site septic system, you’ll want to be aware of a proposed septic system fee and monitoring requirement.

The Public Health -Seattle and King County will consider the fee and monitoring proposal on June 16 and vote on July 21. You can view the June 16 agenda here and download the meeting packet here.

You can also learn more about the proposal at an informational meeting on June 21:

Tues., June 21, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Tahoma Jr. High School
25600 SE Summit Landsberg Rd.
Ravensdale, WA

The meeting is being hosted by legislators from the 5th, 31st and 47th state legislative districts. If this could impact your King County home, you’ll want to be sure to attend.

 

Vote for Your Favorite Kent Realtor by April 15!

BOK Voting

Kent friends, it is time to name your favorite people, places and things in the Kent Reporter’s “Best of Kent 2016” contest!

I am grateful to have won the “Best of Kent Realtor” award 7 times, and I’d love to have your vote this year too. Just click the link below to go to the ballot page, and click on the Realtor category to vote for me. Voting ends at 4 p.m. on Fri., Apr. 15.

VOTE NOW

Thanks bunches – you’re the BEST!

~ Marti Reeder

 

Handy Resources for Winter Storms

Green River for TwitterThe winter storm season is upon us, complete with power outages, school delays, road closures and more. To help you and your families stay safe, dry and warm, here is a list of helpful resources. A special thank you to iLoveKent.net for sharing this info. with Team Marti!

Traffic, transportation and road alerts

DriveKent.com

Flood Warning Center (24-7): 206-296-8200 or 800-945-9263
[Call 9-1-1 for emergencies.]

King County flood warnings & alerts

King County Metro

King County road closures and restrictions

WSDOT traffic & travel alerts

Preparedness

American Red Cross emergency preparedness

Flood services, information and preparedness

King County emergency management

Landslide preparedness

PSE disaster planning

Public health emergency preparedness

Washington Dept. of Health emergency preparedness

Washington Emergency Management

Power outages

PSE.com outages

PSE.com, electric safety

PSE.com, natural gas safety

School information

Enumclaw School District

Kent School District

Renton School District

Tahoma School District

Weather

KING5

KIRO7

KOMO4

Q13 FOX

Weather Channel – Seattle

Twitter and Facebook accounts to follow

Many of these resources make regular, real-time updates on Twitter:

American Red Cross Northwest (Twitter)

City of Auburn (Twitter)

City of Covington (Facebook)

City of Covington (Twitter)

City of Kent (Facebook)

City of Kent (Twitter)

City of Renton (Twitter)

iLoveKent.net (Facebook)

iLoveKentWA (Twitter)

King County Road Services (Twitter)

KING5TracyT (traffic) (Twitter)

PSE (Twitter)

Seattle Dept. of Transportation (Twitter)

Washington Emergency Management

WSDOT (Facebook)

WSDOT Ferries (Twitter)

WSDOT Traffic (Twitter)

Miscellaneous

C-Town Pulse, City of Covington

City of Auburn

City of Covington

City of Black Diamond

City of Enumclaw

City of Kent

City of Kent Emergency Management

City of Maple Valley

City of Renton

Covington-Maple Valley-Black Diamond Reporter

Kent Reporter

KING5

KIRO7

KOMO4

Q13Fox

Pierce County Emergency Alerts

Seattle Times