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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