Sweat Equity in Progress

There’s a reason it’s called sweat equity- because it involves work! Remodeling a home is uncomfortable and inconvenient and never on time.

This week, I’m not highlighting a client, it’s MY new place in Kirkland. The progress is fantastic and we can’t wait to move in!

Sold in September!

These three beauties were really fun to sell. Two in Kirkland and one in Bothell.

Ask me about buying and the fall. Believe it or not, there is opportunity!

Sellers – start thinking about Spring 2018. Let’s plan now.

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Kirkland Condos & Townhomes Selling 10% Over Listed Price.

The average condo and townhome in Kirkland is selling about 10% over list price.

Some are selling in even more extreme bidding war scenarios and I’ve highlighted 3 that I have shown and toured in the last 30 days.

12016 101st Ave NE #G2, Kirkland 98034-6734

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At this condo in Juanita, my Buyer and I stood outside in the rain and talked about the siding that day. You could literally put your finger in holes in the siding where it was rotting and without a doubt the condo would need future work/repairs.

It was listed for $300,000 and sold for $367,000. 

The next condo, located behind the Kirkland Post Office -used to be apartments. My sister rented here for years. The insulation is thin (read: you can clearly hear your neighbors) and the bi-fold closet doors used to fall off.  

224 9th St #G-304, Kirkland 98033

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This one was listed for $348,000 and sold for $400,000.  $52,000 over list!

Kirkwood condos, top floor end unit. This condo is located conveniently close to the Kirkland Cross Corridor trail. However, it was built in 1985 and has textured walls and popcorn ceilings and is in need of a master bathroom make-over.

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404 10th St #D-301, Kirkland 98033
That condo was listed for $325,000 and sold for $385,000.  60K over list!
These are extreme but they are not rare. The average sale price in the Kirkland area is 10% over list.

If you go further North to Bothell, Kenmore and North Kirkland the average list over sale price is 5%.

This is a lot more manageable for most 1st time home buyers.  I think if you can focus on this area you will:

  1. have a better opportunity to compete in a bidding war
  2. not have to bid as high
  3. experience greater growth in your equity over the next 3-5 years

 

My name is Georgia. Friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I’ve been helping Buyers and Sellers 13 years. Call me to discuss your home value or how to write the most competitive offer possible in a competitive market like this! 206.948.0431

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Eating, Playing, Kissing and Canoodling: Valentine’s in Kirkland

Do you feel the pressure of Cupid’s bow because you’ve been slow to hatch the perfect Valentine’s Day plan? Don’t worry about it. I’ve got you covered with a few ideas that are sure to put a smile on your sweetheart’s face—and ensure that Cupid’s arrow is aimed at his or her heart, not your head!

Indoor Options

  1. If a fancy, romantic dinner will do the trick for your ideal Valentine’s Day date, Ristorante Paradiso is the place to dine. Serving quintessential Italian cuisine with a wonderful wine list, this stellar restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere and a local vibe. But, it’s always packed—so be sure to make a reservation!
  2. When you’re ready for dessert (and, really, who isn’t?) be sure to make your way to Lady Yum for a scrumptious and delectable assortment of mouth-watering macarons and champagne. 

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  1. If you’re looking for a more casual night out with your sweetheart, why not keep it low key and have a few local beers or ciders and play a round or two of Mini Golf at Flatstick Pub? It’s always fun, and you can even bring your pooch—because I know who is really the love of your life, am I right?

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Outdoor Options

It’s hard to choose favorites when there are so many gorgeous parks and beautiful water views in Kirkland but here are my “Top Three” because of their spectacular sunset views around Lake Washington.

  1. Lake Lane
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  2. David E. Brink Park dock 


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3. And this cute, little chair for two at Carillon Point 

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When you post on Facebook or Instagram or tweet about your experiences in and around town, be sure to use #kirklandpeach to showcase our beautiful community—I may just feature your experience in my next post!

My Name is Georgia, friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I have been helping Buyers and Sellers for 14 fun years! 206.948.0431

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Totem Lake Drone Flyover

2017 in Kirkland has some big changes ahead in Totem Lake! Check out the redev as seen through this flyover provided by Blake Swanson.
Word on the street is that Chick fil-A is planning to open soon in Kirkland following the demolition of Denny’s Restaurant in Totem Lake.
 
If you live within a 2 mile radius of Totem Lake, you can expect your property values to see some major gains as this entire area is redeveloped! Woot Woot!
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New construction update!

Kirkland is hot! So hot! Have you noticed all the new construction popping up downtown near the Library, on Market and near Houghton Beach Park?! 

Well stay tuned for more info on this new development by Envision Northwest. There’s only 6 homes! 

More info weekly. ​

Sold! Juanita At It’s Best.

In 2006, this top floor view condo in Juanita Bay was sold for $575,000. At it’s lowest point, the appraised value and Zestimates were hovering around $325,000-375,000.

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August 2016, I negotiated 2 offers. The first one walked as we haggled over a low price.

There are just 42 units in the corner of this protected bay which is a bird sanctuary and surrounded by parks on both sides.

I instructed the Seller to hold out and we could do better. 2 more weeks go by and then we got a good one and settled at the final price of: $694,500.

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I am still getting “Zestimates” that say the value is nearly 100K less than what I sold it for.20_9727JuanitaDr_403_87_LakeView_LowRes

Real Estate value will ebb and flow with the seasons and the economy but over a 10 year span there is historical evidence that supports that values steadily go up. Finding the right buyer at the right price is what my job is as a listing agent. Not selling fast. Speed does not translate to expertise in real estate.

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Knowing when and how to market and sell a property to maximize your profit is everything.

You don’t have to be the expert, you just have to hire one.

I am a 2nd Generation Realtor who got my Real Estate license at 19. I receive referrals and recommendations from friends, family and other Realtors who know they can rely on my area expertise. And so can you.juanta 3

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