May 23, 2012

What Sold in Wallingford Last Month?

Wallingford Bungalow 

In the last 30 days, 17 single-family properties sold in Wallingford, from a 518 square foot condo which sold for $6,000 over the listing price, to a houseboat that sold for asking price at $255,000, all the way to a 3,100 square foot 1919 Craftsman that ...

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April 24, 2012

Luxury Retirement Living at Trilogy in Redmond

Trilogy at Redmond Ridge

Trilogy Tour

A kind resident took me on a tour of Trilogy last Saturday.  I was vaguely aware of Trilogy as a local retirement community.  My parents had looked there before ending up in Jubilee in Thurston county for their retirement.  My first surprise was how vast Trilogy is: 10 ...

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March 30, 2012

3 Mistakes People Make When Moving

Moving can be a major pain, no doubt about it. However, it doesn't necessarily have to be a nightmare. With the proper foresight and planning, the moving process can happen with minimal headaches, and you can instead focus your energy on the excitement of moving into a new home ...

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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 ...

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March 6, 2012

Don't Miss Gaugain at SAM

sculpture hanging in lobby gallary...automobile fusion? 

Recently named #2 in Kiplinger's list of the nation's top cities, Seattle is full of an endless and imaginative variety of things to do.

SAM, Seattle Art Museum, is a wonderful jewel in the city's plethora of adornment, but can easily be overlooked as we take ...

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Feb. 25, 2012

What Sold in Queen Anne Last Month?

Set up on a hill looking over downtown and Elliot Bay, Queen Anne has the best views in the city.  There are those who will argue with that, I know, but I do love those views of the Space Needle and Bay from people's front windows on the ...

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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 ...

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Jan. 21, 2012

All About Renton's Maplewood Heights Neighborhood

Maplewood Heights House on 1/2 Acre Lot

Maplewood Heights in Renton

Maplewood Heights is a neighborhood in northeast Renton with good schools, attractive amenities, and a good location.  The neighborhood is centered on Maplewood Park and the Maplewood Heights Elementary, which was recently named a "School of Distinction".  The Renton School District generally has seen improvement in ...

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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 ...

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Jan. 15, 2012

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Sales-Good or Bad?"

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Sales Flies in the face of Consumer Protection

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are continuing to be criticized by the public.  Having dealt with both recently, I've found these quasi-goverment entities are both heavily aggressive and not a friend of the consumer.  It ...

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