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January
25

Kitchen Upgrading Tips

At one time, kitchen appliances were considered primarily functional. They brought a new level of convenience to households, but style-wise, most designs were pretty limited.

Today's appliances have become equal parts, time savers, and decor statements. Keep your kitchen looking modern with these tips from our brokers for upgrading appliances. 

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January
18

The past couple of years have been difficult for us all… political divisions deepening, and then a worldwide pandemic that has turned every single person's world upside down in one form or another. While the real estate market in our region has been hot, hot, hot - both prior to COVID-19 and now again - these issues have required that brokers and staff radically adjust the way they do business, in some cases while schooling their children, and coping with the emotional toll of it all on themselves, and their clients.

But what about those people who, in addition to all of this, are facing something even worse? Three brokers in the Coldwell Banker Bain of Lynnwood/Edmonds office, all diagnosed with cancer in 2019 and 2020, have or are dealing with the unthinkable… all while continuing to practice real estate.

kyoko matsumoto-wrightFor Kyoko Matsumoto-Wright, a 40-year real estate veteran who also serves as Mayor for the City of Mountlake Terrace, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019. It has since required four surgeries and radiation – but this wasn't Kyoko's first rodeo. It was her second bout with the disease after beating uterine cancer six years earlier.

"While the invasiveness of the treatment and recovery time for my uterine cancer was much worse, now that I'm post-radiation for my breast cancer diagnosis, there is still a lot of inflammation and I deal with constant pain," she said.  And being single, with her son living out of state, she had to rely on others in the office, namely Patti Greene, another office broker during her treatments.

"Patti drove me to every surgery," said Kyoko. "She served as my backup in transactions and made sure I was taken care of personally and professionally. Because of her help I only missed one meeting during this latest diagnosis."

As a well-known community member, with knowledge of housing needs at all levels, Kyoko continues today to work part time while serving in her Mayoral capacity and also accepting a position as an alternate for the Community Transit Board. She also plans to run again for City Council this year with the hope of being re-elected as Mayor.

lisa dusapinLisa Dusapin is a dynamo according to all who know her. With nearly 20 years in the industry, she is married with two children, ages 8 and 11. Lisa joined the Coldwell Banker Bain of Lynnwood/Edmonds office in May 2019, and when she started experiencing swelling in her leg in early March 2020, she was admitted to the hospital given fears of a blood clot. Following a myriad of tests, and discovery that her kidneys were failing, she received the terrible news – Lisa had multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell.

Following three weeks in the hospital, and forced to not only start weekly chemo treatments, Lisa was also required to undergo dialysis twice each week. She has been undergoing both for the past 10 months, all while continuing to work; in fact, Lisa closed six deals in three weeks in September 2020.

In October she underwent a stem cell transplant, that required such a huge dose of chemo that literally killed all the cells in her body, and basically put her immunity system back to that of an infant.

"I have to get all my shots again, and given the COVID-19 environment, must be extremely careful to ensure I don't get infected," she said. Given the cancer is not curable, Lisa is looking toward an eventual kidney transplant – something she is looking forward to as the dialysis depletes her energy and thus takes her out of commission for at least two days each week.

She has come to rely on the amazing support of her family of course, but also of the other brokers in the office. "The most difficult thing I've had to accept and change about myself is relying on others and learning how to say no," she said. "I've never been good at that, but am so grateful to Kyoko for her emotional support as someone who really understands what I'm experiencing, as well as so many colleagues who have jumped in to help when needed so I can continue to work."

Miss HuffCorporate relocation specialist Missi Huff specifically moved to the Coldwell Banker Bain of Lynnwood/Edmonds office eight years ago because of the culture. "I had been at a couple of other real estate firms, the first having a generous and nurturing culture but when in 2009 that firm closed the office in which I worked, and I went to another company, I truly learned that not all offices are equal," she said.

A mom and step-mom to four children ages 13, 16, 18, and 21, Missi was diagnosed with cancer in February 2020, and first underwent chemo, then four surgeries followed by radiation and is now awaiting reconstruction. While she's now cancer-free, she credits the leadership of principal managing broker Scott Dickinson, the other brokers and admin staff in the office, the amazing support of her friends in the Edmonds community, in which she is active, but most especially her professional and personal partner, John Haines, as enabling her to continue an active practice while undergoing treatments and surgeries.

"This support allowed me to continue doing what I love, and if I missed anything it was appointments related to showing a home, or meeting with a photographer, which I really couldn't do anyway because of my compromised immune system," she said. "It's funny, in real estate, where you run your own business, you don't technically work together," she mused, referring to other office brokers. "But at our office, we really do have each other's backs and work together."

Working together… a concept we can all get behind in a very divided world.

January
18

Seattle Healthy Dining

It's that time of year again -- the time when everyone starts to think about changing their habits and getting healthier in the New Year. Luckily, there are plenty of great local restaurants that serve healthy fare. Having a go-to list will help make the transition so much easier! 

We recently asked our brokers for recommendations. Here are a few of their favorites. 

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January
11

Portland Historic District
When most people think of American history, the East Coast gets most of the spotlight. But that's not the only area in the country where you can see beautiful historic buildings. Our brokers love The City of Roses, not only because it has a culture blooming with innovation, but that its rich history is so well preserved and celebrated. Walking around some areas of Portland provides an exceptional glimpse into the past, especially when strolling through the historic district of Irvington.

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January
4

Winter Home Improvement

As a homeowner, you've probably heard you should set aside a minimum of 1% of your home's selling price for repairs and maintenance every year. The amount you may need generally goes up over time — and sometimes there may be extra pricey work that needs doing.

While many homes for sale are in excellent condition, the rule holds true for all houses. If you take the step of saving money for home upkeep, you can use those same funds for renovations in years without repairs.

All the major systems within your home, like the HVAC and wiring, are constantly accumulating little bits of wear and tear. They may continue to work effectively for many years without complaint, but it is important to be active in taking care of the home, so nothing will catch you by surprise! Seattle's climate means much of the minor damage your home experiences happens in the early months of the year. Rain and wind can be unexpectedly harsh. Your roof, windows, outer envelope, and even your back and front yards all play roles in keeping your home sound.

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