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  • Building Green- Was Kermit Wrong?

    April 17, 2009 /
    Dennis S. Pearce /

    With all the talk since January of inventive incentives to seemingly stimulate everything from hair growth to employment, never mind the pin-striped panhandlers on Wall Street (don't even get me started!), it's been interesting to watch the recent evolution of the environmental movement. From a tree-dwelling band of radical long-hairs with an agenda but little else, the cause has grown to encompass nearly every segment of our consumer-centric society. To paraphrase Chickenman, "It's Everywhere!" From Dr. Bronner's soaps (one of the true originals) to the Toyota Prius, there's been a sea change in perceptions of the impact our daily activities have on the planet. Few consumer products have escaped the scrutiny and benefit of an eco-makeover, with some being truly re-made, while others have received the marketing equivalent of a botox injection- also known as 'Green-washing'. Being green was once a tough sell due to the perception that it was 'difficult', and expensive. As green products and processes have slipped into the mainstream, that position has gradually become harder to defend; especially as the businesses who once protested have come to realize the economic benefits of waste prevention, thoughtful  materials utilization, and positive PR.  Green has become a critical component…Read more

  • When is a Stylish Buchan Craftsman Home like Succulent Panko Encrusted St Peter’s Fish?

    March 26, 2009 /
    admin /

    After an intense (and fun) Pickett Street Properties retreat, I needed a bit of mind-numbing TV. In my search for something to watch, I came across the Food Network show called “Food Detectives.” It’s a show that does experiments with food—sort of an Alton Brown meets MythBusters. On the night of my respite, they did an experiment on food and how it tastes based on presentation and flowery descriptions. Two groups of diners were told they were going to be reviewing a new restaurant and after their meal they were given a survey to fill out. The first set of diners’ menus said they would be having “Green Salad, Fish, Green Beans, Potatoes and Chocolate Cake.” They were sat at tables with plastic table cloths, served New Jersey red wine in plastic cups, and their meals were presented on rather dated plates. The second set had “Crisp Mescluin Seasonal Greens, Succulent Panko encrusted St Peter's Fish, Hericot Vert, Potatoes au Gratin and Belgium Double Chocolate Cake.” They were sat at tables lit by candelight and adorned with linen table cloths. They were served a red wine from Nappa valley and the meal was presented on a classic plate. Did I…Read more

  • What is Mark to Market?

    March 19, 2009 /
    Dennis S. Pearce /

    Warning: if Accounting isn't your language of choice, your eyes may be about to glaze over. However, as with many things arcane, mark-to-market accounting  may be having a huge impact on the world we live in right now, and according to many critics, could well be one of the root causes of the current financial crisis. Mark-to-Market accounting is a reporting rule that requires financial institutions to value their current investments at today's value, even if they have no intention of selling those assets now, or anytime in the foreseeable future. As an example, if you were to consider the current value of your own 401k, which most of us are already doing with some significant trepidation, you're  likely down about 50% from the highs of 2 years ago.  However, you're able to do the calculations and realize that so long as you don't sell today, you've still got a chance to recover on the long haul. Mark to Market doesn't allow banks that option, but instead forces them to report the values on their holdings at todays value, as if they were going to sell everything today. Because banks are not allowed to lend every dime they have access…Read more

  • Life is funny; chocolate fixes everything

    March 19, 2009 /
    Dennis S. Pearce /

    Sometimes it's necessary to just purge. Collecting stuff can be such a burden, and the mental space required to keep everything 'sacred' weighs so heavily that eventually the only sane option is starting over. And yes, this can be a metaphor for many stages of life. I just went through it in a minor way this weekend, as I was forced to deal with the assorted detritus of several years worth of projects. The last one, a bunk bed for my daughter, resulted in a fine coating of wood dust on every surface of the garage, and enough wood scraps to build a small barn. My parents have been in town for several weeks now and Grandpa, being retired and a restless woodworker, was 'inspired' by his granddaughter (my 7-year old) to ply his skills in her employ. They both got what they wanted; I got another project. Namely, the disassembly of the old bed, reassembly of the new one ( 2 flights of stairs, 2x6's, and MDF panels, anyone?), and the subsequent cleanup and disposal of said debris.   Both cars are  now back in the garage (a result of  the persistent voice in my head that sounds remarkably…Read more

  • Dual Agency- Sharks that swim on the land

    March 12, 2009 /
    Dennis S. Pearce /

    "Can't you feel 'em circlin' honey? Can't you feel 'em swimmin' around? You got fins to the left, fins to the right, and you're the only bait in town." - Jimmy Buffet, 'Fins' In an economy turned topsy turvy, with which-end-is-up news coming out daily, and a seemingly endless parade of graft, corruption, greed, and new stories daily turning up parasitic relationships where there should clearly be walls of propriety, it's hard to know which way to run. As many homebuyers know, buying a home can be a baffling task- and that's assuming everything goes well. Obviously, as millions of people now know, it doesn't always end in the American Dream. With a purchase as life-altering as your first home, it's absolutely essential that you place your trust in an agent who deserves it. Unfortunately, the desire to 'get a deal' often overrides the common sense priority of 'know whom you're dealing with'. In the state of Washington, every agent is required to present to a new client, preferably at the first meeting, a pamphlet labeled, "The Law of Real Estate Agency". It is a 4 page 8.5" x 11" (double-sided) masterpiece that lays out the various options for real estate…Read more

  • Keller Williams passes RE/Max

    February 26, 2009 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    In every industry, there are always little rivalries; the kind that keep managers, owners, and statisticians awake at night. When you're on the receiving end of the latest corporate dig, or you've paid your dues as the "New Kid on the Block", the ribbing can occasionally get a little personal. And of course some personalities just don't deal with defeat too well. Which is why it has been so amusing to watch the latest blogflares going up as Keller Williams announced at the annual "Family Reunion" in Austin, TX this week, that they've taken some of the air out of RE/Max's balloon. Surpassing RE/Max's national agent count ( to take the spot as the nation's 3rd largest real estate company) is especially gratifying to us here at Pickett Street, as we joined the Keller family in early 2008, after 3 years with a local RE/Max agency.  To be fair, RE/Max was very good to us, and we cherish the relationships we made there. However, we have learned that Keller's culture is more suitable to our way of business: we love the supportive, cooperative, family & community-oriented, values-based team atmosphere. Another significant piece of the business decision puzzle for us was their progressive stance…Read more

  • Jesse Moore & Lisa Bender: 5-Star Real Estate Agents indeed!

    December 10, 2008 /
    Dennis S. Pearce /

    We think a lot of ourselves here at Pickett Street, but it's always nice when others validate it in the form of an award or designation! It's with great pleasure that I announce that two members of the Pickett Street team have been selected by Seattle Magazine as 5-Star Real Estate Agents, Best in Client Satisfaction for 2008. My business partner, Jesse D. Moore, and our fellow associate, Lisa Bender, have both been selected among this year's honorees. What exactly does this mean? Seattle Magazine says it best: Experts say that at least 90 percent of homebuyers rely on real estate agents for advice and guidance. But with more than 14,000 Seattle residents holding real estate licenses, how do you find someone who knows the market, represents your interests and operates with an emphasis on integrity and service? Seattle magazine can help. For the fifth year, the magazine has formed a partnership with Crescendo Business Services, an independent research firm, to find out which real estate agents have most consistently wowed their clients. This past May, Crescendo surveyed by mail and phone, 29,000 Seattle area residents who had recently purchased homes. An additional 250 surveys were sent to mortgage and…Read more

  • Fear and Trembling; Madison Ave vs. Wall St./Main Street

    October 21, 2008 /
    Dennis S. Pearce /

    Are we living in unprecedented times of unsettling uncertainty? How have you been sleeping? How are your nerves? How's your portfolio? Talked to your broker lately? Are you too busy running for cover to worry about the future? In times like we've been told these are, it's far too easy to get caught up in the 'lemming tide', and allow emotions to rule the day.  And, truth be told, as a member of an industry that is on the front page of multiple publications on a daily basis, and on the tongues of every breathing adult, it would be easy to succumb. There are days when I shake my head after a look at my latest 401k statement, and think it might be time to start investing in a bunker somewhere in Idaho. However, one small detail seems to get lost in all this: Fear is an emotion. It's not a reflection of reality, it has no place in financial decision making, but is simply a conditioned response to input. In caveman days, fear was the appropriate response to the toothy feline crouched on your path. With a few minor exceptions, we have evolved. Or at least we like to think we have.…Read more

  • Punkin Patches 2008

    September 24, 2008 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    For those of you who've been looking forward to Halloween, and all the fun leading up to it, Here's a downloadable list of Events and Venues for the Month Pumpkin Patches 2008 .Read more

  • Architecture: Inhabited Sculpture

    September 5, 2008 /
    Dennis S. Pearce /

    Art is where you find it, and Architecture provides unique opportunities to unite form and function. As Realtors, we have occasion to experience a wide swath of the offerings made available to the buying public. I feel a deep sense of accomplishment when I walk into a space with a client and see the serenity that envelops their being as they recognize 'home'. This is a very personal business. Few things in the material world are more sacred than the space we inhabit and call Home. It's a blissful combination of quality (both in materials and execution), location, size, amenities, lighting, openness, and of course, price, but most critically, the thoughtful, even artistic arrangement of all of these elements in a given space. However, in the mass-produced world of P & L statements, and the ubiquitous drive to 'maximize', 'home' often gets lost in the 'house'. For that reason, I feel compelled to open a new category on this blog- a Showcase of Homes, in all the various permutations that represent the best expressions of the unique, the unusual, the classic, and the new. This category will openly request your entries, and the only guideline is that the homes must…Read more

  • Do the Fair Thing

    August 20, 2008 /
    Dennis S. Pearce /

    If school is around the corner, we're on the cusp of Fall. Which means it's County Fair Season! First to kick off is Snohomish County's Evergreen Fair, in Monroe. Click HERE to download your copy of the printable schedule.Read more

  • Designed to Sell

    August 13, 2008 /
    admin /

    If you’re planning to sell, you better sit down in front of your TV. I’ve been selling real estate for over 8 years now, and I have encountered many different, shall we say, less than appealing homes. I have had sellers tell me “Oh, I’ll just give the buyer a carpet allowance, they probably won’t like the color I pick anyway.” That same reasoning has also applied to the removal of paint colors that are very specific to the seller’s taste. There are also the awkward conversations about pet odors, kitchen odors or lingering cigarette smoke. Naturally, when you live in a home, you get used to how things are. You probably have a few projects that “you’ll get to” later- also known as 'Round-to-it's'. Those little coffee spots on the carpet add “character”. The huge display case of a collection that has been growing for the last decade is a source of pride and the hallway of family photos makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Ahhh, if only a buyer felt the same way about things. Unfortunately, the buyer may not appreciate the lilac wall with the purple sponge painting technique. The wall of mirrors with the gold mottling…Read more