Uncategorized November 30, 2014

September Neighborhood Update / Eastside Equestrian Life






KiamaLise Herres 
(206) 679-5322








 neighborhood update ~
and Eastside Equestrian Life


As we head into fall, temperatures are cooling and the real estate market is moderating as well. Here's a look at local housing trends, some great color inspiration and several links I think you'll like. 








The local real estate climate has cooled down from a red-hot summer to a more sustainable pace, a good sign of a healthy, stable market.

  • Home prices, while up from a year ago, are moderating. The median sales price for single family homes that sold during August was $437,000, an increase of just 1.6 percent from last August. 
  • Strong demand for homes close to city centers has pushed prices in Seattle and the Eastside above the county median.  The median home price in Seattle increased 9.4 percent over last year to $499,950. On the Eastside, prices were up 5.2 percent from a year ago to $605,000.



    interest rates remain low





  • Inventory in King County remains tight, with about two months of supply, but it is growing. Four to six months is considered to be balanced, so we remain in a seller's market. 
  • Historically low interest rates continue to favor buyers. Mortgage rates recently hit their lowest level so far this year. And concerns that Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has voiced about national unemployment rates have experts believing that she won't raise interest rates any time soon.
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 great color ideas on our Pinterest board!





aqua kitchen
jewel tones on grey
Bright living room






"Bianca's Unicorn" 2002

I first met Tanya Mason of Fall City Pony Farm (aka Party Ponies) twelve years ago when my daughter was turning three and announced she would like a unicorn for her birthday. All-righty then! No problem!


I had heard about Tanya and her amazingly calm and sweet ponies but found it hard to believe she could get them to my (at that time) suburban backyard, dress them up like unicorns and safely give pony rides to a band of energetic three olds, for two hours!  Much to my delight that is exactly what Tanya did. Right on time, she rolled into my cul-de-sac, unloaded two darling ponies (aka unicorns) and had all the necessary ingredients to make me look like mother of the year.


Not only has Tanya been running a successful party business with her horses and ponies since 1989, she also holds summer and school break day camps at her farm in Fall City, beach riding trips, company parties, hay rides and carriage rides at her farm or your location- she can even bring an entire fluffy petting zoo right to your door for the day. Somehow, she manages to do all this while raising one heck of a champion rider, her daughter Taylor, who has the ribbons and trophies to prove that Tanya knows her stuff!




Get to know Tanya and you will discover that her heart and soul are connected deeply to several charitable organizations with whom she works closely. Connecting horses and ponies with non-profits like Camp Korey, Children's Hospital and the Make-A-Wish-Foundation is a deep and committed passion of Tanya's and our surrounding communities benefit greatly from her generosity. Tanya is the treasure of the Snoqualmie Valley and one horsewoman you should definitely put on your list of people to meet.

If you'd like to book a party with Tanya and her ponies or to find out about the charitable organizations with which she is involved please go to www.kidsandponies.com or call Tanya directly at 425-765-0558.







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



An Up Close Look at the Seahawks' Super Bowl Ring

Detailed pictures of the Tiffany's-designed ring


How to Choose a Front Door Color

A new coat of paint could be just the makeover your home needs


The 10 Most Unusual Homes in the World

You have to see these amazing abodes 














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.
Offered at $679,900





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