Tickets are on sale for the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay!

Excitement is building for the US Open Golf Championship being played at Chambers Bay in 2015.  Tickets went on sale to the general public June 9th.  Take a look at the link below for information from King 5 News.

US OPEN TICKET INFO FROM KING 5

DIRECT LINK TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE 2015 US OPEN at CHAMBERS BAY

 

Contact me direct If you'd like information on how to rent your home to US Open spectators or if you're looking for a list of homes available to rent while you're in town for the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay.

253-988-3120
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Posted on June 10, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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Want to Sell Your Home in The Fall? Here Are Some Helpful Tips to Consider.

Want to Sell Your House This Fall?

 

If you're looking to sell your home this Fall you'll want to do everything you can to make your house look its best. Contrary to popular belief, Fall can actually be a great time to sell.  Keep these tips in mind and you're likely to achieve positive results:

  • Curb appeal. A home shopper's first impression is everything. The moment they pull up to the curb, they'll make an instant judgment. You'll want to be sure it's positive. You can begin by making sure leaves are raked, and your shrubs and bushes are pruned.  Hang a festive fall wreath on your door.
  • Make sure your walkway is free of leaves and debris.
  • The Northwest is rainy…Be sure you have a good doormat so visitors can wipe their feet and not traipse mud and water through the house.
  • Make sure gutters are free from debris and drain properly.
  • Keep the house cozy. Entering a cold house could leave an unfavorable impression. Instead, set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature.
  • Make sure the back yard and your roof aren't covered in leaves.
  • Make sure your windows are sparkling clean.
  • Keep wall colors neutral and light. A light yellow or beige will make the room feel cooler than a brick red or dark taupe.
  • Let the light in. Open blinds and curtains so plenty of light can brighten up the home's interior.
  • And, just like any other time of year, get rid of the clutter throughout your house. And get rid of any odors that might be a distraction.
Finally, if you're selling your home during the fall, there's nothing more inviting to a potential home buyer than the aroma of a freshly baked apple pie!
 
– Steve Sloboda is a Managing Broker and Premier Associate at Windermere Real Estate – Professional Partners in University Place, WA
 
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Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:48 am
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Calling All Stat Freaks & Seamheads! The 2012 NWMLS Market Recap is Here!

People ask me all the time; "Hey, How's the market?"  "Are things picking up?"  "Are we out of the down real estate market?"…  I tend to always answer that things are "UNBELIEVABLE" because really, that covers the market no matter what's going on.  It's a little trick I learned from Tom Hopkins in his book "How to Master the Art of Listing & Selling Real Estate".  It's a book so old it's basically written in hieroglyphics.  Even though it's old, that trick has stood the test of time…
 
The Urban Dictionary defines the word "seamhead" as an avid baseball fanatic, especially one who frequently utilizes statistical analysis and urges others to do the same.
 
I don't consider myself to be a seamhead even though a lot of people that know me well would diagaree.  That said, I do like pretty pictures with lots of colors, graphs, and quick recaps of extensive information.  In this entry I will attempt to convey some valuable information in both formats.
 
First, the quick recap:
 

Kirkland, WA, January 17, 2013 – Members of Northwest Multiple Listing Service tallied 64,624 closed sales of single family homes and condominiums during 2012, improving on 2011’s volume by 8,332 transaction for a gain of nearly 15 percent.

Last year’s completed sales included 55,699 single family homes and 8,925 condominiums. Together, these sales were valued at more than $19.9 billion, which compares to the previous year’s total of around $16.7 billion (up nearly 19.6 percent).

Median prices area-wide increased by $10,000 (about 4.3 percent), rising from $235,000 to $245,000, although not all areas reported gains. Mason, Snohomish and King counties reported the healthiest jumps.

Prices on single family homes rose, while condo prices fell. The median price for single family homes that sold last year was $255,000 across the 21 counties, improving on the previous year by 8.5 percent. King County claimed the highest median prices for single family homes ($365,000), while the most affordably priced homes – based on 2012 median prices – were located in Pacific County ($111,000).

Condo prices declined about 2.7 percent, with the area-wide median price falling from $180,000 in 2011 to $175,200 for last year’s sales.

Inventory also shrunk from 2011 levels year as a result of stronger sales and fewer new listings. Over the course of the year, brokers added 10,071 fewer new listings to the Northwest MLS database when compared to 2011 for a drop of 9.9 percent.

In its annual statistical summary report for its 20,000-plus brokers, the multiple listing service examined various indicators of activity. Among the findings:

  • Single family homes accounted for about 86 percent of the sales volume as measured by units, and nearly 90 percent of the dollar volume.
  • About 40 percent of last year’s sales were for homes in King County.
  • About half the homes that sold last year (48.8 percent) had 3 bedrooms, while more than three-fourths of condos (77 percent) had 2 or fewer bedrooms.
  • Last year’s sales included 7,710 newly built single family homes and 930 newly built condominiums. Of this new construction component, new condos fetched a higher price ($331,888) than newly built single family homes, which had a median sales price of $299,950.
  • Northwest MLS brokers reported 1,254 sales with prices of $1 million or more, including 1,116 single family homes and 138 condominiums. More than half the top-end homes were located in Eastside communities, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Sammamish.
  • The highest priced single family home in the MLS system that sold last year was on Mercer Island (with a selling price of $21.625 million), while the most expensive condo ($4.25 million) was a penthouse in a downtown Seattle high-rise.
  • Northwest MLS members reported 93,778 pending sales (mutually accepted offers) during 2012. That marked an increase of about 15.6 percent from 2011 when members logged 81,109 pending sales. (Note: Not all pending sales become closed transactions. Failed home inspections, mortgage loan rejections, low appraisals and contract contingencies are among many factors that cause transactions to be cancelled.)
  • The pace of sales as measured by “months supply” (an estimate of how long it would take for all inventory of active listings to sell at the current pace assuming no new inventory is added) showed a system-wide total of 3.15 months, which compares to a figure of 5.02 months for 2011.  Based on this barometer, both King and Snohomish counties averaged less than two months of supply during 2012. (Analysts consider a supply of 3-to-6 months to be a balanced market, meaning the market favors neither buyers nor sellers.)

Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member real estate firms, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest. Its membership includes more than 20,000 real estate brokers. The organization, based in Kirkland, Wash., currently serves 21 counties in Washington state.

Are you still with me?  If so, Here's the complete report……All 37 pages of it.  Read and enjoy!  As always, I'm here if you'd like some of this information broken down into details.  Don't hesitate to drop me a line….

 
 
 
 
Posted on February 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm
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Historical Home in Lakewood Sells Sight Unseen…

This house is right across the street from the High School I attended in Lakewood, WA.  It’s always been a curious house with a colorful history.  It was interesting to read this article about the sale.  I added some pictures from the listing.

Woman with an affinity for old homes has purchased the historical  Boatman-Ainsworth House in Lakewood without even coming west to see it in person:

Story From the Tacoma News Tribune

A New Jersey woman with an affinity for old homes has purchased the historical  Boatman-Ainsworth House in Lakewood without even coming west to see it in  person.

Marjorie Thomas-Candau of Medford, N.J., becomes the sixth owner of the  colonial home on 112th Street Southwest across from Clover Park High School.

The sale closed Nov. 4, according to the county auditor’s office, and the  sale price was $280,000.

“It’s very hard to find an old home and one that’s not so expensive you have  to be a millionaire to be able to afford it,” Thomas-Candau said. “That’s  something that I thought was pretty lucky.”

The house is named for its first two owners. Willis Boatman, an early settler  to the area, built it on his 160-acre homestead in the late 1850s. Boatman sold  the property to Capt. John Ainsworth, a founder of the Oregon Steam Navigation  Company, in 1878.

It was listed on the state historic registry in 1974 and the National  Register of Historic Places in 1982. It was one of the first listed on the city  registry of historic properties in 2003.

Thomas-Candau, an occupational therapist, plans to move to the area to be  closer to family and her best friend who lives in Seattle. She enlisted the help  of her daughter, who lives in Tacoma, to find her new home. She gave some  criteria to assist the search, specifically requesting an old home with  character and land.

She wasn’t sold on the house when her daughter first sent pictures. But  continued prodding by her daughter and best friend, who both toured the house,  convinced her the property was the right fit for her.

Thomas-Candau hasn’t yet visited her new home and said she won’t be moving to  Lakewood for at least a year so she has time first to take care of some personal  affairs. She plans to do repairs but said she doesn’t intend to make major  changes to the house or property.

Thomas-Candau grew up in a farmhouse in southern New Jersey, not far from  where she lives now. Her home was built circa 1860 and was Medford’s first free  public school.

The Boatman-Ainsworth House’s previous owners, Craig and Margaret Gunter,  passed the home to their three daughters after Margaret Gunter died last year;  Craig Gunter died in 2005. The daughters, who all live outside Pierce County,  said they made the difficult decision to part with the house their family owned  for 40 years.

“Even talking about it brings tears to my eyes,” one of the daughters,  Jeannie Gunter, told The News Tribune in September. “That home is really  something very, very special.”

Posted on November 19, 2011 at 8:24 am
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