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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Just Listed! An Idyllic Escape $714,500

 

Live and Listed- ready for offers! Experience sensational Lake Washington views with the natural splendor backdrop of the Olympic Mountains & Seattle city skyline.

 

This 1400 square foot top floor condo will leave you breathless.

 

The definition of lifestyle living; your boat in view from your deck overlooking peaceful Juanita Bay.

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Enjoy air conditioned living spaces served by thoughtful interior cosmetic updates throughout.

Luxurious 5-piece Master bath. Ample living room + formal dining room. Private coveted condo living.

 

Private garage with 2 parking places and ample guest parking outside the gate.

My name is Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I’ve been representing Sellers and Buyers since 2004. 206.948.0431

@KirlandPeach  | Join in the conversation at www.Facebook.com/LivingKirkland

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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

Pricing, Presentation, Promotion? √√√

So you want to sell your home…now what? Your home value, let’s talk about that. It is a BIG DEAL. Don’t leave the biggest investment of your life up to an estimate based off an algorithm. It takes correct pricing, well planned out presentation and expert promotion.

My name is Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I’ve been helping Buyers and Sellers with real estate for 12+ years. 206.948.0431

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4 offers In 4 Days. Maximum Strategy, Maximum Profit.

We did it again! So pleased to announce that my Bellevue condo listing is now under Mutual Agreement and Pending close.

$255,900 is an excellent price for this zip code- Bellevue 98005. However, it does not mean that we skimmed on marketing whatsoever.

My strategy along with the cooperation of the Seller included: fresh interior paint throughout, staging, high quality HDR photos, extended open house schedule and more.

Every house deserves the best marketing out there to maximize the potential that the Seller stands to make. That’s my job and I intend to deliver!

Find more videos and real estate info on GeorgiaLeeWall.com  and follow me on Twitter @KirklandPeach.

My name is Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I’ve been helping buyers and sellers for 12+ years. 206.948.0431

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2 Offers Over Full Price in 3 Days.

Thursday night I listed this Kirkland Waterfront condo on Lake Street.

Friday and Saturday there were 13 showings.

Sunday was a packed open house.

By Sunday night we had 2 solid offers over list price.

Maximum listing and marketing strategy results in maximum profit for my Seller.

This is not luck. This is strategy. Let’s talk!

 

 

My name is Georgia. Friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I’ve been helping Buyers and Sellers for 12 years. 206.948.0431

Text/Talk/Email!

GeorgiaWall@JohnLScott.com

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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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