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Posts made in November, 2015

  • 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