Open House at 5661 Beach Dr., Jan. 5 and 6, noon-3P

My latest Open House.

Here’s another top-notch event to add to the weekend planner in my previous post.

I will be holding open a wonderful beachfront home on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 5 & 6, 2013) from noon-3pm both days. The address is 5661 Beach Dr. SW, 98136. This comfortable, rambler-style home has 1,980 square feet of living space, with 4 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, a formal dining room plus eating space in the kitchen. The deck overlooks the accompanying 40 feet of waterfront with 180 degree view of Puget Sound.

My Prudential Northwest Realty colleagues, Shari Kruse and Brian Bailey, are the listing agents for this charming home. List price is $895,000. MLS# 433553.

Here is a link to a video showcasing the home: Open House 5661 Beach Dr – YouTube.

Open house event

Beautifully maintained beach home

Open house event

Stunning views of sunsets, over the Olympics

Fauntleroy Open House, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012

 

On Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, from 1-4PM, I will be hosting an Open House at a custom built home near the Fauntleroy ferry dock in West Seattle.  This 1,840 sq. ft., 3 bedroom/2.75 bathroom home includes a Mother-in-Law unit, a 2-car garage, heated office space above the garage. Set well back from the road, the house abuts Fauntleroy Creek in back, providing a truly serene environment.

The address is 4616 SW Wildwood Place, Seattle, 98136. LIst price is $499,950. MLS #400222. For more photos and information go to: www.SingleMindedReal Estate.com/400222

As usual, I will be giving away coupons for a free ice cream cone from West Seattle’s own Husky Deli, so be sure to stop by and ask for yours.

Want to know about other Open House events in the area? Here’s a link: Open Houses

Are you ready to buy and want to tour select local listings? Give me a call at 206-708-9800 to schedule an appointment.

 

National Open House Weekend April 28 & 29, 2012

If you are out and about this weekend you may see any unusually large number of Open House signs decorating neighborhoods. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is sponsoring their annual Nationwide Open House Event, making it easy for buyers to tour a large number of homes at one time.

Here’s where you can find a list of Open House events in your area.

Yes, I will be one of the agents holding an Open House from 1-4PM both Saturday and Sunday. Come visit me at 5661 Beach Drive SW in fabulous West Seattle! This $1.1 million home has 40 feet of waterfront, 4 bedrooms, 2.75 baths and 1,980 sq. ft. of living space.

If that isn’t enough to entice you, remember that I always give away coupons for handmade ice cream from West Seattle’s own Husky Deli!

Here are some fun facts and figures provided by NAR concerning this big Open House event.

West Seattle Open House today

Wow! Spring weather just doesn’t get any better than this in Seattle! I hope you are out enjoying it.

At the moment, I am hosting an Open House at 5919 36th Ave SW, in West Seattle’s Fairmount neighborhood. The accompanying photo is the view from the living room of this totally remodeled mid-century home. Weitzel Construction purchased this property and worked with architect, Veleta Witcraft, and turned the original 1958 design on it’s ear to create an amazing home that takes full advantage of natural light and the Sound and Mountain view. Listed at $729,000 by my Prudential Northwest Realty colleagues, The Johnson Team, it has 3 bedrooms, 2.25 baths, 2,620 square feet of living space on a 6,528 sq. ft. lot.

For more details and photos, visit my website: www.SingleMindedRealEstate.com/256135

OR, come see it in person! I will be here until 4PM today (Sat., 4/21) and again from 10A-1P tomorrow (Sun., 4/22). As always, I am giving away coupons for free ice cream from West Seattle’s own Husky Deli, located in Alaska Junction.

Want to know where to find out about other Open House events? Follow this link:  http://tinyurl.com/7089800

Whatever you do, enjoy this day to the best of your ability.

Who’s your agent?

One of the questions I always ask visitors to my Open Houses is “Who is your agent?”

With so much information available on the internet, many buyers start shopping on their own before choosing a real estate agent, so some already have agents and some don’t. What I find interesting, and a bit baffling, is the number of people who are working with an agent whose full name they can’t even remember.

If you are really impressed by someone and by their service, don’t you usually remember their name? There are so many agents out there, don’t you want to be working with one who is really exceptional at their job? I mean, buying a house is one of the most significant financial investments you are likely to make. Don’t you want to work with someone who can maximize your efforts?

A case in point is a single woman who came into one of my Opens recently. She was already working with an agent (whose name she couldn’t recall) and we started chatting about her house-hunting experience. She had been working with her agent, who shall remain nameless because she didn’t know it), for several months, and seemed satisfied enough with the service she was receiving. Several minutes into the conversation, she asked me about Short Sales and Foreclosure properties, wondering if they might be a good option for her. I was stunned to hear that her agent hasn’t taken the time to educate her about this significant part of the market!

So what should you, as a home buyer, expect from your agent?

And here are some pointers about what to ask when interviewing an agent.

Who’s YOUR agent?

Open House events: March 4th

Studies show that approximately 90% of all home buyers now search the internet as the first step in buying a new home. Technology makes it incredibly easy to get a virtual look at  Active listings, saving everyone a lot of time and energy. I suspect, however, that a large majority of those who search online and then visit homes in person, will tell you that there is no substitute for seeing the real thing “live”. Whether by intention or not, the photos you see online can be very deceiving. Sometimes they make the home look better than it does in person and sometimes they do not do the home justice. So despite all the advantages of online searches, Open House events remain popular, particularly for those who are still not ready to choose a buyer’s agent just yet.

This is the place to access a list of all public Open House events entered in the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (aka the MLS).

If you prefer to have a private tour of homes for sale, call or text me at 206-708-9800 to set up a time that works for you.

On Sunday, March 4th, from 11A-1P I will be holding open my own listing, a fabulous 1-bedroom condo on West Seattle’s Beach Drive. Here’s where to go for photos and details: www.SingleMindedRealEstate.com/321982. Come visit me at 4004 Beach Dr. SW, then walk across the street to access the public beach through Andover Park or stroll on down to Me-Kwa-Mooks park. So much to see, so much to do.

As usual, I will be giving away coupons for a free ice cream cone at West Seattle’s own Husky Deli.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!


Yum!

Did you know that I serve ice cream at my Open House events every weekend?

Well, I don’t exactly “serve” it, but everyone who comes to my Opens receives a coupon for a free ice cream cone at West Seattle’s own, Husky Deli.

Why? Because it’s one way I differentiate myself from other run-of-the-mill real estate agents. Not by bribing you, but by demonstrating that I go above and beyond what is expected (did you get treats at any other open houses?), anticipate my clients’ needs and desires, then work to fulfill them.

As a Prudential Northwest Realty broker in West Seattle, I constantly strive to provide my clients — buyers and sellers — with exceptional service. Isn’t that what you want from your real estate agent?

This weekend, from 10A-1P both Saturday and Sunday, you can find me at 7426 44th Ave SW in West Seattle. This remodeled home, listed by my Prudential Northwest colleagues the Johnson Team, was originally built in 1921. It has four bedrooms (three on the upper level) two and a half bathrooms, 2,625 square feet of living space and a big entertainment deck to take in the Sound and Mountain view. MLS #75850. Listed for $625,000 and worth every penny.

Come take a look and pick up your coupon for free ice cream 🙂

Click here to find a list of other Open House events happening this weekend, hosted by Prudential Northwest Realty and other agencies.

 

Perception is everything in home values

This is one of those spectacular, sunny mornings that answers the question (usually posed by out-of-towners), “Why would you choose to live in Seattle where it rains so much?”

They don’t understand that one day like this makes up for a whole bunch of the others. And it’s okay with me if we keep it our little secret 😉

Right now (11:45AM) I’m holding an Open House at 7426 44th Ave SW in West Seattle and here is the view I’m forced to endure!

I was just showing the house to Keith, who has been admiring it online. He expressed his surprise that the house hasn’t sold yet (it’s been on the market for 138 days, which is longer than the current average of 63, but still not bad) because he believes it is a good value. It’s not my listing, but I think it’s well-priced, too. Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,625 sq. ft., beautifully restored 1921 home with a great view. $625,000. MLS# 275850.

Keith commented about how perception of a home’s value can be skewed once it has been on the market for awhile. So true. Often, a long market time means that the home is over-priced, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes it’s just a matter of waiting for the right buyer.

I will be holding this home open again tomorrow (yes, Superbowl Sunday) from 10A-1P. I hope you will come by and tell me what you think of the home and whether or not it is priced right. How do you judge home values?

My newest West Seattle Listing

This weekend gave me something extra to be thankful for… a new West Seattle real estate listing.

This gorgeous Northwest Contemporary-style view home has 3 bedrooms and an office (or 4 bedrooms), 2 living rooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2 gas fireplaces, a spacious kitchen, formal dining room, an exercise area, double-car garage, Master bedroom with French doors leading to the deck, a huge utility room, boat/RV parking, security system, sprinkler system, on a 6.500 sq. ft. landscaped lot. Situated in West Seattle’s Morgan Junction, the walk-score for this home is 71, with most amenities within 6 blocks of the house. Stunning views of the Sound and Mountains from the dining room, both living rooms and the Master bedroom.

The address is 6346 38th Ave SW, 98126. MLS #297970. List price is $659,000. You can view more photos at www.SingleMindedRealEstate.com/297970.

I will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 30th from 11A-1P. Mark the date and time on your calendar and stop by for a look. You can find other Prudential real estate listings and Open House events on my Prudential website.

6346 38th Ave SW, West Seattle

The view from 6346 38th Av SW, West Seattle