Catherine Horne and Joe Hicks rent a home in Maple Valley. And while they like it, they’d rather be homeowners.
And it’s been a frustrating couple years to be a home buyer in the Seattle market.
“It’s tough, it is,” said Horne.
“Lo and behold, it turned out it wasn’t as easy as we thought it was going to be,” said Hicks.
After losing several homes to same-day cash offers, they started to give up. They decided to spend another year renting and wait to see what the market did.
“Time and time and time again, it’d get pulled out from underneath us,” said Hicks.
They felt overwhelmed watching home prices climb.
“That was part of it, like gosh, two years ago this house was worth $400,000, now it’s $600,000,” said Hicks. “Like boy, I…