If you've been keeping your eye on the Seattle real estate market, you're likely well aware that the inventory of available homes has been extremely tight for the last several months – creating a market that heavily favors sellers – and providing a profitable climate for owners currently listing their homes for sale. So if you've been sitting on the fence about selling your home – or have been contemplating making a move – here are four reasons why you may want to sell sooner rather than later.
This article published in CNN Money discusses the four trends on a national level – but I think they are all applicable to the current market in Seattle. So if you've been on the fence, maybe it's time you hop over it?
Coffee improving equity?
Starbucks is a brand synonymous with Seattle. And new data published by Zillow indicates how Starbuck's addicts hefty spending at the coffee chain might help homewoners in a suprising way – improving your home's equity.
According to the Zillow study, homes that are located near a Starbucks coffee shop appreciate at a faster rate than homes not located near the coffee giant. Zillow reports that since 1997, homes located near a Starbucks appreciated 96% – whereas homes located farther away appreciated at a much lower rate – only 65%.
In my opinion, the Starbucks study is quite interesting – but would I ever encourage a buyer to purchase a home simply because it is located near a Starbucks – or believe the home is a good investment because of its proximity to the coffee chain? Likely not. I take the study's findings with a grain of salt – but it is interesting nonetheless – and at the least, the added equity can help offset a homeowner's expensive latte habit…
Here's the link to the report in the Huffington Post:
Freshly back from Miami, I had an amazing time getting to spend a week working on a design & staging project for Condé Nast. The team was tasked with styling & staging a striking modern waterfront property – our color palate for the rooms was to primarily focus on red, black & white colors, with some rich chocolate & taupe colors for other areas. I had a fantastic experience shopping throughout Miami, picking out beautiful sofas, rugs, chairs, vintage pieces & accessories – and had the pleasure of working with some awesome, fun, & very hard working people! I was able to snap some photos of our work in progress (unfortunately, a camera phone just doesn't do the project justice!) (And another example of why listing agents should always hire a professional photographer to take the listing photos, rather than do it themselves….)