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Seattle Real Estate Professionals

Welcome to the P-I's Real Estate blog. Here an assortment of real estate professionals discuss contemporary housing issues, facts, analysis and other information about state and national housing, plus rental markets, current real estate conditions, foreca

Last Build Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:26:56 +0000


Historic 1890 “Nelson House” in Fremont, still stands today.

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:26:56 +0000

This beautiful old home in Fremont is called the Victor Nelson house, and was constructed about 1890. Two years earlier the Swedish immigrant Victor C. Nelson and his wife arrived in Seattle and moved to the Belltown neighborhood. Nelson drove a horse drawn wagon delivering laundry for Cascade Steam Laundry, the largest laundry in Seattle.

Backyard Cottage Workshop and Open House

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 05:35:24 +0000

Since Seattle legalized and has even been encouraging backyard cottages and Accessory Dwelling Units, a lot of folks have questions about how they can build these in their own neighborhoods. One developer, Microhouse, believes that open houses are a great chance to learn more about backyard cottages and meet others thinking about building backyard cottages.

Seattle Dream Homes is having a Gingerbread Dream Home Contest!

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 19:55:00 +0000

Seattle Dream Homes is having a virtual Gingerbread House contest on the website and the judge is Jessie Oleson from Cake Spy. The winner will receive a $75 gift certificate for photo books from Kodak.

Seattle area buyer featured in HGTV’s House Hunters show

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:40:33 +0000

An episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters” featuring Seattle resident Valerie Sloane and her friend Mary Jo Reynolds will air Monday, November 7th at 11pm, and again later at 2am. I played the real estate broker. It was a stretch, but I made it work. You’ve probably seen House Hunters before where the premise of the

Money Coming Off The Sidelines

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 07:59:11 +0000

That’s right.  Smart investment money is starting to come off the sidelines as those investors recognize the value in Puget Sound real estate.  Prices have adjusted to value levels, and in some cases, way below value levels.  That brings the folks who have been sitting on the bench into the game.  And that is good

We’re at the bottom?

Sat, 05 Feb 2011 15:04:00 +0000

I'm not a fan of podcasts; I don't take the time to watch the YouTubes that people send me links to, and I don't go back and listen to radio programs I've missed.

Michael Hellickson – He’s B-A-C-K!

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 09:24:00 +0000

Michael Hellickson, accused real estate broker from Bonney Lake who lost his license a few months ago, got his license back and has been making appearances around the U.S., most recently at the NAR conference down in New Orleans, hawking his "Club Wealth" seminars on tape.

Meet HGTV Star & Donald Trump’s Apprentice winner Kendra Todd at the relaunch of 200 West Highland

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 16:10:00 +0000

This sounds like fun! Snack and drinks and a chance to take a look at the residences at 200 West Highland on Queen Anne with Apprentice winner Kendra Todd.

Was Your Home Built Before 1978? There Are Now New Lead Paint Laws

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:40:00 +0000

Was your home built before 1978? If so, your painters and remodelers must be certified as lead-safe contractors. Training and special equipment is required for contractors to work on all homes built before 1978.


Fri, 15 Oct 2010 09:30:00 +0000

Ya gotta love the English language. Just yesterday my wife and I were discussing how cool the English language is--how it constantly changes with new phrases, new meaning for old phrases and new words. One new word getting a ton of play in the judicial system is robo-signers.

I’m Looking For a Good Realtor in South Carolina

Sun, 12 Sep 2010 09:52:00 +0000

I'm looking for a Realtor in South Carolina, the Greer/Greenville area, to be exact. My mother-in-law is moving and I need to find someone to help sell her home. When I was there, I contacted a Realtor from a Realtor network I belong to, Certified Residential Specialists.

What would you do?

Thu, 19 Aug 2010 05:12:00 +0000

What would you do in this situation. You own 27 acres and your neighbor owns 30 acres. Due to a mutual misunderstanding of the true property boundary, you build your house and garage and drill your well entirely on your neighbor's property. Your neighbor builds his house, then does a survey and discovers the encroachment. Negotiations ensue, but fail. Suit is filed. The land value of the encroachment (one acre) is $25,000. It would cost $300,000 to move the house, garage and well.

Happy 10th Anniversary to Escrow Link!

Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:59:00 +0000

Over the years, the wonderful people at Escrow Link have given my clients absolutely stellar service, treated them warmly and kindly through the easiest and most difficult transactions, and gone above and beyond to get so many home sales closed on time that it's impossible to count.

Tacoma Sellers–Prepare to Pay More To Sell Your House!

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 03:21:00 +0000

Starting July 1, 2010, a seller in Tacoma has to have their "side-sewer" (connection to the city sewer system) scoped with a camera. Link.

Adverse Possession: An Easier Alternative? (Merriman v. Cokeley)

Sun, 06 Jun 2010 04:11:00 +0000

To own a piece of property you don't necessarily need to buy it through a real estate agent. In fact, you don't even need to buy it.