ballard: Converting skills in merchandising experience into "staging" for clients has proved fruitful... - 10/21/09 09:06 AM
At the early part of my career, I used to manage 3 stores and a warehouse for a locally owned children's furniture store called Kid's Quarters.  A big part of my job was to work with my staff and to make sure that the displays were kept up with current inventory/styles and to rotate vignettes into the display windows and on the sales floor.  While the store is no longer in business in the Seattle area, the experience I gained in merchandising has stayed with me and for the past 6 years has been useful in my real estate business but now re-titled … (1 comments)

ballard: Ballard and the general Greenlake area to have lean new construction units for next 2 years but sales in general still doing well for summer 2009 - 07/27/09 03:15 PM
Famous for its Norweigan heritage (lutefisk and all) and worldwide fame for its cedar shingle manufacturing  from the early settlers days in the area, this neighborhood has grown into a more sleek version of itself in the 2000's. New density has arrived by way of condos and townhomes fueled somewhat by the thought there would be the Monorail to support the increased traffic.  Alas, that didn't happen but the building continued once the financing was underway and the economy at the time supported it.  Granted, not all neighbors have been fans of these changes, but the Growth Management Act enacted in 1990 … (0 comments)

ballard: What's up with Zillow's valuation system in King County for July 2009? - 07/23/09 05:57 AM
Has anyone else noticed that the Zillow estimates have started showing spikes in values in the close in metro areas but they continue to show drops in the outlying areas?  I find this interesting since within the past couple of months the Seattle metro area has been classified a "declining market" by the financial/banking sector.
We've had more than one lender tell us that appraisals continue to be an issue and the Seattle market has now been hit with it, not just areas like Kent, Maple Valley, Renton, Tacoma, etc.  Five (5%) percent of all deals that are being written right now … (4 comments)

ballard: Seattle's north end market activity update... - 07/15/09 07:34 AM
The northern end of Seattle is a mixed bag of activity. There are 2 main areas designated in the local MLS called 705 and 710. Area 705 encompasses neighborhoods such as Ballard, Greenlake, Greenwood, and more. Basically, anything west of I-5, north of the Ballard locks/ship canal, all the way up to Seattle's border at 145th Street. This is the largest market area of Seattle in terms of number of homes and land coverage.
Which means you'll get a mixed bag of activity. The Ballard and Phinney Ridge areas continue to have some of the lowest on market times for homes … (0 comments)

ballard: Another Team Reba open house this Sunday, May 24 from 1-4pm in Ballard/Phinney area - 05/23/09 12:43 PM
Open house is from 1-4pm on Sunday, over Memorial weekend.  You can access this link to see the full add on this home in the popular Ballard and Phinney neighborhoods.  Priced at $485,000 this 3 bedroom home is expected to have a lot of interest due to its fantastic location within walking distance to the Phinney Ridge shopping district.  Close access to shops and restaurants make this a dream location for many.  Park the car and get out walking in this fantastic neighborhood!
Slideshow of all photos can be accessed here.

ballard: Commercial lease client looking for space for photography studio in Seattle - 10/29/08 04:06 AM
Notes below are from the client with a short list of what she's looking for.  The client doesn't do portraiture, but rather photo shoots for a variety of commercial clients including restaurant/food, as well as food products.
for a new studio space. I would prefer to be just outside of the main downtown corridor (for price & parking)  
Ideally, it would be around 2,000 sq';
I need a min of about 1,000 open space for shooting, and some office spaces;
space/plumbing for a kitchen & I'm willing to do some building out.  
The warehouse price point is more in … (2 comments)

ballard: Responding to a question about transit and housing prices - 10/06/08 05:57 AM
Today, I received this question in my email inbox from someone who had contacted me via AR.  Here is the question and my reply.  I'm also going to put a little more commentary on here too since I realized that I may not have answered his question entirely in my first response.
Reba:Do you think that real estate values will grow faster over the next year near light rail stations in Rainier Valley as light rail opening gets closer than is the case in hot North Seattle neighborhoods like Ballard and Wallingford that are only served by buses (with some bus … (0 comments)

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