Saturday, August 27, 2016

Open House Sundays

Open House Sunday

It's another beautiful weekend to search for that perfect Mid Century home in Seattle, or just do some wishful browsing. 

Below is a downloadable and printable map of all Mid Century open houses happening in the Seattle area this Sunday, August 28th. 

As before, these are not my listings and any cancellations or incorrect times are out of my control. Want a map of a different area in Washington? Just let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fun and Sun in Seattle

Summer is Almost Over!

Back to school time is almost upon us, but there's still a few weekends left of summer vacation. Make the most of this time with your kids or your friends (or just by yourself!) with some of these great events happening this weekend.

Free Entrance Days At National Parks

August 25th - 28th is fee-free day at all national parks. This includes entrance fees as well as some tour and transportation fees. Take your kids to explore nature and enjoy what Washington State has to offer! 

To get more information and find a park near you go here

Chehalis Garlic Fest

Everyone loves garlic, right? Enjoy garlic-y goodness with food, crafts, kids activities, and two stages of live music all weekend long! There will even be a beer garden for the big kids. 

The event goes from August 26th-28th
$5 general admission, kids 7 and under are free!

Bacon, Eggs & Kegs

Don't have kids? Garlic not your thing? Maybe you'd enjoy a Brunchy Booze fest this weekend at Century Link Field! Taste some great food and sample local craft beers (from your very own tasting glass given to you upon entry) on August 27th and 28th from 11am - 3pm. If you're not a fan of beer, like me, there will also be a selection of ciders, bloody Marys, Irish coffees, root beer floats, and a bunch of games! 

Tickets are $40 for Saturday or $35 for Sunday.

To find out more about what your ticket will get you, click here

Don't let the rest of summer pass you buy, get out there and enjoy it!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fun and Sun in Seattle

Explore Your City!

Whoever you are and whatever you're into, there's always something fun to do in Seattle. From free concerts in the park to viking village reenactments, the Emerald City has it all!

This weekend is going to be HOT, and if you don't want to waste your free time in front of a television, or hear tiny voices chanting "There's nothing to doooooo!" You may want to make weekend plans for some fun in the sun.

Arts in Nature Festival

Held in Seattle's only campground, Camp Long, the Arts in Nature Festival is a weekend of art and performance installations placed around the park. Stroll through the woods as you listen to a variety of music and see art in all medias. This event is held on August 20 - 21 and it's a great way to spend time outdoors with your kids and away from computers and tablets!

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. 

Find more info here

Seattle Street Food Festival

Woods not your thing? Maybe you'll be interested in checking out the Seattle Street Food Festival in South Lake Union instead. Sample culinary delights from over 200 vendors showcasing the very best of the Pacific Northwest. 

Held on August 20 - 21, this festival is free, family friendly, and sure to satisfy everyone's palate. 

Do you know of an event you'd like to showcase? Let us know in the comments below!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Being Denied Your Dream Home

Have you spent years dreaming up your perfect home? Do you have every room and piece of decor memorized? Have you fantasized about strolling through your perfectly serene neighborhood? Have you ever considered the possibility that you could be told "no"? No to your perfect home, with its perfect rooms, nestled in its perfect neighborhood?

It could happen. 

The truth is most of us don't consider the word "no" when mentally designing our dream home, but a lot of the time that home is just that, a dream. 

So often I find myself with a new home buyer excitedly telling me about the house they'd like me to find, right down to the tiniest detail in the greatest neighborhood and, of course, within their budget. And way too often I have to see the sadness spread across their faces when I tell them "no". 

No, there is no house like that in this neighborhood. 

No, there is no house like that within your budget.

No, there's no house like that within this school district.

No, no, no.

It isn't uncommon for these sweet people to turn on me, tell me I don't know how to do my job, if I was better I could find this house. Believe me when I say if I could deliver everyone's dream home to them I would! But the truth is sometimes their dream home simply does not exist. 

The point of this post is not to discourage you or your dreams, but instead to prepare you for the inevitable, dreaded "NO". I've mentioned in previous posts that finding absolutely everything you want in one home is very rare and compromises will need to be made. The best way to deal with "no" is to have these compromises, or alternate options, decided before you begin your search.

Ask yourself some basic questions. What do you need or want in your dream home? What if those needs and wants aren't an option, do you have an alternate option?

Keep an open mind. Don't turn away from possible homes you don't think will fit your wants, you never know what you might be passing up. Go check it out, if you don't like it, don't buy it!

Trust in your agent, they aren't purposely denying you your dream home. Ask if they can show you how an MLS search works, then you can see for yourself exactly what's available. 

And most importantly, have fun and stay positive!

I hope this has helped prepare you for the big NO. Do you have any questions or advice of your own? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Happy house hunting!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Good Eats in Seattle

Seattle has some fantastic dining options, whatever you're craving you can find it here. One of my favorite places to spend a casual Saturday evening with friends is the No Bones Beach Club, a tiki inspired vegetarian restaurant and lounge.

This tiki bar got its beginnings as a food truck, but the popularity of its locally inspired cocktails and plant based menu soon lead to the opening of a brick and mortar lounge. 

Not a vegetarian? I promise you their menu will please both meat eaters and plant eaters alike, and their Mid Century tiki decor is an added bonus. Click on the image above to browse their site and see their full menu.

No Bones don't take reservations, and they get incredibly on weekends so be sure to show up early or prepare for a bit of a wait (trust me, it's worth it). Great place for a low key meal with your significant other, or a rowdy night out with the girls!

So go check it out and maybe I'll see you there sometime!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Open House Sundays

It's Open House Sunday!

Summer is here and it's a beautiful day outside, what better way to spend it than looking for your perfect Mid Century home?  

Everyone loves browsing open houses, but making a list of all of them can be time consuming and dull. Well fear not! I have taken the liberty of compiling a downloadable and printable map of all Mid Century open houses in Seattle for today, Aug 16th, 2016.

A couple things to keep in mind:

These are only the Mid Century open houses, not ALL the open houses.

There aren't my listings, if you find one is not actually open it's not my fault, I'm just the messenger!

These open houses are in Seattle, WA. Would you like a map for a different Washington city? Let me know!

I will make new maps each weekend. Happy house hunting!