King County Market Update

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Jan 2016


Posted on January 15, 2016 at 12:39 pm
Mike Elliott | Posted in Real Estate, Uncategorized | Tagged

January Events

Here are your area events for the month of January! Click on the image to make it larger and check out our blog!

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Posted on January 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm
Mike Elliott | Posted in Events Near You, Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

New Girl in Town – Bellevue/Snowflake Lane

Hello again from Jennifer and Mike’s assistant, Katie. This month I took a trip to Snowflake Lane in Bellevue. If you don’t already know, Bellevue is right across Lake Washington from Seattle. Snowflake lane is a performance put on in the middle of the street every night at 7pm on Bellevue Way. It is a holiday show where people dance in the middle of the street with Christmas music playing around them.

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I started the night off by getting to Bellevue Square extra early to guarantee myself a parking spot and a good view of Snowflake Lane. I was there so early I went to grab dinner at Tavern Hall. Tavern Hall looks like an old English pub that has been updated and being that it is in Bellevue it’s updated nicely. It was a little busy that night because a group was having their holiday office party. However, they have this super cool waiting system. They use an app to tell them how long the wait is for each table. Then they text your phone when your table is ready. You can also download the app to check what your wait time is. After about 20 minutes I got seated and ordered the Cuban sandwich. It was super delicious and I would definitely go to this restaurant again. About 30 minutes before Snowflake Lane was about to start I found a spot right in front and waited.

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If you haven’t been to Snowflake Lane I suggest you should go at least once. However, it doesn’t seem necessary to go more than once unless you have kids that want to go. The whole production was definitely more focused on kids and their families. So it was something to see, but not something I would go to again. Also, being that I’m from Wisconsin, the whole experience would have been ten times better if there was snow.


Posted on December 28, 2015 at 6:51 pm
Mike Elliott | Posted in Katie's Adventures |

King County Market Update

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Dec 2015 Market Update


Posted on December 16, 2015 at 6:23 pm
Mike Elliott | Posted in Real Estate, Uncategorized | Tagged

Holiday Travel

Twas the week after Christmas and all through the house….not a creature was stirring, except one swimming mouse. Swimming mouse???  Ok, there was no mouse, but if there was he would have been swimming for his life!!  Here’s what happened.

download (2)Some clients of ours, Dave and Wendy, packed up their Christmas and 3 young boys, as they do each year, and headed for their cabin in Montana. They would enjoy cutting down their own tree behind the cabin, waiting for Santa to squeeze down their 3-story chimney on Christmas Eve, and frolic in the vast amounts of snow. As planned, the Christmas holiday went “swimmingly” well until they pulled into their driveway back in Kent, a week later, after a 9 hour drive across treacherous winter roads. The 3 kids peeled out of the car, all needing a bathroom break, grumpy, tired, and on Dad’s last nerve. As the kids piled out of the car, mom Wendy headed toward the door to start the great migration back into the house. As she turned the knob and went to step inside, the water came rolling out the door and down the steps. The entire one-story house held a few feet of standing water and the water was still running.  Thus began the $100,000 home restoration project.  The pipe in the wall had burst while they were away and the water had been running for several days.

So, what is the moral of the story?  Don’t go on vacation? Nope. Dave and Wendy would tell you that every time they go on vacation now, they turn the water off at the water shutoff in their closet. They open the tap in the sink and let the water in the lines run out so no pressure is left.

porchlight.jpgHere are some things your family can do while traveling for the holiday season. Personally, we have joined them in the vacation water shutoff protocol. In addition, we go online and have our mail held by the post office, leave our front porch lights on, leave our thermostat at 60 degrees, and let our neighbors know we will be gone so they can watch the house.

Cheers to a safe and dry holiday season!


Posted on December 15, 2015 at 10:35 pm
Mike Elliott | Posted in Jennifer, Uncategorized | Tagged ,

New Girl in Town – U District

Hello again. It’s Katie, assistant to Mike and Jennifer, and this latest adventure has taken me to the University District. As the name says, the area is north of the city where the University of Washington is located.

IMG_3577While in the U District I focused most of my attention on the University Village shopping area. I was told that Amazon had opened a bookstore in the U Village. This seemed weird to me because Amazon is so focused on online sales. However, the concept of this Amazon bookstore was very interesting because they only sell the top rated books from Amazon.com and each book has a plaque in front with a customer review. Also, the books they sell are mainly focused on the Seattle shopper. This allows them to sell a very specific set of books so they don’t sit on the shelves forever. I personally love bookstores and this one was well organized with a great selection of books. There was a special area in the center of the store for all the Amazon electronics and the surrounding area was shelves full of books.

IMG_3574After the fun filled trip to the Amazon Bookstore I wandered around U village window shopping at Nike, American Eagle and some smaller stores. While wandering I noticed a place called Specialty’s Café and Bakery, so I decided to go in and see what they had for lunch. I ended up ordering the Turkey Pesto sandwich and it was wonderful! It was perfectly toasty for the cool fall day outside. After I was finished with lunch I drove around the University of Washington campus with no luck in finding a parking spot, so I called it a day. I’ll have to leave that blog post for another day.


Posted on November 25, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Mike Elliott | Posted in Katie's Adventures | Tagged , ,

Winter Events

Check out what is happening in the Puget Sound area for the holidays! There are so many things to do! I’m definitely going to go to see some lights. What about you?!

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Posted on November 17, 2015 at 9:35 pm
Mike Elliott | Posted in Events Near You | Tagged , , , , ,

November King County Market Update

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Posted on November 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm
Mike Elliott | Posted in Real Estate | Tagged

New Girl in Town – Kirkland

It’s Katie, the assistant to Mike and Jennifer. My latest adventure sent me to Kirkland. Kirkland is north of Bellevue along the banks of Lake Washington.

untitledMy first experience in Kirkland was for their Oktoberfest celebration. Oktoberfest is a big deal where I went to college in La Crosse, WI, so I had to make up for missing it this year. Also, my boyfriend needed an excuse to wear his Lederhosen. We decided to take the bus so we could drink as much as we wanted. Before we got to the grounds we stopped at an Irish pub called Wilde Rover so my boyfriend could put on his Lederhosen. We started talking to a guy who grew up in the Kirkland area and has seen it change from a small town to a busy business city throughout his lifetime. Kirkland has changed significantly over the years, similar to the rest of the Greater Seattle Area. The current average home price is $650,000, Which makes it one of the most expensive areas of King County.

untitledI’ve spent most of my time in Kirkland near Marina Park and Downtown Kirkland. Marina Park is right on the edge of Lake Washington and you can see for miles. It’s a beautiful little park where they have lots of city events. Down the street from Marina Park are a lot of little shops. I didn’t stop in many because I don’t need a surf board and I wasn’t that hungry. However, it was a great little place to walk around and see what they have to offer.


Posted on October 29, 2015 at 2:10 am
Mike Elliott | Posted in Katie's Adventures |

5 Ways to Get Your Home Sold this Holiday Season

So, it’s November and you need to sell your home. King County averages about 2,000 home sales in December. That’s about half as many homes as in the Spring/Summer months.  The good news is houses do sell!  There are also less house options for buyers than in the summer, so you have less competition.  Here are the top 5 things to consider when selling this holiday season.

  1. Price it right – This is not the time of year to “test the market.” Prices flatten out in the fall and winter. Stay conservative and price it based on actual Sold Comparables, not homes currently trying to sell.
  2. Pack up – Your Moving!! If you are going to dare compete with the big boys this time of year, make it count. Houses do sell.  Pack your house, nik naks, family pictures, everything off the counters etc.  It needs to look like that sterile, perfectly tidy house that your one annoyingly perfect girlfriend has mastered (I mean that affectionately Wendy.)
  3. Every showing counts – There are less buyers this time of year. Don’t worry, these buyers are serious home purchasers, they are going to buy a house and it might as well be yours. Let them come see the house…when they want to…not when you want them to. They often don’t come back to see it a different time.  It might mean you are kicked out of your house during dinners and have to eat Chinese Food on Christmas like Ralphie’s family.  Ok, that’s extreme.
  4. Holiday Decorations – Yes, you can have them. But keep them minimal and coordinating.  This is not the year to put the tree out with the 22 art projects from your children’s k-6 grade classes.  It’s not because they look tacky (maybe a little) but because it will distract buyers from looking at your home. If they don’t look at your home, they won’t buy it.
  5. Light up your FOR SALE sign with a string of lights. Why not….I just told you basically you were going to have no fun this holiday, but this is one tacky thing that might be good. Helps people see your house is for sale in the dark, which happens to be about 18 hours during the winter.

Cheers!!


Posted on October 21, 2015 at 4:02 pm
Mike Elliott | Posted in Jennifer | Tagged ,