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  • Look For The Helpers

    September 15, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    If you’ve been following the news lately, or if you’ve been directly affected by recent events, it might seem like the world has turned into an apocalyptic landscape. With wildfires in Oregon, California, Montana, and elsewhere, and Hurricane Harvey and Irma ripping through the southern United States and Caribbean, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. In difficult times, I am reminded of a quote from the beloved Mr. Rogers: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers--so many caring people in this world." The Keller Williams family is among the many helpers. How Keller Williams Is Helping As Hurricane Harvey’s devastation spread, leaving at least 210,700 properties damaged or destroyed in Texas, many displaced survivors looked for shelter at the Austin Convention Center, where Keller William's company typically holds a four-day conference each year in September. After seeing how many people needed support in the hurricane’s aftermath, Keller Williams decided to…Read more

  • Neighborhood Profile: Peaceful Small Town Life in Duvall

    September 8, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    I grew up in various small towns in Washington State. As a child and teenager, I often felt bored and dreamed about someday having an exciting downtown city loft with views of the glittering nightlife. However, now that I’ve spent several years living in various large cities, whenever I visit my parents in their small Washington town I feel a sense of ease and peace that I rarely experience in urban spaces. With misty views of the mountains, quiet streets lined with evergreens, easy driving conditions, and safe paths for evening strolls, Washington’s small towns are quite dreamy. Located northeast of Seattle, near Woodinville, Washington, Duvall is a small town of a little over 7,000 people. Before Civil War veterans set up homesteads in this area, it was once home to Tulalip tribes. If you, like me, are considering the relaxing beauty of small town life, here’s some more information about this lovely Washington spot. Neighborhood Stats Duvall is the third safest place to live in King County, with crime rates 83% lower than Washington’s average. Residents describe this spot as having an old country town feel, with friendly neighbors, antique stores, and plenty of activities like summer concerts, holiday…Read more

  • Seattle Real Estate Market Update for August 2017

    September 1, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Now that summer’s winding to a lovely, blackberry-filled close, let’s check in on Seattle’s real estate market. Here’s what to expect if you’re buying or selling a house right now. 1. Housing prices in Seattle continue to rise. The Seattle-area market continues to hurtle forward like an exciting high-speed train. For the tenth month straight, the city’s August housing prices rose faster than anywhere else in the country. According to the Seattle Times, prices for the average single-family home are 13.4% more than this time last year. Additionally, for the first time ever, King County home prices grew by $100,000 in just a year. What does this mean for you, a potential buyer or seller? If you’re thinking about buying, it’s smart to buy now, as prices will only continue to rise. If you’re thinking about selling, it’s also smart to sell now, because you’re almost sure to get a great offer on your Seattle-area home. Contact Pickett Street today at (425) 502-5397 or info@pickettstreet.com for help buying or selling your home. 2. Why all this real estate growth? One word: Amazon. Amazon and its increasingly powerful economic force has chosen Seattle’s hip, creative environment as its home, and this…Read more

  • The Best Summer Spots in Seattle

    August 25, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Yes, it’s the end of August, but as all Northwesterners know, August and September are the most beautiful months in Seattle. Summer isn’t over yet. If you’re looking to make the most of the remaining summer days, or if you’re thinking about moving to Seattle, here are some of the best summer spots in the Seattle area. If you’re interested in buying a home in this area, be sure to contact Pickett Street at (425) 502-5397 or info@pickettstreet.com. 1. Ballard Farmer’s Market The end-of-summer produce in Seattle is simply the best: blackberries, apples, pears, melons, and more. The Ballard Farmer’s Market is a bit easier to navigate than Pike Place Market, which, though also a great spot, can be overwhelming and crowded with tourists in the summer. 2. Washington Park Arboretum Just south of the University of Washington, the arboretum includes 230 acres of heavily canopied areas, Japanese gardens, and lushly green paths. If you’re looking for a shady spot to escape the heat, this is the perfect option. 3. Center for Wooden Boats Whether you’re a landlubber or a nautical aficionado, the Center for Wooden Boats has something for everyone. Located on the southern tip of Lake Union, this…Read more

  • How Owning a Home Builds Wealth

    August 17, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Here’s something I wish I’d known in my early twenties: buying a home is one of the best ways to build wealth. In 2015, according to the Federal Reserve, the average homeowner’s net worth was $195,400, while the average renter’s net worth was $5,400. Perhaps you know all of this already and are wondering if buying a home is still, in the current economy, even after the 2008 housing crisis, one the best wealth-building strategies. The answer to this question is yes, and here are a few reasons why. 1. Owning a Home Builds Equity and Forces You to Save Home equity is an asset that comes from owning a home and represents one of the largest sources of net worth for most investors. In other words, equity is the portion of your home that you actually “own.” Of course, when you a buy a home you own all of it, but borrowing money to buy your property means that the seller still has an interest in it until you pay off the loan. Equity is essentially a form of wealth; you can eventually take out income or lump sum withdrawals from this asset, or you can pass it on…Read more

  • Five Reasons You Should List Your Home Today

    August 10, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    You may have heard that it’s a seller’s market right now. However,you may also be wondering what exactly that means for you, the potential seller. Here's the rundown of the current seller's market and a few reasons why you shouldn't wait to sell your home.   1. Seattle is one of the hottest housing markets in the country. According to several different reports, Seattle’s real estate market is one of the hottest in the country for 2017. And the city of Seattle isn’t the only area that’s hot: King, Snohomish, and Kitsap Counties are all experiencing competitive real estate markets right now. 2. Inventory is low. There are currently more people looking to buy homes than there are people listing their homes in the Seattle area. According to the Seattle Times, inventory is down by 27 percent when compared to last year's numbers. This means that competition among potential buyers is high. Plus, this competition often results in bidding wars, which means that sellers are likely to receive more than the original listing price. About 75 percent of listed homes have received multiple offers this year, and 56 percent of homes are selling for more than the asking price. In several city neighborhoods, and…Read more

  • Tips for Navigating Seattle’s 2017 Real Estate Market

    August 9, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Seattle’s real estate market is on fire right now, and it’s easy to see why. Tech giants such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Expedia are creating healthy job growth, making the local job market one of the hottest in the country. Additionally, despite its growing costs, this urban area remains one of the more affordable west coast cities, especially when compared to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Not to mention, Seattle is just plain gorgeous. With these perks, Seattle one of the fastest growing cities in the county; the most recent data found that about 1,100 people are moving to the city every week (you heard me right--1,100 people per week!). So, how does one navigate this exciting and competitive atmosphere when buying or selling a home? Here are a few tips, along with more information about what to expect from Seattle’s real estate market in 2017. 1. Don’t Wait to Buy If you’re serious about buying a home in Seattle, now’s the time to go for it. Real estate professionals predict that the market will remain competitive throughout 2017 and beyond. According to the NW REporter, while there was a small increase in residential listings this past June (a 7…Read more

  • Fannie Mae Changes Help Homebuyers With Student Debt

    August 4, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    It’s tough out there for students. Take it from me, a millennial who has collected a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree, as well as a bit of debt along the way. Recent surveys have shown that the average college graduate has more debt than ever before, and that this increased debt makes it harder for graduates to save money and therefore more hesitant to buy homes. What’s more, millennials aren’t the only ones who carry this burden--about 43 million Americans, including millennials, Gen Xers, and even some baby boomers, are currently drowning in student debt. However, luckily for us former students, the mortgage investor Fannie Mae has introduced three new changes that will make it much easier for individuals with student debt to purchase homes. Here are three situations in which these new rules will help. 1. If Someone Else Makes Your Student Loan Payments Many employers now offer their employees student loan repayment benefits. In the past, this system has made it more difficult for individuals looking to buy homes; when calculating a homebuyer’s debt-to-income required for mortgages, mortgage lenders did not take into account that the potential homebuyer did not have to make their student loan payments…Read more

  • Neighborhood Profile: Gold Creek

    August 1, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    If you’re like me, you might have trouble deciding where you want to settle in the Seattle area. With the city, the mountains, the Puget Sound and its islands, and the countryside full of farms and wineries, I am always wishing I could have five or six houses scattered around Washington. Luckily, however, there are places to live like Gold Creek. Gold Creek is a quiet neighborhood between Mill Creek and Snohomish, Washington. Nestled among the Cascade mountains and the Puget Sound, in one of the true centers of activity in Washington, this area is one of the most gorgeous and convenient places to live in the state. Vancouver, Canada is a little under 100 miles north, Seattle is 20 miles south, and the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula are just short ferry rides away. Neighborhood Stats As of 2010, Gold Creek had about 2,300 residents. While this neighborhood is small, it’s close to several exciting hubs, including Seattle ( about a 30-minute drive) and Everett (about a 20-minute drive). Because of its convenient location, Gold Creek is popular among families, couples, and single individuals who work in the nearby cities and want to enjoy a relatively short…Read more

  • Seattle Neighborhood Profile: Laurelhurst

    July 24, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Just south of Windermere and east of the University District, Laurelhurst is situated on the shores of Lake Washington. The Duwamish tribe used this area as a seasonal campground called “Sahlouwil.” The neighborhood was first developed around the turn of the century, when a community of about fifty people built the Seattle Golf Club there; today, the club is a beautiful private residence. Here are a few reasons why living in Laurelhurst might be just what you need. 1. It Has Something For Everyone Niche.com ranked Laurelhurst as the best neighborhood in Seattle for families. This status is largely due to the neighborhood's excellent schools, quiet residential streets, and proximity to the University of Washington. The area’s best schools include the private Villa Academy and Laurelhurst Elementary, which offers the popular Laurelhurst After School Enrichment Rooms (LASER). Laurelhurst isn’t just for families, however; it’s also home to many singles and couples, both professionals working in the city and retired individuals. Because Laurelhurst is 52% less populated than the rest of Seattle, it’s the perfect home for anyone looking for a tiny oasis of quiet in an otherwise bustling city. Check out this sweet and private mid-century modern home in Laurelhurst.…Read more

  • Common Architectural Styles for Seattle Homes

    July 21, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    When I was younger, my mother and I used to spend Sunday afternoons driving around looking at houses in pretty neighborhoods. At the time, we lived in a small home in the Des Moines/SeaTac area. Today, my mother has worked her way up to a beautiful rustic cabin-style home in Gig Harbor. However, when we get together, we still love to admire the gorgeous houses in Seattle and the way they look in the Northwest’s unique silvery light. If you’re interested in buying a home in the Seattle area, here’s a quick guide to some of the common styles of architecture that you’ll see around the city. Be sure to contact Pickett Street at at (425) 502-5397 or info@pickettstreet.com to get started finding your home. 1. Victorian Often found around the Queen Anne neighborhood and mostly built during the 1880s and 1890s, these elegant homes are among the oldest in Seattle. Common features of this style include a gabled roof, scalloped shingle siding on the upper level, covered porches with round columns, and a round or octagonal turret. Check out this gorgeous, romantic, and renovated Victorian in Capitol Hill. 2.   Tudor Built in Seattle through the 1930s, Tudor homes are…Read more

  • Seattle Summers: Golden Gardens Park

    June 30, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    While on a recent visit to Seattle, my partner and I hit the Washington weather jackpot for June: 65-degree mornings and 85 degree afternoons, without a single cloud in the sky. We decided to grab Thai food and head to Golden Gardens, which is a beachfront park located in northern Ballard. “Hooray, beach day!” I said as we drove to the park. “Well,” my partner replied, with that tone he often takes when he is about to be clever. “Beach day.” He pantomimed air quotes around “beach,” implying that Seattle beaches are not real beaches. My partner is from Colorado (which, let me just point out, has zero beaches), and he grew up frequently visiting family in Hawaii, enjoying pristine white sand beaches and warm waters. I love him dearly, but he is a tiny bit of a beach snob. “What are you saying?” I asked. “I mean, is it even a real beach if it’s all rocky and doesn’t have any sand?” I told him that he’d better change his attitude or I would eat all of the spring rolls and his pad thai (which I am totally capable of doing). While driving to the park, we were able…Read more