Archives for June 2007

Selling #504 @ the ‘Taj: Listed! Open house?

Finally after months of procrastination on my party and frequent reminders from friends and co-workers my place is on Redfin: 124 Bellevue Ave E #504. (We’re switching to primary photo to be the Space Needle one.) Also, should I have an open house?Consensus around here is that open houses don’t actually sell houses so I’m… Read More

Selling #504 @ the ‘Taj: Check out the photos

What do you think of the professionally shot photos of my staged unit? As you can see KH really helped me out in getting the place looking ‘urban sophisticated’.

Azul Flats BBQ in Fremont

Azul Flats, at 120 NW 39th Street, is inviting us all to their BBQ on Thursday: I’d like to invite you and all your blog readers to a BBQ at the Azul Flats this Thursday (6/28) from 5-7 pm. I know you haven’t written much about Azul, but we’d really appreciate your input on all… Read More

Selling #504 @ the ‘Taj: Description? Price?

I had the photos for the Taj shot today by Vista. I’ll post the results tomorrow. In the meantime feel free to tell me my marketing description sucks (remember, 500 character count limit): New construction west facing view condo in the heart of Capitol Hill. Enjoy the sun setting over the Space Needle, the Olympics… Read More

Flood of new listings at the Meridian?

A reader e-mailed in about a flood of new listings at the Meridian, 1420 Terry Ave: In the last few days, there has been a sudden rush of units being put on the market. There are currently 13 on the market out of 190+ = 7% – unusually high. There is also a concentration of… Read More

Reminder: Urbnlivn Meetup & Anniversary Celebration this Wednesday

Please come because I’m going to be fired for leaving work so early to be there – Matt. By Carl Goodman We hope you’ll be able to attend our joint Urbnlivn Meetup and One-Year Anniversary Celebration of When: Wednesday, 27-Jun-2007 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Where: Paddy Coynes Irish Pub 1190 Thomas St., South Lake… Read More

Rents soar, blame the condos

Seattle Times, Rents soar through the roofs: Average rents are up 12 percent on the Eastside this year, the highest rise ever recorded for that area. In Seattle, it was 8 percent, below the modern record of 9 percent in the dot-com years. Driving it all is a booming economy and the condo craze. So… Read More

Delays at the Parc

An anonymous reader writes in about their experiences at The Parc by Intracorp. How are Intracorp’s other projects doing? Hasn’t Domaine been delayed as well? By an anonymous contributor I bought a place at the Parc in Belltown, signed the purchase and sale [x] months ago for my very own [xxx] sq ft of Seattle…. Read More

Selling #504 @ the ‘Taj: Photos?

We’re still in the midst of transforming #504 at the Taj from bachelor pad to Crate and Barrel show room but with the end in sight it’s time to think ahead to what I’m going to do about photo. I shot a few photos when I moved in. As you can see they’re nothing special…. Read More

The Good and the Ugly: A Tale of Two Capitol Hill Condo Developments

by guest contributor Carl Goodman Much ink has been written on the Pine + Belmont mixed-use condo development. That’s the cheap profit-mongering venture by Weber + Thompson/Murray Franklyn. It’s slated to replace a vibrant block of Capitol Hill dive bars with a giant antiseptic edifice more appropriate to a nowheresville like Tukwila than the Pine/Pike… Read More

Reader e-mail – showers, dogs, azul, press, townhomes in ballard

Sorry, I’m still swamped with work so time for a blog post of recent e-mail… Hopefully you can help each other out. Michael writes in about Azul and Press: i’ve been in the market for condos the last 6 months and there has not been a great find as of yet. but i was wondering… Read More

Sunday Seattle Times

I think the Sunday Seattle Times Real Estate section now has more ads for condos not in Seattle than in Seattle. None-the-less here are the specials and tidbits from the most recent edition: Andiamo: Only 3 great condos still available Azul: $7500 buyer bonus for all 2/2’s Carbon 56: No home owner dues for one… Read More

Next meetup – June 27th

Thanks to Carl we have a date and location for our next meetup. Please consider attending whether you’re a consumer in the market or an industry insider. With close to a thousand visitors a day I know there are a lot of us out there. You’re Invited: Urbnlivn Meetup & Anniversary Celebration — Wednesday, 27-Jun-2007… Read More

Energy use in buildings

Philip Greenspun has an interesting post on energy usage in cities and buildings with tidbits like this one: In the U.S., residential and commercial space accounts for 40 percent of our primary energy consumption; 38 percent of CO2 emissions are from operating buildings. He also talks about his desire for smart buildings. I really do… Read More

FoREM on Niche Marketing

Phil via Joel at the Future of Real Estate Marketing blogs about, Niche Networks and Marketing Real Estate: A perfect application here would be in condos. Condo marketers are among the more creative when it comes to real estate marketing. They’ve already perfected the art of selling lifestyle, starting with the catching single word name;… Read More

Absorption rates

Casey at CondoCompare blogs about absorption rates. The real meat is in this scanned table of some downtown condos. Looks like Trio is still suffering at only 23% sold. But what is up with the negative absorption rates there and at The Parc? Is that how many people bailed on their PSA?

Seattle Scooters – Detroit Land Rovers

Buy A Loft, Get A Land Rover: If you’re interested the lofts are Center Street Lofts in Royal Oak outside of Detroit.

MLS Watch: More inventory but less interesting listings

There’s all this talk of increasing inventory but there have been far fewer interesting listings in the past few months making MLS watch even harder. Here’s what I’ve seen of interest as of late. If you have anything to add let me know. 2200 vs. Cosmo 36 vs. 60 19th Ave Lofts 1812 19th Ave… Read More

1 Hotel and Residences breaks ground

The PSBJ has an article on 1 Hotel and Residences breaking ground, (thanks Cynthia!): The $200 million, 23-story 1 Hotel and Residences is being developed by Avalon Holdings of Portland and Starwood Capital Group Global LLC of Greenwich, Conn. The project will include a 110-room hotel and 98 condominiums. The condos, according to the… Read More

Selling #504 @ the ‘Taj: Decluttering

As you may recall I bought a unit at Trace Lofts. It should be done sometime in August or September; they’re cagey whenever I ask for more details. Since I can’t afford two condos I need to sell my first, #504 at the Taj. Now, Foster calls me every two weeks and berates me for… Read More