Uncategorized November 30, 2014

August Neighborhood Update / Eastside Equestrian Life



KiamaLise Herres 
(206) 679-5322





Neighborhood Update ~


AUGUST  2014

Home sales have continued their strength this summer. Here's an overview of local market trends, some creative storage ideas, and several links I think you'll find interesting, including a great article about how first-time home buyers can prepare themselves financially.   Consider forwarding the article to someone you know who is planning to buy their first home.    





  • More sellers put their homes on the market during July compared to a year ago, but there is still less than two months of inventory in King County. Four to six months is considered to be balanced, so we're still in a solid seller's market. 
  • Inventory in King County is up 35 percent since April. More available inventory should take away some of the frenzy that we experienced in the spring, but in highly desirable neighborhoods multiple offers and bidding wars are still occurring. According to a Seattle Times analysis, almost 40 percent of homes sold for more than list price between April and June in King and Snohomish counties.    
    Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Named #3 Fastest Moving Market in U.S. 
  • The median home price in King County in July rose to $468,000, an 8 percent increase over last year. Home prices in Seattle jumped 17 percent to $543,500. The Eastside showed the highest median price in King County, up 10 percent from a year ago to $624,900.
If you'd like information on your specific neighborhood, give me a call and I'll be happy to send you a report. 






See more smart storage ideas on our Pinterest board!



Vintage suitcase bar
Lego utensil holder
Hidden kitchen shelves
Staircase drawers




Premier Therapeutic Riding Academy Right in our Backyard


Did you know that right here in Redmond, WA we have one of the largest most successful therapeutic riding centers in the country?  Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center was founded in 1976 by Margaret Dunlap who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis.  Ms. Dunlap found that being on the back of a horse slowed the progression of her disease and was inspired to share her therapies with others. 38 years later Little Bit serves over 230 riders and patients each week with over 20 horses and 350 volunteers.


Little Bit's mission is "to improve the bodies, minds, and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy and activities, and to be an inspiration and educational resource to the therapeutic riding profession, both regionally and nationally." Volunteers are a key part of Little Bit's success. If you've ever dreamed of working with horses but didn't know where to begin, sign up for Little Bit's volunteer program. You will be trained in the proper and safe handling of their equine partners and you can become a major support to the adaptive riding therapy or hippotherapy program. No experience required! I suspect you will be just as inspired and uplifted by contributing your time as the riders and patients are to receive it. Just like the back of the Little Bit t-shirts states "Does your therapist weigh 1200 pounds?"  


To learn more about Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center please go to www.LittleBit.org or go to Facebook and "like" their page to read some inspiring stories of how these gentle equine giants have changed the lives of countless children and adults with special needs.






IN THE KNOW a few things I think you'll like:


The Ultimate Garage Makeover

250 square foot Seattle garage renovated into fabulous mini home


Redmond, Bellevue and Kirkland Make Family Friendly List

Eastside cities among the best in the state to raise kids


Looking to Buy Your First Home?

4 steps to take to prepare yourself financially









…when you can have a fully upgraded Murray Franklyn, less than 5 minutes from I-90 for under $700,000? 2010 hard to find Roosevelt floor plan. Large, airy and open with den on main plus bonus up and 4 bedrooms. Master has huge ensuite with large WIC. Granite counters in kitchen, stainless appliances. Upgraded sweeping staircase, wood trim everywhere and gorgeous ceilings. Mt Si views. Fully fenced with large deck for entertaining. Award winning schools. Movie tour says it all!
Offered at $695,000



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