Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bakery For Sale! Wedding Cakes!

Do you like to bake? Do you make fabulous wedding cakes? Have you ever thought about owning your own bakery? Well, this may be your opportunity! I know of a bakery owner in Seattle that would love to talk to you. Madeleine's European Bakery is selling their business. The owners have a great reputation, make the best wedding cakes and other desserts. Check out their website:

If you are interested, give me a call and I will give you more information and put you in touch with the owner. The price is reasonable and you have the opportunity to rent the space and yet own all your own equipment.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Have you heard of Cohousing?

If not, you might want to read the article that was in Saturday's Seattle Times:

Although it sounds something like the communes of the 60's, it is a more rational solution to the need for people to live in a friendly and helpful community. These are usually folks who believe that living in a smaller space is better than having excess and they own their own home, whether attached or detatched depends on the community. Amazingly, according to the artilce, the Seattle area has about 15 (out of 90 nationwide) already established or forming communities and is one of the top cohousing centers in the nation. Who knew!? The article features a couple in their 80's who were instrumental in planning Jackson Place and eagerly moved in in 2001 after it was completed. This type of living isn't just for the older folks, but younger familes and singles all are part of these communities. Doesn't this sound like a great thing for people who move away from their parents? It gives their children surrogate grandparents, right next door!

If you are interested in learning more, whether for right now or sometime in your future, you may want to attend an informational meeting on February 20th from 1 to 3 pm at Jackson Place Cohousing, 800 Haiwatha Pl. S, Seattle. Questions? Go to:

Perhaps you and your friends will discover a new way of living, as you develop your very own community!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

KING COUNTY December 2007 Statistics

Residential sales volume for December 2007 decreased 6% from November 2007
All Sales (vs. Year- to date 2006)
- Residential sales volume: off 10% to $18.8 billion
- Residential transactions: off 17% to 37,672
- Mobile home sales on land: off 5% to $71 million
- Plexes (2-5 units) sales: off 25% to $411 million
- Land sales: off 13% to $1 billion
- Commercial volume: up 35% to $8.2 billion
- Average residence: $496,347, up 9%

Existing home transactions sold decreased 13% in December 2007 from November 2007 Existing Home Sales (vs. Year- to date 2006)
- Units sold: off 24%; volume: off 16% to $11.2 billion
- 20,157 units sold this year vs. 26,427, lowest since 1995
- Average price up 11% to $556,490
- Half homes (median) sold for less than $449,000, up 10%
- Average $/SF for homes sold at $299.17 (all sales), up 7%
- Best range: $300,001 - $350,000, with 224.9 monthly
- Second best absorption rate: $500,001 - $600,000, with 220.9 per month

New single family homes units sold in December 2007 up 24% from November 2007 New Single Family Homes (vs. Year- to date 2006)
- Average sale price: $670,460, up 13%
- Median sale price: $553,925, up 13%
- New homes represent 18% of volume and 15% of units recorded
- 3,680 sold vs. 4,993 last year, off 26% volume: off 17% to $2.5 billion
- Average $/SF: $260.74, up 1% (48% of sales with data)
- Best ranges: $500,001 - $600,000 - $750,000, each with 49.3 per month
- Next best range: $750,000 - $1,000,000, with absorption of 49.1 monthly

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Brides Against Breast Cancer

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of volunteering to help with the Brides Against Breast Cancer Tour of Gowns at the Doubletree Hotel at SeaTac. What is this all about? You can click on the following link to learn more: The overall purpose of this foundation is to take donated used and new wedding gowns and tour the country to offer them for sale at a HUGE discount to prospective brides. Money taken in is then used to grant wishes to those who are dealing with metastatic breast cancer. Sort of like the Make a Wish Foundation, but this is directed to people with breast cancer.

I am a survivor (18 years!!) so when a friend asked me if I could volunteer to help with fitting gowns, I jumped at the chance. The big trucks will roll up to the Hilton Hotel in Bellevue Friday and Saturday (18th and 19th) and I plan on helping again on Friday. It is great fun, for a good cause. AND a bonus is to see all those beautiful gowns and accessories! Check out the website and see how you might help.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Are you aware that I specialize in working with first time home buyers? I enjoy helping anyone who is in need of buying or selling their home, rentals or land, but I am especially sensitive and trained to assist those who are thinking about making their first home purchase.

I thought I should just share this with you so that you can keep me in mind if you know of anyone who needs the services of an expert! Please do send them my way. You may want to begin by pointing them to my website: and telling them to click on my link for First Time Buyers on the left side of the home page. I have prepared some important information that they will need to know as they begin their adventure into home ownership. Thanks for your referrals....please keep them coming!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Shauna is ENGAGED!

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Our daughter, Shauna, became engaged early in December and she and Pete (Myron) are planning a February 23rd wedding. We are all busy, busy, with all the details and looking forward to a great wedding celebration! Who says you need 6 months to a year to plan a wedding? Don't believe them. Shauna and Pete are making decisions, moving on to the next decision and don't have all that extra time to second guess themselves. We are looking forward to having Pete officially in the family!

Six Reasons to Buy NOW!

Washington has a strong vibrant real estate market. Purchasing a home in Washington is an excellent long term investment. Here are 6 reasons why:

1) The Emerald City has experienced strong price appreciation over the last six quarters, and that's expected to continue in the new year. Third quarter median home sale prices increased by 6% compared to the third quarter of 2006. Forbes Magazine, November 2007

2) Washington State's population will increase by nearly one million over the present decade and reach 6.8 million by 2010. About two thirds of the growth is due to immigration, the rest is a result of the growth of families. Washington State Office of Financial Management

3) The number of building permits issued in the tri-county area has declined by 6% for the first three quarters of 2007, compared to the same time period for 2006. John Murphy, Director of Operations, New Home Trends

4) Unemployment in Washington has been below 5% for nine straight months and is in the running for the lowest annual average since modern records began in 1976. Washington added over 57,000 new jobs in the last year. The majority of these jobs are in the Puget Sound area.
National Association of Realtors

5) Mortgage Interest Rates are near historic lows. Based on market indicators, rates are not likely to stay this low for long. James Wirth, Landover Mortgage

6) Current conditions mean this market is in the "Buy Zone" and is the perfect buyers market. Looking at the housing market graphically over the past 25 years, it's evident there are periods when conditions make it the perfect time to buy a home, and this is one of them. NWMLS