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Biggest Loser, Office Edition: Weeks 3 and 4 - 11/28/07 12:16 PM
Week 3: Our numbers dwindled at the meeting(actually, how would I know? I wasn't even there). Week 4: After Thanksgiving, we are still committed to losing the weight, and have collectively declared that we are back on track! I am looking around at everyone, and there are a few people who stand out. I am very impressed with their dedication and determination; I am currently looking to them as role models. When I see someone work hard, it inspires me to work harder as well. There's no denying the influence of peers. Heck, I might even ask them to move in with me. (1 comments)
Today I FINALLY Visited the New Burien Town Square Model Condo! - 11/28/07 11:40 AM
Every day when I drive through downtown Burien, I see the construction that's going on and think to myself: "This has been, is, and will be such a pain in the butt for years to come! I AM SICK OF ALL THE TRAFFIC! Not to mention my flat tire last month from all the metal debris in the road!". All of the construction that's going on is part of Burien's beautification and modernization. I should be happy. I live pretty close to downtown Burien, so this will no doubt have an effect on my property values, and quite possibly even my standard (0 comments)
My Inspirational Song of the Day(Rawk Awn)! - 11/20/07 09:31 PM
Like many of you, I was born in the seventies and my teen years were spent in the 80's. My parents allowed me to stay home from school to cram for the 6th grade spelling bee on that historic day in 1981 when MTV aired for the first time. Needless to say, I didn't get much studying done as I spent hours happily watching video after video in complete awe.(In case you were wondering, I still won the spelling bee!) One band that quickly made the transition to MTV was Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. (Yep, you guessed it, hardcore rocker here). During (7 comments)
What Should Be Done With North Highline? - 11/19/07 02:09 AM
Should North Highline be annexed by Burien or Seattle? Sometime next year, voters who reside within North Highline's boundaries will decide their future. How will the annexation affect property taxes, municipal resources, schools, businesses, and property values? Are you thinking about buying property in this area? At the end of this post I'll provide some links which will hopefully provide plenty of valuable information and opinions regarding the matter. Whatever your stance, if you live in the North Highline area it is important that you know the pros and cons of annexation to Burien or Seattle, and how it will impact you. Having (0 comments)
Slow Market Or Not, There Are So Many Reasons To Be Thankful! - 11/17/07 12:46 AM
On Friday I spent the day doing errands with my husband. We decided to stop and visit a couple of friends in Seattle. First, we dropped in on Johnny and Taiko at their new sake shop called Sake Nomi, in Pioneer Square. They have a passion for Japanese sake, and it shows in the implementation of their business, with no detail being left out. They have great products and a warm yet urban, organic atmosphere, and they are having a great time running their business. Next, we went to visit our friend Yoko, who works at a Japanese gift shop and (6 comments)
Safety Tip For Homebuyers: No Matter How Tempted You May Be, Please Don't Do This! - 11/15/07 07:11 PM
For the second time in two weeks, I've been witness to what I think is alarming behavior on the part of a few home buyers. I'd like to address it right away so that no one else feels tempted to do this. I am referring to people who enter homes when neither the seller nor the agent is on the property, and the door has been left open or unlocked. Granted, it goes without saying that sellers should not be leaving their doors open or unlocked in the first place. But sometimes there is no known reason for the door being open or (4 comments)
Biggest Loser: Office Edition, week 2. Losing focus? - 11/13/07 09:28 PM
What a difference a week makes...after our first week of having a Biggest Loser competition in our office, as a group we lost 112 pounds. In contrast, this week we lost 30. Actually, I'm stretching it a bit by using the word "we". I personally gained a pound, so I can't say I made a positive contribution. As it turns out, I was not the only one who gained weight. During our weekly group meeting, the people who lost weight were as pumped up as ever, and the rest of us were guilt-ridden. I had to temper news of my weight (3 comments)
The Biggest Loser: Office Edition - 11/07/07 04:58 PM
As an office, we have decided that it is time to lose some excess poundage once and for all. So a few people have organized a "Biggest Loser" competition in our office. Out of about 90 people, 32 people have paid their $12 and have signed up for the 12 week program. Here's how it works: Each person pays $12 into the pot to enter the program. In return, we receive a binder full of different weight loss programs, tips for losing weight and other health articles. The first page of the binder is where we write down our goals, and why we (3 comments)
15 Perfectly Good Reasons To Buy A House Right Now! - 11/07/07 09:14 AM
1. Interest rates are low. 2. Buyers are in a better position to negotiate. 3.Our market (Puget Sound market anyway) is experiencing a 'price correction', which is great for buyers! 4. There are currently LOTS of homes to choose from. 5. The market has brought new construction prices closer to those of existing homes. 6. Here in the Pacific Northwest, prices are projected to only go up. 7. Homes are less expensive now than they will be in the Spring. (And who knows where interest rates will be then?) 8. For new construction, there are now all kinds of builders incentives and warranties that may not exist in (2 comments)
Out Of The Office And Into The Neighborhood! - 11/06/07 03:22 PM
Every once in a while I find that working in the office isn't particularly productive for me. When I find myself chatting it up with other agents for long periods of time and otherwise using my time in an unproductive way, it's a sure sign that I'm bored and need to get my face out in front of people. Oddly enough, I find that it's easier to work among the din of a coffeeshop atmosphere; for some reason it's less of a distraction to me than being at the office. So I pack up my laptop, my bookkeeping or other (6 comments)
Prices In Seattle Are NOT Going Down! - 11/05/07 09:44 AM
Ok, so I know that statement contradicts the little Altos graph to the right of my blog that shows a 9-month snapshot of our market. But, as we Realtors need to keep reminding the public, real estate is an investment for the long term. It is not considered a liquid asset, so, perhaps if only to make us feel better we should take a step back and look at all that we've gained during the past 10 years:In the Puget Sound region we have seen, and hopefully have personally experienced, this appreciation. History has shown time and time again that every (2 comments)
Then...and Now: Old and New Pics Of My House - 11/03/07 10:00 AM
Thanks to those who read my post last night regarding archival pictures of old homes. As requested by some wonderful AR colleagues, I am posting "Then and Now" photos of my house. Our house in 1950. Our house today; most of the extra space is in the back of the house. Not that exciting but nonetheless very different from the 'before' photo. Except for the front door - it looks like the same door but with a large, oval piece of wood screwed onto the top of it. I really need a new front door. After I get my friend's permission I'll (3 comments)
Do You Know What Your Home Looked Like When It Was Built? - 11/03/07 12:31 AM
Well, now I know what mine looked like. My house was built in 1949, and since then it has had several additions built on it. Nevertheless, when I pulled out the photo that was sent from the Washington State Archives, my husband and I were surprised to see the little tiny warbox that used to be our house. We spent the next 30 minutes moving from room to room, trying to figure out the history of each area and what had taken place during each of the additions. It was so interesting to see our home with no garage, no landscaping, (5 comments)
Easy Ways to Add Tea To Your Life - 11/02/07 11:56 AM
As I was perusing the November 2007 issue of Realtor Magazine, I was shocked and pleasantly surprised to find an interview with James Norwood Pratt, founder of the Tea Society networking group, on the last page.("Serving Up Real Tea", Realtor Magazine pg 56). In the interview Pratt discusses the growing popularity of tea, and how it can fit into various business situations. I find it interesting because in addition to being a Realtor I have been in the tea business for over 5 years. While I will never say 'no' to a good cup of coffee(black!), my husband and I drink (0 comments)
Will Door-to-Door Trick-or-Treating Become a Thing Of The Past? - 11/01/07 12:36 PM
On Halloween I set a pretty hectic schedule for my son to go trick-or-treating. First, to Grandma's condo, then the outdoor mall, then to church for its first annual "Trunk or Treat", then to Grandpa's neighborhood, then back home to our neighborhood. The mall has always been a great place to trick-or-treat. I know that merchants enjoy this, though having been a merchant myself, it's thoroughly exhausting to be bombarded by an uncountable number of kids all night. More recently(in my experience anyway) churches have joined in the fun.For example, at our church, volunteers decorated the insides of their trunks, trucks (3 comments)
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