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Posts made in February, 2016

  • Don’t Pay Off Your Mortgage!

    February 26, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    At least, don’t pay it off quite yet. If you’re an average, hard-working adult with a family and a home to call your own, then chances are you’re probably trying to pay off your mortgage as quickly as possible. This strategy seems pretty sound at first; after all, won’t you save money in the long run by paying off your mortgage ASAP? Surprisingly, in many cases paying off your mortgage quickly won’t save you money at all; indeed, rushing through a mortgage could actually be costing you money in the long run. While you’ll want to pay your mortgage off eventually, it is generally more beneficial to take your time and invest your hard-earned money in other ventures. If this idea seems counterintuitive to you, never fear! Below, you’ll find a few of the main arguments for taking your mortgage payments nice and slow. Your mortgage's interest is tax-deductible. While many people regard paying interest with dread, remember that paying interest on a mortgage will actually reduce the amount of money you need to pay for taxes each year. For instance, say you’re in the 35% tax bracket. Since your interest payments on your mortgage are tax deductible, you’re actually saving…Read more

  • Let Me Tell You About the Time I Didn’t Have a House- Part 2

    February 19, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    “I think I can see our house from here,” I said. “Where?” Ellie said. “There.” “That’s a medieval tower. Also: we don’t have a house.” “Oh,” I said, squinting. “Yes. I suppose you’re right.” Oliver, Ellie, and I were sitting up in the hills above Glendalough, looking down at the ruins of the medieval monastery in the valley below. Crowds of tourists wandered among the buildings, clustering together like ants, pausing every now and again to take selfies in front of the stone buildings. “I mean, I guess we could live in a medieval tower,” I said. “I don’t think there are any rules against it. Medieval towers were good enough for folks once upon a time, and it’s not like we have too many options at this point.” “There are definitely rules against it,” Ellie said. “Are you sure?” “Pretty sure.” Our decision to bus to Glendalough was a result of our mounting frustration with our housing search. We’d grown tired of our routine, tired of filling out applications and receiving no response, tired of sharing a hostel with strangers. In particular, I’d developed a supreme distaste for watching our eccentric, suit-wearing, Tesco-loving friend gurgle his way through breakfast…Read more

  • Let Me Tell You About the Time I Didn’t have a House – Part I

    February 12, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    It began in Grand Central Station, beneath the constellation of Orion. It was one o’clock in the morning, and I was sitting in a corner with suitcases piled around me, watching a man in a disheveled suit engage in an animated discussion with a vending machine. After a few moments, I got up and called Oliver on a nearby payphone.  “Hey there buddy,” Oliver said when he answered, “you on the train yet?” “Um,” I said. Silence on the other end. Then, after a while: “Did you miss the train?”  “Um.”   “You missed the last train to New Haven.”   “Yes. Yes, I did.”   “Are you sure you missed it?”   “Just kidding. I’m actually on the train right now, laughing and eating bonbons and watching the five boroughs whizz by.”   “Really?”   “No, of course not. I’m stuck in New York.”   “I’m sorry buddy. You’ll have to wait until the next train. We’ll pick you up when you get here. Also: are you calling me on a payphone?”   “Yes.”   “Why?”   “I thought it would be more dramatic this way.”   A heavy silence on the other end.   “You know,” I continued,…Read more

  • 3-bedroom Everett Townhome

    February 10, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Situated within the Garden Grove community of Everett, this end-unit townhome has new flooring throughout. Kitchen has new large-format tile floors, matching appliances, and breakfast nook. New carpet throughout the dining room and living room with gas fireplace and media nook. 3 bedrooms including master suite with double closets, vaulted ceilings and private bathroom. Upstairs laundry to easily serve all 3 bedrooms. Slider off of living room opens to private patio and fully-fenced low-maintenance backyard. Call Jesse Moore at 425-502-5397 for more information.Read more

  • North Everett Condo with Sound Views

    February 8, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Rare opportunity to own an oversized 3 bedroom condo in North Everett with sweeping views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains & Everett port. Remodeled kitchen with ceramic tile floors and countertops, stainless steel appliances, and cabinets with pull-out shelves. Kitchen opens to dining area and living room with new laminate floors, gas fireplace and slider that opens to private balcony. 2 of the 3 bedrooms have on-suite baths, and the powder room includes a third shower. 2 covered and secured parking spaces, with access to common areas like the fitness room and rooftop deck. Stackable washer and dryer in unit. Call Jesse Moore at 425-502-5397 for more information.Read more

  • Neighborhood Profile: Juanita

    February 5, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    How would you like to live in one of the top five neighborhoods in the country? Like most people, your answer is probably a resounding “Yes!” (give or take a few enthusiastic exclamation points). In 2014, Money Magazine named Kirkland the fifth best place to live, calling it a bustling “hotspot” full of good jobs, schools, and neighbors. Rest assured that nothing has changed since 2014. As such, Kirkland’s many neighborhoods are prime real estate, and you deserve to know all the wonderful facts about living in each and every one of them. That’s where the neighborhood of Juanita comes in. The neighborhood of Juanita is situated in northern Kirkland.  Bordered by Lake Washington, I-405, Finn Hill, Bothell, and Forbes Creek, Juanita serves as a bedroom community for Seattle and other cities on the eastern shore of the Puget Sound, such as Bellevue and Redmond. Juanita is a small neighborhood with a population of about 13,000 people, most of whom enjoy a commute time of about 25 minutes each way. While most commuters drive their own vehicles on I-405, many others take advantage of the area’s ride-sharing culture by utilizing its many park-n-rides. Juanita’s prime location and amenities make it…Read more

  • Monroe Equestrian Property

    February 5, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Situated at end of a private road on 5 park-like acres, this immaculately kept home is a horse lover’s paradise. Custom built home with circular floor plan features a spacious kitchen with matching appliances, prep island, and antique wood stove. Over 2,500 square feet of living space warmed by radiant heating, including formal living, office with built-ins and desk, powder room and utility room with sink and storage. The staircase and cathedral ceilings off the main entry will invite you upstairs where you will find the master retreat with a generous walk-in closet and continental bathroom. Just down the hall are 3 additional bedrooms filled with natural light and offering views of the secluded estate. For your equine friends, a 5-stall barn with hay loft, riding arena with an asphalt base, 3 turnouts and pastures with white vinyl and electric fencing. All this and RV parking, a storage shed with sink and power, gazebo, chicken coop with power and more - just a drive down Cherry Valley Road for quick access to Redmond, Woodinville and Monroe. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Monroe Equestrian PropertyRead more