Client Success Story – Moving to the Lake


On the 4th of July, friends were out on Lake Washington enjoying the sunshine and a day of boating.  They got to talking and decided they wanted to live on the water.  They were now empty-nesters and ready to make the move.  They got home, started looking online and found a house that they were interested in.  They called me and we got together the following day to start to make a plan on how to make it possible.

We discussed the elements of an offer.  The listing had been on the market a few weeks and we decided to make the offer contingent on the sale of their house.  After going back and forth on a few things, we reached an agreement and their offer was accepted.  Now we had to get their house on the market and get it sold.

We negotiated some extra time in order to get their house ready. Then my team leaped into action.  In the matter of two weeks, we met with the stager, installed new carpet, paint, granite countertops, and light fixtures. We had carpets, windows and the whole house cleaned.  The house was inspected, and the furnace was serviced. We were ready for photographer.

And then on Thursday, we got a call from the listing agent.  We were getting bumped. That meant we had 2 business days to get their house sold… and the photographer hadn’t even been to the house yet. We had until Monday at 9 pm to remove the contingency.   We discussed strategy and activated the listing while waiting for the professional photos to come back.  We decided to hold the house open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then review offers on Monday. We were cutting it close.

By networking with other agents, contacting those with buyers in the neighborhood, and online advertising, we had about 70 groups through their property.  When we sat down to review offers, we had four offers and the property sold for over list price with the inspection and appraisal waived.  We were able to remove the contingency on their purchase and proceed toward closing.

So from what started as an idea out on the water with friends, became a reality when they moved into their new waterfront home a short two months later. It’s so exciting when it works out so well.  It was a lot of work in short time frame, but by working together it had a very happy ending.

Posted on September 20, 2016 at 9:50 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, listings, marketing, preparing your home, real estate, seattle, somerset

Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest Winners 2015

I am thrilled to announce the winners of the 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest.  It was fun to see everyone’s humor and creativity on display. In appreciation for all who entered their creations, I am sending a special little surprise to you too.  So keep an eye on your mailbox.  And now for our winners!

Grand Prize Winner: Rhee Family with their salute to the 12s!

Kid Creation Winner: Julia – Cookie Monster

Randomized Winner: Nathan – Supersonic Salute

Finally a huge thanks to all who shared the contest.  Our random winner from those who shared is Emily Castle!

Thanks again for joining in on the fun!  ~ Stephanie


Posted on November 2, 2015 at 10:42 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: contest, marketing, seahawks, somerset

Preparing your Home for Sale (or Living) – Curb Appeal

We all know it, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  That couldn’t be truer when it comes to the exterior of your house.  So often people focus on the staging and updating of the interior, but how a home looks outside sets the tone for the whole showing.

So here are some easy, low-cost tips for creating curb appeal.

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Posted on May 22, 2015 at 5:21 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: marketing, preparing your home, real estate

Preparing your Home for Sale (or Living) – Declutter


I love helping people get their homes ready for sale.  It is always so rewarding to see the final product in the professional photos.  We invariably hear comments like, “I’d buy this house!” or “Why didn’t I do this sooner?” I decided to post a series of blogs with the things I do to help a seller prepare their house for market.  I hope to inspire you to consider doing some of these things now so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.

So the first thing we do is focus on what I believe is the highest Return on Investment and that is decluttering.  After a client decides to work with us, we deliver boxes to help them start the purge.  Packing up the seasonal or seldom used items is good, but instead of storing them, consider getting rid of them.  I know that the way we live in a home and the way we sell a home are often two different things, but I believe if you take some time to lighten the load it creates a space you enjoy coming home to.

Now is a great time to start the spring cleaning and here are a couple of resources to help.

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Posted on April 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: marketing, preparing your home, real estate