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Posts made in 2015


  • A Message From Our Mortgage Partner: Cody Touchette!

    December 18, 2015 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    The Fed, Mortgage Rates, and Rent The Fed has recently raised interest rates from a range of 0% - .25% to a range of .25% - .5%. Predictably, this decision has lead many to wonder whether higher rates will mean a slowdown of the generally recovered housing market. The fact that buyers have recently recovered their confidence after slogging through the recession makes answering this question particularly important. Luckily, it’s unlikely that the Fed’s decision to raise interest rates will significantly slow the housing market’s recovery. Indeed, according to a recent NPR article, most of the nation’s homebuilders do not believe that the housing market’s recovery is going to slow following the Fed’s  decision to raise interest rates. The primary reason for this opinion is that the raise in rates has been modest and will take place gradually. Additionally, mortgage rates have already been slowly inching upwards in anticipation of the Fed’s decision, further softening the impact of the increase. Finally, it’s unlikely that dramatic spikes in interest rates will be occurring any time soon. As of now, interest rates are expected raise about one percent over the next several years. Additionally, it’s important to realize that, as of now,…Read more

  • Buying and Selling a Home During the Holidays

    December 11, 2015 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Some people consider the holidays as a real estate no-man’s land, a time of year when everyone is too busy donning tacky sweaters, huddling around festive fires, and drinking egg-nog to either buy or sell a home. This perception, however, is misleading, While it’s true that the real estate market may slow down a bit during November, December, and January, it’s a great time to take action as a buyer or seller. In fact, there are benefits to buying or selling at this time of year. Read on to learn about how buying or selling a holiday home can work toward your advantage Buying your home during the holidays The biggest benefit to buying a home during the holidays is that, more often than not, sellers are going to be more eager to sell. Perhaps your seller unexpectedly got a new job on the East Coast, for instance, and she needs to sell her home pronto and move before the New Year. The American adult’s life is more mobile than ever, so situations such as these are becoming more and more common. In any case, someone selling his home during the holidays most likely needs to move the property sooner…Read more

  • Tacoma Short Sale

    December 11, 2015 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    This 3 bed, 2 bath rambler on a quiet S. Tacoma street is waiting for your creative touches to shine again.  Features include a large master w/ walk in closet & 3/4 bath.  The kitchen includes a sliding glass door that leads to a patio and large backyard.  Easy access to schools, shopping, I-5 & JBLM.  Here's your chance to build some sweat equity! Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information.Read more

  • Edmonds, WA: ever thought of moving to Edmonds?

    December 4, 2015 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Edmonds is a beautiful city located just 15 miles north of Seattle and 18 miles south of Everett. A historic community, the Snohomish tribe used the land around Edmonds as a harvesting ground for mussels and clams long before the arrival of white settlers. The city of Edmonds was first officially recognized in 1890 under the leadership of the entrepreneurial George Brackett. Since then, Edmonds has become a cherished part of the greater Seattle community, and it’s easy to see why. The city enjoys enviable views of the Puget Sound and the dramatically mustered peak of the Olympic Mountains. Additionally, Edmonds has access to no less than four beaches and plenty of waterfront parks, providing plenty of robust and healthy saltwater breezes for lovers of a barnacle-clad maritime lifestyle. For example, the Edmonds Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Dive Park is the perfect place for aficionados of scuba diving to explore the Sound’s unique underwater ecosystem. While access to water is certainly beneficial for recreational purposes, Edmonds’ location on the Sound has practical purposes, too. For example, Edmonds is also home to the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry, which carries the highest number of vehicles and second highest number of passengers for all state…Read more

  • Stunning Edmonds Luxury Home

    November 27, 2015 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Perched on a hill overlooking the Puget Sound, this renovated home offers the finest finishes in an open living space. Follow the black granite steps up to the main entrance and open the custom 8’ mahogany front door to find gleaming hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings. Thanks to the sapele french door system, the kitchen, living room, and dining room offer stunning views of the Puget Sound and Mount Baker. The kitchen is perfect for entertaining with its Calcutta gold marble countertops and backsplash, mahogany kitchen cabinets, Wolf range with gas oven, Sub-Zero fridge, and oversized island with eating space. Adjacent to the kitchen is a generous dining area complete with a double sided, marble and Montana rock gas fireplace and access to the 700+ square foot deck. The master retreat is detailed with custom window shades, cedar lined closets with closet systems, private access to the lofted deck and a bathroom with vaults, radiant floor heating, custom tile shower, and vanity made out of fossilized oysters. The guest bathroom on the main level also features radiant flooring, and has a unique rain sensor on the skylight, allowing you to close the skylight on a rainy day. Downstairs features an…Read more

  • Lake Forest Park Brick Rambler

    November 23, 2015 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    This 3 bedroom, 2 bath brick rambler on a large lot in Lake Forest Park is an investor’s dream property! Entering the home, you’ll find a living room flooded with natural light. The kitchen has eating space, overlooks a dining area accented with an oversized brick fireplace, and has french door access to the backyard. Down the hall, you will find the master retreat with connecting full bath, two more bedrooms and another full bathroom for guests. Outside, you will find a 720 square foot shop that can park at least 2 vehicles or RVs thanks to extra-tall garage doors. The shop also has a mechanics pit, half bath and storage area. Take advantage of the rare opportunity to own this great property just minutes away from Bothell, Edmonds, Lake City, and Seattle! Call Jesse Moore at 425-502-5397 for more information.Read more

  • Lynnwood Condo

    November 23, 2015 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Take advantage of this rare opportunity to own a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath corner unit in the Lynnwood Atherton Condominium Complex. Enter upon beautiful light grain laminate floors that spill into the kitchen that has ample storage, matching appliances and nook. This quiet unit is flooded with natural light thanks to recently updated, energy efficient windows and features a spacious living room anchored by a wood burning fireplace and a slider that opens to a balcony that has plenty of room for container gardening. Upstairs you will find the master suite with private balcony, walk-in closet and jack-and-jill bathroom that connects to the second bedroom. New carpet. Washer and dryer in unit. Pet friendly environment. All this plus 2 reserved carport parking spaces located directly in front of the unit - just minutes away from Edmonds, Alderwood Mall, I-5, 405 and bus lines for easy commuting! Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Lynnwood Condo  Read more

  • Improve the Value of your home!

    November 16, 2015 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Whether you’re trying to sell your home now, or simply want to prepare for the possibility of selling in the future, improving the value of your home is essential. Of course, most people know that already. What most people don’t know is how to improve the value of a home. While there are many ways to approach this dilemma, you’ll find a couple of the most important ideas below: Create Curb Appeal One of the best ways to improve the value of your home is to tidy up the front lawn, the garden, and any other features that can be seen from the sidewalk. Curb appeal is the first thing someone sees when entering your home, so take the time to invest in the landscaping. Trim your lawn or, if you’re rather not tackle it yourself, hire a contractor to spruce up the grass instead. In addition to planting colorful flowers, plant some native foliage in the garden. Native plants will promote a healthy environment and will also require less water and maintenance, saving you time and money. If you’re not trying to sell your home right away, invest in the future by planting a tree or two in your…Read more

  • Empathy

    November 12, 2015 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    By Margaret Smith, Executive Assistant Empathy is something I’ve spent the last two weeks thinking about in both my work and personal life.  This word and topic seem to keep popping up in discussion and so I’ve decided to land on it.   Empathy:  the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.  I’m going to rewind my tape to 2 weeks ago when I was in Portland for a conference called Behind Every Leader- put on by the Executive Assistants Organization.  This was by far the best networking and learning opportunity I’ve been to for my role as Executive Assistant thus far.  For two days, 260 of us sat together and had the privilege of listening to leaders such as Zelda La Grange - Former EA to Nelson Mandela, Cynthia Thomsen - EA to Microsoft CEO, Dave Rendall - Executive Coach, and Bonnie Low Kramen - President of Ultimate Assistant.   What I loved about this conference, and what I love about learning in general, is that it always seems to reset my perspective.  When Zelda spoke about her experience…Read more

  • Neighborhood Profile: Green Lake

    November 9, 2015 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Imagine finishing a long day at work in the bustling city and then driving home to a green, secluded space with a vibrant and energetic community. If you live in Green Lake, then you’re one of the lucky individuals who gets to make this dream a reality. Located north of the Seattle City Center, and boasting a seemingly unfair number of gorgeous parks and green spaces (not to mention the eponymous lake), Green Lake is undeniably one of Seattle’s most attractive neighborhoods. The region was originally settled by intrepid pioneers in the 1860s, and since that time the it's appeal has only increased. In fact, in the last two decades the steady construction of new residences has firmly established Green Lake as one of Seattle’s most popular destinations. Green Lake’s most obvious draw is, of course, its lake. The region around the lake has been transformed into a park with an overabundance of activities, including a 2.8 mile walking/running/biking/roller skating path following the shoreline. If you’re an aficionado of water sports, or perhaps just trying to impress someone on a first date, then you can also rent kayaks for use on the lake. All in all, Green Lake is home to…Read more

  • Charming Seattle 1-Story With Basement

    November 9, 2015 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Inside this timeless Seattle home home you will find two levels of charming living space. Enter on beautiful hardwood floors that spill across the living room where you can be warmed by a custom composite French fireplace. The light and bright kitchen with nook includes built-ins, ample storage, and private access to the back yard. The main level also features two bedrooms with stunning hardwood floors and a full bathroom with tile floors. Retreat to the basement where you will find two more beautiful bedrooms, one of which has a spacious walk-in closet. The generous family room is anchored by a wood burning fireplace with brick surround and is just down the hall from the second full bathroom and utility room. All this plus a detached 2-car garage, beautiful landscaping, on a desirable corner lot just minutes from Green Lake, downtown Seattle, shopping, bus lines and I-5! Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Charming Seattle 1-Story With BasementRead more

  • Brier New Construction

    November 6, 2015 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Stunning new construction 2-story in Brier on large 1/4+ acre lot! Stunning entry opens to a circular floorpan, starting with a formal living room that is warmed by a gas fireplace. French doors open to a spacious office, and the formal dining room with coffered ceilings connects the kitchen and living room. The kitchen is for those who love to entertain, with stunning granite countertops, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, an oversized island, and butler’s pantry with built-in wine racks. Kitchen opens to family room that overlooks backyard and greenbelt. Upstairs are 5 bedrooms, including the spacious master suite w/ 5-piece master bath and enormous walk-in-closet. Expansive bonus room would make a great media room or play area. Nothing has been overlooked - hardwood floors, hardiplank siding, over-sized 3 car garage & a generous deck. Quiet neighborhood living - only minutes away from Brier Park, bus routes, I-5 and 405. Call Jesse Moore at 425-502-5397 for more information.  Read more