The Ballard Community

The community of Ballard is located in northwest Seattle. Ballard is famous for its Nordic roots, Ballard locks and wonderful family-focused neighborhoods. According to the City of Seattle, Ballard is made up of a group of smaller neighborhoods, including Sunset Hill, Loyal Heights, Whittier Heights, West Woodland and Adams. In practice, Sunset Hill and Loyal […]

Not all Home Loans are Created Equal

[photopress:14dust.jpg,thumb,alignright]If you read no futher, here are two key things you should do when getting a mortgage: 1) Get a “Good Faith Estimate” in writing! 2) Get a “Good Faith Estimate” from at least one mortgage broker and one bank. Now, for those of you who want some more information… When looking to finance a […]

Loan Calculators

At some point I may develop a slew of loan calculators for this site, but there are so many good ones already on the web, that it is low on my priority list of things to add… The free tools available on eTrade Loan Calculators include: Monthly Payment: Find out how much your monthly mortgage […]

New Ballard Library to Open May 14th!

[photopress:new_ballard_library.gif,thumb,alignright]The ballard branch of the Seattle Public Library is getting ready to open! The latest from the library’s website says that it will be open May 12th 14th! By the way, this does mean that we will be without a local library for a month as the existing site will close on April 10th. Update: […]

Professional Photography for Your Listing

Do you have a truely remarkable home? I’ve found one of the best ways to bring out the special charactoristics of a home is by bringing in a professional photographer. My favorate photographer to use is Wendy Baker Photography. She does amazing work! To see some of the work that she can do bringing out […]

Community Calendar

I’ve recently added a Ballard Community Calendar to my website. I created this calendar out of frustration with missing many events in Ballard that I was just not well publicized. I would really like to have all the interesting Ballard events in one place. Hence, I decided to build the calendar! It can be found […]

Return on your Remodel Investment

When looking to remodel your home you have to be clear about your objectives. Are you doing it for personal reasons? Or to add value to your home? Many home improvements don’t pay for themselves in terms of adding value to your home, while others are no-brainers if you can make the improvements. How do […]

March Sunset Hill Real Estate Newsletter

For people interested in the Sunset Hill market, I’ve just posted the March edition of my newsletter here: March 2005 Newsletter. Note that this file is quite large (about 1 Mb), so if you have a dial-up connection, it will work best if you “right-click” on the link and use the “save link as” feature […]

Sunset Hill 2004 Year-in-Review

Are you interested in selling your Sunset Hill home? Are you interseted in buying a home in Sunset Hill? I put together a report that documents the the sale price of every home that sold in Sunset Hill in 2004. Not only does the report highlight trends, but it also lists the average sale price […]

Mapping Seattle

Appropriate for a high-tech City, there are many digital mapping options. Listed below are some of my favorite ways that I view Seattle (while sitting at my desktop!) 1) Redfin gives you a birds-eye view of Seattle with great aerial photography. It is a very easy (and FUN) site to navigate. I should also note […]