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You Bought at the Peak? - 10/31/10 04:08 PM
You bought at the Peak? Here’s a look at residential properties in King County that were either purchased or acquired in 2006 and 2007 and had some kind of ownership transfer in 2010 (through September 22nd). There are 573,234 residential properties in King County, Washington. Actually more, but in this study I’m just looking at the residential property that is 1 to 4 units. This includes single family dwellings, condominiums, townhomes, duplex, triplex, and fourplex. No mobile homes or manufactured homes etc... From January 1 through September 22, 2010 there were 48,412 property transfers. That’s everything from quit claim deeds, trustee’s (6 comments)
What was your favorite Address? - 10/30/10 10:48 PM
Around here if you live on Highland Drive, Lake Washington Blvd, East or West Mercer Way, Evergreen Point Road, Edgewater Lane, or Hunts Point Road you just know without a doubt you’re talking about some really serious real estate. These are the homes most of us merely dream about. Many of them are waterfront properties with living spaces near 10,000 square feet and many are larger. Heck, their garages are at least half again bigger than my condo and their annual property taxes are X4 what I make in a year. I was thinking today as I was doing my Saturday (14 comments)
Happy Halloween! - 10/29/10 11:32 PM
Happy Halloween! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Be safe out there and enjoy the kids. In the spirit of things, I've had a great week. We had a pumpkin carving contest at work. The winner was Chris Lodge, Manager of our Real Estate Information Services Department. Our theme was having a little fun with our Chief Title Officer, Tim Daniels. We coined it "The Great Timpkin." And yesterday afternoon I got to see my friends Jack Angus and Nick Castrow. We met at the Remedy Tea House up on 15th Avenue on Capitol Hill and had spicy Hot Apple Cider with (6 comments)
A Feather, Two Leaves, and a Penny - 10/27/10 12:25 PM
I ran down to the corner yesterday to drop off some letters at our neighborhood postal drop, Lake Union Mail. It's only half a block from our office, but it seemed much longer as the wind blew and the rain fell in sheets. On my way back, pretty much soaked already, I stepped around the corner of a building to step out of the weather for a minute when I saw a feather, two leaves, and a penny on the ground before me.
What was funny is the wind was blowing stuff all over the place, but for a moment, (17 comments)
We take our Halloween contests deadly serious! - 10/27/10 10:53 AM
Here at The Talon Group, we take our Halloween contests deadly serious! I hope that all business's have that one person they can toss around in good fun (without creating hard feelings of course!) We're fortunate at The Talon Group by having just that person, Chief Title Officer, Tim Daniels. This time around, Title Tim has been chosen as the spirit behind our appropriately named "Timpkin Carving Contest". Individuals as well as entire departments put their Talonts to the test by turning their devilish Cucurbitaceae (pumpkin) into a winning contender on Talon's Facebook page! If you like, friend up on Facebook (0 comments)
The Big Gray Descends... - 10/25/10 08:27 PM
It’s begun... The big gray descends. I doubt we’ll see any warm and sunny afternoons for awhile. Not a bad Fall, as they go. Even with an Indian Summer it won't last past Halloween. I duck out for a quick break (hah, good pun). It’s a fun and crazy end of the month signing day here at The Talon Group on Eastlake today. The place is a buzz with activity and the clients seem lively and full of energy. You think it’s the weather? They sure seem glad to be here. All kidding aside, I've enjoyed listening to the conversation and (10 comments)
Why are Photos so Important? - 10/21/10 11:36 PM
We do social media marketing to create opportunities online to connect. I like to put it this way,“I can’t do business with you if I can’t find you.”If I’m going to market to the room that’s full (of people and opportunity), I had better be adept at creating conversation and making connections online. Preaching to the choir? Yes, most likely. I use the term “conversation” broadly because “making connections” online isn’t necessarily with words. We live in an age where pretty much everything we want starts with a search online. I want to say we “Google it”, but I admit I’m (38 comments)
Fewer Words Wednesday... - 10/20/10 11:16 AM
At the end of September I went to the Puyallup Fair with camera in hand. It was a great day even though the weather was iffy. I was pleased that a lot of the theme rides were freshly painted. I love this kind of mural art. In the spirit of the season.... "Booahh ha ha ha ha ha"...
The Haunted Mansion, Puyallup Fair... September 26, 2010 (7 comments)
We live in a digital time, Where's your Digital Business Card? - 10/19/10 10:32 PM
I had what I call a stupiphany a few weeks back. It dawned on me over several conversations that email still plays an important part in the mix of most daily business routines and I haven’t addressed it for awhile. I took a survey. I asked the question to about 250 clients and friends over the past two months. "How many emails do you send out or reply to everyday?” Between 20 and 50. Most more, some less. “Are they business related, or just for fun, family, and social?” Most were business related questions and requests for more information. About 30% (13 comments)
Starting the Week with a Laugh - 10/18/10 12:40 PM
It's a beautiful Fall morning in the Pacific Northwest. On the way to work this morning I'm heading down the hill into Renton when I pull up behind this truck at the light.
The Bluest Skies You've Ever Seen... - 10/15/10 10:45 PM
One of Seattle's best kept secrets is... The bluest skies you've ever seen are here! We'd like you to believe it rains here everyday, but it doesn't. And yes, it rains often. But today was one of those beautiful fall days. A little moody, back and forth with the clouds, but wonderful breaks of sunshine. The color of fall is not just about the leaves. Light changes and dances differently. Some moments of the day they're muted, other moments they are vibrant and rich with blues and contrast. I am such a coastal person. I gather my strength just knowing the (7 comments)
Time Travel in Seattle - 10/15/10 03:34 PM
Last Sunday, October 10, 2010, I took my annual trek up to the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair with my friend Dave. One of my passions in life is books. I love all kinds, especially novels, biographies, and autobiographies. My early school career was less than glorious, but I had an English Literature teacher my last year in high school that sparked something in me. I also had an uncle, one of several colorful, eccentric, passion driven characters in my family who engaged me and my intellect. He was an insatiable reader and loved discussing everything he read. He was the one (15 comments)
Halloween - 10/13/10 10:38 PM
Times change and so much of what we know about life continually morphs into a newly discovered sensibility. Case in point, it was just Columbus Day last Monday and many of us are no longer all that impressed about it (if I’m reading all the ‘tweets’ right). We were taught in School to celebrate the day, the discovery of America. Yet, now, history is rewritten and we realize the fact it was a conquest (with many to follow) and millions of indigenous peoples were compromised, murdered, and basically ripped off to the max. Mr. Columbus didn’t even discover 'here'. He was (4 comments)
Hanging On - 10/09/10 05:58 PM
Ever feel like you're just, Hanging On?... Yesterday was one of those days... I chalked it up to what I call "we must be in one of those weird lunar cycle days." I had several projects in the fire and a lot of catching up to do. I was out in the field most of the week. Not that a great week was ending on a bad note. It was just one of those days that was not going to go according to the most important book ever written (that's never been finished) by my favorite author, René Fabre. It was apparent from (9 comments)
We thrive in the Rain - 10/03/10 02:00 PM
"Nobody Doughs It Better"... Okay, a little corny good old fashioned Pacific Northwest humor... We're a different Northwest now days all grown up and sophisticated. A world leader in many arenas like technology, software, airplanes, coffee, and online networks like Active Rain. Yet, the entrepreneurial spirit here dates back a long time. The Northwest has always been a place where people with ideas implemented their vision.
We never let a little weather stop us from our dreams... In fact... We thrive in the Rain!
It's all in the Goo... - 10/01/10 03:45 PM
Google quietly launched it's stand alone website for shortening URLs... Goo.gl Up against Bit.ly and TinyURL.com, Google says goo.gl will be more secure, stable, and faster.
With the advent of Twitter and SMS, using short URLs has not only become popular but neccessary. Google's Toolbar and Feedburner use short URLs. I'm excited about the fact that Google added Picasa Web Albums and Maps to the 'short' list... Notice Goo also created a QR code... If your phone has a bar scanner app you can scan QR to get the link. If you add a ".qr" at the end of (15 comments)
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