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December
27

Coworking Pacific Northwest

Working from home has become increasingly common, particularly over the last year and a half. Will you be working remotely in 2022? Whether you work full-time, or only a couple of days a week, it's important to minimize distractions and maximize productivity. And sometimes it's difficult to do that in your house.

What you need is a coworking space in your neighborhood. Thankfully, you'll find many of these spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here's what to look for when considering a coworking space for your 2022 remote work.

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December
20

2022 Home Sale

If you've been thinking about selling your home, there's never been a better time to do it. Home prices have been surging to unprecedented highs all year. 

Many experts believe this trend will continue into 2022, so there is still plenty of time to capitalize on it. The good news is that selling your home is easy with the right professionals to guide you. Our helpful guide will walk you through the process one step at a time.  

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December
14

December tends to bring out the spirit of giving in all of us. And while it's nice to give around the holidays, brokers might also consider building year-round giving into their business plans. Coldwell Banker Bain's Jen Cameron lives by this example. She has worked giving back into her business strategy and gives a portion of her commission to local charities. The mom of a daughter on the autism spectrum, Jen has accepted help from others over the years, and she vowed that when she could, she would give back. Now, she's doing it in a BIG way with a Donor Advised Fund.

With more than 22 years of real estate experience in both the greater Seattle area and NYC markets, Jen Cameron has established herself as one of the top brokers in luxury real estate. She serves as Vice President of Global Luxury for Coldwell Banker Bain's 34+ offices across Washington and Oregon and fuses her real estate experience with intuition and ingenuity to make the impossible possible. An ambassador of positivity, she's a giver of good vibes with a built-in belief system: "In order to do well, we must first do good.

Jen is married to Scott Cameron and they have a blended family: Scott has three adult children and Jen has two grown children, one of whom, daughter Jordan, is on the autism spectrum. Jen and Scott are very active within the autism community, the special needs community and in supporting Augie's Quest for Cure ALS. Each year, they host a golf tournament here in the Pacific Northwest in support of raising funds to find a cure for ALS through Augie's Quest called the CURE ALS Golf Classic.

Jen consistently gives back a portion of her commission to local charities. Some nonprofits she's supported include Lambert House, championing LGBTQ causes; KCSARC which helps victims of sexual assault and abuse-related trauma; Autism Speaks – Augie's Quest; Rescue Freedom, rescuing women and children from human trafficking; and Northwest Harvest, to fight local food insecurity. Jen says there's always a need that is placed in front of you, and when this happens you need to pay attention. "The need came to you, because you have the ability to give," she says.

Looking ahead in 2022, Jen is focused on the Alyssa Brunette Adult Life Center at Seattle Children's, positively affecting children on the autism spectrum (where her daughter receives services), by lending support to Seattle Festival of Trees Seattle Gala. Her daughter also produces art shows to raise funds for Autism, underscoring a family legacy of giving. The Camerons will continue their support for Augie's Quest for ALS; Jen's father-in-law (her husband Scott's father) passed away from ALS. "Once you meet the ALS community, you can never turn your back on them," she says. "They need your voice and time is NOT on their side."

For Augie's Quest every dollar contributed goes toward research. She said clients have seen the causes she has championed and one even donated $1,000 to the ALS campaign. She's also seen a broker ripple effect: A portion of Jen's commission goes to a charity of choice, and another broker said they would also donate with ALL transactions. This is an impactful challenge that other brokers can embrace with their teams.

This year, Jen was able to open and donate a significant amount to a Donor Advised Fund for giving, which will continue to grow in 2022 and beyond for more charitable giving. The fund is like a charitable investment account, solely to support charitable organizations that personally matter. Cash, securities or other assets contributed are also usually eligible to an immediate tax deduction. In turn, funds can be invested for tax-free growth and you can recommend grants to virtually any IRS-qualified public charity. It's something other brokers can do with their investment advisors to "set it and forget it" for sustaining donations.

Giving back and helping others have always been part of Jen's DNA. She feels that she is reciprocating on the past generosity and support of others, especially having a daughter in need. "If you have it to give, you have to give it," she says. In terms of a giving strategy, if you don't have a cause dear to your heart, Jen suggests looking at current events, i.e., how the pandemic presented a very real, global problem of human trafficking and labor exploitation.

"It doesn't matter how much you have to give; you give what you can because it makes a difference," Jen says. "If it gets you outside of yourself, not focused on your own angst, or what you don't have, you'll begin to feel gratitude for what you DO have."

Tips for any broker to start to give back year-round:

  1. Start small, but start with something. It doesn't matter how much you give, but give what you can, because it makes a difference.
  2. Everyone has a talent. Offer your talent to a non-profit. Take on something that suits you and it will always be enjoyable and rewarding.
  3. Look at your own life: Where have you had needs in the past? Align your experiences to your causes for authenticity and meaning.
  4. Work giving and volunteerism into your business plan: Commit to a monthly amount, or an allotment of your time, and look at your goals for the new year.
December
13

Museum Memberships

The season of giving is nearly upon us, so what could be better than giving the gift of knowledge and exciting experiences? Our brokers know that there are so many outstanding museums around Seattle, and gifting a membership is a great way to support local museums while giving a fun, unique gift that someone on your shopping list can enjoy all year long. Find some inspiration for your holiday shopping, with these 6 excellent museum memberships near Seattle that you can gift this holiday season.

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December
10

bain holiday giving

As we celebrate the season of giving, we're sharing the magic of holiday wishes and dreams coming true, and the warm spirit and dedication of our Bain family. Our connection to community is always a driving force in what we do, and this time of year, we're sharing joy and inspiration, giving our time and special donations to make life a little brighter for all.

Thank you for all of your donations! There's still time to donate at several of our offices...

Duvall and Everett Offices Sponsored Surviving Families of Auburn Apartments Fire
Thank you to these offices for their generosity, and for sponsoring two families of the 60-unit fire of November 4. If you want to help, please contact Chris Dantzscher.

Vancouver East / Vancouver West Clark County Food Bank Donations
Through 12/3
Thank you so much for all of your donations!

Portland Uptown Partners with Christmas Family Adoption Foundation
Through November & December
The Portland Uptown office had a goal of $500 per week to uplift local families in need. Visit the Portland Uptown Facebook page to make a donation and to find out more about Christmas Family Adoption Foundation.

Puyallup Sponsors A Family of Five
The Puyallup office is sponsoring a family of five who tragically lost their father due to COVID. The office is donating a gift card to help with holiday gifts, household needs, and more. For information or to donate, contact Loren Fanony, lorenfanony@cbbain.com, 253.273.8155.

Tacoma Partners with Salvation Army for their Angel Tree
Tacoma is sharing the brightness of the season and buying for 24 angels this year. For more information or to donate, contact Kyle Mills, kylemills@cbbain.com, 253.752.7777.

Kirkland Toys for Tots
December 4 and 5
Thank you for all your donations! US Marines, Kirkland Firefighters and Kirkland Kiwanis also helped share the spirit of the season.

Lake Oswego & Safe Families Christmas Gifts
Through December 10
The Lake Oswego office partnered with the Union Gospel Mission Women's Life Change Center to accept gifts. Also, thanks to the LO office for their co-sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive with WFG National Title on November 30.

Redmond Toys for Tots
December 11,
Santa and US Marines jointed this 21st Annual Holiday office event!

Bellingham Toys for Tots
Through December 15
Thanks for all of your donations!

Anacortes Toys for Tots
Through December 17
Unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the Anacortes office during normal business hours, through Friday Dec 17.

Bend Toys for Tots & Local Coat Drive
Through December 17
To donate new and unwrapped toys and coats, visit the Bend office by Friday, December 17.

Kent Station Toys for Joy
Through December 21
Unwrapped toys, non-perishable foods and monetary donations accepted at our Kent Station office.

December
6

Bend Vacation Homes

Chances are that over the last eighteen months, your home has also become your workplace. So what do you do when you need a getaway? Our brokers share the many compelling reasons why Travel + Leisure just named Bend, OR as one of the "8 Best Small Towns to Buy a Vacation Home in the U.S."

What Makes Bend So Wonderful?

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