Our first 2012 Mercer Island Tour of Homes is this Sunday, February 26th, from 1-4 pm. Six homes are scheduled for this tour— three of which are brand new to the market within the last 7 days. The island tour will be the first public open house for two homes! Also, if you are a fan of one level living, this is definitely the tour for you. The rambler is the predominate building style of the homes available to preview on Sunday.
For more details about each listing please follow the links below.
- $300,000 | 2500 81st Avenue SE, Unit 346 | #324326 | Allen Hovsepian
- $565,000 | 7265 87th Avenue SE | #323105 | Kelly Weisfield
- $599,950 | 4005 89th Avenue SE | #318017 | Hosted by Nancy LaVallee
- $699,000 | 2755 73rd Avenue SE | #317192 | Hosted by Michael Lee
- $889,000 | 4104 94th Avenue SE | #322781 | Cynthia Schoonmaker
- $920,000 | 7415 80th Place SE | #322237 | Hosted by Doug McKiernan
- $2,199,000 | 6857 SE 33rd Street | #268980 | Bonnie Sanborn
On Sunday, February 26th, please stop by our office any time after 10 am for a cup of coffee and a tour map! We’d love to see you.
Even though its last day was Sunday, the warm glow of the Northwest Flower and Garden Show (NWFGS) is still burning in my imagination. I have been thinking non-stop about all the unique outdoor spaces represented in this year’s display gardens, and how I could bring something to life in my own yard. As part of Generation X, I am definitely drawn to innovative ways to connect my home’s indoor spaces to the outdoors. Although, I don’t think the urge to harmonize your home’s interior with the surrounding yard is solely a Gen X thing— from the diversity of the attendees at NWFGS last week, I’d say gardening and outdoor spaces are on the minds of people of all ages.
In real estate, curb appeal is a well-known buzz word. However, in today’s market, telling a story with your yard, patios and decks is definitely compelling. This trend made Tara-Nicholle Nelson’s #2 spot for 5 things You Didn’t Know Could Get Your Home Sold. Thoughtful environments tickle our imagination. We can envision ourselves sipping coffee on our back deck, watch birds splash in the bird bath. Day dreams about family time around the fire pit in back yard, roasting marshmallows, elicits a strong emotional reaction. Those psychological responses to staging in your yard, on patios and decks, might help buyers fall in love with your home and generate a successful sale.
However, saving landscape renovations for when you are going to list your home would be such a shame. Enjoying your yard now, with outdoor spaces that reflect your interests and personality, is such a rewarding experience. And with NWFGS being an annual Seattle event, local homeowners have a special opportunity to gather ideas, meet landscape designers and connect with garden supply vendors. As North America’s 2nd largest garden show, the caliber of garden and landscape professionals at NWFGS is definitely top-notch. The seminar schedule offers something that appeals to most gardeners and home owners. And the positive energy at the show is definitely contagious!
With NWFGS being a February event, I’m reminded that because spring is near, now is a good time to start planning my latest yard adventures. The soil in Western Washington is usually damp and soft in February, which is helpful for weed management. Trimming up hedges and edging walkways will create a pretty framework for my yard. And, to be honest, the show gets me thinking about rain barrels. I spent a lot of time as the rain barrel booth this year!
The best take-away from this year’s NWFGS was the reminder that special places in your yard don’t need to be big. My favorite points of interest in the display gardens were tiny spots, some almost hidden and ready to be discovered. Finding those little treasures, and thinking about how I could translate the idea in my backyard, gave me a lot of joy.
Absorption rate, the leading indicator of trending market activity, is up remarkably in January 2012. This tells us that of all of the homes available for sale, a larger and larger chuck are being sold (absorbed) by the buying public. With absorption rates this high, buyers will find themselves competing for the more-desirable homes on the market. The laws of supply and demand would indicate this is an ideal time for home sellers to come to market if they have a home they need to sell this year.
Footnote: The Mercer Island stats are very skewed by a significant number of lower end sales. This happens because with only 13 sales any few sales can create the appearance of a trend.
Here’s a slideshow to give you a taste of all the wonderful garden-inspiring things are at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year. Are you on twitter? Use #nwfgs to follow along with the garden chat and on-the-spot photos.
The #twtup at the NWFGS has been an inspiration. So many snap shots of outdoor entertaining spaces and intimate secret garden spots. The lights have been turned down for the theatrical lighting & the show is open to the public. More to follow, including a slide show of photos
Photos taken on an Android Phone.
Yesterday you were able to see a sneak peek of the 2011 Mercer Island Year in Review. Today, you can access the report here. Plus, you can also read the 2011 year in review for Seattle and the Eastside.
Of the year’s sales, 88 were above $1,000,000 while only 15 were below $500,000. Bank-owned and short sales made up only 10% of the sales in 2011—one of the region’s lowest ratios of distressed property sales.
~ Excerpt from 2011 Mercer Island Year in Review
Mercer Island’s Windermere Real Estate year in review states that sales volume was up 19 percent over 2010, with more Island homes sold than during any year since 2007.
To whet your real estate data appetite, read more about the upcoming Windermere R.E. / Mercer Island 2011 Year in Review here. Stay tuned, island residents, for details when the Year in Review will be mailed out.