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Seattle Condo Project Updates

By on March 27, 2011 in Feature, Real Estate with 4 Comments


Olive 8 “Spring Event”

Olive 8, a downtown Seattle condominium, has just launched a spring sales event offering some pretty good incentives for buyers:

  • No closing costs
  • No HOA dues or club fees for the first year
  • Interest rates from 1.5% for qualified buyers from Metlife Home Loans

One bedroom homes at Olive 8 start from $395,000 with two-bedrooms homes from $825,000. The spring sales event runs through May 31, 2011. View available Olive 8 condos listed for sale.

Trace North

Located in the Pike/Pine district of Capitol Hill, the Trace North development sold another two homes since our last update, leaving only 8 units available – a mix of open one-bedroom, one-bedroom and two-bedroom homes. View available Trace North units listed for sale.

  • Open one-bedrooms start from $254,950
  • One-bedrooms start from $354,950
  • Two-bedrooms start from $399,950

Eleven Eleven East Pike (1111 E Pike)

A few weeks ago someone asked me if I knew of any lease-to-own programs at new construction condo buildings. Other than Enso’s program for Vulcan’s current renters I hadn’t heard of any. Well, it seems that Eleven Eleven has a lease-to-own program and they already have three homes optioned under that program.

Eleven Eleven is located in Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine district, around the corner from Trace North, with homes starting from $229,950. View available Eleven Eleven homes listed for sale.

1521 Second

Since our last update, 1521 Second had two additional condo sales and two closings. Presently, the luxury downtown Seattle condo tower is 77% sold. The upscale building has sold more $1+ million homes than all other new construction condo building since 2007. View available 1521 Second homes listed for sale.

Decatur Condo

First Hill’s Decatur Condominium is over 85% sold with one-bedroom homes starting from $187,950 and two-bedrooms from $264,950. Buyer incentives includes no closing costs and interest rates from 3.375% through the preferred on-site lender. The building is FHA approved that offers a low 3.5% down payment option for buyers. View available Decatur units listed for sale.

1350 Alki

This boutique waterfront building along Alki, sold another in the past two weeks and is down to its final unit for sale, a three-bedroom home presently offered at $559,950. View unit for sale.

Disclaimer: With exception of 1350 Alki, condos mentioned were advertisers at time of publication.

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About the Author: Ben Kakimoto is a condo marketing specialist and publisher of The Seattle Condo Blog. Ben's focus is urban residential properties in Seattle's metropolitan core. Contact Ben to learn more about the Seattle condo and loft real estate market. Find Ben on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. .


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  1. Roderick says:

    Condo builders must think “No closing costs” and “No HOA dues for the first year” are attractive. When I see marketing like that, I think:
    – I’d be buying alongside people who are already house-poor – immediately after purchasing.
    – Great, we’ll have an underfunded HOA (and when expenses come up, buyers who aren’t used to contributing).
    – Instead of lowering the price to something that will sell, the builder is trying to discount the price while ensuring they get paid and keeping comps inflated.

    These aren’t attractive traits for a condo, since changing the owner mix also changes the future HOA governance. They may have worked during the bubble, but I’m hopeful that today’s buyers want – and know to look for – a fair purchase price, a building of other buyers who can afford upkeep (and don’t need to defer maintenance or get a propped-up loan), and a builder who prices – and markets – units transparently.

  2. Roderick says:

    Came up with a rule of thumb for builders: if your marketing would fit in at a Ford dealer, you’re doing it wrong.

    Today’s buyers skip the gimmicks and opt for simple transparency, and anything short of it comes across as weakness.

  3. Ben Kakimoto says:

    @Roderick – excellent comments…I agree, greater transparency is better for consumers and the market place. Quick note on the HOA dues, generally where sellers indicate no HOA dues for a year, the seller pays (funds) the HOA dues.

  4. Hughes Group says:

    Wouldn’t lowering the overall price of the condo make you more susceptible to living next door to the “house-poor”? That might tend to bring the condo just into ‘affordability’ and lure the already house-poor. Eliminating closing costs is one less extra fee, however each Condo owner wills still have to pay the required monthly payments. Discounting closing costs seems like it might be the better option. Either direction you take you risk attracting those who can’t help but spend as much as they make(or more).

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