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!

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!

Who Wouldn’t Want to Live Here?

Just 22 days into the new year of 2014 and everyone is asking, “Is now the right time to sell?” Historically, the Winter and Spring market is known for increasing inventory and a robust buyer’s market. But there is a lack of competition (AKA Listings) in Kirkland and many other Eastside neighborhoods which lead me to answer boldly: YES!

Every day I log onto the NWMLS and scour for new listings to show. And every Sunday at open houses I meet buyers and they are all asking me the same thing: “Where are all the houses for sale?”

There are just not enough homes on the market!

And who wouldn’t want to live here anyway? Last year I helped three out-of-state buyers relocate to our beautiful city.

Kirkland is a great place to live. I brag on my city as much as I can. Our Lake Washington view walks and sidewalk lined streets are highly desirable. Even the city encourages you with brightly posted signs to EXPORE!

Did you know there are 96 parks between Juanita to Yarrow Point?

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