North End Nexus- Keeping You Connected!

September 27, 2018  

Happy Fall! Things are winding down. It’s true. Summer activities are slowing down, daylight is decreasing and the Seattle area real estate market is definitely changing. There are more homes on the market AND slightly less demand.  This means we are approaching a more balanced market, which benefits both buyers and sellers.  Perhaps the word for the new season is balance.  This seems apropos with the equinox that just passed, ie: the darkness now comes to balance out the light.  Where could you use some more balance in your life?

 


The Graph Speaks for Itself

These are King County stats on what single family homes have sold for of the past year vs. what they were listed for.  This clearly shows the shifting market.


Let’s Eat!

Seattle is not only loved for it’s coffee and micro-brews, but also offers some of the best cuisine in the nation. Whether you crave breakfast, tasty treats, appetizers or an elegant dinner you can find it in our diverse and eclectic city. Grab your navigation device and get ready to take a tour of some of the  top pick eateries! 

 

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 4:21 pm
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North End Nexus- Keeping You Connected!

August 10, 2018

Cooling off-  that’s what’s on a lot of folks’ minds these days! Luckily, we are surrounded by a lot of cool water here in the Pacific Northwest. Our waters provide so much beauty and many recreational opportunities to our landscape, but they are also home to many species that add to the richness and uniqueness of our region. Orcas, aka: killer whales, have been in the news as of late, specifically our local J-Pod.  They are particularly vulnerable right now amidst rising pollution levels and climate change.  As you enjoy the waters around Seattle remember to pack out whatever trash you may have accumulated and if you are fortunate enough to spot an orca, embrace the experience and keep a safe and respectful distance.  I don’t know about you, but I sure would love my kids and grandkids to be able to witness an orca in the wild- it’s a breathtaking privilege.

 


What’s All the Buzz About ADU’s?

 

With the current housing shortages in Western Washington there is a lot of hype lately around “ADU’s”, which stands for additional dwelling units. Many property owners are building independent living spaces on their properties, either detached or as an extension of their home. They can collect rent (which no doubt helps offset rising property taxes) and help alleviate the lack of affordable housing in this area.  Read on…


A Taphouse for the Whole Family?!

Yes, it’s true!  Broadview Taphouse and Bottle Shop in the Broadview/Greenwood neighborhood of North Seattle opened earlier this year with this goal in mind: “to provide a fun environment for folks to gather and enjoy and meet others”.  The taphouse is a kid and dog friendly casual place with an extensive list of beer and cider on tap and a rotating list of local food trucks throughout the week.  AND… what’s even more fun is the owners have added Trivia Night on Mondays and summer movies every weekend through Labor Day. Stop in with the family and enjoy a cold beverage and a movie!

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 4:17 pm
Gina Cantara | Category: Real Estate, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , ,

North End Nexus- Keeping You Connected

June 21, 2018

Summer is here, finally! Get those fans and bathing suits out of storage, if you haven’t already.  Reminder: be safe and exercise caution when jumping into any alpine lakes or rivers during these early hot summer days. The waters are still pretty frigid and hypothermia can set in fast. Now… get outside and play!

 

 


Could the Summer Solstice Offer Clues About Life on Other Planets?

It’s the longest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. The Earth is tilted to the maximum toward the sun and believe it or not, this phenomenon is providing scientists with information that may help us find life in other galaxies.  Check it out!

 


Navigating Senior Transitions

 

 

Are you a senior considering a move? Is your loved one a senior looking to downsize or make a major change in his/her life? If so, you may be feeling overwhelmed and wonder where to begin.  After all, any move is a big transition, but for a senior, it may be the biggest transition they will ever face.

These are some of the concerns that seniors and their loved ones often have:

  • What will I do with all of my stuff?
  • Who can I trust to handle my financial transactions/estate?
  • Where will I go?
  • What about my health issues?

As a real estate professional I am comforted to have found many resources available to help seniors and their families meet their goals in a caring and compassionate way. One organization in particular that I have personal experience with is Concierge Care AdvisorsThey offer a no-cost, single point of contact that will help you navigate your options in an organized and effective way. 1-855-444-7364

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 2:43 pm
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North End Nexus- Keeping You Connected

June 6, 2018

Welcome, June! It’s the month of summer solstice, graduations, birthdays (well, mine at least) and rhododendrons.  Warmer weather and sunnier days mean more bbq’s and picnics, maybe evening walks to the ice cream shop.  What are the things you’re looking forward to this summer? 

 

 


Trends That Add Value to Your Home

Everything has a season, even the amenities in  your home. While wood paneled walls and linoleum may not be the hottest trends (and haven’t been since the 1970’s),  some stylistic “upgrades” are popular and may even increase the value of your home significantly.  In the midst of this sellers’ market, I get asked all the time by clients getting ready to sell, “What should I do to my home to get top dollar?”  Here are some fun suggestions!  Read more


Insurance Needs?  Who to Choose?

With so many options this day and age it is hard to choose an insurance agent. You want someone who knows their stuff and who stands above the rest in level of service.  Erin Ison, a State Farm Insurance agent in Shoreline, is that person.  Carrying the reputable State Farm brand, Erin welcomes everyone and will exceed your expectations in customer service. She has a passion for helping people and is truly a breath of fresh air.

Posted on June 7, 2018 at 12:47 am
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North End Nexus- Keeping You Connected

May 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day!   

 

 


Just How Accurate Are those “Zestimates”?

As a realtor, I hear it all the time: “Zillow says my house is worth X amount!” My usual response to Zestimates is… take them with a grain of salt. While Zillow can be a good resource in determining a home’s current market value, it is rarely 100% accurate.  Read more   

 


Is Chiropractic Care For You?

Some people think of chiropractic care and they think of back or neck injuries. While injury treatment is a proven benefit of chiropractic, there are a multitude of other positive health effects this type of alternative care can have on your health-  pain relief,  improved sleep and more energy, to name a few.

 

North Star Chiropractic Center  -Dr. Paul Early- in the Northgate area of Seattle offers quality chiropractic treatment and a caring and friendly staff. Check ’em out!

Posted on May 13, 2018 at 4:34 pm
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North End Nexus- Keeping You Connected

May 3, 2018

Days are getting longer here in the Pacific Northwest which means beautiful sunsets and more time to do the things we enjoy!  What will YOU spend your time doing during these extra daylight hours? I’ll be heading to the Bark N Brew on May 7th. See below for more details.

 

 


Preparing to Purchase a Home?

For some folks financial planning and saving come easily. For others it can be challenging. Here are some great suggestions for managing your money no matter which category you fall into.

 


Raise a Pint (or a soda) for Paws on May 7th

 

Lagunitas Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary is hosting a family friendly event in Ballard to raise money for pawsitivealliance.org.  This non-profit organization helps find “forever” homes for pets. Food trucks, prizes and fun await! Dogs are welcomed too!

 


 

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 6:15 pm
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North End Nexus- Keeping You Connected!

April 12, 2018

Spring flowers bring April showers, indeed!  Despite the wet days, April is one of my favorite months. Yes, it’s colorful, days are getting longer, but it’s also the month my only daughter was born… 15 years ago. Those final days of pregnancy flood back to me each year as vividly as if it were 2003 again.  Reliving the anticipation, the exhilaration, the joy of hearing my healthy baby cry as she was placed on my chest reminds me how blessed I am and that each day is a day to be celebrated. So get out there, rain or shine, and celebrate life!- GC

 

 


Seattle Median Home Prices Keep Rising           

Just when the Puget Sound region wondered if the real estate market had reached its peak, home prices soared another $43,ooo in 30 days! Read more here.

 


Enjoy Summer Concerts?

If you enjoy live music, especially outdoor venues, check out some of these line ups for summer:

Posted on April 12, 2018 at 3:51 pm
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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 | Category: coffee, giving back, Real Estate | Tagged

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
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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
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