Helpful Home Tips

Bothell Support locally woman owned business & create the home of your dreams! If you haven’t been to one of my Community Connect Events at First & Main Design Market in Downtown Bothell you will want to put it on your calendar! WHY you may ask?   Well it’s simple really — We always have fun, there is wine, charcuterie and prizes (you can win a gift certificates […]
Climbing Wall Swings, Reading Nooks, and More! Looking for some fun fresh ways to update your kiddos rooms or play areas? Maybe your own room? How about indoor swings, climbing walls for those PNW rainy days, or cozy reading nooks? Check out these creative ways to add some kid approved, “fun”ctional and affordable ideas to your home. Indoor Swings: There are so […]
cleaning your home Happy New Year! Time to Organize!   Happy New Year! Hope you all had a relaxing holiday! To start 2020 I am super excited about this January organization calendar I found a few years back. There are different calendars for each month, pinterest has lots of options, but I thought I would share this one. It has a task each day […]
Bellevue 2020 Housing Forecast and Market Predictions It’s that time of year when Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, dusts off his crystal ball and peers into the future to give us his predictions for the 2020 economy and housing market. 
Bellevue Strategies for decorating your home Whether you have recently purchased a new home or want to update your current avoid spending too much on furniture and decor with these strategies. Provided by Interior Design Experts at First & Main….here are the top 10 things you should consider. Prevent Expensive Mistakes: A well designed home requires careful thought and planning. Create […]
Bellevue Gardner Report – Q3 ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Washington State employment has softened slightly to an annual growth rate of 2%, which is still a respectable number compared to other West Coast states and the country as a whole. In all, I expect that Washington will continue to add jobs at a reasonable rate though it is clear that businesses are […]
Bellevue 4 Reasons to Sell Your Home This Fall 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.    
Bothell Community Connect at First & Main Design Center  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 […]
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Bellevue Summer Bucket List So here we are… August! How has the summer been going? If you have no travel plans and looking for some ways to stay busy in your community — we’ve got some fun ideas to keep the momentum for the next few weeks till school starts. So, I am finding this list a great way to keep […]
Bellevue 2nd Quarter of 2019 is complete! This is a brief summary of the Quarterly Gardner Report. Things are still seeing positive growth from a Real Estate perspective. In Western Washington YOY price growth is 2.8% higher. When compared to 1st Quarter it’s 12%. County by County is a bit different – for King County we saw a -0.4% price drop. This […]
Denise Perkins The Cost of Waiting! Interest rates are at a two year low. Who knew! There have been so many predictions over the past several  years that rates were headed higher and higher and while they have fluctuated a bit – today it’s like free money! Our economy as well as the real estate market is unpredictable.  But one thing […]
Denise Perkins What’s Happening in the Market? Wanted to quick share what’s happening in the Market. It’s been ticking up every month since February and is gradually catching last years numbers after the 4th quarter dip of 2018.  Market times are down again and pairing that with sub 4% interest rates it is making the prospects of buying vs. renting very enticing! […]
Denise Perkins Forget the cart… shop local online Let’s face it!  You’re busy…heck we’re all busy.  And in the case of shopping — technology is your friend.  I’ve been wishing this new shopping and pick up thing was available for years.  Mostly when my kids were little — who wants to take three kids into a store and roam the isles!  EEK! But […]
Denise Perkins How Much Is Capital Gains Tax on Real Estate? What Homeowners Need to Know to Avoid It I know…tax season is over (hopefully you got yours done already!!)  But this question about CAPTIAL GAINS TAX is a question I get on a regular  basis from my clients —  about what it is and does it apply to me?  This was an article I recently sent out in my monthly ‘paper’ newsletter (I […]
Eastside Latest Seattle Area Market Stats The real estate market continued to improve for buyers in November. Interest rates dropped slightly, price increases slowed and inventory soared. It’s important to note that inventory increases, while significant, are being compared to the record low supply of last year. We’re still far short of the inventory needed for a truly balanced market, however […]
Eastside Fall into Winter — home checklist of things to do before winter sets in! Checklist of 10 Things You Gotta Do Before Winter Sets In Such as look for roof leaks before the first winter snow. Preventative maintenance is key.   When the last of summer’s heat is a faint memory, and you’re pulling out your hoodies (and puffy coats!!) more than your shorts, it’s time to tackle a […]
Eastside November Market Stats Increased inventory, slower sales and more price reductions all point to a balancing market—welcome news for price-shocked buyers. Sales prices are up from last October and down from the all-time high reached this spring. Despite the slowdown, it’s important to point out that we’re only moving back toward what a normal market looks like. King […]
Helpful Home Tips Return on Investment Return on Investment If you’re considering having some work done on your house, it’s wise to consider making the right choices. We’ve all seen the HGTV shows that teach us a $20 lamp can yield a $250 improvement in sales price or something silly like that, but if you’re like many of my clients, you’re […]
Eastside Make Sure Your Home Isn’t Underinsured Home appreciation in the Eastside and Seattle Area has seen pretty large gains in the past several years.  On the Eastside September 2017 median sale price was 740,000 vs. September 2018 median sale price of 800,000. When was the last time you talked with your home insurance professional?  It may be time to contact them […]
Helpful Home Tips 5 Reasons Rising Interest Rates Won’t Wreck the Housing Market Interest rates are changing.  Here is a great article written by Windermere’s Chief Economist Matthew Gardner about how this may affect the Real Estate Market. Interest rates have been trending higher since the fall of 2017, and I fully expect they will continue in that direction – albeit relatively slowly – as we move through […]