Loren's Perspective: My First Year in the Seattle Real Estate Game

Having lived in Seattle for almost a year and a half it's appropriate to now feel like I have wrapped my mind and soul around this city and love my new home.  Coming from Chicago, with 6 years in the Real Estate business, the biggest challenge was adapting to a new city and all that comes with it.  From attitude and style, Chicago and Seattle are very different, however my first year in the Seattle world has been busy and rewarding and these following moments help describe what I've been up to.  Here's to more adventures and happy clients in 2016!

 

Day one

Inviting french doors on the Lake

Inviting french doors on the Lake

The day I decided to join the Savvy Seattle team with Realogics Sotheby's I went straight to this beautiful home on Greenlake to help set the stage for photo day.  It was a 60 degree day at the end of January, everything fell into place and the home sold for over asking while breaking records.  This definitely set the tone for the year to come. 

 

Great Sendoff to the Beloved Family Home

Crisp paint and charming staging by Lisa Sand Design.

Crisp paint and charming staging by Lisa Sand Design.

This traditional Redmond home was being sold for the first time since our clients had it built in the late 80's.  A dear friend's parents had finally made the move to Arizona for retirement and it was time to say farewell to her childhood home, an emotional sale for the family involved.  This was a group effort that required a lot of trust and it turned out amazing.  It sold the first week on the market and for over asking.  A perfect ending to a much loved family home.

 

Styling the Beach

Picturesque waterfront cabin on the Juan de Fuca.

Picturesque waterfront cabin on the Juan de Fuca.

Before of the same cabin

Sometimes all it takes to bring a fresh perspective is one car-load full of bedding, pillows, and decor.  This unique property has original cabins, on the water, rented out on a nightly basis.  This before photo shows just how drastic these changes make.  Again, setting the stage made all the difference.

 

 

The Work Pays Off

All new paint, landscaping and tuck pointing. 

All new paint, landscaping and tuck pointing. 

Before paint, landscaping, clean up, and staging.

Before paint, landscaping, clean up, and staging.

 

This beautiful Ravenna home had been lived in by renters for the past 10 years and when our clients decided it was time to sell they were open to suggestions.  The bones of this Colonial home were amazing, however the natural neglect with renters for that period of time were distracting. Overseeing the renovation of this home including trim work, exterior & interior paint, landscaping, tuck pointing, lighting and staging was a large job, and a great learning experience and an added benefit to clients who lived out of state.  The difference is incredible and the result was receiving 2 offers after one day on the market and securing over 20% above the listing price!

 

The Millennial Condo Renovation

Cool grey paint with white trim complimented the open 1960's vintage building. 

Cool grey paint with white trim complimented the open 1960's vintage building. 

These clients, also new to Seattle, in one short year bought their first condo, flipped it and sold it for a profit before moving up to their second residential home.  This was completely awe-inspiring and with our staging we were able to sell within the first week while many competitive condos in the same building and area sat on the market for weeks and months. 

 

Following Your Gut

Bistro lights on warm summer nights.

Bistro lights on warm summer nights.

This North Beach mid-century home turned out so cool with a wonderful vibe, the staging by Lisa Sand Design was killer and the table decor for out-door dining was my favorite.  But the real show-stopper is when your clients think you are crazy for wanting to paint their front and back doors mint green, but you just know its going to be so perfect with the brown exterior.  It definitely worked!

 

The Multiple Business

Stunning lighting sets the mood in this Magnolia charmer.

Stunning lighting sets the mood in this Magnolia charmer.

One thing that is currently unique to the Seattle and Eastside market is the multiple offer situations many sellers and buyers are finding themselves in.  With creative ideas and handwork we are still able to help both sides in these situations.  This Magnolia listing was set just right with beautiful photos, broker & public open houses and a week long review date that led eventually to securing 8 offers and going for $100K over asking.  Most importantly, happy buyers and sellers!

 

Working with the Weather

Weeks of forecast watching for this perfect, blue-bird day in the mountains. 

Weeks of forecast watching for this perfect, blue-bird day in the mountains. 

Many times the weather doesn't wait, and in the PNW a moody and sometimes rainy day can be quite beautiful.  However when the house is stunning and the setting is even more so, being open to last minute travel and photo-shoots is necessary.  The finished product is always worth it and even with the snow you can't wait to grab your bathing suit and jump in the water in just a few months, for now snowshoeing will do!

 

Thanks for reading!  Looking forward to sharing more of my favorite moments and experiences along the way.  -- Loren