Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Club Karma Summer Fun for Everyone

I created Club Karma back in 2002 for friends, family, & new clients...I'm now opening the club for FB friends, too.

The summer 2012 issue features a list of scheduled Seafair & other fun summer events in our region, including a list of all summer concerts in the N.W. You'll find updated real estate data, & invites to upcoming homebuyer & seller events. Message me directly or e-mail me at & I'll send you the following summer discounts.

Tiki Rob's Summer Savings:
  • Free appraisal for your refinance or purchase, (up to $500 off your closing costs)
  • 2 for 1 smoothies at Emerald City Smoothie
  • 30% off Summer Landscaping

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Hood Canal View Home: $179,950

If you know anyone who currently lives in this area, or who would like to enjoy year-round or vacation home living overlooking beautiful Hood Canal, feel free to share this flyer with them.

Located in the Colony Surf Community in Lilliwaup, WA, the new owner will enjoy usage of the members - only community clubhouse with olympic-sized heated pool, as well as private access to Lake Fosen and a members - only boat launch directly onto Hood Canal, with private beach and barbecue area.

For more photos and detailed information, please visit

Thanks! Rob (206) 799-2318 or

Monday, May 9, 2011

Straight Talk: May Market News

With Mother's Day celebrations and the opening of boating season now behind us, I appreciate the opportunity to start your week with some important straight talk about our local real estate market and the American economy.

Local Update: The good news is that various neighborhoods in Seattle saw price increases in April, or much smaller declines than other areas in the region. Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, and Greenlake all have experienced big drops in supply, resulting in numerous multiple offers in the $500,000 and under price range. Thanks to their proximity to job centers, well priced homes in these communities are in high demand. This should continue to bold well for eventual price stability in the Greater Seattle area.

King County's year over year sales data showed a decline of 6.6% in sales from April 2010, while the median value of homes was down 6.7%. These sale numbers are skewed by the fact last spring buyers were taking advantage of the federal tax credit, while property values continue to struggle thanks to the increase in distressed home sales in the area.

Distressed homes, (bank owned homes and short sales), accounted for 35% of all sales in King County, (up from 21% one year ago). A closer look shows these sales make up for 43% of the market in SE and SW King County, versus just 22% in Seattle and 17% on the Eastside. In Snohomish County, sales were down 21% from April 2010, while the median price has dropped nearly 17%.

In summary, buyer confidence is returning to the Seattle area, while other areas will continue to struggle until the percentage of distressed home sales declines, or inventory levels continue to decrease. For those confident in their financial situation, now is truly an opportune to buy real estate in our area. Amazon recently announced they'll be expanding, Microsoft will be offering raises to much of their work force, and Boeing's victory in the Tanker negotiations all are positive signs in the continued recovery of our region's economy.

National Update: More good news...Our economy added a net of 244,000 more jobs in April, the strongest hiring month since February 2006. It was the third month in a row of 200,000+ new jobs, and the private sector has now added jobs for 14 straight months.

Nearly 7 million Americans have lost their jobs since December 2007. Numbers like this don't unwind themselves overnight, if you do the math it would take several months in a row of several hundred thousand people re-entering the job market to even slowly make a difference in the massive amount of losses. Closer to home, Washington State's unemployment rate fell last month for the first time since March 2007.

We all should be thankful for any positive economical data at a time of such global chaos. The disaster in Japan, combined with the unrest in the Middle East, and rising gas and oil prices could've really stymied an already sensitive recovery, but for now - slowly but surely - our nation collectively continues to dust itself off and work hard with a shared vision of prosperity and better days ahead.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss ways to take advantage of current market conditions to better your personal situation, feel free to contact me anytime.

Mahalo - Rob

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

May's Club Karma Gold Giveaway: $25 Off at Ruth's Chris Steak House!

I'm excited to announce this month's CK Gold Giveaway: Visit Ruth's Chris Steak House in Seattle or Bellevue, present the postcard I mailed you, and you'll receive $25 off your bill.

The Club Karma Gold Club consists of past clients, and loyal supporters who continue to refer my services to loved ones in need of real estate assistance. Each month I randomly select 25 past clients, along with supporters who recently referred new business my way, to receive that month's postcard giveaway. I sincerely appreciate your trust in me and hope you continue to enjoy the monthly surprises we showcase throughout the year.

If you're interested in learning more about the CK Gold Club, or would like to be contacted with future monthly giveaway information, feel free to contact me anytime at (206) 799-2318 or

Happy Monther's Day to all of the Club Karma mom's out there, especially mine...I love you mom!

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Friday, August 6, 2010

August News: More Mixed Signals

With Seafair Sunday fast approaching I don't wanna be the "boring guy talking real estate" on a Friday afternoon, but its my duty to keep the info flowing for those who are interested.

Our area continues to send mixed messages as sales are down from one year ago, yet prices are up. The median value for homes in King County rose 4% over July 2009. Seattle fared even better with a 10% price increase over the same period.

How is this possible? Thanks to the tax credit incentives of the past two years, a majority of sales in our area were in first time buyer price ranges. These sales skewed the numbers and brought the median averages down. As a point of comparison, in July of 2009 26% of sales in Seattle were $500,000 or above. Last month that total rose to 40%.

To read more about July's sales data for our region, including Snohomish and Pierce counties,  Click Here.

Throughout history, the decision to buy or sell real estate has always been a very personal one. What seems like a perfect opportunity for some, may be viewed as risky or foolish by others...there simply are no guarantees in this industry, nor life. Don't let others talk you into or out of something, do your homework, partner with a trusted professional, and follow your gut.

If you have questions, or would like to learn how you can take advantage of current market conditions to better your personal situation, feel free to contact me anytime.

Rob (206) 799-2318 or

Update For Family and Friends

For those of you who have been following my dad's condition since March, I've attached a story about him in this week's Magnolia News.

To view the on-line version of the article, Click Here

Our family appreciates all of the wonderful support, well wishes, and prayers we've received the past four months.

I love you Dad.

Saturday, April 24, 2010