News and Information

Sept. 1, 2012

What Time Does the Sun Set Today in Seattle?

Ballard, Beach, Golden Gardens Sunset in Seattle

by Edy Kizaki, Seattle Realtor and Branch Manager of our eXp Lake Union Office, 206-249-2914, never too busy for your questions and concerns!  We're here for you.

Since we were packing a picnic to go down to Golden Gardens Beach State Park in Ballard and ...

Share This Post
May 17, 2012

Farmers Market Guide For The Greater Seattle Area


It’s mid-May and our region’s Farmer’s Markets are opening for business.

Even though the region is home to a number of fabulous year-round markets, most locations are seasonal. Do you enjoy eating fresh and local? Our farmers markets support many local farmers as well as provide a great place ...

Share This Post
May 2, 2012

May 2012 in Seattle

May in Seattle 

Flurry of protest on May 1st!  Four new and intriguing restaurants opening in Seattle this month!  Debut of warthogs (animals, not a band) at the Woodland Park Zoo!  Opening Day of the Boating Season!  17th of May Festival and Parade in Ballard!  Rhododendron Festival ...

Share This Post
April 17, 2012

April Means Earth Day – Earthday 2012 Events and Information For The Greater Seattle Area

 April around Seattle is beautiful. The cherry trees are in flower, bulbs are starting to bloom, the weather begins to feel a little like Spring, and it’s time to celebrate our Earth.

Earth Day started back in 1970 and capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest ...

Share This Post
March 8, 2012

Notes on South Lake Union

Looking down from Capitol Hill on South Lake Union 

Seattle was recently named in Kiplinger's 10 Best Cities list, number two in fact (after Austin!).  Mark Emerett, president of UW, is quoted as declaring, "We have only two products here: smart people and great ideas."  Among cities that are prosperous, innovative, and are generating plenty ...

Share This Post
March 2, 2012

HARP 2.0 Coming March 2012 Facts and Fiction


The new  enhanced HARP 2.0 is slated to be available March 19th. There are so many misconceptions about this new program floating around that I thought it was prudent to sift facts from fiction.

  1. Does my loan have to be backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to ...
Share This Post
Feb. 29, 2012

Cap Rates Revisited

Cap Rates Revisited-Even Some Realtors Don't Understand them!

One of the biggest problems with some realtors, commercial and residential, is that they make an attempt to utilize a Capitalization Rate (Cap Rate) to market a property without really understanding what they are.  After reading a listing that honestly ...

Share This Post
Feb. 9, 2012

Investing in Real Estate Today-2012

Thoughts on Investing in Real Estate Today

In today's market, you hear all kinds of good and bad comments so which do you consider when thinking of investing in real estate today?  First, let's go back to last year and see what happened. Initially, the market was ...

Share This Post
Jan. 27, 2012

Now It's Easier to Park in Downtown Seattle


Ever experienced driving in circles looking for a parking spot in the downtown area of Seattle?  That may be over forever, as the city has a great new interactive map and live feed showing parking garages that have open spaces.  Seattle calls it the e-Park system, and ...

Share This Post
Jan. 19, 2012

Seattle Streets shown by Live Traffic Cameras

Snow People at the Park 

Out and about in Seattle?  What has been billed as the "worst" storm in Seattle history (ask the kids and you may hear it's the "best" storm) has ended up being a little less ferocious than at first thought.  The National Weather Service has revised its ...

Share This Post