2017 is coming to a close and we are ready to party! There are plenty of things to do around the Seattle area, whether you are looking for a large community bash or some fun events for the kids.
The largest New Years Eve celebration in this area is at the Seattle Center. Thousands of people attend events in and around the center for NYE. For smaller gatherings, there are a number of parties that require tickets (keep reading!). Top off the night with the stunning Space Needle fireworks!
The Chihuly Gardens & Glass at the Seattle Center host a smaller NYE celebration. Enjoy appetizers, desserts and live music from the Michael Benson Band. Tickets are $250/person
To get the closest private outdoor view of the Space Needle Fireworks, check out SPECTRA at the Pacific Science Center! Tickets range from $85 - $180/person and there will be drinks and DJ's!
If you're wanting to get the kids to bed before midnight, the Seattle Children's Museum hosts a countdown every hour! Each countdown is themed with whatever part of the world is experiencing midnight at that hour, so it is a great learning experience, as well! Museum admission starts at $11.50/person.
For a quieter gathering, try Ivar's on Northlake for tasty food and a view of the fireworks across the water. Tickets are $85/person
We love First Night in downtown Tacoma! By day, obtain entrance into some of Tacoma's museums with your button for free and at night, watch the parade, live music and kids performances! All outdoor activities are free and indoor activities require the button for entry. Costs of the button vary from $10-$15 and costs increase as the festival approaches.
However you choose to celebrate, may your NYE be filled with love, laughter and fun!
In the news lately have been reports of coyotes hanging out in neighborhoods around the Snoqualmie area. In fact, there has been a strong increase in calls to police about coyote sightings. This is not unheard of in this area, but these animals are wild and can be unpredictable. We want to equip you and your family to stay safe should a wild animal get close to your home.
If you live in a neighborhood that has an especially high rabbit population, this could lead to increased coyote activity for a time.
To keep bears & coyotes from being drawn to your neighborhood, a big change you can make is to closely manage your garbage. Don't let it build up and become a potential food source for wild animals. Keep garbage secured in a garage, shed or fenced area on non-collection days.
Be sure to clean cans regularly to reduce odors. Keep your compost pile enclosed and make sure your BBQ grill is clean and free of drippings. Also, feed your domestic pets indoors and prevent bird food from building up on and underneath feeders.
For more information, visit the Snoqualmie Valley Record website.
After years of paying a mortgage and spending time & money on home maintenance, you're ready to move on and sell your home. Before you do, the home features that were top of the line in 1995 aren't so cool anymore today. In fact, some of the outdates elements of your home could be repelling potential buyers! But, if your home has the right mix of elements that today's buyers are looking for, it can help you sell your home at a better price!
Today's buyers are shopping more for features than space. Especially for millennials, extra rooms like a home theater room, aren't going to be very appealing. Techie buyers are interested in the newest home technology, so use this to your advantage when planning a sale. The top features that are selling houses these days are smart home technologies, finished basements, patios, walk in closets and granite countertops.
Smart home technology bucket includes smart appliances, security systems, learning thermostats and smart locks. Essentially anything that can be monitored or controlled from your cell phone is attractive to these buyers!
Finished basements are also in high demand right now because it is a large amount of space that owners can fully customize. It allows the homeowner to have additional living space without building a bigger home.
Patios are on the list of top features because of the outdoor living space craze! It seems as though indoor/outdoor living has become a national obsession as of late and people are spending more time & money building outdoor kitchens and gazebos. A beautiful covered patio allows you to enjoy your outdoor living space but still be protected from the sun or the rain.
Walk in closets are incredibly attractive to city dwellers who are used to cramming their clothes into tiny closet spaces. Buyers will walk away from a home if it doesn't have enough closet space.
Granite or quartz countertops are still all the rage! Not only are they easy to maintain, but they are cheaper options than marble. Other design elements that are exciting to buyers are hardwoods floors and a fireplace.
As you prepare your home to be listed, try implementing one or all 5 of these ideas to help your home sell faster!
Here at Sound Properties, our priority is getting our clients into the home of their dreams! We believe that with the right team and some smart strategies, you too can afford that slightly out of budget dream home. This dilemma comes up often but the right broker will help negotiate a price that is right for you and your family.
Having the right broker on your side will ensure that you submit the strongest possible offer for your dream home. In fact, your agent should be your advisor when it comes to the negotiation. Do your research and find a broker that has experience in closing deals.
Your broker should also be well educated in the market that you are buying in. They should be aware of the market climate and be able to tell you if you should be ready for a bidding war in a certain neighborhood. Well educated brokers know the opposition and will be quizzing the sellers agent for as much information on the property as possible. It is in everyone's best interest to have as much knowledge of the market, the neighborhood and the sellers as possible!
If you are buying into a competitive market, try getting creative with your offers. Sometimes, its not all about money. The micro terms of the contract can make or break an offer. Example are offering a quick-close or a higher earnest money deposit. It can also be beneficial to add a personal touch to your offer by including a personal note to the seller. Buying & selling a home is an emotional process and it may go far to a seller to hear how much you love the home. These options show the seller that you are serious!
Sound Properties works on your side to score you the house of your dreams! We have other tips and tricks up our sleeves to ensure our customers have the best home buying experience. Give us a call today!
The Pantone Color Institute has chosen the Color of the Year for 2018 and it is a brilliant one! Meet Ultra Violet!
Every year, the Pantone Color Institute chooses it's Color of the Year with great thoughtfulness. The color is always intended to mark a moment in time and symbolizes what is needed in the world at that time. This year's color is no different! Ultra Violet was chosen to communicate originality, visionary thinking and ingenuity that points us into the future. Pantone hopes that this year's color choice provides strategic direction for the world of design.
Wondering how you can incorporate this intense color into your home decor?? First of all, a little will go a long way! To stay on-trend, try using Ultra Violet as an accent color: throw pillows or blankets, rugs, an accent wall or tile backsplash. Purples hues are known for their calming qualities, so consider using this color to provide a soothing effect in the bedroom or bathroom. Check out this great guide of complementary colors for Ultra Violet!
Please share with us how you intend to use this color next year! We'd love to explore it's limitless possibilities with you!
"Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come" says Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of Pantone.
I don't know about you, but going for a walk or jog in the rain does not sound very appealing! Luckily, there are plenty of fun activities to do in and around Tacoma to get you on your feet for a couple of hours.
While bowling might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to exercise activities, it's a great motivator to get out of the house and get your body moving.
The Frozen Fountain rink at Point Ruston transforms into an ice rink from November 10th until New Years Day. It is the place to be for seasonal skating fun! They have lighting effects, hot chocolate and various live performances through the season.
If you still want to get your walk on but don't want to get wet or spend money on a gym membership, there is always mall walking! Add a little excitement to your walk by dodging those holiday shoppers!
With indoor & outdoor activities available, Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is sure to please! This is an event to bring the whole family to. Check out the incredible light displays throughout the zoo and then head inside to warm up and enjoy the aquarium.
Now that it's been December for a few days, we can break out the holiday decor without feeling like we're jumping the gun! If you are wanting to mix it up a bit this year, here are some holiday decorating ideas for your home!
Start with the Dining Table
Dress up the big dining table with a festive centerpiece and a evergreen garland table runner. Keep your table set throughout the season to accommodate any last-minute dinner guests!
Decorate with Wrapped Gifts
Use sweetly-wrapped gifts as decoration around your house! They look especially cute stacked on stairs or framing a fireplace. For a unique look, wrap the presents in some fancy wallpaper!
Upside Down Tree
A quirky idea for this year’s decor is the upside down tree! Can you believe it? First made popular in Europe, the upside down tree is actually quite practical. No more kids pulling off ornaments or cats climbing up the tree!
If you are tired of the same old ornaments every year, mix it up and use cherished family photos in mini frames as tree decor. It is a quick and easy DIY and a great conversation starter.
Black & White
A black and white themed decor scheme is sophisticated and gives the appearance of organization. Throw in a few gold accents for good measure.
Wrap Gifts with Fresh Greens
Instead of the typical bow decorations, top your gifts with natural, found materials such as leaves or pinecones. Not only does this give your pocketbook a break but it adds a fun rustic twist on the traditional wrappings.