2017 YEAR END REVIEWS: Annual market reports for Seattle and The Eastside.

2017 Year-End Snap Shot

Click to view annual market reports for Mercer Island, Seattle and The Eastside.

Posted on January 16, 2018 at 12:29 pm
Emily Roberts | Posted in Economics and Housing Market |

2018 Housing Forecast


Posted on January 16, 2018 at 12:19 pm
Emily Roberts | Posted in Economics and Housing Market, Real Estate |


Roberts Homes Opt To Give 2017
Tis’ the season where client and referral gifts of appreciation are in exchange. The most common end of year gesture for most realtors is the cliche branded calendar. Here at Roberts Homes, I believe that there is no better gift than giving to those that are truly in need. As Pablo Picasso famously said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away”.

Rather than sending a branded gift (such as a calendar), I encourage my supporters to donate the $10 cost of each calendar to a good cause. This years recipients are either:

Listen and Talk School: Listen and Talk is a nonprofit educational program
that has been delivering life-changing results for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and their families for 20 years.


Jubilee Women’s Center:  Jubilee Women’s Center supports women experiencing poverty to build stable and fulfilling futures, one extraordinary woman at a time. Led by the guiding principle that women of all races and cultures are to be treated with respect and dignity, Jubilee provides programs and services that empower women to make positive life changes.

The responses have been rolling in and I feel so grateful to pass the donations along to two wonderful local causes here in Seattle. If you have your response card, please don’t forget to drop it in the mail.

Happiest holidays to you and yours!

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 10:05 am
Emily Roberts | Posted in Community Support, Local Events |

November 2017 Seattle Area Housing Report

Brisk activity is upon us as we head deeper into December. Indeed, with inventory levels at incredibly low numbers, many sellers decided to take advantage of a rare busy late fall market and we saw a flurry of listings come to market between Nov. 1st and 18th. Buyers jumped on the new inventory creating a very busy November for pending sales.

With all the added inventory (and more) snatched out of the active listing pool, December pickings are few and far between. With fewer buyers searching for homes in December, diligent buyers can use this time to potentially negotiate more favorable pricing on the homes remaining on the market. This can also be a great time of year for buyers with less competitive offer terms (ie. aren’t paying all cash, pre-inspecting or giving up their first born) to compete in ultra-competitive segments.


Neighborhood Reports:

West Seattle
South Seattle
Central Seattle
Queen Anne
North Seattle
Downtown Seattle Condos


South Bellevue
Mercer Island
West Bellevue
East Bellevue
East Lk Sammamish
Renton Highlands

Bellevue Condos

By Julie Barrows, for The Market Talks, Owner of  Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island |  (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com | 2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Information and statistics derived from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 9:36 am
Emily Roberts | Posted in Economics and Housing Market, Real Estate |

2017 Holiday Happenings Around Seattle

2017 Holiday Events Around Seattle

Forget about the rain. Whether it’s skating at the Winterfest Ice Rink, watching the “snow” fall at Snowflake Lane, or meandering through a dazzling light show, there are so many ways to make the most of our Northwest holidays…

WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo

5500 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
www.zoo.org/zoolights | click here to get tickets

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/24/17 – 1/1/18 | 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Cost: $7.95-$11.95 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
  • Promotion: Get 50% off daily zoo admission if you present your WildLights ticket at the gate between Dec. 1st and Dec. 14th. You can also get discounts on WildLights tickets for groups of 20+.
  • Parking: Free parking at the north (Bear Lot), inner north (Otter Lot) and and northwest lot (Penguin Lot). Zoo entry is at the West Entrance only (5500 Phinney Ave N).
  • Food: Refreshments are available at food kiosks, Pizza Corner, and at the Pacific Chowder House (with covered seating). You are also welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Special Events and Activities
  • Holiday Closures: 12/24 & 12/25

Image courtesy of https://zoo.org/zoolights


Winterfest at Seattle Center

305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109



Garden d’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden

12001 Main Street, Bellevue WA 98005
www.gardendlights.org | click here to get tickets

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/25/17 – 12/31/17 | 4:30-9:00 pm
  • Cost: $5 per person (ages 10 and under are free)
  • Promotion: Free admission nights on November 27, 28, 29, 30, and December 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Parking: Premium parking is $5 per car in the Garden’s lot (cash only) as space allows OR park for free at Wilburton Hill Park
  • Food: Hot drinks and snacks are available at the Aaron Education Center
  • Holiday Closures: None

Image courtesy of https://gardendlights.org/


Snowflake & Celebration Lane at the Bellevue Collection

Bellevue Way & NE 8th Street, Bellevue WA 98004

  • Dates/Times: Nightly 11/24/17 – 12/31/17 | 20 minute show starts at 7 pm
  • Cost: Free for all ages
  • Parking: Free parking at Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square.
  • Food: A variety of dining options (from happy hour, to kid fare, to gourmet meal) are all within walking distance
  • Special Events & Activities: Ice Skating, Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
  • Holiday Closure: 12/25


Christmas Ship Festival

Launch locations include Lake Union Park, Kirkland City Dock, Hyatt Regency, Leschi Marina, Des Moines Marina, Poulsbo Marina, Seattle Waterfront – Pier 55, Tacoma (Dock Street Marina), Port of Edmonds Marina, and Shilsole Bay Marina
www.argosycruises.com | click here to get tickets

  • Dates/Times: Click here for the full schedule
  • Cost: $20-$62 per person (ages 3 and under are free)
  • Parking: Varies by location
  • Food: While dining ahead of time is recommended, there are snacks and drinks available for purchase on the ship. You can also pre-order Ingallina’s boxed meals (with vegetarian and gluten-free options) at least 48 hours prior to your cruise. Outside food/drinks are not allowed.
  • Special Events: Parade of Boats Night, Grand Finale Night


Ivar’s Clam Lights at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

1201 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 12/1/17 – 1/1/18 | 5-9 pm
  • Cost: Free for all ages
  • Parking: Park for free at the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park parking lot
  • Kickoff Event on December 1st, 5:30-7:30: Official lighting ceremony, music, photo stations, Parade of Boats viewing, and a visit from the Christmas Ship and Dickens Carolers
  • Holiday Closures: None


©Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm
Emily Roberts | Posted in Community Support, Local Events |

2017 Q3 Market Reports

Q3-2017 Real Estate Metrics

Seattle: Appreciation in Seattle outpaced that of the Eastside—a 16.3% increase in the median sale price since Q3 2016 compared to the Eastside’s 13.8%.


Eastside: Bellevue-West of 405 outpaced the pack in Q3 with a median sale price 24.6% higher than Q3 of last year. Bellevue-East of 405 and Kirkland-Bridle Trails fared very well also with prices up 19.7% and 18.5% over the same time


Mercer Island: The median sale price on Mercer Island increased 13.6% (to $1,460,000) over Q3 of 2016. Time will tell whether recently imposed building restrictions—making the island one of the most restrictive cities in the region to build or remodel—will have an impact on home values.


Condo Market: he Q3 median sale price increased a mere 0.6% in Seattle and 24.4% on the Eastside over Q3 2016. While Eastside condos were truly a hotbed of activity, Seattle condos fared better than the numbers appear. This is because a few ultra-high sales and high-end new construction.


Waterfront: he most active quarter of the year for waterfront in the Seattle region, Q3 saw two very distinctly separate markets. The more moderate waterfront price points below $4 million experienced an increase in the number of homes for sale while the pace of sales slowed.


Posted on October 12, 2017 at 9:22 am
Emily Roberts | Posted in Economics and Housing Market, Real Estate |

Price Reduced: Nature & Modernism in Madrona

Lofty, Modern, Impeccable

Nature and modernism are nestled in the breathtaking Madrona Ravine, creating a lofty hideaway you’ll want to call home. Escape from the daily grind to your own modern treehouse! The master suite is your spot to take in lake views while sipping your favorite beverage and sitting on its sunny deck in peace. Completely reinvented in 2009 and impeccably maintained, this turnkey property is waiting for you!

MLS: 1198494

List Price: $1,400,000

4 Bed • 3 Bath •  2,660 SQFT

Click here to learn more about this modern treehouse!

Posted on October 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm
Emily Roberts | Posted in Just Listed | Tagged , , , , , ,

SOLD: Capitol Hill Classic

This is your canvas to create a masterpiece on one of the best streets in Seattle.

A location and property often coveted, but rarely available, this 1901 classic foursquare offers yesteryear grandeur with the space and opportunity for adding your modern take.

Capitol Hill Classic

The large covered front porch gracefully welcomes you into the light-filled foyer with exquisite period staircase. The circular floorplan makes easy use of the main floor, featuring airy entertaining spaces flowing intuitively to a sunny kitchen and breakfast nook. Upstairs, light streams through the large master suite with a walkout balcony and territorial views.  Three more bedrooms—plus an oversized, finished top-floor garret—provide plenty of flex-space for your lifestyle.

Are you ready to call Capitol Hill home?

Stroll to shops,  coffee houses, restaurants, and Volunteer Park from this fantastic Capitol Hill locale!

Click here to learn more about this elegant house. 

Posted on September 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm
Emily Roberts | Posted in Just Listed | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Pending: Remastered & Styled 1909 Madrona Craftsman

This is it – the Madrona Lifestyle! Walk to the lake, shops, and your favorite neighborhood restaurant. Savor views of Lake Washington, Bellevue, and Mount Rainier while drinking coffee on your front porch or dining on your raised backyard patio. Perfect for both entertaining and everyday life, your remastered and styled 1909 Madrona Craftsman features an open, yet structured, living and dining flow, plus an upscale kitchen with high-end appliances and custom cabinetry.

MLS#: 1183489

List Price: $998,000

3 bedrooms • 2.5 baths • 2,120 SQFT

Are you ready to call Madrona home?

Click here to learn more about this stunning house. 

Posted on August 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm
Emily Roberts | Posted in Just Listed |

SOLD: Better Than New Home in Shoreline

Charm and modern amenities thoughtfully blend in this better than new home in Shoreline. Be prepared to be impressed! Open concept living maximizes space and perfects gatherings in the kitchen of your dreams, featuing quartz counters, stainless steel appliances, and white soft-close cabinetry. Located near the future Shoreline light rail station, be ahead of the curve before the station opens. With all the new elements in the home, including windows, you will have peace of mind. Welcome home!

MLS # 1178826

List Price: $513,950

3 Bed • 1.75 Bath • 1,110 SQFT

For more details, click here to access the listing on my website.

I hope you enjoy the preview of this modern charmer in Shoreline!

Posted on August 18, 2017 at 2:22 pm
Emily Roberts | Posted in Just Listed | Tagged , , , ,