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Posts made in January, 2016


  • Profile of Katie Silver, Lead Buyer’s Agent

    January 29, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    When asked why Pickett Street is such a phenomenal company to work for, employees often don’t mention Pickett Street’s financial success and business savvy, though both qualities are well-documented characteristics of the company. Instead, most folks immediately talk about the team, the network of individuals that glues Pickett Street together. As such, it’s worth taking the time to get to know this team a little better. This week, we’ve chosen to highlight Katie Silver, Pickett Street’s Lead Buyer’s Agent and seasoned veteran of the real estate world. Beginnings Katie Silver has been thinking about real estate for a long time. Living on her own since the age of 17, Katie quickly developed a keen and discerning business sense. While she had been born and raised in Bellingham, and even though she worked in Bellingham at the time, Katie wanted to avoid paying the higher rent that came with living in a college town, and so she moved out to Ferndale to secure a cheap, $400 per month apartment. Despite the low cost of living, however, Katie quickly realized that paying rent each month was akin to throwing money away, as she was using her hard-earned funds to pay for something…Read more

  • Real Estate Trends to Watch for in 2016

    January 26, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Usually, I’m surprised to look at my calendar each January and find that suddenly, and apparently without my permission, time has continued to roll forward. However, this year I am determined to think more about the year ahead, rather than dwelling on what’s already behind me. As such, now is a perfect time to consider some key real estate trends, and especially some important mortgage trends, to look out for in 2016. Whether you’re preparing to buy your first home, or you’re on the cusp of selling a reliable and beloved property, you’ll want to check out the exciting forecasts below. Buying is Better than Renting   First, let’s talk finances: if you’re a renter, then you’re in for some bad news, because rents are currently becoming more expensive and less affordable. In fact, according to The National Real Estate Post, rents are rising at about 4 percent per year. As such, it’s hardly surprising that more and more renters are having trouble finding rates that don’t exceed the recommended 30 percent of their monthly budget. Conversely, buying a home is more affordable. While mortgage rates may have risen slightly, expect them to remain relatively low. Many experts forecast four…Read more

  • Everett Triplex

    January 25, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Income producing tri-plex in the highly desirable Colby neighborhood. The main house offers a great 2 bedroom, 1 bath floor plan w/ an eat in kitchen & breakfast nook, formal dining room, living room & access to the partially finished bsmt w/ washer & dryer & tons of storage. The upstairs apartment is a cozy 1 bedroom, 1 bath w/ full kitchen. Above the detached 2 car garage is the 3rd unit which is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home. All on large lot, w/ a newer roof, mature landscaping & alley access. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information.Read more

  • On Moving. A blog post from our very own blog writer :)

    January 15, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    I walked into my room the other day and was surprised to find some suitcases stacked in the corner. After a few moments’ reflection, I remembered that I’ll be moving in a week. It was a strange feeling, standing there and thinking about how easy it was to pack my life into three compact bags. I’m no stranger to moving. When I was four, my family traveled from New Jersey to Washington State by train. We spent the next few years moving around the Puget sound, shuttling our possessions to Burien, then Federal Way, and then Olalla, before finally settling in a house in the Crescent Valley neighborhood of Gig Harbor. Something about these trips must have given me the travel bug. In the last three years of my life, for instance, I’ve lived in Portland, Dublin, Portland again, and Austin. And now, a mere six months later, I find myself preparing to leave once again. Writing for Pickett Street has given me a different perspective on the concept of moving. Suddenly, after years of living out of a backpack (occasionally two backpacks, when I find myself acquiring more possessions than I ought to), I’m contemplating mortgages, property values, the…Read more

  • Mukilteo Condo With A View

    January 15, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Stunning third floor condo in Mukilteo with breath-taking views of the Puget Sound. The kitchen has solid wood cabinets with pull-out shelves, and opens to the dining room with huge picture window. The living room has convenient light sensitive shades on west-facing windows and a wood fireplace for chilly evenings. Master bedroom is just down the hall with a 3/4 bath and double closets. With a second bedroom, full guest bathroom, in-unit washer and dryer, all new flooring, individual garage, and elevator access you might never want to leave. Easy access to freeways, restaurants and Boeing! Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Mukilteo Condo With A ViewRead more

  • Lynnwood 1-Story w/ Basement

    January 12, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac, this upgraded 1-story with a basement home in Lynnwood is perfect for those who are looking for a spacious lot. Upon entry you are greeted by stunning hardwood floors that spill across the dinning and living room. The kitchen is flooded with light thanks to giant windows and has been upgraded with stainless steel appliances, new cabinets and countertops. Down the hall you will find three bedrooms, a full bath and plenty of storage. Downstairs you can retreat to the oversized family room that has new carpet and slider access to the huge backyard and patio where you have room for lawn games and BBQs. There you will also find the generous master bedroom with walk-in closet and full bathroom. All this plus a private utility room, 2 car attached carport, and fish pond - just minutes away from Alderwood Mall, I-5, 405, bus-lines, Lynnwood and Bothell! Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Lynnwood 1-Story w/ BasementRead more

  • Neighborhood Article: Fobes Hill

    January 8, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Just north of Seattle, nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Puget Sound, lies the secluded and quiet suburb of Fobes Hill. Located in Snohomish County, Fobes Hill is home to not only roughly 2,000 residents, but also the classic charm that characterizes so many quaint and respectable Washington towns. The borders of Fobes Hill include the Snohomish River, Bickford Avenue, and Highway 9. Considered an unincorporated area of the city, its location is perfect for people looking for generously-sized lots within close proximity to the shopping and charm of Snohomish, the antique capital of the Northwest. The Fobes Hill area is home to many hidden, independent cultivators and farms; beekeepers, blueberry fields, and pumpkin patches are all part of the landscape of this beautiful community. As such, it’s hardly surprising that it’s common to see your neighbor riding her horse down the road, or a herd of llamas waddling through rolling, patchwork fields. When you want to get out of the house, it’s easy to stretch your legs in the historic downtown of Snohomish, a town with good food, great wine, and an abundance of character. Boasting an assortment of 30 restaurants and bars, 40 specialty shops, and more…Read more

  • Monroe Remodeled 2-Story on Acreage

    January 7, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Escape from the city to this completely secluded home which lives up to its fullest potential on 5+ acres. Follow the wrap around porch to the front door where you will enter this reimagined 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home with hardwoods throughout the circular floor plan. The formal dining room will welcome you home with panoramic views while you dine with friends. The completely updated kitchen is ready to host your guests with matching stainless steel appliances, tile backsplash, quartz countertops, ample storage, large double-door pantry, and built in wine rack. Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining area that is flooded with natural light thanks to giant picture windows and french doors. The living room is anchored by a beautiful fireplace that will keep you warm on a cold winter day so you can comfortably enjoy the views of the surrounding flora and fauna through one of the many windows. Featured upstairs are all three bedrooms including the spacious master suite complete with a gas fireplace, walk-in closet, a walk-in shower with tile surround and double shower heads, and hers and his vanities. All this plus RV parking and a detached 4-car garage. This property is only a short…Read more

  • Kirkland Daylight Rambler

    January 6, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    This gorgeous 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath brick home is tucked away in a Kirkland neighborhood and perched up on a corner lot overlooking the Cascade Mountains. Enter through the beautiful double doors and follow gleaming hardwood floors to the main living areas. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, ample storage space, and a breakfast bar that opens up to a dining room warmed by a wood burning fireplace. Just off the kitchen is a nook and living room where you can bask in the stunning views of the mountain range and of the valley, thanks to a wall of large and radiant windows. Follow the hall to find the spacious master retreat flooded with natural light and connected to a beautiful bathroom with double sinks, a double shower, and travertine radiant floors.  The main living area also features two more bedrooms, an updated full bath for guests, and a spacious utility room. Downstairs is the oversized family room where you can relax and cozy up with a book and blanket in front of the fireplace. You will find two additional bedrooms, a 3/4 bath with beautiful tile shower, and a large indoor storage room that could be used as a…Read more

  • Kirkland Rambler

    January 6, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.75 bathroom rambler with over 1,800 square feet of living space in the desirable Finn Hill neighborhood of Kirkland. Enter the home on hardwood floors that lead you to the updated kitchen that features quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas range and ceramic tile floors. Kitchen opens to the living room, which is warmed by a wood fireplace. The dining room has beautiful hardwood floors that are flooded with natural light thanks to the vaulted ceilings and slider with patio access. The family room is unique with it’s sunken design and access to the laundry room. The master retreat features vaulted ceilings, a generous walk-in closet and master bath with walk-in shower. Rec room with on-suite bath could be a second master bedroom. All this plus a fully fenced backyard, outdoor garden shed, tankless hot water heater, and security system - all within walking distance to local schools. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Kirkland RamblerRead more