Staging with Sunshine

Homes look more expensive when the sun is shining out their windows. Truth. So, as Seattle’s spring market activity continues apace, blue skies must be given some of the credit. It makes us all more positive, definitely.

We had nine sales reported yesterday at our office meeting, with all types of properties getting offers, from a vacant lot in the Arboretum neighborhood (there aren’t many of these left, in-city) to million dollar waterfront south of Burien. Although multiple offers have been plaguing spring buyers in the under $700K price range here in town, some listing agents told of recent experiences with buyers who stayed away until they thought they might not have to compete.

When buyers get burned enough, they pull back a little. In real estate, timing is funny that way; extreme competitiveness last week can sometimes put a damper on such activity this week.

Nonetheless, here are three newly pending properties with multiple offers that I was involved in marketing. Just look at all the sunny skies!*

3412 NE Blakeley Street in Bryant. Four bedrooms, two and 3/4 baths, two car garage. Built in 1962. 2759 interior square feet on a 7280 square foot lot. Asking price $550,000. For more info and photos, click here

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8826 28th Avenue NW in North Beach. Three bedrooms, one and 3/4 baths. Built in 1950. Really pretty. 2040 interior square feet on a 7200 square foot lot. Asking price $524,888. For more info and photos, click here

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625 NW 75th Street in Ballard. Two bedrooms, one bath. Built in 1916 with lots of well preserved vintage features. 700 interior square feet on a 4000 square foot lot. Asking price $348,500. For more info and photos, click here.

*Okay. I do have a disclaimer. Photographers these days can turn a dark, cloudy day into a bright sunny one, and in Seattle they often have to do so…

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