5 Stunning Cliff Top Retreats Around the World

5 Stunning Cliff Top Retreats Around the World

As metaphors, cliffs suggest portals to new beginnings. Viscerally breathtaking, precipices can make us feel more alive—it's no wonder they've captured the traveler’s imagination. For travelers seeking repose, these ten bluff-hugging retreats take the cake, from a hill-hewed homage in Zihuatanejo to a treehouse-like collection of luxury tent bungalows in Thailand.

Eastside Happenings—August 2019

Eastside Happenings—August 2019

August in the Pacific Northwest is hard to beat, and those of us who live here do not take it for granted! Summer is when the city really shines. Sunshine and warm temperatures roll in contradicting the gray reputation, making for beautiful views and gorgeous days perfect for exploring. Here are some August events to ensure a month of summer fun!

Market Trends: Second Quarter of 2019

Market Trends: Second Quarter of 2019

Statistics from the second quarter of 2019 are in and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has analyzed the data with a look at the housing market trends for the second quarter of 2019, from the shores of Bainbridge Island’s waterfront homes and in-city living opportunities to the Eastside’s most distinguished residences.

Key Indicators Point to Strong Summer for Kirkland Housing Market

Key Indicators Point to Strong Summer for Kirkland Housing Market

Kirkland inventory, pending sales, and home prices have all increased during the month of June compared to a year ago, according to the latest report from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The same report, which covers 23 counties in Washington state, shows year-over-year drops area-wide in both the volume of new listings and closed sales, giving buyers some relief this summer.

Create an Inspired Life

Create an Inspired Life

In today’s hectic world, stress is always present. Your home contributes a lot to how you feel once you walk in the door; It will either nurture you and promote positive thoughts or overwhelm you, leaving you exhausted. So, it is important to create an environment within your home that is calm and peaceful, allowing you to recharge your energy and help you lead a happy life. Here are nine tips for creating your own calm and peaceful sanctuary at home.

A Guide To Washington's New Real Estate Excise Tax

A Guide To Washington's New Real Estate Excise Tax

Washington State legislators implemented a new graduated Real Estate Excise Tax (REET), replacing the current 1.28 percent sales tax applied to all transactions with a variable rate based on a property’s value (a structure quite similar to that being followed in California). In response, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) has launched WashingtonREET.com, a calculator to help home sellers navigate this new tax structure by displaying estimations of 2019 and 2020 taxes.

7 Ways to Turn Your Backyard Into a Summer Oasis

7 Ways to Turn Your Backyard Into a Summer Oasis

One of the best things about Summer in the Pacific Northwest is being able to enjoy time outside. The beautiful weather this time of year far makes up for the dreary Seattle winters, and it means we appreciate the sunshine more than anyone else! This summer, don’t limit yourself when it comes to home decorating- and take the comfort of our indoors outside with these seven outdoor decorating ideas.

Sustainable Designs that are Trending Right Now

Sustainable Designs that are Trending Right Now

Sustainability has emerged as a definite trend in home design and renovation projects. Below we have outlined a collection of top-trending materials and designs for you to consider as you begin your remodel or design process to decrease your carbon footprint and breathe a “green” element into your daily lifestyle.

What Mandatory Housing Affordability Means for Seattleites

What Mandatory Housing Affordability Means for Seattleites

In March 2019, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a measure called Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), which upzones 27 neighborhoods in the region. Mayor Jenny Durkan quickly signed the measure into law and it is set to go into effect on April 19th. MHA’s main objective is to add affordable housing to the city through the allowance of taller single-family and multi-family residential projects. In all, city official estimates indicate that MHA will, at a minimum, provide 6,000 new affordable homes for low-income residents.

Seattleites are the Most-Educated Among Big Cities in the U.S.

Seattleites are the Most-Educated Among Big Cities in the U.S.

The results are in and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Seattle tops the big city in the U.S. for the number of college-educated residents, coming in at a staggering 63 percent for residents age 25 and older. As Seattle Times  reports, “among the 50 largest cities in the country, we’re the only one to hit that 60 percent mark — something we first achieved in 2015.”

Preparing Your Home for a Spring Sale

Preparing Your Home for a Spring Sale

Now that we have turned our clocks forward, we are officially on the countdown to spring. That means we are edging ever-closer to blooming flowers, chirping birds and the spring sales season—the busiest time of year for real estate in the Seattle region. If you’re considering making your next move, spring can be a great time to sell. Below we are outlining some key tips to preparing your home for a spring sale.

SB 5332 Aims to Revise Problematic Washington State Condominium Act

SB 5332 Aims to Revise Problematic Washington State Condominium Act

Washington state is among the strictest in the nation when it comes to new condominium development, which has largely deterred developers in recent years from building any new projects outside of apartments for rent. The reason? Developers don’t want to face costly lawsuits, which have become somewhat of a norm. As Sightline Institute reports, conventional wisdom states that “if you build condos, you’ll get sued.”

The Future of Architecture: Unfolding Buildings?

The Future of Architecture: Unfolding Buildings?

Technology continues to evolve where and how we live, and the approaches we take to crafting the spaces we inhabit. BBC Reel recently sat down with David Martyn, chief executive officer of Ten Fold Engineering, to ask an interesting question: Will our future homes build themselves?

A Collection of Premier Modern Homes Around the World

A Collection of Premier Modern Homes Around the World

There is something truly special about the bold yet simplistic architecture of a modern home. Stemming from the International Style of architecture popularized in the 1920s and 1930s, modern homes afford open layouts with connections between indoor and outdoor living spaces, abundant natural light often created through walls of windows, and little ornamentation. February is modern homes month at Sotheby’s International Realty® and to honor this striking approach to architecture, we compiled a collection of inspiring modern homes from around the network, spanning coast-to-coast in the United States, to Australia and Greece.

2018 Fourth Quarter Market Report

2018 Fourth Quarter Market Report

Our local real estate market took some interesting turns in 2018, as the frenetic conditions of the first half of the year gave way to a more balanced environment in the third quarter. Data for the fourth quarter of 2018 has arrived, so before we turn our attention to the new year and what lies ahead, let’s take a look at the market trends that closed out 2018.

City Report Proposes Single-Family Zoning Changes to Ease Affordability

City Report Proposes Single-Family Zoning Changes to Ease Affordability

According to an article published by Seattle Times, “The single-family zones that make up about 75 percent of Seattle’s residential land have accommodated just 5 percent of all new housing added in the city this decade,” this courtesy of a report recently released by the planning commission. The advisory report, which was eighteen months in the making, says mild changes could be made in areas that are predominantly single-family homes right now.

4 Easy Ways to Increase The Value of Your Home

4 Easy Ways to Increase The Value of Your Home

If you’ve ever done a remodel on a home, you know how quickly the cost can go up during the process. Updating your home will always improve the looks, however, a remodel can also give your home’s value a boost. But what if you don’t want to spend 1,000’s of dollars on just the kitchen? Well, these four updates below should give you a great return with a relatively low investment!

What’s Ahead For the 2019 Real Estate Market

What’s Ahead For the 2019 Real Estate Market

Now that we are nearing the end of 2018, market experts are calculating what trends they think will dominate the industry in the coming year. Realtor.com® recently released their annual report and according to Forbes, we can expect rising mortgage rates to impact affordability, a slowing market, and rising home prices—albeit at a lesser rate than we’ve seen in recent years.