DO’S + DONT’S IN TAKING CARE OF HOUSEPLANTS

I’ve written a lot about outdoor plants over the past couple of years but wanted to write about houseplants for a change.  Since the weather is getting cooler and wetter, some of us fair weather gardeners are putting our gardens to bed and won’t have much to do with them until spring.  Now is a great time to start giving attention to your houseplants. 

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WEST SEATTLE GARDEN TOUR :: GARDEN INSPIRATION

From master gardeners, to garden hopefuls, to apartment dwellers and beyond. The West Seattle Garden Tour (WSGT) is back for its 24th year, and ready to provide inspiration to all garden lovers. Jeff Daley, horticulturist and arborist for Seattle Pacific University and the sponsorship chairman for the WSGT, kindly gave me a moment of his time so I can help spread the word about this incredible community resource. Jeff is a Gatewood neighbor who has lived in our community for 61 years.

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Real Estate Update

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Salon

Salon

Millennials are moving back in with their parents

By Tyler Gillispie
Nearly 40 percent of Florida adults ages 18-34 are living with their folks
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Buying a home in 2018? Here's what you need to know

By Maurie Backman, The Motley Fool
Homeownership can be a costly endeavor, especially since certain tax breaks are now less generous. Here are a few things to be aware of if you're planning to go from renter to owner this year.
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(Jared Soares/The Washington Post)

(Jared Soares/The Washington Post)

What home sellers need to know about appealing to millennial buyers

By David Charron
Millennials make up more than 50 percent of all first-time home buyers and represent a growing segment of the Washington-area population. These young professionals and activists are looking to make their mark on the world at the epicenter of American politics and culture.
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Getty Images

Getty Images

How to Save Enough for a Down Payment

By Devon Thorsby
For most first-time homebuyers, securing a down payment is the biggest hurdle.
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Rogue Ones: Why Parents Identify With Yoda When It Comes to Personal Finances

By Brian O'Connell
What do Star Wars and family finances have in common? Plenty, according to one new report.
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Getty Images | Nora Carol Photography

Getty Images | Nora Carol Photography

10 moves to boost your wealth in 2018

By Lorie Konish
If you set the right financial goals now, you could be wealthier by next year.
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Take a home tour with a robot

By Diana Olick
There was no one home when Avisheh Madani arrived to tour a San Francisco rental property. No one human, that is.
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Houzz

Houzz

10 home-design trend predictions for 2018

By Megan McDonough
Home remodelling and design platform Houzz forecasted these trends, based on discussions with industry professionals and styles noticed on social media.
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The Week

The Week

The best homes of 2017

By The Week Staff
Each week, we feature some of the best properties on the market. With 2017 coming to a close, let's check in on some of the best properties of the year.
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Local News...

NWMLS

NWMLS

King County Home Prices End 2017 Up 16 Percent

By Neal McNamara , Patch Staff
2017 was a "banner year" for Puget Sound real estate agents, but buyers face an uphill battle, according to the latest local stats.
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Zillow: Seattle housing prices will continue to climb in 2018, but not as quickly

By Sarah Anne Lloyd
That’s for both renters and buyers
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Image: Thinkstock

Image: Thinkstock

75% of the Most Competitive Neighborhoods for Homebuyers in the U.S. are here in Seattle

by  Gena Wynkoop
How do you feel when I say these words…“Seattle housing market.”
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Photo: Mary Ngyuen/FloorPlanOnline

Photo: Mary Ngyuen/FloorPlanOnline

Historic low inventory makes a tight market in Seattle

By Zosha Millman
You may have heard: Seattle's a tough real estate market in which to be a buyer.
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Sweeping Seattle parking changes may be on the horizon

By Chris Daniels
It's the first step in what could be a massive parking overhaul in Seattle, aimed at identifying and utilizing unused spots near transit corridors.
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Photo: GENNA MARTIN, SEATTLEPI.COM

Photo: GENNA MARTIN, SEATTLEPI.COM

Report: Seattle has highest forecasted rise in rent

By Zosha Millman
And we're the No. 3 hottest market in the country. Woohoo?
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Seattle area rents expected to go up 3.5 percent this year

By Bernard Ellouk
Seattle will be the third-hottest housing market in the country in 2018, based on analysis by Zillow.
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Zillow Shutterstock

Zillow Shutterstock

Hottest Markets for 2018 Include Tech Hotspots, Southeastern Charmers

By Lauren Bretz
The U.S. housing market is hot, with more than half (52.6 percent) of all homes nationwide worth as much or more than they were at the peak of the national housing boom in April 2007.
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Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to keynote Bellevue gala

By Bellevue Reporter
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will discuss basketball, libraries and books when he headlines the King County Library System Foundation’s 25th annual Literary Lions Gala fundraiser on March 10 in Bellevue.
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Low inventory does not reduce demand in Bellevue housing market

By Annie Gustafson
The number of homes available for purchase in December 2017 was exceptionally low in Bellevue, even by “typical” end-of-year standards.
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Kirkland remains hot in the housing market

By Kailan Manandic
Experts agree that 2018 will be another hot year for the Puget Sound housing market and Kirkland is only getting hotter as demand increases while inventory remains low.
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Real Estate Update

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Remodeling an icon: A sneak peek inside the Space Needle renovation project, high above Seattle

By Kurt Scholsser

Everything's changing in Seattle - even our iconic Space Needle is getting a facelift. Take a look at this sneak peek of it's renovation. I"m beyond excited to see the completion. One of my favorite architectural firms Olson Kundig Architects is overseeing the renovations. Are you brave enough to dine 500 feet above on a glass floor? I have a fear of heights but I'm all in for this one!

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shutterstock

Why Seattle Real Estate Will Maintain Its Hot Streak

By Anthony Hitt

"Seattle is one of the fastest growing American cities, attracting an average of 57 new residents per day from 2015-2016. The real estate market in the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods is highly competitive, commanding increasingly high selling prices. While the steadily climbing real estate prices have some concerned about a potential real estate bubble, the consensus among economists is that the real estate market’s growth will hold firm."

Worth a read. Economist consensus is Seattle's real estate market growth will continue. Questions? Get in touch with me. I'm happy to be of help.

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The Amazon spheres in downtown Seattle (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

The Amazon spheres in downtown Seattle (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Watch Amazon’s Seattle campus quadruple in size in a decade

By Mike Rosenberg

We are home to the largest urban campus in America. Want to see how Amazon made that happen over the last decade? Check out the year by year GIF that shows Amazon's Lake Union campus growth. 8,000 apartments are slated to be built in the area with completion by 2019 to support the continuing growth.

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While some cities thrive, others are left behind

Seattle is one of few cities that have flourished in the 10 years since the Great Recession began in December 2007. Other cities are still struggling.

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Andrew Burton for the New York Times

Andrew Burton for the New York Times

The Great American Single-Family Home Problem

By Conor Dougherty

Building more housing, more densely, could help address a widespread economic challenge. A fight over one lot in Berkeley, Calif., shows how tough that could be.

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Photo by Education Images

Photo by Education Images

10 books that boost money IQ

By Lorie Konish

If you want to be wiser and wealthier in 2018, these 10 books will boost your financial acumen.

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Home remodeling done right

By Pat Mertz Esswein

Line up the money and a good contractor. Then turn your wish list into reality.

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Photography by Bob Coscarelli

Photography by Bob Coscarelli

This mid-century modern home is a stylish time capsule

By Mary Jo Bowling

If anything could be considered a midcentury modern miracle, this is it.

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Local News...

Seattle’s condo conundrum: A historically low supply

By Jake Whittenberg

Seattle, amid all its growth, is experiencing a historic shortage of condos, as developers choose to build apartments rather than market-ready living spaces.

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Survey to help shape the next decade of Capitol Hill development

By jseattle

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GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg

GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg

Seattle approves new Airbnb regulations 

By Monica Nickelsburg

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photo by Genna Martin, seattlepi.com

photo by Genna Martin, seattlepi.com

Tech makes up almost all new office jobs in Seattle

By Nat Levy, GeekWire

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Photos And Listing Courtesy Of Marlow Harris/seattledreamhomes.com

Photos And Listing Courtesy Of Marlow Harris/seattledreamhomes.com

Historic Capitol Hill home awaits its fate

By Kirsten O’Brien, SeattlePI

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photo David Montesino Staff file, 2017

photo David Montesino Staff file, 2017

Good news: Seattle buyers like our homes. The bad news: Seattle buyers like our homes.

By Debbie Cockrell

Low inventory prospects may not change next year. One local broker weighs in on how we got here and what’s next.

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