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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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Seattle Area Real Estate Sales – 2014 Predictions

Seattle Area Real EstateFor 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!

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