Happy Blue Friday and look for those Blue Angels!

It’s that awesome time of year again when the Blue Angels fly into town and perform two air shows over the water. If you are a local, you have probably planned ahead, taken the weekend off work and counting down since last summer.

This year seems especially cool because it just so happens that everyone’s favorite Quarterback, Russell Wilson, just resigned his contract with our beloved Seahawks! (can I getta woot woot?!!)

So celebrate all things in BLUE  on this Bluest of Friday’s in true Northwest style this weekend. Head to a spot on Lake Washington* and watch the Blue Angels dive over all of us spectators on the water! I’ll be out there in the middle yelling and whooping it up!

Seafair 2015!

Seafair 2015!

The words “mutual agreement” are a beautiful thing!

Originally built in 1927 and lovingly restored in 2009…this home is loaded with charm.

My Buyers are thrilled to get to mutual agreement on this amazing house we affectionately call Yellow House.

$730,000 in North Beach ( minutes from Golden Gardens), Seattle.

Total studs-out renovation/addition in 2009 of existing 1927 hom

Total studs-out renovation/addition in 2009 of existing 1927 home

An added bonus is the detached picturesque studio/cottage, rebuit

An added bonus is the detached picturesque studio/cottage, rebuit

Gorgeous master bath and claw-foot tub waiting to be enjoyed. He

Gorgeous master bath and claw-foot tub waiting to be enjoyed. He

Escape to this luxurious master suite where you'll find cathedra

Escape to this luxurious master suite where you’ll find cathedra

Enjoy and open floor plan and 9' ceilings.

Enjoy and open floor plan and 9′ ceilings.

So much openness! Kitchen designed with entertaining in mind.

So much openness! Kitchen designed with entertaining in mind.

Main part of home includes 1,250 square feet, large master suite

Main part of home includes 1,250 square feet, large master suite

Beautiful landscaping throughout and fully-fenced yard. The base

Beautiful landscaping throughout and fully-fenced yard. The base

Exceptional Land Opportunity in Kirkland- check out my new listing!

The hottest neighborhood on the Eastside just got more interesting. Check out my listing that just hit the MLS yesterday.

Housing demand is sky high and inventory is at record lows. New Construction is what buyers are waiting for. Two parcels being sold as one. .46 acres/ 20,745 square feet.

Prime real estate opportunity in the heart of Kirkland on Rose Hill. Zoned RM 3.6 for Multi-Family Residential development. Excellent .46 acre level lot centrally located with superb excess to I-405. Minutes away from DT Kirkland waterfront/shops. Served by Lake WA school district. Gas/Electric/Sewer in street. Soil test completed. Land for sale only. Site plan & conceptual renderings available. Potential for 6 homes with zero lot line. Partial mountain views from East corner of the lot.

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With inventory at record lows and demand at record highs- now is the time for new construction.

With inventory at record lows and demand at record highs- now is the time for new construction.

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.27 acre lot is zone RM 3.6.

Opportunity awaits.: MLS 801389

Contact me for additional marketing materials for a full preview of the land, renderings and detailed information.

GeorgiaWall@RemaxOTL.com

206-948-0431

Relocating from another state? You need a plan.

Moving from one state to another can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.

i heart kirkland

Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. Post some questions on Facebook and ask your friends, or follow locals on Instagram (Ahem….@KirklandPeach).

Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a REALTOR  to check for you. I take videos and do on site visits for all of my out of state clients. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Use good websites to get an idea of an area like crimemapping.com and walkscore.com.

Get involved. Meeting people in a new city can be daunting. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive. Have you ever heard of the “Seattle Freeze?” Take the initiative. Try new things. Volunteer. Drink Coffee. Paddle board. Ride a bike. These are pretty popular around here and an easy way to meet people.

Coffee. It's a currency and around here and an easy conversation starter.

Coffee. It’s a currency and around here and an easy conversation starter.

Mind your wallet. Seattle and the Greater Eastside is not cheap. Everything costs about the same as where you are from: food, insurance, clothes, rent. Taxes may be slightly cheaper and WA does not have a State Income tax. So in that regard, you may be one up!

This is a great place to live!

Simplicity Decor in Downtown Kirkland sells all sorts of fun stuff. These bags will help you fit in like a local!

I’m Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I’ve been helping Buyers and Sellers in Real Estate for over 12 years. Looking forward to working for you!

OMG the market is HOT. So what does that mean?

People are saying…

Wow the market is so hot! You must be so busy!

Or

The market is so hot, we are going to have another bubble.

Or

I don’t want to buy in this market, it’s too hot.

hot market

Here are 3 things you should know about what a “hot” market means and how it affects buyers and sellers (and Realtors) differently.

1) Just because the market is hot, does not mean that Realtors are busy. Demand is WAY up and Inventory is WAY down. This means that Sellers have the advantage because there are not enough homes to meet the demand of the Buyers. Realtors work equally as hard in a “Buyers” market as they do a “Sellers” market but with emphasis in different areas.

Media focuses too much on one house that sells way to high. It freaks buyers out.

Media focuses too much on one house that sells way to high. It freaks buyers out.

2) Home prices are up, some houses…WAY up. Think of it like a flashlight. The headlines you read are putting extreme focus on hot areas like Bellevue, Seattle, Ballard, Sammamish, Kirkland, Redmond…places where there is ALWAYS demand. Most Sellers are happy to see values just starting to come back to 2005 and 2006 price ranges. Seattle is not facing another bubble.

Prices naturally stay "hot" in the urban core and spread out to the suburbs as the market heats us and prices go with it.

Prices naturally stay “hot” in the urban core and spread out to the suburbs as the market heats us and prices go with it.

3) Waiting to buy does not save you money, it’s actually a risk that you will pay more, especially when interest rates go up. As homes sell at higher prices, it sets the new bar. This means that if you opt out to buy because you think you are contributing to the “hot” market, you will just risk paying more. Every home that sells is now that new “comp” for the next home that comes on the market. As the market heats up, every home in every area will eventually all go up in price.

I’m Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I’ve been helping Buyers and Sellers in Real Estate for over 12 years. Looking forward to working for you! 206.948.0431

I’m on the front lines of Advocacy- from Seattle to WA DC.

I am attending the 2015 National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings in Washington DC.

Today we visited Capitol Hill where we talked to Rep. Suzan DelBene and discussed tax issues that help home owners such as MID (Mortgage Interest Deduction) and finance issues such as the FHA home loans that help many first time home Buyers.

I sat one chair away from Rep. Suzan DelBene and gave a firsthand account of one of my recent transactions where a Buyer was able to purchase their first home because of the requirements in an FHA loan that allows for a lower down payment.

YPN DC 2015

{Pictured here in my apple green jacket alongside my Seattle YPN Board Jenn Mueller and Trish Englund from L to R}
Real estate is one of the most widely held assets, with the home ownership rate at approximately 64 percent. Homeownership is an important part of the economy.

Seattle King County Realtors Governmental & Public Affairs advocacy team is one of the most effective in the country among local trade associations. I am so proud to participate with Young Professionals from Seattle and all around the Nation here in WA DC for Hill Week and Legislative meetings.

Fix your “foggy brain” or get a Vita Shot hangover cure with Dr. Tacita!

Have your ever had your Brain Fitness analyzed? Curious about what kind of results a Dermapen will give you? Maybe you have a vacation coming up and are in serious need of a pre-bikini detox!

Meet Dr. Tacita Robertson- a Naturopathic Physician who has recently opened the doors of her own clinic appropriately named, A Greater Whole.

sign for A greater whole

You can find her on Market Street, next door to IMAJ Pilates, where she offers a full range of Alternative and Holistic Heath services.

front sign a greater whole

Dr. Tacita is a good friend of mine, a busy Mom to her darling 2-year-old twins and now a proud local business owner.

Dr. Tacita Richardson

We talked about her clinic and how her unique vision for her clinic makes it a compelling choice for local Kirklandites who want to optimize their nutrition, overall health, mood & physical appearance.

Kirkland Peach: What is your Mission?

Dr. Tacita: To help people achieve a happy, healthy, vibrant life + receive medical treatment that is customized to them.Treating not suppressing symptoms is my goal. This can include diet recommendations and treating symptoms by analyzing the DNA. This is not treatment for the masses. This is highly individualized. 

​KP: What makes your practice unique?

Dr. Tacita: I practice a combination of primary care, esthetic skin care and brain fitness (fixing the “foggy brain” feeling, increasing memory, guidance for recovery from head injuries, and preventative suggestions to avoid Dementia later in life…).

clinic

KP: What are your favorite products?

Dr. Tacita: Vita Shots for hangover cures and mood boosters. Wouldn’t it be great if you could treat your symptoms instead of taking a sick day at work?

KP: What would my first appointment look like?

Dr. Tacita: We would start with a 75 min session of me just getting to know you. I want to find out what my clients need and what will help them feel at their optimum level in all areas! My patients need to be 18+ years of age. And some forms of insurance is accepted! ( *Dr. Tacita occasionally hosts a Ladies Night of Beauty Fun as well! )

hosting a clinic

KP: When you are not at the clinic, where might we find you?

Dr. Tacita: Cafe Zoca, Kirkland Crossfit or Homegrown.

For more information:

info@agreaterwhole.com

(425) 836-6650

250 Market St, Kirkland, Washington 98033

http://www.agreaterwhole.com/

Could you handle the evil eye from your new neighbors?

So you’re all excited about this home you found online and you really want to see it. You call me, your awesome Realtor, to go preview the home with you.

It’s new construction and it has AMAZING water views. Strangely, it has been on the market over 132 days. Everyone knows, in this market…that is weird.

You get out of the car, you’re in love. You walk inside, and you’re pretty much looking for a contract and ready to write it up.

Then you see this…..

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Uh oh.

And this…

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Oh boy. That’s not good.

The neighbors already hate you and they have not even met you yet.

Could you…WOULD you want to deal with this? Is this just bad Karma for a new house? It’s not your fault the builder ticked off the locals. Right?

So my particular Buyer’s did NOT write it up. They passed. Even though the home checked nearly all of the boxes on their list.

What would you do?

I’m Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I’ve been helping Buyers and Sellers in Real Estate for over 12 years. Looking forward to working for you! 206.948.0431