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$9.8M Oceanfront Blakely Island Paradise

Island paradise with 4 housing structures offering a combined 5,690 SQFT,                           5 Bedrooms and 5.75 Baths on this 2.24 acre coastline property 

 

 

 

Sit on the deck built around mature trees while watching Orcas play, sipping on your morning coffee. One of the 4 structures is the open floor-plan concept beach house that hugs the San Juan Islands coastline.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate broker Monica Ulmer says, “You can’t even build this close to the water anymore, you won’t find this anywhere else on the nearby islands.”

 

 

What’s a beach house without a floor to ceiling granite steam room? Spend the evening at a honey onyx bar, custom made in Seattle with a glass of wine from your 2,500-bottle wine cellar. Open the surrounding accordion glass walls to the stunning 180-degree views of the West with a sea-breeze.

 

 

 

Sand pails wont be the only beach toys you’ll be playing with! This property is considered four-in-one, you get to keep the ATV, Jeep Wrangler, and Ford pickup truck as well as the equipment in the airplane hangar.

This home comes fully furnished with artwork and dream-like sculptures and water features that play off the movement of the Puget Sound.

 

 

The estate features 4 housing structures with 400+ft of waterfront, all on a private 2.24 acres of pacific northwest paradise. See more photos on Monica’s website and let the pictures speak for themselves.

Contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate

Agents Monica Ulmer at 206-619-6173 and Paul Poirier at 206-915-6881.

 

 

Local Events Weekend Planner: Jan. 28-31, 2016

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
JAN. 28-31, 2016

 

SEATTLE BOAT SHOW

FRI Through FEB 6  CenturyLink Field: West coast’s largest boat show featuring more than 1,000 recreational watercrafts, from stand-up paddleboards to superyachts and everything in between!

 

CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL 

THURS JAN 21-JAN 31  International cinema for children ages 3 to 12. Northwest Film Forum.

SPORTSMEN’S SHOW

WED-SUN  View and shop for everything a sportsman needs. Fishing and boat show, ammo sale and much more! Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup.

 

PERCUSSION SHOW—STOMP

TUES-SUN  STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages.

 

MOZART PLAY

THURS Through FEB 21  Amadeus explodes with musical masterpieces and rich language, juxtaposing the petty with the transcendent in a celebration of human artistry, passion, and genius. Bathhouse Theatre.

 

JOHNNY CASH SHOW

FRI through FEB 22  Ring of Fire.” Drawn from the songbook of Johnny Cash comes a unique musical about struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption. CenterStage Theatre Federal Way.

 

ROMANTIC PLAY

FRI through JAN 31  Prelude To a Kiss tests the love of a newlywed couple when a stranger comes between them.

 

MY FAIR LADY

Through FEB 7  This beloved musical for the whole family is one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. Everett.

 

CRIMES OF THE HEART

WED Through FEB 28   Beth Henley’s brilliant dark comedy, called “a pure vein of Southern gothic humor” by The New York Times, is a 1981 Pulitzer Prize Winner. Set in the early 1970’s in rural Mississippi, 3 sisters reunite as all of them are facing loss and tragedies in their lives. Francis Gaudette Theatre, Issaquah.

 

LASER LIGHT SHOWS

ALL MONTH  Experience the largest and longest operating domed laser theater in the world.

 

BOAT TOUR

SAT  Enjoy a narrated tour of Lake Union & Lake Washington, lunch included.

 

SCAVENGER HUNT ADVENTURE

ALL MONTH  Enjoy this interactive scavenger hunt that takes you on a journey to see the best sights in the city while feeling like you are on the Amazing Race.

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Finest Hours
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Greater
  • Backtrack
  • Jane Got A Gun
  • Lazer Team
  • Fifty Shades of Black
  • Mountain Men

 

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS IN THE AREA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, VISIT
www.events12.com/seattle

Local Events Weekend Planner: Dec. 3-6, 2015

Holiday Christmas Gifts with Boxes, Twine, Balls, Pine Cones, Walnuts, Fir Tree Toys on Wooden Background. Drawn Snow

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
DEC. 3-6, 2015

WINTERFEST
Through DEC 31  Enjoy ice skating, carolers, folk dancers, model trains & much more.  Seattle Center.

 

CHARLES DICKENS FESTIVAL
SAT  Tacoma: Craft vendors, parade, Santa, street singers, carriage rides & costume contest.

 

GINGERBREAD VILLAGE
Through JAN 3  Local architecture firms collaborate with the Sheraton Seattle culinary team to custom design, bake and build awe-inspiring gingerbread displays.

 

BEER FESTIVAL
FRI-SAT   Try winter beers from 50 Washington breweries with food truck cuisine and vote for your favorite. Hanger 30@Magnusom Park.

 

MODEL TRAINS & REINDEER
Nov 23-Dec 24  Watch model trains speed through snowy landscapes, visit reindeer, shop for seasonal plants, Christmas trees & much more! Swanson’s Nursery.

 

TWILIGHT ZONE LIVE!
Through Dec 19   Enjoy 3 episodes of this classic sci-fi TV Show. Theater Schmeater.

 

NUTCRACKER BALLET
FRI Nov 27-Dec 28  48 dancers perform to PNB’s mighty Orchestra in this timeless classic play. Seattle Center, McCall Hall.

 

BELLEVUE STREET SHOW
FRI Nov 27-Dec 24  Live toy soldier drummers, music, snow characters, glittering lights surrounded by falling snow every night along Bellevue Way. On the street between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place. http://snowflakelane.com/

 

5K PET-FRIENDLY RUN/WALK
SUN  Renton Community Center: Runners & walkers travel along the paved beautiful Cedar River Trail. Bring a can/bag of pet food to benefit the Seattle Humane Society for Seattle/King County.

 

BELLEVUE STREET SHOW
Through Dec. 24  Live toy soldier drummers, music, snow characters, glittering lights surrounded by falling snow every night along Bellevue Way. On the street between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place. http://snowflakelane.com/

 

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG MUSICAL
THURS NOV 12-DEC 27  Seattle Children’s Theatre presents a magical flying car that an inventor & his kids take to rescue their grandfather. Discount tickets.

 

BOUT TOUR
SAT  Enjoy a narrated tour of Lake Union & Lake Washington, lunch included.

 

ZOMBIE ESCAPE
Through DEC 6  You have 60 minutes to follow the clues, solve the puzzles, find the key and exit the room to escape the zombie.

 

LIGHT DISPLAYS
•  Seattle Zoo:  http://www.zoo.org/wildlights
•  Tacoma Zoo:  http://www.pdza.org/calendar?cid=363
•  Bellevue:  http://www.gardendlights.org/
•  Federal Way:  https://www.wildwaves.com/holiday-with-lights/
•  Redmond:  http://www.redmondlights.com/

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND
•  Krampus
•  Macbeth
•  MI-5
•  Christmas Eve
•  Hitchcock: Truffaut
•  The Lady in the Van
•  The Letters
•  Life
•  My Friend Victoria
•  A Royal Night Out
•  The World of Kanako
•  Youth
•  No Peace, No Piece

 

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS IN THE AREA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, VISIT
www.events12.com/seattle

Local Events Weekend Planner: Nov. 19-22, 2015

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LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
NOVEMBER 19-22, 2015

 

PRE-THANKSGIVING RUN/WALK
SAT  5K & 10K run/walk, free kids dash, mashed potato eating contest & post-race beer. http://www.promotionevents.com/thanksgiving/home.html

 

COMEDY CONTEST
NOV 4-29  The Seattle International Comedy Competition showcases comedians with their best acts. Various locations.

 

JAZZ FESTIVAL
NOV 3-18  Various Seattle Locations. More than 50 concerts by local & worldwide jazz greats. http://www.earshot.org/festival-schedule/

 

NORDIC CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
SAT-SUN Hand-crafted wares, kids crafts, Santa & traditional Scandinavian Christmas food and drinks. Family-friendly event & 21+ section where alcohol will be served. http://www.nordicmuseum.org/Yulefest.aspx

 

BOAT TOUR
SAT  Enjoy a narrated tour of Lake Union & Lake Washington, lunch included. https://www.waterwayscruises.com/lunchcruise/

 

WEIRD HOLIDAY BAZAAR
SAT-SUN  Everett Holiday Inn: Find unusual creations while enjoying musicians, magicians, jugglers and dancers. http://oddmall.co/where/

 

FRENCH WINE FESTIVAL
FRI  Columbia Tower Club. 23rd Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival, celebrate French culture and be an active supporter of the French-American business community of Seattle.

 

BAND COMPETITION
FRI  Hard Rock Cafe:  Enjoy listening to 4 bands as they compete for over $18,000 in prizes, audience participation voting!

 

ZOMBIE ESCAPE
NOV 14-DEC 6  You have 60 minutes to follow the clues, solve the puzzles, find the key and exit the room to escape the zombie. http://roomescapeadventures.com/

 

DINE AROUND SEATTLE
NOV 3-25  Restaurant discounts for three-course meals around the Seattle metro area.

 

CIRRUS CIRCUS
FRI-SAT  School of Acrobats & New Circus Arts: HOTEL will feature all-new original numbers on trapeze, aerial fabric, aerial hoop, and Chinese pole, as well as contortion, club juggling, unicycle, partner acrobatics, clowning, and more.

 

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG MUSICAL
THURS NOV 12-DEC 27  Seattle Children’s Theatre presents a magical flying car that an inventor & his kids take to rescue their grandfather. Discount tickets.

 

EMPTY BOWLS FESTIVAL
SAT  Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma: Choose from more than 1,200 bowls to purchase for the home and for holiday gifts. After purchasing bowls, guests are served a bowl of soup (in a separate bowl) donated by local chefs.

 

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
SAT NOV 21-DEC 2  Designer trees decorate the lobby and driveway of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel during this annual charity event. Gala, tree raffle, teddy bear suite and more!

 

THE LAST WALTZ TRIBUTE
SAT  Neptune Theatre. Seattle musicians play songs from the best rock and roll movie ever made.

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND
• The Hunger Games; Mockingjay Part 2
• The Night Before
• Secret in their Eyes
• #Horror
• Carol
• Criminal Activities
• Legend
• Kingdom of Shadows
• The Summer of Sangaile

 

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS IN THE AREA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, VISIT
www.events12.com/seattle

Local Events Weekend Planner: Nov. 12-15, 2015

Autumn hot beverage in a glass with fruits and spices

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
NOVEMBER 12-15, 2015

 

WILDLIFE PARK, FREE ADMISSION FOR VETERANS

SAT-SUN Veterans receive free admission at the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Tacoma, in honor of Veterans Day.

 

COMEDY CONTEST

NOV 4-29  The Seattle International Comedy Competition showcases comedians with their best acts. Various locations.

 

JAZZ FESTIVAL

NOV 3-18 Various Seattle Locations. More than 50 concerts by local & worldwide jazz greats. http://www.earshot.org/festival-schedule/

 

BALLET

THURS-SUN McCaw Hall: The much anticipated return of Crystal Pite’s Emergence headlines Pacific Northwest Ballet’s mixed ball.

 

BOAT TOUR

SAT  Enjoy a narrated tour of Lake Union & Lake Washington, lunch included. https://www.waterwayscruises.com/lunchcruise/

 

OYSTER FEST

SAT Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 66: Live music, 60 wineries, 30 varieties of oysters, seafood buffet & much more at the 21+ event.

 

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL

NOV 12-19 Twenty new films in Italian with English subtitles. SIFF Uptown Cinema.

 

ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

FRI-SUN  Magnuson Park: 100 artists displaying art, sculptures, glass, jewelry and more.

 

ZOMBIE ESCAPE

NOV 14-DEC 6  You have 60 minutes to follow the clues, solve the puzzles, find the key and exit the room to escape the zombie. http://roomescapeadventures.com/

 

DINE AROUND SEATTLE

NOV 3-25  Restaurant discounts for 3-course meals around the Seattle metro area.

 

QUILT, CRAFT & SEWING FESTIVAL

THURS-SAT  Puyallup: Workshops, seminars and fabric supply vendors. Visit their website for a copy of the program and printable coupons. http://quiltcraftsew.com/index.html

 

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG MUSICAL

NOV 12-DEC 27 Seattle Children’s Theatre presents a magical flying car that an inventor & his kids take to rescue their grandfather. Discount tickets.

 

MODEL TRAIN SHOW

SAT-SUN  Puyallup: 300+ tables of trains for sale, 50+ exhibitors from across the country, workshops, demonstrations and much more. http://quiltcraftsew.com/index.html

 

REINDEER FESTIVAL, OPENING WEEKEND

SAT-SUN Camel & reindeer feedings, craft workshops for kids, model train village, holiday gift pavilion, live music and local food trucks. Swanson’s Nursery in Ballard.

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • The 33
  • Love the Coopers
  • My All American
  • By the Sea
  • Condemned
  • Heist
  • Hot Sugar’s Cold World
  • Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words
  • Kilo Two Bravo
  • James White
  • Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
  • Steve McQueen the Man & Leman

Local Events Weekend Planner: Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2015

Halloween. cheerful little witch with a magic wand and the book conjure and laughs.

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
OCTOBER 29-NOVEMBER 1, 2015

 

HALLOWS IN THE CATHEDRAL: SPIRITS RISING

FRI-SAT Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC) prepares for an All Hallows’ Eve filled with song. A spooky, spectacular musical journey that includes ethereal harmonies and enchanting melodies. Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Capitol Hill neighborhood.

 

SEATTLE SYMPHONY: PSYCHO

SAT Seattle Symphony performs the eerie soundtrack while Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is playing on the big screen. Benaroya Hall.

 

OPERA

WED-SUN Set on a colorful exotic island, The Pearl Fishers by Bizet is sung in French with English subtitles. Two men fall in love with the same woman on a beautiful exotic island. McCall Hall.

 

IRISH RIVER DANCE

FRI-SUN The Paramount Theatre: 20th Anniversary tour, drawing on Irish traditions, dancing and music. http://www.stgpresents.org/tickets/alphabetical/eventdetail/2029/-/riverdance

 

REDMOND TREE PLANTING

SAT Help keep our parks green! All ages welcome, tools, plants and gloves will be supplied. http://forterra.org/event/green-redmond-day-2015

 

COMICS & POP CULTURE CONVENTION

SAT-SUN  Tacoma Convention Center. Jet City Comic brings together dozens of comic creators. Hear panel talks, play games and browse dealer tables. http://www.jetcitycomicshow.com/

 

SEATTLE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

EASTSIDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

SOUTH END HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

NORTH END HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Burnt
  • Our Brand is Crisis
  • Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
  • The Armor of Light
  • Carter High
  • Freaks of Nature
  • The Wonders

Weekend Planner for October 8-11, 2015

Kick-off meeting, we proudly donated $11,645 to the Sunshine Kids. The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit foundation that provides a variety of fun events for children fighting cancer. In Photo from Left: Shannon Malone of Sunshine Kids, Jason Waugh, President of BHHS Northwest Real Estate, and Natalie Lewis of Sunshine Kids.

Kick-off meeting, we proudly donated $11,645 to the Sunshine Kids. The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit foundation that provides a variety of fun events for children fighting cancer. In Photo from Left: Shannon Malone of Sunshine Kids, Jason Waugh, President of BHHS Northwest Real Estate, and Natalie Lewis of Sunshine Kids.

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
OCTOBER 8-11, 2015

 

 

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

THU-SUN This annual Auto Show showcases all that’s new in cars, trucks, exotics, super cars, electrics and all the latest models from the world’s auto makers at Century Link Event Center.

 

TACOMA FALL RV SHOW

THU-SUN This four-day event at the Tacoma Dome showcases new and uses RV’s plus products from Sporting Goods, Toys and Games, all under one roof.

 

FEDERAL WAY OKTOBERFEST

FRI This is a fundraiser dinner hosted by MC and local comedian, John Keister from Almost Live. Enjoy polka dancing, beer and wine, costumes, bratwursts, silent auction and guest speakers.

 

MONTLAKE ST. DEMETRIOS GREEK FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN Welcome to the St. Demetrios Greek Festival, a Seattle tradition since 1960! Located in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood and enjoy traditional Greek food, music, dancing and culture.

 

PUYALLUP OKTOBERFEST NORTHWEST

FRI-SUN Oktoberfest Northwest serves up beer, brats and authentic entertainment with wiener dog races, Hammerschlagen, games, live music, a Chicken Dance and a late night dance floor.

 

PORT ANGELES SUNGENESS CRAB AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN Join the fun at CrabFest celebrating aquaculture, agriculture and maritime traditions plus art, music Native American activities, cooking demos, Chowder cook-off and kids’ events.

 

LEAVENWORTH OKTOBERFEST

FRI-SAT Oktoberfest in Leavenworth<http://leavenworthoktoberfest.com/> is the next best thing to being in Munich with four venues of live entertainment, the tapping of the keg, German food, arts and crafts and fun for the whole family.

 

SEATTLE ROBOTHON

SAT Seattle Robothon 2015 is an annual robotics contest and show put on by the Seattle Robotics Society with events including combat robots, Robo-Magellan, Line Following and Maze.

 

SEATTLE SAMBA-THON

SAT Get your fitness on by dancing the samba around the loop trail at Seward Park to the beat of live drums plus dance and percussion lessons, activities for all agents, souvenirs and more.

 

SNOHOMISH BREWFEST

SAT Beer and brats are a match made in Heaven and Snohomish Brewfest has you covered! This event is a major fundraiser for the Snohomish Senior Center!

 

ORTING PUMPKIN FEST

SAT The Orting Pumpkin Fest is primarily a food festival featuring items on the menu with pumpkin as the main ingredient!

 

AUBURN MILITARY FAMILY DAY

SAT Come see the Service Ink exhibit and enjoy kids’ activities, demonstrations, and a special historic fashion show at the White River Valley Mseum.

 

SEATTLE GEEK GIRL CON

SAT-SUN GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology, comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by women.

 

SEATTLE ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

SAT-SUN  This is an international book fair featuring thousands of rare books, prints, maps, photographs and ephemera for sale.

 

SAMMAMISH ARTS FAIR

SAT-SUN Come and visit with the artists, see their work, learn about the creative process with paintings, jewelry, mixed media, encaustic art, glass arts, ceramics, printmaking, woodcarving, photography and textile art at the Sammamish Arts Fair.

 

GRAYLAND CRANBERRY HARVEST FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN Enjoy a Cranberry Cook-Off competition, bog tours, firelight parade, live music, a marketplace with outside vendors, presentations and more.

 

ILWACO CRANBERRIAN FAIR

SAT-SUN A celebration of local harvest including all things Cranberry kicks off the Fall season on the Long Beach Peninsula with foods, crafters, bog tours, a showcase of heritage.

 

SEATTLE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

SUN Northwest Folklife’s Seattle Children’s Festival is a one-day, multi-cultural festival held on Seattle Center grounds, “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood.”

 

SEATTLE AN INCREDIBLE FEAST

SUN Widely regarded as Seattle’s BEST food event! Hobnob with two dozen of Seattle’s best chefs—plus over two dozen fabulous local farmers—and enjoy an incredible cornucopia of local and seasonal flavors.

 

SEATTLE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

EASTSIDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

SOUTH END HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

NORTH END HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Pan
  • The Walk
  • Big Stone Gap
  • The Final Girls
  • Victoria

 

 

 

 

New homes for sale

 

WEEKEND PLANNER FOR SEPTEMBER 24-27, 2015

Autumnal Equinox is Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Autumnal Equinox is Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
SEPTEMBER 24-27, 2015

 

PUYALLUP FAIR

NOW-SEP 27 The Washington State Fair is finally here, but only for 17 days! This is the largest single attraction in the state and ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the entire United States!

 

SEATTLE SOUNDERS VS VANCOUVER

WED Sounders kickoff at 7:00 PM vs. Vancouver at Century Link Field. Tickets are still available with discounted group options too. Karen (206) 512-1219.

 

SEATTLE DECIBEL FESTIVAL

WED-SUN Annual four-day event with audio clinics, panel discussions, film, art and dozens of electronic music performances. Decibel is dedicated to live e music performance!

 

BELLEVUE FASHION WEEK

WED-SUN The 5-day Bellevue Collection at Bellevue Square will introduce shoppers to the hottest looks for fall in fashion, beauty, apparel, footwear and accessories.

 

SEATTLE MADE PARTY

FRI Come sample tasty goodness from 40 different Seattle-based food and beverage makers, then stick around for a rockin’ DJ dance party, food trucks and bar at Seattle Made.

 

AUBURN FABULOUS FRIDAY

FRI Emerald Downs celebrates the last Fabulous Friday of the season with special drink prices, live music, food and of course, horse racing!

 

RENTON OKTOBERFEST

FRI-SAT Renton Oktoberfest is your fall kick-off celebration with a beer garden, music stages, and a full lineup of fun German games.

 

SEATTLE STEAMPOSIUM

FRI-SUN One of the largest, most amazing Steampunk events around with luminaires and sky pirates from across the Steampunk world.

 

KIRKLAND OKTOBERFEST

FRI-SUN Seattle’s largest authentic Oktoberfest tradition with a Northwest twist at Marina Park with Bavarian food, live music, friendly competition and special events.

 

GEORGETOWN HAUNTED HOUSE

FRI-NOV 1 The KUBE 93FM Haunted House, Nightmare on 9 formerly the House of Terror, is located at Georgetown Morgue and opens this weekend. Be prepared to scream!

 

SEATTLE TACOMA MUSEUM DAY LIVE

SAT The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. This is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine and offers free access at participating museums.

 

SEATTLE URBAN ADVENTURE QUEST

SAT It’s an urban Scavenger Hunt. It’s a 3-hour Amazing Race. It’s an interactive Adventure Tour, guided from any Smart Phone starting at the famous Seattle Center.

 

SEATTLE ARTISAN CHEESEMAKER FESTIVAL

SAT The Washington Artisan Cheesemaker Festival features a wide variety of delectable cheeses made in Washington and celebrating our vibrant artisanal cheese industry.

 

DUVALL HERITAGE FESTIVAL

SAT Celebrate the good old days by bringing the whole family to Duvall for a day of fun, learning and reminiscing. Learn how the pioneers lived and worked.

 

ORTING EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR

SAT Here’s your opportunity to plan for an emergency at Orting’s Building Department for the Emergency Preparedness Fair.

 

GIG HARBOR CIDER SWIG

SAT The second annual Cider Swig Event will feature amazing regional hard ciders, live music, great food and more at Sehmel Homestead Park.

 

SEATTLE FESTA ITALIANA

SAT-SUN The annual presentation of a community festival inaugurated in 1988 to celebrate the joy of “All Things Italian” with a series of arts, food, drink, and entertainment events.

 

CARNATION MICHELMASSE FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN The lord of Camlann invites you to attend his Michelmasse Festival with cider pressing, puppetry, music, crafts, archery and minstrels.

 

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Hotel Transylvania 2
  • The Intern
  • The Green Inferno

 

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL EVENTS IN THE AREA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, PLEASE VISIT http://www.events12.com/seattle/september/ 

 

 

 

A Word From Mike Gain

RECAP AND OUTLOOK: Q2 2014

By Mike Gain, President and CEO Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Prices Rising

Seattle is the fastest growing big city in the U.S.  We’ve come a long way from the, Will the last person leaving Seattle—Turn out the lights, of the early 70’s. Last year Seattle grew faster than any other major American city according to estimates just released by the Census Bureau. Seattle grew by 2.8%—the highest rate among the 50 most populous U.S. Cities. Seattle added nearly 18,000 residents in a one year period, bringing our population to 652,000. So what’s the reason for Seattle’s population boom? The Census Bureau offers no explanation, but surely the city’s healthy economy is responsible for attracting new residents. According to Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, the city added nearly 15,000 new jobs between 2012 and 2013.  The new census data also shows the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area added 57,000 people and remains the nation’s 15th largest metro area, with 3.61 million residents. The State of Washington’s population grew by 76,000 and is now estimated at 6.97 million.

 

A growing economy, pent up demand, competitive mortgage rates and affordable home prices will keep housing on an upward trajectory. Consumer confidence is back to pre-recession levels and they are becoming increasingly positive over their perception of the real estate market. RISMedia’s recent survey shows 77% of respondents had a favorable view of the housing market, a 12 point increase compared to a year earlier. Millennials were the most optimistic group, with 85% feeling confident about buying real estate. This is a particularly good sign as it shows first-time buyers and younger buyers and sellers are thinking about moving this summer. Results of the survey also showed a 6% increase of people becoming more committed towards buying or selling property now. The real estate market is improving every day. It’s time for buyers and sellers to get off the sidelines.

 

Locally, our home prices continue their upward climb and the trend is expected to persist. The only actual problem we are experiencing in real estate in the greater Seattle marketplace is lack of inventory. We just don’t have enough supply of homes for sale in the desirable neighborhoods to satisfy the demand. We desperately need good quality inventory. Although our number of active listings increased in May, it is just not the right inventory, at the right prices and locations, to satisfy our purchasers’ wants and needs. We have a less than a two-month supply of housing. A normal or healthy supply locally is a five to six month supply. We are experiencing more multiple offer situations than I have experienced in all of my 37 years of practicing real estate in this marketplace. For every purchaser that gets a home, we have many that lose out. This is a very difficult market for purchasers, our agents, and our brokers, to work in. If we had enough inventory to handle the demand, our pending and sold numbers would be greatly increased. We can only sell what is available and it must satisfy our purchasers’ desires.

 

There are many reasons potential sellers should consider selling now. Locally the summer selling season can be the busiest time of the year. This year, with the lack of inventory, it is probably the best market sellers will ever experience. There is less competition now so sellers should not wait to put their homes on the market. Interest rates are still very low and will continue to rise. Now is a great time for move-up sellers/buyers who can sell their home quickly today and secure another home at today’s prices and at today’s low interest rates.

 

The majority of homeowners have experienced significant gains in their equity over the past two years. They should now consider putting them on the market. Sellers who took their homes off the market in the down-turn can now get the prices they were wanting when they made their decisions to rent out rather than sell. The prices are back.

 

Renters should buy now. Locally, homeownership remains cheaper than renting in most situations. Typically the mortgage payment will be less than the rent payment on similar properties. Homeownership is a self-imposed savings plan, which through time, leads to greater wealth accumulation as compared to similar renters. It creates extra wealth mainly through its ability to force owners to save and the appreciation that is usually experienced. In short, buying a home just makes sense. Looking at the financial advantages of homeownership from every angle reveals that it is a much better investment than renting.

 

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Rocks in Nashville!

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The 12th Man was loud and proud in Nashville, TN cheering on the Seattle and Portland offices as they were ranked among the Top 25 of all Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Prudential Real Estate companies around the globe!

2014 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices + Prudential Real Estate Sales Convention

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate makes a strong showing at the 2014 National Awards Ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee

Mike Gain, President and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate accepted the Gibraltar Circle Award for being ranked number 23 in the country representing Berkshire Hathaway and Prudential Real Estate.

“We are proud to receive this honor and to be recognized along side of some of North America’s most successful and prestigious real estate brokerages. The credit for our success belongs to our office’s great team of people, agents and staff included, who have dedicated themselves to delivering exceptional service to home buyers and sellers,” said Gain. “Our company is committed to service excellence and client satisfaction, as well as being innovators in our industry.”

Sales associates from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate were among over 3,400 real estate professionals attending the annual Sales Convention held from March 16-18 in Nashville, Tenn. They had the largest (well the loudest anyway) cheering section proving once again that the 12th man fans cannot be touched! Those in attendance gained insight from motivational keynote speakers, heard extensive market observations, and attended workshops and panel discussions, all designed to help them capitalize on the transitioning real estate marketplace.

This year’s theme – Stand Out! Live Life Loud — Recognized a strengthening market in the U.S. economy and residential real estate, and how brokers and agents acting now can grow their businesses well into the future. The featured motivational speaker at the convention was Kathrine Switzer,  the first female to wear a number and run the Boston Marathon, and in so doing, changed the face of sports history forever. The conference concluded with a performance by Reba McEntire, benefiting the Sunshine Kids Foundation, an organization that supports children with cancer which raised nearly $55,000 that evening alone. Additionally in 2013 the Berkshire Hathaway/Prudential Real Estate network raised more than $1.4 million for the Sunshine Kids.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate is an award-winning, full-service real estate firm that has been serving the Northwest region for many years. The firm whose headquarters are in West Seattle has seven offices serving the “Great Northwest” with locations in Bellevue, Burien, Federal Way, Gig Harbor, Kent, Lynnwood and West Seattle. The company is headquartered out of West Seattle and employs over 400 professional real estate brokers.

“We take pride in the fact that the majority of our business and our success comes from referrals, past clients, family, friends and business associates,” said Gain.