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Top Trends in New Construction

In the world of new construction and home building there is always a rolling set of trends and preferences that buyers get excited about. Buyers’ needs change over time and trends have a way of coming in and out of favor. This week I want to share my recent findings related to the hottest new […]

Five Things You Should be Tracking

It doesn’t matter what market I’m in, there are 5 things that are critical to track, and they have to do with things like the pace of the market, what the market is willing to pay, how the market has changed year-over-year, and most importantly what the relationship is between the buyers and sellers in […]

Don’t Believe the Headlines

Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s Zebra Report. I thought it was really important that I address all of the headlines that are out there. You cannot look online. You cannot look in your email. You are probably getting text messages out there about the real estate market.

A Health Crisis, Not Housing Crisis = Opportunity!

The fundamentals of a strong real estate market are simple: Strong demand and a healthy supply makes for a good real estate market. But what happens when the world is faced with a health crisis and real estate agents are faced with the challenge of having to navigate unchartered territory?

What Covid-19 Means to Inventory in 2020 and Beyond

Whenever there is any type of crisis in the housing market it is critical to take a step back to assess how the current crisis can affect housing in the future.  Real estate markets are all driven by supply and demand and without inventory house prices can soar and buyers can be left without product […]

Lessons from the Racetrack

Some of my fondest childhood memories were at the racetrack. Yes, that is correct, I said the racetrack.  The photo above was taken only a month ago by my sister Debbie at my favorite childhood racetrack. Let me explain. My father was a restaurant owner and many of his patrons were the trainers and jockeys […]

The Power of Being Still

There is no doubt we are in unprecedented times. For most of us, this creates a heightened degree of stress and uncertainty.  Over a third of the country has been asked to stay home and our once booming economy has come screeching to a halt.  When can any of us remember being told by the […]

What Can History Teach Us About Real Estate?

There is no doubt that the last few weeks have been a challenge in many of our strongest real estate markets. In many places we have strong buyer demand, but are unable to satisfy that need because of the demand for social distancing. We have MLS services in some markets that are not allowing open […]

When Kitty Calls… Meow! Act Now!

I had the pleasure of attending the Washington REALTORS® Installation Event last night in which my very special client, Kitty Wallace, was installed as Washington REALTORS® president. Kitty’s speech, in which she laid out some of the issues Washington REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® is working on on your behalf, also included a […]

King County Assessor, John Wilson – Strong Leader, Innovative Ideas, Powerful Voice  

I am not one to actively search for speakers about government policy as quite frankly I think they can be a little dry and often too focused on what is in their best interest politically.  So, when I first heard about some innovative things that the Washington State King County Assessor’s office was doing, I […]

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