• May2017

    Red Day 2017

    May 16, 2017

    RED Day

    Yesterday was Red Day for Jon Stroud worldwide!

    Introduced in 2009, RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is Keller Williams Realty’s annual day of service. Each year on the second Thursday of May, associates celebrate Mo Anderson’s birthday by spending the day away from their businesses serving worthy organizations and causes in their communities. RED Day is just another example of our commitment to each other and to the cities and towns where we live and work.

    This year we put together 300 Mother’s Day goody bags, with a card for their children to write Happy Mother’s Day, for homeless Mothers at Seattle’s YMCA. It was a rewarding experience for all and we are blessed to work at such a giving company as Keller Williams Seattle!!

  • If you are considering selling, now may be the perfect time! Low mortgage rates are bringing out the buyers, and low listing inventory means you can command a much higher price for your home than you may think. We’re happy to give you a free market analysis showing you what your home is worth in this market!

    The Seattle Times had a great article this week regarding the low inventory in the Seattle area right now. Please click the link below to read more.

    Scant Listings Broil Home Prices

  • Our Listing At 6943 25th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98106 Just Sold For Full Price!

    Beautiful 2BR/1BA Home on Private, Country-like Setting with Fruit Trees All on a Little More Than a ¼ of an Acre. Nice Open Layout. Free Standing Wood Stove adds Tons of Charm to Home. Master Bedroom has Sliding Door that Leads to a Patio – Great for Breakfast, Coffee or Just Relaxing. Very Convenient Location, Minutes to Shopping, Restaurants, Downtown and More.

    Congratulations To The New Owners!

  • Whether you’re new to Seattle or just looking for a change of scenery from inside the ever-changing city, there’s no shortage of neighborhoods to call home. Should you choose the sleepier, suburban feel of North Seattle? Maybe you want to be where the action is close to Downtown. Financial reasons could drive you to specific regions of the city, for better or worse. No matter how it changes, Seattle still has a lot of different enclave options for everyone. Find out which one might be the perfect fit for you.

    Which Seattle Neighborhood Should You Live In?

  • We just sold two more properties!

    One in Kent – 5BR/2.75BA/3200 Sq Ft for $390,000 and one in Seattle – 3BR/1BA/ 950 Sq Ft for $435,000.

    We are ready to sell your home too or help you buy a home. We’ve got the entire Puget Sound Area covered!

  • Seek Out These 12 Secret Seattle Parks For Springtime

    Seattle Parks

    There are over 400 parks and over 6200 acres of park land in Seattle but sometimes it seems like we’re all just going to the same ones. If we’re not a Woodland Park we’re at Cal Anderson Park or over in Discovery Park. It’s easy to just stick to what you know. But Seattle is filled with the undiscovered, or only slightly-discovered, and the spring weather is beckoning to you to find them for yourself. Below we’ve mapped out twelve tiny or hidden parks that often fly under the radar. Some of them are beaches, others offer amazing views. All of them are worth the trip.

    1 Cove Park

    Right next to Fauntleroy Ferry Dock, you’ll find this new-ish park on the waterfront. Closed for a long time while the Barton Pump Station got upgraded, you can follow the top of the station down to the waterfront beach with salmon art leading the way. Be wary of the shore during low-tide, it can be a little dangerous. But there’s still lots of other space to explore or just sit and watch the ferries.

    Year of Seattle Parks

    Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Barton St
    Seattle, WA 98136

    2 S.W. Brace Point Street End

    A third of a mile south of the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock, look for a “shore view” sign and that’s where youll find the public access spot. This private beach offers fantastic views of Vashon and Blake Islands. Bring a lunch and just hang out for a while, watching the ferries go by. Just don’t go too far north as it becomes private property quickly.

    Year of Seattle Parks

    Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Brace Point Dr
    Seattle, WA 98136

    3 32nd Avenue W. Beach

    Go to the end of 32nd Avenue W. and you’ll find a small waterfront beach that’s a perfect jumping off point for a boat ride or just to sit and enjoy views of Downtown Seattle and Bainbridge Island.

    Year of Seattle Parks

    32nd Ave W & W Galer St
    Seattle, WA 98199

    4 Howell Park

    Take a turn off of Lake Washington Boulevard onto Howell Place, which looks like a dead-end street, and you’ll find there’s actually a secluded park down there. There’s no parking lot so just make sure you don’t block any of the private driveways nearby. The path leads down through the woods to a beach lawn where, it’s rumored, you may find clothing-optional sunbathers from time to time.

    Year of Seattle Parks

    1740 E Howell Pl.
    Seattle, WA 98112

    5 Thomas C. Wales Park

    This place was used as a gravel pit and for material storage prior to being developed into a neighborhood park. Some of that gravel has become public art and gives this tiny park a unique look and feel.

    Year of Seattle Parks

    2401 6th Ave. N
    Seattle, WA 98109

    6 Rainbow Point

    Enjoy a great view of downtown and the Olympic Mountains, while also sitting on benches or making your way along the simple pathway. This park is lighted, and features trees and shrubs, along with plant beds and small lawns.

    Year of Seattle Parks

    NE 75th St. & Banner Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98115

    7 Bellevue Place

    Bellevue Place is small grassy slope overlooking Lake Union across I-5. A short bike path runs through along bottom of the hill, connecting Melrose Ave E to a bridge over the highway to Eastlake Avenue. Great views here of downtown Seattle, Queen Anne Hill and the Olympic Mountains.

    Year of Seattle Parks

    Bellevue Pl. E and Bellevue Ave. E
    Seattle, WA 98102

    8 Belvoir Place

    This small waterfront park located at 42nd Avenue NE is near Surber Drive NE in Laurelhurst. While the dock is in need of some serious repair, it’s a cool little gem of a spot for sunbathing or even getting in the water if you’re up for it. FYI, Belvoir Place has been designated a “Pesticide Free Park”.

    Year of Seattle Parks

    3659 42nd Ave. NE
    Seattle, WA 98105

    9 Herring’s House Park

    This very neat little park in the Duwamish industrial area offers some respite against the hustle and bustle of trucks and trains nearby. There are walking trails here that provide views of the Duwamish River, and some interpretive signs to help inform visitors about the local ecosystem. There is also a small lawn area available for stretching out and enjoying the sun. This is actually a very special place in Duwamish culture, known as Tualtwx (Tohl-ahl-too).

    Year of Seattle Parks

    4540 West Marginal Way
    Seattle, WA 98106

    10 Andover Place

    Andover Place is simply a narrow grassy slope between buildings, providing public access to the beach. Tree trunks washed up on the beach make excellent spots to sit and enjoy the view. This spot was gifted back in 1948 to be “used exclusively for public recreation and access to waters of Puget Sound.” It’s a good spot to explore the beach, especially at low tide.

    Year in Seattle Parks

    4000 Beach Dr. SW
    Seattle, WA 98116

    11 Chinook Beach Park

    Chinook Beach Park features a small beach area complete with driftwood and logs that have washed up along the shore. There is also a simple, long walking path along the beach, which offers spectacular views of Lake Washington and the Cascades beyond. A small concrete landing provides a good platform for a picnic or camera tripod, as well as an interpretive sign that gives some background information on the area.

    Year of Seattle Parks

    Rainier Ave. S & Ithaca Pl. S
    Seattle, WA 98118

    12 Bhy Kracke Park

    Go ahead, make a “buy crack” joke. This unusual park is located on a steep residential area and the sloping hillside give you a great view of downtown, Lake Union, the freeway, and Capitol Hill. There are benches, bike rack, and drinking fountains if you want to hang out for a bit. Make sure you walk down the steep hill to appreciate the flowers and peep a different view down below.

    Year of Seattle Parks

    1215 5th Ave. N
    Seattle, WA 98109

    via http://seattle.curbed.com/maps/secret-seattle-park…

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  • With Earth Day on April 22, Value Village is unveiling an art installation on Alki Beach to visually represent the impact clothing has on the environment. The 2,000 square foot pop-up piece will only be up on Friday from 8am – 7pm. Check it out!

    The installation by with will be up through this evening. Go see it!

  • What If I Wait Until Next Year To Buy A Home? | Simplifying The Market

    What If I Wait Until Next Year To Buy A Home?

    As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As either a first-time or repeat buyer, you must not be concerned only about price but also about the ‘long term cost’ of the home.

    Let us explain.

    There are many factors that influence the ‘cost’ of a home. Two of the major ones are the home’s appreciation over time, and the interest rate at which a buyer can borrow the funds necessary to purchase their home. The rate at which these two factors can change is often referred to as “The Cost of Waiting”.

    What will happen over the next 12 months?

    According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, prices are expected to rise by 5.5% by this time next year.

    Additionally, Freddie Mac’s most recent Economic Commentary & Projections Table predicts that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate will appreciate to 4.5% in that same time.

    What Does This Mean to a Buyer?

    Here is a simple demonstration of what impact these projected changes would have on the mortgage payment of a home selling for approximately $250,000 today:

    What If I Wait Until Next Year To Buy A Home? | Simplifying The Market

  • A section of the Alaskan Way Viaduct was demolished in October 2011, causing a nine-day closure that become known as Viadoom. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

    In October 2011, as part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct was torn down, commuters endured a nine-day shutdown. It started OK, then got really bad. As another shutdown looms, know this: Seattle has gained about 45,000 people since 2011.

    Seattle, this is a drill we’ve been through before.

    Starting Friday, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)will close the Alaskan Way Viaduct for about two weeks as tunnel-boring machine Bertha chugs along below.

    In October 2011, commuters endured a nine-day viaduct closure as the state tore down a section of the aging, earthquake-prone structure.

    Machines chisel away at the southern end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Oct. 23, 2011. Closure of the elevated roadway brought gridlock to other Seattle routes at times. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)

    Traffic remained sluggish throughout the week of Viadoom, and then came to a head on the closure’s sixth day, a Thursday, when slowdowns finally lived up to officials’ fears. Rain on Friday brought traffic to a standstill; the backup on Interstate 5 stretched for 10 miles.

    But some of the details from Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom in 2011 sound somewhat normal when you fast-forward nearly five years.

    “Traffic entering Seattle on I-5 was stop-and-go from Shoreline to downtown, starting as early as 3 p.m. and continuing past 6 p.m.,” Lindblom wrote Oct. 27, 2011.

    He added: “Drivers had a hard time leaving South Lake Union in late afternoon, as actual gridlock — cars stuck at intersections blocking the cross-traffic during a green light — spread from Mercer Street to Denny Way.”

    A traffic engineer told Lindblom the freeways could not recover after a series of early-afternoon stalls and minor crashes.

    Concrete and rebar crash to the ground along the lower level of the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Oct. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

    In other words, 2011’s Viadoom sounds like 2016’s nearly-every-day doom, as a growing economy, a construction boom and rising population stress Seattle’s transportation infrastructure.

    Since 2011, Seattle has added more than 45,000 people in the city limits alone, the Census Bureau estimates. And the airport saw a record number of travelers last year.

    Despite the population increase, it seems no more people will be pushed onto Seattle streets this time than were last time. Traffic on the viaduct has remained at about 90,000 vehicle trips per weekday since 2011.

    But those who are displaced from one of the city’s two large north-south thoroughfares will be entering a busier scene. For example, congestion is 19 percent worse from Everett to Olympia than it was before the recession, according to WSDOT.

    In 2011, transportation officials added buses on westside routes, created more water-taxi parking, put more traffic police on duty in Sodo, added park-and-ride space in Tukwila, along with a few other changes. They asked people to avoid rush hour, and to walk, bike and take transit instead of using Highway 99. Transportation managers are planning similar measures for Viadoom II.

    Last time around, the warnings seemed to have some effect. Analysts estimated driving declined by about 20 percent. One reader sent a raving review to The Seattle Times: “To my Sea-town homies and WSDOT for the way we all handled ‘Viadoom.’ It was the chillest ‘Carmageddon’ ever.”

    With luck, we’ll have sunny skies and chill commuters on our packed freeways — and perhaps the California transplants that Seattle natives like to blame for gridlock will feel right at home.

    Evan Bush: 206-464-2253 or ebush@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @evanbush

    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transport…

  • Beautiful 3 Bedroom, 3.25 Bath Townhome in the Middle of the Popular Fremont Area. Two Blocks to Shops & Restaurants. Light-Filled Living Area with Open Floor Plan, Gas Fireplace & Built-in Cabinetry. Glowing Hardwoods Throughout. Kitchen with Granite Countertops & Eating Nook. Spacious Master Bedroom with Full Bath & Second Upstairs Bedroom Also with Full Bath. Lower Level is Perfect for Guest Quarters or Home Office. One Car Attached Garage with Pass for on Street Parking. Secluded Back Patio with Trees & Nice Landscaping.

    Offered at: $649,800

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