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As Featured on PSBJ's Home of the Day: Private Garden Oasis at Cascade Crest

Home of the Day is presented by the Puget Sound Business Journal with Realogics Sotheby's International Realty. This is your invitation to view some of Seattle's most-luxurious properties. Come inside and take a look around. Click on the gallery image to view today's featured property.

21328 NE 35th Court, Sammamish, WA 98074 | $774,500

Lovingly maintained by original owners home tucked away in a private 3 home enclave. Relax amidst your own private garden oasis with smashing mountain views! Grand entry, spacious living room and Dinging room with tall ceilings, large updated kitchen with granite countertops, island cook top, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors. Spacious nook opens to expansive double decks. Extra large family room with gas fireplace. The views continue in the sumptuous master and remodeled master bath. Two large bedrooms plus open den complete the interiors. The fabulous setting is reminiscent of Butchart gardens!

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The Puget Sound Business Journal Reports on NEXUS: "A New Center of Gravity in Downtown Seattle"

An article published today by the Puget Sound Business Journal says “a new neighborhood is emerging in the northeast section of downtown Seattle, and by 2020 it will be a new residential core featuring cutting-edge apartment and condominium buildings, a variety of restaurants and retail, as well as places to meet and work. In the heart of this so-called ‘East Village’ neighborhood will stand NEXUS, the first condominium tower to open in the neighborhood, offering buyers the opportunity to own their share of downtown Seattle’s future and a slice of the ever-expanding skyline.”

The highly anticipated condominium tower NEXUS, which will offer reservations June 4th and is scheduled for completion in 2019, will be bordered by I-5, Olive Way, 6th Avenue and Denny Way, which means it “will be uniquely positioned between, and in walking distance to South Lake Union, the downtown/retail office core, and Capitol Hill, and will offer quick access to a multitude of transportation options within the city, as well as enviable freeway access to reach the region’s outdoor recreational activities.” It will appeal to first-time homebuyers, millennials, urban professionals and downsizers for its prime location within Seattle’s emerging “East Village” neighborhood.

As Christian Chan, Executive Vice President of The Burrard Group told the Puget Sound Business Journal, “Seattle is enviably poised economically and geographically as a global gateway of the future . . . This is where people want to live, and where many prominent companies want to do business. The city’s quality of life, relative affordability, and a lack of state income taxes promotes employee retention. Peer cities like Vancouver, San Francisco and New York have significantly higher real estate prices and an increased cost of living. Now is the time for people to take advantage of what is, relatively speaking, a more attainable homebuyers’ market in Seattle.’”

And the future remains at the forefront of all design and planning, as Carrie Smith, Principal of Interior Design with Weber Thompson said “NEXUS represents a balance between the natural materials and beauty of the Pacific Northwest, ergonomically designed spaces, and an increasingly technology-oriented lifestyle” that will speak to a vision of life in 2020.

Dean Jones, President & CEO of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty added that “NEXUS will establish a new, fresh mindset for this neighborhood. It’s an intersection of design, technology, convenience and lifestyle . . . NEXUS is the next generation of living in downtown Seattle.”

Given anemic condominium inventory, NEXUS will be a prime opportunity for would-be buyers to jump into homeownership. As the article reads, The Burrard Group believes “there’s pent up demand to buy downtown” and that if even a fraction of current renters explore buying, there will be an inventory imbalance: “‘if only ten percent of the renter population decided it was time to buy, that would absorb the pipeline of available condominiums – and I think that’s going to happen,’ said Carese Busby, a senior mortgage consultant atCaliber Home Loans, a preferred lender of NEXUS. ‘Like all market cycles, opportunities exist for the first responders who can spot the trends and act.’”

Nancy Glover, another a senior mortgage consultant at Caliber Home Loans echoed Busby’s insights and added that now is the time to begin the process as pre-approval is required in order to reserve a condominium at NEXUS. She also described the benefits of owning, because “you don’t have to worry about the landlord increasing rent or selling the apartment that you’re currently renting and forcing you to move. People like knowing they have their own piece of property. It’s theirs. They can personalize it the way they want to.”

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Realogics Sotheby's International Realty and adSage Launch WeChat App Targeting Chinese Consumer Base Locally; Create Real Estate Portal in China

Exclusive Real Estate Portal Could Reach More Than 600 Million Subscribers in China

Executives of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) and adSage have developed an exclusive real estate portal for WeChat – a popular mobile device communication app that has attracted more than 600 million subscribers, mostly in China, since its inception in 2012. Now a global sensation, the multimedia platform allows communications to penetrate the firewall in China and can share messages virally between followers.

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“This app will help us showcase our Pacific Northwest real estate and lifestyle real time overseas,” said Dean Jones, President and CEO of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. “It was a necessary investment to encourage communications between our Asia Services Group and connect our local brokers and their listing clients with a world of opportunity.”

According to Wikipedia: WeChat provides text messaging, hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast (one-to-many) messaging, video conferencing, video games, sharing of photographs and videos, and location sharing. It can exchange contacts with people nearby via Bluetooth, as well as providing various features for contacting people at random if desired (if these are open to it), next to integration with social networking services such as those run by Facebook and Tencent QQ. Photographs may also be embellished with filters and captions, and a machine translation service is available.

“We are proud to develop this WeChat platform and host numerous campaigns in China on behalf of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty,” said Gordon (Zhaohui) Tang PH.D, Chairman of adSage. “This strategy is very clever and timely as the Pacific Northwest has become the next gateway market for foreign direct investment and immigration from Asia, especially from China.”

Tang, a former Microsoft executive, is leading adSage with offices in Seattle (Bellevue), San Francisco, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuxi and Shenzhen. The firm is one of the major digital advertising agencies in China providing full scale bilingual agency services supporting over 1,000 global clients' marketing campaign running on Baidu (China’s equivalent to Google) and other major China internet media. adSage's agency services cover SEM, SEO, Display Advertising and Mobile Advertising in China.

RSIR’s real estate portal includes bios on its members of the Asia Services Group, featured property profiles, market reports, events, news articles and newsletters, videos and information on the company with communications available in several languages including Mandarin and English. Additionally, the platform is host to the new all-Mandarin "Seattle Luxury Living" magazine published by Seattle Magazine’s Tiger Oak Publications, which includes content on the lifestyle trends and real estate opportunities available in the Pacific Northwest. 

Just Announced -- The full publication of Seattle Luxury Living Magazine is available to read on RSIR's WeChat Platform. A digital version of the magazine may also be accessed below:

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Jones has appointed William Hillis as Editor for RSIR’s Research Department and a publisher of reports and other content to be posted on the WeChat platform. Hillis is a former editor at the Shanghai offices of Big Four consulting firms Deloitte and KPMG, and previously worked as an analyst in real estate policy-related positions in the Washington State government at Olympia. He has published articles in China Daily, thought leadership at Deloitte, and official proceedings from Bo'ao Forum for Asia, an international economic forum featuring heads of state and other leading dignitaries worldwide.

“Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest and lived in Shanghai for more than a decade, I can certainly appreciate the opportunity that RSIR and adSage are pursing,” said Hillis. “At the same time, I can also understand why so many upper and middle class Chinese nationals are targeting the Seattle/ Bellevue region. I do believe this is just the beginning and creative communications tools like the WeChat app are going to be an effective resource for sharing information in real time.”

To download RSIR's WeChat platform, simply use the WeChat App to scan the QR Code below:

As Seen in the Puget Sound Business Journal: RSIR's WeChat App, Seattle Luxury Living Magazine, and the premiere of the new East Meets West Documentary (produced by RSIR). View the Feature >>

 

 

 

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We are excited to share that our beautiful Belcara property in Sammamish has been listed today as Puget Sound Business Journal's Home of the Day! 


Wake up with a smile!

Lovingly maintained and masterfully updated 4 Bed/3.5 Bath Conner built home in Belcara. Located at the end of a lane, off a cul-de-sac, this home artfully combines contemporary and traditional styles.

 

 

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PSBJ Home of the Day

We are excited to share that our latest Sequim property has been listed as Puget Sound Business Journal's Home of the Day!

Luxuriate! Custom built in 2004 this immaculate home was expertly designed and crafted, top of the line quality and European elegance. Perfectly sited on Bell Hill to capture sweeping, pastoral views of the Olympic Mountains, Happy Valley, Hurricane Ridge and the Strait.

Home of the Day is presented by the Puget Sound Business Journal with Realogics Sotheby's International Realty. This is your invitation to view some of Seattle's most-luxurious properties. Come inside and take a look around. Click on the gallery image to view today's featured property.

Winner of the "Home of the Week" on the Puget Sound Business Journal

We are thrilled to share that our 5 acre estate on Paradise Cove in Sequim won Home of the Week on the Puget Sound Business Journal! 

Home of the Day is a feature presented by the Puget Sound Business Journal and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. This is your invitation to view some of Puget Sound’s most luxurious properties. Come inside and take a look around.

It isn’t often you get the chance to create your own family legacy in a place as picture perfect as Paradise Cove, on Sequim Bay! First time available 5 acre estate, with 345 feet of waterfront. Stunningly beautiful, custom designed, NW Contemporary home, plus separate guest house.

Sequim Bay Point Association is an exclusive, waterfront community with 125 lush acres, with just 15 home sites. Neighborhood association amenities include: Treadwell Spit, 3 docks inside Paradise Cove, and boat ramp, partial ownership of Travis Spit, heated indoor swimming pool and sauna, 2 tennis courts, and historic buildings. Stay in Skookumchuck cabin on the bay, where members can stay overnight. Spend the day kayaking, and hiking. Then share stories around a campfire, while toasting marshmallows for s’mores. There are numerous walking and hiking trails, plenty of fishing, clamming and crabbing, long strolls along beaches.

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Puget Sound Business Journal Lists Realogics Sotheby's International Realty as Sixth Largest Residential Real Estate Firm in Puget Sound (Sales Volume 2014)

The much anticipated Book of Lists for 2015 will soon be published by the Puget Sound Business Journal but the results are already in for the Largest Residential Real Estate Firms in Puget Sound (ranked on residential sales volume for 2014). Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) improved its position from #10 in 2013 to #6 in 2014, according to the survey results. With $560 million in gross sales volume represented by just 111 active brokers and three branch offices in 2014, RSIR is now acknowledged among the most productive, fastest growing and largest brokerage firms in the region.

“We are proud to join our many peers amongst the largest brokerage firms in the region – congratulations to all of the companies that made the list,” said Stacy Jones, Owner of RSIR. “We are even more proud of our many fine brokers and we thank them for their tireless efforts every day. This is really their acknowledgement and we are the ones that are privileged to work alongside their success.”

Jones states she has no illusions about being the largest real estate organization in the region nor having the most brokers. Her goal is to make a meaningful difference in her broker’s business and to optimally represent the interest of their clients – one sale at a time.

“Our growth in the region has always been very organic,” says Jones. “We are always open to new business ventures and new brokers but we find the best opportunities are referred to us by our current brokers and even from brokers at other companies. We have distinguished ourselves from the pack in just five years of operation. We like being innovative and creating a new model within the industry.”

NOTE: RSIR is an independently owned and operated franchise with branch offices in downtown Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Kirkland and coming soon to Issaquah. Unlike other franchise networks surveyed, RSIR statistics do not incorporate the production from other Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates in Washington State.

Chinese group lays out early plans for big downtown Bellevue property

Big developments coming to Bellevue! Once considered to be merely a suburb of Seattle, Bellevue has grown to become a destination and powerhouse in its own right; the momentum has no signs of stopping.

Leading the charge is a continuous stream of foreign investment and capital, most notably from China. In the latest of mixed-use construction projects, Plus Investment USA (the local arm of the Hong Kong based Plus Investment) plans to create a half-block project of multiple condominium towers that lie above street-level retail. 

The project is located on the south side of NE Eighth Street between 108th and 110th Avenues, with more concrete plans to come in the near future. 

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