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SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY IS NAMED AMERICA’S MOST TRUSTED RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY IS NAMED AMERICA’S MOST TRUSTED RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

For the second year in a row, Lifestory Research named Sotheby’s International Realty America’s Most Trusted® Residential Real Estate Brokerage. The study, which compiled the opinions of nearly 6,300 participants, was conducted over the course of 12 months in the United States. Results where then compared to peer organizations “of like size and complexity” in order to garner highly reliable statistical rankings of home builders, laundry appliances, faucets, paints, kitchen appliances, residential real estate brokerages, HVAC systems, and active adult resort builders.

“Trust is the very fabric of our business: our brokers give it to their clients, it endures generation after generation, and it allows us to create meaningful relationships that last beyond and into many transactions,” reflected Stacy Jones, Vice President of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. “I am so proud to be part of the renown legacy of the Sotheby’s brand heritage and to be connected to wonderful people from our firm and the global network that live up to that trust every single day.”

As the Lifestory Research website describes, “Trust is calculated based on the Lifestory Research Net Trust Quotient Score.” It breaks the score into three levels of a consumer’s trust: 1) “advocates” or clients that feel strong trust toward a brand; 2) “neutrals” or those that have a balanced trust of the brand; and 3) “antagonists” or those that do not trust the brand at all.

“Our research shows brands with high-trust are profitable, create high levels of recommendation, lift employee engagement, and much more,” Eric Snider, President of Lifestory Research, said in a press release. “Trust is at the forefront of the decisions we make every day about people, products, and brands. Successful brands and companies understand it all comes down to trust.”

Trust and the power of an historic legacy were among topics in a recent conversation between BuzzBuzzNews and Philip White, CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates. In an interview, White touched on a global strategy that helped the brand grow to $108 billion in annual sales last year, and the way in which the company’s rich heritage provides a backdrop over which “we have been able to be innovative in marketing and technology, providing the best-in-class tools and support for our agents and brokers around the world.”

When asked about what separates Sotheby’s from other luxury real estate brands, White placed the strength in the “professionalism of our agents who, in 2017, led the way in terms of the largest number of agents ranked by REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal ‘The Thousand’ in the category of individual sales volume and the highest average sales price.”

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How Art Staging Can Impact the Sale of Your Home

HOW ART STAGING CAN IMPACT THE SALE OF YOUR HOME

There is a perception paradox that sometimes exists within real estate: the idea that an empty minimalist home offers a blank slate for potential buyers to imagine their perfect home. While a small slice of the general population may have the unique vision to picture a space with cascading light features, warm and inviting furniture arrangements, or eye-catching objets d’art, the majority of buyers look to experts in interior design for help. The truth is, the benefits of staging your home are extensive. Properly staged homes spend substantially less time on the market, routinely sell for more money, and frequently end up on must-see lists.

Now, how-to-stage-your-home lists are plenty, with most touching on curb appeal, making the most of challenging spaces, and striking that perfect balance between clean and lived-in, not to mention an emphasis on neutral, approachable décor. But, not all will mention the unparalleled impact of adding artwork—a fairly crucial element to a staging environment, since it can cue subconscious feelings and connections in buyers and create emotional attachment to your space. Here’s how to use art staging to create allure and further impact the sale of your home.

Know Your Audience

This may not be the time to hang up a politically-charged Basquiat or that powerful original Mapplethorpe. While it’s true that you never know someone’s particular tastes, erring on the side of caution is wise. Steer away from family photographs and images of people, leaning instead to abstract work, nature images and landscapes, and interpretive silhouettes or figurative renderings to appeal to a wider set of buyers.

Work With the Architecture

Many homeowners have a tendency to hang art too high, which can mean people pass right by the work. The point is to have buyers pause in your space, and to do that, they need to have a direct eye line to it. Follow the unspoken gallery rule of matching the center lines of your artwork if you have pieces close together. Most galleries will hang bigger works with ample space around them at 58-or-so inches off the ground. Use beaming, feature paint walls, and any kind of architectural framing as prime space for your artwork.

Complement the Décor

Consider the mood for each room—is it a relaxed and inviting sitting area? A studious and productive study? A bright and buzzing kitchen? Color plays a very important role in home staging, with neutrals ruling in most cases, but don’t hesitate to mirror the punches of color found around your rooms in pillows or accessories.

Allow the Eye to Travel

How do you want buyers to feel leaving your home? While they will of course be evaluating many aspects of the property, it’s likely that your home may have extra appeal for a particular subset of buyers. Have a fantastic wine cellar to show off? An abstract work with a spiraling stroke pointing to it will let the eye bounce into the next beautiful space. Outdoor infinity pool a big draw? Complement its tone with pale blue washes on the walls in surrounding rooms or with striking outdoor sculptures.

Many buyers may not consider the art outright when viewing a home — after all, it doesn’t come with it as part of the sale — but creating a mood and feeling of positivity, relaxation, and an overall inviting mood will stay with them far longer than they realize, and likely result in less selling time and more offers coming through your door.

Top Photo: Nikki Field & Patricia A Wheatley – Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Learn more about how Sotheby’s International Realty can help you market your home

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Spotlight on Bay Hay and Feed

 This charming, old fashioned store will transport you to another time.   10355 NE Valley Road

This charming, old fashioned store will transport you to another time. 

10355 NE Valley Road

Bay Hay and Feed

We have so many special finds here on Bainbridge Island. We have beaches, parks, vineyards, berry patches, boutiques, restaurants, feed stores....wait...feed stores? Yes, we have the most darling feed store here called Bay Hay and Feed which serves as not only a feed store but also a unique shop carrying a wide range of items you never knew you needed. 

Upon Entry, you are immediately welcomed by baby chicks encased in a wooden box covered in chicken wire all heated up with a heat lamp. The irresistible sound of those little chickies just suck you right in and convince you that you're in need of a chicken of your very own. 

 These little guys are so sweet and entertaining!

These little guys are so sweet and entertaining!

Wander through the store to find dog food in bulk, pet toys galore, leashes and collars for Fido and many more pet supply items. They carry shoes of the highest quality, rotating syles based on the seasons of course, but always on hand are the wonderful collection of boots and socks. They have the best boots and socks here. The men's clothing section is surprisingly thorough as is the women's clothing section. Complete with hats, gloves and bags...you could easily create an entire outfit here and one you would wear often. At the cash register, you'll find old time candies which are a nice touch adding to the small town feel offered in this store. 

Step into the Gift Shop/children's portion of the store to find clothing, jackets, hats, toys, books and more. The iconic Bay Hay and Feed print is even on the coffee mugs. How cute is that? This place is all decked out for Spring! The decor is on point and full of inspiration for your own Spring decorating and gift buying. 

Bay Hay and Feed now has a Farmer's Market inside which has recently been expanded. Local and fresh bread, greens, syrups, wines and even books are ever growing and changing here. 

The gardens are blooming and stocked full of annuals, perennials, plants, trees, and bushes to adorn your garden. It's easy to spend an afternoon wandering through and selecting pops of color for your planters.

The Nursery, in a separate building just out the back, is loaded with unusual finds and needs! From seeds to colorful pots to bird feeders to books...this little gem is as inviting as the gardens. Plus, the employees are friendly, knowledgeable and eager to help. 

This is one very unique place on Bainbridge!

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Charming Park Avenue Investment Opportunity

689 Park Avenue NE

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Offered at $729,000

NWMLS #1255556

ON THE MARKET

 Come on in and see this darling 1,328 square foot home built in 1949.

Come on in and see this darling 1,328 square foot home built in 1949.

Two homes on one lot! Charming main home features 3 bed/1 bath with heat pump and wood burning stove. There's even a sweet little loft in the master bedroom which can be used as a play area or for storage. The quaint kitchen offers a door leading to the sunny, level backyard perfect for kids and dogs! The ADU has its own address & electric meter, was built by MRJ Construction in 2008 & features an 800 square foot 2 bedroom residence above a 2 car detached garage. Stainless applianes, pine floors, vaulted wood ceilings and white distressed cabinetry all add to the bright, open feel of this unit. The charm isn't only found in the cottage...the ADU has a claw foot bathtub! How's that for charming? Minutes to town near desirable Wing Point, this is an incredible opportunity with many options. Rent both, live in one and rent the other, or live in ADU and remodel the main cottage. Beautiful level, sunny lot on city water & sewer.

 The ADU, has it's own address of 685 Park Avenue NE and sits high above the 2 car garage. Washer and dryer are found in the garage. 

The ADU, has it's own address of 685 Park Avenue NE and sits high above the 2 car garage. Washer and dryer are found in the garage. 

Notice all of the light streaming in through those large windows in the ADU. It's like you're in a treehouse!

The arial shots really showcase how incredible this property is! And just look at that gorgeous yard!

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Sensible Spring Cleaning

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Although the weather is trying to convince us otherwise, spring is coming - and fast. Before we know it, the sun will be streaming in through the windows, highlighting every flaw from little fingerprints to dust. We love the sun but curse the announcement of poor housekeeping. It's easy to let things slide in the wintertime - we're busy with holiday plans, the days are shorter giving us less light to notice the cobwebs and quite frankly, we want to hibernate which all leads to the "Spring Cleaning" weekend that can go two ways....either it can last all spring long (which translates to never getting done) or you can tackle it like a pro and whip your house into shape in a matter of hours. The key is to know what cleaning is necessary and what is not.

Below are a few tips to guide you through a day of spring cleaning so crank up the music and open the doors (if the weather permits)!

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1) Refrigerator Overhaul. This can seem daunting but actually, it's not so bad. Before you start, arm yourself with a trash can and recycle bin. First, remove everything from the fridge, then with a warm, soapy rag, wipe down every shelf and the walls. Remove the vegetable bins and wipe clean. Toss out what has expired or what you know you will never eat (being careful to recycle items that fit that bill). Finally, replace items to keep. (If you're really feeling ambitious, tackle the freezer!)

2) Degrease cooking appliances, wipe down all kitchen cabinets and countertops with a cleaning solution. Scrub sink and faucet with baking soda and lemon (or cleanser of choice).

3) Sanitize high touch areas. There are many places throughout the home that receive a lot of handling. Places like light switches, door knobs, cabinet handles, handrails, remote controls...you get the idea. Wipe these areas down with a sanitizing wipe or mixture of vinegar and water. 

4) Go through the house and find any throw rugs that can go into the washing machine. These can be bathroom rugs, door mats, etc. They may get vacuumed on a regular basis but definitely need a real cleaning! 

5) Toss pillows and comforters into the dryer to fluff and bring some life back in!

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6) Wash inside and outside of all windows and window sills (at least the ones that are within reach). While definitely time consuming, I find the most satisfaction comes from a clean window and dirt free window sill. It's worth it. Speed the whole process up with a squeegee which you can purchase at your local hardware store. Mirrors and artwork glass will need a washing as well! (Use vinegar and water for streak-free shine!)

7) With a long dust mop or feather duster, reach up into ceiling corners to remove any cobwebs or what-have-you. No judgment - every house has them. Then, wipe down all baseboards. Next, dust furniture with a light rag, no need to use special cleaner unless you want to, of course. Remember to wipe down lightbulbs and lampshades, too, as they also collect dust.

8) Remove all drapery or window fixtures and wash - drapes may need to go to the cleaners but blinds can easily be wiped down with soapy water and a sponge.

9) Bathrooms - I find it's helpful to divide and conquer this job. Have one person scrub toilets, another person can clean shower/bathtub, and then another family member can clean mirror, wipe down countertops & sinks. On the way out of the room, mop the floor.

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10) Vacuum and wash floors. Have kids do their own bedrooms!

You are done!!!!! Order take out for dinner and enjoy a glass of wine while waiting for delivery. 

 

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The Numbers are IN! January 2018 Stats

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The numbers are here, folks, and they don't lie. We are officially in a spring market in the middle of winter. I can't think of another time when the numbers looked like this - it's been a long while. The good news is that if you are even remotely considering selling your home and have been waiting for the market to be in your favor (aka Seller's Market) well, wait no longer. The other side of the coin is that if you're a buyer...then you don't have as many options as you may like. Be patient as there will be more homes on the market in the next month or so. Either way, it's the perfect time to dip your toes in the the real estate market - it's heating up with no signs of slowing down any time soon. 

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Penthouse Living in Vineyard Lane

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610 NE Vineyard Lane #A301, Bainbridge Island WA                Offered at $875,000                                                                            NOW PENDING

NWMLS #1239073

Beautiful penthouse in the luxurious Vineyard Lane condos. With lush gardens & contemporary northwest design, this lovely home in the Asti building features 3 bedrooms, a den, 2 decks and a spacious and open floor plan over 2200 sq. ft. Natural light streams in from the south facing windows. High end finishes include bamboo floors, solid surface counters, and beautiful bookcases surrounding a gas fireplace. Elevator access from garage to condo floor. Within walking distance to ferry & Winslow!

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Bon Bon: The Sweetest Candy Store Ever

 The trademark bicycle in the window case gets a new look with each season.  (Photo Cred: Pam’s Island Photography)

The trademark bicycle in the window case gets a new look with each season.

(Photo Cred: Pam’s Island Photography)

"Mom, can we go to Bon Bon?". It's practically a daily request these days for my kids. I'm running out of excuses to say no lately and it doesn't help that they're all dressed up for Valentine's Day in that spectacular little store. The colors, the scent of fresh fudge (made daily in store, I might add), the free samples of fudge, the darling packaging....the list goes on. Bon Bon is the end all candy store carrying every candy you could imagine. From old-fashioned, hard to find candies to a huge variety of imported chocolates and goodies that you can usually only find online to the more familiar candies and chocolates wrapped up in ribbon. Not only will you find every gummy, hard candy, taffy, chocolate bar and truffle imaginable but there is even a wall of licorice! A whole wall is dedicated to the most fantastic flavor of candy out there. I love Bon Bon. They have it all. 

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Come on in!

For eleven years, Bon Bon has been serving up home made fresh fudge to our community and keeping it interesting with a variety of flavors. There are even seasonal flavors which only come around once a year. Once inside, you're senses are brought alive with the most intoxicating scent of fudge. There's nothing like it. The smell is pure joy and on top of this, they offer free samples (actually, they strongly encourage this free tasting which is pretty brilliant on their part). You cannot actually taste a piece of fudge and then walk out empty handed.

  Jars filled to the brim with old time goodies. 

 Jars filled to the brim with old time goodies. 

This spot is special not only because of the remarkable variety of treats but also because of the people who work there. You can just tell they are happy (how could you not be happy surrounded by all of that glorious goodness?) and eager to help. You are welcomed in with a hello and encouraged to take your time browsing and sampling. Candy stores always make me smile simply because of the fact that I'm surrounded by sweets, but this one is different. Bon Bon is decorated; dressed up if you will, in sweet doilies, ribbons, and flowers. Every inch of the shop has been tended to with the jars filled up, shelves neatly stacked and pre-measured candies perfectly wrapped up and placed on trays. 

I hope that the next time you're on Bainbridge Island you are sure bring your sweet tooth. You will be glad you did, as Bon Bon brings out the kid in all of us.

230 Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

206-780-0199

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Vineyard Lane Juniper Building Condominium

 This oversized back deck is large enough to house a BBQ, patio furniture, large pots and more.

This oversized back deck is large enough to house a BBQ, patio furniture, large pots and more.

I am proud to announce my newest listing located at 998 Vineyard Lane #J101, Bainbridge Island. This is the second unit I have had the honor to represent in the past 5 months and I couldn't be more pleased! This complex is stunning and is certified Green Built. The privacy is unbelievable. The landscaping is breathtaking. The list of amenities goes on and on. 

Known for the beautiful landscaping and Northwest contemporary design, the award-winning Vineyard Lane Condos far outshine any other complex on the island. Located in the Juniper building which houses only 6 units, this rare 2 bedroom flat is perfect for those wanting privacy and one level living. Features include a spacious living room open to the kitchen and dining area, bamboo floors, an oversized master suite and a second bedroom with a Murphy bed to allow a multi-use space. Garage parking spot just steps from your front door.

SOLD for $63,000 over asking price!

998 Vineyard Lane #J101, Bainbridge Island, WA

Sale Price $688,000

NWMLS #1234025

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