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Selling homes during Covid

We have seen big changes in how homes are viewed, toured, and marketed over the past 6 weeks and I anticipate that more transitions lie ahead.  What has mattered, more than anything, are solid communications in the realtor community, as well as with your clients.  Since the beginning of “stay at home, stay safe” I have sold three homes in Ballard and a condominium in Madison Park.  Every step of the way I’ve done my best to anticipate upcoming issues and iron them out in advance.  No one anticipated how we would modify the steps to get from accepting an offer and depositing earnest money to closing & funding, but through phone calls and work arounds, we have found good solutions and my recent sellers and buyers are happy with our results.  If you have questions about how things are, and how the market is doing, feel free to give me a call.

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North Beach, my favorite!

I just closed this awesome Farmhouse sale with fellow broker Jody Baker in North Beach.  It’s always been one of my favorite neighborhoods, in fact I’ve lived in three homes here.  I love living near the beach, part of it is just leaving the noise and gridlock of the city behind you.  The calmness in our neighborhood and water views play a role as well.  Anytime I am driving down the hill into our hidden neighborhood I consider myself one of the luckiest people around.  The most amazing thing about this property at 2510 NW 91st Street was the size of the garden – about a third of an acre.  Between the flower beds, the sitting areas, and the privacy it offered — you felt absolutely away from it all and you can’t beat having a water view.  If you would like to tour hidden gems like North Beach, just let me know.

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Stylish Homes Sell!

Loyal Heights Cape Cod

When you walk in the door of a home for sale, you immediately know if it feels right to you,  just like the home you’ve been waiting for.  How can a Seller make changes to their furniture or stage a vacant home to create that “wow” vibe that Buyer’s pick up on?  I have found every home has a certain energy based on the architecture, the color palate, or even what you see out the windows.  Once you get the theme down, you can adjust furniture and accents to enhance that Buyer appeal and you’ve got it!  In this cute 1940’s Cape Cod we used orange and green accents to play off the amazing natural light & hardwood floors.  This home is currently on the market for $675,000 so let me know if you’d like to see it.  “It’s very stylish!”   https://www.windermere.com/listing/WA/Seattle/8052-16th-Ave-NW-98117/109113410

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Summer is wrapping up . . .

Flowers at Ken’s market on Phinney Ridge 
As Summer ends, it feels like real estate sales are heating up.  It has been so busy the past month or so that it begs the question, what is going on out there?  Well a few indications are that the Seattle economy continues to grow steadily with buyers wanting to purchase locally.  The interest rates are lower than they were a year ago and sellers are pricing their homes to sell rather than reaching sky high.  It all adds up to better interest in top properties and sales that are happening in a week’s time and often with multiple offers pushing pricing up 3% over the list price or higher.  When August is extremely busy, you can expect September and October to follow suit.  The key to getting your home sold quickly and smoothly is all in the presentation, the pricing, and promotion of your home.  Done right, you should have excellent results.  As a buyer, listen to the suggestions your broker makes so you can be perceived as the perfect fit for a home on the market, including the timing, down payment, and other ways you can differentiate yourselves from other potential buyers for a home.
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Shopping for that perfect home . . .

When you shop for your new home, here’s a few suggestions that should help.  Sometimes the vibe of the home will trump the asking price or even location.  That means there is a bit of excitement walking through the door.  The style, design, and use of natural light can make all the difference.  How a place feels as you walk through it is so key to your buying decision, so turn off the computer and get out to some open houses.  I tend to notice the room size, the flow, the indoor-outdoor connection and most buyers desire spots for summer living.  Be it BBQ’s, a good place to eat dinner, read a book or just chill, it’s great to have a patch of privacy in our city.  The things you love about a particular property make it that much sweeter to come home to.  Cheers! 

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Feeling just like home

Sometimes when you are walking through a place that is up for sale, you have a throw back moment that triggers a fond memory from when you were a kid at home.  Just recently we did a small reno on a Phinney area home before putting it up for sale.  Didn’t really change the house much, just did a refresh with some paint and small improvements to make it feel more inviting.  When we were done, I kept thinking “this feels just like home” to me, and so did many of the buyers who toured the property.  You may find that it is hard to put your finger on what resonates with you, but having a little sparkle in a home is so very important when it hits the market. 

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New Year’s Ruminations

I find it funny how every year about this time I want to make the same list of New Year’s Resolutions, from eat more veggies to exercise daily.  This year I hope to break the cycle and bust out with some different aims and aspirations.  In the land of real estate sales, some articles would lead you to believe that the Seattle real estate market is toast, but in reality it has finally settled down after a four year run that was remarkable but unsustainable.  We now have more inventory and a bit higher interest rates, though they are still so low compared to when we bought our first home years ago.  I still see real estate overall as one of the best places to invest.  My year end recommendations for buying this year are to focus on great locations and solid construction, and try to pick up properties that have sat on the market for a couple of weeks, perhaps needing cosmetic updates. You can always improve a home,  but it is hard to improve a location.   I’ll be posting photos from my neighborhood walks on Facebook and hope that as you enter 2019 you also find yourself discovering new interests and enjoying all the things our community has to offer.  Happy New Year!

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“Yep, I want that home!” – Already sold

When you think of lifestyles that are unique to Seattle, living right by the beach is at the top of the list.  Just a few homes up from Blue Ridge Beach, you can sit on the deck and enjoy views, sea breezes and smell the salt air.  Our amazing listing just hit the market, nwmls #1349609, available for $1,379,000.  Built in 1954, it was the home of the month in the Seattle Times, and today it is even more appealing.  With a quick tour on-line or in person, you will see how 2429 NW Blue Ridge Drive combines mid-century architecture with updates to make it move-in ready.  Just the right size, in just the right spot, you can look forward to beach walks as part of your new routine.  Mom and I held it open on Sept. 2nd, received 6 offers the following week.

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Backyard Studios are so Enticing!

I have found that it is a gift to have a workshop or studio in your own backyard.  It offers an opportunity for your creativity to grow, anytime you choose to open the door and spend a bit of time on your art.  As a wood worker, painter, or other artist or musician, having that little haven for your own personal development is the type of thing that feeds the soul.  I currently have a Pinehurst Home on the market with a big (15 x 20) shop in the backyard.  The home is all you would expect in a 1940’s/1950’s home with it’s traditional fireplace, oak floors, wood wrapped windows and seems very popular with buyers.  But when I see their eyes light up, is when they’ve been out back to walk through the shop.  It’s one of those special places where you could get lost for hours.  Come see it – Open today 12 to 4 and Sunday 2 to 4 at 11720 20th Ave N.E., priced at $599,900.

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Forever views are hard to find . . .

But when you find a forever view, you’ll know it.  This new listing of mine at 2606 Perkins Lane West captures the sweeping views of Puget Sound & the Olympic Mountains.  From nearly every room in the home you will find yourself gazing out the windows, or wandering out onto one of the many decks.  It was designed to be open and light inside, while banks of windows and French Doors draw your eyes to the horizon.  It’s one of those very special homes that makes you happy.  Now offered at $1,758,000 and available to tour by appointment, you will find it mesmerizing.  Forever views are hard to find . . .

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