First impressions are invaluable to sellers. Buyers pick up on them getting out of the car or just walking up to a home. This sweet bungalow, which I sold in Green Lake a while ago, is a perfect example of how some contrasting colors, created with a few potted tulips in bloom and a cozy chair on the front porch make an inviting first impression. This time of year our gardens are mostly asleep and plants are not showcasing your home. So, if you’re selling right now or about to, I recommend doing a little staging to the front porch so buyers will be drawn to your home. If it looks like a picture postcard, you’re ready for the “for sale” sign!
This North Beach home sold last night with three buyers bringing in offers for over the asking price. Located on 30th NW, a quiet dead-end street, this North Beach stunner has an open kitchen/dining room that flows out to a covered deck overlooking a natural ravine. Very sweet! We’ve had such a strong interest in unique “move-in” ready homes, it is astounding. I met this client through my friends Doug & Kale Kim, who used to live across the street. They know how to make a home feel like home, and that’s important when thinking about how to move forward with putting your home on the market. Staging homes properly can be the difference between getting asking price or getting OVER asking price. Click on the pic to see more…
My hat is off to Pete Carroll! Wow! He is doing more with his attitude, coaching and vision for the Seattle Seahawks than we will ever know. Today (1/12/2014) the Seattle Times ran a piece about him that hit the nail on the head: “If you had to boil the multifaceted Carroll’s passion down to a single concept, it’s clearly that he wants to inspire people to be their best. As a coach, he is doing that with the Seahawks.” He has created pride in our city and beyond for our beloved Seattle Seahawks and we all adore our all-important role as the 12th man. Thanks coach! We will not forget your spectacular role leading our team to new heights. Go Hawks!
When you look through residential Seattle real estate listings and think about how you spend time on weekends, it’s likely that hanging out in the kitchen is part of your routine. I recommend buying a home with a light & bright kitchen, with a sweet view out the window that offers inviting spots to hang out either on a stool by the counter or a built-in bench & table nook. In residential Seattle, outdoor access is a must, think about how it feels and if the layout seems comfortable. Once you’ve moved in and cooking is underway, my best advice is to be sure to kiss the cook. This Wallingford kitchen had all the right elements including fir floors, a gas stove and warm feel and the home sold promptly this past summer.
For the first time in many years, I’m seeing far more signs that the Seattle area real estate market is back to normal and picking up speed. 2013 marked my most successful year in real estate since I joined Windermere and I am seeing many indicators for a big sales year in 2014. The pace is fast, financing on sales is running smoothly, escrow offices are buzzing with activity and sold signs are up. I asked my mentor Matt Carroll, who owns and runs the Windermere Greenwood office where I am working, for his predictions for 2014. He said “We are entering a golden age of growth and development in the Seattle Marketplace. Seattle housing should keep pace with that demand, and with the right agents, the sky is the limit. When we look back on this in ten years, with the Viaduct coming down, the waterfront changing, 70,000 apartments being built in the past few years and unemployment approaching record lows for our area, we are in for a decade of long term stability and growth.” He sums it up well and I concur. Here’s to success in 2014!