It’s Friday, let’s sweep! | Property flyers + Custom Xpress || Episode #9, Double Down [on repeat]

Welcome to Friday everyone. I started today celebrating the life of Christopher Grimm of our Ballard office. What I took from this special gathering was a reminder of the impact we have in people’s lives. From those 30 second interactions we have with others, to saying hello to someone walking by, to having a drink with girlfriends (yes, I had a chance to do this late last night!) to putting a phone away when we cross the threshold of our front door after a long day. We each make an impact in our walk. It’s a choice and I am grateful for the reminder.

FWL we will feature & hit the repeat button on Episode #9 of my Double Down podcast. Before we do, a quick note with respect to our Brand Reveal and troubles with some of the Custom Xpress flyer templates. Our Tune Up team has been able to clearly articulate to our Marketing Department your feedback. Behind the scenes there is an all hands on deck approach to address anything that needs a fix post Brand Reveal. Custom Xpress who has authorized people to work overtime to help expedite.

I will also say, while out touring this week I’ve seen stunning marketing materials with our new branding marks – Custom Xpress goodness. Plus, a sign of more listing inventory. Well done!!!

If you need help with flyers, Maddy from our Tune Up team is standing by to help:: tuneup@windermere.com is a go-to solution in the immediate.

 Please join me – 34 minutes with David Daniel (Demco), Matthew Gardner (Chief Economist) and co-host, Jordan Malloch as we discuss + comment on Waterfront Seattle’s proposed LID and digest Matthew’s commentary on Seattle’s economy post Q1 Gardner Report – and how this is reflected in our real estate marketplace.

Stay curious my friends and have a fantastic Mother’s Day weekend in productive work + play!

#WeAreWindermere

Laura Smith, Co-owner | Windermere Real Estate Co.

Ballard + Eastlake + Madison Park + Northgate + Sand Point + Wedgwood

It’s Friday, let’s sweep! || WRE Cup weekend + Episode #9, Double Down

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Welcome to Friday and the eve of all things Windermere Cup! Looking for all the know before you go” details – click here. The currency with our new branding marks plastered all of the University of Washington has been fun to see! This weekend is the epitome of community + sport. I hope you take advantage where you can. #WeAreWindermere

Fridays with Laura features Episode #9 of my Double Down podcast. Please join me – 34 minutes with David Daniel (Demco), Matthew Gardner (Chief Economist) and co-host, Jordan Malloch as we discuss + comment on Waterfront Seattle’s proposed LID and digest Matthew’s commentary on Seattle’s economy post Q1 Gardner Report – and how this is reflected in our real estate marketplace.

 

Stay curious my friends and have a fantastic WRE Cup weekend in productive work + play!


#WeAreWindermere

Laura Smith, General Manager | Windermere Real Estate Co.

Ballard + Eastlake + Madison Park + Northgate + Sand Point + Wedgwood

It’s Friday, let’s sweep! | #100 + / rǝ-‘freSH / + Q1 is done + throw down success!

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Welcome to the wrap of another Friday, together! I’m pumped about this one, it’s my  #100 blog post. Thanks for following – you inspire me to write. Ok, back to it – Trivia throw down a complete success last night! We packed The Market Arms in Ballard, fun was had, culture was enjoyed, community was felt, we made a difference and ideas were born – all thanks to the creative spirit of Ballard broker, Sara Medford, our Ballard office and the contagious energy of our Windermere Foundation reps! THAT will indeed be an annual event – I think we’ll need a bigger space next year – amazing turnout. #WeAreWindermere

Today I wrapped up recording of Episode #9 of my Double Down podcast. With co-host Jordan Malloch we had a lively conversation with David Daniel (Demco) and Matthew Gardner. Topics included: what socks Matthew was wearing, the Waterfront Seattle LID, Seattle economics, Amazon and the like. Next week plan to listen in – I learned a ton today!

In the immediate if you have a hankering for #’s, our Western Washington Q1 Gardner Report is hot off the press this week – ready for you to digest and then share with others. Click the image below! Need help sharing, just ask. We can help.

Spring is indeed the time of renewal! Our brand refresh is here…May 1st – yes, that is this upcoming Tuesday. Our offices are busy in getting your signage + business cards into the production line-ups.  We’ll keep you posted on arrival of the new goods! Ps, folks have asked about swag with the new “marks” – hats, gear and the like coming our way!

Click here to see more and feel free to share your social media feeds! 

…and a reminder in our upcoming community happenings – we now have 4 shred events upcoming! Nice to know we have options to shout out. Good luck this weekend Wedgwood – I’m certain you’ll again fill the trucks!

April 28th | 11-3 | Wedgwood Office

May 12th | 11-1 | Ballard Office

May 12th | 11-2 *shred only* | Madison Park Office

May 19th | 10-2 | Metropolitan Market, hosted by Sand Point

Stay curious my friends and have a fantastic weekend in productive work + play. Here to help, that is the ultimate goal!

#WeAreWindermere

Laura Smith, General Manager | Windermere Real Estate Co.

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It’s Friday, let’s sweep! || a throw down + a proposed LID + guest blogger, topic: “Amazon move”

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Welcome to Friday! The sun is out, I see blue sky. Should I stop right there?! Ok, I will proceed – let’s sweep this week and prepare for the next…our weekly habit and digestible bites, together. First things first, a throw down…

Windermere Ballard is issuing a trivia night throw down challenge!! Do you have your team together? Are you smarter than Ballard? On Thursday, April 26th at 6:30pm, Ballard will be getting together at The Market Arms for Trivia Night. The cost is $40 per team (up to 4 people per team) and everything raised goes to the Windermere Foundation. There will be prizes for the winner, best team name, and best outfit. And bragging rights. Rumor has it, Sand Point has 5 teams already! Smack talk begins…3, 2, 1, NOW!

To reserve your spot, go to your fabulous WRE Foundation rep in your office or email Ballard broker, Sara Medford at smedford@windermere.com.

This. I’m just learning about this. I may be late to the table in sharing and am wrapping my head around the proposed LID for our waterfront neighbors. I’m pondering adding this as a topic to my next podcast, as I learn more. Demco most likely will have soundbites for us – what we should know, be speaking to, disclosing…as real estate professionals should this come to light. In the immediate, dive in and learn with me…Waterfront Seattle | Local Improvement District [LID]

I did not know this either! Broker, Diane Terry is our guest blogger today based on her social media post this week. Diane, thank you for sharing!

*and yes, I asked permission to re-post!*

…”Amazon will give you a discount for 90 days? It’s among the offers of 10-25 percent off you can access when you file a change-of-address with the U.S. postal service. You’ll get coupons for CB2, West Elm, Wayfair, Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond and more.

But the cherry on top is Amazon, from which you probably order dozens of little things every time you settle into a new place. Whether you’re nabbing a new abode or sending a child off to college, don’t forget to take advantage of the only “free money” that comes with moving.” – Diane Terry Amazon move details here!

…and speaking to lending a hand in moving  + community happenings – we have 3 shred events upcoming! Nice to know we have options to shout out. #WeAreWindermere

April 28th | 11-3 | Wedgwood Office

May 12th | 11-2 *shred only* | Madison Park Office

May 19th | 10-2 | Metropolitan Market, hosted by Sand Point

Stay curious my friends and have a fantastic weekend in productive work + play. Here to help, that is the ultimate goal!

Laura Smith, General Manager | Windermere Real Estate Co.

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It’s Friday, let’s sweep! | March digestible “science” > know your #’s

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Welcome to Friday! I’m dipping my toe back into our local market as I prepare to re-enter post vacation next week. In taking a look at our March Seattle Reports, these are the digestible bites I have noticed…

Ps, Feel free to leave a “comment” in the comment box (upper left hand corner of FWL blog) in what you’ve noticed…I’m curious what you’ve noticed?!

***I’ll call each of you next week if you leave a comment – let’s connect!***

 

MARCH MONTHLY TALKING POINTS
Seattle (based on Residential and Condominium report):
Active inventory rose 6% to 600 properties but buyers experienced no relief with the median price increasing 15.7% from March 2017 to March 2018 ($730,000 from $630,900).
Well over half (60%) of the 766 properties that closed in March sold for over asking price.  The median amount above list price was 10%.
82.4% of the closings had Days on Market of less than 15 days.
Who a buyer hirers can be the difference of owning a property or not.
4.44% interest rates are 0.63% higher than 2017 low of 3.81% (September 2017).
For the FULL reports for both Seattle + Eastside click here
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I’ll be back in the offices next week post Spring Break! I’ve enjoyed goofing off with these fine people in Disneyland and Palm Spring – hot, hot, hot!

Laura Smith, General Manager | Windermere Real Estate Co.

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Ballard + Eastlake + Madison Park + Northgate + Sand Point + Wedgwood

 

 

 

It’s Friday, let’s sweep! | Episode #8 Double Down:: marketing

Windermere Real Estate Co.

This week, Episode #8 in our Double Down podcast is ready to deliver to you! Our episode runs just under 34 minutes with Ballard manager Darlene Sozihno, broker Kayse Gundram and Windermere’s new Regional Marketing Director, Christopher King. The topic:: marketing.

Enjoy the conversation!

Episode #8 now hosted on my homepage along with the rest of the episodes – homepage here!

…and I hope you find a little luck, a pot o’ gold or even a four leaf clover this St Patty’s Day weekend! Here to help – give a shout if you need anything.

Laura Smith, General Manager | Windermere Real Estate Co.

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Ballard + Eastlake + Madison Park + Northgate + Sand Point + Wedgwood

It’s Friday, let’s sweep! | A St Patrick’s day event planned for you!

Ballard + Eastlake + Madison Park + Northgate + Sand Point + Wedgwood

Six,

This week lets digest an opportunity in fun + community. Next week we’ll get back to our local market from a statistical optic as we navigate our fiercely competitive spring market.

Do you have plans for St Patrick’s Day?

Let me help you with that! Windermere is again proud to sponsor Debuts & Discoveries co-presented by University Sunrise Rotary Club and Seattle Uncorked, this year benefiting Friends of the Children.

Debuts & Discoveries is a beer, wine and spirits tasting that showcases some of the newest and best producers in Washington. This is our 5th year in sponsorship as it perfectly aligns with the Windermere ways in being local, community focused and benefitting at-risk kids right here in Seattle.

The 11th annual Debuts & Discoveries will take place on March 17th, 2018 from 5-9pm. This is an easy fun invite to your clients, sphere and the like! If you’d like to request digital marketing around this event – email Maddy:: tuneup@windermere.com – she has the creative goods!

More details + tickets here!

 Come! You might just find that pot O’ gold on St Patty’s Day!

Laura Smith, General Manager | Windermere Real Estate Co.

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Ballard + Eastlake + Madison Park + Northgate + Sand Point + Wedgwood