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!

Spotlight on Purpose Boutique

The staff loves Lady Yum, the clothes are vibrant and the community has fully embraced them and the Kirkland loyalty is fierce. This week’s spotlight on a local Kirkland small business is Purpose Boutique.

This is not your average boutique. Purpose Boutique downtown Kirkland Waterfront is the newest hot spot for ladies looking to update their wardrobe with fresh, wearable, fun pieces that are simultaneously timeless as they are trendy.

purpose

I know because my wardrobe is quickly filling up with my recent purchases: 2 colorful wraps, 2 pairs of tights, a cute collard shirt for work and some ankle boots! Kind of like these new Spring pieces!

purpose clothes

On that note…Christie (Chief Visionary!) answers my questions about what it’s like to have a popular store on the Downtown Kirkland Waterfront and what sets their store apart from all others!

What’s your favorite part of owning a store in Downtown Kirkland?
Downtown Kirkland is always lively, exciting and buzzing! We love that there are always people out and about, shopping, eating…doing life together. Many individuals see our awning and pop in to say hello and welcome us to the community! Kirkland has been so hospitable from the very beginning. And finally, the waterfront view…you can’t beat it! 
purpose clothes 2
 
Currently, what is your favorite product/item in the store?
It’s so hard to choose a favorite item in our store, I really love everything! However, I would have to say that our Purpose dress line, coming to stores THIS Thursday, 2/12, is my absolute favorite. These dresses have been our “baby” project for over a year now, and we’re excited to reveal them to our communities! These dresses go with everything…I love to pair mine with the beautiful 31 Bits Spring collection jewelry.
 
What is your favorite place to shop in Kirkland when you are not at Purpose?
Unfortunately, since I live on the other side of the water (Bremerton), I haven’t had the opportunity to shop in Kirkland often. However, when I am in the area visiting the Kirkland store, I LOVE to eat locally! Some of my favorites include Cactus and Aura Bakery. Oh and the entire team loves the macarons at Lady Yum.
 
Tell me about your store name?
When we started this business, my “partner in crime,” Ashleigh Lauber, and I kept talking about how we were creating this business for a bigger purpose. As we kept talking about what we wanted to name our business, we kept mentioning the word ‘purpose.’ We thought…why not Purpose Boutique? It’s really the core of who we are and what we do. 
 
What was your (Purpose Boutique) 1st week like in Downtown Kirkland? 
Our first week in Kirkland exceeded our expectations. The first thing that stood out was the number of local business owners that popped into our storefront to say hello and introduce themselves. The local shops have been incredibly welcoming and supportive of Purpose from the start. And really, this comes down to community. We are honored to be a part of the Kirkland community- from local businesses to tourists to locals who have loved Kirkland for many years. We quickly recognized that people were really connecting with our mission, our price point and our expert personalized styling experience. We closed the first week feeling confident that being in Kirkland was the right choice for us. It’s an honor!
 
What is unique about your business?
Purpose offers a unique combination of the best in class personalized styling and customer service paired with affordable, on-trend fashion that goes beyond fair trade to holistically empower women around the world. We LOVE to style our customers, and we will never charge you for a customized styling experience- that’s just who we are. And when you shop with Purpose, you are not only going to look great, but you’re going to leave knowing that your purchases have truly made a difference in the world. Through empowerment partnerships and our donation model, your purchases are helping provide women and children with holistic support as they escape the sex trafficking industry, providing shelter for an orphan or even providing a woman in Uganda with the tools, education and hope to raise their families out of poverty. We hope everyone who walks into our stores leaves feeling like they’ve just experience a unique shopping experience.
 
Is there currently an event or special that you would like me to know about?
We are always having fun with our customers at Purpose, from private Purpose Parties to Ladies’ Nights Out! We just launched our Purpose Dress Line with a little party a few weeks ago! These Purpose dresses are made in the USA with hope and dignity by survivors of injustice. Now that our dresses are in store (and online!), every day at Purpose our expert stylists are prepared to provide a personalized styling session to show you all the fabulous ways you can style a Purpose dress!
In addition, keep up with sales and sweet details on our website: http://purposeboutique.com/events/

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.