One of the things I love to do in the summer is to visit different farmers markets. From artisans hawking fresh eggs to those selling jewelry and dog sweaters, every farmers market offers a unique flair for the community it’s in.
This past Saturday I visited the Edmonds Farmers Market, one of my favorites, and learned that there are more types of cherries than just Bing and Rainier. Today I tried 2 types of cherries I’ve never seen before – a Stella and a Strawberry. I believe the vendor said the Stella is only grown on their farm.
You can go to this website to find all the local farmers markets and here are some of my favorites in King and Snohomish Counties:
- Ballard Farmers Market – Sundays
- Edmonds Farmers Market – Saturdays
- Queen Anne Farmers Market – Thursdays
- Phinney Farmers Market – Fridays
- Columbia City Farmers Market – Wednesdays
- Magnolia Farmers Market – Saturdays
- University District Farmers Market – Saturdays
- Wallingford Farmers Market – Wednesdays
- Everett Farmers Market – Sundays
Have a great summer and get out to your local farmers market.
As the sun is showing itself, it’s time for the many spring and summer festivals and outdoor activities. What’s your favorite way to get outside this time of year?
- Tulip Festival
- Beach Walks
- Mariners Games
- Puyallup Spring Fair
- Cherry Blossoms at the UW
Summer doesn’t end until September 21st, but for many, summer ends with Labor Day (this year September 4th). With kids heading back to school and summer vacations over, the real estate market usually sees an uptick in September. More listings come on the market so it’s a great month to buy a home. And if you’re on the edge about selling, we should get your home on the market soon before the market slows down for winter.
To talk about your real estate needs, give me a call/text at (206) 790-0081 or an email to Jamie@JamieFlaxman.com.
This is so true in Seattle. Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and the official end is only two weeks ago. This summer raced by – both personally and in the real estate market. The market sizzled till mid-August when it slowed down, most likely due the fact that the weather was nice and Seattle-ites hit the road for vacation.
The end of summer triggers change.
Kids go back to (or start) school. I happen to know a lot of families with kids starting college this year. This morning I took a look at what it costs for a student to live in a dorm at the University of Washington. Excluding a meal plan, a dorm room can run you from $6,000 to nearly $12,000 for the academic year. For four years of college, that could run you up to $48,000. And if your student is going to live off-campus, rents are sky-high with many one bedroom apartments running at $1,500+/month and two bedrooms $2,000+/month.
Instead of paying the dorm fee or the rent for an off-campus apartment, have you thought about buying a condo, townhome, or single family home for your student? You’ll be investing in your child’s future as well as your own. The home will likely appreciate over time, meaning you may make money when you go to sell. If your child has roommates who pay some rent, you’ll have income to offset some of your ownership costs.
For more information on purchasing a home for your college-age student, see a post I wrote in 2014 or give me a call/text/email so we can talk.
Stay tuned – my next post will be about the August market and expectations for the fall market.
If you are selling your home during the summer, congratulations! Buyers are usually out in droves during this time of the year. However, this season can be fraught with home showing challenges, so a little bit of preparation now can make a huge difference when you receive an offer on your property. Here are some tips for having your home listed in the summer:
- Make your outdoor rooms shine! Whether you have a deck, patio, or some furniture on your lawn, make these outdoor rooms inviting during the season when they will be used the most. Investing in new chair cushions and some bright flowers for your outdoor spaces can go a long way. If you have outdoor lights, make sure all the light bulbs are in working order.
- Keep your air conditioning constant. There is nothing worse than having your air conditioner go out when your home is on the market with potential buyers coming in and out. Have your air conditioning unit serviced before your home goes on the market to help prevent this kind of sticky situation. Additionally, keep your home under 75 degrees, even when you are not at home. You never know when potential buyers are going to come through and you want their home viewing experience to be a good and comfortable one. Keep the air circulating with the fan that is built into your heating and cooling system if possible to keep stale air from building up.
- Contain the smells. Heat and humidity can cause smells to become amplified, turning off buyers. Clean out those cabinets, take out garbage twice a day, run citrus down the garbage disposal, keep your fridge cleaned of old and fragrant food, make sure your pets are clean, and your carpets are fresh.
- Water those plants! No one wants to see droopy, thirsty plants. Make sure you keep them watered. Since water can be scarce in the summer, you may need to invest in a timer that waters at night when there evaporation is not as much of an issue as it is during the day. If you have hanging baskets and planters, watering daily is critical.
- Mow the lawn. Twice a week when it is at peak growing season.
- Be on the lookout for pests – Wasps, mosquitoes, ants and other insects can be out in droves this time of year. Make sure you patrol your property at least a couple of times per week to be on the lookout for flare ups.
Summer listings can be very hot indeed! If you are planning on listing your home this summer, the time to prepare is now. Please give me a call at (206) 790-0081 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment with me to learn about the ins and outs of having your home listed this season.