4 Reasons to Sell Your Home This Fall
- Buyer demand is still strong
- There is less competition now – supply and demand
- There will never be a better time to move up
- Its time to move on with your life
Watch this video to hear more about why I think you should sell.
Ha! You made it… and no, the couple did not fall through the floor!
But the things that weren’t deal breakers became major issues. Even more concerning were the water stains on the walls, baseboards, and loud thumping noises when the beautifully newly installed shower was turned on and ran for a bit. In this instance it appeared as though lipstick was certainly put on a pig. And almost fooled my clients. Fortunately we conducted an inspection when one wasn’t offered. And we were able to rescind the offer because of the inspection contingency that was submitted with the offer. My clients were only out the cost of the inspection (this price can range depending on the location, age and size of the home). Which was a very small price to pay considering they could have bought a home with a lot of damage that they would have had to pay for. We all know the moral of the story — always either see and inspection provided by the seller or conduct an inspection yourself. But it’s worth noting that not all things found in an inspection are worthy of being a deal breaker. Let’s remember you are buying a house, this is an investment, likely a place you will be living in for at least 5 years. I always tell my clients anticipate finding at least $5,000 worth of things that you will need to fix — not necessary right away but at some point. No home is perfect, even new construction at times has things that need to be addressed prior to moving in. Just make sure these things aren’t safety issues, or potentially hidden issues that could cost a lot later — electrical, water, roof, foundation. Deal breaker items are detailed in this article. And in many cases, if you still love the house, your agent can negotiate on your behalf to have the items fixed prior to closing or even better get a credit at closing for the amount of the repairs and have it done by your own contractor. These are all things your amazing agent will help you through — by providing sound advice as to how to deal with the situation, providing vendors to get estimates and coordinating on your behalf. Happy home shopping!
Looking for family-friendly Halloween fun around the Eastside? I’ve got you covered. Halloween costumes are pricey, and you should absolutely get the most bang for your buck by giving the kids as many opportunities to wear them as possible.
There are plenty of exciting events happening all over the greater Seattle area this year, but here are my picks for closest to the Eastside.
This one isn’t for the faint of heart. The haunted experience at Beaver Lake in Sammamish has created a Family Scare event this year. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’d take a two or three-year-old to this event. But older kids? The ones who are too cool for trick-or-treating… but still too young for real haunted houses? This is the perfect event for them. October 29th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
For little ones looking for a not-too-spooky time, the North Kirkland Community Center is throwing their annual carnival-style bash where mini monsters can wear their costumes and participate in a cookie walk, monster movement course, swamp fishing, arts and crafts and more. Oct. 25, 2019 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Preregister early (425-587-3336) to guarantee your spot; this event always sells out!
For more fun- click here and check out my rundown of best pumpkin patches around the Eastside. These places almost always have something a little special going on for the kiddos around Halloween. And if I’ve missed your favorite family-friendly Halloween event, be sure to share it with me on my social media. I’m always up for a new adventure!
No — the sky is not falling! Signs may be pointing toward a recession but let’s look at some past stats re: home prices and appreciation.
- There is plenty of talk in the media about a pending economic slowdown.
- The good news is, home values actually increased in 3 of the last 5 U.S. recessions, and decreased by less than 2% in the 4th.
- Many experts predict a potential recession is on the horizon. However, housing will not be the trigger, and home values will still continue to appreciate. It will not be a repeat of the crash in the 2008 housing market
Source: Keeping Current Matters.
Another really important thing to take into consideration is our area. This infographic is national data. Our area is still flourishing with employment, companies hiring and out of the area folks moving in. Another great person to ask about this is Windermere’s own Matthew Gardener.
It’s a tradition in the PNW unlike any other. Talk to moms from the Midwest about where they pumpkin patch and they’re likely to raise an eyebrow. But out here on the Eastside? Choosing your pumpkin patch for the year is almost as big of a deal as choosing where you’ll vacation in the summer. With different patches offering amazing amenities and activities, competing for your gourd dollars winds up meaning a full day of family fun.
The one major bummer is that, with real estate being as costly as it is on the Eastside, you’re going to have to drive a bit to get to the best pumpkin patches. They’re all great, if I’m being honest, and you’ll enjoy any of them. That said, different patches appeal to different aged kids. Choosing the best one for your family makes the drive more worthwhile.
Here is the lowdown on the pumpkin patch experience!
This one is my pick for big kids. Once you arrive you’ll find acres upon acres of pumpkins as well as a ton of family-friendly attractions. Perhaps the best of all is the massive corn maze on site. The maze is a whopping 10 acres large and always Take a Hikecut into interesting, artistic designs that you can only see from above. I like this maze for the big kids because they specifically offer admission after dark, which is spooky and exciting all by itself! You can also reserve a fire pit to roast marshmallows after you make your epic escape. For the little kids, there are also two smaller corn mazes that are less intimidating. Other free activities include hayrides, a tike track for riding, and a playground area. In addition to your pumpkin, you can also pay to play on big slides, the corn crib (excellent for sensory kids) and fire apples out of the apple cannon. A rope maze, sandpit, and cow-train ride complete your full day experience.
My favorite pick for those with little kids, this is a wonderland for the imagination. On top of the you-pick-pumpkins, you’ll also find admission free fun things to do that enchant the smallest of adventurers. There is a large corn maze that is themed and unintimidating for younger guests, as well as a kid’s adventure maze, miniature golf, and a mouseville themed gift shop. Kids can also pet farm animals. On the weekends you’ll find hayrides, apple slingshots, and face painting, too. Older kids may get a little bored at this one, but for little kids, the value cannot be beaten.
If you’re noticing a nod to Snohomish, it’s not intentional! It just so happened that all of my favorite places are located just north of the Eastside. And, among all of them, The Farm at Swan’s Trail just may be my absolute favorite. It’s a literal adventure wonderland that is well suited for families with kids of all ages. A FIFTY-acre pumpkin patch pretty much guarantees selection wide enough to last the entire season, and you’ll also find a pretty nicely sized petting zoo. On top of that, expect to laugh your tail feather off at the duck races and Farmer Ben’s “Four Little Pig” shows. There are also wagon rides, picnic pavilions, a massive corn maze, and you pick apples. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the barn. It’s a tiny hay bale maze up to the hayloft where kiddos can zip down a slide into a pile of hay. It’s the stuff great photos are made of, friends.
Things really get fun when you get into the paid activities, though. A giant hay bale pyramid for climbing, a ball pit, large slides, an inflatable jumping pillow, rubber duck races, gemstone mining, pedal cart racing, and a cow train all await you. Plan to spend all day at this one, and make family memories that evolve into a tradition your kids will take with them for years to come.
Stocker Farms, Snohomish
Fox Hollow Farm, Issaquah
Remlinger Farms, Carnation
This list is just a short sample of all of the pumpkin farms out there. If nothing here tickles your fancy, here’s a longer list compiled by Red-Tri. If you’re not up for the drive to one of my favorite farms, maybe you can find one closer to your home neighborhood here and tell me all about why you loved it in the comments! Happy hunting!
I am excited to host my first Community Connect event at my close friend, Chelsea’s, store — First & Main Design Center on October 3rd! First & Main is located in the recently refreshed downtown Bothell and offers an eclectic combination of beautiful new designer furniture, unique, one of a kind vintage and reinspired salvage pieces and variety of housewares and gifts. It’s not your typical furniture store — with Interior Designers on staff they can help you choose a piece of furniture and then help finish off the room — paint, accessories, rugs, etc.
This event will be great opportunity to learn more about this great store, what it has to offer and to Meet the Designers! No matter your decorating tastes or goals, onsite designers will help create the perfect look for you. You will be able to Grab a 15 minute complimentary time slot to chat with a designer about an area in your home that you would want to see refreshed. So come join us to celebrate this amazing woman owned business — enjoy some wine, snacks and get some great ideas for your home!
Date: Thursday, October 3rd.
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: First and Main Design Market – 10100 Main St Bothell, WA 98011
Questions or to sign up for a time contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A little bit about Chelsea, she was born and raised in the Seattle area, grew up in Kirkland and married a Navy man. She and Kevin set off for over 15 years of different states and cities. When Kevin retired Chelsea knew she wanted to move back to the area and settled on the cute community of Snohomish. With it’s small town feel yet still being close enough to the city, Chelsea, Kevin and her two sons had found their community.
When they were ready to buy — Chelsea called me because she had been “stalking” a home for weeks that looked like it had a lot of potential. She really wanted to see it! The same owners had owned the home for over 20 years — and needed some updating. But since Chelsea is an interior designer she was actually excited of the possibilities of what this home could become. Now 4 years later they have settled into an amazing community — and glad to be back “home.”
So glad, that she recently opened her own Furniture and Interior design store First & Main Design Center in the neighboring community in downtown Bothell, another growing and vibrant area. If you’re looking at homes and see “potential” but aren’t sure how to make it a reality the designers at First & Main Design center can help you with your vision and can make it a reality. Most times finding the right community outweighs the numbers of bedrooms and baths. It’s easy to make a home your own with a little help!
It’s my favorite time of the year. Football season! Whether it’s college or NFL — I love it. And this year I was lucky enough to get season tickets to the Seahawks from a friend that is out of town for the season. But when I’m not at the games I love cozying up on the couch and watching it — but not with my kids. They think I yell too loud! Where do you like to watch the games? Here are some places in our communities that offer many TV’s, great atmosphere and delicious football food. Some places we’ve included are Kid friendly….if you’re into that sort of thing! 🙂
With 3 locations, Burien, Lake City and West Seattle, this is a local favorite and genuinely welcomes kids. With upscale comfort food, housemade beers, this is a great place to watch the Seahawks and other local games.
Sound like a perfect place to watch “the game” to me! Located in Kirkland’s Juanita neighborhood, with seven large screen TVs and a sizable beer selection you won’t be disappointed. Menu options include all-day breakfast and The Game’s nationally recognized Ultimate Nachos. The Game offers a $4.25 kids menu and a variety of games to keep the kiddos busy.
McMenamins Anderson School
If you’ve been wanting to check out the awesome school-turned-hotel in downtown Bothell, game day can be your chance, and take the kids! It boasts flatscreen TVs, shuffleboard, pinball games and pool tables, a pub fare menu with McMenamins brews (try the Woodshop IPA, natural beef burgers and more.
And if you have time before or after the game take a swim in the McMenamins community pool or a movie in the all-ages, upscale movie theater, and definitely walk around the hotel… you can have a drink in the old principals office!
Sluggers in Kirkland
12506 NE 144th St, Kirkland, WA 98034
Sluggers in Kirkland caters to locals, tourists, sports fans and not so sports fans. 4 TV’s and 23 other TV’s hung throughout you are sure to get a great view of the game. It is great for small or large groups and the menu has great bar food, sandwiches and healthy options if you prefer grilled chicken over mozzarella sticks.
OK so this is genius! Rookies has TVs in the bathroom! No more missing that touchdown or interception… Rookies has you covered! And the menu… YUM! They are locally owned sports finatics crazy about dishing up locally sourced grub and pouring cold brewski. And they are not kid-tolerant; they are kid-friendly. So grab the fam and check this place out!
Another great thing about football season is the great work that my amazing company Windermere is doing to help in our communities. For the last three years Windermere has been the official Real Estate sponsor of the Seahawks and we have teamed up with the them to Tackle Homelessness — watch this video to learn more.
Labor Day can be thought of as the end of the summer and typically celebrated with family gatherings, food, fireworks, parties, parades and other events. Labor Day also gives us a chance to have a break from work or school and kick off the NFL & college football seasons. I know I am looking forward to slowing down and enjoying some R&R and good football!
If you are looking to do something fun on Labor Day weekend check out some of these fun and local events. Here are a few that sparked our interest:
So you didn’t plan ahead? No problem! Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour have several tours every day which makes this a great option to plan last minute! Check out the schedule here!
The Seattle ice cream cruise, operated by the Seattle Ferry Service, is every Sunday throughout the year. Leaving from South Lake Union Park between 11am-5pm on the hour, no reservations, so show up early to make sure you’re not left behind. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids 5-13, and $3 for children under 5. They accept cash and check only. Note that the tickets do not include the ice cream so bring some extra cash, and I hear the Chocolate Rootbeer Floats are quite delicious!
So who has not been to Bumbershoot? Not only is the website super cool but the line up is amazing! Take a minute to check the schedule and plan who you are going to see each day. And of course the B-Eats, Yoga, Laser Dome, and Silent Disco. Who are you going to see? Anyone going to the Silent Disco? We would love to know!
Ready for a bigger house for their family of 5 but still wanting to stay in the same community, Kendra & Dusty had heard that it was still next to impossible to write a contingent offer on a house. (Real Estate speak — the need to sell your house prior to buying another home, thus an offer on anther home is “contingent” on the sale of this home).
Since I’ve experienced positive results when writing contingent offers we decided to give it a try. A lot of the success has to do with being prepared to list your house in a short amount of time when you do find the house you want to buy! I conducted a walk-through on their home, created a punch list of things they needed to do to prepare their home for a fast sale. Additionally, we conducted a home inspection so potential buyers would be able to feel confident that they home they were buying was well maintained and good value. This also helps in the quick turn time for timing when it goes on the market.
When they did find a home they were ready to write an offer on we were ready to go. With an offer accepted we were ready to list the house within a week! Extensive research on home prices in their neighborhood and what was selling we were able to price it competitively and sell the house the first day it was on the market. Check it out!