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Posts made in August, 2017


  • The Best Summer Spots in Seattle

    August 25, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Yes, it’s the end of August, but as all Northwesterners know, August and September are the most beautiful months in Seattle. Summer isn’t over yet. If you’re looking to make the most of the remaining summer days, or if you’re thinking about moving to Seattle, here are some of the best summer spots in Seattle and the surrounding areas. If you’re interested in buying a home in this area, be sure to contact Pickett Street at (425) 502-5397 or info@pickettstreet.com. 1. Ballard Farmer’s Market The end-of-summer produce in Seattle is simply the best: blackberries, apples, pears, melons, and more. The Ballard Farmer’s Market is a bit easier to navigate than Pike Place Market, which, though also a great spot, can be overwhelming and crowded with tourists in the summer. 2. Washington Park Arboretum Just south of the University of Washington, the arboretum includes 230 acres of heavily canopied areas, Japanese gardens, and lushly green paths. If you’re looking for a shady spot to escape the heat, this is the perfect option. 3. Center for Wooden Boats Whether you’re a landlubber or a nautical aficionado, the Center for Wooden Boats has something for everyone. Located on the southern tip of Lake…Read more

  • Conveniently Located Everett Rambler

    August 24, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Feel as if you are in the country in this well maintained Everett rambler. Walk through the enclosed front porch and immediately feel right at home. The freshly painted living room flows directly into the updated kitchen that features stainless steel appliances, newer cabinets and new lighting. Easy access to the updated full bathroom is right across the hall from the spacious master bedroom. Through the mudroom you will enjoy your low maintenance backyard featuring a patio to entertain guests. Close to amenities and I-5 and you can always enjoy a walk to Garfield Park just blocks away. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information.Read more

  • How Owning a Home Builds Wealth

    August 17, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Here’s something I wish I’d known in my early twenties: buying a home is one of the best ways to build wealth. In 2015, according to the Federal Reserve, the average homeowner’s net worth was $195,400, while the average renter’s net worth was $5,400. Perhaps you know all of this already and are wondering if buying a home is still, in the current economy, even after the 2008 housing crisis, one the best wealth-building strategies. The answer to this question is yes, and here are a few reasons why. 1. Owning a Home Builds Equity and Forces You to Save Home equity is an asset that comes from owning a home and represents one of the largest sources of net worth for most investors. In other words, equity is the portion of your home that you actually “own.” Of course, when you a buy a home you own all of it, but borrowing money to buy your property means that the seller still has an interest in it until you pay off the loan. Equity is essentially a form of wealth; you can eventually take out income or lump sum withdrawals from this asset, or you can pass it on…Read more

  • Beautiful Bothell Rambler

    August 15, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Walk in to this gorgeously updated Bothell rambler on a large corner lot. Greeted by vaulted ceilings, crown molding and tons of natural sunlight. The kitchen showcases stainless steel appliances with a refrigerator not to be missed. The large master has brand new carpet and a three-quarter bathroom. Fresh paint throughout the interior and exterior of the home. Two RV parking spaces on either side of the fully fenced back yard. A large shed/shop stands next to a gigantic deck custom built privacy walls. The two car garage has been converted into a storage space and could also fit a smaller car. Conveniently located near highways and shopping. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Beautiful Bothell RamblerRead more

  • Five Reasons You Should List Your Home Today

    August 10, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    You may have heard that it’s a seller’s market right now. However,you may also be wondering what exactly that means for you, the potential seller. Here's the rundown of the current seller's market and a few reasons why you shouldn't wait to sell your home.   1. Seattle is one of the hottest housing markets in the country. According to several different reports, Seattle’s real estate market is one of the hottest in the country for 2017. And the city of Seattle isn’t the only area that’s hot: King, Snohomish, and Kitsap Counties are all experiencing competitive real estate markets right now. 2. Inventory is low. There are currently more people looking to buy homes than there are people listing their homes in the Seattle area. According to the Seattle Times, inventory is down by 27 percent when compared to last year's numbers. This means that competition among potential buyers is high. Plus, this competition often results in bidding wars, which means that sellers are likely to receive more than the original listing price. About 75 percent of listed homes have received multiple offers this year, and 56 percent of homes are selling for more than the asking price. In several city neighborhoods, and…Read more

  • Tips for Navigating Seattle’s 2017 Real Estate Market

    August 9, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Seattle’s real estate market is on fire right now, and it’s easy to see why. Tech giants such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Expedia are creating healthy job growth, making the local job market one of the hottest in the country. Additionally, despite its growing costs, this urban area remains one of the more affordable west coast cities, especially when compared to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Not to mention, Seattle is just plain gorgeous. With these perks, Seattle one of the fastest growing cities in the county; the most recent data found that about 1,100 people are moving to the city every week (you heard me right--1,100 people per week!). So, how does one navigate this exciting and competitive atmosphere when buying or selling a home? Here are a few tips, along with more information about what to expect from Seattle’s real estate market in 2017. 1. Don’t Wait to Buy If you’re serious about buying a home in Seattle, now’s the time to go for it. Real estate professionals predict that the market will remain competitive throughout 2017 and beyond. According to the NW REporter, while there was a small increase in residential listings this past June (a 7…Read more

  • Downtown Tacoma Home

    August 8, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Conveniently located downtown Tacoma home with easy access to malls, freeways and walking distance to UW Tacoma campus. Entry way has new French doors which create a bright, open feel. This home flows nicely throughout the main level with newer hardwood floors and adjoining family, dining and kitchen. The two bedrooms and one full bath are ready for your personal touches. The oversized upstairs has built in closet space and could be used as a bedroom, office or entertainment area. There is plenty of parking space on this large lot and a storage unit that stays. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Downtown Tacoma HomeRead more

  • Fannie Mae Changes Help Homebuyers With Student Debt

    August 4, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    It’s tough out there for students. Take it from me, a millennial who has collected a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree, as well as a bit of debt along the way. Recent surveys have shown that the average college graduate has more debt than ever before, and that this increased debt makes it harder for graduates to save money and therefore more hesitant to buy homes. What’s more, millennials aren’t the only ones who carry this burden--about 43 million Americans, including millennials, Gen Xers, and even some baby boomers, are currently drowning in student debt. However, luckily for us former students, the mortgage investor Fannie Mae has introduced three new changes that will make it much easier for individuals with student debt to purchase homes. Here are three situations in which these new rules will help. 1. If Someone Else Makes Your Student Loan Payments Many employers now offer their employees student loan repayment benefits. In the past, this system has made it more difficult for individuals looking to buy homes; when calculating a homebuyer’s debt-to-income required for mortgages, mortgage lenders did not take into account that the potential homebuyer did not have to make their student loan payments…Read more

  • Neighborhood Profile: Gold Creek

    August 1, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    If you’re like me, you might have trouble deciding where you want to settle in the Seattle area. With the city, the mountains, the Puget Sound and its islands, and the countryside full of farms and wineries, I am always wishing I could have five or six houses scattered around Washington. Luckily, however, there are places to live like Gold Creek. Gold Creek is a quiet neighborhood between Mill Creek and Snohomish, Washington. Nestled among the Cascade mountains and the Puget Sound, in one of the true centers of activity in Washington, this area is one of the most gorgeous and convenient places to live in the state. Vancouver, Canada is a little under 100 miles north, Seattle is 20 miles south, and the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula are just short ferry rides away. Neighborhood Stats As of 2010, Gold Creek had about 2,300 residents. While this neighborhood is small, it’s close to several exciting hubs, including Seattle ( about a 30-minute drive) and Everett (about a 20-minute drive). Because of its convenient location, Gold Creek is popular among families, couples, and single individuals who work in the nearby cities and want to enjoy a relatively short…Read more