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"And that's the iconic Smith Tower. When it was originally built, it was the tallest tower west of the Mississippi River." I can still hear my mom saying those exact words as we carted out-of-town family around Seattle pointing out all of the tourist and historical points of interest. I was never actually sure whether she was making up that story about the Smith Tower or if it was true, but I made the same statements as an adult when I drove out-of-town family members around the city.

Turns out: it's true. When it opened on July 4, 1914, the Smith Tower standing 486' tall (to the very tip) was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. 

Now, YOU could be the proud resident in the pyramid-shaped penthouse of the iconic Smith Tower!

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Where are we?

Where are we going?

How much is YOUR house worth?

The top questions on every homeowner's mind ... How much is my home REALLY worth? To get a genuine answer, it takes more than a Zestimate or a search of the county records. It takes a skilled analysis and the value depends on the market - where we are, where we are going - and on the specific details of your house. I would be happy to meet with you for a free, no-obligation valuation of your home. You can also Name Your Selling Price HERE or get an instant valuation HERE. 

Let's take a quick look at some stats from January 2021:

Klahanie Single-Family Homes - The median sales price for a single-family home was $880,000. This was up 13.5% from January 2020. I keep a close

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Without a doubt, 2020 was a hard year. We are all very keenly aware of the unprecedented challenges, losses, and grief. Yet, even 2020 had so many silver linings. Personally, our family grew as our daughter was born and we were grateful for the extra time spent bonding with her and as a family. Nationally, communities rallied together by banging pots and pans outside of their windows in support of frontline workers. There were some beautiful moments.


There was also innovation. Gig jobs such as food and grocery deliveries boomed. Grocery stores (and their shoppers) learned the incredible value of curbside pickup. So many companies learned that their employees really could work from home and found ways to make it happen. In the midst of making

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For the eighth consecutive month, bidding-wars have exceeded 50 percent for all home sales, topping 70% in the Seattle area last month!

Despite the ongoing pandemic and in many ways because of it, 2020 was a record-setting year for home prices and sales in and around the greater NW. Some sections of the housing market increased by nearly 30%.

With record low inventory causing a housing shortage, we have many buyers out there looking. Due to the lack of inventory, I may just have a buyer for your home. All it takes is 30 seconds to fill out the form below. Let me know what price you would take for your home, and if I have a buyer, I'll let you know! To learn more about what I offer my home seller clients, CLICK HERE.

 Easy as 1,

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The SAY YES Moment

Maybe it was a dress, marriage proposal, new pet, or ... your new home! But what makes that one special and unique?

What makes you say, "YES!"?

In order to stay on top of a very fast-paced market, I have been touring several homes (generally multiple homes per day). While there are things I love about each home, I absolutely fell in LOVE with two specific homes this week. The curious part is that both homes were VERY different from one another.

  • The first one was very updated, staged, and included many Pinterest-worthy features. It had an amazing yard and great space both indoors and outdoors.
  • The second one still included its original 1990's features and thoughtfully displayed generations of love, family, and decor
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Sixty-nine percent of consumers recently admitting to having a “home crush”—a property they liked so much they were drawn back to looking at it more than once online or in person, according to a new® survey of 1,000 consumers. But men and women respond quite differently to these crushes, according to the survey.

For example, the survey found that women are more likely than men to have a crush on a home that was out of their financial league. Forty-one percent of women revealed their home crush is out of their price range, compared to only 30 percent of men who said the same.

Men were more likely than women to move from one home crush to another. Thirty-six percent of men surveyed say they find a new house crush weekly, compared

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It's no secret that sellers are getting top-dollar when they list their home in this market. We are seeing bidding wars drive the sale prices sky high (sometimes as much as $400,000 over listing price!) but it's not always all about the Benjamins.








As a seller, you hold the reins and NOW is the time to capitalize not only monetarily but also to make your move as simple and stress-free as possible. Let's break it down -- Here are three reasons why NOW is the BEST time to sell:

1) Today the market is piping hot - tomorrow could cool down a few degrees

The real estate market is always fluctuating. Today, there may not be ANY single-family homes in Klahanie listed for sale (and not already pending contract) -- true

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KIRKLAND, Washington (February 4, 2021) – Homebuyers who have been precluded from entering Puget Sound’s competitive market may want to consider condominiums as an option, according to industry experts who commented on the latest housing statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

  •          1 out of every 4 listings is a Condo.
  •          King County condo prices “entered negative territory in January,”
  •          Prices for condos down about one-half percentage point compared with the same month a year ago.
  •          Growing number of homeowners who are choosing to move further away from core urban areas.

“With the trend toward telecommuting and moving to outlying suburban areas, the Seattle/King County condominium market

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Like him or not, Tom Brady wins football games. Actually, he wins Super Bowls. For many years, you might have been able to say it was the Patriots franchise, Bill Belichick, or some other reason that Tom Brady kept going to (and winning) the Super Bowl. However, it's no coincidence that in his first season with the Buccaneers, Tom Brady is taking them to their first Super Bowl since 2003. He is talented, skilled, and the right man to lead any football team and franchise successfully. Can you say the same about your real estate broker?

Having the right broker is a game-changer.

But how do you know if you're selecting the right person for the job?

Don't hire a broker without asking these 11 questions:

  1.  Do you provide a personal property
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With great joy, we all rang in the new year and said goodbye to 2020. What now? Where is the real estate market now and what can we expect in 2021?

We ended the year HOT and it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In order to have an idea of where we are going, let's see where we were at the end of 2020.

Sammamish saw median sale prices rise 11.8% in 2020 and the average sale in our beautiful city was $1,090,000. On average, Sammamish homes are only on the market for 6 days!! Have you checked the value of your home recently? How much equity have you gained in your home?

At the end of 2020 there was only slightly more than a two-week supply of homes on the market! 

With the mortgage rates staying so low, there is no slowing in sight.

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