Avoid These Common Mistakes When You Relocate to Downtown Seattle

Avoid These Common Mistakes When You Relocate to Downtown Seattle

  • Jeff Reynolds
  • 11/9/22

The downtown Seattle real estate market is hot right now, and perhaps you’re considering relocating to the area. There’s a lot to love about living in downtown Seattle, but some common pitfalls can trip you up if you don’t know they are coming. Here are some of the most common mistakes that people make when moving to downtown Seattle.

1. They aren’t prepared for hills

City roads can be quite steep, and in some locations, only one car can pass at a time, even if the road is marked for multiple lanes. As you spend more time in downtown Seattle, you’ll learn about which roads to avoid and develop your own shortcuts and alternate routes. However, be patient with yourself as you learn how to get around the city.

2. They get frustrated by slow-moving traffic

Most freeways in Seattle have a speed limit of 60 miles per hour. And unlike many other major metropolitan areas, most people in Seattle actually drive close to the speed limit. Getting used to traffic and not letting it be a frustrating experience is a good thing to practice and prepare for.

3. They use umbrellas

In most places, you’ll pull out an umbrella when it starts raining, and it’s a perfectly normal thing to do. However, Seattle residents are so used to frequent rain that they rarely bother to carry an umbrella. Most find that a hooded jacket is just as effective, especially on days when the rain is light. If you pull out an umbrella, most people will assume you’re a tourist.

4. They don’t know where to park

Generally, there’s a 72-hour limit on all street parking, regardless of whether or not it is paid parking. Many spots have a 30-minute limit, and some paid spots can be booked for up to ten hours. Thankfully, you don’t have to remember all of the rules – you should be fine as long as you follow whatever signs are posted in the area. Also, don’t be surprised if you have to back into certain spots.

5. They think they are the only new person in the area

Seattle is one of the fastest-growing cities in the entire Pacific Northwest. With major tech companies like Google and Amazon setting up shop in the area, the growth isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon. While you may face steeper competition for purchasing a home or finding a job, you’ll have no trouble connecting with others new to the area.

6. They choose In-N-Out over Dick’s Drive-In

There’s nothing wrong with a double-double and a side of animal-style fries, but most people who have tried Dick’s Drive-In will tell you it’s the better choice. The burgers and fries are excellent, and they pair well with Dick’s delicious milkshakes.

7. They waste time looking for cheap beer

The taxes on liquor are higher in the state of Washington than you’ll find in any other state. If you’re unwilling to pay more than $5 or $6 for a beer, you might only drink during happy hour. It’s normal to pay $7 or $8 for a pint, especially if you’re enjoying a craft option from one of Seattle’s fantastic microbreweries. On the bright side, you won’t pay state income tax in Washington.

8. They never try local coffee

The first Starbucks was founded in Seattle and now has become a booming business across the world. However, there are many local options that are worth trying out. Visit Ballard Coffee Works or Espresso Vivace next time you need your caffeine fix.

9. They shop for homes at the wrong time of year

Most people want to move during the late spring or early summer. Usually, this is when they have their tax return in hand, which gives them extra cash to pay for a down payment. Families also prefer to move soon after their children get out of school so they can have plenty of time to settle in before their kids return in August. If you shop for downtown Seattle real estate during April, May, or June, you’re likely to encounter greater competition than if you shopped during any other time of year. Try to find a property during October or November instead. These are the months when the market usually slows down since people are busy preparing for the holidays or bussing kids back and forth from school and extracurricular activities. You’re less likely to find yourself in a bidding war, and you may even see more homes with price drops.

10. They pack too many coats

Seattle has an extremely pleasant climate. Only three months out of the entire year have average temperatures below 50 degrees, and six out of twelve months have an average daily high temperature of at least 59 degrees. December is the coldest month of the year, and you can expect high daily temperatures of around 46 degrees. That said, it won’t get much colder in the evening. The average low in December is 39 degrees, and January is the only other month with an average low below 40 degrees. You’ll want to have plenty of jackets to wear on cooler or rainy days, but it’s unlikely that you’ll need multiple huge winter coats.

Working without a trusted realtor is the greatest mistake that people make when moving to downtown Seattle. Your realtor can help you find the best possible area that fits your lifestyle and preferences, and they can walk with you throughout the entire purchasing process up to closing day. If you’re thinking about buying downtown Seattle property, give Jeff Reynolds a call. Jeff has 18 years of experience working in the Seattle housing market, and he takes pride in serving his clients to the best of his abilities as he works to get the best deal possible. He would love to partner with you as you shop for downtown Seattle real estate.



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Jeff Reynolds is a distinguished real estate broker affiliated with Compass Seattle and the visionary behind UrbanCondoSpaces, the premier condo team specializing in Kirkland, Bellevue, and Seattle. UrbanCondoSpaces (UCS) is not just a team; it's a specialized blog dedicated to the intricacies of urban living. With over 18 years of expertise navigating the condo markets in Seattle, Kirkland, and Bellevue, Jeff has successfully guided numerous individuals through condo transactions. His unparalleled knowledge and unwavering commitment to clients position him as the go-to expert for condo transactions. Whether you are considering a stylish condo in Bellevue or looking to sell in Kirkland or Seattle, connect with Jeff Reynolds to ensure optimal results for your real estate endeavors.

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