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The Holidays are a GREAT Time to Buy or Sell








Many sellers take their homes off the market for the holidays and buyers who have been out looking all year may take the rest of the year off. So why would it be a great time to buy or sell if there are fewer buyers and sellers in the market? For a lot of reasons:

Less competition for both buyers and sellers – Less competition benefits both buyers and sellers. Fewer homes on the market means homes that are listed will be noticed by buyers (which is great for sellers!). And with fewer buyers in the market, that means less competition for those homes (which is great for buyers!). Especially in markets with very high buyer demand coupled with multiple offers, a holiday lull may be just the break that buyers need to make an offer and get a house under contract.

Motivated buyers and sellers – People who buy or sell during the holidays have a different mindset. They aren’t looky-loos or sellers just trying to test the market. Buyers and sellers have a goal and are serious about the process. Take a look at it from both sides: if you are a seller, wouldn’t you want to work with a buyer who is pre-approved, knows what market price is and ready to buy? If you are a buyer, wouldn’t you prefer to work with a seller who has priced their home at market and is ready to negotiate?

Buyers are pressed for time – Searching for homes can take a lot of time! But competition for that time from other holiday activities means that home searches are usually much more efficient and buyers are ready to make a decision quicker. Both sides may be less willing to drag negotiations out for fear of interfering with holiday plans.

– The looming New Year’s date is often a great motivator on both sides as people want to have their plan in place before the calendar changes to a new year.

Holiday décor – Some homes show best when all decked out for the holidays! Full of light and greenery, homes that exude coziness can really stand out to nostalgic and motivated homebuyers.

Everyone is motivated to close – From lenders, inspectors, closers and more, getting your transaction done by the end of the year (if possible and as per the purchase and sale agreement) is important to all involved! And, with fewer transactions competing for their time, the fewer hang-ups there may be!

However, buying or selling during the holidays does take strategy which needs to begin as soon as possible. Are you thinking about making a move? Let’s talk and make a plan! Call, text, or email: 206-216-3440 or We will take a closer look at your market opportunities and outline a plan to achieve your goals and timeline.

Seattle Halloween Event Guide! A little something for everyone!

Scroll to the end of the list for links to each event. 

Campfire: Hilarious Ghost Tales from Audience Stories 

Campfire has been an audience favorite for over a decade and is brought to you by Unexpected Productions’ resident narrative improv troupe, Improv Anonymous.

OCT 4-Nov. 16

Unexpected Productions: 1428 Post Alley at the Gum Wall in Pike Place Market

Carleton Farm Frights 

Zombie Paintball, Haunted Swamp, TERROR in Lake Stevens!

Through October 31 

630 Sunnyside Blve SE, Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Into the Basement: An Immersive Horror Experience

If you like big and scary puzzles, consider exploring actual subterranean ruins in Seattle’s underground labyrinth, “armed with only a flashlight, headphones, and a single clue.”

Through October 31 

J&M Cafe 201 First Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 

BenDeLaCreme: Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor

From the Stranger: Someone got wise and gave BenDeLaCreme a Halloween show. The fact that that someone is ACT Theatre, a company not exactly known for big drag blowouts, is suspicious, but for BenDeLaCreme I’m willing to suspend my disbelief. This horrific tale begins—where else—at Gaylord Manor, where a team of “paranormal researchers” have found themselves on this fateful night. Soon they’re beset by “vampire vixens, well-built werewolves, mischievous mummies and witches that WERK,” and it only gets more fabulously frightening from there.

October 12-29

ACT Theatre 700 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101 

The Bowie Ball with BowieVision

David Bowie tribute Halloween party at the Crocodile, complete with light show.

Bowie Karaoke and prefunk make-overs in the back bar.

October 31 

The Crocodile 2200 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 

Campout Cinema: The Dark Crystal

$16 $12 (members) Includes admission to The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited , fan film screenings, and a pre-screening talk and book signing with Cheryl Henson (Henson Foundation President, and Jim and Jane’s daughter) and James Pendleton (fan filmmaker of “Gitch and the Sky Stone”).

October 13, 2017 | 7:00pm | doors 6:00pm

Sky Church –MoPOP 325 5th Avenue N Seattle, WA 98109

This is Halloween 

Can Can’s creepy yet cheery musical is back! Last year, Rich Smith wrote: “It’s Tim Burton’s classic The Nightmare Before Christmas repackaged as a semi-scandalous spectacle for the masses. The audience eats chicken skewers and knocks back $10 cocktails while they watch Tim Keller as Jack ‘the Pumpkin King’ Skellington sing and dance, cabaret-style, along with Luminous Pariah, Paris Original, Marissa Quimby, and Baby Kate, while a ghoulish orchestra pumps out the show’s signature tunes. Despite the glitzy and consumerist exterior, the crew manages to smuggle a complicated cabaret about the horror of fixed identities into the unpretentious space of the Triple Door.”

October 20-31

Triple Door 216 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101 

Seattle Chocolate Haunted Factory Tour

“The Seattle Chocolate Haunted Factory Tour will offer visitors an immersive chocolate experience with thrills and chills for the whole family. By day, the Seattle Chocolate factory bustles with activity, crafting thousands of delectable treats. At night, when the workers leave and the lights go dark, strange spirits materialize––inviting families to walk the factory’s shadowy path and discover secrets about chocolate’s mysteries.” (Promo Copy)

October 21 

Seattle Chocolates 1180 Andover Park W, Tukwila, WA 98188

The Haunted Woods 

Walk through Buckley’s haunted woods in the dark, or opt for the less-scary Flashlight Maze.

Through October 21 

Maris Farms 25001 Sumner Buckley Hwy, Buckley, WA 98321

Monster Mash Halloween Party

Spend your Halloween at the Musicquarium as DJs spin classic spooky cuts and Brian DiJulio and the Love Jacks play some live music in the midst of a costume contest, with a bevy of drink specials.

October 31 

Triple Door Musicquarium 216 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101 

Costume Carnival 

Kiddos can have their costumes fully appreciated in a well-lit, indoor trick-or-treating space. Check out the museum’s “Creepy Crawler Career Day” booths from 4-7 pm, then dance to a Monster Mash Disco from 7-8 pm.

October 31

Seattle Children’s Museum : 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 

Fright Fest 

Listen to the swooshing of the wind on rollercoasters in the dark, check out two haunted houses, walk down a creepy trail through the woods, and make scary arts and crafts at Fright Fest.

Through October 29

Wild Waves Theme Park 36201 Enchanted Parkway S. Federal Way 98003 

Haunted Bingo 

In this variety show and bingo mystery, “numbers come to you by unusual means and your deciphering skills may bring you an early win.” Costumes are welcome, and “exceptional” costumes will be rewarded.

October 31 

Hale’s Ales Brewery & Pub – Palladium 4301 Leary Way NW Seattle, WA 98107

Georgetown Morgue

Want to grope through a pitch-black maze with a bloody clown screaming in your ear, but most likely emerge with all your important bits still attached? Cheesy as it looks, Georgetown Morgue has scared a lot of people. Not recommended for claustrophobes.

September 22- November 4

Georgetown Morgue 5000 East Marginal Way South Seattle, WA 98134

Seattle Area Pumpkin Patches








Fall Festival:   pumpkin patch,  friendly animals,  hay maze and corn bin, salmon run in Issaquah Creek, huge inflatables for jumping.


Fall Harvest Pumpkin Festival, u-pick pumpkins, tractor drawn hay rides, steam train rides, coal mine roller coaster, mini ferris wheel, go carts, canoe rides, blow-up bouncers, little tykes specials.


Mini hay bales, cornstalks, ornamental corn and a large variety of winter squash for sale. Pumpkin Patch groups are welcome.


Oxtober Pumpkin Festival featuring live music, food trucks, hay rides, fall activities, and farm fun for all ages!


Harvest Festival – Free Hay Rides to the Pumpkin Patch. Hot apple cider, farmers market, musicians and artisans cider press, pumpkin launches.


5 acre pumpkin patch, hayrides, cow train, pedal carts, zip line, pony rides, duck races, pig races, monster trucks, mine shaft slide, pumpkin blaster, apple shooter, zombie old west gallery, farm animals, haunted woods.


Pumpkin patch, Corn Maze, Hay Rides, Family Oriented Simple Fun


Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Farm Animals, Face Painting, Pumpkin Sling Shot, Concessions, Animal Barn. Fun for the whole family.


Corn Maze, U-Pick Pumpkins, Laser Tag, Kids Korral

Kids Korral Includes: Unlimited tractor train rides, unlimited hay wagon rides, corn box, play area, petting farm, hay barn, tricycle track, unlimited apple sling shots, bubble table, slides, duck races, chalkboard house.


Fresh Local Produce, Hay Rides, Farm Animals, Roasted Corn, Food & Drinks, Kids Activities.


Old Fashioned Country Store & Market, Corn Maze, Bonfire and Picnic Area, Hay Rides, Famous Apple Doughnuts.


Family Adventure Farm, Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Jumping Pillow, Human Hamster Wheels, Tire Swings, Animal Barn, Spookley Playhouse.


Fall Festival, Corn Maze, Gift Shop, Alice in Pumpkinland Corn Maze, Hayride.


Hands on Working Farm, Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Animal Petting and Feeding.


50-acre pumpkin patch, corn maze, wagon rides, u-pick apple orchards, duck races.


Pumpkinland, Farm Frights, Farm Market, Corn Mazes and more.


You pick veggies and pumpkins, Free play barn and wagon rides.


Sarah Bells General Store, Beer Garden, Food Court, Roasted Corn, Kettle Corn, Farm Goods & Primitives. Zombie Paintball, Haunted House, Flashlight Corn Maze & Private Fire Pits. Monster Truck Rides , Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Pro-karts, Super Slide, Gem Mining, Kids Paintball Blast & More!,


Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Ice Cream, Espresso, Flowers, Farm Animals, Hay Barn, Pumpkin Sling Shot, Apple Cannon Blaster and more……

October Events!


Sept 29-Oct 1 – Everett Sausage Fest – Everett
Oct 1 – Michelmass Midieval Festival – Carnation
Oct 5 – Brew at the Zoo – Seattle
Oct 5-8 – Tacoma RV Show – Tacoma
Oct 5-12 – Tacoma Film Festival – Tacoma
Oct 6-7 – West Sound Quilters Show – Bremerton
Oct 6-7 – Bier on the Pier – Anacortes
Oct 6-8 – Oktoberfest Northwest – Puyallup
Oct 6-8 – Dungeness Crab Festival – Port Angeles
Oct 6-8 – Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival – La Conner
Oct 6-8 – Seattle Home Show – Seattle
Oct 7 – Fife Harvest Festival – Fife
Oct 7 – Railroad & Reunion Days – Granite Falls
Oct 7 – Scarecrow Festival – Gig Harbor
Oct 7-8 – Issaquah Salmon Days – Issaquah
Oct 7-8 – Oysterfest – Shelton
Oct 7-8 – Rocktoberfest – Marysville
Oct 7-8 – Festival of Family Farms – Skagit Valley
Oct 7-8 – Viking Fest – Arlington
Oct 7-8 – Lego Convention – Seattle
Oct 8-Nov 12 – Earshot Jazz Festival – Seattle
Oct 12-22 – TWIST Film Festival – Seattle
Oct 14-15 – Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo – Puyallup
Oct 19-22 – Holiday Food & Gift Festival – Tacoma
Oct 22-31 – Haunted Forest – Everett
Oct 21-22 – WA Snowmobile Expo – Puyallup
Oct 26-29 – Gig Harbor Film Festival – Gig Harbor
Oct 27 – Zombie Wine Walk – Kirkland
Oct 28 – Issaquah Zombie Walk– Issaquah
Oct 28-29 – Dia de Muertos – Seattle
Oct 28-29 – Dia de los Muertos – Tacoma
Oct 28-29 – WA Arms Collectors Show – Puyallup
Oct 31 – Children’s Museum Carnival – Seattle
Oct 31 – Fremont Troll Celebration – Seattle

Snap of the day: South Lake Union Repair Project

We have been watching the construction around the lake all summer long. It has been fascinating to watch the bulldozers remove large sections of the earth and replace it with geofoam to prevent the shifting of the soil. Today marks the removal of the bridge, we watched in awe as large boats with cranes lumbered across the lake to do the heavy lifting. The bridge was removed swiftly, and now sits on the dock in front of the MOHAI. I imagine this might be one of the final stages of repair. According to Seattle Parks and Recreation when the project is complete the following items will have been repaired:

  • Replacing existing soil with lightweight geofoam under paved walkways along the western portion of the park “peninsula” west of MOHAI
  • Modifying bridge abutment.
  • Repairing the boardwalk between the bridge and the bulkhead
  • Reinstalling all paved walkways once the lightweight geofoam has been installed and the abutment modified

Find out more about Lake Union Park and activities around the lake by visiting:

The Lake Union Park Website 

Recycle your Eclipse Glasses!

You saw the eclipse- Now what to do with those glasses? 
Astronomers Without Borders wants to share your used eclipse glasses with kids in other parts of the world for the 2019 total solar eclipse.

My office is a registered collection center!
Send your glasses to:
Laurie Way 1200 Westlake Avenue N #406, Seattle WA, 98109
Or stop by, say hi, and recycle your glasses! 

You may also mail your glasses directly to:

AWB Eclipse Glasses Donation Program
Explore Sci

Explore Scientific
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762


If you don’t live in Seattle you may find a collection center near you by viewing the interactive map.

South Lake Union Repair Project

If you live or work around South Lake Union, and if you utilize the park at the North end of the lake, you have likely noticed some major renovations happening. I have been mesmerized by the big white hunks of foam visible from my office, and had to take a trip closer to investigate. I  marveled at the apparent strength of the construction workers who were able to lift a block the size of a small home with little effort. As I watched them work I did a little research on Geofoam, and found it fascinating enough to share, because certainly anyone who has seen the stuff, has surely been at least a little curious. Geofoam is a lightweight fill material often used as a soil replacement in projects where erosion and shifting become issues.

Geofoam applications include:


  • Highways and Roads
  • Railways
  • Airport Runways
  • Ramps
  • Bridge Approaches
  • Retaining Walls
  • and so many more..

Geofoam Advantages over other Fill Materials

  • Lightweight – Minimize preloading, surcharging and staged construction
  • Weather Resistant – Withstands freeze-thaw cycles, moisture and road salts,
  • Doesn’t Settle – Less structural inconsistencies
  • Insect and Mold Resistant – Will not sustain mold or mildew growth, termite / ant repellant additive available
  • Manufactured to Meet Your Job Specifications – Multiple densities, various block sizes available
  • Ease of Installation – Lightweight, no heavy equipment needed, cuts easily with a hot wire or saw
  • Environmentally Friendly – 100% Recyclable, No HCFCs or Formaldehyde

The following is a bit about the project and it’s expected completion date.


Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, 98109


$350,000 from 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy
$690,000 from the Seattle Park District
$3.6 million from the Real Estate Excise Tax (REET)

Business Impact

During construction all business in the park will be open to the public: MOHAI – Museum of History & IndustryCenter for Wooden BoatsNorthwest SeaportSteamship Virginia V FoundationSeattle Fireboat Duwamish.