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Denise Perkins It’s a Wild Ride — Our NEW Staycation and State of Market As I end the third week at with my kids and begin to live with what appears to be the new normal for a while  — I can finally wrap my head around what we’re up against — okay not totally — however, I can tell where we are today!    This week we entered […]
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 A Complete Guide to Events this Season Parentmap has a great Family Fun Calendar,  I love this resource! Check out a few events below that I think look really fun and while you are at it check out the amazing Family Fun Calendar that Parentmap provides… it will be your Complete Guide to Events this Season and beyond! Winter Wonderland Presented by […]
Bellevue Be Our Guest! Places to take out of town guests. When out of town friends and family come to visit you, chances are, they want to see downtown Seattle. And there is no good reason that you should not show them the sights. Things like Pike Market, Post Alley, the Space Needle, and the downtown waterfront are absolutely […]
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 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 Five Unique Exercises Classes on the Eastside New Year New You? Tell me, how’s that going?   If you’re like most people, you resolved to get in shape and lose weight in 2019. If you’re like most people, by February you’ve already given up.   Well, my friends, this is the year we change that. Let’s get back in the saddle, back […]
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Eastside Holiday Lights on the Eastside     Part of the joy of the holiday season is exploring holiday lights with the kids. They’re bright and festive, and just inspire imagination and awe. Especially in young children, going hunting for lights is a time-honored holiday tradition. Unfortunately, more and more people are not decorating their homes with lights. But that doesn’t […]
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 Family Friendly Holiday Events on the Eastside & Seattle The Eastside does family fun with flair! There are so many fun family events around town that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! The good news is that most of these events are free, or at least low cost, so you can try them all out and see which ones are the best fit for your […]
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 […]
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 […]
Eastside Best Pumpkin Patches for Fall 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. […]
Eastside Favorite Fall OUTSIDE activites It’s here we can’t deny it —  fall has settled in. The beautiful, sunny, and warm days are coming have come to an end. But don’t you go downing fall on me just yet! It’s actually my favorite time of year! That nice little nip in the air in the morning, the lazy evenings, and […]
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 […]
Eastside September Real Estate Market Stats The number of homes for sale in August increased dramatically over the same time a year ago. This is the result of a moderate increase in new listings and a much slower pace of sales. Homes are staying on the market longer, giving buyers more choices and more time to make an informed decision. While […]
Eastside Where to watch 4th of July Fireworks   The Insider’s Guide the July 4th on the Eastside Something is about to explode on the Eastside! Every year around the Fourth of July, lots of communities put together a fireworks display. But it can be overwhelming to figure out where to go and when. Never mind navigating the traffic that comes with it. […]
Redmond Breakfast in Redmond A great breakfast place is a staple in every neighborhood this a great one in Redmond everyone should try! The Village Square Café — This place usually has a line to get a seat and sitting at the bar in this diner style restaurant is a great option. On this day we were sat right […]
Helpful Home Tips Spring Home Checklist Spring Home Maintenance Checklist It’s time to check for damage and prepare for hot weather ahead. With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects. With the threat of winter storms past, you can look for damage and make any needed repairs, as […]