Seattle, WA Real Estate News

By Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
(Realty Executives -BRIO)
 Seattle's Northwest Flower & Garden Show is coming!February brings to Downtown Seattle The Northwest Flower & Garden Show to cheer up northwest gardeners with the promise of our coming spring!  With our gray, drizzely February weather, this comes as a warm breeze to brighten up our month.  Every year since it's debut in 1989, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show has been wowing gardeners with the stunning display gardens, the seminars and the exhibitors displaying new plants, garden accessories, ideas, and garden themed stuff.  This year the show runs February 14-18, Wednesday through Saturday 9AM to 9PM, and Sunday 9AM to 6PM.  For more information on tickets, parking, seminars etc., see: http://www.gardenshow.com/seattle/theshow/   So if you need something to cheer your self up with to...
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By Ben Kakimoto, Seattle Condo Specialist
(Keller Williams Greater Seattle)
  Based on a reader suggestion I received on my condo blog, I've compiled a list of pet friendly condos in the downtown area neighborhoods.  Eventually, I'll expand the list to include other neighborhoods as well.  I've also included some condos that are pet-unfriendly, too. If you know if any that we've missed, please let us know and we'll add it to the list.
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By Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
(Realty Executives -BRIO)
Seattle's new Olympic Sculpture Park is now Open!  The new 9 acre park located in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood (Urban Village) celebrated it's Grand Opening over the weekend! There was bright sunshine, blue skies, crowds, shades, Alexander Calder's Eagle, and The Space Needle for the Grand Opening on Saturday, January 20th 2007!  Given our horrible weather these past few months, it was amazing to have such a dazzeling day for the long awaited opening of the new park!  The park was jammed with Seattlites enjoying the the ART, the SUN, the Park, and the new Beach on Elliott Bay. Fireboat welcomes the crowd as they photogragh all the wonderful ART.  My friend Patti laughing about the "Ask Me" sign.  Seattlites exploring this new addtion to Downtown Seattle and Belltown!  Down near the w...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Last night I posted my first blog on the Seattle PI's website titled Real Estate Licensing. Being such a huge opportunity to share my opinion, yes my opinion, on serious topics reaching a wide audience it was thought to take conservative approach while bring to light a controversial topic.It is different to post a blog on a nationally recognized than posting on ActiveRain and my personal site. Why? There are different rules of conduct in my view and some items are harder to address. Blogs are seen as being a personal place and an arena to point fingers in directions that may not be politically correct.Right now I am feeling nervous of my post for reason that are beyond my comprehension but the ideas put forward are helpful and topics that need to be addressed. How does one balance ethic...
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By Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
(Realty Executives -BRIO)
 Today in Seattle's Belltown, SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park has it's Grand Opening!  Today the barriers come down and the public can view their new fabulous Park!  The celebration lasts both Saturday and Sunday, January 20th and 21st, 2007.  For more information and times for the celebration,  see: www.seattletimes.com/sculpturepark  Check out this site for lots of interactive information on the park, the sculptures, maps, development (including watching the park developed over a year's time in one minute) it's really cool!  "Where Art Meets Earth"....  The Park lies on 9 acres in Seattle's Belltown at the corner of Western Avenue and Broad Street, and conects the Downtown to the shore of Elliott Bay with a newly reclaimed beach accessible from the Park.  The Parks designers are New York...
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By Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional
 NWMLS #26199618, 2530 39th Ave. E., Seattle   $3,290,000. Last Saturday evening the streets were still fairly icy and the temperature was below freezing.  I had made an appointment with a client and we decided we would still check out the properties.   This client knew Capitol Hill very well and could keep me off the steep hills.  I had taken a flash light because the listing agent said he would not be there--it was a good thing because we had to wander around in the dark to find the lock box.The place is lovely--it has a complete Nanny's quarters with its own elevator (the main house has an elevator also).  The water view is of Lake Washington and has protected moorage for a large boat.  4970 sq. ft., 5 bedrooms/ 4.5 baths.NWMLS #26164972, 909 E Newton St #B3 Seattle  $3,100,000.This ...
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By ARDELL DellaLoggia
(Better Properties Seattle )
My partner Kim Harris offers his perspective on what drew him TO the Pacific Northwest in 1964 and KEPT HIM in Seattle since he got off the plane from Vietnam in 1969... The History - The Tremendous Impact and Signficance of this area on the Music Industry (Kim's previous life and passion, as founder of Easy Street Records and teacher of "The History of Rock and Roll" at the U and BCC and original manager of Queensryche, when they were high school kids hanging out at his Easy Street Records, of then, on Bel-Red Road...long past history all over the world managing bands and music venue and private label and much more...on to his LOVE of Seattle from a music perspective: The (fabulous) Wailers - Tall Cool One, being able to find things in Seattle he spent two months trying to find in reco...
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By Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional
 I have a client that I have taken condo shopping four times now.  I have sent her many listings and she goes through them and then lets me know what she wants to see.  Initially, she told me that she needed to find a new place soon because her lease was ending the end of February.  Last week we found one that she liked well.  We went to see it twice and then she wanted to write an offer on it.  The offer she was making was quite low but that was her decision.  We didn't get a counter offer then, but a couple of days later the listing agent called and said the buyer they selected decided not to buy and that her seller would take less now (at a substantial amount).  I relayed the message to my buyer and she thinks something must be wrong with the unit.  What she also told me is that her ...
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By ARDELL DellaLoggia
(Better Properties Seattle )
This 1921 Bungalow was restored instead of being torn down. Tear downs are prevalent in our town.  Small 890sf bungalows with porches are torn down and replaced with new homes for $1,300,000 or more.  The previous owner of this home added a huge 750sf master suite on the second floor in the back with a jacuzzi-five piece master bath, tow sitting areas and a fabulous view of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier and the Seattle City Skyline. The main floor was expanded to 1,600 square feet with additional bedrooms on the lower level. The two car garage is not seen from the street, as it is a street to alley lot and is accessed from the rear, but is attached. The City of Kirkland would love to see more of these, quaint original frontages, but exapanded to today's modern interiors and amenities.
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By Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
(Realty Executives -BRIO)
It's snowing outside my office right now!  The evening commute will not be fun....We have had a lot of challenging weather here in Seattle for the past few months...quite unlike our famous mild maritime climate.  November had record breaking rain fall and flooding, and after the Seattle Seahawks vs the Green Bay Packers game a sudden snow storm caught the commuters and game goers in a 6 hour "ice rink" commute home.  In December, we had windstorm that toppled so many trees causing "The Great Seattle Blackout" 10 days before Christmas and over a million homes lost power in Puget Sound, many for day, and as long as 8.   Yesterday while driving I was caught between Belltown and Lower Queen Anne when wind gusts started pushing my car around, so I went to Alki to take photos of the wind wave...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
This weekend's playoff game, Seattle vs Chicago, is going to be a rematch of an early season game where Chicago destroyed Seattle 37-6. Hopefully the game ends on a different note this time and Seattle can continue onto the NFC Championship game two years in a row.I know many out there are not going to give Seattle a chance but that doesn't affect this fan one bit. Last week Seattle got a win against Dallas and all I have read is that it was luck that Seattle got a win and Dallas should have really won. But what isn't talked about is the two first downs Seattle had to get to be able to run the clock out at the end of the game and when they started on their own one yard line.Seattle has a great time when it functions as one solid unit and with all the injuries this year it is hard to get...
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By ARDELL DellaLoggia
(Better Properties Seattle )
Right or Wrong, for Good or Bad, it is just Who I Am.  I didn't "create a persona" for Active Rain, not do I intend to change my persona for it either. I spend my days representing people who are trying very hard to do the right thing.  I will not represent people with greedy or underhanded motives.  I will not align myself with agents who are trying to "make a sale" instead of representing people well. It's not a real popular concept apparently.  And yet my heaven is a world where everyone tries very hard to do the right thing and my hell a world where everyone just wants to "follow the money". There is an exception in my book, and that is helping someone in the industry who is "doing it wrong" to "get it right".  When the little light bulb goes on and an agent realizes that the buyer ...
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By ARDELL DellaLoggia
(Better Properties Seattle )
There are key points in the contract where a buyer can change their mind and receive their Earnest Money. You have two choices: 1) Contact your client and say, if you have any second thoughts about this, TODAY is the day to "speak now or forever hold your peace!"  2) Hold your breath and hope the time passes so the buyer is "locked in" and the sale more likely to close There's a lot of talk about "Fiduciary" relationships.  I have more background in Fiduciary Relationships than likely any other agent in the Country, given I was a Trust and Investment officer for a very long time before becoming a real estate agent.  It is why I harp on fiduciary type topics.  It is just my forte.  It is also my dissappointment in an industry that should be representing people better, but who choose to t...
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By Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
(Realty Executives -BRIO)
I am following up to a comment I made on Broker Bryant's post: "It's free, it's free, I tell you!""Spending a dollar to save a nickel."  There can sometimes be a "short-sightedness" in seeing the "big picture" that people will actually spend a dollar to save a nickel.  Of course the cost is not necessarily actual cash (or in Broker Bryants' story, depreciation) but time, life experiences or some other valuable thing.  Unfortunately, the person who is not able to see (because of lack of knowledge, experience or sensibility) this cost to them, they may need outside help to "see" what they are actually paying.  I think that when it pertains to consumers and real estate that the more information available to consumers (ie blogs and other avenues) helps them to make better choices so that th...
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By ARDELL DellaLoggia
(Better Properties Seattle )
In the Overview, the first step was to create One MAIN Consumer oriented blog. Mine is with RealTownBlogs  While from a technology standpoint, some do not feel it is the best blog platform, I have had a lot of success with it as long as the consumer is looking for a blog to read. As the popularity of blogs grows, people will not be using the same keywords when searching in Google or other search sites. They will be putting "Seattle Real Estate Blog" in the search box.  At present, my writings on Rain City Guide.  I personally cater to MSN.com search vs. Google and come up as number two as http://www.searchingseattleblog.com/ and number three as http://www.ardell.realtownblogs.com/  I cater to MSN because I work near Microsoft, though some have my "blog clients" worked for Google.  Micro...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Tonight was game to be marked the Seahawks history books. In a Wild Card Playoff Game the Seahawks hosted the Cowboys at Quest Field. From everything I was seeing the Cowboys were picked to win but the game tells a different story that has 68K plus Seahawks Fans happier than a puppy with two peters, read full article.
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By Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional
 I had a great day.  I showed property to three new clients (two make up one couple).  One thing to keep in mind is that at higher price points the clients seem to take much longer--so make sure you allow enough time for that (you do not want to rush anyone).   As I was driving to the first appointment I was wondering how much time other agents allow between clients. Today, I showed properties in The Highlands (in North Seattle).  It is a gated community that I have never been in before.  The properties I showed there had fabulous views of Puget Sound.  Also I showed properties on North Capitol Hill and Montlake, areas that I really like. I have another client to show properties to tomorrow, and another one on Monday.  So far, everyone has been very nice. Business was quite slow for me ...
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By Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
(Realty Executives -BRIO)
So what's BIG & RED showing up in Belltown? The Olympic Sculpture Park will be having it's Grand Opening this month on Saturday, January 20th and Sunday January 21st.  The BIG & RED sculpture called Eagle is by Alexander Calder and is truely striking when viewed on it's knoll with the overcast gray sky with the Sound and the Olympic Mountains beyond.  Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is the force behind this development, http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/  for more information.This is a wonderful addition to the urban landscape in Belltown and of course for all of Seattle!   There are several condo develoments that overlook the Sculpture Park which lies between Western Ave and Elliott, at Broad St.  Lucky for the condo owners now, and the future who will overlook this amazing new public space.   ...
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By Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
(Realty Executives -BRIO)
What's an "Urban Village"?  An Urban Village is a neighborhood that has a central "core" of shops, restaurants, services, recreation, festivals and destinations that are within walking distance for most of the neighborhood.  The Villages are places that provide the color, texture, and vibrancy of a neighborhood, and make them a desirable place to live.  Ideally a person should be able to also work in the neighborhood, but for most people that is not possible...and thus the commute!Seattle has a number of Urban Villages in the surrounding Metro area, and each has it's own wonderful personalitly.  Fremont declares itself the "Center of the Universe" and was the first Village I visited the day after I moved into my Tukwila apartment from Santa Ana, California a long time ago!  There is Bal...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Tomorrow, January 6, 2006, is a big day in Seattle because it marks the first game for the Seattle Seahawks in their march to the Superbowl. The Seattle Seahawks will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys who have been on a loosing streak and could be ready for a win. But having a rookie quarter back is not something a coach likes when going into the playoffs. The Seattle Seahawks are really weak in their secondary with injuries after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game last week. The Seattle Seahawks won that game but their oppenant wasn't as tough or lethal as the Dallas Cowboys. My friends and I are going to get to Seattle at around noon to capitalize on the free parking and relax while we watch the Indianapolis game at one. This weekend will define who is going to play Eric's New Orleans Saints a...
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