I decided to stay and enjoy Seattle during the eclipse, and so went to Alki Beach where I could view downtown Seattle, the Port of Seattle and a peek-a-boo view of Mount Rainier. I met a few “eclipse buddies” and we had a wonderful time trading around glasses, and photographing what we could. The Northwest […]
You drive-by sign in front of a house for sale and call the number on the sign – or, you see there is an open house coming up and walk in and speak with the listing broker. You are excited and want to write and offer, and the listing broker says, sure, I’ll write that […]
Congratulations to my sellers, they are signed-around and can start the transition they are so looking forward to, moving onto a boat! I was so impressed by the buyer’s agents and offers. Here is a quick rundown on the winning offer: 1. The buyer’s agent called and chatted almost every day to get a feeling […]
Easy living in this Shoreline rambler near several local parks! Walk or bike the Inter Urban Trail to Central Market, Trader Joes, Thai Bistro, Menchies. Enjoy local parks such as Twin Ponds, Paramount, Hamlin, Boeing Creek and Richmond Beach. Home boasts remodeled kitchen with adjacent patio perfect for summer barbecues and a master suite with […]
Get ready to unpack, move in, and enjoy living in this well maintained and recently updated home in the Arrowhead community. Enjoy a chilly winter’s day or a sunny afternoon in the enclosed sun porch. Plants optional. Take a stroll around the neighborhood or walk to and from the local Arrowhead elementary school. With a […]
I am getting ready to bring on a listing, and as you may have heard, there is a phrase going around right now: “list it and it will sell”. As I recently summarized the process for this client, I thought I would share the process on my blog. The few days before a listing goes […]
Today I was perusing the NextDoor.com newsfeed for the Ballard/Crown Hill neighborhood, and saw a question from a homeowner regarding the proliferation of letters she gets from developers and real estate brokers. I answered it with this explanation: I am a Realtor and have occasionally sent a letter to a property owner on behalf of […]
Snow on the Olympics behind the historical Bell Harbor Marina. In January I put an offer on a condominium across the street from the Bell Harbor Marina and experienced the core Seattle market firsthand. We were the best of several offers, although during the escalation process we were asked to put in our “highest and […]
Recently a gentleman asked me how much our waterfront homes north of Seattle sell for…I said I’d seen them as low as $500,000 – which was a bit tongue-in-cheek. This does beg a question, or two, what is the definition of a waterfront home? Does one want a waterfront home with a dock, retaining wall, […]
With the sellers market, many sellers are looking for brokerages that offer a low commission. Many sellers think the home will sell itself due to the demand, and that the listing broker won’t have to do much. This might be the best case scenario, however it couldn’t be farther from the truth. I am a […]
Mike Grady summarized our climate in the Northwest perfectly in yesterdays press release, which summarized the year-end climate and a bit of forecasting for 2017: Grady believes the pattern of low inventory and increasing prices will continue. “We believe it is a predictor for what to expect throughout 2017,” he commented. “There’s simply not enough […]
Thanksgiving is is one of my favorite holidays because it is all about appreciating what we have in our friends, family and the wonderful environment around us. A couple of weeks ago I visited Port Townsend and took Watson for a run at North Beach, just adjacent to Fort Worden and along the Strait of […]
Happy Thanksgiving! Wishing you the best on this special day of giving thanks to and for our families, friends and the amazing world we live in.
Giving Thanks North Beach, Port Townsend Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it is one of my favorite holidays because it is all about appreciating what we have in our friends, family and the wonderful environment around us. A couple of weeks ago I visited Port Townsend and took Watson for a run at […]
A view of Mount Si adjacent to the Three Forks Off-Leash Dog Park Here in the northwest it seems as if Halloween is the transition into holiday season and a time to reflect on the current year and prepare for next year. I have plenty to celebrate as two of my listings closed and I […]
September News; Fall is Here! Gold Creek Pond, Snoqualmie Pass While I love living and working in Seattle, it makes me happy to have remote vacation property listings in beautiful places. The other day I drove to Snoqualmie Pass to support Search and Rescue, and not only checked on a lockbox at my Gold Creek […]
My company, Coldwell Banker Bain, has gifted all of it’s brokers a new listing presentation. I just finished mine which has my favorite testimonial!
Summer is in full swing and I was excited to be invited by the skipper of the boat I sail on in Duck Dodge (The Ignitor) to crew in Whidbey Race Week! I must admit we didn’t have much wind, but it was a lovely week with wonderful people. I hope you are also having […]
Summers in Seattle bring concerts in the park! Stay in town for Zoo Tunes at the Woodland Park Zoo or head out to Chateau St. Michelle. Print and keep this schedule handy:
16 Important Considerations You Must Make When Investing in Real Estate Investing in real estate can be one of the most lucrative investment vehicles available today. It can also turn into a financial nightmare if you do not do your investment homework first. Before you even think about investing in real estate you need to […]
We are still seeing low to the lowest inventory in the Seattle market. As pictures say a thousand words, I am showcasing the the three charts which show the current climate. The absorption rate, or percentage of active listings that have gone pending is at 120%. How can that be? There was so little new […]
I am continuing my journey into sailing through attending Duck Dodge again this year on the Ignitor. A fellow sailer posted this image of us to Facebook and I love the how we are sailing blissfully past my the Space Needle, the busy cranes and my office! Here is the Duck Dodge […]
I have been having fun taking business trips to San Juan Island to take photographs of a new listing. It is a parcel of vacant land adjacent to Roche Harbor – a resort that goes back to to 1886. Online marketing is in place; a slide show, a YouTube version of the slide show, a […]
I love Broadview as it is quiet, friendly and just a few minutes down 3rd Avenue to Ballard, Greenwood and Fremont. As my fourteen year-old dog, Ci Ci, doesn’t go far, I walked my younger dog, Watson, around the neighborhood tonight and met at least five others doing the same thing. The gardens were in […]
Landscape design and gardening are very close to my heart. It all started when my father bought a beautiful property on the sea cliffs of California. The home was a large Spanish style affair made from adobe. It was surrounded by fuchsia, bougainvillea, rose gardens and needed a lot of weeding. Cleverly, he tied my […]
I attended a talk by Alan Pope, a well respected appraiser in Washington state. He is also known for his charting of inventory and real estate predictions as he has been in the business for over forty years. Many real estate brokers complain about low appraisals in this market, but he asks “is it a […]
I love Seattle on days like today – I can buy bulbs sprouting in pots, attend a seed exchange at the Phinney Ridge Community Center, book volunteer days at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show and get my gear ready to teach skiing at Snoqualmie Summit tomorrow. All of this following my first listing appointment […]
Happy New Year! I had a lovely trip down the California coast to join college friends for a reunion at the Parkfield V6 ranch! I drove along Highway 46, above Morro Bay, to purchase wine from the oldest winery I can remember, Rotta Winery. When I was attending Cal Poly, it was one of the […]
I am very excited to showcase the wonderful review I received on Zillow from a friend and client! He says: “Prior to moving into the house that Andree had found for me, I was planning on renting out my former residence but decided to sell it instead. Since she did an such an amazing job […]
The Seattle market is still strong! It is a seller’s market thanks to all of the people who are moving to our beautiful Northwest to work for some of the high tech firms such as Amazon. If you are interested in selling give me a call – here is a sneak preview of what I […]
While we usually see a slowdown in real estate this time of year, this year we are seeing steady activity and even a bit of an uptick! This good news is in part thanks to our high-tech industry which is bringing in a steady stream of employees. Read more about it in the monthly press […]
Have you ever thought about buying vacant land or land with water rights? I recently attended a clock-hour course featuring John Rose from the Department of Ecology. While the class ranged from our recent draught (a snowpack issue) to wells, I found it most interesting to review water rights and was reminded that they may […]
I told a friend of mine I was writing my “appreciation” newsletter and she said “who are you appreciating”? We both laughed at that but it caused me pause to think about who I do appreciate, especially in my real estate career. I have a team of people behind me that I appreciate during every […]
August Newsletter with July Appreciation Rates
I moved back to Seattle from Port Townsend a few years ago and had a picture of a patchwork of lovely neighborhoods as they were in the early nineties. Today I am watching the demise of a single family home which is being replaced by four towering modern structures. It is rising behind the neighbor’s […]
Click here to see the July Newsletter with June appreciation rates.
Peaceful home on the Ninth Fairway of the Lipoma Firs Golf Course! Four bedrooms up with a bonus room on the main floor, three full bathrooms, living room with vaulted ceilings and a dining or family room with a gas fireplace off of the open kitchen. Look out windows to expansive greens and tall firs. […]
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Seattle is seeing lower than ever inventory which begs the question, why is no one selling? Profits to be made in selling are incredible right now and interest rates are still at a historic low. For those potential move-up buyers, think of the opportunity in selling and look at what interest rate you may be […]
I am so excited that my advice on what to do with your dog during an open house was published by our Coldwell Banker corporate office. I have two medium to large dogs. Watson, a Labradoodle, who I found running around a neighborhood on a dark and stormy night. I found him when I was […]
As seen during the Oscars, Coldwell Banker National has launched a homes for dogs project. Click here to see the movie!
One of my managing brokers puts out absorption charts each month to show us the state of the market. One of the most interesting is the percent of active inventory that is pending (Pending/Active) within residential King County. This chart is used to determine the percent of active inventory changing status to a pending sale […]
Just sold! I’m excited to announce that a friend and client now has his dream retirement home in Kitsap County. Being an avid fisherman, kayaker and gardener he can now enjoy all of these things and more just a step away from Gamble Bay near Kingston! I had a lot of fun finding properties near […]
I have had nice time attending holiday parties recently and have been interested to hear my friends express worry about the subprime mortgage market and a return to the mortgage crisis. In many of the predictions for 2015 we also hear that our millennial generation is going to enter the first-time homebuyer market this year […]
Lately I have been helping a friend of mine look for a home either on the water or near the water. He is an avid fisherman and kayaker and so has specific needs for storage of gear and parking his motor home. I was very excited to find one that had many of his criteria […]
After all the talk about downtown condominiums and which views are protected, it seems that the lower half of the Insignia building will lose a bit of it’s view. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, construction won’t start until 2016. Insignia is the only new condominium building in downtown Seattle and many prospective buyers […]
Melissa Camp came to our office this morning to update us on the Insignia project. She brought a beautiful large-scale image of the project but pointed out that we can see the south tower prominently out our windows! On their website they have a fun interactive visual of what one can see from the various […]
Join me for an open house in the Tangletown neighborhood of Seattle! It’s a short walk to many good restaurants and an easy hop onto I5 to downtown. This home features a roof deck with a hot tub, a solarium, attached garage and updated master bath. Click Here for more information on this home.
I love the living area of the listing I am holding open in Magnolia today! This house is primed for a few simple updates – open the kitchen to the living room and remove a recently added wall to create a master on the main. Spend summers on a deck right out of Sunset Magazine […]