Seattle Magazine hosted a great party last night at the McCaw Hall. Lots of new condo developments were showcasing their projects and a fun time was had by all.
Seattle Monorail – R.I.P.
Seattle voters overwhelmingly killed the monorail plan this Tuesday November 8th. Despite having voting YES FOUR PREVIOUS TIMES. (reminds me of some other recent past elections). Seattle proved that inflated estimates, gross mismanagement, and unrealistic revenue projects can and will derail even no-brainer mass transit solutions.
I know that there are many who will disagree with me here, but I think it's a shame. I understand why it got axed, but I'm not happy about it. I think it would have greatly increased the value of property up and down the route, and made living in areas near stations a great amenity. But the monorail management dug their own grave here and did everything wrong possible. Oh well, at least Sound Transit is still moving forward with it's light-rail solutions.
The NWMLS (Northwest Multiple Listing Service) has announced a new CDOM field (Cumulative Days On Market) to replace the aging and often misused DOM (Days On Market) when publishing listings. This will be tied to the individual Tax ID number so that agents will not be able to disguise listings to appear to have less days-on-market than they actually do. Yeah! Here's a good decision for the consumers!
It's been a while since I've been posting….apologies everyone. I will try to make this a more consistant resource for you all.
Lots of real estate news to report:
First of all, for those of you who don't know The Reppond Team has been growing and expanding at a tremendous rate. We now have a team of SIX PEOPLE who work as part of our team. Gina, Jolanta, Jennifer, DiDi, Carriann, and me (Jim). We have become the top producing real estate team for Coldwell Banker Bain in ALL OF SEATTLE (2005 year to date – based on gross commision income). And have expanded to very cool digs (same floor of the AGC building) that give us room to grow. – pictures to come soon….
The condo market continues to boom with lots of new contruction projects in the works. Many of them will be completed from mid 2006 through 2008, so watch for lots of great living and investment opportunites. See our New Condos information page for updates and watch for our upcoming interactive flash map of all existing and upcoming downtown condo projects.
Mullti-language capability is the buzz word of our team now as our agents now cover six languages with plans to add more. We can help or clients in Russian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Sichuan, and of course English. You don't need to work about bringing a friend or relative to help you with translation for your real estate transaction.
The Reppond Team has moved into its new office on the same floor across from the main office of Coldwell Banker Bain's Lake Union office. It incorporates a conference room and kitchen. Having our own space separated from the rest of Coldwell Banker Bain really gives us an opportunity to showcase that we are a major player in the market and the number one producing Coldwell Banker team in Seattle, said Jim Reppond leader of the team. The built out office space is customized with quality walnut furniture and designer colors to give the whole office a feel of executive quality and elegance. Our clients have the expectation that we do not cut corners on anything? including the quality of service we provide. If we don't have an office that reflects that then we are not conveying that experience.