Tips for Spring Sellers!

 

The flowers are starting to bud, and the sun is peaking through the clouds (on some days); Spring is in the air and For Sale signs are emerging around Seattle. How do you stay ahead of the game? As the housing market begins to heat up, sellers can take these extra steps to help stand out among the rest. At first glance, potential buyers are scrutinizing your property before they even step foot in the door, and having a clean entrance and yard can make a big difference for first impressions.  Adding a beautiful potted plant to the front porch, or staining the front deck could be relatively small projects that could add generous appeal to your home.

Staging your home is another great way to entice buyers to choose your home. Hiring professionals to arrange your home to appeal to a broad array of buyers could be the difference between a buyer choosing your home, or choosing one just down the street. Removing personal belongings helps buyers envision themselves living on the property- not you. Also remember to give your home a good cleaning before showings; a clean home feels bigger and more inviting.

For more information on Seattle real estate, contact your local real estate agent today.

Capitol Hill Real Estate: Steady as She Goes

Capitol Hill SeattleCapitol Hill Real Estate is pretty steady as compared to last year.  This July there was 51 sales, the average days on market for a Capitol Hill property was 35 days, and the average sales price was just over $500,000.  Comparing this to last July there was 57 sales, the average was 32 days on market, and the average sales price was slightly over $525,000.  All the numbers are very similar to the previous year.  For example, the above pictured North Capitol Hill home sold twice in the past year and half.  Both times the home sold for essentially the same price indicating the market has been relatively steady over that time.

Capitol Hill real estate market has a small sample size so the statistics have to be tempered because a few sales can make a huge difference.  Looking at both residential and condo sales in the Central Seattle real estate market (east of I-5 to the lake; south of the Montlake Cut to I-90) the number of sales increased (last July 146 sales vs 153 sales this July) but the average sales price decreased slightly from $650,977 to $644,454.

While numbers were gathered from the Northwest Multiple listing Service; Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Feel free to contact me if you want a complimentary price opinion of your home:  Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark Real Estate.

North Capitol Hill Craftsman Home: $685,000

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This lovely 4 bed, 2.25 bath North Capitol Hill Craftsman home is now available! Features of the home include beamed ceilings, oak flooring, wainscot paneling, large windows, cheerful garden, covered porch and an upper deck. The home is located in close proximity to shops, restaurants, Volunteer Park, schools and also a short distance to the University of Washington, downtown Seattle and freeway access. The home is currently leased through February 2015, if you are interested in this or other Capitol Hill neighborhood homes, contact your local real estate agent today!

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 4/2.25
Price: $685,000

Restaurant Marron Opening in Olivar’s Old Location

After 6 years on the hill, Olivar’s will close its doors at the end of April. According to Seattle Met, Eric and Zarina Sakai are bringing “fine dining without the fluff” to this historically unsuccessful restaurant spot, and we certainly hope they break the dryspell. This dynamic duo is bringing their culinary expertise to the hill to tease our palates with a culinary journey of a steadfast European tradition; Restaurant Marron will serve a 16 course, hours-long tasting menu of french inspired dishes with modern flavors, and the Seattle twist in this establishment is eating like Kings in a casual setting. Olivars

Eric Sakai has pledged to keep the atmosphere casual, and the dishes unique and tasty. Opening sometime this summer, diners will have the option of the 16 course tasting bites menu or choose a four course menu option if they’re not up for the commitment. Stay tuned for future updates on the opening date.

OutWatch Group To Conduct Late-Night Patrols of Capitol Hill Streets

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In response to a recent duo of violent attacks in the neighborhood – a rape and an attack on a drag performer – Jennifer Dietrich, who runs Capitol Hill’s Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty, is spearheading the formation a new public safety group called OutWatch, in an effort to make people feel safer walking around Capitol Hill at night.

The patrols, which will will be made up of groups of four, including two people trained in self defense, would operate from about 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday, and would be available to escort people to their cars or to other safe places. According to an article about the meeting in The Seattle Times, Dietrich said, “Whoever lives and works up here should be able to get from point A to point B without being afraid or without being attacked.”

OutWatch hearkens back to an early-1990s group called Q Patrol, whose members were trained in self defense and patrolled the streets in response to gay-bashing incidents in the neighborhood.

North Capitol Hill Condo Available: $1,595,000

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This 4 bed 3 bath convenient urban condo in the North Capitol Hill neighborhood is now available, and has much to offer prospective homeowners! Gated entryway in a boutique complex, with expansive western views including Lake Union, the Space Needle, Puget Sound, Queen Anne and the Olympics. Features include walnut flooring, fireplace, breakfast/reading room, master suite + two additional bedrooms, and an additional full bath. This listing includes a 1,289 sf, one bedroom garden level condo full of natural light, hickory floors, and living and dining areas. Gorgeous grounds, outdoor pool, an urban oasis!

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 4&3
Price: $1,595,000

Ghost Beach Performing at the Baltic Lounge this Weekend

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Looking for something interesting to do this weekend on the Hill? If you haven’t been to a show at the Baltic Room in a while, head over and check out the third Friday Sex Pop series experience, featuring Electro pop group Ghost Beach on February 15th. They’ve barely been on the map for a year, but the Brooklyn duo Josh Ocean and Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn have already established themselves as a vibrant force to be reckoned with.Their first album was released last March, and their more recent debut of Modern Tongues EP  has Ocean unleashing the lyrics while Doc orchestrates the beats and guitar. This won’t be your typical electro pop show, with hip hop/dj Noah Hyde opening, tickling your ears with a mix of his remixes from Youth Lagoon, to Wake Owl before Ghost beach takes you on a feeding frenzy for the eyes and ears.

 

Seattle University Gets Approval to Plan Expansion

Yesterday Seattle University received the approval from the City Council for a plan that would more than double the school’s square footage of campus space on Broadway & Madison St. Right now the University is spread across 2.04 million sf of the 4.8 acre campus. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, the school’s master plan is designed to stimulate growth of the University over the next 10-20 years, and by 2028 the school hopes to add 2.1 million sf of classrooms, parking, housing, retail and other buildings.

The plan includes taller buildings, and expansion of the campus’ boundary lines, and campus officials have said that the plan is necessary in preparation for the projected growth of the university; an estimated 2,500 students by 2028. Will this affect the cost of rent in the area? Most likely, but officials will have plans for housing to accommodate the influx of students who want to live on campus as well. The city’s approval doesn’t necessary approve any specific projects, but does allow the University to continue planning.

Capitol Hill Craftsman Home Available

This lovely 4 bed 2 bath craftsman home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood is now available for rent! The home has a gourmet kitchen with an island breakfast bar for gathering around the kitchen. There is also a formal dining room, and large living room with hardwood flooring. The top floor hosts a master bedroom with a nice sitting area and two additional bedrooms, while the lower level has a family room and additional bedroom. Fore more information on this home or other Seattle Rentals visit Ewing & Clark.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4/2.0
Price: $3,900

Capitol Hill Youth Center Faces Closure

One of Capitol Hill’s popular homeless youth centers may be facing closure if they aren’t able to raise enough funds by this upcoming Wednesday October 17th. The Peace for the Streets by Kids From the Streets shelter has been around 18 years, and staff, volunteers, and youth who use the shelter are trying desperately to raise enough funds to keep the shelter afloat.

The shelter’s mission is to support homeless and at risk youth and young adults to lead a positive and self sufficient lifestyle. If the shelter can raise enough in donations to last them throughout the end of the month, they may have enough time to apply for grants to help for future funding, according to the Seattle Times. This year the center did not receive some $70,000+ in donations that they usually can count on, possibly due to the economy, and higher numbers in need at the shelter. The PSKS Center is noted for not turning away, when other shelters choose to turn away some youth who are not sober, have mental health issues, or even those who have pets. If you’d like more information on the youth center, or wish to donate, visit the Foundation’s Website.