The North End Nexus

April 2, 2018

As a full service realtor I strive to bring a sense of community to where my clients live, work and play. Connecting people to the things they love and need is my strategy, as is supporting local businesses and giving back to causes I believe in. Whether you are a regular subscriber or a first-time reader, I hope you will find something of value in my weekly blog. Cheers! – GC

 

   

 


 

Coffee Brewed with Heart…

That’s what their cups say, and I believe it.  Their coffee is sourced ethically and roasted with care.  The company, local to the PNW, gives back to global organizations, treats their employees and customers like human beings and… their coffee is downright delicious. 

One Cup Coffee Company now has two locations on the north side,  Shoreline and  it’s newest- Greenwood.  The Shoreline locale even has a drive thru, so there is no excuse not to try a cup.  You may even be back for another. 

P.S. – they also offer yummy locally made snacks and pastries.


 

Still Not Sure if You Should Sell?

Here are some projections for 2018 that might help you decide once and for all to put your home on the market.

 

  

 


 

Pollen is Upon Us!

Spring is a beautiful time of year, no doubt, especially in the Seattle area. For some, though, enjoying the blooming colors and fragrances means burning eyes, itchy throats and even earaches.   Here are some natural remedies that can bring relief.

 

 


Posted on April 2, 2018 at 9:45 pm
Gina Cantara | Posted in coffee, giving back, Real Estate | Tagged

North End Nexus-

March 24, 2018

As a full service realtor I strive to bring a sense of community to where my clients live, work and play. Connecting people to the things they love and need is my strategy, as is supporting local businesses and giving back to causes I believe in. Whether you are a regular subscriber or a first-time reader, I hope you will find something of value in my weekly blog. Cheers! – GC

 

 


Windermere Makes a Difference

For over 25 years the Windermere Foundation  has been donating a portion of proceeds from every home sold to organizations in Washington that serve families in need. In 2017, Windermere’s Shoreline office chose VisionHouse(visionhouse.org) as the recipient of their annual holiday fundraising drive. This organization makes a difference for families recovering from homelessness.  Thank you for your great work, VisionHouse!

 

 


New Tax Laws- What They Mean for Homeowners

Tax laws change frequently and can be difficult to keep up with.  The latest tax law instilled by the Trump Administration affects homeowners of every income level. To see how it will affect your finances, click here.

 


An Evening with Snow Leopards

The Snow Leopard Trust, one my favorite non-profit conservation organizations based in Seattle, is inviting all of those interested to learn how they can help protect the endangered snow leopard.  The evening event will be at REI in Issaquah on March 28th. Click here for details.

 


Posted on March 25, 2018 at 2:47 am
Gina Cantara | Posted in giving back, Real Estate, snow leopards, tax laws |

The North End Nexus

March 15, 2018

As a full service realtor I strive to bring a sense of community to where my clients live, work and play. Connecting people to the things they love and need is my strategy, as is supporting local businesses and giving back to causes I believe in. Whether you are a regular subscriber or a first-time reader, I hope you will find something of value in my weekly blog. Cheers! – GC

 


 

Shoreline Market Trends:

Single family home prices are soaring in Shoreline. According to Zillow, home prices have risen 16.9% in Shoreline in the last 12 months and they are expected to continue to head upward an average of 5.5% through 2018.  Median sale price on a single family home as of Jan.31, 2018 was $541,500. Take a look at the average price per square foot of homes sold over the past two years (chart below).  It’s not just the fact that the Puget Sound area is a hot market with tremendous economic growth that continues to drive home prices up, it is also that inventory is at an all time low.  People are buying faster than developers can build homes.  If you have ever considered selling your home, now is the time!


Coyotes Love Shoreline, too!

 

 

While preserving and enjoying wildlife are some of the privileges of living in the Pacific Northwest, coyotes can be worrisome to some, especially owners of small pets. Pups are born in spring, which means there will be more coyote mouths to feed. Best to keep small pets supervised when outside. Here is some more information on how to co-exist in a humane and safe manner with these elusive creatures.

 


 

 

 


Posted on March 15, 2018 at 9:13 pm
Gina Cantara | Posted in Real Estate | Tagged , , , ,

The North End Nexus

March 8, 2018

As a full service realtor I strive to bring a sense of community to where my clients live, work and play. Connecting people to the things they love and need is my strategy, as is supporting local businesses and giving back to causes I believe in. Whether you are a regular subscriber or a first-time reader, I hope you will find something of value in my weekly blog. Cheers! – GC

 

   


Don’t Forget- Sunday, March 11th- turn your  ahead 1 hour!

 


Grants for First Time Home Buyers? Yep, It’s True.

Understanding the financial challenges that first time home buyers face in Seattle’s bustling real estate market, BECU (Boeing Employees’ Credit Union) is now offering grants to first time home buyers. BECU is a local credit union that has been touted the 4th largest in the country.

More information on this awesome program can be found here: BECU Home Buyer Grant


Help Save the Bees!

It’s almost spring, which means it’s time to think about our yards and gardens again. Check out this article as you consider your  landscaping plans. Healthy bee populations are an important part of our agricultural system. Unfortunately, the numbers of these important pollinators has declined to worrisome levels over the past decade. Helping to bring the bees back is easier than you might think. There are many easy to grow plants and flowers that attract bees and help them thrive. 

 

 

 


Posted on February 27, 2018 at 10:36 pm
Gina Cantara | Posted in Bees, First Time Home Buyers, Gardening, Real Estate | Tagged ,