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Hot home trend to watch: two-toned kitchen

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 1:07pm. 6 Views, 0 Comments.

Two-toned colored kitchens have gained popularity this year, and white and gray painted cabinets are dominating kitchen color schemes. We are starting to see a few other colors and trends mixed in as well, including darker colored cabinets on the center island. 

Other materials are also gainging popularity including muted, simple colors and schemes that exhibit clean lines with no fussy moldings or trims. White kitchens will always be popular, but mixing in different countertop colors and light/dark contrast of materials can add interest.

That being said, for a more daring look, blue or black-toned cabinets and high-gloss finishes are gaining popularity in kitchen design, too. 


Source: National Association of Realtors

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Date Night in Magnolia

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 1:07pm. 5 Views, 0 Comments.


Oliver’s Twist has two locations, one in Phinney Ridge and one in Magnolia. The restaurants are known for their creative cocktails, tasty dishes, and cozy atmospheres. The Magnolia location occupies the long, thin space that was formerly home to Nook Café and Swirl Wine Bar in Magnolia’s Village.

The cocktail list, created by the owners and bartenders, rotates seasonally. This list is divided into three sections: The Fizzy (bubbly drinks), The Spirituous (spirit-forward drinks) and The Sours (drinks with a citrus bent). Each section has classics alongside house-designed drinks. The food menu boasts small plates such as garlic-truffle popcorn and roasted asparagus with anchovy butter, pickled fresno chile, white anchovy, and reggiano. An

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Home Staging Trends to Follow

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 12:57pm. 6 Views, 0 Comments.

Just like home design, home staging trends are based on what home buyers are looking for and responding to in real estate and design. If you want to sell your home quickly, try incorporating warm textures and colors such as reclaimed wood and cork. These materials bring character while still remaining neutral. Home buyers like modern design, but make sure to add some warmth. This year's top paint colors are taupe and green, which pair wonderfully with wood textures. 

Contemporary glamour and copper accents have gained popularity, as well. Contemporary glamour takes the clean lines of contemporary design and mixes in luxurious touches like faux fur, metallic, and glass accents. Create space that look upscale, but still warm and welcoming. Copper

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Protect Yourself - How Much House You Can Afford

Monday, October 16th, 2017 at 8:18pm. 10 Views, 0 Comments.

If you are unsure about how much you can afford, start with this advice from Time Magazine: your target home should cost no more than 2.5 times your gross annual salary. For a $100,000 salary, that’s a $250,000 home. The amount you can borrow is limited by the so-called 28/36 rule: Housing costs should total no more than 28% of your gross monthly income, and all debt no more than 36%. The rate you’ll pay will vary based on your down payment and credit score. A down payment of 20% or more gets you the best rate (and you won't need mortgage insurance). 

Keep in mind that just because a lender says you can afford a certain mortgage doesn’t mean you should. Consider your take-home pay—what actually goes into the bank after taxes, health

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Stay Active! Join the Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 5:59pm. 7 Views, 0 Comments.

Looking for something fun and active to do before Thanksgiving? Join in on the fun at Seattle's premier Thanksgiving themed running and walking event: The Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off! Taking place at Green Lake Park on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the event consists of a 10K run/walk, a 5K run/walk, a free kids dash and a post-race celebration that includes the crowd pleasing Mashed Potato Munch Off competitive eating contest and an onsite beer garden.

The event supports Seattle's Union Gospel Mission through a cash donation as well as the well-needed onsite canned food drive.

Click here for more info.
Source: Promotion Events

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Actress Elizabeth Banks On Home Ownership

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 3:36pm. 51 Views, 0 Comments.

Buying a home is so grown-up and impressive, but there are a few things you should think about before you start telling everyone how grown up and impressive you are. Watch this comical video starring Hollywood actress Elizabeth Banks to learn a few tips. 

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The History of Magnolia's Property Values

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 3:35pm. 69 Views, 0 Comments.

Since Magnolia is almost an island, early settlement prior to 1930 was difficult due to hills, tide flats, and marsh separating Magnolia from the rest of Seattle. Wooden trestles helped early settlers, and the Magnolia Bridge was built in 1930, creating better access. By the late 1940's (after World War II), a building boom began in Magnolia. Small WWII ramblers, many built in tracts by Modern Home Builders, began to spring up. The area continued to see growth through the 1950's, when Magnolia Boulevard was completed. 

Homes bought in the 2000s for under $500,000 have now been torn down to make room for larger, newly built homes. These new homes sell for over $1,500,000, and are 2,000+ square foot larger. 

For the first time, city allowances for

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Fresh & Local! Magnolia Farmer's Market

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at 12:26pm. 70 Views, 0 Comments.

Farmer's markets are a great way to bump into the locals and feel out the vibe of a community. Plus, you can bite into a tart cherry picked off the tree just days ago. Try samples of fresh, local peaches. Find a new cheese flavor to pare with your new favorite wine. Savor a warm crepe or buttery croissant. You can do things like this and so much more at the Magnolia Farmers Market. They offers a delicous cornucopia of fresh, in-season, local farm produce and foods. Various vendors also offer ready-to-eat lunch, brunch or snacks. Click here for more information.

The Magnolia neighborhood in Seattle, WA is known for affluence, a place to be near the city while feeling you can get away, and an idyllic setting with amazing views as

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Five Star Agents - Peter and Rachel Badgett

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 5:16pm. 594 Views, 0 Comments.


Each year an independent research company performs rigorous work to determine the top performers in various fields, one of which includes Real Estate. Seattle Magazine presents the annual winners, at no fee to the candidates, in their December issue. Five Star Agent winners represent the top 7% of agents in the area for best in customer service. Our founders, Peter Badgett and Rachel Badgett, have each won multiple Five Star Agent awards. 

These are the standards the Five Star Agents must pass, along with turning in their reports of sales for the year, in order to verify their business production. Homeowners are contacted to provide surveys of local agents based upon ten criteria and then further research is started on each

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Tips to Increase Home Value

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 3:56pm. 76 Views, 0 Comments.

If you know what buyers are looking for, upgrades to your home can significantly increase its value. According to Consumer Reports, millennials have become the leading cohort of buyers, purchasing 32 percent of homes in 2014. 

A modern and updated kitchen is one of the most important features that home buyers are looking for. Consider switching out dated appliances for stainless steel and installing high quality countertops such as Quartz. Open floor plans and flexible living spaces are the second most important factor when buyers look for a new home, so consider optimizing open space when remodeling. Having a finished basement or mother-in-law apartment will also attract homebuyers. 

Although full remodels will lead to the greatest increase in

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