It’s “Blue” Friday! | Let’s sweep – blue Friday + a sleuth tool + “science” + city fruit + a birthday + our boat


At a glance for this week >  Blue Friday + sleuth tool + city fruit + more July “science” + a birthday + a 1936 piece of history! Let’s recap this week and prep for next…cheers to a weekend chaulked full of productive  work + summer play ahead, here to help – the ultimate goal.

Go Hawks + Go Windermere | It is our first official “Blue Friday” in partnership with our Seahawks! Our flags have arrived and are swag is flying high!

Side note, the question has been asked – How long is our Hawk partnership? Answer is: 3 years! Remember, for every home game tackle that the Seahawks make, Windermere is donating $100 to YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides services and support to homeless youth. I’m IN > our #tacklehomelessness campaign.


Sleuthing tool | Catherine Adams (Madison Park) needed to do some investigative work on property ownership and discovered this WA State site that holds “managing partner” info on an LLC.   It is not 100% because some folks have smart lawyers who can shield their names – however this did help Catherine  get to someone that helped with a client’s desire to acquire. Click here for your new sleuthing tool. Thank you Catherine!

This week, the “science” | The NWMLS July 2016 statistical data was released – signaling us to update our Seattle statistics as well. A few talking points + #’s we should know as we continue to master your “science” together. According to the NWMLS, for Metro Seattle (140 + 380 + 385 + 390 + 700 + 705 + 710)…

July 2016 vs. July 2015 | % Change included

  • Months Supply of Inventory | 0.9 vs. 0.7 | up 24%
  • Total Active Listings | 719 vs. 600 | up 20%
  • Median Active List Price | $726,689 vs. $705,862 | up 3%
  • Pending (MTD) | 804 vs. 832 | – 3%
  • Pending (YTD) | 5,304 vs. 5,6644 | -6%
  • # of Closed sales (MTD) | 775 vs. 808 | -4%
  • # of Closed sales (YTD) | 4,307 vs. 4,545 | -5%
  • Median Closed Sales (YTD) | $644,830 vs. $554,516 | up 16%

For a breakdown my NWMLS area, click here and you are up to speed!

City Fruit | Couldn’t help but shout this local resource out. Learned about this from Jamie Roberts (Ballard office)! A wow. City Fruit promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community, and protect the climate.

“Urban fruit trees are a valuable community resource, yet often fruit goes unused because people are not sure when to harvest it, how to best use it, or they are put off by damage caused by preventable disease and pests. We are reclaiming the urban orchard, showing people how to harvest what they need, and to share the rest with others. We help tree owners grow healthy fruit, provide assistance in harvesting and preserving fruit, promote the sharing of extra fruit, and work to protect urban fruit trees.” – City Fruit –  Click here to share this resource in your community, maybe even your home!

Happy Birthday to Ballard’s “Queen B”, manager – Darlene Sozinho – fun to celebrate with you all today, great way to start a Friday! As Cari Sulcer eloquently stated, “party in your birthday suit”…ok, at least your bee costume!

queen b

That’s a wrap for this week, looking forward to next – here to help. Lots of good going on, and a whole lot more time in 2016 to create even more…here to help.

Laura Smith, General Manager | Windermere Real Estate Co + Northwest, Inc.

…and oh, snapped a photo of these Olympic rings at Pocock Rowing Center this week during our Summer Splash Corporate Cup practice. One more race and your Windermere boat hits the waters of Green Lake at Summer Splash 2016. ***This is an actual Olympic flag  from the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin – yup, The Boys in the Boat gold medal race. I thought a fitting add to our sweep this week as we continue to find “our swing” together. Grateful you are in our boat, I like our boat lots!



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