BlogTales from the Trenches

May

02

Completely Magical

In a happy development, a whole spate of appealing condominium homes have come on the market this past week. I tooled around with clients and visited several of them today on Capitol Hill and First Hill, each just as good as the last. This one, though, it captured our imagination and I daresay even a heart […]

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Apr

30

Luma Rising

None of those imposing buildings being built all along the Pike/Pine are slated to be condos. Not any of them. All rental apartments. So many rental apartments. Until now, that is. This was made utterly official with the opening of the Luma sales office Saturday, located at 907 East Pike Street, just east of Broadway. We […]

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Apr

22

While Waiting

This is the excruciating time between submitting an offer and waiting to hear our fate. The house is straight and solid, the neighborhood is quiet, the price is good; I expect they are reviewing about eight offers on it RIGHT NOW. I know my buyers are anxious, and I am anxious, too. We can try […]

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Apr

21

Splendid Spring

Don’t be crabby about completely insane real estate market. It’s spring! Blue skies, warm temperatures, light until late. I get pretty excited when the sun comes into my northwest facing windows in the evening. For a limited time only. At my building, we just did a little spring planting. Lots of us got into it. It’s gorgeous all […]

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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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