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  • Madison Park to stay a seller’s market
    Madison Park certainly reflects the strong growth in the region. In the last five years, Madison Park has seen the average sales price of a home nearly double to $1.294 million and the days on market drop by almost 75 percent to 21.
  • How to build your own planter bed
    One of my favorite springtime projects is building a planter bed. It’s not only a reminder that sunnier, warmer months are on the horizon, but it’s also easy and affordable to make—a DIY win-win in my book.
  • East Madison Street storefront being upgraded for new tenants

    Long vacant commercial spaces on East Madison Street should be ready to house new Madison Park businesses by this summer.
    Ewing & Clark purchased 4116 E. Madison St. for $1.38 million in October 2017. The King County Assessor’s Office last assessed the value of the property at $662,500.

  • Mr. Akers’ article “New GOP tax plan means fewer deductions for homeowners” contains a factual inaccuracy regarding the new mortgage interest limits.  It also seems to gloss over the fact that many middle and lower income taxpayers will actually have lower overall tax bills next year as a result of this new tax bill, even here in Seattle.
  • Seattle real estate might be compared to a game of musical chairs.  Anybody who has a seat is fearful of standing-up, because they won’t be able to find another home to buy.
  • Mayor announces short-term housing proposal
    Students at the Seattle Vocational Institute briefly put down their hammers and saws on Wednesday, so Mayor Jenny Durkan could announce her plans to create more tiny houses and short-term measures to addressing affordability and homelessness using $11 million in proceeds from the sale of city-owned South Lake Union property expected to close this summer.
  • Snowfall is normally heavy and wet in the Pacific Northwest and rare as it is, when it occurs, it often covers everything in a thick blanket.
  • The Seattle metro area housing market has continued to make local and national headlines recently, as the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index indicates that the Emerald City had led the nation in home price growth for fifteen consecutive months, with a 12.7 percent year-over-year increase in November 2017.
  • Yellow: Considered the most beautiful and prestigious color in Imperial China, yellow was the Emperor’s color.
  • According to the National Association of Realtors, the sale of homes across the United States is expected to increase 3.7 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. Driving the increase will be a continued lack of housing inventory to purchase.
  • Last year closed out with a bang — December 2017’s real estate market continued to thrive.
  • Homeownership in the U.S. has been declining for most of the last decade.  According to the October 31st report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, the rate of homeownership in the U.S. is currently 63.9 percent, down from the all-time high of 69.2 percent reached in 2004.  The new GOP tax bill is expected to cause homeownership to decline further.
  • Many homeowners may not realize that their landscape can increase the value of their home by 8 to 12 percent.
  • Tree Talk: From Rome to Brindisi… and on to Seattle
    One day in the early 1990s, when my son was not much past ten, we were walking down a Madison Park sidewalk and he spotted a tall, columnar evergreen tree, pointed to it and said, “Look Dad, the Via Appia.”
  • Renovations underway for Gillespie building
    Sold several months ago, the dilapidated building located in the heart of Madison park’s commercial district that has been described by neighborhood residents as a “blight” has quite a few changes coming its way.
  • Neighborhood groups seek to stop Seattle housing upzone plan
    The city of Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability policy has been controversial from the start, but the tenor of the debate was ratcheted up Monday as 24 groups from around the city rallied at City Hall, vowing to stop the plan.
  • Council passes short-term rental tax, pauses on regulation
    Operators of short-term rental units and housing advocates weren’t silent as the Seattle City Council referred regulatory legislation back to committee last week.
  • In the City of Seattle, our dog population outnumbers our population of children, a testament to the fact that many of us are living with dogs and undoubtedly other pets in the city. 
  • Transformational changes are occurring all around us, including business, technology and culture.
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