Queen Anne Bungalow with 1919 Charm and Possibilities to Build New

432 W McGraw Place, Seattle 98119 | Launch 3D Matterport TourFull Listing Details

Love it or Level it! Situated on the landmark Queen Anne Blvd; blocks from the best shops, eats, schools, & transit on the hill. An adorable bungalow with original 1919 charm or possibilities to build new awaits. Large and pet-friendly yard will be the perfect place to gather through the warms Seattle months. Schematic design provided by Sheri Olson Architecture for a 3,000 sqft, 3+ bed, 2 car garage home available (buyer to verify). Comfortably occupy or use as a rental while planning for your new build. A tiny home for big dreams!

MLS#: 1288187

List Price: $750,000

2 bedrooms • 1.75 bathrooms • 800 finished sf • 2,960 lot sf

Schematic design provided by Sheri Olson Architecture for a 3,000 sqft, 3+ bed, 2 car garage home available.

To learn more about this property or to schedule a private tour, contact Emily Roberts at 206.225.5490 / emilyr@windermere.com


Posted on May 14, 2018 at 11:23 am
Emily Roberts | Category: Just Listed, Real Estate

2018 Housing Forecast


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

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 | Category: Economics and Housing Market, Real Estate

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 | Category: Economics and Housing Market, Real Estate

Selling Your Home: The Impact of Home Staging

Impact of home staging before and after shows a room before and after staging

This blog post originally appeared on the Windermere Blog. 

How can you make your home more attractive to potential buyers? The answer is with some “home staging”. According to the Wall Street Journal, implementing some basic interior design techniques can not only speed up the sale of your home but also increase your final selling price.

It all comes down to highlighting your home’s strengths, downplaying its weaknesses, and making it more appealing to the largest pool of prospective buyers. Staging an empty house is also important to help buyers visualize how the spaces would be used, and to give the home warmth and character.

Cohesiveness Is Key

Make the inside match the outside. For example, if the exterior architectural style of your house is Victorian or Craftsman Bungalow, the interior should be primarily outfitted with furniture styles from essentially the same era. Prospective buyers who like the exterior style of your home are going to expect something similar when they step inside. If the two styles don’t agree or at least complement each other, there is likely going to be an immediate disconnect for the buyer. Contact your agent to help determine the architectural style of your home and what makes it unique.

There is always room for flexibility. Not all your furnishings need to match, and even the primary furnishings do not need to be an exact match to the architectural style of your home. To create cohesion, you simply need to reflect the overall look-and-feel of the exterior.

The Role of Personal Expression

Every home is a personal expression of its owner. But when you become a seller, you’ll want to deemphasize much of the décor that makes a place uniquely yours and instead look for ways to make it appeal to your target market. Keep in mind, your target market is made up of the group of people most likely to be interested in a home like yours—which is something your agent can help you determine.

Your Goal: Neutralize and Brighten

Since personal style differs from person to person, a good strategy to sell your home is to “neutralize” the design of your interior. A truly neutral interior design allows people touring the house to easily imagine their own belongings in the space—and to envision how some simple changes would make it uniquely their own.

In short, you want to downplay your own personal expression, while making it easy for others to mentally project their own sense of style on the space. Ideas include:

  • Paint over any bold wall colors with something more neutral, like a light beige, a warm gray, or a soft brown. The old advice used to be, “paint everything white,” but often that creates too sterile of an environment, while dark colors can make a room look small, even a bit dirty. Muted tones and soft colors work best.
  • Consider removing wallpaper if it’s a bold or busy design.
  • Replace heavy, dark curtains with neutral-colored shear versions; this will soften the hard edges around windows while letting in lots of natural light.
  • Turn on lamps, and if necessary, install lighting fixtures to brighten any dark spaces—especially the entry area.
  • Make sure everything is extremely clean. You may even want to hire professionals to give your home a thorough deep clean. Remember, the kitchen and bathrooms are by far the two most important rooms in a house when selling, so ongoing maintenance is important.

The Importance of De-Cluttering

Above all, make sure every room—including closets and the garage—is clutter-free. Family photos, personal memorabilia, and collectibles should be boxed up. Closets, shelves, and other storage areas should be mostly empty. Work benches should be free of tools and projects. Clear the kitchen counters, store non-necessary cookware, and remove all those magnets from the refrigerator door.

The same goes for furniture. If removing a chair, a lamp, a table, or other furnishings will make a particular space look larger or more inviting, then by all means do it.

You don’t want your home to appear cold, un-loved, or unlived-in, but you do want to remove distractions and provide prospective buyers with a blank canvas of sorts. Plus, de-cluttering your home now will make it that much easier to pack when it comes time to move.

Where to Start

Contact your agent for advice on how to most effectively stage your home or for a recommendation on a professional stager. While the simple interior design techniques outlined above may seem more like common sense than marketing magic, you’d be surprised at how many homeowners routinely overlook them. And the results are clear: staging your house to make it more appealing to your target buyer is often all it takes to speed the sale and boost the price.

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 3:13 pm
Emily Roberts | Category: Market Preparation, Real Estate, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , ,

Baby Boomers: Their Impact on the U.S. Housing Market

Source: Windermere Real Estate Blog. 

Here is a staggering economic stat for you, “75 million Baby Boomers control nearly 80% of all U.S. wealth.”  As this generation ages, retires, and eventually downsizes to their homes, the U.S. housing market will feel the impact. Windermere Real Estate’s chief economist, Matthew Gardner, shares his thoughts on when we can expect to see Boomers start to sell, opening much-needed inventory and making home ownership available to younger generations, in his latest Economics 101 video.

Posted on June 25, 2017 at 10:47 pm
Emily Roberts | Category: Economics and Housing Market, Real Estate | Tagged , , , ,

Finding the Wow In Your Luxury Home

What is the one thing about your home that caught your eye, and captured your heart, when you What is the one thing about your home that caught your eye, and captured your heart, when you purchased your home?  Contemplating what made you fall in love with your home can assist you, and your real estate agent, find a starting point to finding your property’s “Wow factor” when you decide to sell.

“Finding the wow” is especially important when selling a luxury home, so you can communicate those special features clearly to potential buyers. This topic was discussed at Luxury Portfolio’s SUMMIT conference by a panel of top luxury real estate brokers from around the globe because it is such an important part of the luxury real estate market.

Over and over the panelists mentioned that “finding the wow” is all about the details. What details – from the high-end finishes, to special waterfront access that would not be permitted in new construction, to rooms that evoke resort style living – set your home apart? Further, the sought-after details are specific to the region you live in, as luxury buyers from around the world have different expectations for their homes depending on where they live.

As your real estate broker, it is my job to assist you to rediscover what made you fall in love with your home and tell that story in a way to catch a home buyer’s attention. I assist with staging to develop a warm and inviting presence throughout that is neutral enough to appeal to a wide audience, and also highlights the best features of your property. I create captivating marketing pieces, for online and in print, to tell your home’s story. This helps a buyer feel what it would like to live in your home. I use social media to reach a wider audience, as more people are incorporating social media networks in their home searches.

If you are contemplating a move and would like to talk about your home’s value, let’s set up a time to meet. We can go over the current market value of your house, and discuss the first steps in preparing to sell your home, like “finding the wow.” Send me an email at emilyr@windermere.com so we can schedule a meeting.

Posted on May 25, 2017 at 8:41 pm
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The 10 Hottest Seattle Neighborhoods in 2017

Seattle Washington is experiencing a hot real estate market and these 10 neighborhoods are the hottest in Seattle in 2017

“THE LOCAL HOUSING MARKET isn’t so much hot as it is blazing at temperatures only measurable by NASA.”  – Darren Davis, Seattle Met

I love this quote from the article from Davis’ Seattle Met magazine article presenting a list of the 10 hottest Seattle neighborhoods in 2017. It’s so true!!  The neighborhoods that made the list have experienced rises in home value, drops in inventory, new attention from developers, or all of those things. What I really enjoy about this article is it’s not sharing only statistics – stories from local business owners, transplants and longtime residents are told alongside neighborhood histories are featured. Enjoy!

Photo credit: Olichel Adamovich | Pixabay.com

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 4:11 pm
Emily Roberts | Category: Economics and Housing Market, Real Estate | Tagged , , , ,

2017 Q1 Market Reports

A seller’s market continues to reign across the region. Find your report at emilyrobertsrealty/trends.com

2017-Q1 Market Reports

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm
Emily Roberts | Category: Economics and Housing Market, Real Estate

Sold: Mercer Island Rambler on a Serene 1/2 Acre

4233 83rd Ave SE Mercer Island, WA 98040

Set back on a serene half-acre lot, this private rambler awaits you. You’ll enjoy easy one-level living with flowing gathering spaces that open to the updated, sky-lit kitchen.

Mid Island locale

Large picture windows provide ample natural light and beckon you out to enjoy the sports court & level, grassy yard. Retreat to 5 spacious bedrooms, many opening to the large, sunny wraparound deck. Radiant heat, a backup generator & A/C keep you comfortable all year long. The 3-car garage and additional boat parking keep your toys snug, too. You will love the ideal Mid Island locale, close to parks, downtown Mercer Island & I-90 access. Move right in and make it your own!

Get all the details here: EmilyRobertsRealty.com/mls/1083513




Posted on March 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm
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