Debuts & Discoveries – What’s new in Seattle beverages

Debuts & Discoveries – Beverage Tasting – Saturday, March 16th from 5-8pm

D&D is a great gathering of new talent from the Seattle beverage world with offerings from wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries. Food trucks on site as well.

See link for all details & to get tickets.

Enjoy some tasty food and beverages and support Outdoors for All.

Helping children with disabilities get out!

I’ll see you there. https://lnkd.in/dx7hU58

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 11:45 am
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From Istanbul to Seattle!

The best, best part of my job is when I get to handover the keys to a first time home buyer! And this time Yasemin came all the way from Istanbul and has made a life here in Seattle and has now bought her first home!

Her mom is even here from Istanbul to help her move in!

It gets me a little choked up when someone gets into their first place and they’re so excited just to walk through the door! Best feeling and best part of my job!

Welcome home Yasemin!

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 11:37 am
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The Big Melt 2019 – This phase could be the most damaging yet.

Here are a few thoughts about melting snow, possible water intrusion and houses from Don McFeron at Scout Building Inspections:

“Gutters and downspouts full of snow and ice can back up if it starts raining before the snow and ice melt.

Water backing up in the gutters can be a real problem if you have a house without much of a roof overhang, because instead of wetting the soffits, it can get into the walls.

Roof downspout in-ground drains can ice up, and then the water coming down the downspouts can spill out next to the foundation. If the house has a finished basement, the water next to the house could get into wall cavities through the footing-to-foundation joint, and any through-wall penetrations or cracks. Make sure that water coming out of the downspouts runs down into functioning in-ground drains, or route the water on the surface far enough away from the foundation that the water cannot run down next to it and get into the basement or the crawl space.

Snow in a basement window well can get up against the windows and window trim. When the snow melts it could get in through small gaps between the windows and trim.

Water from melting snow that has piled up against a door can get in through weep holes and weather stripping as it melts.

When you shovel a walkway, be careful to not pile the snow up against the side of the house.

Snow on a roof can get up under the flashing around skylights, chimneys, plumbing vents, attic ridge vents, etc. Pretty much all of the flashings and roof boots are designed to protect against water that is flowing down hill. Blowing snow can get under the edges of flashings or pack in around them and then drip down behind them as it melts. Usually the amount of water would not be noticeable, but in a situation where there are several inches of snow followed by a quick melt and a lot of rain, it could be a problem.

I cleared the snow off of my roof top deck tonight because the snow was deep enough that when it melted it could have gotten up under the siding, through gaps between the door to the roof or through perimeter flashings and into the house. The through-wall drains were packed with snow so that water may not have been able to drain through them.

Keep dry,

Don”

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 11:05 am
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WW Stats – Up +10.5% – Median Price!

My office, Windermere Wedgwood, publishes statistics for the transactions that we represent each month.

These statistics dive deeper than the basic info you get from online sources.

The pack below shows transaction details like type of financing, cash offers, # of offers and the one I find most interesting this month, median sold price.

The median sold price for the 16 transactions completed by my office in December 2018 was $839k vs. $759k from Dec. 2017 or +10.5%

Even with the Seattle Times headlines about Seattle’s rapid decrease in prices, the numbers don’t lie, +10% vs last year!

https://1drv.ms/b/s!AlaUpVIy4kt9ge4Fxw5kVih5A4RrJA

Posted on January 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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Increased Loan Limits mean Increased Buying Power

Has your lender told you about the upcoming changes for conforming loans in 2019?

Make sure you’re working with a knowledgeable lender that keeps you informed on the latest and the greatest.

Thank you Matt for always keeping me up to date.

 

New conforming loan limits for King/Pierce/Snohomish county – all the way up to $726,525.

Gives you more purchasing power and reach.

A $725,000 home purchase will now qualify for a conforming loan with as little as 5% down payment of  $36,250.

You’ll be able to afford more home and still be competitive in the changing Seattle area market!

 

 

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 3:58 pm
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It’s Seasonal, really, plus a few other things…

It’s seasonal, really, we’re going through a slow down in the Seattle market but it’s also seasonal.  

What you want to pay attention to in the attached eye chart of a graph is the bottom graph and how every winter (December) for the last 10 years, we see a dramatic slow down in sales.

So yes, the rate of appreciation has slowed in the Seattle area since May 2018. 

But, we also see a slow down in transactional sales every winter.

Put them together and it seems more dramatic and remember we had quite a run up of prices over the last 5 years.

 

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 3:34 pm
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Where’s Robert…Neighborhood Series – Capitol Hill story

Come hear more of the story at my Open House this Sunday 1-4p.
321 Coryell Ct. E.

Posted on November 9, 2018 at 1:37 pm
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Home buyers need to hurry, here’s why – in Seattle –

My list for what’s driving the Seattle housing market:   

 

* Mortgage Rates will climb when Fed raises prime rate early 2019.

* Amazon announces HQ2 location(s), will Amazonians move? Not likely, Seattle is still one of the most desirable cities in US for tech workers.

* Facebook just announced, increasing office space in Bellevue + S. Lake Union.

* We have 34 Fortune 500 companies in Seattle, was only 7 in 2010! 

* Seattle will still be hiring moving into 2019. We’re more than just Amazon.

* Home Prices will continue to increase at new slower rate but Still Increasing.

 

 

Because of all of these reasons, I think the Seattle housing market will continue to grow and appreciate.

So, waiting for prices to drop is a long shot and the wild card of increasing Interest Rates will lower buyer’s purchasing power next Spring.

We know where we are now, the future is a gamble with so many variables.

This is why buyer’s should purchase this winter in Seattle.

RBJ.

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 1:08 pm
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Seattle’s Rental Cost #3 in nation…

Seattle still at the top for Rental cost, #3.    

We’ve had a big runup for Rents over the last few years because of a lot of population growth and a shortage of rental units.

While Seattle is the 3rd most expensive city in the US to rent, median is now $2600/month, our rents are not increasing as quickly anymore. 

 

This is good intel to have for investors and potential buyers waiting on the sidelines to buy in Seattle.

Most economist point to all of the building cranes around Seattle that are flooding the market with new rentals.

This is true but these new rentals are coming on in the upper end of the market so there is and will still be a shortage in Seattle of affordable rentals.

 

As with our housing prices, things are still rising just not as much as the last few years.

This fact along with the uncertainty of interest rates rising as well, this winter could be the best time to get into the Seattle real estate market.

If you’re waiting for prices to actually decline, for renting or purchasing, it doesn’t look like that will be happening in 2019.

But the slowdown in price appreciation this summer and fall has created a good opportunity to enter the hot Seattle market during a “pause” in the frenzy.

 

Goto SeattlePI for the complete list/story.

http://ow.ly/YvP330ms8JN

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 4:48 pm
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Where’s Robert…Neighborhood Series – Perfect Seattle Day

My neighborhood series today starts with an idea I heard about years ago:

What would you do in your city, as part of your perfect day?

So my perfect day, or morning as I did it today, included coffee in my favorite neighborhood spot, Zoka, while reading an actual newspaper.

A haircut at a new neighborhood barber, Steele Barber and then a trip downtown for a shoe shine; it’s getting harder to find a shoe shine in Seattle. Nordstrom is one of the few places left with a stand?

And then an early lunch at one of my favorite spots in the South End of Lake Union, Re:public.

 

South Lake Union , SLU, has gone through a complete transformation and is now the hub not only for tech and biotech but also many of Seattle’s best restaurants and cocktail bars.

So many Seattle neighborhoods have great restaurants and not to diminish any of these but SLU is attracting some of the cities most talented chefs. From established spots like Wild Ginger, Serious Pie, Flying Fish and Cactus to new places on the rise like Revel, LOCAL and Henry’s Tavern.

The walkable vibe of this neighborhood with its connection to downtown Seattle on the South Lake Union Trolley (come up with your own acronym) is opening up the area to so many people. And the trolley will eventually link to the Capitol Hill trolley for more regional public transportation.

Click on the map for homes for sale in South Lake Union + Eastlake. Townhouses and condos dominate this area but there are some great old Seattle homes with amazing views of Lake Union scattered around the lake as well.

Hope you can make it out here soon for your Perfect Seattle Day!

South Lake Union + Eastlake Neighborhoods

Farro w/seasonal veggies at re:public

 

Posted on October 23, 2018 at 12:37 pm
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