All posts by Peggy Foster

Eat, work, sleep, repeat. No wait, there’s more!

Do you remember that movie “Groundhog Day”?   The one where Bill Murray’s character gets caught in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over and over again until he starts to re-evaluate his life and priorities.

I think a lot of us get caught up in the day to day minutiae.  It takes courage and vision to look past what we know as familar and comfortable in order to discover a better version of ourselves.

I, for one, am taking that great leap of faith and making my move this Spring.

Downsizing?  Bring it on!  Simpler, more efficient lifestyle?  You betcha!  Holding on to things that no longer serve my best interest?  No thanks!

Besides, the market is ripe for selling and I’m not waiting to see what the future brings.  I’m ready for positive changes.   How ’bout you?

If you have 15-20 minutes to spare, I would be delighted to meet with you and show you how to make your next move, the best move.

Bellevue Home Tour … Good things come in small packages!

 

Come see the latest remodel trends in this Classic rambler. Small spaces with large picture windows bring the outdoors inside.

Fantastic location right in the heart of Lake Hills.  Ooops!  It’s already pending!  Next!

Small rambler on large lot.  If you can look past the interior design, or lack thereof, you’ll see a diamond in the rough.  Might be a bit overpriced but it’s the only game in town, for the moment.

Bellevue Home Tour – Rambler Today, Gone Tomorrow

Since we’re still waiting for more homes to come on the market, today’s tour will be brief.

We have a rambler in Lake Hills which has been partially updated and is in excellent condition. This home is perfect for a multi-generational family with a 2nd kitchen and plenty of living/sleeping space on the lower level.

 

 

And we have a charming, mid-century rambler in Newport Hills that is in excellent condition  but could do with a modern make-over.  Both seem priced to sell.

 

Tour starts at 11:30!  Call for details:  206-419-2350

Bellevue Home Tour … the Trifecta!

Lake Hills custom home with every feature you could imagine! Shy half acre in private setting next to greenbelt.  Just one question … why is it still on the market?!

Woodridge Glen split level home desperately needs TLC (on the inside).  Beautiful, mature grounds include arbor, water feature, fruit trees and gazebo.  Priced to sell!  Reviewing
offers on Saturday.

 

Newport Hills newest masterpiece!  A brand new custom home with EVERYTHING you could possibly want.  The only downside is, you may never want to leave!

Tour starts at 11am.  Call for details … 206-419-2350

Stay tuned …  photos forthcoming

Bellevue Home Tour … featuring Newport Hills

There are fixers and then there are FIXERS!  Today’s tour highlights two northwest contemporary homes and that’s where the similarities end.

 

This home, while a bit dated, it is in immaculate condition, beautifully staged and move-in ready.

 

 

Love the retro kitchen!

 

 

I would post photos of the other “fixer” but the smell was unbearable so I didn’t stay long enough to take any.

It will be interesting to see which home sells first and at what price!

Stay tuned … more to come!

Real Estate Update for Bellevue WA

As of today, there were only 3 new listings in Bellevue: one classic, tri-level remodel and 2 new construction pre-sales.  It appears most sellers are recovering from the holidays and waiting for the Spring market rush.

Meanwhile, homebuyer frustration continues, as noted from a few of our local Real Estate authorities.

“The data just keeps telling the same story – low inventory and increasing prices. As one of our brokers put it, ‘Sellers received an awesome Christmas gift in December, but buyers  only a lump of coal’.” Mike Grady, president/COO of Coldwell Banker Bain.

“The housing market remains frenzy hot on a seasonal basis … which continues to foster a competitive market where homebuyers are just waiting for the next new listing to come on the market.” J.Lennox Scott

“Buyers pursued homes aggressively all through November and December with little to no slowdown amid fears of rising interest rates and worsening inventory levels.” George Moorhead

Low inventory and increasing prices will continue. “We believe it is a predictor for what to expect throughout 2017. There’s simply not enough new construction to fill the needs of new employees being hired both locally and new to the state. The key is employment. There’s no reason to think that a new administration will cause employment to slow down; rather, it’s more likely we’ll see it increase in the Puget Sound region so we’re off to another strong start in 2017.” Mike Grady

And in the National news, Redfin names the most competitive neighborhoods in 2016!  Thank you Keena Bean for your insights.

Seattle was home to 10 of the country’s 30 most competitive neighborhoods. In addition to Factoria, the University District and Woodridge landed in the top 10.

Y’all ready for this?!  Factoria was named the most competitive neighborhood based on percentage of homes sold over asking price, time on market and annual price growth in 2016.  Median sale price was $352,500, home price growth was 25.9%, 104.9% was average sale over list price, and 62.1% of all homes sold above asking price.

Another Bellevue neighborhood that ranked in the top ten was Woodridge.  Median sale price was $708,500, home price growth was 12.5%, 107% was average sale over list price, and 74.3% of all homes sold above asking price!  Impressive stats to be sure.

All good news for sellers, right?  Well, yes, except you may be thinking where to move next.  Our team offers strategic solutions on preparing your home for sale, negotiating offers and selecting your next community.  Let us show you how!

These are a few of my favorite things … Peggy’s picks!

Every year at Thanksgiving I like to try a new recipe and, if possible, start a new tradition.  This year I did both!

My new favorite turkey dressing is called Three-Bread Stuffing. Sandra Lee is the creator and here’s the link to the recipe.

3-bread-stuffingWhat makes this dish so amazing is the combination of rye, sourdough and cornbread with parmesean cheese sprinkled on top.  I must confess, I did make one small yet intense flavor enhancement.  I used the veges from the bottom of the turkey roasting pan (onions, carrots, celery, apple) instead of sauting fresh veges.  The turkey drippings marinated the veges to perfection and transformed the dressing into a masterpiece, if I do say so myself.

My other new tradition is delivering homemade pies to show appreciation to my clients. Seems like a simple gesture but it takes more time than you could imagine, especially the day before Thanksgiving.  However, the rewards were quite remarkable.  Sitting in traffic on I5 near the old Rainier Brewery, I looked up and saw a rainbow.  Then John Lennon started singing “Imagine” on the radio. That was when the craziness of the day started to subside.  On the last stop of my gratitude pie tour, my client presented me with a large box of homemade heart-shaped cookies, ginger cookies.  Delish!

Once again I find the joy of giving is being open to receive all the goodness around me.  Hmmmm.  Sounds like something from a Dave Matthews song.   You’re welcome.