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Posts made in September, 2019

  • Seattle Real Estate Update: Fall 2019

    September 27, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Seattle Real Estate Update: Fall 2019 As drizzly days and cooler temperatures arrive, I have to admit that fall is my favorite season in Washington. I love falling asleep to the rain, I love the silvery mist in the mornings, I love sipping on big steaming cups of coffee all day, and I love cozy fall layers (as the Swedish say, “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothes.”)  And while it’s always important to inhabit a home you love, the fall’s insistence on coziness makes a solid real estate investment even more necessary to one’s wellbeing. If you’re looking to buy or sell this fall, or if you have general real estate questions, Pickett Street Properties can help—reach out to them at or (425) 502-5397.  Also, to keep you informed, here is a fall real estate update for the Seattle area. 1. Long-term mortgage rates decrease. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 3.64% from 3.73% this past week. A year ago, this rate held at 4.72%. Additionally, the average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans dropped this week to 3.16% from 3.21% last week. These declining rates are good news for…Read more

  • Bothell Vacant Land

    September 26, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Rare opportunity on a single development lot in Canyon Park. Build your custom home, or explore the possibilities of building a duplex on this 8,712 square foot lot. Survey likely required to decide upon access depending on use. SFR and MF possibilities with access to 405 and 9. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information.Read more

  • Pickett Street and Biophilic Design

    September 23, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Biophilic Design Most Seattlites are probably familiar with Amazon’s Spheres: three connected domes full of tropical rainforests and other flora, designed as a space for Amazon employees to take screen breaks, relax, and feel closer to nature.  While these Spheres feel like something straight from science fiction, they represent a growing trend in both residential and commercial architecture—biophilic design. Many major tech companies, including Amazon, Apple, and Google, have started to incorporate biophilic design into their work spaces in order to encourage happier, healthier employees.  Biophilic design results from “the much-studied idea that human beings are happier when surrounded by nature” and is all about bringing the outdoors in. This 2018 UK study, for example, found that exposure to trees, sky, and birdsong can improve one’s mental wellbeing. In Japan, “forest bathing” refers to the popular therapeutic practice of leaving behind electronic devices to wander slowly and mindfully in a forest. According to Olympia’s KMB Architects, biophilic design brings natural elements such as plants, running water, light, and even natural artifacts such as driftwood or stones inside. It also includes non-visual connections with nature, such as the sound of rain on the roof, natural textures, or fireplaces to evoke warmth.…Read more

  • Make It Rain: How Pickett Street and Margaret Smith Keep Things Real

    September 13, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Make It Rain: How Pickett Street and Margaret Smith Keep Things Real Today, Pickett Street’s Director of Operations Margaret Smith is set to teach another Make It Rain class in Joplin, Missouri. (If you’re interested in attending a future class, get in touch at or 206-228-5067.) Anyone who knows Margaret knows that she is a force to be reckoned with in real estate and beyond. Margaret has a masters degree in social work and a bachelor’s in art and sociology. Before working at Pickett Street, she worked at the Seattle Art Museum as the Docent Program Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator.  Margaret has worked with Jesse D. Moore and Pickett Street for the past six and a half years, averaging over 130 real estate transactions over the last five years. She first decided to create her Make It Rain class after attending real estate conferences and and noticing that “nobody was actually talking about the hard stuff—nobody wanted to talk about salary, nobody wanted to talk about bonuses, nobody wanted to approach the hard emotional conversations needed in order to get to the next level of leadership.”  Inspired to shake things up within the real estate admin world, Margaret designed…Read more

  • Build Authentic Relationships in Real Estate: A Conversation With Buyers Agent Jessica Townsel

    September 6, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Build Authentic Relationships in Real Estate: A Conversation With Buyers Agent Jessica Townsel Pickett Street’s next homebuyers class is tomorrow—Saturday, September 7th at 10am. Are you going? Not only does this entirely free class provide easily digestible, essential information for investing in a home, it also provides breakfast. So. In the words of Shakespeare, get thee to this homebuyers class tomorrow! This week, I chatted with Jessica Townsel, Pickett Street’s Buyers Agent. Jessica strives to be the best resource and to provide peace of mind to her clients throughout the entire buying process. In our interview, she got real about the rewards and challenges of her work and emphasized how much interactions between agents and clients require trust.  Attending a homebuyers class like the one Pickett Street offers tomorrow is an excellent way to begin building authentic relationships with your real estate team based on trust and honesty.  Reach out to Jessica for more information about buying a home at 425-322-9188. In the meantime, here’s what Jessica had to say about her work. What do you love most about being a buyers agent?  I love the opportunity to educate my clients and play a key role in one of the…Read more