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Posts made in December, 2016


  • Energy, intensity, spirit, strength and spark.

    December 22, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    By Executive Assistant, Margaret Smith Definition of energy: Measure of the ability of a body or system to do work or produce a change, expressed usually in joules or kilowatt hours (kWh). No activity is possible without energy and its total amount in the universe is fixed. In other words, it cannot be created or destroyed but can only be changed from one type to another.  Definition found here: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/energy.html I think about this idea of energy transferring between people at least once per day, if not more.  It’s been apparent to me for a long time that certain people have the ability to transfer massive amounts of energy in a room, either up or down- but it can’t ever be removed or destroyed as the definition mentions above.  Diana Kokoszka, Chief Executive Officer for KW MAPS Coaching first brought the topic of your energy to the forefront of my mind last summer, 2015.  I was in Austin, Texas with Jesse D. Moore & Katie Silver at Coaching Skills Camp.  We spent 2 days learning as much as we could from Diana and Tony DiCello about coaching, leading and bringing our teams together.  Diana talked a lot about how she realized…Read more

  • Edmonds Townhome

    December 16, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    This 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse near Edmonds-Woodway High School is not your typical townhome. Thanks to high ceilings and oversized windows, light spills across the high-end laminate floors. Ample kitchen with cutout into living room, which offers a gas fireplace and a slider that opens to patio & fully fenced backyard. Three bedrooms upstairs, including master suite with double closets and full bath. All this plus upstairs laundry, 1-car garage, additional assigned parking - all near Swedish Hospital and downtown Edmonds. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Edmonds TownhomeRead more

  • It’s a Christmas Miracle!

    December 16, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Each holiday season, I like to kick back and remember the time my family banded together to roll a derelict hot tub down the road on Christmas Eve. The particular Christmas I’m about to describe would have been strange enough without the aforementioned tub. For one thing, it snowed about a foot that year, a curious and sensational occurrence in the Puget Sound, one liable to cause widespread panic in the streets (curiously, us Northwesterners can endure years of nonstop rain with stoic indifference, but the lightest dusting of snow results in pandemonium and chaos). Additionally, we lost electricity for the week leading up to Christmas Eve morning, meaning my poor mother’s preparations for our annual holiday party (normally a three week affair, if you don’t count the additional six months of initial planning) were squeezed into a mere six hours. To top things off, I had pretty extensive oral surgery just a few days before the festivities, so I spent much of the holiday sitting in a corner in a peaceful, painkiller-induced haze. As I said, all of this would have been enough strangeness for one Christmas, even without the hot tub. The tub in question appeared as if…Read more

  • Capitol Hill Condo

    December 12, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Located two blocks from the new Capitol Hill Light Rail station, this 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath condo is a rare opportunity to own in one of the most walkable areas of Seattle. Updated throughout, including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and small breakfast bar in the kitchen. Brazilian cherry hardwoods spill throughout the living room with wood fireplace and slider that opens to a covered balcony. Master bedroom suite includes full bathroom and it’s own access to the balcony. All this plus a powder room, covered parking, storage room, reasonable dues and no rental cap! Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Capitol Hill CondoRead more

  • 2017 Housing Market Slated to Combine Stability with Innovation

    December 9, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    It’s no secret that 2016 was a tremendous year for real estate, as demand for housing and the value of housing continued to increase. The health of the housing market was largely bolstered by an increase in wages, low mortgage rates, and the fact that millennials, those supposedly irresponsible youngsters, are finally beginning to buy. Despite this recent strength, the uncertainty of the recent election is leaving some potential buyers wary of the housing market. In that case, it helps to look ahead to some possible 2017 trends to assuage any lingering buyer reluctance.   (It goes without saying that all these trends are merely possibilities, as there is no way to predict the development of the housing market with 100% certainty.)   Prices Close in on Pre-Recession Levels One major prediction for 2017 is that home prices will close in on pre-recession levels. It may have taken years of dramatic growth to accomplish, but the housing market is closer than ever to making a full recovery and returning to the peak prices seen prior to the recession. While this might not seem like a big deal, consider the fact that the recession officially began way back in 2007, nearly…Read more

  • Education = Power.

    December 2, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

      Mortgage Rates on the Rise as Equities Recover As expected, mortgage rates climbed during Thanksgiving week as equities recovered based on speculation of economic expansion. In fact, these market conditions led the Dow Jones Industrial Average to record highs. In general, with election season fading into the rearview mirror and with Trump beginning to assemble the foundations for his political team, it’s expected that markets will return to a sense of normalcy after their initial uncertainty. That’s not to say that we won’t see any more volatility; in fact, market experts expect that, even if things are settling down now, we should expect a few more market surprises in the foreseeable future. Any political concerns aside, it’s important to note that mortgage rates are increasing, just as this blog has predicted on numerous occasions. More specifically, just before Halloween, the average 30-year APOR was about 3.52%. By the end of the first week in November, that rate had recorded a modest increase and risen to 3.58%, while it rose again the following week to 3.61%. By the end of Thanksgiving week, the average 30-year APOR had increased to about 3.98%. Likewise, MarketWatch estimates that the average 30-year FRM has…Read more

  • Everett Townhome

    December 2, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Bright Everett townhome nestled on a quiet street in the Port Gardner neighborhood. Bamboo floors stretch across open concept living area anchored by a large bay window, showcasing a beautiful mountain view. Natural light pours through skylights, from vaulted ceilings. Main level also boasts open kitchen, gas fireplace & master w/ vaulted ceilings & walk-in closet. Lower level features 2 bedrooms & full guest bath. Complete w/ 2 car garage & location convenient to freeways & downtown Everett. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information.  Read more