BlogTales from the Trenches

Mar

18

Seeing the City

An exceptionally active market means putting many miles on the odometer. I visit dozens of homes every week, all across the city previewing, showing, structural inspections, market analyses. It’s not drudgery. Not at all. Never. Seattle is spectacular. Even though we feel a little embattled at times, and caught up in a whirlwind, even with our unimaginably competitive […]

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Mar

15

Your Offer is No Good Here

Woe to some of us involved in the pursuit of real estate dreams these days in Seattle. What a week. But this is an open marketplace and there are those who are reaping unimagined gain instead. Yin and Yang. I’m encouraged to know a balance might exist.  

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Feb

19

Out and About

My business, as you would expect, takes me from place to place to place. And our current market remains so brisk that my own pace must keep up. In the past week I have been all over, and along the way I collected a few snapshots of some things that caught my eye. Downtown Bellevue’s burgeoning […]

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Feb

11

That Modernized Farmhouse

Admit it. It’s impossible not to be persuaded by an old house when this enchanting blend of old and new exists in the world. Especially true when this particular world is urban neighborhood Seattle. This sweet old farmhouse, circa 1908, has been transformed on the inside with open concept living and cooks kitchen, while it also finds itself […]

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Feb

10

Craaay-zy

How to make quantifiable sense of the market right now? Impossible! We have so little inventory that any new listing coming on the market is absolutely mobbed with prospective buyers. Each time I am out showing property, I notice fellow brokers either just ahead or else right behind me. Previewing, showing, one after the other we are. And sometimes […]

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Feb

05

On Chuckanut Drive

This is what is looks like in the Northwest right now. Dark and dreamy. That’s right. I called it dreamy! NOT dreary. But it is dark. I’ll admit that much. The days are lengthening though, and that hope for more light is heartening. I took this pic from along Chuckanut Drive yesterday. Another cure for the season: […]

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Feb

03

The Desert Cure

Six more weeks of winter have been predicted, according to the groundhog in Punxsutawney, matching our somber mood this week in Seattle. Here is a remedy: go to Palm Springs! This is the undeniable season for it. I just visited in December and experienced such warm weather I wore a short skirt and a tee shirt during the day […]

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Jan

29

Seahawk Nation

It’s surprising, really, that we are getting anything done this week in Seattle with the Superbowl close at hand and so much excitement surrounding it. This morning, local rockstar Dave Mathews helped hoist a new Seahawks flag from the top of the Space Needle to replace the tattered one. Many Seattle denizens have flown the coop, gone […]

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Jan

28

South Lake Union Under Siege

These vast construction sites are each within shouting distance of one another in South Lake Union where entire city blocks have been given over to the developers. Hard to believe, isn’t it, that even with all this building boom, Seattle’s growth is expected to exceed available space for it. Today, while I walked through this formerly […]

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Jan

27

Winter Wonder

Juno the Blizzard deposited two feet of snow in Boston over the past twenty-four hours creating a city-wide snow day, recorded and transmitted to me today via Snapchat video (gone in an instant, sigh). On the news tonight, I saw surfers surfing in the Atlantic ocean as it continued to snow, making merry. Brrr. While I luxuriated in our […]

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