Egg Hunt And 5 K: Two Upcoming Island Events Sponsored by Windermere Mercer Island

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egg hunt Facebook First up, on April 4th, Windermere Mercer Island brokers will be passing out goodies over at Mercerdale Park during the two egg hunts. The Lil’ Ones egg hunt starts at 5pm sharp and is for ages 1-6 years old. There will be a separate area for the littlest hunters, ages 1-3. And the Flashlight Hunt, for ages 7-10, will start at 8:30pm sharp. Hunters — don’t forget your flashlights! Get the full scoop about both egg hunts, and a sneak peek at the goodies our brokers will be handing out, on Facebook.

Run Like a Girl FB The inaugural 5 K event, Run Like A Girl: Hard, Fast & Strong, will occur at Luther Burbank Park on Saturday, May 16th, 10 am. Sign-ups for this sport and fitness event are going on right now; girls and women of all ages are encourages to participate! Windermere Mercer Island brokers will be on hand passing out incredibly handy drawstring bags containing snacks and a bottle of water. Check out the event page on Facebook to get the full details on how to register, and see a snapshot of the drawstring bag we will be giving all event participants.

The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 03/30/15 to 04/03/15

Originally posted on Gardner Economics:

What I Saw Last Week

U.S. Existing Home Sales rose 1.2% in February to 4.88M from an unrevised 4.82M in January. I was expecting the annual rate to rise to 4.90M.

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I believe that inclement winter weather conditions may have played a small part in the softer-than-expected existing home sales level as sales in the Northeast dropped 6.5% and sales in the Midwest were flat. The winter weather, however, was not the reason why overall sales trends remain weak and below 5.0M.

As can be seen in the inventory chart above, supply problems continue to keep downward pressure on home sales. Inventories remained at a 4.6 months’ supply at the current sales rate for a second consecutive month. During normal periods of buying and selling, inventories are generally maintained at 6.0 months’ supply.

The lack of inventory is also functioning to push up prices. The median existing home price increased…

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Open Houses: Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, 2015

If_You_Give_a_Moose_a_Muffin,_illustrated_by_Felicia_Bond,_illustrator_of_the_If_You_Give..._seriesOn Saturday, March 28th, Island Books is hosting a special fundraiser for First Place Scholars Charter School in Seattle. 20% of all purchases made on the 28th will be donated to this school which supports homeless families in Seattle. First Place is for elementary school students, K-5, and is committed to help these incredible children rise above their personal circumstances to excel academically while teaching the importance of continuous learning throughout life. If you need to pick up your book club book, or a card and gift, please consider doing that shopping tomorrow at Island Books. And if you would like to purchase a children’s book to donate to First Place, Island Books staff will gladly be of assistance and take your donated book to the school. While noodling over a good book to donate, I was taken back to when my kids were little. One of our favorite things to do was read together. Two of my kids’ favorite story books were If You Give A Moose a Muffin and If You Give A Mouse a Cookie written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. I bet Island Books carries both of those books. Hhhmm… I think I have some shopping to do!

While you are out and about over the weekend, will visiting open houses be on your agenda? Windermere Mercer Island brokers will be hosting open houses both Saturday and Sunday. All the listings are newer to the market, some just listed this week! The home in Kenmore was designed by Franky Tichy. If you’d like to learn more about Tichy and his architectural style, check out this Curbed Seattle article here. Details for each open house are below, by city.

Have a fun, fabulous weekend!!

Issaquah
$845,000 l 747994 l 784 Big Tree Dr NW l Video Tour l Jay Agoado l Saturday March 28, 11-2pm

Kenmore
$2,150,000 l 751982 l 15011 58th Lane NE l Video Tour l Andrea Iverson l Sunday March 29, 1-4pm

Mercer Island
$288,000 l 761711 l 2929 76th Ave SE #406 l hosted by James Laurie l Sunday March 29, 1-5pm

$1,100,000 l 757144 l 3659 West Mercer Way l Sharon Glatz-Scott and Bonnie Sanborn l Look Book l Sunday March 29, 1-4pm

$1,385,000 l 681646 l 7710 Westwood Lane l Video Tour l Erin Ewing l Sunday, March 29, 1-4pm

$1,595,000 l 760134 l 7701 Ridgecrest Lane l Video Tour l hosted by Daniel Marinello, Saturday March 28, 1-4pm; hosted by Marianne Parks, Sunday March 29, 1-4pm

The Mercer Island Open House List is ready to print directly from this post! There are 22 homes open for viewing on the Island this weekend; check them out below!

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Photo: By Felicia Bond [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 03/23/15 to 03/27/15

Originally posted on Gardner Economics:

What I Saw Last Week

 

The NAHB Housing Market Index dropped to 53 in March from 55 the previous month – I had anticipated a rise to 56.

Two of the three HMI components posted losses in March. The component gauging current sales conditions fell three points to 58 while the component measuring buyer traffic dropped two points to 37. The gauge charting sales expectations in the next six months held steady at 59.

In the West, the index dropped from 64 to 53 with the 3-month moving average dropping from 68 to 61.

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According to the NAHB, the drop in confidence was largely attributable to supply chain issues, such as lot and labor shortages as well as tight underwriting standards. However; they added that, these obstacles notwithstanding, that they expect solid gains in the housing market this year, buoyed by sustained job growth, low mortgage interest rates and…

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Tax Time Is In Full Swing – Are You Still Working On Yours?

death and taxes_pabloBenjamin Franklin is the person who coined that phrase, and it’s one that everyone grimly jokes about, especially this time of year. We’re in full swing of that annual event most people certainly dread – Tax Season. It doesn’t have to such a huge drag, however – procrastination only makes the process more painful and drawn out. Real Simple published a LearnVest.com article 4 Steps To Filing Taxes to help get you into tax mode with less pain. These 4 steps – Put emotions aside • Limit conjecture • Break big jobs down into smaller parts • Organize these tasks into baby steps – are all designed to reduce the stress of filing your taxes. Stress leads to procrastination; procrastination is stressful. What a horrible cycle! If you break down the tasks of preparing your taxes, let go of those emotions and turn your energy to getting the job done, those taxes will be finished sooner and you can move on to more pleasant activities!

Real Simple also put together a handy check list of Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions to help you prep to file your return. The check list broken up into major categories and is printable for easy use. US News & World Report published an article about smartphone apps that make tax time easier to manage. It turns out that even the IRS offers a smartphone app! It’s called IRS2Go and is available to download on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. You can discover tax tips, find out more about free tax prep assistance and even track your refund (if you are getting one!) via IRS2Go.

Once you are done with your taxes, you may be faced with an ever-growing pile of papers to contend with. Here on Mercer Island Pulse, we have a couple of blog posts that deal with this issue, and are super popular this time of year: Document Dilemma – How Long Do You Keep Those Papers and How Long Should I Keep Financial Records. These are a good starting point to review your saved documents, but it’s always prudent to double-check with your financial adviser before recycling financial papers. If you end up having quite a bit of paper that needs to be shredded, do not worry – Windermere Mercer Island be hosting our annual recycle and shredding event in early June. Stay tuned for more details.

I’d love to hear how you handle the stress of tax season, and what are your favorite tax time tips. Please share in the comment section.

Spring 2015 Lifestyle Northwest On ISSUU

Hot off the presses! Check out waterfront and island homes in the Northwest courtesy of Windermere Real Estate.

March 13th Real Estate Report

Originally posted on Weekly Property Report:

Here is a weekly snapshot of real estate activity in the greater Seattle region by individual neighborhood and price point. This week includes a monthly overview of prices, interest rates and market time.  (click to view).

What’s HOT this week-

SEATTLE
West Seattle – under $600,000
South Seattle – under $600,000, $700’s
Central Seattle – $400’s, $700’s, above $1 million
Queen Anne – $600,000-800,000, above $1 million
Ballard/Greenlake – $250,000-900,000, $1-1.25 million
North Seattle – $400,000-800,000, above $2 million

EASTSIDE
West Bellevue – above $2 million
East Bellevue – $250,000-800,000, $1.25-1.5 million
South Bellevue – $500’s, $700,000-900,000, above $1 million
Mercer Island – $600,000-900,000-$1-1.5 million
Kirkland – $500,000-700,000, $900’s
Woodinville – $250,000-800,000
Redmond – $400,000-800,000, $1-1.25 million
East Lk Sammamish $250,000-1 million
Renton Highlands – under $500,000, $700’s

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