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MAKING A FULL PRICE OFFER? GET USED TO REJECTION.

I’m frustrated. Other real estate brokers are frustrated. A lot of homebuyers are frustrated.  In some parts of Seattle, making a full priced offer on a home just doesn’t get you anywhere anymore.

Let me give you a backstory: I have clients that are looking for a new home in north Seattle.  They’re open to a lot of different neighborhoods, but they have wants and needs just like everyone else so over the past two months of house hunting they’ve found only four or five homes they like enough to actually pursue.  And out of those four or five, they’ve so far put offers in on three of them, and lost out every time.

The first home they put an offer in on was listed at $650,000.  They didn’t get it – but whoever did paid $760,000 for it – $110,000 more than list price.

The most recent home they put an offer in on went the same way – it was listed at $650,000, and it sold to someone in the range of $760,000 + (it’s still pending).

From the time I started house hunting with these particular clients, to this past week of facing another rejection, I have felt like it’s gotten worse.  So I checked the stats – and yep, it’s gotten worse.

I took some of the most popular neighborhoods – Ballard, Green Lake, Fremont, Wallingford, and Phinney Ridge – and to narrow my stats down, I took a popular price point right now – homes between $600,000 and $800,000.   Looking back at those homes that closed in the month of January, the average sale price was 101.8% of list price – so if a house was listed for $700,000, for instance, on average it sold at $712,600.

In February, the average sale price was 102.5% of list price – or $717,500 on that hypothetical $700,000 house.  In March it crept up just a little more to 102.6% – $718,200.

Then came April.  In the month of April, the average sale price in that range and in those neighborhoods was 105.3% of list price – that means that $700,000 house is now costing on average $737,100.   And a scary thought here – the biggest percentage difference during April between list price and sale price was 123.3% – that would have made a $700,000 house $863,100.  OUCH.

I very much wish I had a point here, but I think instead this post is meant more to vent everyone’s joint frustration on the matter.   What’s my advice?  Persevere, buyers.  Don’t pay more for a home than what you value it at.  Consider how long you intend to live there.  Know that you’re not alone. Because hell, if you were alone, you wouldn’t be paying so much.

Keep on truckin’.  And punch a pillow, instead of a wall.

 

Seattle Beer Week: Your North Seattle Picks

Seattle Beer Week is soon to be upon us again.  The fifth year running, this year’s Beer Week falls on May 9th through the 19th and as usual, is sure to include something for everyone.  Although I do like to expand my horizons out of the neighborhood a little for this one, here are my North Seattle event picks!

  • On May 10th, head to Brouwers in Fremont for the Underberg Back in Black Stout Fest – 40+ stouts on tap.  Event runs all day
  • On May 11th, it’s time to head to Hale’s Ales for Brewgrass – a collaboration of beer & music with 10 local breweries and 3 bands, benefiting NW Harvest.  Starts at 5pm and you can buy your tickets here.
  • On May 12th, it’s Mother’s Day. So treat your mother to one of her favorite movies – Psycho.  DJ Nicfit plays this film at Naked City’s screening room to a live soundtrack, and I can say from experience it’s amazing.  Starts at 8pm in Greenwood.
  • May 13th, check out the Sierra Nevada dinner at the Burgundian in Tangletown.   5 beers paired with 5 dishes (exact beers & dishes tbd).  This starts at 6pm.
  • On May 14th, check out Beer & Burger Battle back at Brouwer’s in Fremont.  It runs all day long, and pits six brewers against each other to design the best burger.
  • On May 15th, don’t miss the annual Latona Pub Cask Fest in Green Lake.  A huge selection of cask beers, starting at 6pm.
  • On May 16th, try out pFriem Family Brewing at Art of the Table in Wallingford.  Everyone is buzzing about this brewery, and the restaurant is pairing up 7 courses to match.  The reception starts at 6:30, dinner served at 7.  Call the restaurant at (206) 282-0942 for a reservation.  Dinner is $95/person + tax/tip.
  • After taking a few nights off to repair your liver, celebrate the last day of Beer Week with The Dray in Phinney Ridge.  The Dray has a celebration of its own that day – their 5th Birthday!  There will be special brews from Firestone Walker, and tacos from The Yard.

Make sure you don’t miss one or two other events in the rest of the city either, as there’s plenty to do!  You can check out the full schedule here. 

Wine World & Spirits joins U-District Food Bank for Chili Cook-Off

I’m a huge proponent of the University Food Bank (well, any food bank).  And those of you who know we well know that I’m also a proponent of beer and wine. So I’m thrilled to pass along that Wine World and Spirits has teamed up with the U-District Food Bank for the second annual Chili Cook-Off.

The Cook-Off will be held on Sunday, March 3rd from 2pm to 5pm at Wine World and Spirit’s private ballroom, with proceeds benefiting the food bank.  Tickets are $10 and include your chili tastes plus 5 drink tickets to sample local beers and wines that have been selected to pair with the chili.

Men, that’s probably all you need to read – buy your ticket here or at the door.

Ladies, if you still need a little tempting, this is the part where I get to tell you that the chili will be judged by Seattle firefighters.   And yes, I know that’s a totally sexist comment and I don’t really care.  FIREFIGHTERS.

Wine World & Spirits is located at 400 NE 45th.

Seattle Restaurant Week Returns – here’s your north Seattle hookup

I know it feels like it just happened, but Seattle Restaurant Week returns October 14th – 18th and 21st – 25th.  For those of you new to Seattle, this is one of the greatest weeks for those of us that aren’t millionaires - the week when many restaurants present a 3-course dinner for just $28 (and some also provide a 3-course lunch for $15).

And there’s no shortage of options for north Seattle dining this time around, either.  Here’s where you can go to get your fine dining fix, along with my recommendations:

In BALLARD, you can visit the Golden Beetle, Volterra, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Belle Clemantine, Bastille, Maggie Bluffs, and Anthony’s Homeport. My choice?  Ray’s Cafe.  Ray’s is about to remodel their downstairs restaurant, but the cafe is offering up some excellent Restaurant Week menu selections, including a pumpkin creme brulee for dessert.

In FREMONT, swing into the 35th Street Bistro, Chiso Sushi, or Hunger 2.0. Or one of my favorites, Via Tribunali, where you can start with some caprese arrostito.

In GREEN LAKE, which I’m quite partial to, dine at Nell’s, or try some of the best sushi in Seattle at Kisaku.  You can also dine next door at Eva.

In PHINNEY-GREENWOOD, you can go vegetarian at Carmelitas, or Mediterranean  at The Olive and Grape.  Or visit my pick: The Stumbling Goat, where you can choose between an entree of pan seared trout, pork tenderloin, duck risotto, or grass fed hangar steak.

Finally, in WALLINGFORD, don’t forget to stop by one of my absolute faves: Cantinetta – one of their entree options is a seasonal butternut squash ravioli.  Or, you can dine at Tilth or Art of the Table.

If you just feel the need to get out of north Seattle, which I won’t hold against you, you can view the full list of participating restaurants here.

 

Like beer, LOVE coffee? Don’t miss the Coffee Beer Festival October 6th

Last night I went on a date with a guy who doesn’t like coffee.  I know, crazy talk, right?  I can’t fault him too much – there was a time when I didn’t really like the stuff either.  Granted, that time was when I was about 11 years old.  Now, it’s a life force for me.  And well – you all know by now how much I love craft beer.

Have I died and gone to Heaven?  Because those two of my favorite things are getting combined for one day only at the Coffee Beer Festival, being held on Saturday October 6th at The Burgundian in Tangletown.

So far, 20 beers have been confirmed for the taps including concoctions from Oakshire, Big Time, Ram, Naked City, Schooner Exact, Fremont, Elysian and Southern Tier.  And they won’t all be porters, either – we’re talking IPA’s and saisons and even pale ales.

The festival starts at 10am and goes until the beer runs out (or closing time, whichever comes first).   The Burgundian is located at 2253 N 56th Street on the Wallingford/Green Lake border.

Clips of Faith – Beer & Films, coming to Gas Works next week

New Belgium Brewing Company brings its third annual “Clips of Faith” event to Seattle next Friday, July 27th.  The concept behind the event is to pair 16 New Belgium beers with short films created by fans, for a fun tasting event.

New Belgium will feature tastes of their more common beers such as Fat Tire, but also beers from their special “Lips of Faith” series, including their Cocoa Mole Ale, a spicy chocolate concoction.

Food will also be served up from Rainy Day Gourmet and A Lunch in Hand.  The event takes place at Wallingford’s Gas Works Park on Friday beginning at 8pm with the first film showing when it gets dark.  A few cool details: dogs are welcome (on leash, of course), and feel free to bring your own water bottle as you can get water refills.

The event itself doesn’t cost anything to get in, but there are charges for the beers which you can get in either a 3oz pour or a 12oz pour (cash only here folks).  All proceeds from Clips of Faith go to the Nature Consortium, a local grassroots organization who bring together nature and the arts.

Edible Plant Sale from Seattle Tilth – This Weekend!

This Saturday and Sunday, May 5th and 6th, is Seattle Tilth’s Edible Plant Sale at Meridian Park in Wallingford (4649 Sunnyside Ave N).

From 9am to 3pm each day, stop by to purchase over 50 varieties of organic tomatoes and over 20 types of peppers, plus herbs, edible flowers, and perennials.  Most veggies will be selling for $3, and flowers for $4 but prices will vary slightly.

For a complete list of veggies for sale, check out the list ahead of time here, and for herbs and flowers check this list here.  There will also be seeds available.  If you sign up for membership with Seattle Tilth, you’ll get a free plant from the sale.

Seattle Tilth anticipates busy hours between 9am and noon on Saturday, and 9am to 10am on Sunday.  Because of this, wristbands will be given out during those times and activities and vendors will be available in the lower field for those waiting for entrance.

Happy gardening!

Dine Out for Life – Next Thursday, April 26th – Where to go in North Seattle

With the amount of restaurants participating in this year’s Dine out for Life, it’s really hard NOT to participate.  On Thursday, April 26th, local restaurants will donate up to 30% of their food and beverage sales will go towards the Lifelong AIDS Alliance.  The Lifelong AIDS Alliance provides practical support services and advocates for those affected by HIV and AIDS.

The event is nationwide and occurs in 60 cities – but we have so many options right here in north Seattle.  Here’s a comprehensive list of where you can go locally to help the Lifelong AIDS Alliance – over 20 great local spots in Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Fremont, Ballard, Laurelhurst, Sand Point, Wallingford and Green Lake!

  • 74th Street Alehouse (30%)
  • Alexa’s Garden Cafe (30%)
  • BalMar (30%)
  • Bill the Butcher – Laurelhurst (20%)
  • The Blue Glass (30%)
  • Blue Moon Burgers – Fremont (30%)
  • Blue Star Cafe & Pub (30%)
  • Djan’s Dining (30%)
  • King’s Hardware (30%)
  • Kylie’s Chicago Pizza (30%)
  • Masala of India (30%)
  • Naked City Brewery & Taphouse (30%)
  • Nell’s Restaurant (30%)
  • Olive and Grape (30%)
  • Pasta Bella (30%)
  • Ray’s Boathouse (30%)
  • Razzis Pizzeria (30%)
  • Sand Point Grill (30%)
  • Santa Fe Cafe (30%)
  • Stumbling Goat Bistro (30%)
  • Tutta Bella (20%)
  • Via Tribunali (30%)
  • Volterra (30%)
  • Wild Mountain Cafe (30%)

Earth Day Opportunity for Wallingfordians in north Seattle

I might just coin that word – Wallingfordians – if it hasn’t been claimed already!  But cool words aside, there’s a great opportunity for residents of Wallingford to get a little dirty and participate in Earth Day on Saturday, April 21st from 11am to 2pm.

The 3rd annual “Operation Beautification Wallingford” will take place at the Wallingford Center Plaza (N 45th St and Wallingford Ave), and feature community street cleanup.  But your hard work won’t go unrewarded – there will also be music, face painting, a bake sale and more.  If you can’t make it on the day, you can still help by baking goods for the bake sale.

The celebration needs volunteers for the actual event – to volunteer, contact Colleen Kurke at colleen@wallingfordchamber.org.  The celebration is sponsored by the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce, supported by several neighborhood groups.

A Very North Seattle Easter – Where to go, when, for your neighborhood Egg Hunt

I’m not very good at paying attention to holidays, probably because I don’t have children.  The only way I know which holiday is approaching is usually by the displays of candy at the grocery store – Halloween to Christmas, Christmas to Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day to Easter, and so on.  The marshmallow Peeps are out, along with the jelly beans and Cadbury Creme Eggs, and so Easter must be on its way.

And for those of you that DO have children, that means Easter Egg Hunts.  You have a few to choose from in north Seattle this year – and North Seattle Sarah has you covered on what to do.

Wallingford: The Wallingford Center presents their annual Easter Egg Hunt featuring…wait for it…The Bubbleman! The celebration will be Saturday, April 7th at the Wallingford Center (1818 N 45th Street) and will go from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The Bubbleman begins performing at 9 a.m., and the egg hunt takes place at 10 a.m.  From 10 a.m. to noon there will also be face painting, crafts, and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.

Woodland Park: The Zoo is hosting their annual Bunny Bounce from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th.  Egg hunts for age groups 3-5, and 6-8 will happen in half-hour increments starting a 10 a.m.  Egg hunts for toddlers will be at 9:30.  This is the 11th year the Zoo has put this on, and there will be crafts, bunny encounters and more throughout the day.  Cost to participate is regular Zoo admission.

Green Lake: Egg Hunt at the Green Lake Community Center is back this year, after being cancelled last year from lack of funding.  Visit the Community Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday April 7th at 7201 East Green Lake Drive N.   It’s free for kids 10 and under.

Ravenna: The Spring Bunny Hunt at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center at 6535 Ravenna Way NE is also hosting an egg hunt.  This one starts at 10 a.m. and is for children 12 and under.

Loyal Heights:  Children 10 and under can hunt for eggs at the Loyal Heights Community Center at 10 a.m. on April 7th, at 2101 NW 77th Street.

Ballard: Same goes for you, Ballard.  Children 10 and under can egg hunt at the Ballard Community Center on April 7th at 10 a.m.  The Ballard Community Center is at 6020 28th Ave NW.

Bitter Lake: Finally, we can’t forget about our friends on the northern border.  Visit the Bitter Lake Community Center at 13040 Greenwood Ave North for an egg hunt for children 10 and under at 10 a.m. on April 7th.  Note: Meet at the Bitter Lake ANNEX which is attached to Broadview Thomson Elementary School.