Trendlines vs. Headlines

Sensational media headlines implying a housing downturn are contradicted by sustained job growth in the Seattle metro area. The Tech-30 Report, released by large commercial brokerage firm CBRE, ranks Seattle the top U.S. market in 2018 with high-tech jobs increasing 26 percent over the last two years.

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Market UpdateSean Nielsen
What's Next: October Events Around the Sound

The diverse events, happenings and experiences in the Puget Sound are unlike any other. Discover what your city has to offer this October, from Seattle Restaurant Week and the Port Angeles Seafood Festival to spooky, festive fun at the Kirkland Zombie Wine Walk, Howl-O-Ween and beyond.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Appoints Six Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty Brokers to the Newly Established Next Generation Affinity Group

Real estate is an ever-evolving industry and Sotheby’s International Realty® is always in pursuit of ways to innovate and grow. Most recently that endeavor is shining through in the establishment of the brand’s Next Generation Affinity Group, a collective of forty brokers from across the United States that were identified by senior leadership as exceptional members of the network and their respective communities. Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty is thrilled to share that six of the firm’s brokers were hand-selected by Sotheby’s International Realty COO Julie Leonhardt LaTorre for inclusion: Phil Greely, Brian Hopper, Jay Kipp, Hilary Long, Sean Nielsen and Vlad Popach.

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Home Price Increases in the Puget Sound Finally Slow as Buyers Take a Break & Inventory Increases

For the first time in well over a year, Seattle’s real estate headlines were marked by a bit of good news for buyers as home price increases have begun to slow amidst increasing inventory and a period in which it appears that many buyers decided to take a break from their home searches. As a recent article published by Puget Sound Business Journal outlines, “the year-over-year median sale price of a single-family home increased less than 3 percent to $669,000 in King County in August,” according to data released by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

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Property Pairings

We are truly lucky to live in a region that affords a range of lifestyle opportunities, from sweeping waterfront residences and mountain lodges to luxurious in-city penthouses, historic estates and beyond. To celebrate Washington state and its distinguished homes, we tapped Janet Beeby, a certified sommelier, wine writer and wine educator, to pair a collection of our most stellar listings with the perfect wines. From the full body of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to the light and bright notes of a Greek Assyrtiko, grab your corkscrew and a couple of glasses, and take a sip of our property pairings.

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wa’z Seattle Brings Kaiseki Cuisine to Belltown

I am always excited when I’m given the opportunity to invest in people who are doing amazing things in our community, and I never tire of seeing the results come to fruition. This time, Chef Hiro Tawara brought wa’z to life – a kaiseki restaurant in the heart of Downtown Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. In advance of the grand opening, my wife Kim and I (along with a few of our close friends) were invited to a preview tasting and the flavors definitely did not disappoint.

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Golf Course Spotlight: Teeing off at Bandon Dunes

A few weeks ago, The Nielsen RE Group took a collection of clients south to Bandon, Oregon for a weekend of golf at the famed Bandon Dunes Resort, where a true Scottish spirit of the links meets rolling hills and the rugged Oregon coast in five distinctive courses. We enjoyed playing a few rounds of golf before we stopped into one of the resort restaurants for a quick bite and a beer, all against the backdrop of Oregon’s gorgeous terrain.

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Mountain Home Spotlight

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Bend, where I enjoyed the region’s stellar winter recreational opportunities and connected with agents at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. During my trip, broker Betsey Little introduced me to an amazing 10-acre estate that is owned by former NFL Quarterback & #1 draft pick Drew Bledsoe of Washington State University.

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Mountain Town Tour: Discovering Bend

Just 3 hours away from Portland and a mere 6 hours south of Seattle, you’ll find the mountain town of Bend, nestled between the High Desert of Oregon and the Cascade Mountains. An increasingly popular destination travel town, residents and visitors flock to Bend for its unparalleled recreation and sophisticated leisure opportunities that seamlessly shift with the changing seasons.

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