All across Washington, people are turning to Rent to Own to quickly enter a housing market that is seeing great appreciation as more people relocate to the northwestern state for employment opportunities. Home inventory is going more quickly these days, so getting into a home now has never been more popular--and necessary. Rent to Own offers aspiring homeowners the chance to lock down a property and a price, then spend time making the changes necessary to secure a mortgage.
Washington is a beautiful state full of mountains, semiarid landscapes, and especially forests full of trees. Greenery plays into the outdoorsy attitude of most Washingtonians as much as their local coffee does. The major metro areas of the Evergreen State have become beacons for start-ups and green living. Major industries in the state include tech, electronics, biotechnology, and aluminum manufacturing. Population growth averages at about 1.3 percent annually. Job growth in Washington continues at 2 percent and unemployment sits at 6.3 percent. Median household income is $45,776 and the median family income is $53,760 annually.
Seattle at Sundown. Via WikipediaWhat is Real Estate Like in Washington?
Home prices in Washington are above the national average, thanks in part to high prices in major urban markets in the Seattle metro. According to Zillow, the average home value in Washington was $268,800 this year and slated to grow at a powerful 5.3 percent next year (after a solid 6.8 percent appreciation this year). Some of the most popular metro areas in Washington include Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and Everett.
Washington's primary and secondary school rankings are mostly good to average throughout the state, with many of the best schools concentrated near major metro areas. Washington has several notable universities, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, Seattle University, George Washington University, and Western Washington University.
On average, towns in Washington are safer than the national average according to Neighborhood Scout. In Washington, violent crime impacts 2.89 people per 1000 residents, lower than the 3.8 per 1000 national average. Property crime, however, impacts 37.10 residents per ever 1,000 and is higher than the 27.3 national average.
Culture and Entertainment
Washington has a lot to offer its residents in fun points of interest that include the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and America’s Car Museum. Besides the tech and coffee culture that has captured many of the metro areas, outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and water sports are popular with folks looking to take a little time out of their fast-paced lives to take in nature and experience “living green.” Music festivals and live events are also popular entertainment outlets.