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Are you like us and LOVE spicy food? Hot Sauce Fest, held at Ballard Commons Park, is for you!  The free event has live entertainment, activities for kids, a root beer garden, food trucks, 21+ beverage garden, and of course hot sauce tastings from Pacific Northwest hot sauce makers!  More Information

Located in North West Seattle, Ballard is a little bit maritime-centric enclave and a little bit hip foodie hot spot.  The neighborhood is home to a few well known landmarks such as the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the "Ballard Locks"), the Nordic Heritage Museum, the Shilshole Bay Marina, and Golden Gardens Park.  Ballard is known for its nightlife and Scandinavian history.


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Home prices dropped from May to June in King County for the first time since the recession, as competition among buyers weakened and the number of homes for sale surged. The total inventory of homes listed for sale has now grown for three straight months on a year-over-year basis, suggesting a new trend. But the region has a long way to go to make up for a decade of declining numbers of homes for sale: even with the recent rise, inventory is just over half its long-term average. See why this trend is taking shape now or ask us what we think! Read More

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The Lake Washington views and scrumptious food keep us coming back with our Kirkland clients every time! Outdoor seating right on the lake - they are busy so get there early!  Fresh, natural, and local ingredients go into Beach House Bar + Grill's delicious burgers, sandwiches, salads, and seafood entrees.  Stop in for lunch or maybe take your special someone out for date night! Menu and Hours

Kirkland's downtown waterfront has restaurants, art galleries, a performing arts center, public parks, beaches, and a collection of public art.  They have wonderful festivals and a variety of neighborhoods from condos to multi-million dollar mansions. The original home of the Seattle Seahawks and Costco,

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The highly popular Evergreen State Fair is in Monroe, WA.  With concerts, food, vendors, carnival rides, petting zoo, fireworks, contests, and even a rodeo, there's something at the fair for everyone in the family!  Fair Schedule

Monroe is 30 miles NE of Seattle and is the perfect town for those who like more peace and quiet but have some conveniences nearby - the basics in grocery stores and restaurants without being overwhelming. The historic downtown is full of quirky and unique shops and restaurants.  Year round events at the Evergreen Speedway and Evergreen State Fairgrounds keep tourists and residents entertained.  

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With technology changing rapidly, so is the home buying process.  More and more home buyers are willing to buy homes sight unseen.  This trend is, in part, due to technology improving the remote viewing process.  It can help cut down on travel expenses for someone moving out of state so they can avoid flying in to view homes. Of course, not everyone is convinced that this is how buyers should think about home purchases. Would you be able to do this? Buy a house without seeing it in person? Read More Here

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Mmmm, fair scones.  The Washington State Fair has the BEST scones.  With rides, delicious food, live concerts, and activities for all ages, your whole family will enjoy the fair!  Formerly called The Puyallup Fair, the Washington State Fair is in downtown Puyallup.  

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Puyallup is at the foot of beautiful Mount Rainier about 10 miles E of Tacoma.  With its bustling and artsy downtown and rural outskirts, there's something for everyone.  Every year Puyallup hosts the Spring Fair and Washington State Fair as well as many other events at the Washington State Fairgrounds.  There are tons of parks and even a fish hatchery where you can go to see baby salmon.  In the fall you can watch the

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This new Asian buffet in Lynnwood is a hit with our clients.  We enjoy stopping in when we are showing homes in Lynnwood and it never disappoints.  Harbor Buffet is a Chinese, Sushi, and Mongolian Grill buffet that just opened in Lynnwood.  It is always packed and always delicous!  Come check it out in the old Old Country Buffet location on 200th and 44th.

About Lynnwood:

Situated at the I-5 and I-405 interchange, Lynnwood is one of the most centrally and conveniently located destinations in the Pacific Northwest and is the second largest city within Snohomish County. With the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the sparkling waters of the Puget Sound to the west, we are just minutes from the busiest hub in the region.

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Each year on one magical summer night, thousands of spectators gather to watch as more than 100 parade units march, float and dance in celebration of Seattle. The 2018 Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade will feature entries from clowns and pirates to drill teams and equestrian units. In it’s 69th year, the parade continues to highlight and celebrate communities from the greater Seattle’s diverse cultural landscape including Children’s Friendship Festival, Indigenouz PlaceMakerz, Sikhs of Washington and many more. The parade begins at Seattle Center and continues down 4th Avenue to South Washington Street. NEW THIS YEAR: a Beer Garden at Westlake Center for parade viewers 21+! More Info on the Torchlight Parade

About Seattle Center:

The center of

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Voted "Best Food Festival" 2016 & 2017, the Albert Lee Appliance Bite of Seattle® is Seattle's Original Food & Beverage Showcase featuring 60+ restaurants & pop-up vendors, Craft Beer & Cider Tasting, 80+ live bands, all NEW MUNCHIES @ The Mural, and free Bite Movie Night on Friday, July 20th, outdoor beer gardens, live cooking demonstrations and cook-offs on The Bite Cooks! stage, The Alley benefiting Food Lifeline, Family Fun Zone, sponsor activities & more! FREE ADMISSION! More about Bite of Seattle

About Seattle Center:

The center of Seattle is home to everything from glassy skyscrapers to historic brick buildings, modern boutiques to flagship department stores, and some of the country’s hottest restaurants.  Near Seattle Center you will

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The cutthroat Seafair Pirates crew has made a deal with their new Captain Kidd and they are comin’ to collect the bounty they left behind last year! Avast, the Seattle Seafair Pirates, will sail in from the seven seas and the scallywags be stormin’ Alki Beach in West Seattle to kick off the 69th Seafair on Saturday July 7, 2018. Don’t be gettin’ in their way!  More Information on the Seafair Pirates Landing

About Alki:

Alki Beach is located about 15 minutes west of Downtown Seattle, and offers a great view of the city, the Space Needle and Mount Rainier. Summer is populated by beach volleyball players, sun worshipers, and beachcombers. The quiet of winter gives way to views of the snowcapped Olympic Mountain range.

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