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  • What Empty Nester Investors Should Know About House Hacks

    October 14, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    One of Pickett Street’s many specialties is helping buyers find “house hacks” to significantly increase the return on real estate investments. "House hacks" include single-family residential homes with in-law or mother-in-law apartments (MIL) or other additional dwelling units, either attached to or detached from the house (ADU or DADU). For example, a split-level home with a separate entrance and kitchen in the basement allows homeowners to rent this space for extra income. Or, a buyer might invest in a duplex so that they can live in one of the units and rent out the other unit to cover their mortgage. According to Pickett Street’s Jesse Moore, house hacks are one of the smartest investments for empty nesters who are moving toward retirement. Empty nesters who are considering downsizing can buy "house hacks" to earn passive income through their extra space. Then, this extra income can go toward dreamy post-retirement activities like finally making that Hawaii trip happen. Pickett Street recently helped Director of Operations Margaret Smith’s parents find the right empty nester investment house hack—a rambler without stairs, which is a smart buy for empty nesters, and with a detached ADU. Margaret’s parents currently rent out this ADU. Not only…Read more

  • Live Off the Beaten Path in Snohomish, Washington

    October 7, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Live Off the Beaten Path in Snohomish, Washington After years of living in cities, I have finally accepted that the thrill of tall buildings and clubs followed by a full meal at a restaurant at 3am has maybe faded. Perhaps this is what it means to get older. (Also I threw my back out last week, so perhaps that is what it means to get older.) In short, my husband and I are looking to move back home to Washington from Colorado next year. We want to live in the greater Seattle area, but somewhere quieter and closer to nature than Seattle itself. Of our options, Snohomish is looking pretty good. One of Washington State’s tucked away, funky gems, this rural farming community sits between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Range, about 45 minutes northeast of downtown Seattle.  If you’re interested in properties in this area, check out Pickett Street’s listings. Even better, get in touch with the team to chat all things real estate at info@pickettstreet.com or (425) 502-5397. Area Vibes Budget Travel recently voted it “one of the coolest small towns in America.” Plus, we recently ranked Snohomish as one of the best Seattle suburbs for outdoor…Read more

  • 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 info@pickettstreet.com 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

  • 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 margaret@pickettstreet.com 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

  • Real Estate Is About People: Pickett Street’s IG: You Series

    August 30, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    As much as we love fascinating architecture, innovative remodeling, and gorgeous design, real estate is really more about the people than the properties. As we’ve mentioned once or twice before, Pickett Street values individuals and their unique real estate dreams, goals, and stories.  Let's talk about Pickett Street's IG: You Series Pickett Street also values consistency in quality for their clients and followers. One of the ways they demonstrate these values is through their Instagram’s Instagram:You series. Every Monday, the team’s Instagram stories features an interview with someone from their community. Catch the IG: You series every Monday on Pickett Street’s Instagram. For more about the real estate world and working with Pickett Street to buy or sell a home, contact them at info@pickettstreet.com or (425) 502-5397.  Below are a few highlights from IG: You’s guests. 1. Mari Wuellner Mari is a lifestyle coach and speaker who recently launched The Living on Purpose podcast. Eight years ago, after realizing that she was going through the motions of life with no sense of real direction, Mari decided to start her own life coaching business. Margaret loves helping her life coaching clients “break down walls & build up trust so that we…Read more

  • Living Mortgage Free!

    August 23, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    How Almost 40% of Americans Live Mortgage Free Imagine removing one thing from your mental list of things to worry about (don’t we all have a list like this? hoping it’s not just me). Now imagine that this one thing is your mortgage. What would you do with this extra mental space? Plan a long dreamed-about vacation? Spend more quality time being truly present with your loved ones? Learn a new language? The possibilities are endless. According to The Seattle Times, about 37% of American homeowners have paid off their mortgages, a 5.5% rise over the past ten years. Javier Vivas, economic director at Realtor.com, notes that this rise “is in line with brighter economic conditions, which is why we’ve seen the free-and-clear share increase over the last decade.”  These higher rates of mortgage-free homeowners also align with changes in homeownership demographics. Due to rising living costs and student debt, younger Americans are waiting longer to buy a home. As a result, the majority of homeowners today are older Americans who have had longer to build wealth and pay off their mortgages. However, no matter your age as a homeowner, you can take control of your mortgage with a few…Read more

  • Meet Jagels!

    August 16, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Welcome, Jagels! A Conversation with Pickett Street’s Command Central Captain The Pickett Street team is excited to welcome Christina Jagels as the new Command Central Captain (official title TBD). Christina has been in the real estate industry since 2012, and she is well known for her knowledge of real estate contracts and negotiation; for her motivation and drive; for her empathy for clients and team members; and for her perspective and intuitive abilities. In addition to her work with Pickett Street, she owns a transaction coordination business called Closer Pros LLC. This week, I chatted with Christina about her story, her new role, her favorite places, and more. If you’re interested in saying hello to Christina, or if you would like to chat with Pickett Street about buying or selling a home, reach out at info@pickettstreet.com or (425) 502-5397.   Hi Christina, tell me about yourself! Where did you work prior to Pickett Street?  I grew up here in the PNW, moved around a bit, and settled in Arlington. I have been in real estate serving top producing teams since 2012. I have had many admin roles within those teams, including Transaction Coordinator and Executive Assistant.  I am very happy…Read more

  • Don’t Let Fear or Excuses Hold You Back: A Conversation With Sarah Troske

    August 6, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    After nearly five years as the Team Administrator and Transaction Coordinator at Pickett Street, Sarah Troske is moving on to pursue her dreams of working as a personal trainer and bodybuilder. Read more about how she started bodybuilding here—her story will make you forget every excuse you’ve ever made. Sarah works as a personal trainer and gym administrator at Pure Results Fitness Center in Lynnwood, WA. Good news—if you’re interested in training with her, your first session is free! Call or text Sarah at 425-275-7522 to book an appointment, and email her with any questions at sarahtroske@gmail.com. Hi Sarah! What did you enjoy most about working at Pickett Street, and what will you miss? What I enjoyed most wasn't what I actually did, but who I did it for. I loved being part of a team who supported me, pushed me out of my comfort zone, and helped me grow personally and professionally. I will miss going to the office (Command Central) every day, meeting weekly with the team, talking with Mo during our weekly goal meetings, hearing the bell ring every time we make an appointment, and hearing Jesse laugh. What I will miss most is the people. Without…Read more

  • The PNW Operations Retreat

    April 16, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    “I trust you.” I whispered to Agostina DiMartino. She came up to me during Gary John Bishops talk with us and looked me dead in the eye, “I didn’t expect to cry today” she said. She told me she was trying to ensure she didn’t take away from the moment we were having with Gary by having the click of the camera interrupt our obvious vulnerability. That’s just one of the reasons I hire Agostina-her empathy, tact and grace. I didn’t expect the outcome of this retreat. I try not to expect anything and just pour my heart and soul into the INTENTION of this event and my life. When I do that and I have clear intentions, then the magic rolls forth and people unfold and blossom like never before. It was evident by Saturday evening that we’d been hit with a monumental amount of information to digest, process and take action on. And I’m still working through everything that happened at the PNW Operations Retreat this year. This is the first time I’ve been able to sit down and start writing about it.It was a combination of attendees, speakers, the environment, the food and the intention. All 33 of us…Read more

  • The 411: The PNW Operations Retreat

    March 18, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Every year, Pickett Street’s Admin Department (aka Command Central) organize the PNW Operations Retreat. This 3 day retreat focuses on building community and helping fellow admin professionals realize their value and full potential, in order to disrupt the real estate industry in positive ways. This year’s retreat, happening April 4-7, is particularly special. Three major speakers will share their stories: Gary John Bishop, author of Unfuck Yourself, Tyler Schmitt, Executive Assistant to entrepreneur, author, speaker, and internet personality Gary Vaynerchuk, and En-may Mangels, Strategic Intuitive Advisor. If you’re interested in the retreat, reach out to Margaret at #206-228-5067 or margaret@pickettstreet.com. Also, I was able to chat more about this event with Pickett Street’s Director of Operations Margaret Smith and Team Admin, Sarah Troske. Here’s what they had to say. 1.    Okay—I've been hearing a lot of hype about this Operations Retreat! What is it? Who's it for? Margaret: My goal with this retreat is to show admin just how powerful they can be through persistence, hard work, and networking. Many admin are afraid of talking to their team leaders/bosses about what they want or think they deserve. Thus, much of this retreat is about personal development.  By working on ourselves…Read more

  • Autonomy Leads to Ownership Thinking

    November 21, 2018 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    There is a clear correlation between autonomy and motivation. Autonomy leads to ownership thinking.  1.  Dictionary Definition: Autonomy is the quality or state of being independent, free and self-directing. 2.  My definition of autonomy in the context of a business partnership and company is the ability to carry out a vision however I determine, with the best interest of those it will impact in mind.  What that actually looks like:  -Weekly meetings with leadership to ensure we're on the same page. -I set my work hours. -I come and go as I determine from my office. -I set the meetings, prioritize my duties, plan and execute in the way I know is most efficient and best. -I create the environment which includes the physical office environment and the mental environment I want (camaraderie). -When given a project and a budget, once I understand the WHY- I execute that project how I determine is best, and however I want. What that doesn't look like: -Someone telling me when I should come and go. -Someone telling me how to organize myself. -Someone telling me how to execute on a project. -Someone telling me I need to check in with them before I execute on something. -Someone telling me how to…Read more