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Springtime Selling

ImageStoreF92RT759carolSpringtime is a great time to be selling your home in Seattle.  The inventory generally hasn’t caught up with the number of buyers out looking, as is the case this year, and things just seem positive as sunny days start to reappear.  The best advice I can give sellers looking to sell in the Springtime is to clear out the debris in the garden from the winter and add some color and life to the outdoor spaces that you enjoy.  This home, which my mom and I sold a couple of years ago in Ballard, was lovingly maintained by the previous owner and she really did an extraordinary job of bringing in colorful accents in the window boxes and adding just the right finishing touches.  Buyers responded with about 10 offers and the emotional appeal of this home was off the charts.  It sold for more than 10% off the list price.  My advice for Springtime Sellers is to hit the nurseries (my local favorite is Swanson’s Nursery), pick up some wonderful new plant materials, and make your garden as well as your home shine. 

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Wow, what a huge reception!

Just a quick follow-up to my invitation to stop by the Open House at 338 NW 77th Street, never expected such a tremendous turnout. Over 130 people through that home, wow – just amazing the strong interest and participation. Spring is in the air and buyers are out looking at homes to buy!

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Seattle Sunday Open House

On this cloudy Sunday, I’ll be visiting with buyers, friends and neighbors at my Sunday Open House in the flats of Phinney Ridge, 338 NW 77th Street. Last night we listed this home for $595,000 and its one of the more comfortable, updated Frame Tudor I’ve been in for awhile. While Spring continues to flirt with us, a few crocus bulbs are popping up in the front garden and there are future sunny days ahead to have dinner al fresco on the big back deck, after the rainy days of March come and go. If you’re out and about picking up supplies for the Oscar Celebration tonight, come on over and take a look and say hi.living

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Some Seattle homes say “Stay awhile”

The subliminal messages you get touring Seattle homes has a huge impact on how you select which one you want to buy. Have you noticed that some Seattle homes seem to say “sit down and stay awhile” while you’re looking them over? Savvy sellers can create settings in their homes before they list them, featuring spots to sit and read, or to enjoy a conversation, or to reenergize, be it on a cushioned window-seat or an inviting Adirondack chair near the entry. Some Seattle homes seem to feel utilitarian and rush you through them because they feel bland, and others are so emotionally inviting that buyers, agents, even the neighbors seem to want to linger.

What is the secret to creating Seattle homes that say “stay awhile”?

It’s actually how it feels, looks, and smells, that creates an overall inviting haven. You might try a scented oil in the bath that you’ve smelled at a specialty spa, or removing all the extra clutter on the kitchen counter so it looks ready for a magazine shoot. A little color accent here and there, and thoughtful arrangements of furniture that open up the flow of the home all add up to creating an inviting environment. For extra ideas I recommend doing a little reading on Feng Shui and the art of feeling grounded and relaxed in a home.  Creating that special something is what I try to do with each listing before it hits the market.

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Could Snow Hit Ballard and Greenwood?

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Clear blue skies and cold temps could bring snow to Ballard and Greenwood, but know that while it’s chilly out, the real estate market is “red hot” right now. Those sunny days and possibly a Seahawks cloud 9 sensation have sellers raking in multiple offers and buyers bundling up for pre-inspections on Ballard and Greenwood / Phinney Ridge area homes. The hot Seattle residential real estate market of 2013 has rolled right into the new year and inventory has stayed relatively low. If you’d like to know when the “best time” to sell is I’d have to say we’re experiencing it right now. Three things that could calm down this heat-wave would be rising interest rates, more listings coming on the market, or an increase in available rentals (which would ease the current influx of housing needs for newcomers to Seattle who are starting work in the south Lake Union area). Brrrrr, it’s cold out there, but man oh man, it is a hot market right now!
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Green Lake : Front Porch First Impressions

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!

   Green Lake bungalow

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North Beach: Going, Going, Sold!

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…

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Seattle Seahawks are Spectacular, Thanks Coach!

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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!

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Residential Seattle – Kiss the Cook!

Wallingford Kitchen - residential seattle by Liz Talley

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.

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