You’d Like to Sell Your Home, but Where to Next… and How?

Windermere Bridge Loan

Homeowners across our region are enjoying very healthy equity levels due to an upswing in the real estate market over the last five years. In fact, the median price in King County is up 50% over the last five years and up 47% in Snohomish County. This growth in equity has given homeowners the exciting option to sell their home for a high price and move on to their next chapter, such as a move-up, down-size or second home. This price growth is great news and provides many opportunities, however we have also faced some challenges in how to make these transitions.

Our biggest challenge in the marketplace right now is inventory levels; sometimes requiring a buyer to compete in multiple offers for their next home. Currently King County sits at 0.7 months of inventory and 0.8 in Snohomish. Historically, buyers that are also sellers would commonly secure a new home contingent on the sale of their current home. Meaning the seller of the new home they are buying would give them a month or so to get their current house sold in order to buy theirs. Well in this market, that is only rarely an option. So, the million-dollar question is this: how does one who has gained so much equity, now itching to get that bigger house, different location, or perfect rambler for settling into retirement, make this transition without having to move twice? We need to get creative and have a strategy. Two options that have recently proved to be successful, are negotiating a rent-back for sellers or using the Windermere Bridge Loan program.

First, negotiating a rent-back has become a great option for someone who needs to first sell their current home in order to buy. The way it works is we put their home on the market, price it competitively to create demand, and ask for a rent-back as one of the preferred terms. If this rent-back is successfully negotiated, then the seller closes on their home and collects their funds, but gets to stay in the house anywhere from 30-60 days. This enables the seller, who is now a buyer, to have their cash in-hand, time to find a new house, get it under contract and close the sale when their rent-back is ending. This eliminates the need to move twice. There is a bit of calculated risk in this plan, but we’ve seen it work several times, always with a plan B ready just in case. Rarely has plan B needed to be executed, and often times we’ve even been able to pay little to no rent during this time.

The second option is the Windermere Bridge Loan program. This is an amazing tool for homeowners that own their homes free and clear, or have paid down their debt quite a bit. This is a low-cost alternative to pull the equity out of one’s house prior to selling it in order to make a non-contingent offer. The way it works is we take the market value of the house the homeowner current lives in, established by a comparative market analysis completed by your Windermere agent and signed off by the Broker. We then take 65% of that value and subtract any debt owed, and that is the maximum amount the homeowner can borrow for their next down payment. They can then make a non-contingent offer on a new home. What is really great about this, is that it doesn’t require an appraisal (like a HELOC does), and these can easily be turned around in 3-5 business days. This tool provides the opportunity to quickly and inexpensively pull your equity out, be competitive, and eliminates the double move.

The fees associated with this program are a 1% loan fee on the equity that is pulled, a title report, and interest that is incurred between the loan funding and being paid off once the subject home is sold. That interest is conveniently wrapped up in the closing costs when they close the sale of their home, eliminating the need to make monthly interest payments. In a strategy that is somewhat mind blowing- we can sometimes use these bridge loans and never have to actually fund them. For example, if we secure a property non-contingent with the bridge loan and immediately get the subject home on the market, we can often secure a sale with a simultaneous closing, and never have to fund the loan. This eliminates the loan fee, interest, and the need to carry two mortgages.

If you are excited about equity levels and today’s low interest rates and have thought about making that move you’ve been waiting for, but have been fearful of how to do it all – we can help. These two options, along with great attention to detail, hand-holding, and careful planning have helped many people make these exciting transitions. It is our goal to help keep our clients informed and empower strong decisions. Please contact any one of our agents if you would like further information on how this might work for you or someone you know.

 


Posted on June 6, 2017 at 3:11 pm
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13 Gorgeous Instagram Photos of Lynnwood You Need to See

Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous spot to spend the day or searching for a scenic area to snap a few family photos, Lynnwood is brimming with beauty if you know where to look! Enjoy these Instagram photos taken throughout Lynnwood to see all that this dynamic city has to offer:


1 & 2. Scriber Lake Park

Both of these views of Scriber Lake Park in Lynnwood are stunning, and this 22-acre park is definitely worth checking out. It features the lake, a floating boardwalk, opportunities for observing wildlife, a 0.8-mile walking trail, and a great history. Bring your camera and start exploring! Learn more here! 

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3. Lynnwood Transit Center

What a spectacular sunset captured at the Lynnwood Transit Center! Did you know that the light rail is coming to Lynnwood? This is a huge deal for people in the area who commute—learn more about the Lynnwood light rail expansion here! 

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4 & 5. Lynnwood Golf Course

Golf enthusiasts in the Lynnwood area are in luck—did you know we had such a lush, gorgeous course like this right in our backyard? Learn more about the course here! 

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6 & 7. Great Commuting Options

Lynnwood is a popular choice for commuters—Highway 99, Interstate-5, and 405 all run through or border Lynnwood. Plus, the Interurban Trail, the Lynnwood Transit Center, and the link rail expansion ensure there’s plenty of commuting options to take advantage of. For tips on commuting in Lynnwood, click here!

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8 & 9. Meadowdale Playfields

This incredible 27-acre complex is brimming with adventure! Not only can you find softball fields and a basketball court, but there’s also a play structure, picnic facilities, a forested area and a pond to explore, restrooms, and walking trails! Learn more here.

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10 & 11. Lynndale Park

When you need to retreat into nature but don’t want to drive far, the 22-acre Lynndale Park is the perfect spot to head to! In addition to several sport courts and fields, there is play equipment, a skate park, a huge forested area with nature and walking trails, an off-leash dog area, and more! Click here for more information. 

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12 & 13. Sunset Over Lynnwood

We’re glad that a couple of Lynnwood photographers took a moment to capture these beautiful sunsets!


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Posted on June 5, 2017 at 11:59 am
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Lynnwood |

Our 12 Favorite Locally Recommended Lynnwood Restaurants

When it comes to restaurants in Lynnwood, no one knows more about the best spots around than our locals! From pizza and Asian cuisine to some excellent happy hours, they have the inside scoop on all of the top places to get your grub on!

Here is a list of our 12 favorite locally recommended Lynnwood restaurants:


BEER & HAPPY HOURS

Indigo Kitchen and Alehouse

  • Located at 2902 164th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98087
  • Hours: 11:00a-1:00a Monday-Friday; 9:00a-1:00a Saturday-Sunday; Happy Hour: 3:00p-6:00p & 10:00p-12:00a Sunday-Saturday

A favorite among Yvette, Brian, and Tonya Robison Tye, Indigo serves up great comfort food and a rotating list of draft brews. “I like Indigo; they have a great happy hour,” Yvette shares. Tonya seconds that notion, with the addition that her “…favorite Lynnwood restaurant is Indigo for lunch and dinner…” and the locals can’t be wrong!

Special Brews

  • Located at 14608 WA-99 Lynnwood, WA 98087
  • Hours: 11:00a-10:00p Monday-Thursday; 11:00a-11:00p Friday-Saturday; 12:00p-8:00p Sunday

According to Aurora Pedrola, “for beer/cider, definitely hit Special Brews. Their selection is unreasonably large but the bartenders will always help you choose. And some local take out places deliver there,” making this tavern a win-win all around.

Hop Jack’s

  • Located at 19702 WA-99 #100 Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:00a-11:00p Monday-Thursday; 11:00a-12:00a Friday; 8:00a-12:00a Saturday; 8:00a-11:00p Sunday; Happy Hour: 2:00p-6:00p & 9:00p-close Sunday-Saturday

Beat the summer heat with a refreshing drink from Hop Jack’s. “Hop Jack’s has a fantastic happy hour,” says Andrea Wetzel. Indeed, with a beer tower pouring local brews at a frosty 34 degrees and affordable cocktails made with real fruit, this bar’s happy hour is an experience in itself.

Big T’s Moonshine BBQ

  • Located at 4911 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:00a-12:00a Sunday-Saturday; Happy Hour: 3:00p-6:00p & 9:00p-12:00a Sunday-Saturday

Take a trip to the wild west without ever leaving Lynnwood at Moonshine BBQ. “Moonshine BBQ on 196th has a great outdoor patio and happy hour,” shares Brian Hayter. With 16 northwest drafts, crafted moonshine and smoked barbeque pairings, and an old-fashioned saloon vibe, you can spend happy hour getting in touch with your inner cowboy!


WINGS & MORE

Cask & Trotter

  • Located at 18411 WA-99 Lynnwood, WA 98037
  • Hours: 11:00a-11:00p Monday-Wednesday; 11:00p-2:00a Thursday-Sunday

Chow down on classic BBQ burgers, sandwiches, and more while enjoying a full bar and happy hour at this premier Lynnwood barbeque joint. Andrea’s menu suggestion? “Cask & Trotter has the best wings ever!”

Big E Ales

  • Located at 5030 208th St. SW A Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:30a-10:00p Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday

A unique and cozy Lynnwood brewpub, “Ellersick Brewery (aka Big E Ales),” as Brian notes, is a fantastic neighborhood hangout. “Wednesday night is wing night at Ellersick Brewery which is always a great place to meet up with friends,” Tonya shares. So grab the gang and head down to Big E Ales for some good beer, good grub, and good times!

B3 Breakfast & Burger Bar

  • Located at 4027 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 7:00a-9:00p Tuesday-Sunday; 7:00a-3:00p Monday

A recommended breakfast spot by Tonya, B3 Breakfast & Burger Bar is truly one-of-a-kind. Their menu includes unique items like Chicken N’ Savory Waffles as well as classic light breakfasts, specials, and gourmet burgers for lunch. If you want to wake up with some delicious flavors, check out B3 in the morning!


PIZZA

The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen

  • Located at 4010 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:30a-12:00a Sunday-Saturday

“Lynnwood has a couple of great pizza joints that you can’t beat,” shares Stefanie Massie. “The Rock [for example] brews their own beer with seasonal selections and they do a killer wood fired pizza! My favorite is the ‘Crazy Train,’” which includes awesome toppings like hot cherry peppers and caramelized onions; definitely not to miss!

Zeeks Pizza

  • Located at 4309 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:00a-10:00p Sunday-Saturday

Another spot in Lynnwood for premium pies is Zeeks. “Zeeks pizza is also conveniently located and has a premium selection of beer and wine,” says Stefanie. “Can’t go wrong with their pizza either. Menu adapts with the season!”


ASIAN

O2 Sushi

  • Located at 18601 WA-99 #100 Lynnwood, WA 98037
  • Hours: 11:30a-2:30p (Lunch) & 5:00p-12:00a (Dinner) Tuesday-Saturday; 12:00p-9:00p Sunday; closed Monday

Recommended by Yvette Sanchez for its great food and karaoke, O2 Sushi is a must. Bento boxes, happy hours, and tons of delectable sushi dishes make this place ideal for any adventurous foodie! 


Silver Spoon Thai Restaurant & Bar

  • Located at 3828 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:00a-10:30p Sunday-Thursday; 11:00a-11:30p Friday-Saturday

For the best Thai food in Lynnwood, Brian Hayter suggests Silver Spoon. With an atmosphere of relaxed elegance and an array of great-tasting Thai dishes, this spot is perfect for a quiet date or nice family meal.


Muto Izakaya

  • Located at 19505 44th Ave. W K Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:30a-2:30p & 5:00p-10:30p Monday-Friday; 12:00p-10:30p Saturday; 5:00p-9:00p Sunday

Also recommended by Brian, Muto Izakaya is one of Lynnwood’s hidden food gems. Authentic, delicious ramen and other dishes, plus a welcoming, homey ambiance, keeps the locals returning again and again. 


 


Posted on May 30, 2017 at 3:56 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Lynnwood |

11 Awesome City Conveniences You Didn’t Know Were in Lynnwood

Lynnwood’s city conveniences are exceptional, and from top-notch transportation options to recreation opportunities, it’s packed with some excellent spots that can improve your day!

Here are 11 awesome city conveniences you might not have known were in Lynnwood:


TRANSIT

When it comes to getting around, Jen Bowman knows trails and park-and-rides that make commuting a breeze! For example, summer is great for taking advantage of the Interurban Trail:

“Take a bike ride or jog along the Interurban Trail,” says Jen. “Linking North Seattle to South Everett, this is a great regional connector trail!”

Another suggestion? Commuters should definitely be taking advantage of the Lynnwood Transit Center, a convenient park-and-ride that features 1,368 parking spaces, lockers, a ride store, and more. Also, for those living in Lynnwood or those with plans to move to Lynnwood, you’re in luck—the Link Light Rail is coming to Lynnwood! Currently, the light rail runs from Angle Lake (just past the SeaTac Airport) to the University of Washington, but by 2023, the Light Rail will have four new station locations added from Northgate to Lynnwood. New stations include one at Northeast 145th Street, Northeast 185th Street, the Mountlake Transit Center (at 236th Street Southwest), and a station at the Lynnwood Transit Center (at 200th Street Southwest).

With these future extensions, riders are promised more frequent and reliable transportation and less pain from traffic congestion! It is estimated that commuters will be able to get from Lynnwood to Downtown Seattle in 28 minutes or to Sea-Tac Airport in 60 minutes.


SCHOOLS

Whether you’re starting out or starting over, Lynnwood has great opportunities for a college education. Edmonds Community College features 61 associate’s degree programs in disciplines like Pre-Nursing and Business/Accounting. With a newly announced Bachelor’s degree program too, Edmonds provides tools for success!

If you feel like there’s not enough time to go back to school, check out Central Washington University’s Lynnwood Campus too. CWU is dedicated to giving students valuable education through flexible class styles. The ability to complete your Bachelor’s degree on the Lynnwood campus ensures that you can balance your responsibilities and educational commitments.


COMMUNITY SPACES

From special events to family fun, Lynnwood offers amazing community spaces. Looking for a wedding or party venue? The Lynnwood Convention Center is a fantastic option! Convenient parking, a versatile landscape, and professional chefs are some of the services that promise you and your guests a memorable experience.

For something everyone will enjoy, visit the Lynnwood Recreation Center & Pool. “The Lynnwood Rec Center & Pool is one of the most popular places for family fun in Lynnwood,” shares Claudette Meyer Mitts.

“There is often a line of people that wraps around the building for Rec & Open Swim sessions in this LEED certified facility featuring 3 pools, 2 hot tubs, 2 giant slides, beach access for toddlers and preschoolers, and a large water-dumping-bucket and play area (a la Great-Wolf-Lodge style, but at a fraction of the price) there’s something for everyone no matter their age.”


PARKS

If you’re out and about, stop by one of Lynnwood’s awesome parks for a picnic and play time! Wilcox Park “offers play structures, open field for volleyball, soccer, frisbee and a wooded area too,” according to Tonya Robison Tye. “Wilcox City Park, also known by Lynnwoodians as Flag Park, offers a summer Farmers Market on Thursdays,” Stefanie Massie shares.

Another spot is Scriber Lake Park, which Tonya describes as “…a bridged walkway through natural ponds, streams and woods,” an ideal spot for wildlife lovers. Looking for something expansive that you can get lost in? Lynndale Park is Lynnwood’s largest park. Tonya’s tip? “The amphitheater at Lynndale park has live summer events!”


If you’re a history buff, Tonya recommends Heritage Park, which celebrates the city’s agricultural, transportation, and social heritage. Finally, Jen also recommends North Lynnwood Park for summer fun: “The North Lynnwood park has a dragon-themed splash pad, covered picnic areas, play equipment, and tons of lawn space. Perfect on those sunny summer days that will be coming soon. Right? Summer is coming, isn’t it?”


 


Posted on May 30, 2017 at 3:50 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Lynnwood |

9 Destination Shopping Opportunities in Lynnwood

Lynnwood has some truly notable shopping opportunities, and it’s a destination for many in Snohomish County! According to our own Jen Bowman, Lynnwood is a “retail Meccahow do you choose just one area? Looking for a new car, a couch, organic groceries, jewelry or a specialty bottle of wine? Come to Lynnwood! Total Wine, Whole Foods…[it’s the] only spot in Sno Co to find these stores (and many others).”

Here are 9 Snohomish County shopping opportunities you’ll only find in Lynnwood:


RETAIL

When it comes to retail, Jen knows there’s no beating the Alderwood Mall. “Of course Alderwood Mall is a main attraction for Lynnwood,” she shares. “Did you know the Regal Cinema (on the west side of the mall and south of Costco) has fully reclining seats?! Tickets are a little more expensive, but so worth it!” If you want to catch a movie or catch some great sales, add the mall to your list!


GROCERY SHOPPING

Whatever you’re shopping for, the grocery stores in Lynnwood have you covered. With over 8,000 wines (2,000 of which are not found anywhere else), Total Wine is a wine-lover’s paradise. For all of your bulk needs, Jen recommends the new Lynnwood Costco. An array of on-site amenities make it your one-stop shop, and there are even 2 Costco locations in Lynnwood to choose from, so you can pick whichever is closest to you!

You’re also sure to find some great products at Claudette Meyer Mitts’ pick, Trader Joe’s. Hard-to-find foods at low prices will get you hooked, and there are only a few locations in Snohomish County. Finally, health food fans will love Whole Foods, and the only one in Sno Co is in Lynnwood! “Whole Foods is conveniently located off 196th and I-5 for a quick stop to grab something off the salad bar or hot deli counter,” says Jen. “No time to make dinner? They have tons of store made, healthy options packaged up and ready to serve!”


CLOTHING

From tots to tap shoes, Lynnwood has some fabulous one-of-a-kind clothing shops. New parents can take advantage of Hopskotch Kids Consignment: “The Hopskotch Kids Consignment store in the Trader Joe’s/Hobby Lobby shopping center has great gently used baby gear,” shares Jen. “[It’s a] wonderful opportunity to resell your baby gear and clothes once your kids have outgrown. Great way to save money on baby stuff you’ll need just for a short time.”

Dancers will also want to check out Petticoat Junction Dance Shop. Aurora Pedrola shares that “the Petticoat Junction has an unparalleled selection of dance apparel and shoes. They are also locally owned!”


FURNITURE STORES


According to Jen, “When it comes to furnishing your home, look no further than Lynnwood! There are so many furniture stores to choose from it’s hard to pick a favorite, but if you like Scandinavian design and clean lines, make Dania Furniture top on your list. If you’re in the market for patio furniture, a custom barbecue, a fireplace insert or pellet stove, or a hot tub, you’ve got to check out Rich’s for the Home.” No matter your style, you’ll find your perfect match and tons to choose from in Lynnwood!



Posted on May 30, 2017 at 3:47 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Lynnwood |

Your Go-To Shoreline Guide for Getting Out & About (Dining, Grocery Shopping, & Parks!)

With warmer weather on the way, it’s time to get out of the house and out on the town!

Here is your guide to the best dining, grocery shopping, and park destinations in Shoreline:


DINING OUT in SHORELINE

Ridgecrest Public House

  • Located at 520 NE 165th Street | Shoreline WA 98155
  • Hours: 4pm-midnight daily

Featuring 17 beers and 3 ciders, Ridgecrest is the place to be for a laid-back dinner and hangout with friends! They also host food trucks each evening from 5-9pm—take a look at their schedule here. “The Ridgecrest Public House is a great place to meet up with friends. The RPH has rotating taps for beer and cider and a different food truck each day offers plenty of options for food,” shares REALTOR® Samantha Arango. “Down the street is the Crest Theater, which is a discount movie theater, and a great place to take kids.”

 

Leena’s Cafe

  • Located at 17732 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
  • Hours: 6:30a-9:00p Monday-Saturday, 6:30a-8:00p Sunday

Family owned and operated, this Shoreline staple nestled in the heart of Shoreline’s North City district serves up classic diner food with a Greek influence. “Leena’s has a great breakfast menu,” shares REALTOR® Samantha ArangoREALTOR® Bernice Whitney agrees—”It’s hard to top their breakfast!” 

 

The Greek Kitchen

  • Located at 608 NW Richmond Beach Rd. Shoreline, WA 98177
  • Hours: 11:00a-9:00p Sunday-Saturday

“Love this friendly, family run restaurant,” says REALTOR® Cori Whitaker. “Always clean, quick, consistent and delicious. Their hummus is to die for!”

 

Cabin Tavern

  • Located at 19322 Richmond Beach Dr. NW Shoreline, WA 98177
  • Hours: 12:00p-10:00p Monday; 12:00p-11:00p Tuesday-Thursday; 12:00p-2:00a Friday-Saturday; 12:00p-10:00p Sunday

According to Cori, “the Cabin Tavern is a perfect little dive bar grandfathered in to laid-back Richmond Beach with sloped floors, a crooked bar and regulars sipping beers at pretty much any time of day. Great fish and chips with the best tartar sauce ever and jam sessions Tuesday night where people can bring instruments and join in playing bluegrass, blues, folk, rock, you name it. Great character and worth checking out!” REALTOR® Melissa Huddleston also adds that this spot has been around for decades, and offers “typical bar food and fair, but so much fun to sit outside with a brewsky on gorgeous summer days.”

Hill’s Restaurant & Bar

  • Located at 1843 NW 195th St. Shoreline, WA 98177
  • Hours: 11:30a-4:00p Sunday-Saturday (Lunch); 3:00p-5:00p Monday-Friday (Happy Hour); 4:00p-9:00p Sunday-Thursday, 4:00p-9:30p Friday-Saturday (Dinner)

New residents won’t want to pass up this local favorite. Hill’s has been serving delectable dishes for over ten years, becoming a go-to for lunch, dinner, and happy hour. “Hill’s offers a great menu, nice ambience & good value,” shares REALTOR® Jill Langer. This is also one of REALTOR® Melissa Huddleston’s favorite spots—”It’s a quaint little spot with great food and atmosphere!” 

Taqueria El Sabor

  • Located at 15221 Aurora Ave. North Shoreline, WA 98133
  • Hours: 9:00a-11:00p Monday-Thursday; 8:00a-12:00a Friday-Sunday

For south-of-the-border flavor, REALTOR® Cori Whitaker suggests Taqueria El Sabor: “Quick authentic Mexican food, always full of people enjoying a wide variety of food for reasonable prices. They started as a taco truck and now have 3 restaurants and a huge following.” REALTOR® Jill Langer also highly recommends Taqueria El Sabor—”[They have] consistently good fast food!”

Streetzeria

  • Located at 1857 NW 195th St. Shoreline, WA 98177
  • Hours: 5:00p-9:00p Sunday-Saturday

If you’re tired of the same old pizza places, mix things up with Streetzeria. Their flavors are amazing and their desserts are the perfect way to top off any meal.

Spiro’s Pizza & Pasta

  • Located at 18411 Aurora Ave. N. Shoreline, WA 98133
  • Hours: 11:00a-9:00p Monday; 11:00a-9:30p Tuesday-Thursday; 11:00a-10:30p Friday; 12:00p-10:30p Saturday; 4:00p-9:00p Sunday

Whether you’re looking for a team hangout or a corporate party spot, Spiro’s has you covered. Their restaurants work for group large and small and their food keeps everybody happy.

 

North City Bistro & Wine Shop

  • Located at 1520 NE 177th St. Shoreline, WA 98155
  • Hours: 4:30p-close Tuesday-Saturday (Kitchen); 2:00p Tuesday-Saturday (Wine Shop); closed Sunday-Monday

With food, wine, and live music, how can you go wrong? Grab your friends and check out the reinvented North City Bistro, a true neighborhood hot spot.

 


GROCERY SHOPPING in SHORELINE

For your grocery needs, Shoreline’s Costco, Central Market, and Trader Joe’s are not to be beat. From bulk savings and unique finds to fresh, high-quality foods, these shops have it all!

For the best one-stop shopping experience, its got be Costco, centrally located in Shoreline and an easy I-5 commute. For a mid-day pick-me-up, you can always graze the isle samples or for that sit-down experience,there is the Food Court,” shares REALTOR® Bernice Whitney.

REALTOR® Samantha Arango also has a couple of grocery shopping tips—”I love Central Market as well,” she shares. “Central Market has cooking demonstrations, a huge deli, salad, and antipasto bar, and a great selection of cheeses, wines, and beers. Trader Joe’s opened up this year and is always a fun place to shop.” REALTOR® Jill Langer seconds that—”The Central Market offers everything FRESH – produce, seafood, flowers – you name it. They have lots of good organic options as well!”


PARKS in SHORELINE

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

  • Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177
  • Hours: 6:00a-9:00p Sunday-Saturday

Located near the beautiful waterfront, Richmond Beach Saltwater Park is a perfect place to spend the summer picnicking or laying in the sand. REALTOR® Jill Langer highly recommends beach combing, and shares that there’s also an off-leash area during the winter months here. 

Hamlin Park

  • Located at 16006 15th Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98155

If fitness is your thing, check out Hamlin Park. Trails run through natural areas and with the addition of an orienteering course, you can have fun while staying in shape. “Hamlin Park is a great place to do some trail running and there is a dog park there as well,” says REALTOR® Samantha Arango

Paramount School Park

  • Located at 15300 8th Ave. NE Shoreline, WA 98155
  • Hours: 6:00a-10:00p Sunday-Saturday

Get the kids moving with a trip to Paramount School Park. Baseball fields, a playground, and a skate park promise hours of fun that won’t break the bank.

Boeing Creek Park

  • Located at 17229 3rd Ave. NW Shoreline, WA 98133
  • Hours: 6:00a-6:00p Sunday-Saturday

Escape the everyday at Boeing Creek Park. Walk the trails, watch the wildlife, and immerse yourself in nature’s beauty any time of the year.  REALTOR® Jill Langer especially recommends Boeing Creek Park for hiking and bird-watching—she loves how you can experience being in the woods there!

Shoreline Pool

  • Located at 19030 1st Ave. NE Shoreline, WA 98155
  • Hours: 5:30a-8:45p Sunday-Saturday

Summer isn’t summer without a trip to the pool. Take the kids to Shoreline Pool for a dip this year or rent the whole pool for your next big weekend bash.


 


Posted on May 9, 2017 at 3:33 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Shoreline |

Don’t Miss Out on These 12 Special Annual Events in Shoreline

One of the things that people love most about Shoreline is that it’s packed with fun events the whole family can enjoy! From festivals to food, there’s something for everyone.

We talked to local expert  REALTOR® Cori Whitaker and REALTOR® Samantha Arango about the best events in Shoreline for 2017 and here are their top 12 picks! (We’ve shared the dates and times for 2017, but bookmark this post for next year so you can mark your calendars that a special event is coming up!)


APRIL 2017

Annual Egg Hunt on the Beach

  • Date & Time: April 15, 1:00p
  • Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

This year’s Annual Egg Hunt on the Beach, sponsored by the Shoreline Fire Department, was a huge success. If you missed it, don’t fret; bring the kids down next year to catch some eggs and make some memories.


MAY 2017

Strawberry Festival

  • Date & Time: May 13, 12:00p-5:00p
  • Located at 2201 NW 197th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

Kick off strawberry season at Shoreline’s Strawberry Festival. Live music, tours, a children’s parade, and delicious strawberry shortcake make this one event you will not want to miss.


JULY-AUGUST 2017

Summer Concerts in the Park

  • Date & Time: July 5-August 23, 6:30p (unless otherwise noted)
  • Located at Several Community Parks Throughout Shoreline and Lake Forest Park

If you’re looking for a fun, free event, check out the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Art Council’s Summer Concerts in the Park series. 2017’s lineup includes swing, latin jazz, and more, so grab a blanket and enjoy a musical summer evening.


AUGUST 2017

4-Corners Brewfest 2017

  • Date & Time: August 12, 3:00p-7:00p
  • Located at 1430 NW 188th St, Shoreline

Beer lovers unite! The 4-Corners Brewfest is back with more tasty food, live music, and the best brew samples around, so get ready for this local favorite.

Sandcastle Contest

  • Date & Time: August 20, 11:30a-2:30p
  • Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

Part of “Celebrate Shoreline,” the Saltwater Park Sandcastle Contest gives contestants three hours to construct the best sandcastle. If you think you have what it takes, grab your shovel and start prepping for this unique event.

The North City Jazz Walk

The North City Jazz walk is a fun summer event that takes place annually in August,” shares REALTOR® Samantha Arango. “A portion of 15th Ave NE is shut down and many businesses offer food and host various jazz bands.” 


AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2017

Shoreline Food Trucks

  • Date & Time: TBD; 5:00p-8:00p Wednesdays
  • Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

Experience awesome local food trucks every Wednesday night at Saltwater Park. 2017 vendors are still TBA, so keep your eyes peeled for the taste adventures that await this year.


OCTOBER 2017

Hamlin Halloween Haunt

  • Date & Time: October 20, 6:00p-8:30p
  • Located at Hamlin Park 16006 15th Ave NE Shoreline, WA

If you’re looking for Halloween fun this year, need to check out the Hamlin Halloween Haunt. Spooky songs, s’mores, and more make this the perfect event for all ghouls and goblins.

Halloween Carnival

  • Date & Time: October 28, 3:00p-7:00p
  • Located at 19545 12th Ave. NW Shoreline, WA 98177

For old-fashioned carnival lovers, the Richmond Beach Community Association’s Halloween Carnival is exceptional. Classic games, a haunted house, inflatables, and food make this a timeless community tradition.  


NOVEMBER 2017

Turkey Day Fun Run

  • Date & Time: November 23, 8:30a
  • Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

Get pumped for that Thanksgiving feast during the Richmond Beach Community Association’s Turkey Day Fun Run. Enjoy a brisk trek before settling in to celebrate the holiday.


DECEMBER 2017

2017 Argosy Christmas Ship Visit

  • Date & Time: TBD
  • Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

For a one-of-a-kind Christmas event, check out the Argosy Christmas Ship Visit. Relax around the campfire as a ship carrying choirs passes along the coastline, filling the air with carols that will fill you with holiday joy.

Christmas Morning Fire Truck Visit from Santa

  • Date & Time: December 25, Morning
  • Located at Various Neighborhoods Throughout Richmond Beach

Every Christmas morning, the Shoreline Fire Department gives the big man himself a ride atop one of their fire trucks as he visits the families of Richmond Beach. Keep a lookout this year; he may come down your street!


 


Posted on May 9, 2017 at 3:16 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Shoreline |

5 Reasons Why Commuters Love Living in Shoreline

“Commuters love Shoreline because it’s halfway between Everett and Seattle, so whether someone is going to Boeing or Amazon the commute is not overly painful. Plus there are so many Rapid Ride options, transit stations nearby and soon the Light Rail. Easy back roads to Ballard and Queen Anne and just a quick trip to Edmonds to hop on The Sounder!”

REALTOR® Cori Whitaker sums it up perfectly—Shoreline offers it all! Just north of Seattle, Shoreline is a top choice for those who commute due to its close proximity to the city (and like Cori mentions, other large cities like Everett) and myriad of transit options.

If you’re thinking about moving to Shoreline or switching up your commuting routine, check out these 5 reasons why commuters love living in Shoreline for some transit tips!


1. Future Light Rail Station

Did you know the Light Rail is coming to Shoreline?! That’s right—in 2023, Shoreline is getting light rail… and it’s getting not one but TWO stations! The city has plans for a station at I-5 and 145th St, and I-5 and 185th Street. You can take a look at the map of the extension right here. Not only will this be great for commuters, but this will have a huge effect on property values within its zoning.


2. Central Location

Like Cori mentioned earlier, Shoreline is nestled in a central location that’s in between Seattle and Everett. Depending where you live in Shoreline, it’s about a 24-minute drive into Downtown Seattle while Everett is about a 20-minute drive.


3. Aurora Village Transit Center

REALTOR® Jill Langer shares that people in Shoreline mostly use cars to get around, “but because there is a large transit center at Aurora Village, riding the bus is very convenient.” The Transit Center has several buses that head all over the region, including Downtown Seattle, First Hill, UW Campus, Northgate, Bellevue/Renton, and much more. There’s also a RapidRide to Downtown Seattle.

4. The Interurban Trail

The Interurban Trail provides a great way to walk or bike and is connected to the north to Snohomish County’s and to the south to Seattle’s Interurban Trails,” shares REALTOR® Jill Langer. The north portion of this trail leads from Seattle all the way up to Everett and makes its way right through Shoreline.

The Burke-Gilman Trail doesn’t run through shoreline, but there is a project underway that connects Shoreline’s portion of the Interurban Trail to Lake Forest Park and the Burke-Gilman!

REALTOR® Bernice Whitney elaborates a bit more on the Burke-Gilman:  “The primary source of transportation [in Shoreline] is by far the four wheel variety, but bicycles along the many two lane arterial roads is not uncommon. The Burke-Gilman Trail, which will take you down to the UW, points further west [and] is a popular destination for those both on bike and foot.”


5. Sounder Train in Nearby Edmonds

Located at 211 Railroad Ave, Edmonds, WA 98020 just north of Shoreline, the Sounder Train has a stop in Edmonds that you can take advantage of. The Sounder runs from Lakewood and Seattle, and Seattle and Everett, making it an excellent option for going longer distances in a relaxing, scenic manner. Bypass car traffic with this handy option!



Posted on May 9, 2017 at 1:44 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Shoreline |

Your Guide to Schools in Shoreline

One of the top reasons why people choose to live in Shoreline, WA is because of Shoreline’s excellent educational options! “Shoreline has an amazing, award-winning public school district, many good private schools, and well-regarded Shoreline Community College,” shares REALTOR® Jill Langer. With public schools, private schools, and even a community college to choose from, Shoreline’s variety of schools offers its residence with some truly impressive and award-winning options.

Here are a few of the schools that locals recommend:


Shoreline Public Schools

The Shoreline Public School system features early learning opportunities, 9 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 high schools, one K-8 school, and a Home Education Exchange program. Shorewood High School is especially of note—this school was recently completely renovated, and re-opened in September 2013.

You can view the attendance area map for Shoreline Public Schools right here.


PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN SHORELINE

St Luke School

St Luke School offers a wide range of programs, including a preschool program for 3 and 4-year-olds, all-day kindergarten, and school up through the 8th grade. It’s also important to note that this school year (2016-2017) is their first year as an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school! They also have an educational and engaging summer program to take advantage of. 


Horizon School

“My kids went to Horizon School and absolutely loved it!” shares REALTOR® Cori Whitaker. “[Horizon School is a] dynamic school for pre-school/kindergarten ages that focuses on hands-on, self-directed play and creative expression.” Nestled in the Richmond Beach community, Horizon School is a private, non-profit school. The application process begins each winter, and they also offer summer programs.


 

First Lutheran School & Kindergarten

First Lutheran School & Kindergarten at Richmond Beach provides pre-k through kindergarten. It’s a solid starting point if you’re looking for a place that is well-rounded and focused on child development along with principles of the Christian faith,” says REALTOR® Casey Diep Bui. “Our kids attend and we are very impressed with the staff, their curriculum, and their approach to teaching.”


The Evergreen School

Offering programs for those in preschool all the way through 8th grade, The Evergreen School is all about learning in a vibrant, diverse environment. Their preschool program is a half-day program (with extended childcare available until 5:30pm), and their prekindergarten program is full-day. They also offer a huge variety of afterschool classes, including sessions that are focused on robotics, coding, baking, debate, sewing & crafting, and much more.


King’s School

This dynamic community offers programs from preschool all the way through high school graduation. The King’s School website state that their “standard curriculum is the highest quality college-prep track available,” and they also provide honors and classes in addition to a huge variety of sports, music, drama, and other programs.


Shoreline Community College

This incredible resource offers a dynamic range of programs, including high school programs (like Running Start, GED, and more), professional and technical programs (like nursing, dental hygiene, criminal justice, business technology, etc.), online programs, transfer degrees for those who plan to attend a college or university, continuing education, and so much more! Learn more about Shoreline Community College’s myriad of offerings here.



Posted on May 9, 2017 at 1:36 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Shoreline |

Seattle, What’s the Big Deal?

The headlines are everywhere proclaiming Seattle as the hottest housing market in the nation. Our humble city built on aerospace, trade, and influenced by a software engineer who donates millions, has found itself on the national map as the new darling of the tech world. Of course, this proclamation cannot go without mentioning the commerce juggernaut right in our own backyard, Amazon. I was told recently by Windermere’s Chief Economist Matthew Gardner, that Amazon occupies 20% of all Class A business space in Seattle – that is a lot! It seems you cannot drive down I-5 between Shoreline and the Sea-Tac Airport without spotting at least 15-20 cranes busily building more of that office space.

So, why Seattle? In contrast to California’s Bay Area, the cost of living here (rents and real estate) is half – office space costs half and companies can provide the same wages. This combination puts more money in employees’ pockets and companies are not as expensive to run, making profits higher. This has driven many companies to relocate or expand from the Bay Area to Seattle or Bellevue, markedly increasing the demand for housing.

This has put an even tighter squeeze on inventory, putting us in the most extreme Seller’s market (0-3 months of inventory) we’ve ever seen. This has driven prices up, and values are hinging on commute times. Below is a chart that outlines the amount of available inventory based on pending sales measured in months, and the median price in the month of March 2017.

As you can see, there is a direct correlation between proximity to job centers (Seattle and Bellevue) and home prices. If you have considered selling your home and making a move, now is one of the most favorable times to do so. If you are considering a purchase, the environment is competitive but there are opportunities. Aligning with an experienced and knowledgeable broker who can help you properly strategize, is key.

One might think it is simple to sell your home in this market, but getting top dollar, strong terms, and a sale that will pass appraisal is the ultimate goal, and takes a high level of communication and nuanced negotiations. The same applies for buyers, along with education and a refined process, which helps empower buyers to make informed decisions and win.

Our city is changing, and whether you thinks it is for the good or the bad is up to you, but this is our new reality. Seattle is beautiful, prosperous and full of opportunities for those who choose to call it home. Like any opportunity, it needs to be properly analyzed, considered, and ultimately seized. If you are curious how your home measures up in today’s market please contact us. Any one of our agents would be happy to provide you a complimentary market analysis to help keep you informed, or sit down and chat about the steps of a successful home purchase.

 


Posted on April 24, 2017 at 3:18 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Local Market Analysis |