For Homeowners

For Buyers Sellers, Do you Have Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Your Home? It’s the Law In WA State   Last year I heard that a college friend of mine had died in his home from carbon monoxide poisoning. A few years back, a Realtor walked into a home to preview it and found the sellers dead in their bed, again from carbon monoxide poisoning.  Both situations were upsetting and shocking to me.  It […]
Bellevue, WA A Booming Real Estate Market in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond And Other Eastside Cities in February, 2012 The February Real Estate Map shows a strong sellers market. Multiple offers, low supply of homes, a huge percentage of homes selling in a short amount of time, all are happening in the eastside communities of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Woodinville, and Bothell.  This is an exciting trend that we expect will continue as long as […]
Eastside Real Estate The Seattle Eastside Condo Market Was Great in February, 2012     If you have a condo to sell on Seattle’s eastside, now is a great time to put it on the market. If you’ve hoped to move and have felt as if you couldn’t do so over the last few years, things are different now.  Competition among sellers has dropped dramatically, because there are […]
Bellevue, WA Multiple Offers for Seattle Eastside Homes in February 2012!   The Seattle-eastside real estate market was hot in February. Buyers were lining up and multiple offers were often the norm.  Multiple offers? Yes, multiple offers.   When I check listings each day, I notice there are many homes that sell within a matter of days. Most days when I check listings, I’ve noticed they’re […]
Bellevue, WA The Top Ten Remodeling Mistakes for Seattle Eastside Homes   There are a million stories in Seattle about great remodeling projects that increase the livability and value of a home.  I’ve written a few myself over the years.   Rarely does anyone write about what you should NOT do when remodeling a home. One caveat here, what plays in Peoria does not necessarily play […]
Eastside Real Estate How Was The Seattle Eastside Condo Market in December 2011? Seattle Eastside condo inventory dipped to 2011’s lowest point in December, 2011.   The year began and ended with under 1000 condos for sale.   The number of available eastside condos peaked in June with well over 1100 condos for sale.    The peak was never really much of a peak when we look at […]
Disaster Preparedness Update Your Emergency Food Supply and Donate Food at the Same Time! September is disaster preparedness month.  Are you prepared?   The truth is most people haven’t done anything.  So you are off the hook this time, but the reality is you need to do something!  No one will be there to bail you out with food if there is a disaster.  The first responders will be busy […]
For Homeowners Do You Have Enough Insurance to Rebuild Your Home? Things like earthquakes and hurricanes happening in the U.S. got me thinking of the need to do an annual update for your house insurance. Does your home need an insurance check up? Do you have enough insurance coverage for your home?  The real estate market changes all the time.  The value of a home and […]
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Bellevue Real Estate How Strong Were June, 2011 Real Estate Sales on Seattle's Eastside? How strong were June, 2011 real estate sales on Seattle’s Eastside?  This summer’s real estate market is going to stay stronger than what we usually see during a Seattle summer. Traditionally, the highest number of homes for sale during a year comes near the end of July.  With this increased competition, it can make it […]
For Buyers It Could Be The Difference Between Selling and Not Selling Your Seattle-Eastside Home “It could be the difference between selling and not selling your Seattle-Eastside Home,” she said while sitting in her friend’s Redmond condo.  The “she” is not me, but a home owner who contacted me to talk about selling her home.  At one point, our discussion  moved towards the things she would need to do before […]
For Buyers What's the Difference Between Home Maintenance and Upgrades When Selling Your Seattle-Eastside Home Getting ready to sell your home?  You’ve contacted your agent who’s given you a laundry list of things to repair, replace or upgrade before your home goes on the market. Are the things your agent wants you to do maintenance items or upgrades? If these items are completed, does it mean that you can get […]
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For Homeowners Spend a Little Money on your Home to Make More Money When You Sell Your Home If you spend a little money to fix up your home, it will help you make more money when you sell. The little things can help you dress up your home and give you a lot more bang for the buck.   As I’ve mentioned in previous posts,  there are some easy and inexpensive ways to give […]
For Buyers Increase Your Home's Value with a Spa-Like Shower Recently,  I wrote a post about whether it’s important to have a 5 piece bath, meaning a bath with a shower, tub, 2 sinks, and a toilet.  I asked the question because a past client was thinking of moving his laundry upstairs to the master bath in place of the tub. His goal: To put […]
Bellevue, WA The Positive Real Estate Market on Seattle's Eastside Continued in April, 2011 Seattle-eastside real estate is looking good!  The trend continues to be the most positive in the last four years.  This positive market means this a good, but very realistic market.  Some homes are selling within a week, others take longer, and some do not sell.  In reality, it’s a balanced market in which the homes […]
For Homeowners Spring Has Sprung in Seattle, Now is the Time to Take Pictures of Your Yard I love this time of year in the Seattle area.  The long days make it such a wonderful time to be outdoors.  The spring color is fabulous with the rhodies,  azaleas,  tulips and more.  When the leaves start coming in the new growth is a wonderful bright, fresh green color.   Everyone’s yard looks the best  […]
Architecture Midcentury Modern Meets Eco-Friendly Home Design I’m passionate about “green” living, sustainability, eco-friendly and mid-century modern design.  I’ve been lucky to be able to pursue these interests on various trips to Palm Springs, CA, which is a hub of mid-century modern design.  Back in February, I was down in the California desert during Palm Springs Modernism Week.  It’s a fun week […]
Bellevue Real Estate Is Your Seattle-Eastside Home Ready to be on the "Hot" List? The last few weeks I’ve spent a lot of time helping soon-to-be home sellers get their homes ready for the market. I’ve spent time creating lists of cosmetic/structural items that need to be done to make a home market ready.  I’ve recommended reliable contractors. I’ve helped to pick out paint colors, carpets, tile, vinyl, light […]
Bellevue Real Estate The Seattle-Eastside Real Estate Market Is Better Than You Think! It’s simple.  Mix one part law of supply and demand;  one part the more positive economy;  and one part more ready, willing, and able buyers.  Mix with more realistic pricing that meets the market demand.  You now have the well priced homes selling and the most positive real estate market the eastside has had since […]