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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3 Crucial Q’s to Ask a Buyer’s Agent

Agents and Buyers spend a lot of time together. You need to be a good match!

In fact, its a lot like dating…you should have a lot of common interests, get along well and have good commincation.

Think about how much time you spend on the phone, in the car, in and out of homes.

Here are 3 crucial questions you should ask the Realtor you’re considering working with:


1) How many homes have you sold THIS YEAR?
–  You want their experience to be current! An agent who answers anything under 12 is not doing enough business to know the current trends in the market
2) When are you available to show me houses?
– The fact of the matter is, nights and weekends is when you are mostly off work. So that should be there answer. And in this market, the better answer is- as SOON as a home comes on the market.
3) Where is your area of expertise?
– If they answer “everywhere” or  “anywhere” they are not the agent for you. How can one agent know EVERY neighborhood in ANY city? Find an agent that is hyper focused in an area.

*PS* a good agent is interviewing you too! Don’t forget, we need to like who we work for too. So be specific about your needs and wants!

5 Things To Do Before Showing Your Home

The sign is in the yard, and your home is now on the MLS. Buyers will want to see your home ASAP. Here’s what you do before each showing:

1) Turn on all the lights.
– Bring out the colors, show off light fixtures, appear warm and inspiring. A well lit home is an attractive home.
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2) Close the toilet bowl lids.

– So simple, yet so affective. It keeps the Buyers mind from diverting to unnecessary images.

3) Bake cookies or a bread.

– Oldest trick in the book. It still works. Delicious smells illicit sweet home memories.
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4) Clear any clutter from the entry way…shoes, bags, umbrellas, dog leash..whatever. Just make it easy to enter.
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5) Make sure the temperature is appealing. Not too hot. Not too cold. You want the Buyers to feel as comfortable as possible.

Whether you are selling in Kirkland or Carnation, I can help you with sound data and 10+ years experience in Real Estate.

12 of My Favorite Condos for Sale In Kirkland

So you want to live in the DTK huh? I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in Downtown Kirkland anyway? Water views, lots of parks, tennis courts, trails, playgrounds, awesome restaurants and nightlife and everyone on the Eastside wants a piece.

By the way…

The Second Friday Art and Wine Walk is finally here! Featuring fabulous art and wine at the Kirkland Warehouse Wineries in Kirkland.

Ready to make Kirkland your permanent address? Here are 12 Condos for sale right now that range from 250,000 to 1.5Mil with my own notes about the location or condo complex.

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