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Posts made in 2016

  • Living in Washington State: Coffee

    April 8, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    I’ve drunk a cup of black coffee every morning since I turned 16 and, apart from the occasional spasm of anxious twitching, I don’t seem to have suffered any permanent damage. It might seem strange that I graduated to the Black Coffee Stage at an age when most folks are still dilly-dallying with milk and sugar, but you have to understand that I am a native of Washington State, and for me, that means black coffee.   I grew up in a household of obsessive coffee drinkers, a world of bleary-eyed adults shuffling groggily through each morning, clutching mugs of java like partially drowned sailors clinging to life preservers. My mother and stepfather were especially avid coffee drinkers, people who brewed a cheap and rugged beverage in a dented percolator during the wee hours of the morning. For them, coffee was an Everyman drink, a drink for the Average Joe that ripped enamel off our teeth and boiled in our guts, emboldening us to persevere through nine months of rain and cold and darkness. It was an unspoken rule in our house that talking was not permitted until we’d had our coffee. Each morning we’d sit around, clad in slippers…Read more

  • Issaquah Highlands: Homeownership Made Affordable!

    April 8, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Doesn’t it seem like everywhere you look there is new construction these days? The Seattle area is swiftly growing into a hub for industry and innovation, and the rapid employment growth has lead to an increase in demand for housing. It seems like new developments are sprouting up overnight to support the burgeoning population, and housing prices are continuing to climb to impressive heights. In an effort to maintain housing affordability, King County is helping to manage growth and development through a program called ARCH.  A Regional Coalition for Housing, or ARCH, is designed to provide affordable housing in East King County cities. Through a partnership between King County and member cities, ARCH offers the support and resources needed to serve a wide range of housing needs, including affordable ownership.  What buyers should know… When a home that is part of the ARCH program goes on the market, buyers with a household income at or below a max guideline are given first priority. For the first 60 or 90 days an ARCH home is listed, only buyers who meet this income requirement can make an offer. ARCH also maintains affordability by setting max resale values for each of the homes…Read more

  • Neighborhood Profile: Madison Park

    April 6, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Finding a cozy and historic atmosphere within a big city like Seattle can sometimes be tough, a fact that turns neighborhoods like Madison Park into true gems. Indeed, Madison Park maintains natural beauty and a cheery, “village” atmosphere within the Seattle city limits, making it one of the city’s most desirable places to call home. Madison Park is a small neighborhood at the northeast corner of Seattle named for the park at the base of Madison Street.  It is circumscribed by Lake Washington to the east, 39th Avenue to the south, Lake Washington Blvd to the south and west, and Union Bay to the north. Madison Park is an upscale neighborhood with plenty of charm and a rich, diverse history. Before the arrival of white settlers, the area was widely used by the Duwamish tribe for fishing and hunting. In the 1850s, a newcomer by the name of John McGilvera bought over 400 acres in the Madison Park region and began development. In fact, it was the intrepid McGilvra who originally carved out space for the park that gives the neighborhood its name. Throughout the decades that followed, Madison Park would become a popular destination and home to many attractions,…Read more

  • Buying a Multi-Family Home

    March 25, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Many of us who buy a home hope that the investment will turn a profit in the future. For most folks, this process means buying a quality, single-family home that has the potential for some steady improvement in value. There’s nothing wrong with this plan (it was good enough for most of our parents, after all!), and it’s important to realize that there are other options out there. Buying a multi-family property, for example, is a popular and profitable alternative to the standard, single-family home. If you’ve thought about buying a multi-family home in the past, you’ll be pleased to know that the process yields plenty of benefits; if you’ve never considered buying a multi-family home, then read on to learn about how buying one might just be one of the best financial decisions you can make.   (To clarify, this article’s discussion of “multi-family” homes refers to smaller units, such as duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes. You’ll need to look elsewhere if you’re interested in purchasing larger, commercial rental properties.)   Security One of the best parts about owning a multi-family property is that it’s secure. Consider, for instance, renting out a single-family house: everything’s great if you’re renting the…Read more

  • Staff Profile: Jessica Goecke

    March 18, 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 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 the newest member of Pickett Street: Jessica Goecke, Listing Specialist.   The Sunny South Jessica was born and raised in the Bay Area, a region with a culture (and weather) similar to the Puget Sound. However, as a film enthusiast, Jessica knew she needed to move to Southern California to pursue her passions. As such, she packed up her things, said farewell to the foggy Bay, and headed south to sunnier climes.   Originally, Jessica wanted to be involved in all aspects of the filming process: acting, directing, writing, and more. While Jessica enjoyed the work - and especially working with other film enthusiasts - she gradually began to realize that Southern California was not the place for her, and she regarded a life in Los Angeles with…Read more

  • Living in Washington State: Ferries

    March 14, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    I was drifting on the surface of the moon. I stood on the deck of a ferry chugging toward Seattle, a five-year-old lost in a crowd of lumbering adults clutching umbrellas. The towering form of my mother moved in and out of the fog, pushing politely through knots of passengers, reaching out to hold my hand and fuss with my raincoat. Far away, my father leaned against the ferry’s railing, holding his hand to his brow and looking out for the first sign of Seattle. The ferry’s purring engine hauled us through a silent world of barnacle-clad seas. ——— Based on the harrowing tales told by relatives back East, I’d originally imagined my first ferry ride as an excursion fraught with peril. You’re moving to Washington? they’d sputtered in their New Jersey accents when my mother talked about our decision to move. Don’t you know how much it rains there? After months of hearing tall tales about the American West (all of which, it seemed, involved New Jersey bumpkins tripping into bottomless gulches or being trampled in buffalo stampedes), the prospect of doing something adventurous like riding a ferry was unbearably exciting. I remember the first time we drove onto…Read more

  • Neighborhood Profile: Mill Creek

    March 8, 2016 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Imagine living in a planned community clustered around a golf course, interspersed with countless miles of hiking trails, and supported by a thriving commercial center. In Mill Creek, all of these characteristics come together to create a truly cozy community. Part of Snohomish County, Mill Creek is located east of Lynnwood, north of Bothell, and just 20 miles away from downtown Seattle. Originally a planned community built around the Mill Creek Country Club and Golf Course, Mill Creek has grown into a tidy and prosperous community stocked to the brim with handsome real estate. Mill Creek’s neighborhood plans make it particularly attractive to residents. Blessed with larger than average lot sizes, and plenty of green space and parks (including sports courts, ball fields, and nearly 25 miles of walking trails), Mill Creek’s neighborhoods are not just places to crash after a long day at work; instead, they’re carefully planned to be enjoyable living spaces that enrich the lives of both children and adults. Some of Mill Creek’s most popular parks include Cougar Park, Heron Park, Highlands Park, Mill Creek Sports Park, and Nickel Creek Park. Last but not least, there is, of course, the original golf course the community was…Read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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