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Home School Parent Survival Guide

HOME SCHOOL PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE

Aug 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

  Let’s be honest, six months ago, none of us imagined we’d be where we are today.  While last spring was filled with coping strategies and beliefs that this was all just “temporary,” the new reality is we are in this for the long haul.  Here in Seattle, most schools have moved to an online platform for Fall.  Which means parents, and especially working parents, continue to carry the load.  If you’re like us, last spring was filled with moments of popcorn for dinner and philosophical ideas on how early was “too” early for happy hour. With the first day of school just a few days away, it’s time to shift and accept. Accept that we need to gain a sense of control over our family lives and shift to a new normal.  We have compiled a list of suggestions […]

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5 TIPS TO SUCCESSFULLY SELL YOUR SEATTLE HOME DURING COVID

Aug 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

  Even with COVID restrictions, the Seattle real estate market continues to be very strong.  We find that our sellers who follow these 5 steps are more successful in this market, often selling over list price with multiple offers.  While your market may be faster, or slower, than Seattle, in the time of COVID, it is best to be prepared.    VACATE YOUR HOME: Selling a home that is occupied is challenging enough, let alone in a global pandemic. For the safety of you and your family, it’s best to not reside in the home while it is on the market. If you are in a faster market such as Seattle, you should be able to sell your home within a week which means it’s the perfect time to book an AirBnb vacation.  Or consider purchasing/renting your next home first, […]

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5 TIPS TO HOME OWNERSHIP IN SEATTLE DURING COVID

5 TIPS TO HOME OWNERSHIP IN SEATTLE DURING COVID

May 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

    On March 23rd, our world in the State of Washington changed as we know it.  As we all hunkered down into our homes, many of us realized that perhaps it was no longer the “right” home.  With more free time available, and little to do but shop online, we have noticed an uptick of interest among Seattle home buyers. Prior to the impacts of COVID-19, Seattle’s real estate market was in full force.  We saw a slow down after Gov. Inslee’s Stay at Home Order went into effect, but once real estate was deemed an essential service, we were back in action.  While there are strict guidelines in place on how and when we can show homes, we continue to see multiple offers on homes that are in tip-top shape and priced accordingly. In other words, there are […]

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SEATTLE SMART HOME TIPS

IS YOUR HOME SMARTER THAN A 3RD GRADER?

Dec 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

SMART HOME TIPS FROM A POWERHOUSE SEATTLE TECH COUPLE   Matt Thomlinson and Dana Hurley are a powerhouse Seattle couple, and one of our most favorite clients (and friends).  We are frequently in awe of their ability to fine tune house management while conducting a busy work and travel schedule.  As SVP of Security Engineering at Electronic Arts, Matt has always been at the forefront of cyber security both at EA and previously with Microsoft.  Dana, a voice over actor has perfected both a home and portable studio so she can record anywhere in the world.  Together they have mastered technology to its best use in their home and daily lives.  We asked them to share with us a few of their tips for keeping their busy lives so well managed.     Q: First things first, how do you […]

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Top 5 Seattle Area Picks to Get Your Pumpkins

Oct 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

  It’s Fall y’all, therefore it’s time to plan your great pumpkin adventure.  So grab your PSL, check out our Pinterest Board for pumpkin carving ideas, and let’s get to it.  Here are our Top 5 Picks to Get Your Pumpkins:     1) FOR THE SLACKER PARENTS: We totally get it – busy lives, kids, soccer and more. Who wouldn’t want to spend the weekend in traffic only to arrive at the farm in a muddy bog while your toddler is screaming because the stem on their pumpkin broke off and the baby needs a diaper change and everyone is STARVING! We got you!  Head over to the our very own “in-city” Hunter Farms to let the kids frolic in the manageable sized pumpkin parking lot to their heart’s content.  The perfect opportunity to quickly grab your pumpkins and […]

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TOP 5 PLACES TO SEE FALL LEAVES IN SEATTLE

Sep 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

    Today is officially the first day of Fall.  While letting go of summer in Seattle is indeed challenging, any true Seattleite will be hard pressed to deny how they feel “at home” in Autumn.  Curling up on the couch, watching their favorite sitcom, fire set and the rain pouring down outside – all of the elements that concoct the perfect Fall evening. This year’s Fall season will officially end on Sunday, December 22nd, therefore the prime time to take advantage of all that Autumn has to offer (and get your family portraits scheduled) is October.  As the leaves turn, so do the days of our lives, and school, and work . . .  and as a result: life gets busy.  For that reason, visit a local jaunt to stop and enjoy the leaves, or consider taking a quick day […]

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TODAY IS EARTH DAY

Apr 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Today is Earth Day. For some reason, this year I am more drawn to our planet than before. Perhaps it’s a bit of inspiration from a client who is striving to remodel their house into a passive home.  Perhaps it’s watching our 10-year-old daughter become more aware of her own surroundings, and just wanting to do our part to make our world a bit better for her. However, I find myself overwhelmed with how can one family make a global difference.  While I am no expert on climate change, more and more the idea of doing good for mother earth is becoming main stream.  In addition to thoughts and perspectives, consumers now have much better ease of access to the materials that can help make a change. I think we just have to start somewhere, and take baby steps toward […]

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WHEN DELI MEATS BAR

Apr 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

When rumors began to spread in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle that a deli was opening in the former Little Gym kids space, we were both intrigued and skeptical.  But one visit to this neighborhood bar and butcher and you understand why The Shambles and their tagline “When Deli Meats Bar” has become the hit of Northeast Seattle, filling tables to the brim, even on a random Tuesday night. Their mission is: “To bring the farm to bar experience to the Seattle community with house prepared meats, handcrafted sandwiches, and small plates made from the finest ingredients available.”  But this hardly paints the picture of the The Shambles experience. Owners Matthew Brady and Joel Klemenhaben, with backgrounds in food service and brewing, brought their concept together by hiring both a head chef and head butcher.  The result is a […]

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A FOLIAGE FETISH

Dec 29, 2018 | 3 Comments

For years I have proven to be a tried and true novice green thumb, never able to keep a plant alive. But after successfully keeping our human daughter alive for 10 years so far, I decided it was time to graduate to foliage. Like any Seattle native, my comfort zone is in grey. Various shades of cool, dreary grey. It has invaded both my wardrobe and our home. So the idea of adding colorful drapes or pillows is just too much of a commitment. One day, as I was reading my BFF Joanna Gaines’ (a girl can only dream) new book Home Body, and I noticed a continual trend that lay in the pages of my new bible. Plants! Green, lush, large foliage plants. Thoughtfully placed in a corner, or centered at the family table, she casually places the plants […]

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DAY TRIP TO COUPEVILLE

Nov 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Whidbey Island has long been the go-to weekend destination for the people of the Pacific Northwest.  With a short 30 minute ferry line and bountiful beaches, quite a few Seattleites have established second homes around the island.  While most day-trippers stop at the town of Langley, heading north just 25 more miles lands you in the quaint town of Coupeville.  Nestled along Penn Cove, this small town village is deep in history as our second oldest town in Washington State.  With restaurants, shops, activities and a farmer’s market, this town is prime for adventure and discovery, all in one day trip. So join us in exploring this quaint little town. TOP 5 THINGS TO DISCOVER IN COUPEVILLE: 1) Start at Bayleaf (Wine & Cheese Shop) to pack a snack to go in case you get hungry on your adventure (kayaking, […]

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Economics and statistical information on the current Seattle and Puget Sound regional real estate market.

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