Tips For Sellers – Preparing Your Home for the Market

Tips For Sellers – Preparing Your Home for the Market

Most people understand that good “curb appeal” is important in getting top dollar for a home.  After all, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.  Equally important to good curb appeal is how the interior of the house presents itself.  The process is to essentially “deconstruct” your home as you live in it and then “reconstruct” it to be ready for sale.

The first step is to get a head start on reducing clutter throughout the house.  This means clearing excessive papers, books on shelves and desktops, and minimizing overcrowded counter tops in kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

IMG_0003The second step is to determine if you need to reduce the amount of furniture in the house.  The more cluttered the home appears, the more cramped it will feel to buyers.  A garage, for example, can be a good place to store personal belongings while the home is on the market.

Step three is to “neutralize” the home so it appeals to the broadest possible audience.  For example, freshen up your walls by choosing neutral paint colors.  Also consider removing any polarizing political, religious, or symbolic objects, and any personal family photos.  Personal objects in the home can make buyers feel like they are intruding on your home.

With the previous steps completed, you are now ready to do a thorough, deep cleaning of the home.  Think of this as the “spring cleaning” effort of a lifetime!

The final step is to “reconstruct” the home so that it is easy to show, and each room is visually appealing.  This may mean reorganizing existing furniture and decorations.  A staging specialist can help organize existing furniture or refurnish the entire home.

Call me today for a professional opinion on how to get your home ready for the market.




Caspar Babypants Coming To NE Seattle Top Pot Doughnuts!

Caspar Babypants Coming To NE Seattle Top Pot Doughnuts!

CBPFree LIVE Halloween concert from Seattle‘s very own Caspar Babypants!

*Saturday October 26th @ 11:00 a.m.

*Top Pot Doughnuts: 6855 35th Ave NE

*Halloween Costume Party

*Free Prizes!!

*Best Costume Competition!!

All ages welcome!

Help Celebrate Thistle Theater’s 20th Year!

Help Celebrate Thistle Theater’s 20th Year!


Welcome to our 20th Season!

Located in Seattle’s Magnuson Park, Thistle Theatre offers the most affordable, professional theatre experience to families in the Puget Sound area. If you haven’t visited one of their three locations yet, join the thousands of families that have enjoyed performances. Make this the year you introduce your family and friends to this traditional style of Japanese puppetry.

Thistle Theatre is the only puppet theatre in the NW specializing in the Bunraku-style of puppetry. We are at the forefront of evolving and exploring this increasingly popular Japanese style of puppetry. Our own hand-crafted puppets are brought to life by puppeteers dressed in black, operating the puppets from behind for realistic movement. The puppets, props and scenery are designed and created by Thistle Theatre artists. Our productions are carefully crafted to have layers of action and language to please audiences of all ages, each performed by a team of professional actor/puppeteers with excellent character and singing voices. This season each 45 minute play is appropriate for ages 3 and up.

Click here for the 2012-2013 schedule.

Adopt A Pet at University Village Via Seattle Humane Society’s MaxMobile!

Adopt A Pet at University Village Via Seattle Humane Society’s MaxMobile!

Adopt a Pet

Visit the MaxMobile as it stops by University Village and adopt your new best friend!

The MaxMobile is the Seattle Humane Society’s mobile adoption and education unit that has cats, dogs and critters ready for on-the-spot adoptions.

Upcoming MaxMobile visits:

October 7 / 11 am – 3 pm

October 18 / 12-3 pm

November 4 / 11 am – 3 pm

November 15 / 12-3 pm


The MaxMobile can be found outside of Ravenna Gardens during appearances.

Fire Station #38 For Sale in the Ravenna/Bryant Neighborhood

Fire Station #38 For Sale in the Ravenna/Bryant Neighborhood

The time has finally arrived to purchase your very own piece of Seattle history!  Located in the Ravenna/Bryant neighborhood of NE Seattle, Fire Station #38 has lots to offer with 2,568 s.f. of living space and 6 parking spots!  The building and land are assessed at just over $1,000,000.00 and the minimum offer that will be accepted is $350,000.  Offers must be in by April 20, 2012 at 5 p.m. and should contain no contingencies.

Join Colliers International for 2 open houses;  March 10th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and April 7th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m..  Bring you architect, contractor, and designer to help you envision your new home.  Remember that this property is a registered landmark which means the exterior of the building cannot be changed!

If you are interested in looking at this Northeast Seattle property or any other Northeast Seattle property, please call me at 206-334-6761.

Watts Basketball After School Player Development Programs

Watts Basketball After School Player Development Programs

At Sound Mind & Body in Fremont

GET BETTER DAILY!!! Contact Us for Registration and any questions!

206.420.2064 or

Our World Class Player Development Program has a long-term developmental approach focused on Basketball Fundamentals. Athletic Development. Mental Intangibles!!

1 Session a week for 2 months starting February for only $337.50!!
More classes available soon … Keep a look out for information on College Prep and Varsity Sessions!!







# of Students

Wednesday @ SMB Essential 4th – 7th 3:00-4:00 Court Time Min 6 Max 16
  Essential 4th – 7th 4:00-4:30 Physical Training Min 6 Max 16
Wednesday @ SMB Essential 6th – 8th 3:30-4:00 Physical Training Min 6 Max 16
  Essential 6th – 8th 4:00-5:00 Court Time Min 6 Max 16

Court time classes are going to focus on:
**                  Building confidence on and off the court
**                  Fundamentals of movement: speed, agility, and strength
**                  Fundamentals of basketball: ball handling, passing, shooting, sportsmanship, and competition

**                  Mastering of fundamentals

Athletic Development with Personal Trainer, Will Whatley, will focus on:
**                  Age appropriate physical training

**                  Balance
**                  Core stability
**                  Fluidity training
**                  Speed ladder, reactive training, and agility

Benefits beyond basketball include:

**                  Creating a desire to learn on own

**                  Coach-ability and how to be a leader

**                  Drive to perform to their highest potential

**                  A love of learning that extends beyond the court


**                  Long-term goals

**                  Journaling and tracking progress to show improvements

**                  Daily home routine (push ups, sit ups, calf raises…)

**                  Fundamentals at home (ball handling, ladders, speed…)

NE Seattle History Exhibit At The Seattle Public Library NE Branch

NE Seattle History Exhibit At The Seattle Public Library NE Branch

In celebration of Neighbor Appreciation Day on Feb. 11, the Northeast Branch is hosting an exhibit on neighborhood history throughout the month of February.

Did you know that Northeast Seattle was once the home of a ghost town, a lumber mill, a college (not the University of Washington!), an airport, a railroad, a mosquito fleet, a saint, a dairy farm and the city’s first p-patch?

From February 1-28, visit the Northeast Branch to discover historic photos, maps and articles about the development of Wedgwood, View Ridge, Laurelhurst, Meadowbrook and Ravenna.

For more information, call the Northeast Branch at 206-684-7539.

For more information about Northeast Seattle Real Estate, please feel free to contact me at 206-334-6761 or

SOLD in 2 Days With 2 Offers!

SOLD in 2 Days With 2 Offers!

This darling home, in the Rose Hill neighborhood, sold in 2 days and had 2 offers!

If you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell a home, please contact me at 206-334-6761 or I specialize in the NE Seattle area but I’m happy to look at your neighborhood too!




Room & Board To Replace Barnes & Noble At Univeristy Village

Room & Board To Replace Barnes & Noble At University Village

The Seattle Times announced today that the modern furniture store, Room & Board, will be taking 27,000 sq. ft. of the space formerly occupied by Barnes & Noble at University Village.  The remaining 19,000 sq. ft. has yet to be leased.

This announcement comes as shock to many NE Seattle residents as Barnes & Noble became a “home away from home” for many.  I for one will miss the book store immensely.

If you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell a home in NE Seattle, please give me a call! 206-334-6761 or





Easy and helpful tips to winterize your home.

Easy and helpful tips to winterize your home.

Old Man Winter is back and since the forecast is calling for a colder and wetter winter this year, be prepared.  Below are 7 easy and helpful tips to get your home winterized.

1. Stop Drafts!

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that a simple draft can waste between 5-30% of energy use.  If you feel a draft coming in from under a door simply roll a towel and place it along the bottom of the door.  You can purchase fancier versions of this but a towel works great.  Make sure that drafts are not affecting your thermostat.  A draft can give your thermostat a false reading and therefore cause it to work overtime.  If you have drafty single-pane windows, pick up a Window Insulation Kit for under $10.00.

2. Change Furnace Filters!

During the heating season you should change your furnace filters once a month.  Dirty filters restrict air flow therefore increasing energy demand.  You may also consider switching to an electrostatic filter.  Electrostatic filters catch between 40-70% more debris than fiberglass filters.  Even better are HEPA filters which gather up to 99% of debris such as molds, bacterias, pollen, viruses, etc.

3. Drain A/C & Water Lines!

Simply drain any hoses or A/C pipes and be sure there is no pooling water in the equipment. Make sure all outdoor hoses are rolled up and stored away for the winter.  Cover any hose bibs with some type of insulator.  You can purchase a hose bib cover for under $5.00

4. Turn Down Your Water Heater!

Most home water heaters are set at 140 degrees but most of us don’t use or need water that hot. However you are paying extra for the energy it costs to heat the water.  Turning down your water heater can save you between 6-10% on you heating bill.

5. Tune Up Your Furnace!

Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated, and properly adjusted can save you up to 5% on your energy bill.  If your furnace is old, it might be time for an upgrade.  New furnaces can be expensive but it will save you in the long run.

6. Reprogram Your Thermostat!

It’s probably not necessary to keep your heat on all day long.  Set your thermostat to come on 1 hour before you get home and turn it off at night when you go to sleep.  Did you know that every degree you turn down your thermostat can save you between 1-3% on your heating bill?

7. Insulate Your Attic Floor and Basement Ceiling!

We all know that heat rises and if your attic is not well insulated, the heat goes up and out.  Adding insulation to all interior walls can make a huge difference as well.