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King County Real Estate

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Is It A Good Idea To Buy Real Estate In King County Washington?

Real Estate in King County Introduction
Many of us have an idea of Seattle and its surroundings in hour heads, but each is probably very different. Perhaps you picture high rises, a stormy sea, and the cool green Pacific Northwest forests in the distance. Perhaps you see trendy coffee shops and sitcoms about radio talk show hosts. Perhaps you imagine the music scene, or the tech industry.

King County contains all of these images, and they are all real in different places and at different times. Those who come to buy real estate in King County will have the opportunity to explore not just what they imagine to be there, but also so much more than they expected. Who knows, you might find just the dream home you imagined… but you might find something even better. That’s just what real estate in King County WA is like.

So, Let’s spend some time getting to know King County, Washington. We’ll take a look at some of the trendier neighborhoods in Seattle, but also a few of the other cities in King County, including Redmond, Mercer Island and Lake Forest Park. We’ll explore why someone might want to buy real estate in King County, and what you might find yourself doing if you take the plunge and move.


King County Climate
We’ve all heard that it rains all the time in Seattle… but don’t let that old saw put you off buying real estate in King County, WA. The fact is that King County gets around 44 inches of rain every year… but as the national average is 38 inches – and that includes a few states that are essentially deserts – it isn’t all that rainy. King County only gets an average of 6 inches of snow per year, whereas the US average is 28.

That isn’t to say Seattle is all sun and no clouds. King County gets 153 sunny days in the average year, where the US as a whole averages 205. It gets some kind of precipitation 161 days per year on average, but that is counting a few days which get 0.01 inches – hardly a ‘rainy day’.

Real estate for sale in King County moves fairly fast, mostly because there is so much to do in and around Seattle and because of the strong economy there. Don’t let a little rain spoil your dreams!


Things To See And Do In King County Washington
With the thriving Seattle-Tacoma Metropolitan Area at its heart, King County WA has plenty to keep you busy.

Hiking, biking, fishing, art, culture, music… take your pick! See the kangaroos and other exotic wildlife at Fall City Wallaby Ranch. Go hiking at Snow Lake. See the Waterfall Garden at Pioneer Square Park. Hike the Franklin Ghost Town and Coal Mine Trial. Explore Iron Horse State Park. Visit the Amazon Spheres at Denny Triangle or see the Bridal Veil Falls at Lake Serene.

History of King County Washington

Tacoma Washington History

Before you get too serious about renting real estate in King County, let alone investing in King County real estate, you should get to know the region’s character and its past.

Before European colonization, the King County region was the home of several different Coast Salish groups. The land that would become Seattle held several villages of the Duwamish people. The east of King County was the home of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, and the land between the Green and White rivers was the territory of several Muckleshoot tribal groups.

The Denny Party was said to have founded Seattle in 1851, but they essentially joined the native Americans already living there. Nonetheless, King County was formed from the existing Oregon territory in 1852. Seattle became the seat of county government in 1853.

Tacoma Washington History

King County Namesake

King County Courthouse, Seattle, 1927

King County Washington was named after William R. King, who was serving as Vice President of the US at the time. King had earlier served as a Senator from Alabama, and a US Representative for North Carolina. Under President Polk, he served as a minister to France. He was a Democrat, a Unionist, and one of the drafters of the Compromise of 1850. He died after only 45 days in office.

In 2005, though, the county charter was altered to maintain the name of King County, but to make Dr Martin Luther King Jr the county’s namesake instead of the former vice president who was, in all fairness, a slave owner. The county’s logo was similarly revised in 2006.

King County Courthouse, Seattle, 1927

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Location

Real Estate in King County Introduction
Many of us have an idea of Seattle and its surroundings in hour heads, but each is probably very different. Perhaps you picture high rises, a stormy sea, and the cool green Pacific Northwest forests in the distance. Perhaps you see trendy coffee shops and sitcoms about radio talk show hosts. Perhaps you imagine the music scene, or the tech industry.

King County contains all of these images, and they are all real in different places and at different times. Those who come to buy real estate in King County will have the opportunity to explore not just what they imagine to be there, but also so much more than they expected. Who knows, you might find just the dream home you imagined… but you might find something even better. That’s just what real estate in King County WA is like.

So, Let’s spend some time getting to know King County, Washington. We’ll take a look at some of the trendier neighborhoods in Seattle, but also a few of the other cities in King County, including Redmond, Mercer Island and Lake Forest Park. We’ll explore why someone might want to buy real estate in King County, and what you might find yourself doing if you take the plunge and move.


King County Climate
We’ve all heard that it rains all the time in Seattle… but don’t let that old saw put you off buying real estate in King County, WA. The fact is that King County gets around 44 inches of rain every year… but as the national average is 38 inches – and that includes a few states that are essentially deserts – it isn’t all that rainy. King County only gets an average of 6 inches of snow per year, whereas the US average is 28.

That isn’t to say Seattle is all sun and no clouds. King County gets 153 sunny days in the average year, where the US as a whole averages 205. It gets some kind of precipitation 161 days per year on average, but that is counting a few days which get 0.01 inches – hardly a ‘rainy day’.

Real estate for sale in King County moves fairly fast, mostly because there is so much to do in and around Seattle and because of the strong economy there. Don’t let a little rain spoil your dreams!


Things To See And Do In King County Washington
With the thriving Seattle-Tacoma Metropolitan Area at its heart, King County WA has plenty to keep you busy.

Hiking, biking, fishing, art, culture, music… take your pick! See the kangaroos and other exotic wildlife at Fall City Wallaby Ranch. Go hiking at Snow Lake. See the Waterfall Garden at Pioneer Square Park. Hike the Franklin Ghost Town and Coal Mine Trial. Explore Iron Horse State Park. Visit the Amazon Spheres at Denny Triangle or see the Bridal Veil Falls at Lake Serene.

King County, WA Demographics

King County WA Demographics

Population
In 2019, the US Census Bureau estimated that King County had 2,253,000 residents.

Household income
The median household income in King County in 2019 was $94,974. Just 7.4% of King County residents are living in poverty conditions. Those considering renting real estate in King County WA should compare that to house prices in their favorite neighborhoods.

Education
Around 93% of King County residents are high school graduates, and more than 52% have at least a bachelor’s degree.

Average salary
The per capita income for King County residents is just over $52,000 – in 2019 dollars.

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Why should you buy a real estate in King County, WA?

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Why Buy Real Estate In King County WA?
You would think that real estate in King County would be hard to find, but in fact the supply is not very limited. Mortgage rates have been surprisingly stable over the last few years, so investors have been buying land rapidly. That means you might have an easier time renting real estate in King County than buying, but for some families that is perfect. High incomes, low rents, and a stable economy. We’re sold.


King County Art and Culture
One of the reasons real estate for sale in King County WA is so sought after is the street culture of the region. Not just Seattle but many cities and towns in King County celebrate local culture with events like Cornucopia Days in downtown Kent, the University District Street Fair, the Annual Georgetown Carnival, the Bellevue Arts Fair, the Seattle Street Foods Festival or Dragonfest (in Seattle’s Chinatown).




Top 3 Reasons People Want To Buy Real Estate In King County

Why are so many people buying real estate in King County WA right now? The region is growing quickly, both in Seattle itself and the surrounding communities. Here are 3 good reasons you might want to get on the band-wagon.

Seattle is a ‘Boomtown’, literally. The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2021 report literally categorizes Seattle as a boomtown because it is attracting so much youthful talent and qualified home buyers.
There is plenty of land up for grabs in the suburbs. With more than ½ of the real estate market in King County going to renters, there is a lot of single-family housing going up in ‘bedroom communities’ around Seattle. Investors are building huge portfolios of rentals.
There are plenty of professional property managers on hand. If you don’t fancy seeing to every plumber’s call yourself, Seattle and its surrounding communities have plenty of skilled property managers to handle your investment properties for you.


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Is It Finally Time To Buy That Real Estate In King County WA? Seattle has been a sought-after place to live for more than a generation. It has had a consistently strong economy, good employment figures and an excellent standard of living for most of that time. Whether your plans include buying or renting real estate in King County, you’ll have plenty to choose from. But be careful. Dream homes in trendy East Coast neighborhoods can be pricey. Make sure you can fully imagine yourself and your family being happy in the environment before you make a down payment on anything.

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