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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3 Things To Do Before You Sell Your Home

keep-calm-i-m-number-oneA Full Home Inspection.

Knowledge is power. Take the fear out of the dreaded inspection by doing it yourself! This is everything! No Buyer will be able to surprise you with a repair or reduction in purchase price when you already know what’s behind the paint and under the house.

number 2 Shampoo the Carpets.

No odor is the best odor! Think: New Car Smell. It’s clean and fresh and ready for the Buyer. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened the door for a Buyer to show a home, and a funky odor seeps out of the house! This happens all the time. It’s the first impression for the Buyer and it will literally make or break a potential offer.

number 3 Beauty Bark.

It’s cheap, easy and effective. Nothing says groomed and ready more than a fresh lawn and fresh beauty bark. Curb appeal is what gets the Buyer excited to GO INTO THE HOME. You can’t get an offer if the Buyer is not even compelled to go inside and take a look. And like a book cover, it’s a good indication of what’s inside!

I’m Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I’m a Second Generation Realtor obsessed with Real Estate since 1999.

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206.948.0433 | @KirklandPeach | GeorgiaWall@JohnLScott.com

OMG HOA! How to deal.

It’s a love/hate relationship when it comes to HOAs.

Homeowner Associations are well-intentioned. But man! An HOA can be a nightmare to deal with.

We like some of what they do:  Keep the monument at the entrance  prim and proper, police the yards, dogs and trash cans in the neighborhood, insure maintenance of security gates, pools and elevators, maintain the community flower beds….

That’s all great! Those rules keeps the neighborhood enjoyable and tidy!

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No one wants to live next to the one house that never practices pride of homeownership and only demonstrates deferred maintenance.

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Recently I’ve had my own clash with an HOA when they told me I could not hold a Sunday Open House!

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WHAT?!!! Are you kidding me?

Here are 3 rules I advise my new Buyer’s and current homeowners to practice to avoid fees,  notices and in general icky feelings from their neighbors staring them down.

  1. Always ask first when it comes to exterior renovations, and interior if you own a condo.
  2. Document everything and with pictures when possible.
  3. Get on the  HOA board! Participate in your HOA or at least go to meetings quarterly.

 

If you have any specific Q’s about your HOA and what rules may/may not apply, give me a call/text. I can probably answer your question or find out quicker than you can dig up your Re-Sale Certificate or neighborhood CC&R’s.

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My name is Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I’ve been working with Buyers and Sellers for 12+ years!  #206.948.0431 | GeorgiaWall@JohnLScott.com

Home Is Where the Christmas Tree Is.

Home is where the Christmas tree is!

Or where the Menorah is lit. Or the Kwanzaa candles burn bright.

This time of year I can’t help but to think about how awesome my “job” is.

Mom and I love working with our buyers and sellers all year ’round but this time of year is special!

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Walking through houses and writing contracts does not even begin to reveal the best part of being a Realtor. The reward is seeing all of you in your homes, with your family, new babies and friends enjoying the spirit of the season and a good Seahawks win!

When our clients post pictures of their houses decorated with lights on their “1st” Christmas tree on Facebook it makes me smile so big!

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I have so much joy knowing that I played a critical role in helping my buyers find and purchase their home.

With much bad news in the media about ISIS and random acts of terror, I can’t help but to focus on the love that this season brings. This year more than ever my Christmas wish is: Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men.

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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.

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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.

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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