Low Listing Inventory Make It A Seller’s Market!

If you are considering selling, now may be the perfect time! Low mortgage rates are bringing out the buyers, and low listing inventory means you can command a much higher price for your home than you may think. We’re happy to give you a free market analysis showing you what your home is worth in this market!

The Seattle Times had a great article this week regarding the low inventory in the Seattle area right now. Please click the link below to read more.

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Seek Out These 12 Secret Seattle Parks For Springtime

Seek Out These 12 Secret Seattle Parks For Springtime

Seattle Parks

There are over 400 parks and over 6200 acres of park land in Seattle but sometimes it seems like we’re all just going to the same ones. If we’re not a Woodland Park we’re at Cal Anderson Park or over in Discovery Park. It’s easy to just stick to what you know. But Seattle is filled with the undiscovered, or only slightly-discovered, and the spring weather is beckoning to you to find them for yourself. Below we’ve mapped out twelve tiny or hidden parks that often fly under the radar. Some of them are beaches, others offer amazing views. All of them are worth the trip.

1 Cove Park

Right next to Fauntleroy Ferry Dock, you’ll find this new-ish park on the waterfront. Closed for a long time while the Barton Pump Station got upgraded, you can follow the top of the station down to the waterfront beach with salmon art leading the way. Be wary of the shore during low-tide, it can be a little dangerous. But there’s still lots of other space to explore or just sit and watch the ferries.

Year of Seattle Parks

Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Barton St
Seattle, WA 98136

2 S.W. Brace Point Street End

A third of a mile south of the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock, look for a “shore view” sign and that’s where youll find the public access spot. This private beach offers fantastic views of Vashon and Blake Islands. Bring a lunch and just hang out for a while, watching the ferries go by. Just don’t go too far north as it becomes private property quickly.

Year of Seattle Parks

Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Brace Point Dr
Seattle, WA 98136

3 32nd Avenue W. Beach

Go to the end of 32nd Avenue W. and you’ll find a small waterfront beach that’s a perfect jumping off point for a boat ride or just to sit and enjoy views of Downtown Seattle and Bainbridge Island.

Year of Seattle Parks

32nd Ave W & W Galer St
Seattle, WA 98199

4 Howell Park

Take a turn off of Lake Washington Boulevard onto Howell Place, which looks like a dead-end street, and you’ll find there’s actually a secluded park down there. There’s no parking lot so just make sure you don’t block any of the private driveways nearby. The path leads down through the woods to a beach lawn where, it’s rumored, you may find clothing-optional sunbathers from time to time.

Year of Seattle Parks

1740 E Howell Pl.
Seattle, WA 98112

5 Thomas C. Wales Park

This place was used as a gravel pit and for material storage prior to being developed into a neighborhood park. Some of that gravel has become public art and gives this tiny park a unique look and feel.

Year of Seattle Parks

2401 6th Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109

6 Rainbow Point

Enjoy a great view of downtown and the Olympic Mountains, while also sitting on benches or making your way along the simple pathway. This park is lighted, and features trees and shrubs, along with plant beds and small lawns.

Year of Seattle Parks

NE 75th St. & Banner Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

7 Bellevue Place

Bellevue Place is small grassy slope overlooking Lake Union across I-5. A short bike path runs through along bottom of the hill, connecting Melrose Ave E to a bridge over the highway to Eastlake Avenue. Great views here of downtown Seattle, Queen Anne Hill and the Olympic Mountains.

Year of Seattle Parks

Bellevue Pl. E and Bellevue Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98102

8 Belvoir Place

This small waterfront park located at 42nd Avenue NE is near Surber Drive NE in Laurelhurst. While the dock is in need of some serious repair, it’s a cool little gem of a spot for sunbathing or even getting in the water if you’re up for it. FYI, Belvoir Place has been designated a “Pesticide Free Park”.

Year of Seattle Parks

3659 42nd Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105

9 Herring’s House Park

This very neat little park in the Duwamish industrial area offers some respite against the hustle and bustle of trucks and trains nearby. There are walking trails here that provide views of the Duwamish River, and some interpretive signs to help inform visitors about the local ecosystem. There is also a small lawn area available for stretching out and enjoying the sun. This is actually a very special place in Duwamish culture, known as Tualtwx (Tohl-ahl-too).

Year of Seattle Parks

4540 West Marginal Way
Seattle, WA 98106

10 Andover Place

Andover Place is simply a narrow grassy slope between buildings, providing public access to the beach. Tree trunks washed up on the beach make excellent spots to sit and enjoy the view. This spot was gifted back in 1948 to be “used exclusively for public recreation and access to waters of Puget Sound.” It’s a good spot to explore the beach, especially at low tide.

Year in Seattle Parks

4000 Beach Dr. SW
Seattle, WA 98116

11 Chinook Beach Park

Chinook Beach Park features a small beach area complete with driftwood and logs that have washed up along the shore. There is also a simple, long walking path along the beach, which offers spectacular views of Lake Washington and the Cascades beyond. A small concrete landing provides a good platform for a picnic or camera tripod, as well as an interpretive sign that gives some background information on the area.

Year of Seattle Parks

Rainier Ave. S & Ithaca Pl. S
Seattle, WA 98118

12 Bhy Kracke Park

Go ahead, make a “buy crack” joke. This unusual park is located on a steep residential area and the sloping hillside give you a great view of downtown, Lake Union, the freeway, and Capitol Hill. There are benches, bike rack, and drinking fountains if you want to hang out for a bit. Make sure you walk down the steep hill to appreciate the flowers and peep a different view down below.

Year of Seattle Parks

1215 5th Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109

via http://seattle.curbed.com/maps/secret-seattle-park…


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‘Viadoom’ the sequel, coming Friday to a Seattle street near you

A section of the Alaskan Way Viaduct was demolished in October 2011, causing a nine-day closure that become known as Viadoom. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

In October 2011, as part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct was torn down, commuters endured a nine-day shutdown. It started OK, then got really bad. As another shutdown looms, know this: Seattle has gained about 45,000 people since 2011.

Seattle, this is a drill we’ve been through before.

Starting Friday, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)will close the Alaskan Way Viaduct for about two weeks as tunnel-boring machine Bertha chugs along below.

In October 2011, commuters endured a nine-day viaduct closure as the state tore down a section of the aging, earthquake-prone structure.

Machines chisel away at the southern end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Oct. 23, 2011. Closure of the elevated roadway brought gridlock to other Seattle routes at times. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)

Traffic remained sluggish throughout the week of Viadoom, and then came to a head on the closure’s sixth day, a Thursday, when slowdowns finally lived up to officials’ fears. Rain on Friday brought traffic to a standstill; the backup on Interstate 5 stretched for 10 miles.

But some of the details from Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom in 2011 sound somewhat normal when you fast-forward nearly five years.

“Traffic entering Seattle on I-5 was stop-and-go from Shoreline to downtown, starting as early as 3 p.m. and continuing past 6 p.m.,” Lindblom wrote Oct. 27, 2011.

He added: “Drivers had a hard time leaving South Lake Union in late afternoon, as actual gridlock — cars stuck at intersections blocking the cross-traffic during a green light — spread from Mercer Street to Denny Way.”

A traffic engineer told Lindblom the freeways could not recover after a series of early-afternoon stalls and minor crashes.

Concrete and rebar crash to the ground along the lower level of the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Oct. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

In other words, 2011’s Viadoom sounds like 2016’s nearly-every-day doom, as a growing economy, a construction boom and rising population stress Seattle’s transportation infrastructure.

Since 2011, Seattle has added more than 45,000 people in the city limits alone, the Census Bureau estimates. And the airport saw a record number of travelers last year.

Despite the population increase, it seems no more people will be pushed onto Seattle streets this time than were last time. Traffic on the viaduct has remained at about 90,000 vehicle trips per weekday since 2011.

But those who are displaced from one of the city’s two large north-south thoroughfares will be entering a busier scene. For example, congestion is 19 percent worse from Everett to Olympia than it was before the recession, according to WSDOT.

In 2011, transportation officials added buses on westside routes, created more water-taxi parking, put more traffic police on duty in Sodo, added park-and-ride space in Tukwila, along with a few other changes. They asked people to avoid rush hour, and to walk, bike and take transit instead of using Highway 99. Transportation managers are planning similar measures for Viadoom II.

Last time around, the warnings seemed to have some effect. Analysts estimated driving declined by about 20 percent. One reader sent a raving review to The Seattle Times: “To my Sea-town homies and WSDOT for the way we all handled ‘Viadoom.’ It was the chillest ‘Carmageddon’ ever.”

With luck, we’ll have sunny skies and chill commuters on our packed freeways — and perhaps the California transplants that Seattle natives like to blame for gridlock will feel right at home.

Evan Bush: 206-464-2253 or ebush@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @evanbush


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Just Listed – Beautiful Townhome in the Heart of Fremont

Beautiful 3 Bedroom, 3.25 Bath Townhome in the Middle of the Popular Fremont Area. Two Blocks to Shops & Restaurants. Light-Filled Living Area with Open Floor Plan, Gas Fireplace & Built-in Cabinetry. Glowing Hardwoods Throughout. Kitchen with Granite Countertops & Eating Nook. Spacious Master Bedroom with Full Bath & Second Upstairs Bedroom Also with Full Bath. Lower Level is Perfect for Guest Quarters or Home Office. One Car Attached Garage with Pass for on Street Parking. Secluded Back Patio with Trees & Nice Landscaping.

Offered at: $649,800

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Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!


In today’s market, where demand is outpacing supply in many regions of the country, pricing a house is one of the biggest challenges real estate professionals face. Sellers often want to price their home higher than recommended, and many agents go along with the idea to keep their clients happy. However, the best agents realize that telling the homeowner the truth is more important than getting the seller to like them.

There is no “later.”

Sellers sometimes think, “If the home doesn’t sell for this price, I can always lower it later.” However, research proves that homes that experience a listing price reduction sit on the market longer, ultimately selling for less than similar homes.

John Knight, recipient of the University Distinguished Faculty Award from the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific, actually did research on the cost (in both time and money) to a seller who priced high at the beginning and then lowered their price. His article, Listing Price, Time on Market and Ultimate Selling Price, published in Real Estate Economics revealed:

“Homes that underwent a price revision sold for less, and the greater the revision, the lower the selling price. Also, the longer the home remains on the market, the lower its ultimate selling price.”

Additionally, the “I’ll lower the price later” approach can paint a negative image in buyers’ minds. Each time a price reduction occurs, buyers can naturally think, “Something must be wrong with that house.” Then when a buyer does make an offer, they low-ball the price because they see the seller as “highly motivated.” Pricing it right from the start eliminates these challenges.

Don’t build “negotiation room” into the price.

Many sellers say that they want to price their home high in order to have “negotiation room.” But, what this actually does is lower the number of potential buyers that see the house. And we know that limiting demand like this will negatively impact the sales price of the house.

Not sure about this? Think of it this way: when a buyer is looking for a home online (as they are doing more and more often), they put in their desired price range. If your seller is looking to sell their house for $400,000, but lists it at $425,000 to build in“negotiation room,” any potential buyers that search in the $350k-$400k range won’t even know your listing is available, let alone come see it!

One great way to see this is with the chart below. The higher you price your home over its market value, the less potential buyers will actually see your home when searching.

Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price Is Right! | Simplifying The Market

A better strategy would be to price it properly from the beginning and bring in multiple offers. This forces these buyers to compete against each other for the “right” to purchase your house.

Look at it this way: if you only receive one offer, you are set up in an adversarial position against the prospective buyer. If, however, you have multiple offers, you have two or more buyers fighting to please you. Which will result in a better selling situation?

The Price is Right

Great pricing comes down to truly understanding the real estate dynamics in your neighborhood. Let’s get together to discuss what is happening in the housing market and how it applies to your home.

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Just Listed – Beautiful Arbor Heights Rambler with Basement

Beautiful Two Bedroom, 1 Bath Arbor Heights Home. Amenities Include: Glowing Hardwood Floors, Granite Counter Tops, Nice Floor plan. The House Sits on a Peaceful Lot with a Private Backyard with Territorial Views to the East and Beautiful Flowering Shrubs & Plants. Plenty of Storage Space in the Basement and a Carport with Plenty of Place for a Workshop. Close to Downtown. Minutes to Restaurants, Shops and More. You’ll Love it Here!

9834 32nd Ave SW. Seattle, WA 98126 Offered at $335,000

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Our New Listing In Arbor Heights is Featured On The Front Page Of Curbed Seattle!

Our New Listing In Arbor Heights is Featured On The Front Page Of Curbed Seattle! Thanks @Tetrimbath For Featuring!

$335K Arbor Heights Tiny Home Awaits Your Garden Skills

Shopping for houses in spring can be as much about garden tours as house tours.


Shopping for houses in spring can be as much about garden tours as house tours. Walk up to the front of this 710 square foot tiny house in Arbor Heights and spend more time noticing the lilacs and at least four other colorful bits of landscaping in the front yard. It just won’t look the same at any other time of the year.

Of course, if you’re shopping, the gardens are nice but the house is what’s most important.

Inside the 1942 cottage are the expected upgrades: granite counters and back splash, new appliances and lighting. There are also the bits that have been there all along: hardwood floors, and a fireplace that now has a wood stove on the hearth. The sellers are asking $335,000 for the 2 bedroom, 1 bath house which works out to $472/square foot which looks like it is in good shape. Take a tour to be sure.

Outside, there’s more opportunity on the 6,534 square foot lot. While the front may be nicely planted, the fenced back yard is open to interpretation. One massive tree shades almost the entire space, which can be limiting, but it is also a chance to get creative. How about a rock and moss garden?

· 9834 32nd Ave SW [Zillow]

9834 32nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126, USA


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Preparing to Sell

Preparing to Sell

Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.

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Just Listed – Two Bedroom Condo with Gorgeous Views of the Sound and Olympic Mountains!

Waterfront Living with Gorgeous Views of the Sound and Olympic Mountains. Beautiful Two Bedrooms plus Den/Office. 1.75 Baths with Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Kitchen with Eating Bar, Dining Area with Custom Bar Cabinet and Wine Fridge. Living Room with Gas Fireplace and Slider that Leads to 180-Degree View Deck. Master Bedroom with Views, 3 Closets, 1 Walk-Through. Beachfront Pool, Rec/Party Room, Wood Working Shop, Sauna, Boat Launch and Boat Storage, Plus a Great Beach to Enjoy! Washer and Dryer in Unit, Pets Welcome. Elevator, Extra Storage, Covered Parking & Plenty of Guest Parking. Minutes to Lincoln Park, Downtown & More. You’ll love it here!

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