Results Of Houzz Survey On Landscape Preference

The lead sentence to this article is, “Out with the lawn and in with a flagstone patio.” Survey responders shared that their preferred landscape and garden trends for 2015 did not include grassy yards.  Today’s homeowner is looking for ways to reduce maintenance and watering in yards while increasing the usability of their outdoor spaces. Relaxed outdoor living isn’t just a popular Pinterest pin subject – survey responders indicated this is their goal for their green spaces and yards.

And who are most likely to tackle a yard redesign right now?  Recent homebuyers, according to the survey.  Real estate professionals, make sure you have reliable vendor recommendations for your clients at the ready in case your clients ask.

Check out the this Houzz story for more details on what preferred trends homeowners want to implement in their own yards in 2015.

Grocery Stores On Mercer Island – who would you like to see in the Albertsons space?

Shopping bag containing fresh fruit and vegatables Ever since Albertsons announced they were closing the doors to their Mercer Island location, residents have been eager to fill that space with another grocery store outfit. Curbed Seattle recently said that the Albertsons site is the hottest real estate on Mercer Island right now!

Island residents have mounted a campaign to bring a local grocery retailer to the this site. First, a Facebook group called Bring PCC To Mercer Island formed. This group started the  coordinated efforts to promote bringing PCC to the island community. When the news around the city indicated that the owner of the Albertson site, Rabina Properties, was currently in negotiations with an out-of-state grocery company, a petition was created on The text of the petition requests that Rabina Properties reset the negotiating clock so that local companies PCC and Metropolitan Market could enter their hats in the ring. Yesterday, June 29th, the Mercer Island Reporter updated their news article What will replace Albertsons? with copy that confirmed negotiations between Rabina and the out-of-state grocery company. The update also stated that local resident group Bring PCC To Mercer Island has changed its focus to “local food, local grocers, local workers.” The groups hopes their efforts will retain resident employees, and indicated PCC and Metropolitan Market are locals’ preferred retailers for this store site.

As of this morning, June 30th, the city of Mercer Island indicated the negotiations for leasing the Albertsons site are still going strong, with current news reporting at least three grocery outfits are interested in renting the building.

If you are interested in sharing your opinion on what grocery store company you’d like to see take over the former Albertsons space, here are a few things you can do:

July 5th is Albertsons final day before closing their era on Mercer Island. Thank you to all the employees who provided excellent customer service to island shoppers over the years.

Grocery Bag photo from Stock Free Images

Which Seattle-Eastside Neighborhood Should You Live In?

Ballard hip, West Seattle views, or Kirkland serenity? Introducing an easy way to research and compare neighborhoods throughout the Seattle-Eastside area, including maps, photos, links and more. “ is a labor of love by the team at Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island, developed to give consumers easy to access tools to enable them to learn more about potential communities within our Seattle Metro area” says the company’s owner Julie Barrows. The website relies heavily on relevant links to great resources that locals know, but others might not. It’s beauty is that it is all assembled in one easy to access place.


The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 06/29/15 to 07/03/15

Originally posted on The Windermere Economist:

What I Saw Last Week

U.S. Existing Home Sales increased 5.1% in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.35M units from an upwardly revised 5.09M units (from 5.04M) in April. I had forecast an increase to an annual rate of 5.26M units.

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It is pleasing to note that this was the most homes sold in one month since November of 2009.

Equally as pleasing is that much of the gain came from first time buyers who accounted for 32% of total monthly sales – up from 30% seen in April. And the largest contribution since September of 2012.

All-cash sales accounted for 24% of transactions for a third consecutive month. Sales to individual investors remained at 14% for a second consecutive month. Distressed sales were also unchanged and accounted for 10% of all sales.

Supply continues to be a problem. While inventories increased 3.2% in May, the increase…

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Summer Celebration: Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12, 2015 The Pirates Return…

Summer-CelebrationMercer Island’s annual Summer Celebration event will be back at Mercerdale Park and Luther Burbank Park on July 11th and 12th, complete with live entertainment and events at our Windermere Stage. This year’s theme is The Pirates Return – costumes are encouraged and be prepared for a bit of mayhem and adventure throughout the Summer Celebration weekend!

Our office is proud to be sponsoring a fun children’s gardening event and a booth with fun giveaways for kids and grownups alike.

“My First Garden” Free Planting Event for Kids

  • Saturday, 7/11 at 2:30 pm
  • The Windermere Stage

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  • Saturday, 7/11 from 10am – 7pm
  • Sunday, 7/12 from 10am – 5pm
  • The Windermere Booth
  • Stop by to create your entry for this year’s coloring contest sponsored by Windermere Mercer Island. All the supplies will be provided at the booth. We’ll also be giving away pirate bandanas and tattoos, so kids can join in the pirate fun at Summer Celebration!

Nancy with pinwheels_croppedWindermere Mercer Island brokers will also be at “The Pirates Return” Grand Parade that will wind through Town Center on Saturday July 11th, 10 am. They will be passing out festive red, white and blue pinwheels to parade attendees. To the left, broker Nancy LaVallee is showcasing the pinwheels we’ll be handing out – they are a nice size and spin like crazy in a breeze. Please note that the Obliteride Kids Ride sponsored by Fred Hutchinson is before the parade, starting at 9 am, and travels the same route. Plan accordingly to secure your favorite spot for the parade.

Keep on your toes – pirate sword fights are supposed to break out about every 30 minutes over both days of Summer Celebration. Word has it that the action will be by the skate park at Mercerdale Park. pirate tatoo

Festival Hours:
Saturday, July 11

  • 10 am – Parade: Town Center
  • 11 am to 7 pm, Festival at Mercerdale Park
  • 7 pm to 10:00 pm, Luther Burbank Park
  • ~10:00 pm – Fireworks, Luther Burbank Park

Sunday, July 12

  • 10 am to 5 pm, Festival at Mercerdale Park

Click here to download the full schedule of events!

Mercer Island Farmers Market: Sunday, June 28th

10218750 Are you ready for some heat? The next week is scheduled to be a doozy in the warmth department. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and fill up your water bottle before heading to the Mercer Island Farmers Market on Sunday.

Below are the details for this week’s planned activities at MIFM. Click here for the vendor list for the 2015 market season. The vendor webpage includes a link to an excel spread sheet that shows the vendor schedule this year. Check out who will be on hand for market day on June 28th. The market will be open from 10 am to 3pm.

  • Special Events: Tasting Event! Through the market season, visitors will be able to stop by MIFM’s tasting table to discover new information about a fruit or vegetable in season. Some of the tasting events will feature a dish prepared by one of the market vendors.
  • Live Music: Blue Monk, playing blues and jazz tunes
  • Children’s Table With Judy: Local pre-school teacher, Judy Witmer, organizes the weekly Children’s Table activity during market season. This week kids can stop by the table and enjoy the Garden Visitors activity. There are many visitors to your garden, take a look at some of them up close!
  • Master Gardeners on site to answer questions. Stop by their booth to learn more about gardening best practices and find answers to those questions you have.

*Since 2008 MIFM has strived to provide the widest array of top quality Washington foods fresh from the farm, the field or sea, artisan produced and/or ready to eat. MIFM is located next to Mercerdale Park in the Mercer Island city center. ~From the MIFM About Section.

Open Houses: Saturday June 27 and Sunday June 28, 2015

Saturday and Sunday are slated to be busy open house days around Western Washington. On June 27 and 28, Windermere will sponsor the first ever Western Washington Waterfront Open House Tour. More than 125 homes from Bellingham to Westport are available for visitors to tour by boat, bike, or car. Homes are priced from $299,000 to $32 million.

Waterfront tour“What better way to kick-off summer than with a waterfront home tour?” said OB Jacobi, president of Windermere Real Estate. “People often associate waterfront homes with luxury estates, but we are featuring properties that fit a variety of needs, styles, and budgets throughout Western Washington.”

Jacobi said that with the volume of water that we have throughout the area, waterfront properties have always been a popular choice, but in recent months sales have been booming, “In the four-county region, sales of waterfront homes are up by almost 11 percent compared to a year ago, and the average sales price is up by 18.9 percent.” Jacobi says much of this can be attributed to the strong local economy which is attracting high-income executives, international interest, and second home buyers looking to invest in waterfront living.

A map of the homes and their open house hours can be found here; most will be held open from 10am-4pm on June 27 and 28. The listing will note the availability; those listed as “by appointment only” must contact the agent for a private tour. Participating homes will be identified by balloons that are tied to each roadside open house sign.

Brokers from Windermere Mercer Island will also be hosting open houses this weekend; some of them are part of the inaugural Western Washington Waterfront Open House Tour. Details about these Mercer Island and Seattle opens are below, and include a link to the home’s video tour. It’s forecast to be hot, hot, hot in the Seattle area all weekend, with daytime temperatures in the upper 80s. Don’t forget to hydrate – bring your water bottle with you and keep it filled.

Have a fun touring waterfront properties this weekend – I hope you find your dream home!

Mercer Island

$968,000 l 810381 l 3711 79th Ave SE l Hosted by Erin Sirianni l Sunday June 28, 1-4 pm
$1,150,000 l 805302 l 6550 83rd Place SE l Video Tour l Jay Agoado l Saturday June 27 and Sunday June 28, 10am-1pm

$1,495,000 l 800284 l 9055 SE 79th St l Video Tour l Nancy LaVallee l Sunday June 28, 1-4pm

$1,785,000 l 800559 l 9020 SE 44th St l Video Tour l Jay Agoado l Saturday June 27 and Sunday June 28, 2:30-5:30pm

$1,985,000 l 777739 l 5438 91st Ave SE l Video Tour l Anni Zilz and Julie Wilson l Saturday June 27, 10am-12pm

$3,395,000 l 736212 l 4645 Forest Ave SE l Video Tour l Cynthia Schoonmaker l Saturday June 27, 10am-1pm, and Sunday June 28, 1-4pm

$4,588,000 l 797475 l 8252 Avalon Dr l Video Tour l Larry Williams l Saturday June 27, 10am-1pm

$329,000 l 807382 l 2440 Western Ave #710 l hosted by Lara Baca l Saturday June 27, 1-3pm

$649,000 l 806507 l 209 NE 82nd St l hosted by Lara Baca l Sunday June 28, 1-3pm

Happy Weekend, Islanders! This Saturday and Sunday there are 34 homes available for viewing with listing prices ranging from $396,000 to $6,588,000. Amazing outdoor spaces, waterfront access, and view of Mount Rainier are just a few features of these amazing homes. There’s something to fit everyone’s taste, so don’t miss the opportunity to get out and see them while the weather is this beautiful!

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