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  • Bring On Spring: Seattle’s Most Beloved Parks

    March 6, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Bring On Spring: Seattle’s Most Beloved Parks Even though Seattle area weather continues to be rainy and chilly, we at Pickett Street have decided we will simply will warmer spring temperatures into existence by writing about the outdoors. As such, this week we’re celebrating Seattle’s best, most popular parks. After all, rainy weather has never stopped Washingtonians from enjoying a good walk or bike ride. As the Scandinavian saying goes, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothes.”  If reading our guide to these wonderful spots piques your interest in buying or selling real estate around Seattle, reach out to us at (425) 502-5397 or Discovery Park, Magnolia Seattle’s largest green space at 534 acres, Discovery offers nearly 12 miles of walking trails, which include two miles of beaches and sand dunes, meadows, dramatic sea cliffs, forest, and streams. This park also houses West Point Lighthouse. Visitors note the stunning views and peaceful atmosphere as their favorite aspects of this Seattle landmark. Carkeek Park, Broadview Carkeek is home to 220 acres of wetlands, beaches, creeks, and forest. Visitors can check out Piper's Orchard, explore the beach, or hike the trails, including Piper’s Creek Trail. As one reviewer…Read more

  • Want to Outsmart Seattle’s 2020 Housing Market? Work With a Creative Agent!

    March 2, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Want to Outsmart Seattle’s 2020 Housing Market? Work With a Creative Agent After a year or two of Seattle’s real estate market slowing, it seems that things are picking up again for the coming spring. It’s once again a sellers’ market, as housing inventory decreases but demand remains high in the Seattle area. According to the National Association of Realtors, Americans signing contracts to buy homes increased to 5.2% in January. In order to approach the spring frenzy with a cool head, here’s what you need to know. First, and most importantly, reach out to Pickett Street ( (425) 502-5397 or to find an agent who is an expert on the current market and how to best navigate it. Next, take a look at these updates below to educate and prepare yourself. Mortgages decreased. According to Freddie Mac, this past Thursday the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped from 3.49% to 3.45%. This is far below the 4.35% rate from February 2019. Average rates for 15-year fixed mortgages also dropped from 2.99% last week to 2.95%. These lower mortgage rates have contributed to the currently high demand for homes, as buyers want to get in while the mortgage rate is cheap. …Read more

  • Get Self-Actualized: Become the Most You Can Be With Finely Clicked Coaching

    February 24, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Get Self-Actualized: Become the Most You Can Be With Finely Clicked Coaching After years of answering questions from and providing guidance for other real estate admin, agents, and rainmakers, Margaret Smith and Jesse Moore decided they should make it official with their brand new coaching program. Both Margaret and Jesse are extremely passionate about building businesses and helping people set and crush their personal and professional goals. With personalized attention through in-person, phone, or Zoom meetings, Finely Clicked Coaching works with you to:  build a strategic partnership change your mindset and get inspired create social media strategy and presence host client events build out your operations manual optimize your work environment design marketing and branding strategies cultivate a voice for your company etc., etc., etc.! To learn more about coaching, and to hear Jesse’s hilarious British accent, listen to the latest episode of the podcast Finely Clicked. To work with Margaret and Jesse, contact Margaret at 206.228.5067 or Or, to work with the rest of the Pickett Street team, reach out to them at (425) 502-5397 or  In honor of Margaret and Jesse’s coaching practice, here’s why personal development and setting goals is important to thrive in not…Read more

  • February 14, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Fall in Love With the Podcast Finely Clicked What are you up to for Valentine’s Day this weekend? Might I suggest checking out the podcast Finely Clicked? As if Margaret Smith and Jesse Moore didn’t do enough already, a little over a year ago they also started this funny, wise, and authentic podcast about business and personal development. While it won’t replace a romantic dinner, it provides the perfect entertainment while commuting, cooking dinner, or getting ready for all your exciting social events. To get you started on Finely Clicked, we’ve gathered a few of the podcast’s best episodes. Feel free to also reach out directly to Jesse and Margaret at (425) 502-5397 or for more information about the podcast, or about real estate and business in general. Episode 74: Off Market Properties Housing inventory in Seattle is currently low. With homes for sale often receiving multiple offers within just a few days of being listed, low inventory results in a competitive real estate market for buyers. In this episode, Jesse provides a wealth of information about how to get what you want in this kind of market. He explains his creative process when it comes to finding homes…Read more

  • Secret Agent Profiles: How Pickett Street’s Experts Can Help You Invest and Earn

    February 10, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Secret Agent Profiles: How Pickett Street’s Experts Can Help You Invest and Earn Real estate is an endlessly exciting arena. While some people believe that once they find their dream home they no longer need to work with a real estate agent, this isn’t true. A good agent can suggest housing hacks to earn you even more money, such as this empty nester investor’s secret, or this duplex investment. A good agent can also help you invest in a second or even third property, so you can make money and work on that early retirement. Did you know that Pickett Street has three new agents who can help you achieve your real estate investment dreams? You can get started working with them by calling (425) 502-5397 or emailing  In the meantime, here’s a little bit more about each team member and what makes them so good at their jobs. Jessica Townsel, Buyers Agent and Champion Wealth Builder Jessica specializes in all aspects of the home buying process and provides as much knowledge as possible for each client. She likes to challenge buyers to think outside the box. According to Jessica, “a traditional single family home isn't always the smartest…Read more

  • Neighborhood Profile: Waterfront Living in Lake Stevens

    January 31, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Neighborhood Profile: Waterfront Living in Lake Stevens For those who wish to live in the greater Seattle area but want to avoid city prices, Lake Stevens is a lovely, growing lakeside community between Snohomish and Marysville, just east of Everett. The town offers both convenience, with a fairly central location and plenty of amenities, as well as mountain views and easy opportunities to get out on the water. As part of its downtown development plan, Lake Stevens recently completed major renovations on its North Cove Park to increase lake access and visibility. The city is also developing an extensive trail network to connect local and regional spots for bikers, joggers, and hikers. If you’re interested in real estate in Lake Stevens, or elsewhere in the greater Puget Sound area, call or email Pickett Street at or (425) 502-5397. In the meantime, here’s our quick guide to life in this town. Neighborhood Vibe Lake Stevens is currently home to around 33,000 residents, and as the 23rd best school district in Washington, it’s known for excellent schools. The town centers around the beautiful Lake Stevens, which, from the 1920s to 1950s, made this town a resort community with beach hotels scattered…Read more

  • Empty Nester Investors: A Conversation With Mary Smith

    January 23, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    This month, Pickett Street is excited to begin their new Empty Nesters Investors program, which focuses on helping empty nesters and retirees bring in extra cash through smart real estate investments. If you are an empty nester, or a full nester, or a single-nester, let Pickett Street help you make smart investment decisions—contact them at or (425) 502-5397. To kick off this series, I chatted with Mary Smith, an empty nester investor and Margaret Smith’s very own mother. In 2015, Mary and her husband Andy sold their current home and purchased a 1950s rambler with a mother-in-law (MIL) cottage in Edmonds. When they purchased the home, the MIL unit already had a tenant and brought in $950 per month. Since then, Mary and Andy have continued to rent the unit and have occasionally used it as temporary housing for their grown children as they saved to buy their own homes. Mary and Andy now earn $1,200 per month from renting the unit. One of the most inspiring things about Mary’s story is that she and her husband did not start out with loads of cash. Instead, they used smart, simple real estate investments to build wealth. “Andy and I…Read more

  • Embrace Winter Dark With These Lighting Design Trends

    January 17, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Embrace Winter Dark With These Lighting Design Trends As Scandinavian folks know, the trick to enjoying winter is embracing the darkness rather than simply enduring it. And those living in the northern countries should know. Take Tromsö, for example—a town in the northern tip of Norway, where, currently, the sun is down all day, leaving residents in perpetual darkness, and making Seattle’s 4 p.m. winter sunsets look like the brightest summer days. Despite the long winters, Norwegians are some of the happiest people in the world. One of their strategies to embrace the cold season is to increase coziness through candles and fireplaces. Norwegian homes are also typically designed to maximize light, with bright whites and sheer or translucent window treatments.  According to Bruce Renneke, Seattle’s lead National Weather Service forecaster, the Pacific Northwest’s weak daylight is due to both cloud cover and latitude. Renneke explains that “the cloud-caused lightlessness is compounded by the Northwest’s latitude, which combines with the winter tilt of the earth to thicken the atmospheric filter the sunlight has to penetrate.” So, how to maximize and embrace the soft, muted grey light of Pacific Northwest winters? First, reach out to the Pickett Street team ( or…Read more

  • Transformation and Collaboration with 2020’s PNW Operations Retreat

    January 10, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Transformation and Collaboration with 2020’s PNW Operations Retreat It’s that time of year again...and no, I’m not talking about the superbowl. Margaret Smith’s Pacific Northwest Operations Retreat is scheduled for April 2-5th. According to Margaret, she first started this retreat four years ago after recognizing the lack of professional events, conferences, and retreats for real estate administrators and operations managers. If you want to read about last year’s weekend, check out this interview with Margaret Smith. The PNW Operations Retreat features diverse speakers and aims to coach, empower, and create a supportive, honest community for real estate admin. “Many admin have a lot of fear about talking to their team leaders/bosses about what they want or think they deserve,”says Margaret. “Thus, much of this retreat is all about personal development. By working on ourselves first, much of what we need will follow.” If you’re curious about this retreat and her other work supporting admin professionals, retreat out to Margaret at or 206-228-5067. Or, if you have questions about investing in real estate for the Pickett Street team, contact them at or (425) 502-5397.  In the meantime, here are the deets about the 2020 retreat’s amazing speakers. Gary John…Read more

  • What’s Your Word for 2020?

    January 3, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    What’s Your Word for 2020? While chatting about the new year, Margaret suggested writing about everyone’s “word for the year.” I like this idea a lot, mainly because writing resolutions can sometimes overwhelm me—it's like, what do I want to accomplish this year? I don’t know, everything! Distilling my thoughts and feelings down to a single word feels simpler, less extreme, a bit more focused. My word came to me this week while I was running with my dog on a mountain trail. We had already been out for a decent amount of time, my legs were aching, my dog was more interested in sniffing and peeing on things than in running, and the top of the ridge was only a couple hundred yards away—we were basically to the top!  I almost decided to turn back. But then I thought about how much better it would feel to actually finish the trail's climb, rather than just turning back when the end was in sight and calling it good. This is a long way of saying that my word for 2020 is “finish.” I have started a lot of different creative and professional projects over the past few years, but many…Read more

  • Pickett Street’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

    December 23, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Pickett Street’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide My husband and I are currently scrambling around shopping for our last few gifts, which is—arguably—one of the most exciting parts of the holidays. We’ve already shopped for our easiest loved ones, like our mothers who enjoy a wide range of goodies, from pretty jewelry and scarves to innovative kitchen doo-dads. Now, we just need gifts for those slightly frustrating individuals who insist that they “don’t need anything” or, who, when they do need something, immediately buy it for themselves (Dad, I’m looking at you).  This year, my family decided to do a non-materialist Christmas and buy each other experiences instead of objects. For our parents, my husband and I are buying gift cards to their favorite local restaurants. For my environmentally conscious brother, we donated in his name to the National Parks Service. For our extremely minimalist best friend, we are buying a massage gift card. I also decided to ask the Pickett Street team for advice on last-minute gifts this year. Here’s what they had to say. (P.S.—if you’re looking for real-estate related gifts, you might reach out directly to the team at or (425) 502-5397.) 1. For those times when…Read more

  • Seattle Real Estate News: What To Expect for 2020

    December 13, 2019 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Seattle Real Estate News: What To Expect for 2020 What’s on your gift list this year? If this list includes a new home, it’s not too late to reach out to Pickett Street ( or (425) 502-5397). To help you get started, here’s a quick real estate news update for the Seattle area. It’s a seller’s market. Just when it seemed that the wildly hot, competitive Seattle market had cooled, November brought a few real estate surprises. According to the Seattle Times, “the number of closed home sales in King County rose by nearly 12% compared to the same time last year.” These sales mostly include higher-priced homes, although the general real estate market seems to be tipping toward sellers as well. Additionally, with a small new tax cut for home sellers in 2020, it might be wise to remodel, sit on your home for a bit longer, and sell in the new year. On January 1st, the state’s excise tax will change. Washington currently applies a flat 1.28% excise tax is applied to all home sales. This means that home buyers pay 1.28% of their home’s total closing price. However, due to the recent state excise bill, this rate…Read more