I am so excited to announce I have completed the training to receive the CLHMS designation. Recognized as the mark of accomplishment in luxury markets around the world, the Certified Luxury Home Marketing SpecialistTM (CLHMS) designation assures affluent buyers and sellers that the agents who have earned it have the knowledge, experience,competence, and confidence they require. Membership with this organization will keep me on the cutting edge of the luxury market- equipping me with the right skills and network to sell your million dollar + properties.
CLHMS designation is only awarded to Institute Members with documented sales performance in the top 10% of their market.
Seattle-Area Home Market Heats Up Yet Again, Leading the Country for 17th Straight Month
Seattle kicked off 2018 the same way it spent the prior year and a half, as the hottest real-estate market in the country, with no slowing down. The cost of the typical single-family house across the Seattle metro area grew 12.9 percent in January from a year prior, according to the monthly Case-Shiller home price index, released Tuesday. It’s the 17th month in a row that Seattle has led thecountry in home-price increases. That’s a record for Seattle and the longest streak for any metro area since San Francisco’s 20-month run that ended in 2001. There is, yet again, no sign that Seattle’s seemingly never-ending market surge is letting up — just the opposite. Driven by an uptick in cost for starter homes, price growth has started to accelerate slightly again after having stayed steady at 12.7 percent for the previous few months. And compared to just a month ago, home values grew 0.7 percent. That’s tied for the most in the country, and the biggest
month-over-month increase locally since last summer. Prices don’t usually go up that much here in the winter. Adjusting for the season, the price growth over the last month was triple the U.S. average. The biggest jump occurred in the cheapest homes in the area — those that are generally in the outlying areas of the region, and smaller, starter homes. Those houses cost 14.1 percent more than a year ago, the second-biggest increase in four years.
Want to Lower Your Property Taxes? 7 Steps to
If you’re a homeowner, you probably already know that recent tax legislation means you can now deduct only up to $10,000 worth of property taxes from your federal tax bill. And if you live in a high-tax state—New Jersey, Illinois, and Texas, we’re looking at you, that probably feels like a drop in the bucket. So it’s understandable if you’re feeling a little extra burn as you pull out your checkbook this tax season. But what can you do besides complain? (Or move?) Sadly, there’s no “get out of paying property tax” loophole—it’s an ongoing burden that homeowners everywhere must take on. But there is a chance you can shrink the amount of taxes you owe on your home. Here’s how.
– From www.Realtor.com
Global transactions are significantly different and more complex than domestic deals. From currency issues and financing to visa and tax laws, working with a REALTOR® who knows how to handle these differences can make or break a real estate transaction. Because of these nuances, it is essential to work with a knowledgeable and trusted professional, such as Laurie Way, a CIPS designee.
What is the CIPS Designation?
A Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designee has undergone specialized training to complete global transactions seamlessly and with reduced risk
The CIPS designation is the only international designation recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®. Only REALTORS® who have completed the coursework and demonstrated considerable experience in global business can call themselves a CIPS designee, and use the name and logo.
My certification is valuable because I have training in:
Currency and exchange rate issues
Regional market conditions
I can now help clients do business in over 45 countries, and ensure that the client will receive the same level of service no matter where the real estate transaction is.**
Depending on the time of year you are looking at, you may be able to attend one of the many outdoor festivals held at Seattle Center including: Bumbershoot, Folklife Festival, and Bite of Seattle.
The local radio station KEXP also hold free concerts at the mural amphitheater in the summer months. Stop by and watch them broadcast from the new La Marzocco Cafe, with a viewing window directly into the DJ Booth!
Go up 605 feet into the Space Needle! If you haven’t done it, you are obligated, it is absolutely the best view of the entire city and the sound. Opt to have dinner in the restaurant if you don’t want to come down just yet. If you don’t go up at least go to Kerry Park on Highland Drive, and have a look at the needle from afar. It’s an excellent place to take in the sunset!
MoPop! (Formerly EMP) Museum of Pop Culture
Rotating exhibits at the MoPop! From music and art to sci-fi, fantasy, and the indie game revolution. This place is so cool! Even if you don’t go inside be sure to stop by and check out the architecture and walk the grounds. The building was designed by Frank O. Gehry, and the building appears to change color from different angles. MoPop museum is a non profit interested in empowering it’s visitors, and contributing to art education.
Grab a Bite!
From coffee shops to restaurants, from lower Queen Anne to the top of the hill, there are so many options for food and drink…The following is no where near a complete list, just a place to start:
Mezcaleria Oaxaca: Bustling stop for Mexican classics
Crow: New American comfort food in hip setting
Via Tribunali: Neopolitan pizzeria and bar
Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge: Hip Cajun-Creole sport with a cozy, New Orleans- influenced dining room, and & optional fixed-price menu. Pro tip: to sample more of the menu check out the happy hour specials!
How to Cook a Wolf: An Ethan Stole Restaurant, specializing in Italian Mediterranean cuisine.
This is by no means a complete list of things to do or places to eat in Queen Anne, you’re going to have to check it out for yourself! Go Explore!
Ballard Reuse: Funky Reused Building materials and items, with a focus on architectural salvage…Just up on Market St. Bop Street Records for the music junkie with heaps and heaps of vinyl! Check out Stores like: Horseshoe, Trove Vintage, Space Oddity, Dutch Bike Co, Re-Soul, second ascent.
Eat Eat Eat!
There is no shortage of delicious eats in Ballard! Some of my favorites are La Isla: Authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine. Senior Moose is a local favorite, with some of the best Mexican food in town! Stop in and have a Top Pot Donut, or try the famous oysters at Walrus and Carpenter.
Every Sunday Old Ballard Ave closes it’s streets to cars and opens for the local farmer’s market. Do your shopping local and pick up a variety of local goods and organic, fresh local fruits and vegetables! Who doesn’t want to shake hands with the person that grew their food? Check out items such as local fresh seafood, local honey, and more. Pick up a growler of local beer, a fresh pie, some soda, mustard, jam, or ice cream. Not to mention the booths of local artists and craftsmen! This is not to be missed!
Here, the fresh waters of Lake Washington and Lake Union drop 22ft into saltwater Puget Sound. 100,000 boats pass through the canal and locks annually. Go when the salmon are spawning and see fish-ladder activity through underwater windows, stroll through the gardens and visit the museum.
Have a bonfire and watch the sunset over the Olympic Mountains! The park features two wetlands and a short trail. Enjoy activities from sunbathing to fishing to stand up paddle boarding. The parking can be a struggle during the summer months. Walk down to Un Bien, a colorful shack offering Caribbean sandwiches made with roast pork & served on Macrina bread. Wed-Sat: 11-9, Sun: 11-8
Luxurious home in tranquil setting. Just a few blocks from the beach! Open floor-plan features chef’s kitchen with granite slab and custom cabinets. Brazilian cherry hardwoods on the main floor, wood-wrapped windows, two amazing covered decks, crown molding, custom landscaped backyard & patio. Study/den with gas fireplace, great room with gas fireplace. This home boasts two glorious master suites, one on the second level with coffered ceilings and private five-piece bathroom with walk-in closet. Second floor also has a media room and three additional bedrooms & full bath! Serene private master bedroom or guest suite with three-quarter bath & sitting room on top floor. Path to beach in neighborhood, close to schools.
Square Feet: 3,536
Area: Dash Point/Federal Way
Year Built: 2007
Heating: Forced Air
School District: Federal Way
2016 Taxes: $5,615
MLS #: 1107172
Offered at $650,000
To view more information about this home, including 3-D tour, Floorplans and more click here.
What are you doing on Sunday from 1-4pm? I will be holding this beautiful home open! I would love for you to come and stop by!
Start your day waking up to dramatic sunrise views. Glorious natural light spills in through a wall of windows in this idyllically situated 7 bedroom home. The grand dining room flows into an English garden patio through French doors leading to a huge wrap around view deck. Well thought out lower level boasts a full second kitchen, 4 bedrooms and laundry. Could easily be an ADU or other flex space. Close to everything, but high above it all, this home has everything you’ve been looking for.
Square Feet: 4186 Sq Feet
Lot Size: 0.101 acres
Area: North Capitol Hill
Year Built: 1910 (Effective Year Built 1982)
Heating: Electric, Natural Gas
School District: SEATTLE
Garage: Detached 2 car
Floors: Ceramic Tile, Hardwood, Laminate, Wall to Wall Carpet
Come visit me at my Open House this Sunday 3/20/16 from 1-4pm! I’ll be at 3900 2nd Ave NE, #202!
Watch the seaplanes as you sip your morning coffee from this spacious condo, perfectly positioned at the north end of Lake Union. Host a party on your 1500sf southwest facing patio with sweeping views of downtown Seattle and iconic Space Needle. Take the Burke Gilman Trail to Gas Works Park, UW, Wallingford restaurants. Sophisticated and soulful 3 BR condo with ensuite master bath, large kitchen and an endless wall of windows to enjoy the view. 2 car secured parking, but who needs a car with a walk score of 83!
1985 Square feet with additional 1500 square foot patio.