Homward Bound | August 2017

Want to Meet More Neighbors? Take Your Dog for a Walk!

As most of you know, August is National Night Out. This annual event encourages neighbors to connect and exchange information.

No matter how long you’ve lived in your neighborhood, it can be challenging to meet a lot of your neighbors. Neighborhoods are only as good as their neighbors. In a world where so many people recognize neighborhood cars over the faces of people who live around us, there’s a lot to be said for making an effort to connect with the people who live up and down the block. So how do you make those first few casual connections which can lead to meaningful bonds?

One of the best ways to meet people is on foot. Want to get to know and be known? Get out there on foot. A routine morning or evening walk is a perfect way to say hello and stop for a chat. Don’t wear headphones. Be open to conversations. Observe who’s out and about and use compliments and open ended questions to spark a little small talk. Another great ice breaker is to take your dog with you. Dogs can be an excellent way of meeting more of your neighbors.

Are you in need of a buddy to take for a walk? Consider adding a dog to the family. Meet Chuckles! (I love her name!) She’s an energetic 4 year old who loves to go on walks. She does need to work on her leash manners, however she is house-trained. She would do best as the only pet in the house. She prefers people over other dogs and cats are just way too tempting to chase.

With Chuckles at your side, you’re bound to meet lots of new neighbors!

And summertime is probably when food banks need your help the most. That’s because children are on break from school and their families have to provide the meals that they normally would get through school meal programs. Six out of seven low-income kids who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch do not get free meals during the summer because they don’t participate in summer meal programs.

So what can you do to help? Does this mean you should go out and buy a bunch of fruits and vegetables to donate to your local food bank? Or maybe donate some extra produce from your home garden? No. The best way that you can help families in need is to donate money to your local food banks. Food banks have agreements or partnerships with distributors/suppliers so that they are able to stretch your donation dollars to purchase more items, usually in bulk. For example, a one-dollar donation—to a food bank hub like Feeding America—can provide 11 meals to families in need. And 68 percent of the foods distributed are healthy foods that align with the USDA Dietary Guidelines.

Kitty Hall is Back!
Kittens Take Over City Hall
Monday 8/21
11am—1pm
600—4th Ave, Seattle

For cat lovers around Seattle, Kitty Hall is the most magical Seattle Animal Shelter event of the year. This is a great opportunity to get your “kitten-fix”. Where else can you play and snuggle with adorable kittens? Last year’s event drew over 500 people. The goal of the event is to promote cat adoption and awareness for the need of kitty foster homes.

This is the fourth year of Kitty Hall. It has become such a popular event that at least five other animal welfare organizations in the US have “copycatted” Seattle and created their own Kitty Hall events.

Thinking about adding a kitty to your family? There are several cats available, but check out these beauties:

Molly is a very sweet older gal who was found as a stray in very poor condition.
It’s a miracle she survived on the streets, given she is completely deaf.
She’s a lucky girl!

 

 

 

Miss Grey was also a stray found on Capital Hill.
She is a happy cat who enjoys attention and people.
She prefers to be the only pet in the home.

 

 

 

Carmen is a regal beauty with a big personality.
She’s very social and likes to chat with her favorite people.
She’s a lap kitty who loves to snuggle.

 

 

 

The Birds and The Bees

OK…apparently I am not very good with the birdy birth-control! Meet Henley. He’s 13 days old in this photo. He was an accident. Our third accident for 2017. As most of you know, I prefer to hand feed our pet pigeons after they are a week old so that they are tame with us as adults.   Luckily for me, I have a business partner who embraces my passion for my pets. I bring Henley to the office with me every day so that I can feed him during the day.   He’s a little cutie and has been a hit with my colleagues who are amazed at how fast he’s grown.

 

Your referrals help improve the lives of local shelter animals…

Steve and I are happy that we can help out the Seattle Animal Shelter. If anyone you know is considering making a move, wanting to buy or sell their home, please refer them to us. They will receive excellent care and service. And as you know, we back our performance for both buyers and sellers with our Performance Guarantees.   Not only will your friends and family receive our award winning service, but we donate a portion of our commission to support the Help The Animals Fund. It’s our way of saying Thank You for your loyalty and trust! So YES! your referrals help   local shelter animals.

We want to make it easy to refer your friends, neighbors, associates or family members considering making a move. Here are your options:

  1. You can go directly to BrennerHillRewards.com and provide your referral
  2. Email Sandra with your referrals at sbrenner@windermere.com.
  3. Of course you can always call or text us directly! We would love to hear from you. Steve 206-769-9577 or Sandra 206-271-7100

You and your referrals mean the world to us. Please know we are extremely thankful for you being a part of our business.

With much appreciation —Sandra & Steve


While house-hunting is still tough, we are seeing an easing. We think the summer doldrums that typically begin in August have arrived a bit early. This summer may prove to be a great time to buy. As you all know, Steve and I guarantee in writing that our clients will love the home they buy or we will sell it for free within the first year of their closing date. So who do you know that is considering making a move that would benefit from that kind of peace of mind? We would be honored to have your referrals!


Our Performance Guarantees

Life moves fast for some and we are eager to make the home buying and selling experience a smooth and rewarding one. Over the past decade we have helped hundreds of families sell their home and/or buy another. We have met some wonderful, loving, caring people. People like you!

All clients receive the following guarantees!

Your Home Sold Guaranteed, or We Will Buy It!*

Learn more at BrennerHillGuarantee.com

If You Are Not Satisfied With Your Home Purchase We Will Sell It For Free – Guaranteed!*

Learn more at BrennerHillBuyerGuarantee.com

Your Referrals Help Improve The Lives of Local Shelter Animals.

Learn more at BrennerHillRewards.com

*certain restrictions apply on guarantees, call for details.

Why We Support the Seattle Animal Shelter

As you all know by now, I am a huge animal lover! My home life includes 11 pet pigeons in an outdoor aviary, a ring neck dove and Pionus parrot in my home office, two 3 year old cats and, thankfully, a very easy-going husband! Most of the pigeons are rescues, the dove is a rescue and our 31 year parrot was adopted 11 years ago, and, of course, our two crazy cats were adopted from the Seattle Animal Shelter and PAWS. I am a huge believer in giving animals a second chance.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is, for the most part, a no-kill shelter. Meaning, they will not   euthanize an animal because of space or time.  They rely heavily on volunteers and donations. Please help us to help improve the lives of these shelter animals!

We donate a portion of every transaction to the Help The Animals Fund. Donations to this fund are put to work in numerous ways to promote animal welfare. The top priority is to rehabilitate animals that are the subject of cruelty and neglect. Donations to this fund pay for veterinary care for shelter animals along with promoting educational outreach to prevent homeless, unwanted and abused animals. This fund also supports the shelter’s foster and volunteer program ensuring that each animal receives loving care while at the shelter.

With much appreciation – Sandra & Steve

Posted on August 10, 2017 at 4:00 am
Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner | Category: Uncategorized

Homward Bound | July 2017

Independence for All!

July 4, 1776 is a momentous day in history for our country AND so is the day we buy our own home! Owning real estate, especially your own home, is a sure-fire Celebration of Independence. I would assume that we can all agree that home ownership is good for everyone.   The more homes that are bought and sold, the more our economy benefits.  As John F. Kennedy said, a rising tide lifts all boats. Homeownership contributes to your overall wealth accumulation. Statistically, the younger you are when you buy your first home, the more wealth you will accumulate for retirement.

Homeownership promotes a sense of community and security. Homeownership has been an essential element to The American Dream for decades and continues to be.

Steve and I are thankful to be in a business that supports that dream. Owning a home embodies the promise of individual autonomy and is the aspiration of many Americans. We are honored to be a part of making that dream a reality for our clients. With the purchase of a home comes the pride of ownership and the sense of belonging to a community where one has a financial stake in the neighborhood. We celebrate our clients independence and achievement of homeownership!

Time to Adopt!

Now that you own a home, it is a time to adopt a furry 4 legged family member! Chunk is a handsome boy who Steve and I met in early June. He is a happy guy who is eager to please. He is active and loves to go on walks. He does need someone to teach him leash manners. He is also a cuddle monster and appreciates quiet time. He would make an excellent addition to a family with older kids, and other active adults. Take one look at his soulful eyes and you will fall in love.

 

 

 

Connecting Senior People with Senior Pets!

I am spearheading a project with the Seattle Animal Shelter to connect our senior population with senior pets from the shelter.  The Seattle Animal Shelter is an open admissions shelter. This means that they accept all Seattle pets to the shelter regardless of their adoptability. Whereas private shelters can pick which pets to accept into their shelter and typically put a limit on the number of chronically ill and older pets they accept because of budget constraints. This is one of the reasons that SAS has a disproportionate amount of senior pets.

Our goal is to connect with local pet-friendly Assisted Living facilities, SHAG, etc., to promote pet adoption or fostering within their community. If you know of someone who you believe can help me move this program forward, please give me a call. I would love to chat with you!

Sandra 206-271-7100

 

 

 

Meet Angel

Angel is a 14 year old Jack Russell Terrier. She ended up at the shelter after her owner passed away. She is a sweet senior gal who enjoys being outside, going on walks and taking time to smell the roses.  She would be ideal for someone who is often home and has no other dogs. She is independent and is not a big cuddler, but does enjoy being petted after she warms up to you. She is an excellent example of a senior pet in need of her own retirement home. At 14, she is a much harder animal to place. However, she would make an excellent companion for an active senior who also enjoys getting out for walks in our beautiful city!

 

 

 

Foster Homes Needed

One of the biggest challenge that the shelter faces is providing quality care for their aging pet population. One special program that they rely on foster homes for is their hospice program. As you can imagine, pet hospice requires a special person who can take on the emotional task of caring for a pet in its final months or weeks of life. The Help The Animals Fund provides monetary assistance for pets in this category. Typically pain-management is the primary need for pets in the hospice program. (This is the fund Steve and I donate to).

Are you up for this challenging but rewarding task? If so, please contact the Seattle Animal Shelter 206-386-7387.

Your referrals help improve the lives of local shelter animals…

Steve and I are happy that we can help out the Seattle Animal Shelter. If anyone you know is considering making a move, wanting to buy or sell their home, please refer them to us. They will receive excellent care and service. And as you know, we back our performance for both buyers and sellers with our Performance Guarantees. Not only will your friends and family receive our award winning service, but we donate a portion of our commission to support the Help The Animals Fund, it is our way of saying Thank You for your loyalty and trust! So YES! your referrals help local shelter animals.

We want to make it easy to refer your friends, neighbors, associates or family members consider making a move. Here are your options:

  1. Email Sandra with your referrals at sbrenner@windermere.com.
  2. Of course you can always call or text us directly! We would love to hear from you. Steve 206-769-9577 or Sandra 206-271-7100

You and your referrals mean the world to us. Please know we are extremely thankful for you being a part of our business.

With much appreciation, Sandra & Steve


While house-hunting is still tough, we are seeing an easing. We think the summer doldrums that typically begin in August have arrived a bit early. This summer may prove to be a great time to buy. As you all know, Steve and I guarantee in writing that our clients will love the home they buy or we will sell it for free within the first year of their closing date. So who do you know that is considering making a move that would benefit from that kind of peace of mind? We would be honored to have your referrals!


Our Performance Guarantees

Life moves fast for some and we are eager to make the home buying and selling experience a smooth and rewarding one. Over the past decade we have helped hundreds of families sell their home and/or buy another. We have met some wonderful, loving, caring people. People like you!

All clients receive the following guarantees!

Your Home Sold Guaranteed, or We Will Buy It!*

Learn more at BrennerHillGuarantee.com

If You Are Not Satisfied With Your Home Purchase We Will Sell It For Free – Guaranteed!*

Learn more at BrennerHillBuyerGuarantee.com

Your Referrals Help Improve The Lives of Local Shelter Animals.

Learn more at BrennerHillRewards.com

*certain restrictions apply on guarantees, call for details.

Why We Support the Seattle Animal Shelter

As you all know by now, I am a huge animal lover! My home life includes 11 pet pigeons in an outdoor aviary, a ring neck dove and Pionus parrot in my home office, two 3 year old cats and, thankfully, a very easy-going husband! Most of the pigeons are rescues, the dove is a rescue and our 31 year parrot was adopted 11 years ago, and, of course, our two crazy cats were adopted from the Seattle Animal Shelter and PAWS. I am a huge believer in giving animals a second chance.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is, for the most part, a no-kill shelter. Meaning, they will not   euthanize an animal because of space or time.  They rely heavily on volunteers and donations. Please help us to help improve the lives of these shelter animals!

We donate a portion of every transaction to the Help The Animals Fund. Donations to this fund are put to work in numerous ways to promote animal welfare. The top priority is to rehabilitate animals that are the subject of cruelty and neglect. Donations to this fund pay for veterinary care for shelter animals along with promoting educational outreach to prevent homeless, unwanted and abused animals. This fund also supports the shelter’s foster and volunteer program ensuring that each animal receives loving care while at the shelter.

With much appreciation – Sandra & Steve

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 6:28 pm
Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner | Category: Uncategorized

Winter Drive for YouthCare

Windermere and the Seattle Seahawks have come together to help #tacklehomelesness in our community.
 
From now through November 14th, our office is collecting new hats, scarves, gloves/mittens and warm socks for YouthCare, a non-profit that provides support and services to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound.
 
Each night in Seattle, nearly 1,000 young people are homeless. Please help they stay warm during the cold winter months by dropping off your donation to our office during the drive or we can pick the items up from you.

Posted on October 29, 2016 at 5:36 pm
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BROADVIEW’S ANNUAL BIG GARAGE SALE EVENT

BROADVIEW'S ANNUAL
BIG GARAGE SALE EVENT

 

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
AUGUST 13TH AND 14TH 2016
10:00AM – 5:00PM

WE HAVE GREAT DEALS – LOTS FOR A DOLLAR!

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A GREAT DEAL COME SEE US – WE HAVE IT!

STEREOS***CD PLAYERS***TOOLS***FISHING GEAR
GLASS WARE***TOYS***ANTIQUES***FURNITURE
BABY STUFF***KIDS STUFF***CLOTHES
ELECTRONICS***TOYS***RIDING TOYS
MORE***MORE***MORE!

 
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IT, WE PROBABLY HAVE IT!
COME SEE WHILE THEY LAST!

 
WATCH FOR SIGNS AT NW 125th AND GREENWOOD AVE N
MAPS GIVEN AT EACH HOME SO YOU CAN HIT ALL THE SALES!

 

 COLLECTING FOR THE GREENWOOD FOOD BANK
We are also collecting food for our less fortunate neighbors.
If you have extra canned or dry food (or pet food), drop it off at
Windermere Real Estate at the corner of 125th and Greenwood  206-367-4720

 

 

 

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm
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Why waiting to buy might not make sense

Why Waiting To Buy Might Not Make Sense | Keeping Current Matters

Whether you are a first time or a move-up buyer, there are two factors that will impact the amount of house you can afford in your price range: home prices & mortgage rates.

Let’s look at what the experts are predicting over the next twelve months for these two areas:

PRICES

Over 100 economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists were recently polled as a part of the Home Price Expectation Survey. They were asked to project where home prices are headed. The average value appreciation projected over the next twelve-month period is approximately 4.4%.

MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES

In the latest Economic & Housing Market Outlook from Freddie Mac, they predict that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate will be 4.7% by this time next year. As of last week, the Freddie Mac rate was 3.69%.

What does this mean to you?

If you are a first-time buyer currently looking at a home priced at $250,000, this is what it could cost you on a monthly basis if you wait until next year to buy:

Cost Of Waiting Spring 250K | Keeping Current Matters

If you are a move-up buyer currently looking at a home priced at $500,000, this is what it could cost you on a monthly basis if you wait a year to buy:

Cost Of Waiting Spring 500K | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

With both home prices & interest rates projected to increase, waiting to buy could put a serious dent in your family’s wealth. Give us a call or text today, we would love to represent you in a home purchase (we love to negotiate in multiple offers too).

Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner
SEATTLE-NORTHWEST
Windermere Real Estate

206-769-9577
stevehill@windermere.com

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Posted on April 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm
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Expedia Moving from Bellevue to Seattle

expedialogoBreaking News: Online travel giant Expedia just confirmed that it will be moving its headquarters from Bellevue to Seattle — a major regional shift and a coup for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in his efforts to bolster the city’s economic base.

“I’m pleased to announce that Seattle is the new home to Expedia,” said Murray in a news conference at Seattle City Hall, confirming reports that surfaced Wednesday afternoon. “This is a great day for the city of Seattle.”

Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the company will buy the campus from Amgen, which announced plans to close its Seattle complex along Elliott Bay last July. “We think it will be a magnet for top talent” — a home base “befitting a leading technology company,” he said. Khosrowshahi called it an “iconic waterfront headquarters.”

The move is slated to take place in 2018, and the company will be adding additional space to accommodate as many as 1,500 more employees, beyond its existing 3,000 in the region.

RelatedSeattle vs. the Eastside: What’s driving Expedia’s big regional relocation

The company will be paying nearly $229 million for the campus overlooking the Seattle waterfront, north of downtown. The zoning of the property will be changed from R&D to office as part of the move.

About 75 percent of the company’s employee in the region live on the Eastside and 25 percent on the Seattle side, said Khosrowshahi. The average commute will be longer by 5 or 6 minutes, based on Expedia’s studies, he said.

“A majority of the employees are going to be somewhat negatively impacted and we’re going to work over the next couple of years to mitigate that,” he said.

It will take 18 to 24 months to get the space into shape for Expedia, executives said, requiring a “significant investment” beyond the purchase price of the property.

Khosrowshahi said the new location will appeal to technology talent, and the company wanted to own its property, not lease it. The company wasn’t able to find a similar situation in Bellevue.

“The Seattle address was definitely a positive,” he said.

Murray said he has been in communication with Bellevue leaders and is committed to working together on the regional economy. In general, Murray said, “I don’t think this is an either-or situation.”

In a statement, Bellevue City Manager Brad Miyake said that “we see this as a real estate decision — pure and simple.” He noted that there just wasn’t enough space in downtown Bellevue to accommodate Expedia’s growth.

“Expedia has been an important part of the Bellevue business community since its IPO days,” Miyake said. “While we are disappointed to see them leave, we are pleased that they will continue to remain in the Puget Sound region, contributing to our growing economy and providing good jobs to our talented workforce.”

It’s a big move, literally. The company, founded in the 1990s as a Microsoft spin-off, employs about 3,000 people in the Seattle region, out of approximately 15,000 people worldwide. One of the biggest challenges will be a tougher commute for many of Expedia’s employees, especially those on the Eastside.

The parking garage on the site has about 1,100 spaces.

Amgen announced last July that it would be closing the 40-acre campus as part of a broader cutback in its global workforce. The biotech giant acquired the property as part of its purchase of homegrown biotech company Immunex more than a decade ago.

Related: Lessons for Expedia: What it’s like to move an entire company to Seattle from the Eastside

Combined with the news that Weyerhaeuser will be moving its headquarters to Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, Expedia’s announcement “is yet another huge win for Seattle,” said commercial real estate veteran Kip Spencer, one of the original founders of officespace.com, who was involved in the original site search for Immunex, which led to the eventual assembly of land at Pier 89.

“The Amgen Campus has been a bit of a black eye for the city and the Port of Seattle considering all the incentives originally granted to Immunex,” Spencer said. “You couldn’t script a better outcome for this project.”

Spencer said the expansion potential at the waterfront site makes sense for Expedia.

It’s the latest in a series of major moves by Expedia. The company recently acquired Travelocity for $280 million and announced plans to buy Orbitz for $1.6 billion, in addition to a $270 million minority investment in Decolar.com, the Latin American online travel giant.

Todd Bishop is GeekWire's co-founder and editor, covering subjects including smartphones, tablets, PCs, video games, and tech giants such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Google. Follow him @toddbishop and email todd@geekwire.com.

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Posted on April 4, 2015 at 10:00 am
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Seattle’s Blue Ridge neighborhood home sales continue to soar!

Seattle's Blue ridge neighborhood continues to be a popular area for home buyer's.

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm
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Posted on March 31, 2015 at 10:05 am
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Home Prices Over 30 Years

Home Prices over 30 Years [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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Posted on March 2, 2015 at 6:25 pm
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