Monday, October 29, 2007

TreeHouse Drop Site

I'm gathering new and gently used clothes for Treehouse a non-profit that supports foster kids at my office in Ballard. If you’ve been needing to clean out the kids closets, this is a good opportunity to donate to a great cause.

For more information about Treehouse go to .

To view their wish list go to .

Monday, October 22, 2007

PSI Basic Seminar...Amazing!!!

I’ve just experience an amazing weekend! I spent the last four days involved with the PSI Basic seminar, and I feel it has significantly changed my life. I’ve learned many new tools to help me grow both professionally and personally and am already seeing things change in my life for the better. I have met a group of new friends who are committed to helping me grow in positive ways, I have learned to identify and change the thought processes which are counter-productive, and I have learned to take the problem-solving concept of “thinking outside of the box” to a new level.

I’m on cloud nine and looking forward to the future!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Seattle Real Estate Market Review

From July through the end of September homes have continued to appreciate in the greater Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, and Greenlake areas. Although, the number of homes sold each month has consistently been much less this year in comparison to last year. For example, September of 2006 verses 2007 was off by 37%, but the average home appreciated 7% and the median home appreciated 8%, which is a respectable number.

In September homes that were priced right were being snatched up. The 95 homes that sold within the first 30 days of the listing date were purchased for 100% of the listing price (% sp/lp). While the 32 homes that sold between 31 to 60 days were purchased for 97.54% (% sp/lp). A difference of about 2.5%.

To date the month of October is chilly. Comparing 2007 to 2006 the number of homes sold is down 50% and the average home has sold for 1% less and the median home sold for 4% less. I expect this trend to continue for the rest of the year.

An interesting side point, in the last 6 months the number of listings that have not sold (i.e. expired, cancelled, temp. taken off the market) has increased by 21% from the same time period last year. I believe many sellers who do not need to sell are either renting or staying put.

To conclude it's a great time to buy! The real estate market in Seattle is unlikely to crash like elsewhere. The economy is good, job growth is good, and experts estimate 135,000 more people to move to Seattle in the next 5 years.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Seattle Real Estate Market

Seattle, Washington has been getting some good press over the last month. In September did an article titled "No Housing Woes in Booming Washington State" which said, “ an especially hot job market boosting confidence of sustained growth.”

Earlier this month, in their article “America’s Most Stable Housing Markets” lists Seattle at the top of the list. Saying, “The Emerald City has experienced strong price appreciation over the last six quarters, and that's expected to continue in the new year, though at a slower pace.”

The real estate market has slowed and with the holiday season around the corner it is expected to continue the trend. If you are a buyer it is a good time to get into the market before things pick up next year.