Taking on KING/KONG…

Yesterday I was interviewed by a KING-5 reporter, Kim Holcomb, and which I had written about on my blog at this post.  I had jokingly referred to taking on King Kong but only because the news segment was shown on KING-5 and KONG-6 last night.

King Kong

The news story was about how the market here is changing just a bit to more of a stabilized market.  At the beginning of the report a seller talks about it being a “buyer’s market” but I wouldn’t necessarily agree with him completely.  We’ve still got room to move before that happens and if anything we’re more balanced than the past 5 years.  The segment did run on both KING and KONG stations and, from what my business partner tells me, it is one of the most viewed and forwarded links from the KING-5 website today.  Here is a link the actual news story about the Seattle real estate marketplace along with pieces of my interview.

It seems we’re (Team Reba) getting a lot of press lately.  I was interviewed in July for a story on blogging for the RE/MAX Times back in July (released in September) and just last week I was interviewed for a real estate investment magazine which will be printed in the November/December time frame.  Now, if I could just get the interviewers to pronounce my name correctly…. 🙂

Seattle, WA vs. Vancouver, BC – Sister Cities?

[photopress:Seattle.jpg,full,alignright]Stephen Jagger of Ubertor gave me a “heads up” this morning about an article written in Vancouver Magazine. 

Sometimes you learn more about your own City by reading the reviews and travel guides of its visitors vs. its residents.

Some of the facts in the article that I found interesting:

Hot Neighborhoods: Seattle’s Pioneer Square – Vancouver’s Gastown are both “troubled historic neighborhoods by the port”.

[photopress:bim.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Hole in the wall burrito Joints: Seattle’s Bimbos Bitchin’ Burrito Kitchen – Vancouver’s Budgies Burritos (location and phone number in Vancouver Mag’s Article)

Mayor’s “GREEN” Record – Seattle’s Nickels nationally recognized for taking Seattle “green” and adopting the Kyoto protocol while Vancouver’s Sam Sullivan “wants his new ecodensity intitiative to be nationally recognized”. 

Seattle invented the term: “Skid Road” – Vancouver invented the word “Skid Row”  (Actually I had heard San Francisco invented the term “Skid Row” – My partner says Seattle invented “Skid Row” – Google says My partner is correct, but I’d let Vancouver have that one.)

Date downtown burned to the ground: Seattle 6/6/1889 – Vancouver 6/13/1886

I’m wondering how many large cities burned to the ground?  I don’t think Philadelphia ever did, because The Betsy Ross House is still standing (note to Bubble People – Betsy Ross was “a renter” in case you are compiling a list of “famous renters throughout history 🙂 ) and so is Independence Hall as well as The World’s First Penitentiary attributed to Benjamin Franlin’s idea.  For anyone interested in REALLY OLD buildings, this virtual tour of Historic Philadelphia is very cool.

Voter turnout last civic election:  Seattle – 30%    Vancouver – 32.4%

Median age:  Seattle – 30     Vancouver – 38 (average age here in Kirkland is 30-something too.  Where do the older people live?)

Seattle is the “fittest” City in the U.S. – Vancouver is the “fittest City in Canada (based on the percentage of the population considered to be overweight) I’m sure there is some City in CA that is going to dispute that one.

Trevor Boddy, Vancouver Magazine’s author of the article titled “The New Seattle”  (from which the above photo was derived “Old and New: Seattle’s iconic Space Needle and Alexander Calder’s Eagle, one of the installations at the new Olympic Sculpture Park.Image credit: Rosemary Poole”) has this to say:

Vancouver and Seattle are Siamese twins. Yet we are fused not at the head, but at the backlooking in different directions. ”  This is just one of several posts in Vancouver Magazine’s “Seattle Series”.  I highly recommend a read of the entire series. 


36 Hours in Seattle: Where to eat, drink, shop and sightsee.

Bed Check: Reviews of three very different Seattle hotels.

Culture Crawl: Our ranking of Seattle’s independent coffeehouses, and listings of the best local books and music acts.

The New Seattle: What Vancouver can learn from its Pacific sister.

A Tale of Two Cities: Which city’s wealthier? Safer? Healthier? Seattle and Vancouver by the numbers.

I’m not certain all of the facts about Seattle and Vancouver are true – but it is a fun read.  A Big Thank You to Stephen of Ubertor for the email and “head’s up”. 

My favorite Vancouver Magazine article is Playing the Real Estate Game and I hope to write a “sister article” based on that one, comparing the Seattle Real Estate Market to Vancouver’s by week end.