Did you know that Washington ranks second only to California for wine production in the United States? Several wineries are located near Bainbridge Island homes for sale, where the climate is more ideal for grape-growing than in some European wine regions.
Enjoy quality wine along with the beautiful scenery at these top Bainbridge Island wineries, just a ferry ride away from Seattle homes for sale
Last year, personal finance website WalletHub awarded Portland the title of America's top foodie city. This comes as no surprise to our brokers, who love to explore Portland's culinary landscape with these delightful food tours. Get a true taste of what the local area has to offer when you sign up for one of these tours.
For Chad Estes, success is about relationships. And in 2022, he even worked on his relationship with himself. To the question "How do you manage your time?" he answers, "I block my time a lot. And this year I've tried to add more 'me time.'" He's spending more time at the gym and scheduling quiet time for himself. He's earned it.
Over the years in Portland, Chad and his partner Rey have fostered four children. When those children went back to their homes, Chad became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for children in his community. Every child in the Oregon foster system is entitled to a CASA advocate and the need is great. Only one child in ten has a CASA advocate assigned to them and, as Chad puts it, "It's a challenging program. You interact with the child a lot, but it's required that you remain objective. You submit a monthly report to the judge about the child's needs, not necessarily their wants."
Chad and Rey became involved with a local elementary school through their foster children and for numerous years before COVID they hosted a major July 4th fund raiser for the school. "It became a big deal," Chad says. "We had ponies, face-painters, everything we could think of to make it fun. And we raised thousands of dollars for the school to provide supplies for the kids who needed them." That felt good, he says, and he applies that feel good attitude to his work as a realtor.
When he's working with a buyer, Chad does everything he can to assure they're getting what they need. "Even if they've fallen in love with a nightmare property," he says, "I'm going to make sure they know what they're getting into and try to steer them toward a property that will work for them." Chad is in it for the long haul, and that's where his approach works best. "I'm casual; I'm relaxed. I don't want to turn and burn. I want to know all about the property, so I can help my client get what they need."
"Most of my work is from repeat clients," he says. That, he asserts, is because he doesn't just sell them a house; he stays with them. Every client is individual, and Chad takes the time to get to know them. When he sees something he knows a client would like to have, he gets it for them. "One year, I dropped off a deicer at 100 clients' doors before a storm and strapped my card onto the bags." His partner works at a nearby hospital, and Chad delivers cupcakes there once a month. "I do these things because I want to be nice, and I get leads at the same time."
His advice to agents, new or established, is "Don't overspend on marketing and advertising. Just be authentic, participate in your community, and the leads come in." He says he'd rather spend $800 on gifts and cards for his clients than on advertising. It took Chad a couple of years to build his network. Then, he says 'the ball started rolling on its own.'
His strategies clearly work. Chad's industry awards include National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals Top Agent In the United States and the only one in Oregon. Top Agent in Oregon overall. Coldwell Banker International President's Club Elite Member 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. (Top 5% internationally. Roughly 94,000 agents in 2019). Naglrep Top agent 2019. Realtrends Oregon's Top agents list: 2017, 2018, 2019
Navy Federal Credit Union preferred Broker. Coldwell Banker Luxury Property Specialist.Cartus Certified Relocation agent.
Chad admits his methods require extra effort. "I have a database of over 1,500 birthdays and anniversaries and I send out handwritten holiday cards to my clients every year." It pays off. And it's all about cultivating genuine relationships.
The Emerald City is home to its fair share of culinary legends, and our brokers know you'll need a good meal to keep your energy high when you're visiting Seattle homes for sale. For an unforgettable twist on an American classic, you shouldn't overlook this city's take on the good, old-fashioned burger.
Do you want to save money while enjoying everything Portland has to offer? Our brokers have a suggestion or two that may be just what you're looking for. Portland's vibrant community has plenty to offer, and you can fill a weekend near Portland homes for sale without spending a single cent.
Let's take a closer look at some of the many fun and budget-friendly places you can enjoy around Portland:
Situated on the highest of Seattle's iconic seven hills, Queen Anne is known for its remarkable buildings and landmarks. In fact, the neighborhood is named for one of its more prominent architectural styles.
When our brokers want to show off Seattle to visitors, these memorable landmarks are on the viewing list.
Portland homes for sale are smack dab in the middle of one of America's most unique and vibrant cities. Portland has long been known for following the beat of its own drum, and you'll find this reflected in all the city has to offer – from businesses to nonprofits, historic sites, and parks.
You truly can explore Portland every day for a year and only scratch the surface. Our brokers think that's one of the most exciting parts of living in The City of Roses, but it can also be a lot to take in. So, we have a selection of just a few local "hidden gems" to get you started.
After several years in LA and Ventura County, Southern California native Tarice Fairhurst took an impulsive trip to Seattle, and says she knew the minute her plane landed at Sea-Tac that this was the place for her. Ironically, even this summer, she claims she came to the Pacific Northwest to beat the California heat.
As a refugee from 12-hour workdays in retail, Tarice chose to pivot into real estate when she arrived here in 2019 – bought the courses and everything. Then the pandemic hit, so she took advantage of the shutdown to study for her exams and network with other realtors. The intel she got in her networking efforts pointed to Seattle CB Bain broker Cyrus Fiene as the perfect mentor. With Cyrus as a resource and CB Bain's excellent training package, Tarice joined the team, and she's never looked back. "It was absolutely the right decision to join Cyrus and Coldwell Banker Bain," she says.
It's safe to say every day is a Dog Day for Tarice, whatever the time of year. She grew up with three big dogs in her home and has sustained that passion. She couldn't have a dog in her California apartment, so she volunteered for two years at the Ventura County Animal Shelter where she cleaned the kennels, fed the dogs, and fed her love for canines at the same time. In search of a new volunteer opportunity here, Tarice started spending time at the Forever Home Dog Rescue in Edmonds in November 2019, where she began with dog walking.
"I asked them to give me the big ones that no one wants to walk, the ones that pull you," she says. Tarice taught herself how to handle the big dogs; she did some training as she walked the dogs and gave them 'a decompression experience' away from the kennels. Soon, she was working adoption events lining up potential new adopters. Then she started fostering dogs.
When she worked long hours in retail, Tarice couldn't have a dog of her own. Now, her time is flexible, and she's been able to bring Benny – a boxer mix puppy – into her life. Though Benny started as a foster, it was love after three days and a quick adoption. Now she calls this calm youngster her "shadow" because he follows her everywhere.
That love for pets has given Tarice a sort of specialty in her real estate work. She knows what pet owners want in a home, and very often they're looking for a place specifically suited to their dog. "There are," she notes, "more dogs than kids per capita in Seattle," and that gives her an edge.
Indeed, a 2021 Zillow Consumer Housing Trends Report notes that pet owners are 7% more likely than those without pets to buy a house with more than 3,000 square feet. In 2021, 36% of buyers who own a pet chose homes with four-plus bedrooms. Just 24% of non-pet owning buyers purchased homes that large.
Tarice gets it, and she connects with pet owners. "What people look for is a big fenced in yard that's dog friendly." They want a place under the stairs that can be tailored for a little pet retreat. Pet washing stations in mudrooms are popular. Pet owners are looking for properties that can be recalibrated for their pets. If they can't walk their dogs around a neighborhood, it's a deal breaker.
That Zillow report also showed that 73% percent of survey respondents with pets ranked private outdoor space as "extremely important," compared to the 65% of respondents without pets. It's reasonable to conclude that with the dramatic increase in pet acquisition during the pandemic, so too has the sale of larger homes. It's an equation that Tarice Fairhurst has applied to her success with Coldwell Banker Bain.