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The crazy real estate market

I guess I’m a little bit more surprised by this real estate market then some people may be, because I was heavily involved in the mortgage loan modification business, and I know how many houses have been foreclosed on that are still retained by the banks.

so the fact that there’s no inventory is absolutely crazy, but also makes perfect sense. If the banks hang onto the inventory, they can drive up prices, and then I’ll get a better return when they put their houses on the market slowly, to take advantage of the rising prices.

The deals going right now, are the REO’s. those are the properties that were foreclosed on by the banks and then are being listed by real estate agents.

Time to sell?

maybe you don’t realize, but right now there’s a shortage of homes especially in King County around Seattle. People are offering up to 10% above asking price and paying cash on homes right now because the low inventory. If you’ve been thinking about selling don’t just contact whoever you see a sign for. Contact me and I will find the perfect real estate agent for you and I don’t charge anything for it.

Sunny opportunities

When the weather is beautiful you can count on a lot of people walking around. If you’re a business owner this is one of your best opportunities to get out there and share with people who you are what you do

if you don’t already have a shirt that has your business name on it in such a way that compels people to be interested just from seeing it, that might be something worth doing. Try walking around Green Lake and seeing how many people you can get to ask you about your business.

notice I didn’t say tell them about your business to get them ask you about your business. That’s the trick is to advertise in such a way that people ask you about it.

Hello all

sorry it’s been so long since I posted in here. I finally got this great app where I can do speech to text, which will now enable me to start posting again. I just found that I never had time to sit down at the computer and type anything, but I really wanted to. So this speech to text option works really great for me.

it’s time to pick things back up again hope you’re still around to hear it.

Traffic Report for Seattle

Drivers need to plan ahead for their weekend travels
 
SEATTLE – Multiple events are planned for the coming weekend (today, through Sunday, March 2) at both the Seattle Center and the CenturyLink Field Events Center. Motorists should expect normal congestion associated with the events around both facilities.   There is, however, inspection work and one event that could slow you down if you don’t make plans: The Hot Chocolate 15k and 5k run on Sunday morning,  which will take advantage of the weekend semi-annual inspection closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct; the run will also close SR 99/Aurora Avenue N up to N 48th  Street,  just south of the Woodland Park Zoo.  For more details, please see the following schedule.
 
Seattle Center activities:
Thursday, February 27
Seattle University vs Chicago State Men’s Basketball:  7 – 9:30 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
3,500 attending
Expect heavier traffic on the west side of the center grounds.
 
Friday, February 28
Seattle Opera Performance of The Consul:  7:30 – 9:55 p.m.
McCaw Hall
2,900 attending
Expect heavier traffic on Mercer Street.
 
Saturday, March 1
Hot Chocolate 15k/5K Expo and Packet Pick-up:  10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Exhibition Hall
8,000 attending
Expect heavier traffic on Mercer Street.
 
Seattle University vs Idaho Men’s Basketball :  7 – 9:30 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
3,500 attending
Expect heavier traffic on the west side of the center grounds.
 
Seattle Opera Performance of The Consul:  7:30 – 9:55 p.m.
McCaw Hall
2,900 attending
Expect heavier traffic on Mercer Street.      
 
 
CenturyLink Field Event Center activities:
Friday – Sunday, February 28 – March 2
Seattle Golf & Travel Show:
CenturyLink Field Event Center
Attending:  Approximately 1,000 Friday and  2,500 per weekend day
Expect congestion surrounding stadium.
 
Northwest Outdoor Adventure Expo:
CenturyLink Field Event Center
Attending:  3,000 Friday and approximately 3,500 per weekend day
Expect congestion surrounding stadium.
 
Sunday, March 2
Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K: 5k run – 6:45 a.m.; 15k run – 7:40 a.m.
Gathers at Seattle Center
7,000 participants
Motorists should keep the follow closures in mind:
Closed 6 – 11 a.m.:  SR-99 between the Western Avenue off-ramp and N 48th Street (includes Aurora Bridge)
Closed from 6:30 – 11:30 a.m.: all other streets along the route
 5k route: Starts on Second Avenue N on Seattle Center campus; moves south on Second to Broad Street; west on Broad to Elliott Avenue; south on Elliott to Western Avenue; south on Western to approximately Pike Street; makes a U-turn, then goes north on Western to the northbound SR-99 Bell Street on-ramp; north on SR-99 to Republican Street; east on Republican to Dexter Avenue N; north on Dexter to Mercer Street; west on Mercer to Fifth Avenue. N; south on Fifth to Thomas Street; west on Thomas onto the Seattle Center grounds;
15K route: Starts on Second Avenue N on Seattle Center campus; south on Second to Broad Street; west on Broad to Elliott Avenue; south on Elliott to Western Avenue; south on Western to Spring Street; makes a U-turn, and then moves north on Western to the southbound SR-99 Battery Street off-ramp; then north on SR-99 to N 48th Street; does a  U-turn and goes south on Aurora to Republican Street; east on Republican to Dexter Avenue N; north on Dexter to Mercer Street; west on Mercer to Fifth Avenue N; south on Fifth to Thomas Street; west on Thomas onto Seattle Center grounds;
For more details please:  http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/seattle/
 
Key Construction /inspection closures:
Washington State Department of Transportation Alaskan Way Viaduct Semiannual Inspection, Friday, February 28 – Monday, March 3
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and South Spokane Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between North 48th Street and South Spokane Street from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Denny Way and South Spokane Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 
Montlake Bridge maintenance will slow things down near UW & University Village: Shoppers, college students, nearby residents and anyone else who uses the Montlake Bridge will notice traffic backups on Saturday. WSDOT maintenance crews will close a single lane in each direction of the bridge from 6:30 a.m. until noon. During the closure, workers will make repairs on the metal bridge deck.
 
First Hill Streetcar:  Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2 –  Partial intersection closures on S Jackson Street at Eighth Avenue S (Saturday) and S Jackson Street and Fifth Avenue S (Sunday).
 
 
Weekly Transportation Construction Coordination Update
Highlights:
 
February 28 – March 2: SR99 Viaduct closed for semi-annual bridge inspection and maintenance 10PM Friday to 6PM Sunday.
 
March 1 & 2: Partial intersection closures on S. Jackson St. at 8th Ave. S. (Saturday) and 5th Ave. S. (Sunday).
 
March 2: Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K at the Seattle Center on Sunday.  Route will use streets in Downtown Seattle, and on Aurora Ave. N.
 
March 3 – 14: N. 80th St. closed between Aurora Ave. N. and Greenwood Ave. N. for repaving project.
 
March 4: Eastbound N. 105th St. closed between Aurora Ave. N. and Meridian Ave. N. for four months.
 
March 5: Lane closures begin on 1st Ave. S. between S. Atlantic St. and Railroad Wy. S. while Seattle City Light crews install a new duct bank.  Work is expected to last five months.
 
March 8: Seattle Sounders 2014 opening match at CenturyLink Field vs. Sporting KC at Noon Saturday.