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Posts made in June, 2019

  • Community Highlights: Mackenzie Banta

    June 12, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Pickett Street Properties is dedicated to serving the community and is highlighting businesses and community members that are dedicated to doing the same. In this highlight we are excited to share about Mackenzie Banta, Owner of Well With Mac. Here is her story: I became a certified health coach after teaching yoga and instructing fitness for a few years because I noticed so many of my clients struggle to reach their health goals with exercise alone. I knew from my independent health studies and my own weight loss journey that exercise is only part of the healthy lifestyle equation, so I went for the extra training to coach behavior change encompassing nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle factors.  My business is a health coaching business created to facilitate my work helping people transform their lives through nutrition and exercise to create an overall healthier life. My mission is to empower millennial women to heal their bodies from the inside out with balanced and personalized nutrition, functional and fun movement, and transformative coaching. What I love most about what I do is watching people start to love and respect their bodies again. It's not just their bodies that change, it's their mind, their outlook and their expressions. I find…Read more

  • Guide to Farmers Markets

    June 7, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    What’s on your menu this weekend? Hopefully your meals involve asparagus, raspberries, blueberries, apricots, greens, or any of Washington’s other June produce. I’m currently drooling over this braised pork belly, these short ribs, and these scallops and snap pea risotto. Also, how refreshing does this sparkling summer beverage look? If you don’t have cooking plans yet, you might want to explore one of the Puget Sound area’s many farmers markets. Whether you just moved to your neighborhood, or whether you have been a local for years, perusing farmers markets is one of the best ways to get to know your community. To celebrate the first week of June, here’s Pickett Street’s favorite local farmers markets. Check out the complete list of Washington markets here.   Ballard Farmers Market When: Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., year round Where: Ballard Avenue NW between Vernon Place and 22nd Avenue What makes it special: Ballard was Seattle’s first year-round neighborhood farmers market. In addition to produce, this market offers fresh donuts, flowers, as well as eateries such as Tandoori Naan.   Capitol Hill Farmers Market When: Sundays, year round Where: Broadway Ave E and E Pine Str What makes it special: This market…Read more

  • Three Creative Strategies to Afford a Down Payment

    June 4, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    We’ve discussed before how today many home buyers are skipping the 20 percent down payment. Even so, with prime buying and selling season upon us once again, let’s revisit this critical information. Helping potential home buyers realize they need less than they think to invest in a home might just be one of our favorite topics.  While making a larger down payment certainly offers benefits—namely, a lower monthly mortgage bill—2019’s reality can make this financial feat difficult. According to the Seattle Times, “In the seven years since the housing crash ended, home values in more than three-quarters of U.S. metro areas have climbed faster than incomes.” A recent survey from Country Financial shows that 40 percent of buyers say the greatest financial barrier to owning a home is affording the down payment.  Nerdwallet recommends not emptying your savings to find money for the down payment and closing costs. This will only leave you on financially shaky ground after you buy the home. What to do, then, if investing in real estate is one of the best ways to earn passive income, but you don’t have the cash to get started? Even if the 20 percent down payment seems impossible, you…Read more