Burien, WA Real Estate News

By Ricky D. Sadler, Trusted Senior Property Advisor & Marketing Expert
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The Burien Farmer's Market is just around the corner.  The starting date will be Thursday, May 8th and will continue, rain or shine, every Thursday through October 9th.  I will be working in the Prudential booth every week throughout the season, I imagine.  It sure beats sitting in the office, and it's great fun to meet people, hand out treats to kids and snack on farm fresh produce. Every year the location changes due to construction of Burien Town Square.  This year, the Farmer's Market will be located at SW 152nd St and 10th Ave SW, adjacent to Olde Burien shopping district.  (I want to say it's in the old Prudential building parking lot...not sure yet but I'll keep you posted).  Regardless, it's a sweet location compared to last year.Hope to see y'all there!
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  It's incredible to me how fast this project is progressing.  The new Shorewood Elementary, located on the corner of SW 116th St and 28th Ave SW, has a completion date of September 2008. I took a couple of photos of the construction, and there are more photos posted on the Highline School District site. The students are currently attending an interim school located at 11427 3rd Ave South, which is the old White Center Heights Elementary.     
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As part of Burien's 15th birthday festivities, a big bash was held at the Highline High School cafeteria on Saturday the 29th of March.  I took my 6 year-old son there because I knew he would have a good time.  The party started at noon, and I wanted to get there right on time since I had an appointment to go to at 2:30, and because they were giving free T-shirts to the 1st 100 kids!Living only 5 minutes away, I felt that I had plenty of time to get there, until I made a left turn on 4th SW and SW 152nd St.  Only after I made the turn did I realize that I was about 5 cars behind a giant, slow-moving pink birthday bus loaded with city officials on the top.  We continued to move at a snail's pace until we got to the high school 6 blocks and 10 minutes later. I guess I have the same view ...
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On Friday, March 28th Discover Burien will hold a Dinner, Silent Auction and Awards Ceremony at Karuna Yoga Studio on Ambaum and SW 152nd St., from 6 - 10 pm. If you're interested in attending, tickets are $25 and may still be available - contact Debra George at debrageorgemi@aol.com. If you own a business in the area, donating an item is a great way to help Discover Burien raise money for city-wide events AND promote your business.  I was very lucky that Discover Burien allowed me to donate something mere days before the event.  Once again the day snuck up on me. Anyway, I've put together a lovely tea basket for the occasion, and I hope someone buys it! Here's a picture of it, below.  My company, Three Tree Tea, has never really focused on advertising in our own home town of Burien; si...
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For those who are interested in the subject of potential annexation of North Highline to Burien, there will be a Special Meeting on Monday, March 31st at 7:00 p.m. at the Educational Resource & Administrative Center(ERAC) board room.  Address is 15675 Ambaum Blvd S.W., next to Hi-Line Bowl.  For more info, please contact the City Clerk's office at (206) 248-5517.Also:  The next meeting of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council will be on April 3, 2008 at the North Highline Fire Station, 1243 SW 112th St beginning at 7:00 PM.     
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Looking for someplace fun to take the child in your life next Saturday?  With so much to do, you'll have a hard time deciding which event to participate in!  Here's a list of local Egg Hunts:Saturday, March 22ndBurien -  Easter Eggstravaganza(Burien Community Center, 4th SW and SW 146th ST)    Bunny Breakfast, 9 - 10:45 a.m.($3/person, children under 1 yr FREE), Egg Hunt 11:00(broken into age groups); also the Easter Bunny will be here! $3/photo Shorewood - Annual Egg Hunt sponsored by Shorewood on the Sound Community    See link above for more info about the event.  Registration begins at 10:30 at the top of         the hill on 30th SW.  Wear shoes that won't slip on the beach rocks.  Volunteers needed!Normandy Park -  Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Cove(1500 Shorebrook Drive)     11:0...
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By Ricky D. Sadler, Trusted Senior Property Advisor & Marketing Expert
(Real Estate Marketing Experts &Trusted Senior Advisors on Property Management services, Rentals Leasing, Landlord Tenant )
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I just made some cookies for my Open House, and, not to toot my own horn but - they are dee-licious! I love baking cookies just before Open Houses because a) have something to offer to people walking in; b)it fills the house with the aroma of baked goods, since the cookies are still cooling off; and c) I'll have something to do(eat) in case no one shows up!:) Here's the recipe...if anyone has a problem with my posting a recipe here, then...no cookie for you!:)Kissables CookiesINGREDIENTS:1 cup packed brown sugar1/2 cup white sugar1 cup margarine or butter2 eggs(OR, I substituted 1/2 mashed banana for the eggs and I think that's why they are so good!)1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 tsp baking soda1 tsp salt3/4 cup chocolate chips3-4 Kissables pressed into the top o...
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Yesterday I dropped my son off at his friend's house for his weekly Lego Club.  As part of being in Real Estate, we do have to ask those we come into contact with this question every once in a while: " Do you know of anyone who is interested in buying or selling Real Estate in the near future?"Her answer to me was, "No, not at this time". She then went on to explain that sometimes she and her husband(both in their mid-30's) would like to move to a larger more updated home in a better area.  However, when they consider the fact that their home will be paid off in 10 years, the thought of starting over again in a new mortgage with higher expenses really discourages them from making a move.   They did a very smart thing 5 years ago - they refinanced to a low rate, 15 year loan.  She admitt...
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First thing this morning, I wake up to the national news on the radio, blaring out more alarming news in the housing market: "Housing Slump Takes A Turn For The Worst!", "Median Prices Fall To Levels We Have Not Seen In Ten Years!", blah-de-blah-de-blah.I could (and will at a later date when I'm not pressed for time) pull up some local stats, but for the present moment I am just going to stick my finger straight up into the air and say, "Waitasecond - I don't think so!" to all this media hype.Why? Because:a) All real estate is local. I truly do feel for people having anything to do with real estate in other parts of the country, where prices are indeed falling as quickly as they rose the past few years. But our situation in the Pacific Northwest is different. We have a much more robust ...
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I was perusing the City of Burien website today when I saw that there was going to be a meeting this coming Monday regarding the design for the new Burien Library. it is expected to be completed in early 2009, and is being built in conjunction with the new Burien City Hall, which will keep the costs of construction, materials, taxes, etc down for us taxpayers in Highline.(Tangent alert!) For that reason alone, you gotta love Burien.   Ever since I moved my business here from Seattle, my taxes are considerably less and the paperwork is a breeze!The new, 32,000 square foot library will of course be much larger than the current library, and will share some space with City Hall.  As with all newly constructed or renovated King County libraries, green standards will be adhered to; while it i...
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Our family has been hosting exchange students for about nine years now.  My husband and I started hosting summer groups back when we were first married.  We had so much fun with them! When we bought our home in 1999 we began to host long term exchange students, students who were here for 9 months to a year or more.  It has been such a rewarding experience, especially for our 6 year-old son.We enjoy having students stay in our home for many reasons.  Number one, it's great fun for our son, who is an only child and quite social. We usually have students from Japan, so since his father is from Japan it gives my son a chance to interact with someone from that culture.  Secondly, we just enjoy having another person in our home to interact with and share experiences.  We tend to be homebodies...
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During these cold winter months I love to make Chai. Not the kind that comes in a carton that you buy at Safeway.  No, I like to brew Chai using whole spices and water in a percolator. I especially like making Chai for Brokers Opens and Public Open houses.  The Chai smells divine and gives off a feeling of comfort and warmth in just about any home, and you also have a delicious beverage to offer visitors.Here are the steps for making your own home-brewed Chai.  You'll need:1. Whole spice Chai, which you can get by going to (shameless plug alert!) www.threetreetea.com;2. A kitchen;3. A percolator; 4. Your choice of sweetener;5. Milk. What you do: Fill percolator with water to fill line.  In percolator basket add 4 - 5 tablespoons of loose Chai. Put basket inside percolator and cover with...
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White Center's only donut shop, Seattle Donut & Deli, is located in a tiny strip mall on 15th Ave. S.W. and 100th St. I went in there for the first time a couple of weeks ago to grab a quick bite to eat.  This is definitely a hang-out for a lot of people, many from the Camodian community. The place was busy as can be so I knew I was onto something good. Luckily there was one booth available, way in the back of the store...a good spot for secret picture-taking. I ordered a sandwich on French roll bread, with ham, cilantro, mayo, tomato, (I said, "No, thank you" to the jalapenos) and my favorite part, pickled daikon(japanese radish) and carrots.  It was delicious. And at $2.99, you can't beat it. Afterwards, I ordered a cruller, a chocolate sprinkled donut and a couple of glazed donuts to...
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By Lisa Bosques
I've just been checking statistics for our zip code from the beginning of the year. The numbers are promising, as there was a bit more activity in January as far as the world's most popular topic, the Real Estate Market, goes.Currently, there are 150 active listings(that's available homes on the market), broken down into 122 single family homes and 28 condos. From reading the agent comments, there is currently one short sale on the market right now; there has been one home sold through a short sale in the last 6 months in 98146.  That's pretty good compared to some areas.A brief explanation before I go further:  Interestingly enough, and of course as you already may know, 98146 includes part of West Seattle, part of Burien, and part of unincorporated North Highline. West Seattle is kno...
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I was on my way home from work today, dwelling on a transaction I'm currently involved in that as of today has officially boarded the handbasket to Hell.  Other than that my day was fabulous, but of course our minds can't help but go back to the bad things that have happened.  I was feeling so sorry for myself that I put in a CD by the Smiths, because Lord knows I can't possibly feel worse about myself than Morrissey feels about himself!As I was settling in to wallow in my sour mood, I catch a glimpse of this sign outside of Dr. Ron Fulton's chiropractic office.  How long it's been there, I don't know.  But it made me turn at the next corner and go around the block so that I could a) get a good look at it again, and b) take a picture of it for my blog.  This sign made me laugh so hard t...
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By Lisa Bosques
It's been about 3 weeks or so since I last blogged about www.myzip.net.  Since my marketing is based on my zip code, I was very excited to see  this new blog avenue, and I was determined to get my zip code so that I could be the neighborhood blogger for 98146.(www.98146.net) MyZip.net is "part of the Marchex network of local sites including local search service Open List. Launched in 2007, we're building the nation's first and best network of local and neighborhood blogs. To see for yourself, type your ZIP code + .net in your Web browser.". Basically, MyZip will pay you $50 per month to blog about goings-on in your zip code, during a trial period which goes for an unspecified period of time. I should be getting my first payment into my PayPal account sometime next week. They 'require' y...
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Citizens of Burien, have you been to Dino's Gyros yet? It's on SW 148th St. and 1st Avenue South, just a couple of doors down from Safeway. If you haven't been there and you like this kind of food, you MUST go! My friend had been wanting to try it, so we went there a few weeks ago.  I was going to order a Gyro or a Greek salad, but then I saw these things called Doner Kebap. I know that these are much more prevalent on the east coast, so if anyone from there is reading, please pardon my ignorance! I envy you for having had easy access to this amazingly delicious "sandwich" your whole life.The doner kebap is Turkish in origin, and is apparently Germany's most popular fast food.  At Dino's, the bread is made fresh in-store and is heavenly. You can order the doner with lamb, chicken or bee...
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By Lisa Bosques
Last week I received an e-mail from Marc Grossman alerting me that I have been MeMe'd! Yes, I am now 'It', as the rest of you may know by reading Marc's Post, "MeMe Times Three For YouYou". I've been so busy with things that I've been away from Active Rain for a while.  Now I'm back, and I'm trying to think of 5 things that people don't know about me.  #1: I love reading mostly non-fiction books.  Anything related to Real Estate, politics, self-help or discovery, business, motivation, travel, biographies, cookbooks and foreign language books.  Which reminds me that...#2: Way back when, I dreamed of being a linguist.  My goal was to get a Masters and then a PhD in Linguistics.  But then I thought to myself, "Whatever will I do with such a degree? And do I want to be in school for an enti...
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