Celebrating Halloween On Mercer Island – 2014 Edition

Trick or Treat MapHalloween is just a few days away! Make sure to come trick-or-treat the Mercer Island Town Center from 3-5pm on Halloween. Above is the map of participating businesses– 61 total. Local children’s musician, Nancy Stewart, will be on hand to perform around the Town Center. Walgreens will have a photographer on hand to take photos of trick-or-treaters in costume. The cost? FREE. We will have treats for all the ghouls and goblins who stop by Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island!

Those businesses with an ** next to their names are food pantry drop-off locations. Look for the specially decorated boxes to place your non-perishable food items. Here are some of the most needed food items for the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) Food Pantry:

  • cereal
  • soups
  • tuna
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • pasta and sauces
  • school lunch snacks
  • canned fruit

There are also 13 Southend Shopping Center businesses that will have treats for trick-or-treaters. Check out the list here.

Children Trick-or-treatingThe Lakes neighborhood celebrates Halloween in style. Trick-or-treating runs from 5pm to 9pm at The Lakes, and there will be drop-off boxes for non-perishable foods to benefit MIYFS Food Pantry. Check out tips about enjoying the Lakes trick-or-treating here, especially if you’re going to be heading out with little ones, courtesy of My Mercer Island.

We look forward to seeing you Friday!

Weekly Real Estate Activity Report for Seattle, Eastside and Mercer Island: 10/24/14

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With the interest rate on a 30 year mortgage averaging a mere 4.0% this week – the lowest it has been since early 2013 – buyers are scurrying to find homes while the going is good. Each percent increase/decrease in interest rate represents a 10% increase/decrease in buying power. For example, a buyer looking for a $600,000 home could purchase up to $660,000 for the same monthly payment. Or, they could buy at $600,000 and have lower monthly payments. Either way, buyers win when the rates drop.

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Open Houses: Saturday, October 25 & Sunday, October 26, 2014

iStock_000014943115_MediumThis weekend on Mercer Island fall is here as the leaves are changing color and falling it is beautiful.

This weekend is the Recycling collection event and rain barrel sale going on. The recycling collection is free to drop off your recycling at the boat launch at 3600 E Mercer Way – Saturday October 25, from 9am – 3pm. Also they are selling rain barrels at the City Hall for $25, cash only while supplies last these usually run $120 at the stores so this is a huge discount. This starts at 9am, and will go until they run out.

Also at Mercer Island Community Center – Mercer Island Preschool Association is hosting a Halloween Party. A fun non-spooky event for kids 1-6 years old! On Saturday October 25, from 10am – noon. Where costumes, there will be crafts and games and treats!! Cost is $3 for MIPA members and $5 for non members

Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island brokers will be hosting open houses off the island this weekend. Details about each open house are below by city.Sold By Windermere

Have a safe, relaxing weekend. Enjoy the beautiful colors! Enjoy your Pumpkin Latte’.

Seattle
$342,000 l 707921 l 14340 22nd Ave NE l hosted by Sharon Glatz-Scott l Saturday, October 25, 1-4pm

$485,000 l 697593 l 4934 25th Ave S l Brian Rosso l Video Tour l Saturday, October 25, 1-3pm

Renton
$550,000 l 687718 l 804 Lincoln Ave SE l Denise Coe l Video Tour l Saturday, October 25, 2-4pm & Sunday, October 26, 1-4pm

Bellevue
$900,000 l 704177 l 10610 NE 9th Pl #1607 l hosted by Kathryn Lerner l Video Tour l Saturday, October 25, 1-4pm

The Mercer Island open house list is ready to print from this blog post! There are 9 open houses this weekend, featuring beautiful outdoor living spaces and views of the water.

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Weekly Real Estate Activity Report for Seattle, Eastside and Mercer Island: 10/17/14

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Lower interest rates this week have prompted a small flurry of buyer activity. If only we had more homes on the market to sell… The lack of great choice in available inventory has definitely been a challenge in 2014. More homes for sale on the Eastside has offered some relief in that region but Seattle and Mercer Island still struggle with record low inventory.

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3rd Quarter 2014 Reports Released for Mercer Island, Seattle and the Eastside

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Mercer Island is challenged by the smallest number of homes on the market for sale in years. Lack of choice has prompted many buyers to sit on the fence and wait for more suitable choices.

As of the date of this report, only 14 homes were listed for sale below one million dollars—the lowest number in the nearly two decades we have been keeping track. The net result was 8% fewer sales in the third quarter than during the same quarter last year. More inventory will be essential to creating a balanced market.

In spite of the low inventory, buyers have been cautious of paying too much. The average sale price was up only a modest 2% year-over-year while the median sale price fell 9%. This reflects more sales in the lower price ranges than during the same time last year.

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4th Annual Spooktacular Trick-or-Treating Event

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Halloween is fast approaching, so get those costumes ready and prepare yourself for the sugar rush! This year, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce is holding their 4th annual trick-or-treating event for the little ones from 3-5 pm on October 31st. Last year, 68 businesses participated between the south and north ends of Mercer Island. Check their website this week for the updated list and map of businesses participating this year. Be sure to stop by Windermere MI, we love seeing everyone’s costumes! (and of course there will be candy galore)

Mercer Island Farmer’s Market: 10/11

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Happy Homecoming weekend, Islanders! This weekend also marks the last farmer’s market of the regular season, so head down on Sunday to check it out before it’s gone until summer! There is one special harvest market on the 23rd of November before Thanksgiving, so mark your calendars!

This Sunday at the market the usual food trucks and vendors will be there, so stock up on fall veggies that are in season. Visit the MIFM website here for a list of vendors, events, recipes and more! Happy Fall everyone!