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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