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  • Amidst all the record-setting positive news in 2016, there is reason for caution on horizon.
  •  “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
  • Community Corner: Argosy Christmas Ships return Dec. 18
    The Madison Park Community Council will host a holiday celebration for the return of the Argosy Christmas ships to Lake Washington Dec. 18.
  • The many benefits of professional dog-walkers
    How can we ensure our dogs are getting the exercise and attention they need, even when we are away at work? The answer may lie with professional dog-walkers.
  • The little known Hawthorn
    Likely 60 or more years ago, it seems, someone found a little known Hawthorn, Crataegus X lavallei and planted a majestic line of them in the parking strip on the west side of McGilvra Boulevard’s 1200 block.
  • Absorption rate reveals market health — but what is it?
    The standard calculation for the absorption rate takes the number of homes that are available and divides that by the number of homes sold over a period of time to determine how long it takes the market to “absorb,” or sell, all the properties.
  • Soaring home prices confound experts
    According to a new report from Veros Real Estate Solutions, a risk management and collateral valuation firm, Seattle is now among a handful of cities which rank as “strongest housing markets” in the nation.
  • The hardy banana tree
    A banana tree in the Pacific Northwest? It’s true. 
  • Pricing your home for the present

    As the summer eases into fall, overall home sales have cooled in comparison to the spring and summer. The market has shifted, and it would be easy to chalk this up to a weakened market or natural seasonal variation. 

     
  • Bidding wars: Bad for buyers?
    Common sense and proven sales strategies tend to fly out the window when there are rumors of a bidding war just down the block.
  • Those inclined to costume up for Halloween are invited to gather with Madrona Community Council members and other neighbors at the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse at 4:30pm on Oct. 31.
  • Leschi council to discuss ST3, I-732 on Oct. 5
    Our Oct. 5 meeting will feature pro and con speakers on two of the more complicated ballot issues.
  • McGilvra Elementary Run-a-thon returns
    This Oct. 7, the McGilvra Elementary PTA is excited to build upon the success of last year’s Run-a-thon, the school’s only all-school, student-run fundraiser to provide vital support to McGilvra teachers and programs. 
  • Growing winter cover crops
    Cover crops can nourish and protect your soil from the harshness of winter! Plant them from seed in the fall after removing spent tomatoes, squash and other warm-weather crops.
  • The Mimosa: Arboriculture's Meryl Streep
    Like great actors, some trees have the ability to set a mood in a garden and give it a cultural reference. 
  • The pros and cons of staging your home
    Let’s be honest, staging is major up-front cost.  While everyone agrees that a staged home looks better, is there a financial upside to staging? Is staging really worth the added expense?
  • Buyers’ fatigue is real! If you are a buyer, you have spent days, weeks and months in this sellers’ market competing to own a home. Well, hang in there. We think there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
  • I am asked all the time if our Seattle market is getting too frothy. 
  • Luxury CB Bain office opens in former home of Madison House Ltd
    International real estate broker Coldwell Banker Bain has opened a luxury office in the former Madison House Ltd. offices at the intersection of East Madison Street, East Howe Street and 43rd Avenue East.
  • Sound Transit approves affordable housing near light rail
    The Sound Transit Board unanimously approved a purchase and development agreement with Gerding Edlen during its July 28 general meeting, allow Capitol Hill Housing to begin constructing its 100-percent affordable housing complex on the north end of the Capitol Hill light rail station in 2018, once funding is in place.
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