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.

i heart kirkland

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.

hot market

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

I’m on the front lines of Advocacy- from Seattle to WA DC.

I am attending the 2015 National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings in Washington DC.

Today we visited Capitol Hill where we talked to Rep. Suzan DelBene and discussed tax issues that help home owners such as MID (Mortgage Interest Deduction) and finance issues such as the FHA home loans that help many first time home Buyers.

I sat one chair away from Rep. Suzan DelBene and gave a firsthand account of one of my recent transactions where a Buyer was able to purchase their first home because of the requirements in an FHA loan that allows for a lower down payment.

YPN DC 2015

{Pictured here in my apple green jacket alongside my Seattle YPN Board Jenn Mueller and Trish Englund from L to R}
Real estate is one of the most widely held assets, with the home ownership rate at approximately 64 percent. Homeownership is an important part of the economy.

Seattle King County Realtors Governmental & Public Affairs advocacy team is one of the most effective in the country among local trade associations. I am so proud to participate with Young Professionals from Seattle and all around the Nation here in WA DC for Hill Week and Legislative meetings.

3 Reasons to Sell Your Home with The Wall Team

Selling a home is stressful. Don’t leave your net worth up to random fate.

We are a successful Mother-Daughter Real Estate and here are 3 reasons why:

  1. We have 25 years combined Real Estate experience.
  2. We have Negotiating expertise.
  3. We live and breathe Real Estate every day. It is our chosen career, not a hobby or part time job.

Knowledge and experience count. With over 200+ transactions under our belt, we will advise you from “For Sale” to “Sold.”

A new agent or a long lost relative may be convenient, but it’s not smart.

Be smarter. Choose wisely.

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Reviews on LinkedIn, Trulia and Facebook and over coffee! Call me anytime to discuss your home selling strategy.

Sale Price by Neighborhood

Neighborhood / Average Days on Market /Average Price*

Bridal trails= 10 days/ $678,000

East of Market= 23 days (some in 4 or less) /  $1,098,000

West of market= 49 days / $1,453,000

Downtown Condos= 17 days (down from 31)/  $632,000

Juanita= 6 days/ $467,000

Houghton = 16 days / $817,000

Highlands= 9 days (2 sold in 1 day)/  $726,000

Kirkland= 20 days/ $728,500

Rose Hill = 33 days / $724,500

North Rose Hill= 20 days / $395,000

Nothing in Totem Lake in 60 days                              ____                                     ____ Only 2 condos

  • Homes in East of Market sell about 20 days faster than Homes West of Market. But also cost aprox. $400,000 less.
  • North Rose Hill is the least expensive neighborhood in Kirkland ( not including Kingsgate)
  • Juanita is out selling East of Market, West of Market, Bridal Trails, Downtown & Houghton. Just 6 days on market & each OVER list price.
  • 17 days>> the current average for “Days on Market” for Downtown Kirkland from 31 days
  • Kirkland Condos are more financially accessible than they have been since 2005.
  • Highlands, Kirkland and Rose Hill (specifically Kirkland address, not including Redmond homes) are all in the same price bracket.
  • Bridal Trails is selling over list price more than any other neighborhood.

*The last 60 days on the market

#TBT Our 1st Team Business Card. So snazzy!

old card

Mom and I and our matching fluffy hair! This card and our logo was our first stab at team marketing.

It cracks me up when I think about the first time I met buyers and we drove to about 5 houses. I was NOT convinced that this was the job for me. And now here we are as a team 10 years later!

I’m so lucky my mom taught me everything she knows about this crazy exciting business of Real Estate.

New jobs, new babies, new locations, new life chapters…it’s an amazing career to work with buyers and sellers in the middle of big decisions. Feeling Blessed to have a mother daughter team in a career I love.