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  • Now is the time to buy

    February 8, 2023 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Good time to buy or sell? We developed a tool called to help you determine the best time to sell, so let’s talk about buying. Should you and yours be buying real estate right now? Absolutely. While overall inventory is up, we actually put fewer new listings on the market in 2022 compared to 2021, so while the real estate market has changed, it isn’t due to a huge surplus of inventory. Instead, a jump in interest rates and a huge appreciation spike at the end of the 1st quarter of 2022 made affordability a huge issue that pushed many buyers out of the market.  Since then, prices have been settling not like a rock, but like a parachute down to the levels from the year previous. Meaning that across most of the PNW, prices in December of 2022 were about the same as prices in 2021. Rates have fallen a percentage point below their peak, rental rates continue to rise, and the market has normalized for the moment. This is the best time in the past 12 months for a buyer to make a purchase.  The moment may not last long. We can never say how long it…Read more

  • New Listing Service: Keller Offers Ready to Sell

    August 6, 2021 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    We are pleased to present our newest listing service: Keller Offers Ready to Sell As a certified agent with Keller Offers, Jesse can give his listing clients access to up to $75,000 to take care of pre-listing repairs and updates that can be paid off after the successful closing, usually for 0% interest! Here are some frequently asked questions about our new program: 1. Why Ready to Sell? Homes are rarely ready to be put on the market as-is. Sometimes it's just a little TLC that can help buyers visualize themselves in the home. This could be fresh, neutral paint to replace outdated wallpaper or updated flooring that sets the house apart from the one down the street. Perhaps you have done a pre-listing home inspection and need to take care of those items to position the home better against the competition. One of the greatest benefits of this new service is that you are not responsible for finding any contractors or vendors, they are all vetted and supplied by Keller Offers. We can do it all! 2. What homes qualify? The Ready to Sell program is a great fit for most homes! There are only a couple disqualifiers: complete…Read more

  • A First Time Homebuyer Experience

    April 12, 2021 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    In February our executive assistant, Emma Dunn, closed on her first home. Check out her experience as a first time homebuyer. I am not buying a home When I was being hired by Jesse last July, he told me that I would purchase a home within one year of being on the Pickett Street team. I think I looked at him with a lot of skepticism, so to be polite I said, “Okay, sure, we will see what happens” when I probably meant to say “Nope!” Starting a new job seemed like enough to focus on for the next year anyways. At the time, I was living in a beautiful apartment in downtown Bothell with one of my girlfriends. I was within walking distance from great restaurants and the Burke Trail, I was close to my family and friends and was therefore totally content paying rent. Why would I want to change that? Besides, the home buying process never really made sense to me, let alone the mortgage process. I always looked at having a mortgage as a burden and in all honesty, I thought the only way I was ever going to buy a house was with cash. I…Read more

  • Who should be selling right now?

    February 26, 2021 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Who should be selling right now? Owner and lead listing agent Jesse D. Moore shares his thoughts on the current market.  Accidental Investors Many homeowners that bought around 2005-2007 became accidental investors when their primary homes lost equity during the housing recession. Many bought their next home at a steep discount and at incredible rates, and ended up having to hang onto their property as a rental because of the circumstances. Many of these investors have gained huge equity on these properties, especially after tenants had helped pay down the principal. This is a great opportunity to liquidate these single-family rentals and roll them into larger, more income-producing multi-family properties. People moving out of the area There are many hot markets around the country, but not all are at the fever-pitch we find ourselves in. Most of the sellers that we’re helping are making a move out of the area, and we’ve successfully helped them strategize a more stress-less transition by getting them additional time after closing to make their relocation easier. If you’ve ever thought about moving somewhere outside of the PNW, or if work no longer requires you to live near an office, there has not been a…Read more

  • Jesse’s Thoughts On Our Post-Covid Real Estate Market

    October 20, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    If you had told me at the end of March that neither the virus or the stay-at-home orders would have a negative affect on the real estate market, I wouldn’t have believed you. Our team saw about $2.5million in sales disappear in less than a week after the stay-at-home order was issued, with no possibility of any of it returning. We ended up having to lay off all of our employees, if only temporarily, and was only able to hire them back when our PPP loan came through. Like many of our peers that are self-employed or in the service industry, I was preparing for the worst. What happened instead We started calling our clients, not asking if they were thinking of buying and selling, just to check on people and make sure that they were doing ok and if there was anything we could do to help. People were glad to hear from us, glad to talk about their concerns, and eager for any updates we might have for them in the future. After the initial pause in the first few weeks of the quarantine, things started moving, and soon we were as busy as ever. Eventually this fervent…Read more

  • Operation: Tungsten Light and Three Other Uplifting Resources

    April 20, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    How is everyone feeling? This week, I read that after World War II, researcher Anna Freud discovered the children left behind in London during the war to endure the bombings with their families actually suffered less trauma than the children who were sent away to the country. Freud concluded that “the physical injury is often not the harshest part of trauma; it’s the breakdown of relationships during and after.” If you’re in need of an uplifting boost of connection and community during the COVID-19 quarantine, Pickett Street’s Margaret Smith has you covered. Margaret recently started Operation: Tungsten Light with her friends and colleagues Ande Dunn and Sarah Troske. According to Margaret, she started the group because she “realized very quickly that fear and anxiety were creeping in” for her loved ones. Read more about Margaret’s Tungsten Light, as well as other positive online resources for this tough time. Additionally, if you are feeling anxious about real estate and would like to know more about buying or selling your home right now, get in touch with Pickett Street at (425) 502-5397 or Operation: Tungsten Light Tungsten Light’s purpose is to spread light, love and positivity. Margaret, Sarah, and Ande also…Read more

  • Keep Calm and Carry On: 5 Ways to Stay Connected

    March 20, 2020 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Keep Calm and Carry On: 5 Ways to Stay Connected How is everyone doing? With recent COVID-19-related changes to businesses, schools, and—well—basically most other aspects of daily life, it’s been an intense few weeks.  One thing I’ve been keeping in mind is that, regardless of whether or not I’m worried about my own health, social distancing is important right now. This practice keeps the most vulnerable members of my community, such as immunocompromised folks or seniors, safe. As UC San Francisco epidemiologist Jeff Martin says, “Social distancing now is one of the greatest calls for altruism.” So, how to manage these strange, unprecedented times? First, if you’re worried about buying or selling a home right now, I promise you will feel better after chatting with the Pickett Street team’s resourceful, creative, and whip-smart real estate experts ((425) 502-5397 or Let these professionals do the tough work for you. Next, you might keep in mind that we are all in this together. One thing that’s been helping me when I feel anxious about the uncertainty is that so many people feel the same anxiety right now. I’m not alone, and neither are you. Finally, check out this list of ideas…Read more

  • 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