It’s really tough to be a homebuyer in Seattle

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If you're hoping to buy a home in Seattle, be prepared for rejection.

A lot of it.

Homes frequently sell for well over asking and receive multiple offers.

"For buyers, we are typically making six to 10 offers before we get a house," said Rob McGarty, who has been a real estate agent in Seattle for 14 years. "The amount of emotional energy going into preparing these offers is huge."

Home prices in Seattle are on fire: rising nearly 13% in February from the same time a year ago, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices.

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