IT List: December 2018

 

 
 
 
 
On Friday, December 7th, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty came together for Momentum, our annual real estate conference. Over 200 brokers and nine market leaders from around the Sotheby’s International Realty® network were inspired by the insights and expertise of industry leaders, guest speakers and panel experts. The day’s topics ranged from how to leverage the brand through innovation and the art of storytelling to building powerful relationships, personal style, investment strategy, market trends, and much more.By the end of the day, everyone in attendance felt prepared to “level up” as we move into 2019.

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Would you like to spend a Sunday in Miami? Are you curious as to what real estate trends will be prevalent in 2019? Want some advice on curating and caring for an art collection? The Pulse December 2018 answers these questions and details local and national news concerning art, design and real estate. 

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WillowDon is an in-city-estate with resort-like amenities and private entertainment by the water’s edge simply minutes to downtown Seattle, SeaTac & private aviation. Sumptuous grounds, Olmstead gardens, yacht moorage (fresh water with access to sea), auto court and car museum, nostalgic architecture but studs out renovation with modern conveniences. Be still my beating heart!
 

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Change is on the horizon as we prepare to move through the holiday season and into 2019. As buyers and sellers prepare for the new year, let’s take a look at current trends and what’s ahead in the Seattle real estate market. 

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The chart above illustrates just how powerful the Sotheby's brand really is! As you can see, our website outperformed our competitors by a wide margin. I am so lucky to have such brand identity and recognition at my disposal to utilize for my clients!
 
 
 
 
I had the pleasure of meeting with Sotheby's agent Jill Sassi when she visited our office to learn more about the Jackson Hole market. Did you know that there will be direct flights to JH beginning this Spring?! Great old west style community ( with lots of "bling")!  I love finding out about different destination communities from our fantastic Sotheby's colleagues. If you want further information on Jackson Hole reach out to me and I will introduce you to Jill!
 
 
 
 
I love books that are “flashlight under the covers good”…and this is one of them!  Based on the true story of Elizabeth Holmes the young, gifted, and blonde Stanford dropout who started Theranos.  The collection of names that Holmes collected as investors and board members is astonishing, though weirdly eclectic. Her board included Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and a smattering of former senators and other political bigwigs. The leaders of both the drugstore chain Walgreen's, and Safeway saw in Theranos the opportunity to reinvent their businesses at a time when new directions were needed. Rupert Murdoch invested $125 million of his own money. The famed lawyer David Boies took payment in shares to represent the company in attacking critics. On YouTube you can see former president Bill Clinton's enchantment…This would be a great read over the holiday…. 

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“We first met Laura when we called her regarding one of her listings. We had decided we needed to move closer to our children's school and had started to look at houses using local search tools. When we called Laura, she answered the phone!  She was upbeat, professional and also made us feel comfortable in a very unclear situation. I got off the phone and thought, "this is exactly how I would want someone to represent me when selling my house". You bet she showed us that home! Six months later we decided to list our house and called Laura. Within 7 days, Laura had our home on the MLS. We listed April 2018 and Laura had talked about what was beginning to feel like a "changing market". The days were stressful as our house sat on the market but Laura remained incredibly responsive and continued to educate us about historical market trends, strengths and weaknesses. After 30 days we received an offer below list price that Laura negotiated on our behalf. Near the closing date of our primary residence we needed to sell a rental house. Laura had 6 days to get this house on the market. We all felt like we needed to list before the 4th of July. She worked with us day and night on paints, counters and appliances. This house received multiple offers in July 2018 and she negotiated on our behalf a sale price above list price. At this point we felt like we had seen so many sides of Laura and so many sides of her strengths. She guided us on when to list and what price to list at, but let us determine what was best for our personal investments. Laura is an incredible listener and is able to weave her expertise so that she is able to truly represent the needs of a seller. It was now time for us to shop for a home. Laura showed us so many homes on and off the market. She stayed positive and upbeat as we lived with our 3 kids and dog in a VRBO. We needed her support and she gave it 100%.  November 2018 Laura negotiated on our behalf the purchase of our new family home. We could not have done this without her. We are so grateful that Laura was on our team and miss our daily/weekly interactions.  We can't wait to work with her again in the future” 

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Skinner Mansion

Skinner Mansion

Prominently sited on sought-after Capitol Hill (walk -score @ 89!), this historical treasure combines a pedigreed history & classical details with a home that exudes comfort & warmth. Multiple rooms invite living & entertaining, (both casually and formally!) for all ages...5 bedrooms, 6+ baths, 7 fireplaces, billiards room, media room, sunroom, wine cellar, nanny’s quarters with separate entrance all embraced by luscious, mature gardens. At $460/sf, this is an incredible opportunity for a savvy buyer!

Offered at $4,795,000

Willowdon Estate

Willowdon Estate

Steeped in history and positioned for today’s modern lifestyle, the impeccable WillowDon Estate affords nearly two acres of tasteful Olmsted Brothers gardens leading to 174 feet of low-bank waterfront on Lake Washington’s coveted shores. The grand and gated Palmer estate provides the utmost privacy, befitting the stately 1927 main home marked by leaded windows, a peaked roof and an elegant stucco façade. One is overcome by a sense of reverence when they step beneath the archway and into the 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom residence.

Offered at $7,850,000

It List: November 2018

 

 
 
 
 
Recently I was asked to participate (honored really) in a discussion about branding for Sotheby's International Realty. I was lucky enough to fly back to our headquarters in New Jersey to sit on the panel charting our direction as a company. It was a super quick trip but well worth it, as I was able to meet some amazing colleagues and the president of our company.
 
 
 
 
Have you ever thought about owning your own vineyard? Wondering what restaurants are open for Thanksgiving? Want to look at the world's most futuristic libraries? The Pulse November 2018 answers these questions and details local and national news concerning art, design and real estate.

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They are just slower rising. Earlier this week, S&P Dow Jones released the August 2018 monthly results of their CoreLogic Case Shiller Home Price Index. Until two months prior, the Index had shown Seattle leading the nation in residential (single-family) home prices for 21 months. That run was brought to an end by a surge of prices in Las Vegas; and while prices in Seattle have continued to advance, the pace has slackened in the weeks since. 

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3614 E. John St, Seattle. Elegant, pristine home nestled between Bush School in Washington Park and Epiphany in Madrona. Grand entry with stunning 100-pane window. Bright, spacious rooms with 9.5 foot coffered ceilings. Circular floor plan, open kitchen with top end appliances. 4 beautiful bedrooms and 2 baths up with master suite.
Sold for $2,350,000

6073 Northeast Kelden Place.
Off-market private sale of a handsome 1936 stately traditional home on a sprawling 20,000 square foot lot. A circular drive and manicured grounds provide access to one of the original homes in this cherished community. Enchanting lake and mountain views, sports court, intimate outdoor patios and sweeping lawns are all embraced by mature landscaping. Inside, step into perfectly polished interiors, all updated and magazine worthy! Ebony hardwoods, a barrel ceiling in the living room, designer wallpapers and light fixtures, and much, much more!  
Sold for $2,975,000

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Since 1976, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand has leveraged centuries of heritage built by the Sotheby’s name to deliver exceptional service, pairing buyers and sellers with the world’s top real estate professionals in order to find the perfect home. In doing so, the people who have interacted with us over the years have begun to look to us as industry experts.

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"It's very easy to write a rave review for the agent that helps you find your dream home but what about the agent that LISTS your dream home? While divorce may line the pockets of many an agent it has to have them reaching for the jumbo bottle of Maalox. In our case the only thing my former spouse and I could agree on was using Laura as our agent. We have known Laura both professionally and socially for over 20 years. Her reputation as a top agent is hard won and well deserved. Meticulous in her approach, she is knowledgeable, consultative and respectful. We were all sharp elbows and misery about selling - our judgment was cloudy. We were house proud and wanted to go out at an inflated number. And this is when Laura stepped in and earned the right to whatever commission she would get from the sale of our home. She provided current and recent comps, historical data and talked through market conditions and city issues likely to impact our sale. We listened when she said she sensed a "cooling in the market" and that the housing inventory in our price bracket of $1.5M - $2.25M was increasing. She felt our best strategy was to list early and at a lesser number which could encourage a bidding war. Our house listed and closed in 6 weeks. We received 2 offers slightly under asking. Laura talked us through the offers and negotiated strenuously on our behalf. She made an extraordinary gesture that ensured our deal did not tip over. Others in our neighborhood were not as effectively coached and are still on the market having taken multiple price reductions. We are so grateful. Laura's ability to get everyone singing from the same hymnal in a very acrimonious situation was invaluable. And her follow up after our house closed was genuine and thoughtful. We recommend Laura without reservation."

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Two Distinct Lots in Broadmoor

Two Distinct Lots in Broadmoor

Within Broadmoor, this particular cul-de-sac is a coveted location: quiet, with little traffic & magnificent homes. The property itself is set high above street level, straddling Waverly Way & Shore Avenue. There are 2 distinct lots that combine to form a 17,760sf parcel. The existing home is perfectly liveable, but this is an incredible opportunity for the buyer who is looking for a fantastic lot, in the best part of a sought-after community!

Offered at $3,700,000

It List: October 2018

 

 
 
 
 
Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty presents a look at the housing market trends for the third quarter of 2018, from the shores of Bainbridge Island’s waterfront homes and in-city living opportunities to the Eastside’s most distinguished residences.

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2135 Broadmoor Dr E, Seattle. Timeless elegance meets a floor-plan that really works for the way we live today with gracious formal rooms flowing into the spacious kitchen/family room complete with stainless appliances & granite counters. French doors, open to the outdoor entertaining space including a fireplace, covered patio & a sunny & private backyard. Dark hardwoods, vaulted ceilings, skylights, bay windows, 3 fireplaces, custom built-ins & an elevator! Offered at $2,850,000 

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On Friday, September 14th Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty joined the Madison Park community to celebrate the opening night of the Madison Park Art Walk. Guests convened for a brief opening reception at Starbucks before heading to Park House to enjoy light bites, refreshments and the artwork of Jason Matias. The annual walk continues through October 1st, as members of our community will continue to be invited to enjoy artwork by a collection of fabulous local artists.

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2018 Broadmoor Dr E, Seattle. This timeless traditional home is proudly sited on the 12th fairway in the heart of Broadmoor. Built in 2008, this home exudes an East coast sensibility but with the modern amenities and floorplan that works for how one lives today. Fantastic main floor includes the kitchen/great room opening to a covered deck, two offices, powder room, dining room and a mud-room/garage. Offered at $3,595,000

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Curious as to where the most scenic drives in Washington are located? Wondering what restaurants are generating the most buzz? Need advice concerning your upcoming home renovation projects? The Pulse October 2018 answers these questions and details local and national news concerning art, design and real estate.

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2360 43rd Ave E #112, Seattle. Sold in just six days for $60,000 over asking price!  Sublime Madison Park condo nestled right at the water's edge! A rare, sprawling patio allows for a fantastic indoor-outdoor flow with plenty of room for a large seating group, beautiful pots & your BBQ. Inside, dark hardwoods meet a custom stone (wood burning) fireplace, a remodeled kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances. Sold for $955,000

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2040 43rd Ave E #610, Seattle 98112. Thrilled to represent my clients, Kris and Emily on the purchase of their fabulous new Madison Park condo! One of the best views in Madison Park looking east & south to Mt. Rainier. Soak it all in from the two decks, or from the wrap-around windows from this top floor, corner condo. So many options! Stroll through Madison Park Village just a block away, jump on your boat at your boat slip downstairs, or enjoy the park next door. Well maintained building designed by the same architect as the Space Needle. 2 bed/2 bath with tons of storage, 2 garage pkg spaces, fireplace, custom built-ins, boat slip, and VIEWS. Sold for $1,655,000

 
 
 
 

Join me for a Lazy River Vineyard wine tasting event in Madison Park. The event will feature appetizers and some of the finest Pinot Noir this region has to offer. 

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Right now, the 10-year treasury bond is jumping up. With the rise in the 10-year bump, consumers will most likely see another rise in mortgage rates. That is because most loans are sold on the secondary market and they share the same demographic as the investors who buy bonds. So, when one goes up, lenders have to increase interest rates so they can sell the loan to investors who are willing to take on a bit more risk. Interest rates on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are around 4.625%, which is still relatively low on an historic scale.

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"Laura Halliday is a visionary. When other realtors saw much less value in the property, she recognized its uniqueness, understood the benefit to buyers, and knew how to show case and market the property so that potential buyers could picture themselves living, relaxing, and entertaining in this  beautiful waterfront condominium. Not only did she have vision, but she also had a professional network that included an excellent cleaning company, a top quality stager, a brilliant photographer, expert marketers and a great estate sale company. She understood the value of breathtaking pictures on the internet, as well as stunning postcards to homeowners in Madison Park who do not use the internet to search for properties. Laura listed the property at what others thought was a ridiculously high price and in six days, had two bids above asking, setting a new benchmark for dollars per square foot in the area. She accomplished this during the months when the Seattle Times reported a slowing in local real estate sales. I have no doubt that the new owners will thoroughly enjoy living their dream here, just as my parents did for many years. Laura is both professional and real, having great integrity and a sense of humor. She is simply a pleasure to work with. My only regret in selling the condominium is that I will miss working with Laura

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It List: September 2018

 

 
 
 
 
2135 Broadmoor Dr E, Seattle. Timeless elegance meets a floor-plan that really works for the way we live today with gracious formal rooms flowing into the spacious kitchen/family room complete with stainless appliances & granite counters. French doors, open to the outdoor entertaining space including a fireplace, covered patio & a sunny & private backyard. Dark hardwoods, vaulted ceilings, skylights, bay windows, 3 fireplaces, custom built-ins & an elevator! Offered at $2,850,000

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On Friday, September 14th Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty will join the Madison Park community to celebrate the opening night of the Madison Park Art Walk. We will be featuring the artwork of Jason Matias and will be serving light bites and refreshments. The annual walk will take place from September 14th through October 1st and will showcase artwork by local artists!

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2018 Broadmoor Dr E, Seattle. This timeless traditional home is proudly sited on the 12th fairway in the heart of Broadmoor. Built in 2008, this home exudes an East coast sensibility but with the modern amenities and floorplan that works for how one lives today. Fantastic main floor includes the kitchen/great room opening to a covered deck, two offices, powder room, dining room and a mud-room/garage. Offered at $3,995,000

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The diverse events, happenings and experiences in the Puget Sound are unlike any other. Discover what your city has to offer this September, from First Friday Art Walks to music and fashion, fall celebrations and beyond.

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2360 43rd Ave E #112, Seattle. Sublime Madison Park condo nestled right at the water's edge! A rare, sprawling patio allows for a fantastic indoor-outdoor flow with plenty of room for a large seating group, beautiful pots & your BBQ. Inside, dark hardwoods meet a custom stone (wood burning) fireplace, a remodeled kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances. Pending at $895,000

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Refreshed, relaxed, reinvigorated: the feelings that tend to accompany the end of an island retreat. But why save the island experience for fleeting vacations that can feel all too short? Life on an island is always enjoyed in the moment and to the fullest. From sun to sand to the stress-free pace of life, there are many reasons for booking a permanent stay.

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We are truly lucky to live in a region that affords a range of lifestyle opportunities, from sweeping waterfront residences and mountain lodges to luxurious in-city penthouses, historic estates and beyond. To celebrate Washington state and its distinguished homes, we tapped Janet Beeby, a certified sommelier, wine writer and wine educator, to pair a collection of our most stellar listings with the perfect wines.

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"We have known Laura both professionally and socially for over 20 years. Her reputation as a top agent is hard won and well deserved. Meticulous in her approach, she is knowledgeable, consultative and respectful. Laura's ability to get everyone singing from the same hymnal in a very acrimonious situation was invaluable. And her follow up after our house closed was genuine and thoughtful. We recommend Laura without reservation."

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Lakeside Living in Madison Park

Lakeside Living in Madison Park

Sublime Madison Park condo nestled right at the water's edge! A rare, sprawling patio allows for a fantastic indoor-outdoor flow with plenty of room for a large seating group, beautiful pots and your BBQ. Inside, dark hardwoods meet a custom stone (wood burning) fireplace, a remodeled kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances, two beautiful full bathrooms and two bedrooms. 

Currently Pending
Offered at $895,000