Countdown to Christmas and spotlight on homes~ December 23rd


Wow can you believe we are here the 23rd of December? I hope you have enjoyed our home/holiday countdown and all the different homes around the cities of Snohomish County. Today is the last 3 cities I will showcase.

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Sultan $292,950 Quality new construction! This open concept plan offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large kitchen with tile countertops & full-height backsplash and stainless appliances. Laminate hardwood floors, fireplace, huge master with 5-piece bath. Enjoy covered front AND back porches and so much more! Located in Wildwood Trails, surrounded by lush trees, walking trails, community parks, and beautiful mountain views. Completion early 2015! What I love to see is Sultan is growing. I just sold a town home to a first time home buyer there and she is so excited to have her first Christmas in her own home. Not far from Monroe and still a bit out in the country these new homes are sure to please. 


Woodway~ $1,025,000. This desirable Murray-Franklin home welcomes you w/soaring ceilings. The main floor features an open floor plan with formal living room, dining room, den/office, and family room off the gourmet kitchen. The main floor master suite boasts travertine marble in the luxurious bathroom, spacious walk-in closet, and garden views. A dramatic staircase leads to three bedrooms, a large bonus room, and lots of natural light comes in from the skylights and the floor to ceiling gabled windows.

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Tulalip~$410,000 Spacious 4 BR rambler on 2+ level acres w/terrific 2400 asf shop! Majestic mountain views, equestrian pasture, RV storage, gazebo & fire pit, 50 year metal roof, wrap around porch & privacy, too, all on a wonderful corner lot. Inside features a beautiful country kitchen w/ss appliances, formal living/dining, warm family rm w/cozy fp, recent luxurious mstr suite addition, A/C, PUD energy pkg w/extra insulation, vaulted ceilings & 2344 sqft. Deeded Land!!

Beautiful craftsman style 1 level living Magnificent shop is background Terrific mountain view

Holidays~In thinking of events and tips to give you on this last full day before Christmas I think you don’t need anymore shopping ideas or things to do. So my tip, and really a thought, is for everyone is just have a wonderful, safe and joyous Christmas. Love each other and spend as much time together as you can. Its not always easy I know but, we just lost our beloved dog last week very suddenly and it hit us how fast life changes so I say~ love and embrace each other and don’t take anything for granted.


Countdown to Christmas and spotlight on homes~ December 21st

You know I never thought Index was an actual city in Snohomish County I thought more of a town and was surprised to see in the Snohomish County list of cities. I would have thought I would see Maltby before I saw Index. Well you learn something every day!

INDEX- $79,000-4.3 Acres of beautiful forestry surrounds this outdoorsmens retreat. newer metal roof, carpet and floors. Minutes away-walking distance to Skykomish River waterfalls and close to Stevens pass ski resort. Bring your imagination & make this cabin your own.

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Holidays~ Kid friendly Christmas jokes.

A definition of Christmas:
The time when everyone gets “Santa”-mental.

What’s red, white and blue at Christmas time?
A sad candy cane!

What did one Christmas cracker say to the other Christmas cracker?
My POP is bigger than yours!

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Donut who?
Donut open ’til Christmas!

What do you call an elf who steals gift wrap from the rich and gives it to the poor?
Ribbon Hood!

What comes at the end of Christmas Day?
The letter “Y”!

What do angry mice send to each other in December?
Cross mouse cards!

What’s the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet?
The Christmas alphabet has “no EL”!

What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?
It’s Christmas, Eve!

What happens if you eat too many Christmas decorations?
You get “Tinsel”-itis!

“Do you ever buy any Christmas Seals?”
“No, I wouldn’t know how to feed them.”

What is the best key to get at Christmas?
A turkey!

What’s the best thing to give your parents for Christmas?
A list of everything you want!

Why is it so cold at Christmas?
Because it’s in Decembrrrr!

What kind of Christmas tree comes from Hawaii?
“O Tanning Palms”!

What do wild animals sing at Christmastime?
Jungle bells, jungle bells, jungle all the way!

What’s the favourite Christmas Carol of new parents?
Silent Night!

Where do mistletoe go to become famous?
“Holly” wood!

What did one Christmas light say to the other Christmas light?
You light me up!

Countdown to Christmas and spotlight on homes~ December 18th

Darrington- $175,000~Price reduction on this remodeled rambler! This is a move in ready home with 3 bedrooms & 2 baths. Custom cabinets, new counter tops w/glass backsplash. New windows, floor coverings such as tile in the kitchen, new carpet in the bedrooms, beautiful laminate in the living room, dining room, & entry. The bathrooms have new vanities w/granite. Glass slider to large deck which looks out to an unobstructed view of Whitehorse Mt. Yard is fully fenced w/RV parking and alley access. Close to schools.


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Holidays~ We love to have fun and enjoy ourselves on the holidays and sometimes that means we over do it. I am in awe of a local tow company and what they are doing to help this Holiday Season if you have a “bit too much” No one has any excuse do drink and drive. If you need them they are there and please pass it around!!

This is from their Facebook page– “Good evening friends, I am sad to report that the last few weekends we have seen a huge up swing in DUI’S, And we here at American towing have a VERY firm stance and on driving impaired, DON’T! Now through the first of the year, on every Friday and Saturday night, as well as Christmas eve, and New Years eve, 8 pm thru 3am, if you have had too much to drink, we will tow your car home FREE OF CHARGE, this is good from Marysville to Lynnwood, please, there is no excuse, DON’T DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE, we ask that if you can afford to, tip the driver, as they are donating their time to get people home safe, please feel free to share this! American towing, 425 355 7212.

Count Down to Christmas and spotlight on homes~December 9th

Happy Tuesday everyone and how is the shopping going? I am happy to report thanks to the internet I am almost done! Okay so no on to our spotlight on homes and for December 9th we have a beauty.

Everett– $439,000. An investor I work with and I put a bid on this beautiful Hilton Lake Home. We were told we were the winning bid then as nothing is always concrete in short-sales and foreclosed homes someone else managed to get it away from us. I have been in this home many times and know the neighborhood. It is a winner all the way around and after meeting the investor who did get to remodel this home I can say he poured his heart into it. Its not only unique it has character, charm and great craftsmanship.  Absolutely beautiful home, pure and simple stunner! Remodeled from top to bottom. Home has vaulted ceilings with open floor plan and fireplace. Custom kitchen w/ SS appliances and granite throughout. Fully finished basement with its own fireplace. All rooms have Pine covered ceilings, new bathrooms with stone tiles and sliding glass doors, Ash birch hardwood floors, skylights, and loft. Brand new deck with a fully fenced backyard with an additional storage shed on the side, plus so much more.

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Holidays~ Looking for valid charities to give to this holiday season? Here is a list of many that could use your help. Dont forget the local churches in your area too. Right now they are collecting food and cash donations to buy food for needy families right in our neighborhoods. Help if you can it’s a great feeling and someone will really appreciate it.




Countdown to Christmas and spotlight on homes ~ December 8th

Bothell is known for its great schools in the Northshore district and many I have assisted in finding a home have been surprised at what a fight it is to get a home there. Most always homes have multiple offers and you have to be persistent. Today I have two homes for you. The first is one heck of a deal and only one picture.  The second is a average home for sale in the Bothell area.


Bothell- $195,990. Opportunity! Attn: Investors, Builders, custom home prospects. Level, aprx. .66 acre lot with new septic system. Rehab the existing 3 bedroom/1 bath home or tear down and start over with your dream home. Attn: Mechanics – Apx. 960sf outbuilding/garage included. Nice surrounding home and neighborhood, near new Bothell High School.

Bothell-$344,950-Beautiful updated 3 bed 1.5 bath home is move in ready! Features new white millwork, hardwood floors, cabinets, granite, carpet, fixtures and all new paint. Enjoy the open kitchen with island eating bar and new stainless appliances. Back slider door leads to large deck and a large level fenced yard. Lower level has large family room, 1/2 bath, utility room and another door to yard. Other features include new gas furnace, roof and windows. 2 car garage with lots of parking. Hurry on this one!

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Holidays– Here is one and something I have learned the hard way. Write down where you have hidden the gifts. I swear the last few years I always lose a few and then end up finding months later. One year I even gave one of my boys a lego set that was supposed to be for Christmas in his Easter basket! Think you’ll remember? I always thought I would too but NOT!

Go See those lights. Link here to 9 De-Lightful Neighborhood Light Displays

Last Tip!
Have you ever heard of (powered by Google)? to compare prices quickly across online and offline retailers. Check it out! I just did because the store ran out of Skylanders. Wish me luck!

Happy Holidays!

Countdown to Christmas and spotlight on homes~ December 6th

Have you ever gone to Gold Bar and hiked Wallace Falls? Great hike for the family and beautiful view.

Gold Bar– $179,900 Wonderful Bank Owned Rambler with designer touches. Recessed entry and vaulted ceilings. Cozy propane fireplace. Hardwood floors. 2 Car Garage.

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Ten Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

  • Prune the to-do list. Ask “if I don’t do this, what will happen? “Aim to knock down the list of chores to the rock-bottom necessity.
  • Cut the gift list. Rein in gift exchanges that have been outgrown or lost their meaning. Limit gifts to children only, draw names, or organize a gift exchange.
  • Wrap as you go. Who needs to spend Christmas Eve catching up on wrapping chores? Sticky notes will help you keep track of gift contents.
  • Buy, don’t bake. Turn your back on the oven this year. Supermarkets, bakeries and the freezer department at the discount warehouse are a great source of delicious, pre-baked holiday treats. Costco here I come!
  • Email your cards. Reach out and touch someone-the easy way. Online greeting cards are easy, inexpensive and fun to send. No more lines at the post office! I would not suggest this for close family however. I know my parents would NOT appreciate an email card versus a real one with a picture of the kids. Of course use your judgment.
  • Scale back the décor. Substitute a simple door wreath for outdoor lighting and a tabletop tree for the over the top Tannenbaum. You can bring a festive feel to the house without day-long decorating sessions.
  • Cut the clean-a-thon. Focus cleaning attention on kitchen and public rooms; private areas can slide till season’s end. Better to schedule deep-cleaning chores like carpet cleaning until after the wear-and-tear of the holiday season.
  • Downsize dishwashing. Hand washing fine china is nobody’s idea of a good time, so move to everyday stoneware. Simpler still: paper plates!
  • Finger food, not feast. A smorgasbord of tasty tidbits is easier on the cook and kinder to the waistline that a sit-down dinner. Share the work by hosting pot-luck events.
  • Stay home! Cuddling down close to the hearth beats holiday travel any day. A holiday “stay cation” allows for evening drives to see the lights, family camp-outs in front of the Christmas tree, and evenings spent with carols and popcorn. Fun!

Happy Holidays

Countdown to Christmas and spotlight on homes ~ December 5th

One of my favorite cities and where I grew up is Lynnwood. Boy has it grown. I remember when I was a kid we use to play around the swamp area right before they put in Alderwood mall and since Lynnwood high was right by the mall you could find me there some days instead of school – shhhhhhhh. Since I grew up in a split-level that is today’s spotlight home.

Lynnwood- $419,000– Great Location – walk to neighborhood schools, bus line and parks! Very Large Entertainment sized home with huge deck, multiple bonus/game rooms and fully fenced yard. Recent updates include, exterior paint, master bath, large addition to include bonus room, game room, office, utility room, full bath and wet bar area. 4 bedrooms/3 full baths & office could be made into a 5th bedroom if needed. Downstairs has mother-in-law potential. Double car garage, driveway, RV & boat parking. Welcome Home!

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Holidays~ Have you got your tree yet?

P U G E T S O U N D ———-U-cut tree farms |

Arlington Farmer Brown’s Tree Farm | 12017 109th Ave NE |

Pilchuck Secret Valley Tree Farm | 9533 Mose Rd |

Auburn Pfaff’s U-Cut Christmas Trees | 29204 124th Ave SE |

Trees ‘n Bees | 34747 162nd Ave SE |

Carnation Carnation Tree Farm | 31523 NE 40th St |

Fall City Fall City Farms | 3636 Neal Rd |

Gig Harbor Mitchell’s Christmas Tree Farm | 6923 54th Ave NW | 360-851-2970

Issaquah Trinity Tree Farm | 14237 228th Ave SE |

Enchanted Winds Tree Farm | 8021 Issaq-Hobart Rd |

Lake Stevens Lochsloy Acres | 5511 SR 92 |

Maple Valley Three Tree Farms | 28033 SE 216th St |

Monroe Sky Valley Nursery | 18318 SR 203 |

St. Nick’s Trees | 25211 74th Pl SE |

North Bend Christmas Creek Tree Farm | 15515 468th Ave SE |

Crown Tree Farm | 13005 424th Ave SE |

Puyallup Honeytree Farm | 7215 134th Ave E |

Spooner Farms | 9710 SR 162 E |

Redmond McMurtrey/Redwood Farms | 13925 Red.-Wood. Rd |

Renton Country Tree Farm | 18225 116th Ave SE |

Snohomish Reade Christmas Tree Ranch | 7724 171st Ave SE | 360-862-8778

Tacoma Double 4 Tree Farm | 4217 E 72nd St |

Count Down to Christmas and spotlight on homes~ December 4th

As one of Washington’s most picturesque waterfront communities, Edmonds offers visitors a seaside ambiance and residents an appealing, small-town quality of life. Tour the waterfront and you will come to know why.


Edmonds- $450,000 New home Development Lake Heights has this Spectacular home for sale. An open Kitchen with great room concept, formal dining and half bath on the main level. Upstairs includes 2 bedrooms with a guest bath with double sinks, master bedroom with vaulted ceilings and walk-in closet. Spacious bonus room with large windows welcoming natural light. Corner Lot, Edmonds School District, and close access to HWY 99 & I-5 and downtown Edmonds. There is only a few of these beautiful homes.

Finally A Politically Correct Christmas Carol

Deck the halls with boughs of non-endangered plant species
Fa la la la la, la la la la
“Tis the season to be self-actualizing
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Don we now our organic apparel
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Toll the ancient non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday-Carol
Fa la la la la, la la la la
See the blazing log on non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday non-endangered wood before us,
Play the harp without unnecessary brutality and join the chorus
Sing we emotionally stable in a collective group effort,
Heedless of the weather patterns despite the effects of global warming,
Fast away the chronologically challenged year passes
Hail the new year without any implicit ageism, ye persons
Dance in a non-ierachical manner in  merry measure,
While I tell on non-materialistic, non-demoninations-winter solstice-holiday treasure.
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Happy Holidays

Count Down to Christmas and spotlight on homes~December 3rd

Okay here we go. No Woodway but without the steep price here is a gem of a home that is perfect for a first time home buyer or someone wanting a rambler. Do you know ramblers more than any home hold there value?

Mountlake Terrace– $275,000- What a cutie! Newly listed Adorable starter home with 3 bedrooms, office space and attached garage. Cul de sac location with sidewalks and spacious yard. Updated windows, insulation, carpeting and roof. Cute kitchen with cork flooring and convenient dining area. Efficient natural gas appliances including gas heat, hot water and dryer. Super location near parks, schools, shopping and transit. A fantastic opportunity to purchase this move-in ready home.

Adorable and well kept home

Adorable and well kept home

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Green Giving 101:

Are you hoping to share some “green” holiday cheer this year? Here are some ideas to consider:

Give a consumable gift

Organic teas, fair trade coffee, fresh flowers, fresh or dried fruits and nuts all make great gifts.

Share your time and attention

Offer to baby-sit, pet-sit, house-sit, deliver home cooked meals or help clean.

Give a gift where it is needed

Make a friend smile when they get a card describing the child in another part of the world whose life will be improved by the gift on their behalf. There are several wonderful websites offering charitable gift opportunities, including: and

Creative gifts show you care

The baby sweater or cozy scarf you knit yourself or is more likely to become a family heirloom, extending the life cycle of the materials in your gift.

Buy a local gift

A gift made or grown locally can tell a story or share a unique product you have discovered on your own stomping grounds.

Use packaging that will not go to waste. Your packaging may be part of the gift itself, such as wrapping the gift in a scarf or enclosing it in a box that can be reused for collecting life’s odds and ends. Reusable wrapping, such as a gift bag, will pass on the fun.

Happy Holidays!

Count Down to Christmas and spotlight on homes

Its Christmas season! Oh I love this time of year and if your around the Snohomish County area a lot of us have snow! We do and my kids are praying that it stays the whole month. Not sure I agree but it is nice. As with keeping with the season but, of course, a bit of Real Estate I have come up with a plan and I hope you all think its a good one. Every day till Christmas I am going to highlight a local city here in Snohomish county and a home currently on the market. Did you know there are 23 main cities here in our beautiful county? Plus a bit of Holiday cheer, tips and funnies. So lets get started (in no particular order).

Woodway- $7,950,000 Wow this has to be the most expensive house in Snohomish County!  Get your groove on in this unique and exciting estate created for the enjoyment of the good life! Abundant amenities include indoor rain forest spa pavilion, indoor basketball court, 14 car garage and elevator. Fully gated and fenced on nearly four manicured acres. The lush grounds include a full size tennis court and a regulation little league field. Five bedrooms plus service quarters/guest house and 5.75 baths with endless space to entertain guests and friends. Your own 5-Star resort for sure.


Look at this layout.



Dream kitchen

indoor rain forest spa pavilion

Indoor rain forest spa pavilion



Did you know- There are currently 78 people living in the U.S with the name S. Claus and one Kriss Kringle? What were those parents thinking?

Mistletoe was used by Druid priests 200 years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations. They revered the plant since it had no roots yet remained green during the cold months of winter.

In the show, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the Grinch cuts out a Santa beard, but never wears it.

12 million packages are delivered by the U.S. Postal Service every day during the holiday season through Christmas Eve. The busiest delivery day: December 20th.

I hope you enjoy and cheers to a fantastic Holiday season!