• Written by Jean Satti of Molbak’s
Cool water splashing overhead, sliding on wet grass, remember running through the sprinkler on a hot, summer day?  But who knew that a sprinkler uses about 600 gallons of water an hour!  The water crisis is on the forefront of the news with demand for water in some states exceeding the natural supply.  As we head into the driest part of the gardening season, Molbak’s garden + home in Woodinville has some tips and tools that can help you conserve water, save money and keep your garden healthy.
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Outdoor Features that Attract Buyers

  • Written by Guest Column By the Blue Team: Ashley Farrington & Michelle Blue, Windermere Woodinville
A well designed outdoor area can make your home feel larger by creating an outdoor living space to compliment your indoor space.  Take note of the homes listed on the MLS that are high-end or just feel high-end and many of them have twilight photos and/or photos of outdoor areas that help you imagine summers with family and  friends.
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3 Ways to Attract the Luxury Home Buyer

  • Written by By the Blue Team: Ashley Farrington & Michelle Blue, Windermere Woodinville
If you’d like to sell your home for a luxury price you need to market it to luxury home buyers.  Here are 3 strategies that will differentiate your home to luxury buyers and maximize your sales price.
Market Value & Lifestyle. 
Don’t market the features of your home such as the number of beds & baths, the best marketing sells the unique value and lifestyle benefits that your buyer can have if they purchase your home.  Tranquil.  An Idyllic retreat where you can feel the stress of the day melt away as you relax by the firepit contemplating the sunset. Epicurean. Experience the joy of cooking with fresh organic vegetables from your own, carefully cultivated garden.
Luxury Presentation. 
All homes should be staged to help buyers visualize themselves living in the home.  Luxury homes should also be staged to emphasize the unique value and lifestyle proposition that this specific home offers.  Sales preparation is critical – Luxury buyers want move-in ready homes the do not want a project.  Where needed you should have fresh paint, refinished floors, updated carpeting, updated counters, crisp landscaping, etc. depending on the current state of your home. The home should be pre-inspected, substantive issues taken care of as well as most maintenance issues. All the buyer should have to do is move in and start enjoying their new lifestyle.
Advertise Regionally & Globally. 
Expand the pool of buyers that  consider  your  home  if you  want  maximize   your sales price. If applicable, advertise in key regional publications that are read by luxury buyers such as the Puget Sound Business Journal, 425 Magazine, Pacific NW Magazine, Seattle Chinese Times, Alaska Airlines Beyond Magazine, etc.  We live in an area that attracts international buyers – so make sure your internet marketing plan has a global reach utilizing high-end real estate partner services such as the Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio International, and
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How to Buy Before You Sell Your Home

  • Written by By the Blue Team: Ashley Farrington & Michelle Blue, Windermere Woodinville
Many homeowners struggle with the timing of buying & selling homes in the current real estate market.  They don’t think they can or want to own two homes at the same time because they bought a home before selling their existing home or go though the stress & hassle associated with moving into temporary housing because they sold before buying to avoid two mortgages. Depending on your personal financial situation, there are ways to make this transition much smoother then you think – here are a few of the options that might be available to you.
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