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August
8

Portland Lake Day

While Portland features fantastic forests and stunning mountain views, the city is also surrounded by incredible lakes. When our brokers seek a day of activity or relaxation, they head for these lakes around Portland that fill either need. 

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October
4

Pacific Northwest Fall

Is it possible that Pacific Northwest scenery can get even more spectacular? While we love this area in all seasons, there's something extra special about the fall. See Washington and Oregon dressed up in their fall colors at these beautiful locations as recommended by our brokers.

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September
27

Fall Tips

Fall is here! And with it comes fall weather. So it's time to pay attention to home maintenance and repairs. If you're thinking about selling your home in the near future, our brokers can offer advice on important fall maintenance tips.

In the Pacific Northwest, the fall season is the beginning of chilly temperatures, heavy rainfall, and snow and ice. Preparing your home with necessary maintenance before cold weather sets in will protect against costly damages and keep your family warm and comfortable. Take a look at 10 fall maintenance tips that you should not ignore:

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September
7

Seattle Restaurants

Seattle is one of America's most scenic cities, and many of the area's best restaurants combine fresh, fantastic food with the sort of spectacular views that you can only find in the city. Whether you're interested in waterfront scenery or a stunning, bird's eye view of the city skyline with the mountains as a backdrop, you'll find it close to home in Seattle. Our brokers have all the details on where to dine with a view.

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August
23

Rainy Day DIYDepending on your point of view, rainy days can be either the best or the worst. It's frustrating being stuck in the house with nothing to do. But with a little creativity, there are all kinds of activities you can participate in while waiting for the weather to clear - especially for new homeowners who are working to make their new house their own. Here are a few DIY projects that can help you pass the time and feel productive on a rainy day.

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August
9

Bookstores Seattle

August 9th is National Book Lovers Day, and our brokers honestly can't think of a better place than Seattle to celebrate this particular holiday. We happen to have some of the greatest independent bookstores in the country, and we're excited to share some of our favorites in honor of National Book Lovers Day!

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June
29

Gutter Maintenance

Knocking out a few simple tasks this summer will help ensure you don't run into any unexpected problems caused by poor gutter maintenance. This may include leaks, damage to your insulation, siding damage, and more. Don't let this happen to you! Follow these simple tips, and you'll be ready for whatever Mother Nature brings. 

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March
15

Gallery Wall Tips

Few things personalize your house as much as the displays of artwork on the walls. As our brokers take you on tours, let your imagination soar and envision how you can make the space your own with your personal collection.

As much a work of art as the pieces they contain, the process of creating a gallery wall may seem daunting. But by following some basic guidelines, the display you design will be a wonderful visual focal point.  

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March
1

Home Library Tips

This year, don't just head to the library, consider setting up your personal home library. Whether you have a small or extensive collection, creating an at-home library can provide a wonderful way to display your favorite volumes. It can also make your home feel grander! All it takes is a little planning to create a comfortable, personal, and unique space. Here, our brokers share their best tips for setting up a home library fit for any space.

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February
15

Home Organization AppsWith so much going on these days, even the most organized people can become overwhelmed when it comes to maintaining a home and family. Luckily, today's technology can help make it a little bit easier. With so many productivity apps on the market, you can really leverage your smartphone to help you make it through the day. We were talking home organization tips with some of the owners of these homes for sale and we heard so many great recommendations for innovative home organization apps. 

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February
8

Portland Book Stores

There's nothing like a good page-turner to help get you through the cold winter months. Luckily, here in Portland, we're blessed to have some of America's best bookstores nearby. 

When you're looking for a new and exciting book to lose yourself in, be sure to check out some of our real estate agents' favorite Portland bookstores!

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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
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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December
28

Fireplace Maintenance

Nothing warms you up quite like a crackling fireplace on a brisk winter day. But if you're like most homeowners, your fireplace probably hasn't been touched since last spring. That could be a problem. 

Our brokers want to help ensure your cozy fireplace is safe year-round. Here's what you need to know about enjoying your fireplace safely this winter. 

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December
21

Seattle Interior Design Trends

The year is coming to an end, but for many homeowners, there is no end in sight to the amount of time they'll be spending indoors. The extraordinary increase in work from home and learn from home have turned the house into an office, a school, and a social space for entertaining. As we move into 2021, our brokers understand that a change of scenery might be necessary. Here are a few burgeoning interior design trends for you to consider in 2021.

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November
12

Matt Robinson and Grant Ludwick first met in 2008 while serving as volunteers for Young Life, and were immediately struck by the similarities between them. Both had moved to the Central Oregon area in 2006, after Grant had graduated from Seattle Pacific University, and Matt the University of Washington. In addition to their commitment to volunteering, they shared a passion for the Washington Huskies and had both worked for their family businesses in the land and multi-family development sectors. Overall, they found that they shared similar values and perspectives on life and business.

"We feel like we're trendsetters in a way when it comes to the real estate team concept," said Matt. "While real estate teams are becoming more common, they don't always work out if the partnership is unequal, or if values don't align. We started as friends, so we knew each other well and knew that our individual production numbers were very similar each year, so we had confidence that we could succeed as a team."

And succeed they have. The Robinson-Ludwick team is on pace to finish the year with 120 closed transactions and $62,000,000 in volume, numbers that have exponentially increased year over year since they launched in 2013. The team has grown to five brokers and two administrative members.

The impact of a similarity in production numbers can't be overstated, said Grant. "Even before we launched the team, we were annually producing at about one deal apart, or around a $100,000 - $150,000 difference in sales volume," he laughed. "We've structured our partnership, along with a 50-50 expense split, in a way that keeps us incentivized to bring in business and hold each other accountable, and it's a major reason why it works."

By pooling their resources they've been able to do so much more than they could individually, and the team has a unique marketing approach. They have taken out television advertising spots, purchased a 1970 Fiat Minibus (a local car show award winner!), and regularly post their "Tuesday Tidbit" videos on their social media platforms, which range from book reviews to economic trends to local real estate news. But their overall success is primarily a result of a relational approach to all aspects of their business, both within the team and with their clients, which continues to bring them a steady stream of referrals and repeat business.

"We rebranded a couple of years ago and our slogan 'Honest. Real. Estate.' is a straightforward, yet creative way to express how we do business as a team." said Matt. Added Grant, "We are very straightforward with both our buyer and seller clients with what they can expect of this market, even if it is not exactly what they want to hear. It has helped us build a strong reputation and trust in the market."

Given Bend is still a relatively small community, this authentic approach has been vitally important. Current inventory on hand is at about two weeks, so setting expectations, especially with buyers, is critical.

"Compared to other western mountain towns, Bend is incredibly affordable," said Matt. "We both feel that Central Oregon still has great upside potential in the long-term, so we see the market continuing at this pace for a while," added Grant.

Brandon Fairbanks, principal managing broker of the office, raved about the team, "Matt and Grant and their team never cease to amaze me. They are one of the hardest working and most dedicated group of professionals I have had the pleasure to work with. They know how to get business done, putting their clients' needs first."

November
9

Holiday Season Home Staging

Staging your home is as important as ever when it comes to homes for sale. Staging has a valuable role to play in traditional showings and virtual ones.

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November
2

Portland Art Galleries

Did you know that National Go to an Art Museum Day takes place every year on November 9th? Thousands of art museums around the world participate in this special day, and every year features a different, unique theme. The Portland area has long shown strong support for local artists, with a huge selection of local art galleries that showcase talented artists from Portland and beyond. Now is a great time to visit some of Portland's best art galleries and museums. Our brokers have the details on 6 amazing places to view art around Portland for National Go to an Art Museum Day this year.

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October
26

Get Rid of Clutter

Raise your hand if your home could use a little organization. Don't worry, most of us have at least one or two areas of our house that are hot spots for collecting clutter. Our brokers know that when space is limited, you need to get creative with your cleaning and organization. Try these seven storage ideas to help you eliminate clutter and better organize your home.

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October
19

Woodland Park Zoo

Lions, tigers, and bears — oh my! Seattle is home to those species and so many more, thanks to the Woodland Park Zoo. Located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, the zoo is committed to teaching guests the importance of conservation.

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October
12

Backsplash Ideas

If you're looking to add an extra element of style or decoration to your new kitchen, maximizing the appearance of your backsplash is a great way to do it. A beautiful backsplash is an affordable strategy for improving the overall look and feel of the room. Best of all, backsplashes are easy to install yourself. With various materials, styles, patterns, and designs, choosing a new backsplash can be a fun way to increase your home value. The trick is to make sure it complements your kitchen's colors, countertops, and cabinetry. 

While choosing a visually appealing backsplash is important, remember a backsplash's purpose is to protect the wall behind your sinks and counters, which is consistently exposed to food and liquids and changing temperatures. When adding a DIY backsplash, always be sure to select materials that are durable and easy to clean.

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October
5

Seafood in Seattle

What could be better than a day dedicated to enjoying all of your favorite seafood? National Seafood Month, of course! Whether you want to cook your own feast or enjoy a prepared meal with some of the best seafood in the world, you won't find a better city than Seattle to satisfy your seafood cravings. Our brokers are ready to dig into National Seafood Month, and we've got all the details on how to connect with Seattle's legendary seafood scene.

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September
16

Featuring brokers and employees who exemplify their "why," through how they live and work. They have unique and inspiring stories to tell, and have a variety of backgrounds and insights that help CB Bain successfully serve its clients. If you know of someone in the company who should be profiled, let us know.

When Kendall Patterson, a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain of Redmond, posted on Instagram the poignant story of her childhood home in Carnation, WA, it elicited an emotional response from her followers. Inspired to share after reading actress Chrishell Stause's Instagram story of her own experience with homelessness, Kendall's post was favorited by the popular Netflix star, with a supportive comment.

Kendall shared, "I haven't shared this with many people as I grew up embarrassed. Ashamed.

But also I truly learned that if I cleaned things I could make any home feel better. It started off as a dream of a project. I got to help my dad build our home [on a piece of large acreage owned by his father]. In my youth I dreamed of what it could be like. So helping under the 'house' putting in insulation for my dad, I did, in hopes of the grandiose home and finish product I thought we would have. It never materialized. It never got further than plywood and sheet rock and broken hopes and dreams. Two camp trailers lined each side.

One side my room, the other was my sisters and the kitchen and bathroom. Both tiny. But functional I guess. The shed you see had a loft where my dad's room was. And the living room. And that was our home. I day dreamed of the houses we could have had built and wondered when we were going to. That time never came. It was always messy and dirty and I tried my damnedness to tidy and clean plywood floors and a kitchen barely fit for weekend camping trips. My dad was always working and when he wasn't, I think he too grew depressed with the inability to buy or build on his own property, he ramped up the alcohol intake to scary levels.

There were only a couple people I had in my world that knew the severity of our situation. I stayed with friends as much as I could to eat, feel clean, and ultimately feel average.

Kendall's story is one of perseverance and finding success, after growing up in a household with parental abandonment, drug use and addiction, and where poverty was the norm. And now it has come full circle. Kendall will be considered to list the 15 acres surrounding her childhood home following her grandfather's recent death, as well as the five acres on which she lived in a shack given her decades-long relationship with the current owners.

Kendall's childhood has given her a unique perspective on what "home" really means, and a passion for helping those with similar backgrounds purchase their own.

This is why I have fallen in love with Real Estate and why I have always worked SO damn hard as a young mom, business owner, and individual. I REFUSE to go back to that life. I REFUSE to have my children live like that. I believe that our children are how we break these poverty cycles and abuse cycles.

Home ownership is key, in my opinion, to helping families and people out of poverty. Not to say that renting is only for the impoverished, just that owning a home can provide people with opportunity that renting cannot.

I want to help anyone and everyone but my heart is always with those first-time purchasers. I adore the ability to help dreams come true and help change generations of life trajectories.

Kendall credits office PMB Rick Costello's mentorship and CB Bain's training and marketing support as invaluable to her career launch, and notes the desk fee is much less than the rent she paid in her previous work as a hair stylist. And with a new baby, the flexibility of real estate also provides her the ability to be both an entrepreneur and mother.

Rick said, "Kendall is just one of those positive forces of nature, and has been from the beginning when she reached out to me to inquire about joining us. She didn't think her salon/hairstyling background would be of use, but I knew differently. The relationships she had made through that profession, her ability to connect with people, and the business acumen needed to be successful are very relevant to what is needed for a successful real estate career. Since joining us two years ago she has been very productive, a good student and her life experiences have made her tenacious, unflappable and empathetic no matter what comes up in a transaction."

But even with all her success, homeownership has still not become a reality for Kendall herself – while her family is in a home of their own now, it was her husband who was able to qualify to purchase it. While Kendall is thankful for his support, she looks forward to the day that if she wanted to buy a home on her own, she could.

I have been fortunate enough to live in three homes that I couldn't afford to be on the loan or purchase with cash. I could be on title. So even as a Realtor I have yet to be able to make my OWN dream come true. I'll get there. I have big goals. I have drive. And I know I will do this. I will also teach my daughter how to be able to do this. And my sons. I will ensure their understanding of how to earn their money and how to build real wealth. How to be healthy parents, adults and providers.

As so many commented on Kendall's Instagram post, she's an inspiration to us all – and with the kind of grit and determination needed for a successful real estate career. We are proud to have her as part of the CB Bain family and can't wait to see what she does next.

September
14

Historic Portland Sites

When most people think of Portland, our lively culture, delicious food, and gorgeous Pacific Northwestern backdrop often come to mind. Though the City of Roses is far younger than many cities on the East Coast, Portland still has a rich, fascinating history that is worth exploring. Founded way back in the 1840s, Portland's diverse history is accessible through our many museums, landmarks, memorial sites, and protected areas. If you're searching for a glimpse into Portland's past, our brokers encourage you to visit these interesting historical sites.

  1. Shanghai Tunnels – 120 NW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Portland's Underground, also known as the Shanghai Tunnels are located in Old Town Chinatown. Beneath the buildings, a series of interconnected tunnels running all the way to the waterfront. Sadly, most of the tunnels have collapsed, preventing anyone from uncovering a clearer definition of their intended use. However, these tunnels are often sited through local lore to have been used to smuggle illegal goods from ships to the shore. 

  2. The Pittock Mansion – 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Portland, OR 97210
    The Pittock Mansion
    is a historic house museum that was once the home of The Oregonian owner, Henry Pittock. As he built his financial empire in real estate, banking, railroads, and more, his wife used their wealth to start and support countless organizations benefiting the people of Portland, including the Martha Washington Home and the Ladies Relief Society. The mansion was acquired by the city and restored to act as a museum dedicated to this interesting piece of Portland's early history.

  3. Waterfront Park – 98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
    Waterfront Park
    is a relatively new site for the city, with its ideation beginning in the early 1900s. It wasn't until 1974 that ground broke on this park, but it was well worth the wait as its been a popular social spot for Portlanders ever since. This park features many historical landmarks such as the Battleship Oregon Memorial, which was constructed to honor the retired ship that served our country in the late 1800s. The Founder's Stone is also on-site, which acts as a tribute to the city's founders who actually flipped a coin to determine whether the city would be named Portland or Boston. The Japanese American Historical Plaza is also within Waterfront Park, which honors the Japanese Americans of the Northwest who served in the United States military during World War II.

  4. Oregon Holocaust Memorial – 95205 SW Washington Way, Portland, OR 97205
    The Oregon Holocaust Memorial is located outdoors in Washington Park. This memorial was dedicated in 2004 to the many residents of Portland and Washington that have had relatives who died in the camps; their names are engraved on the memorial wall. A soil vault panel, filled with soil and ash from six camps, sits alongside bronze tokens representing the everyday objects left behind as individuals from across Europe were transported to the camps.

  5. Ankeny Plaza – 2 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97204
    Ankeny Plaza
    was one of the first public spaces in Portland and contains a number of historical features. Located in Old Town Chinatown, this plaza is surrounded by buildings built in the mid-1800s and contains the oldest public art sculpture: Skidmore Fountain. Meant to act as a drinking fountain for men, dogs, and horses, this 14-ft bronze piece of art continues to be a public space where Portlanders and their animals can come to cool off.

Are you searching for an older, charming home in Portland that you can call your own? Our team can help! Contact us today to tour our listings of Portland homes for sale.

September
28

Portland Farms

When you want the best, pick it fresh. That could be the motto at any of the many great farms around Portland where you can pick fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables with your whole family. Heading to a farm is a great way to enjoy the early fall weather, get out of the house, and stock up on your favorite produce. As the calendar flips to fall, you can expect new and different opportunities at your favorite farms. Our brokers have the details on 5 great farms around Portland where you can pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables.

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September
8

Seattle Glass Blowing Art Studios

Seattle is a city that's bustling with a unique creativity that's seen in everything from our architecture and art to our food and literature. So many Seattleites unlock their artistic passions when they discover a new hobby that acts as a perfect outlet for their creativity. If you're searching for a new pastime, our brokers encourage you to give glass blowing a try at one of these local glass blowing studios in the Seattle.

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August
24

First time Buyers

Buying a home is still a part of the American dream. And for most of us, it starts as just that—a dream. Most people spend years dreaming about their first home before they actually buy it, and if that's where you find yourself today, then there are some things you should know before moving forward. 

Buying your first home can, of course, be a stressful process, and the more you know going in, the better off you'll be. Our brokers are always here to help. Here's what most first-time homebuyers wish they had known before starting the process: 

  1. You're Not Buying for the Life You Have Today
    It's one thing to buy a house that fits your current lifestyle. It's quite another to buy a house that fits your lifestyle five, ten, or twenty years for now. But a house is one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make, and you must think about it in the long term. Ask yourself some questions about what will your life look like down the road and whether the house you're looking at will be right for it. Are you planning on getting married or having kids? How long do you expect to be at your current job? If you're not confident that your house will still be the right house in a few years, you may want to keep looking. 
  2. It's Okay to Shop Around for a Mortgage
    A lot of first-time homebuyers are so worried about whether or not they'll be able to secure a mortgage that they take the first offer they get. Less than half of today's buyers shop around for a home loan. That's a big mistake, and it's one that could end up costing you a lot of money. Rates offered by lending institutions vary widely, which is one of the reasons why it's important to always talk to multiple lenders. As a general rule, it's best to speak with at least three lenders and a mortgage broker before you make any commitments.
  3. Buy What You Can Afford
    Buy what you can afford might seem like obvious advice, but keep one thing in mind: the amount you can afford isn't necessarily the same as what your mortgage lender thinks you can afford. Many homeowners get pre-approved for more than they end up spending, and that's not a bad thing. While pre-approval for a mortgage is a great step toward determining your budget, it shouldn't be the only one. You need to do your own math to decide how much you can afford. Factor in all your income and expenses, and keep in mind that you should never put yourself in a position where you're spending more than 30% of your income on housing. 
  4. Don't Get Caught up in the Superficial
    When you're in the market for homes for sale, it's important to remember that there's no such thing as a 'perfect' house. That's why it's really important not to fixate too much on imperfections, especially small ones that can be easily fixed. If the house is dirty, the walls are an ugly color, or the fixtures are outdated, these are all superficial problems. Start out by making a list of priorities. Write out all your must-haves and would-like-to-haves so you can evaluate any house you look at based on whether it meets your needs. 
  5. The Right Real Estate Agent Can Make All the Difference
    Some buyers shy away from working with a real estate agent because they're wary about the cost. But it's worth remembering that a good buyer's agent will be working in your best interest. The same can't be said for the listing agent, who is essentially trying to help their client sell their home for as much as possible. Working with a great agent can actually save you money, but that's not the only benefit. They will also help you with all of the more complicated or overwhelming parts of buying a house, from working with your lender and negotiating the price to overseeing inspections and signing the closing paperwork. 

Buying your first home can seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Contact us today to learn more and get started on the road to homeownership in the Portland area. 

August
3

Seattle Japanese Garden

Get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful sites at the reopened Seattle Japanese Garden. This serene space located in Washington Park is the perfect place to relax your body, calm your mind, and let your soul absorb the beauty, wonder, and peacefulness that this park projects. Whether the Seattle Japanese Garden is one of your favorite spots in the Emerald City or if you've only heard about it but have never been, our brokers believe that now is a great time to support this city landmark.

60th Anniversary of the Seattle Japanese Garden

One reason you should visit the Seattle Japanese Garden is that it just celebrated its 60th anniversary on June 5th. Opened in 1960, the Seattle Japanese Garden is recognized as one of the best Japanese-style gardens on the continent. This charming garden features elements of Japan's many diverse landscapes. This special occasion is known as "kanreki", which marks a rebirth or return to childhood. Throughout the year, the Seattle Japanese Garden will commemorate this anniversary with special activities.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is Reopen for Visitors

Seattle Japanese Garden – 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112

  • Hours
    Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM-7 PM during August
    Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM-6 PM during September

  • Admission
    $8, Adults 18-64 
    $4, Ages 6-17, 65+, and College Students
    Free, Ages 0-5

After closing in accordance with local guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Seattle Japanese Garden happily welcomed back its first visitors on July 14th. The Seattle Japanese Garden has made a few temporary changes to ensure the safety of visitors and staff alike.

  • The Seattle Japanese Garden has implemented a new timed ticketing system that requires visitors to purchase their tickets in advance online. These tickets will be purchased for a specific timeslot and cannot be changed or refunded.  

  • Face coverings are required for all guests ages 5 and above.

  • Paths throughout the garden will now be one-way only.

  • Many areas and pathways will be closed until further notice, including the Tateuchi Community Room, the azumaya, various bridges, various platforms, and the Shoseian Teahouse.

  • Tours and tea ceremonies are not offered at this time.

  • You cannot bring in your own food or beverages, with the exception of your own drinking water as water fountains within the Seattle Japanese Garden are closed.

  • Your group size cannot exceed five individuals, including children.

Planning Your Visit to the Seattle Japanese Garden

Although these temporary changes may place limitations on how visitors can engage with the Seattle Japanese Garden, you can still have a wonderful experience even if it's your first visit. 

How to plan your visit:

  • Plan your visit well in advance to ensure that you can secure a ticket for the day you desire.

  • Research the history of the Japanese-style garden and learn about the importance of the Seattle Japanese Garden.

  • Be sure to eat a meal prior to your arrival and consider bringing a bottle of water for each person in your group.

  • When you arrive, grab a brochure at the entrance so your group can complete a self-guided tour of the grounds.

  • Follow all guidelines including wearing your mask at all times and progressing through the garden according to the marked paths.

  • Most importantly, make sure to take a moment to sit and admire the beauty of each varied landscape of Japan certain areas represent.

Types of Plants at the Seattle Japanese Garden

Japan is a country with diverse geography, containing varied landscapes including mountains, islands, the sea, rivers, lakes, forests, and waterfalls. As you stroll the Seattle Japanese Garden, you'll encounter these unique regions of Japan and view some of the flora and fauna that call this country home. Some of the gorgeous species you'll find throughout the Garden include:

  • Japanese forest grass
  • Chinese silver grass
  • Bamboos
  • Miscanthus
  • Cherry trees
  • Japanese spicebush
  • Western red cedar
  • Arnold azalea
  • Osmanthus
  • Japanese camellias
  • Hinoki
  • Water lilies
  • Japanese iris
  • Corylopsis
  • Lily of the Valley shrub
  • Cryptomeria japonica
  • Koto no Ito

The Seattle Japanese Garden is one of our favorite spots in the city. Recently reopened, we encourage you to visit this tranquil park before the summer ends. If you're interested in browsing Seattle homes for sale while you're in the area, feel free to contact us to schedule a tour.

July
27

Kitchen Remodel in Portland

Are you thinking about a kitchen remodel this summer? You're not alone! Many of the best homes for sale have newly updated kitchens, making this a great investment. When our brokers are helping potential buyers find their dream home, a great kitchen is almost always one of the most in-demand features. 

Taking the time to create a solid plan and think through the details before you start your remodeling project can help you avoid any post-remodel regrets. Here are a few of the most important things you'll want to consider.

  1. Decide if You're Loving or Listing
    One of the first things you'll want to do is think about whether you're planning to stay in your home for the long term. If you're remodeling in anticipation of selling, you'll approach your project in a completely different way than you will if you're designing your dream kitchen. If you're planning to stay, it makes much more sense to splurge on the things that you've always wanted. Have you been dreaming of a built-in meat ager or a wine cooler? Go for it! However, if you're remodeling to sell, these types of upgrades aren't likely to bring you a great return on your investment. 
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July
6

Seattle Ice Cream

Summer in Seattle is the best time of the year, thanks in part to National Ice Cream Month falling in July! What better way to enjoy the sunshine than to slurp up a few fresh scoops from Seattle's finest ice cream parlors? Our brokers encourage you indulge in your craving and check out these amazingly unique local ice cream shops around town.

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June
22

Features Buyers Want

Spending time in quarantine has changed what buyers are looking for in their next home while making current homeowners reconsider what they want most from their own properties. With the real estate industry still going strong virtually, now is an excellent time to consider what both you and potential buyers want from your home. Our brokers are here to help you maximize the value of your property, with our guide to the not-so-surprising features that buyers want now.

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June
8

Portland Garden tips

National Weed Your Garden Day is observed on June 13 each year to help remind gardeners to spend a few extra minutes combatting weeds. These unwanted plants can take over your Portland garden if you don't keep on top of them, and in addition to crowding out your plants, they'll take much-needed water and nutrients away from the soil.

Our brokers suggest the following ways to combat weeds:

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June
1

Seattle Bakeries

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you're checking out Seattle homes for sale. You need to keep your energy up, and what better way than with the classic combination of a doughnut and coffee?

Seattle's many small bakeries will tempt your taste buds any time of year, but they're even better as we approach National Doughnut Day. Taking place on Friday, June 5, it's the perfect time to stop by for a fresh dozen with curbside service or place an order for delivery.

Yes, you've probably noticed that big national chains usually have deals on National Doughnut Day. For those lucky enough to be here in the Emerald City, however, our brokers say nothing beats a local bakery.

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May
26

Dog Friendly Neighborhood

Portland, Oregon has been called one of the most pet-friendly cities in America, and it's not hard to see why. With an abundance of pet stores, dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants, and dog walking trails, Portland is a pet owner's dream city. 

Our brokers are proud to live in a city that welcomes all our four-legged friends. If you're looking for your next home in the area, here's what you should look out for to know you're in a pet-friendly neighborhood. 

  1. Trash Cans
    We've all done it, but throwing your dog's poop bag in a neighbor's garbage can while you're out for a walk is a definite faux pas. That's why it's always great to live in a neighborhood with public trash cans on every corner. It's a sure sign that you and your pooch will be happy, and you won't have to be sneaky when you dispose of your dog's waste. 
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May
11

Portland Takeout

Shelter in place orders may have all of us spending more time at home, but that doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy a great meal from some of your favorite Portland restaurants. With dine-in service off the table for the immediate future, ordering takeout, curbside pickup, or delivery from local restaurants is a great way to keep things fresh at home while supporting your favorite dining spots during a challenging time for small businesses. Ready to skip cooking tonight? Our brokers have you covered, with our guide to Portland restaurants offering takeout.

  1. Miss Delta – 3950 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227

    As a long-time favorite located close to Portland homes for sale, you'll find that Miss Delta has everything you need to enjoy a great family meal at home. The restaurant specializes in Southern fare of all types, from jambalaya to po-boys. Miss Delta is currently offering takeout service via curbside pickup every day of the week, with orders placed online or by phone. With classic comfort food and delicious desserts, you're sure to find something to love on the menu. If you can't make it out for takeout, Miss Delta is also offering delivery options.

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May
4

Virtual Game Night Seattle

Who's ready for a much-needed game night? Any night can be a virtual game night with a little help from easy-to-use technologies. Our brokers love game nights and thanks to technology there are many ways to host a virtual game night from the comfort of your home. Here's what you'll need for your own virtual game night in Seattle.

Tech Needed for Virtual Game Night

Before you decide which games you and your friends will play virtually, you must understand the different ways in which you can play these games online. There are essentially two ways to play games online — through video chat or through a dedicated game server. Both of these options feature free-to-use and pay-to-play functionalities. Video chat is as simple as it sounds — you'll use a video chatting system to play the game. The other option, a dedicated game server, involves playing a game through a third-party system.

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April
20

Decorating Your Home Office

Working from home is certainly a different experience than working in an office, and it brings many of its own challenges. Staying connected, staying motivated, and avoiding distractions can all be difficult when you're working from home. 

It helps to have a home office, a space dedicated to getting your work done every day. With a lot more of us working from home recently, our brokers have some helpful tips about decorating your home office. 

  1. Choose Your Space
    Not every room in your home will work as well as a home office. Ideally, you want to choose a room that's out of the way, far from the regular traffic in your house (especially if you have kids or a partner who also works from home). It's also best to choose a room that isn't also being put to another use. It should be your home office and only your home office.
  2. Let There Be Light
    If possible, try to choose a room for your home office that has a window that lets ample light in. Decorate the window with a light, airy vibe; ditch heavy drapes in favor of flowy curtails that let plenty of light in. Natural light is a great mood and creativity booster, and there's nothing better than having an office with a view!
  3. Expand the Space
    Dark, dingy spaces are not conducive to productivity. You'll get more done in a workspace that feels open. Since most of us aren't going to take down a wall to expand our home offices, the best way to open up the space is to choose a paint color that makes it feel more open. Your best option is a crisp off-white, which will make your office seem nice and airy but won't be too sterile. 
  4. Eliminate Clutter
    If your old desk at work was overflowing with a sea of clutter, consider this an opportunity to reset. Too much clutter makes it hard to concentrate, so take the time to eliminate all the unnecessary litter from your home office. You'll be amazed how much more work you get done! 
  5. Green it Up
    Bring some plants into your home office! They look great, help clean your air, and studies show that they make you happy. It's been proven that house plants improve your mood, reduce stress, and can boost creativity and concentration by up to 15 percent. This is partly because seeing greenery has the psychological effect of making us more calm and relaxed, but also because they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. 
  6. Make it Personal
    Your home office is your own space, so make it feel like it's yours! It should reflect your interests, work, and style. Bring in your favorite decor, family photos, kids' drawings, or anything else that makes it feel like your own little kingdom.
  7. Organize for Productivity
    Keep storage space in your home office as simple as possible. A few basic shelves and drawers are usually preferable to complex systems of organization, as long as it makes sense to do so. Feel free to be creative, though, and use the vertical space offered by your walls to your advantage. The idea is to have everything you need for work close at hand, but not to go overboard with cluttered storage.
  8. Keep Technology in Check
    It can be hard to avoid technology when you're working from home, and you can never keep things like your computer, printer, and phone completely out of sight. But you can hide unsightly cords. Use zip-ties to keep cords organized and as out of sight as possible, and try to run them strategically behind furniture.
  9. Make it Comfortable
    The furnishings in your home office should generally be as simple as possible. Just make sure you have what you need, and make it comfortable. This is especially true of your desk chair, which you're sure to be spending a lot of time in.

Contact us today for more tips on how to maximize the potential of your home. While many more of us have been working from home recently, our team still offers the best selection of Portland homes for sale, and we're committed to helping you live life to the fullest, wherever you may be!

April
13

Seattle Orchestra

There's nothing like enjoying a rousing orchestra performance, and you don't have to be at the concert hall to catch an amazing show. Staying home and staying safe doesn't have to mean missing out on listening to talented musicians. Our brokers have searched the globe to find seven orchestras and operas from around the world that are offering free online performances during these times.

  1. Seattle Symphony Orchestra
    Long a popular choice for a night on the town near Seattle homes for sale, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra was one of the first to offer free shows online. Their YouTube channel is packed with clips of songs from the best live performances of the 2020 season and years past, along with quick trips behind the scenes to show what orchestra life is like. If possible, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra will also be streaming live concerts on certain dates, so check back often to see when you might catch a full-length live performance. On the Seattle Symphony Orchestra website, meanwhile, you'll find a huge collection of encore performances, recordings, and "behind the stage" videos to enjoy.

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April
6

Spring Cleaning Tips

The weather is warming up and now is the perfect time to open up the windows, evict the dust bunnies, and give the whole house a deep cleaning. Here are a few tips to help make it easier.

  1. Create a Plan
    Before you dive into spring cleaning, it's a good idea to start with a plan. Walk through each room of your home and make a list of things you notice that need attention. Also, think about tasks that you usually skip during your weekly cleaning and add those to your list as well. Once you have a master list, you can decide whether you can recruit the entire family and tackle it in a single day or if you need to create a schedule to get it done over the course of a couple of weeks. It's always important to be flexible, but a general plan will help ensure that everything gets done with minimal stress.  

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March
31

Local Businesses in Seattle

Small businesses do so much to support the communities that they're a part of, and during times like these it's crucial for communities to show the same support in return. With so many small businesses in Seattle forced to change their business models, stop serving customers in person, or drastically limit hours due to coronavirus precautions, your favorite local businesses need your support now more than ever. Even though visiting local businesses in person has become difficult, there's still plenty you can do to help! Our brokers know how important Seattle small businesses are to every neighborhood, and we've put together 7 ways that you can support your favorite local businesses right now.

  1. Support Neighborhood Restaurants by Ordering Takeout or Delivery
    While they currently cannot serve dine-in customers, many restaurants located near Seattle homes for sale are still turning out great food from the kitchen. You just might have to pick it up in a different way than usual. There are a ton of Seattle restaurants still offering delivery, takeout, or drive-thru service, so it's easy to support your favorites while getting access to great promotions in the process. Remember that tips are a major part of the income for many service workers, and tipping can go a long way. Even though you can't dine in, you can still leave a tip when you pick up your food in order to help the staff.

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March
16

Greenhouses in Seattle

There's nothing quite like spending a warm, spring day with your hands in the soil, tending to a garden that will bring you joy throughout the coming seasons. Gardening has many health benefits, from reducing stress to burning calories, along with the incredibly satisfying feeling of watching all of your hard work come to life. As our brokers can tell you, a beautiful garden can also be a big help when selling your home, since curb appeal is a key component in making the all-important positive first impression. No matter what draws you back to your garden each year, rest assured that Seattle has greenhouses with everything you need to exercise your green thumb.

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February
10

Portland Brunch Hotspots

You already know that Portland has a legendary culinary scene, but have you considered brunch? PDX has a brunch hotspot to suit every taste. From the finest French-inspired cuisine to the home-cooked joys of eggs, meat, and potatoes, it's easy to satisfy your brunch cravings close to home in Portland. Our brokers love local meals, and we've got the details on 7 of the best brunch destinations around Portland.

  1. Tasty n Alder – 580 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
    make it easy to enjoy all of the delicious brunch destinations on our list, including the lovely Tasty n Alder. In the evening, Tasty n Alder is known as one of Portland's top steakhouses, and the brunch menu more than equals what you'll find at dinnertime. Executive chef John Gorham, who owns a variety of top-rated restaurants around the city, has created a brunch menu that incorporates cooking styles that he has learned while traveling the world. Mix in a huge selection of craft cocktails, and you have the perfect brunch destination close to Portland homes for sale.

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January
20

bill rissBill Riss, owner and CEO of Coldwell Banker Bain, a leading provider of real estate brokerage services throughout the Pacific Northwest and a market leader in home sales in 2019*, has been named to the 2020 Swanepoel Power 200, a list of the most powerful people in residential real estate. Riss, owner and CEO of Landover Corporation, a holding company for Coldwell Banker Bain that operates 32 offices and posts $6 billion in annual sales, this year ranks 48th, up two from last year's 50th-place spot.

The Swanepoel Power 200 recognizes the industry's most innovative and influential leaders, key decision-makers, trendsetters and emerging leaders. Honorees are selected based on, among other factors, significance and contribution to the industry, geographic reach, growth potential and more. The ranking criteria can be seen here.

"It's always an honor, and one I don't take for granted, to be recognized as one of the many leaders in our industry, recognizing contributions to work and an industry that I love. But my success has always been a consequence of the combined talents and dedication of the professional brokers I've been privileged to work with," Riss said.

Riss, a Seattle native and University of Washington graduate with a background in mortgage and commercial banking, land development, new construction and brokerage management, is one of the most knowledgeable and resourceful real estate executives in the area.

*According to final 2019 statistics derived from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service data  (NWMLS).

January
17

Coldwell Banker Bain, a leading provider of real estate brokerage services throughout Washington and Oregon, and a market leader in home sales in 2019,* releases its 2019 annual market report providing a variety of statistics for the sale of homes in neighborhoods and counties throughout the Puget Sound region and SW Washington and Oregon, as well as for segments including luxury and condos. This report reflects activity between Jan 1, 2019 and Dec 31, 2019.**

 

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EASTSIDE REPORT NORTH SOUND REPORT PUGET SOUND REPORT SEATTLE REPORT
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WATERFRONT REPORT SOUTH SOUND REPORT SW WASHINGTON REPORT OREGON REPORT

 

 

*According to final 2019 statistics derived from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service data (NWMLS), Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) and Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon (MLSCO).

**Information and statistics derived by CB Bain from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS), and Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon (MLSCO) each quarter. Statistics not compiled or published by the NWMLS, RMLS, or MLSCO.

 

January
20

Crossfit Seattle

Does your workout program include SMART goals? Experts agree you have a better chance of reaching your goals if they're specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.

CrossFit is a popular exercise style that checks off all those boxes with a variety of challenging activities leading to overall fitness. Our brokers have the inside scoop on seven top CrossFit gyms around Seattle, where you can get your conditioning on.

  1. CrossFit Hinge - 1412 S. Henderson St., Seattle 98108
    Zach Filer and Adrianna Kara, co-owners of CrossFit Hinge, believe fitness should be accessible to all. Their 206 South non-profit organization provides sliding-scale memberships for adults and free programs for teens, so income isn't a barrier to good health and conditioning. In addition to group classes, private training is available to help you attain your goals. Classes are offered seven days a week.

  2. CrossFit Felix - 2211 5th Ave., Seattle 98121
    Whether you're a serious bodybuilder or weekend warrior, CrossFit Felix has the tools to help you succeed. The convenient downtown location makes it easy to fit in a class before or after work or even on a lunch break. Intimidated by super-buff instructors? In their bios, CrossFit Felix coaches share their least favorite moves, so they become more relatable. Choose from a wide range of individual passes and multi-session packages to fit any schedule and budget.

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January
13

Portland Seafood Festival

No matter the season, you're never far from fresh, local seafood or a fine glass of locally produced wine when you call Portland home. The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival is an annual celebration of the area's amazing local culinary scene, with food, drink, and fun for the whole family. Our brokers are ready to dig in, and we've got all the details on what to expect from this year's Portland Seafood and Wine Festival.

Dates: January 31 – February 1, 2020

Location: Oregon Convention Center – 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival is a huge gathering, taking place at the Oregon Convention Center with more than 90,000 square feet of event space. Portland homes for sale offer easy access to countless great restaurants, and this festival is a chance to sample many of the best local spots in one convenient location. A portion of the proceeds from the two-day event goes toward supporting the Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society.

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December
23

Portland Home 2020

Is purchasing a new Portland home at the top of your list of goals for 2020? We don't blame you! Portland is an amazing city to call home, and now is a great time to shop for a home in the area. Setting goals is a great place to start when buying a home, but closing the deal will require action. No matter how much or how little experience you have shopping for homes, having a plan will help. Our brokers are here to help, with five tips for making your dream of a new Portland home a reality in 2020.

  1. Make a List of Wants, Needs, and Dealbreakers
    Portland homes for sale
    feature a ton of variety and having a strong idea of what you want ahead of time will make it much easier to narrow down your options. Create separate lists for what you need to have from your new home, which extra perks you want from the home if possible, and the potential dealbreakers. Then order your list by priority.

    While it will be hard to satisfy every item on your list, knowing your priorities makes it much easier to find the right home. You may find your list of priorities evolving as you visit homes, and that's perfectly normal. Revise your list as you get new information, and use what you learn to hone in on the right choice for your needs.

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December
9

Portland Holiday Events

Whether you've lived in Portland for years or have only visited for a weekend, you already know that the City of Roses is full of fun events throughout the year. The winter season is no different as the city hosts dozens of holiday happenings that will fill your schedule with tidings of great joy. If you want to immerse yourself in holiday cheer, be sure to mark these fun festivities on your calendar throughout December!

  1. The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition — The Square 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97204 | Dec 13
    Do you love singing holiday songs? Then you've got to head to Portland's Living Room for the sixth edition of the yearly Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. Once held downtown in the 90s, this free event returned to Portland a few years ago and is reestablishing itself as one of the best family-friendly festivities in town. Come down for a listen or warm up your pipes and enter into the contest with your favorite holiday tune!

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December
2

 

Local Seattle ShoppingThe holidays are just around the corner — have you completed your shopping list yet? Our brokers love visiting the unique locally-owned stores throughout Seattle for one-of-a-kind gifts that our families and friends will cherish for years to come. If you're still searching for the perfect present for your loved ones, stop by one of these shops around Seattle.

  • LUCCA Great Finds — 5332 Ballard Ave NW., Seattle, WA 98107
    We've all got someone on our shopping list that has impeccable taste, and thankfully, LUCCA Great Finds is perfect for brilliantly designed gifts. They have a fabulous selection of home goods, stationery, bath and body care products, candles, and gifts for children. We love their home décor, especially their holiday-themed decorations that range from Christmas to Halloween and everything in between. Need a few holiday cards as well? Lucca Paperworks designs and prints their own greeting cards, which complement their unique offerings spectacularly.

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November
25

Portland Area Nonprofits

Our brokers invite you to join us and your Portland neighbors as we recognize and participate in Giving Tuesday on December 3rd. This annual global giving movement was created to celebrate the charitable season by encouraging individuals to donate to causes that impact their communities and the world as a whole. Countless organizations throughout Oregon make our state a better place, and we ask you to consider showing patronage to these fantastic Portland charities on this upcoming Giving Tuesday.

  1. Wheel to Walk Foundation — PO Box 20146, Portland, OR 97294
    Imagine giving children with mobility disabilities the opportunity to get the most out of life with the aid of assistive mobility items and other vital services. The Wheel to Walk Foundation obtains medical equipment and services for kids 20 and younger that insurance will not provide. All donations help these individuals lead a more convenient and accessible life, including everything from taking showers with bath chairs to getting outside activity with adaptive strollers and wheelchairs.

  2. On the Move Community Integration — 4187 SE Division St., Portland, OR 97202
    For those living with disabilities, it can be difficult to live a lifestyle allowing them to frequently interact with their surroundings. On the Move Community Integration helps adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities overcome these challenges by providing them meaningful, healthful access to their community through activities. Their programs include Community Inclusion Programs that engage these adults with the environment. Supported Employment Programs help them prepare for and secure, fulfilling employment. Plus, Personal Enrichment Programs offer one-on-one attention to help build positive relationships and achieve literacy goals. Generous donations of time or money help these adults feel welcomed and embraced by their Portland community.

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November
18

HOA Pros and Cons

You've browsed the listings for Seattle homes for sale, and you've finally found the house that you want to call home! However, it's in a community with a mandatory Home Owners Association, and now you've got to decide whether or not the pros and cons of an HOA meet your lifestyle. Our brokers understand that an HOA is not for everyone. Even though you may have found your dream home, certain rules and regulations required by the HOA may prevent you from living the way you desire. Let's look at the common pros and cons of HOAs.

Pros of HOAs

  • Homeowner Associations Provide & Maintain Great Amenities
    Do you love swimming on occasion but not enough to keep up with the responsibilities of a swimming pool? Then an HOA might be for you. Along with pools, many HOA neighborhoods feature amenities like clubhouses, tennis courts, basketball courts, event rooms, pet cleanup stations, dog parks, and host events for the community. 

  • Your Home Will Likely Retain Its Value
    Buying a home is an investment that you want to protect. Because of their many rules and guidelines, homes within an HOA maintain a great appearance that makes them desirable to new buyers.

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November
11

Maintenance Tips for Portland Homes

While the City of Roses has a unique and colorful culture, one of the top reasons buyers consider Portland homes for sale is the proximity to our wonderous green spaces. Dozens of natural areas connect us with the refreshing sights, sounds, and smell of the great outdoors. Our REALTORS® are not surprised that many home buyers are searching for waterfront properties around the city. We've gathered this list of maintenance tips to help you keep your waterfront home safe and spectacular, especially as the seasons change.

  1. Insure Your Property
    Before we delve into routine maintenance, you should know how important the right insurance policy is. No matter how well you maintain your property, unexpected and uncontrollable events such as flooding can cause damage to your property. Talk to your homeowner's insurance provider to ensure that you have the appropriate coverage.

  2. Be Mindful of Humidity
    Humidity levels will change as you move from season to season, which is why it's important to stay aware of excess moisture. High humidity levels in the summer can create mold and mildew, which can continue to spread during the winter. Use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture and remove odors; also consider having a mold evaluation completed on your exterior once a year.

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November
4

Vegan Restaurants in Seattle

November is World Vegan Month — but that doesn't mean it's a vegan-only event! This official global celebration of cruelty-free lifestyle is an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn more about the veganism way of life. People choose a vegan diet to promote the humane treatment of animals, the protection of the environment or for health concerns.

Although vegan dishes do not include meat, dairy, eggs, fish or honey, there's one thing vegan meals are full of — great taste! Our brokers encourage you to celebrate World Vegan Month at one of these fantastic vegan restaurants in Seattle.

  • Wayward Vegan Café — 801 NE. 66th St. Suite C, Seattle, WA 98115
    There's just something comforting about eating at a family-owned diner. Perhaps that's why Wayward Vegan Café has been a beloved part of the Seattle community for fifteen years. Get your fill of breakfast favorites with a vegan twist like the Ex-Benedict or Suns Over Seattle. Stop by for lunch or dinner for a Chico Vegan Melt, Tempeh Reuben or Pacific Phil's Quinoa Extravaganza. Not only are their items vegan, but many are also gluten-free, so those with dietary restrictions will have no trouble finding a delicious option.     

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October
7

Seattle Pier 54

Since 1988 Pier 54 has become one of the top tourist destinations in the Seattle Waterfront. Famously home to the flagship Ivar's restaurant, the pier has become a symbol of Seattle and is a central location for a fun day on the waterfront. There is no doubt that our Brokers like to highlight how vibrant and fun a city Seattle is, and Pier 54 contributes to that atmosphere.

Waterfront Fun Begins at Pier 54 

Pier 54 is a familiar sight for commuters as it is adjacent to the ferry terminal that serves popular destinations such as West Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula, and Vashon Island. This was why it was considered such a prime location for some of Seattle's oldest businesses. These businesses include such Seattle originals as:

  • Ivar's Acres of Clams Seafood Restaurant
  • Ye Olde Curiosity Shop Museum and Gift Shop 
  • Simply Seattle Gift and Souveniers
  • Kidd Valley Burger and Shakes
  • The Frankenfurter Hot Dog Stand

While the eateries do brisk business with commuters waiting for their ferries, these businesses provide a place for visitors to fuel up and get ready for a waterfront walk.

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September
30

Oregon City

Located at the confluence of the stunning Willamette and Clackamas Rivers, Oregon City is a beautiful place to call home. The city still celebrates its pioneer spirit and features endless natural scenery to explore close to home. Oregon City is located about 13 miles south of Portland, with a mid-sized population and tons to do for fun. You'll find ample shopping areas in the city, along with delicious dining, fascinating museums, and plenty of outdoor attractions. Our brokers know Oregon City, and we've got the inside scoop on what it's like to call the city home.

  • City Life with a Suburban Feel
    Do you enjoy the perks of an urban lifestyle, but still want a suburban feel from your hometown? Oregon City has all the trappings of a large city, with a modest population of around 35,000 residents. It offers the perfect blend of urban, suburban, and small-town living. It's no surprise that a diverse collection of buyers continually shop for Oregon City homes for sale. Enjoy world-class dining, attractions, and events, without the population density of the biggest cities.

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September
23

Kent Washington

Just a short drive from Seattle, homebuyers are heading to Kent, to escape the hustle and bustle of its nearby "big sister." Kent ranks at the top of the list of fastest-growing cities in King County. Kent is a dynamic, growing community, with a population of just under 130,000 people and plenty for residents of all ages to do for fun. Living in Kent makes it easy to explore all that King County has to offer. Our brokers know Kent, and we've put together ten things you need to know about life in the city.

  1. A Mix of Small Town Style and Big City Amenities
    Are you searching for a city with all of the perks of urban life but skipping the traffic and population density of larger cities? Kent homes for sale offer an appealing alternative to other nearby cities, with an urban layout and a small-town feel. That's especially evident downtown, where you'll find locally owned businesses that treat regulars like family. Kent also boasts all of the outdoor beauty of scenic, smaller communities with its collection of parks and outdoor spaces that make it easy to connect with nature in the city.

  2. A Piece of Kent Is Still on the Moon Today
    Make that three pieces, to be precise! Kent played a key role in the Apollo missions to the moon, building three of the rovers that astronauts used to explore the lunar surface. All three of those Lunar Rovers remain on the surface of the moon today, providing a constant reminder of what makes Kent special.

  3. The King County Annexation Initiative Helps Kent Grow
    Kent is part of the King County Annexation Initiative, which aims to add unincorporated areas to existing city limits. This program benefits both Kent and the areas annexed by the city. Unincorporated areas gain the benefit of being part of an incorporated city, while the city benefits through growth, new attractions, and new residents.

  4. Get a Great Workout at the Kent Community Center
    Whether you're looking for a workout or the perfect place to host a local event, the Kent Community Center has you covered. The Community Center features ten large meeting spaces, two full-size gyms for basketball, exercise facilities, lockers, showers, and dedicated areas for exercise classes.

  5. Kent's Park System Is Second to None
    In addition to the Community Center, Kent is home to a huge collection of parks to suit every interest. There are more than 75 parks and outdoor facilities in Kent, including playgrounds, public parks, skate parks, trails, green spaces, waterfront areas, and recreation facilities. Many of the local parks host sports leagues and a wide variety of other community events.

  6. International Cuisine and Delicious Local Dining
    When you're looking for great dining, downtown Kent is the place to be. The city is home to a diverse collection of international dining spots, with flavors from around the world. Try an authentic Thai meal at Banyan Tree, sample food from around the globe at Ubuntu Street Cafe, or dive into delicious desserts at Punjab Sweets.

  7. Living in Kent Means Easy Access to Three Great Cities
    You won't have to travel far to find all of the attractions and services you need. Kent is smack dab in the middle between Seattle and Tacoma. So living in Kent makes it easy to explore everything that our corner of Washington has to offer.

  8. Easy Access to Highways and Public Transportation
    In addition to offering a central location, Kent provides easy access to highways and public transportation to get you where you need to go. King County Metro Transit will take you directly to downtown Seattle, and it's easy to commute on your own on Interstate 5 and other major highways. The Sounder Commuter Rail also has stops in Kent, so you have plenty of choices for transportation.

  9. The Downtown Partnership Brings New Attractions to Kent
    Kent's downtown is already a popular gathering place, and the Downtown Partnership helps makes sure that there's always something new to try in the city. The partnership was formed to revitalize downtown Kent and has been doing great work for decades.

  10. Local History Is All around You in Kent
    Kent has a long, unique history dating back more than 200 years, and the Kent Historical Society does a fantastic job of chronicling local history. You can visit the history museum, or stop by the society's booth at the popular Kent Farmers Market.

Are you ready to start shopping for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the things that make life in Kent so unique? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Kent, WA area.

September
16

Pearl District Portland

Are you searching for a Portland neighborhood that has it all, from safe family fun to some of the city's best nightlife? The Pearl District is a true Portland treasure, and a favorite spot to visit for residents of all ages. It's home to a huge collection of world-class restaurants, amazing art galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and beautiful parks. The Pearl District is also a fantastic example of Portland's commitment to revitalization, after undergoing a truly amazing transformation over the past 25 years to become one of the hottest spots in the city. Our brokers know Portland, and we've got all the exciting details on what awaits you in the dynamic, vibrant Pearl District.

Calling the Pearl District Home

The Pearl District is one of Portland's most in-demand neighborhoods, and living in the Pearl District certainly comes with more than its share of perks. If you want to live in a place where everything is within walking distance, and you'll always have something new to experience, then the Pearl District is for you. While this corner of the city doesn't have many detached, single-family homes, there are tons of great apartments, condos, townhomes, and other dwellings to choose from in the area. When you live in the Pearl District, Portland's best boutiques, dining spots, and nightlife are all just a short walk from your front door.

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September
9

Pike's Place

If Seattle is the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Pike Place Market is its soul. This bustling, energetic attraction in the core of the city is virtually its own neighborhood, serving as a top draw for tourists and locals alike. 

What makes Pike Place Market such a must-see spot in one of the country's most vibrant cities? Join our brokers as they take a deep dive into the history, tradition, and appeal of Seattle's iconic marketplace.

History of Pike Place Market

During the early 1900s, Seattle was making the transition from frontier town to an urban center. The rapidly growing population created a strong demand for fresh produce, dairy products, meat, and other food items from nearby farms.

Unscrupulous wholesalers took advantage of the situation, paying farmers next to nothing and selling the goods alongside the downtown waterfront at exorbitant prices. Thanks to a proposal from City Councilman Thomas Revelle, Seattle decided to create a public marketplace where farmers could sell directly to consumers.

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August
26

Getting Fit in Portland

Portland Fitness Centers & Gyms
Portland is known as one of the most active, healthy cities in the country, with a population that loves a good workout. Many residents ride their bikes to work and spend time exercising in the city's beautiful outdoor spaces. There are also a ton of great gyms and fitness centers in the area, whether you're looking for a traditional workout or a fresh, unique way to stay in shape. Our brokers know the benefits of a local workout, and we've got the details on ten of the best gyms and fitness centers in the Portland area.

Portland Fitness Indoor Cycling

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August
19

Seattle Ice Cream Shops
Summer means different things to different people, but there's one thing we all can agree on – it's a great time to eat ice cream. If you happen to be in Seattle looking for the perfect home (and cone to cool you off), then you're in luck. You'll find some of the best ice cream shops in America right down the road from these Seattle homes for sale. Our brokers take a quick look at eight spots you'll hear locals raving about.

Seattle Great Ice Cream Places

  1. Bluebird Ice Cream, 7400 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    A Seattle mainstay for small-batch gourmet ice cream and house-brewed sodas, Bluebird Ice Cream is a great place for classic flavors as well unique ice cream concoctions. This locally-focused shop makes a lot of its flavors using ingredients from neighboring businesses, like Theo Chocolate Chunk and Caffé Vita Coffee. Bluebird operates a craft brewery as well, so you have the option of trying some wild beer-flavored experiments like Elysian Stout ice cream, or a float with a scoop of vanilla in a glass of Chocolate Cherry Porter. 

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August
12

Portland In-Demand Neighborhoods
No matter what corner of the city you call home, there's no doubt that Portland is a fantastic place to live. The city is laid back, and filled with attractions. Residents can explore the outdoors at every turn, with a robust network of trails, bike paths, parks, and public spaces. There are so many great Portland neighborhoods to choose from, each with its own attractions, local businesses, and lifestyle. Our brokers have the details on ten of the most in-demand neighborhoods in Portland where you can find your next home.

10 In-Demand Portland Neighborhoods

Sellwood Bridge

  1. Sellwood Moreland
    Located on the southeastern edge of the city, the Sellwood Moreland neighborhood has long been a popular place to shop for a home in Portland. This neighborhood began life as a mill town on the outskirts of the city, before becoming part of Portland as it grew larger. Today, Sellwood Moreland maintains its small-town charm, while offering easy access to all the attractions of the big city and some of the state's top-ranked schools.


    Portland Pearl District

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August
5

Redmond Best Place to Live in Washington

Redmond Is Known as the Best Place to Live in Washington

Our brokers have been fielding a growing number of questions about Redmond homes for sale, and there's no surprise why. It is the hottest place to live in the state.

That's the opinion of Niche.com, which put Redmond at the top of its list of best places to live. Redmond is making waves as one of the most desirable cities in Washington.

There's so much to love about Redmond, the biggest question is: Where to start?

Just a short drive east of Seattle, Redmond benefits from an amazing location. It has long been known as the home of Microsoft and Nintendo of America, but that's only the start of what's attracted its 65,000 residents to this "Bicycle Capital of the World."

Let's take a closer look at the secrets of what makes Redmond special:

Redmond Has a Robust High-Tech Employment Scene

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June
24

how to buy a home team diva

For you, buying a house is not just ticking off another box on the list – it's personal. Because owning your own home means you get to decide which colors to paint the wall, how many dogs you get to have (backyard permitting), and which tree you'll build your kid's tree fort in. Having a place of your own isn't just the quintessential American Dream, it's the dream you've kindled For. Ever. But you live in Seattle and have heard the horror stories about too few houses for sale and sky-high prices. Now, you're afraid your dream may never come true.

Well, don't give up. Buying a home in Seattle is a lot like buying a home anywhere else, only different. Yes, the market here is a tight and prices are above the national average but that doesn't mean you're destined to a lifetime of renting. Coldwell Banker Bain's Team Diva know the ins and outs of the local market and what it takes to be successful in landing the home of your dreams. It starts with education, yours, so they've put together a complete guide, A to Z called, appropriately, How to Buy a Home in Seattle. In it you'll discover:

  • How to determine your home-buyer personality
  • How to find the right real estate agent for you
  • Steps to get your financing in order
  • How to make a winning offer
  • What to do when you're under contract (and why it's not the time to buy a car)
  • And more …

Whether you're ready to buy a house or just curious about the process, this comprehensive guide is for you. Never have the steps to buying a home in Seattle been laid out so clearly. See for yourself.

July
15

10 Portland Food Cart

Portland Food-On-Wheels: 10 Favorite Food Carts

Call us biased, but some of our Brokers think Portland has the tastiest food carts in America. Food carts (aka trucks) are a staple in our local Portland community.  

Depending upon who you talked to, Portland's first food trucks came into the picture as early as 1910 with Joseph Gatto selling from a horse-drawn cart. Fast forward to 2019, and you'll find nearly 600 food carts in our city with the aroma of food enticing hungry passersby to flock to their neighborhood. 

Food carts have a style all their own that adds to the charm of Portland. Food carts are a huge part of our culture in Portland, and their popularity only continues to grow throughout our neighborhoods. Recently, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study named Portland as one of the five friendliest cities across America for food trucks.  Our city's food-friendly attitude invites new entrepreneurs to build their food cart businesses here and add to our "food-omenon."

If you're searching for Portland homes for sale, you'll want to try out some of our restaurants on wheels.

Our Favorite Portland Food Trucks

Many locals use apps like Food Truck Fiesta, Eat St., and Roaming Hunger to track their favorite trucks. For the most part, each cart has a weekly rotation so you can always find them.

Let's say hello to ten of the top food trucks in the city:

  1. Gracie's Apizza – 8371 North Interstate Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
    Gracie's Apizza is a fusion of New Haven and Portland pizza with genuine wood-fired pies served from an iconic little red van. You can find Gracie's ranging throughout many Portland neighborhoods, from Kenton to Hillsborough. The mozzarella is always made fresh.

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July
1

Portland July 4 events

Our Brokers are getting ready to enjoy another spectacular 4th of July around Portland and Seattle. When it comes to Independence Day, our area goes all out: We have some of the most memorable events anywhere in the United States.

No matter whether you've just moved in or you're still looking around, you'll enjoy the warm welcome that these two cities and their surrounding communities can offer. There's something for everyone around the 4th of July. From kids to adults, everyone will be left wide-eyed!

Looking for the best way to enjoy the holiday? We are taking a look at 10 events throughout our Pacific Northwest communities:

Seattle july 4

  1. Seafair Summer Fourth – 2101 North Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
    Situated at Gas Works Park not far from Seattle homes for sale is the Seafair Summer Fourth celebration. This 4th of July favorite is one of the biggest fireworks displays in the area. You'll thrill to a custom musical score while enjoying brews from the beer garden and some of the city's most beloved food trucks. Live entertainment will be on hand, too!

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June
10

Portland Oregon Fathers Day
Father's Day is almost here! The Brokers in our Portland Uptown and Portland West offices invite you to give Dad a special day this year by exploring everything Portland has to offer.

Getting around Portland for Father's Dad is especially easy thanks to the city's bike sharing initiative, Biketown. You can get virtually anywhere throughout the downtown area without having to use a car or public transportation. There are 125 bike stations throughout the city.

Let's look at some of the best ways to celebrate dad in Portland this year.

Portland Japanese Garden

  1. Portland Japanese Garden611 Southwest Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
    Portland Japanese Garden is a unique local attraction. Spanning a 5.5-acre space, it has fascinating landscapes and amenities to enjoy. You'll see the iconic waterfall and take in a beautiful mountain view. Plus, there are group classes and lectures to attend. Stop into the teahouse for a sip of traditional Japanese green tea before you go.

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June
3

Favorite Spots for Running in Seattle
National Running Day is June 5. Our Capitol Hill Brokers and our Seattle Lake Union Brokers want you to have the opportunity to enjoy it Seattle style.

Seattle is well known for a wide range of hiking trails and other opportunities for runners. There are clubs to join and annual races for runners of all skill levels. Whether you are a seasoned 10k athlete or just getting started, the Emerald City is the place for you.

Let's explore some of the best running spots in and around downtown Seattle:

Seattle Washington Park Arboretum

  1. Washington Park Arboretum – 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112
    Washington Park Arboretum offers a veritable maze of well-kept trails in beautiful natural surroundings. These trails are inviting for those who want to partake of the scenery with broad, flat paths. No worrying about hitting a tree root here.

    Seattle Running Lighthouse

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May
27

Vancouver Washington OutdoorsIf you've spoken to any locals while exploring Vancouver homes for sale, you probably already know our city is considered a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy biking, hiking, or relaxing on the beach, there's always something fun to do in Vancouver. 

With the warm weather coming, there's never been a better time to start exploring some of the awesome outdoor adventures Vancouver has to offer. Not sure where to start? We've got you covered! Here are seven of our favorite places to connect with nature and spend a day outdoors. 

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May
6

Portland Biketown Bike Share
If you preferred means of travel is on two wheels, buying one of our Portland homes for sale just might be for you.  Portland has long been known as a city full of people who care about the environment and love to spend their time outdoors. Thanks to the innovative Biketown Bike Share Program, open-air travel is now easily accessible to all residents! 

Our Portland Uptown Brokers love spending their free time biking around the city, and we're sure you will too!

Haven't heard of Biketown yet? No worries! Here's everything you need to know about how the program works and some tips for where to go on your next cycling adventure. 

Biketown: Giving You More to Explore 

Biketown is a city-wide program that includes 1,000 bikes and 125 area stations. Users can choose to either pay as they go or sign up for an inexpensive monthly or annual membership.

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April
15

Portland's Spring & Summer Community Line-Up

Portland Oregon Festivals and Events

Portland hosts a frenzy of festivals from late spring to early fall — so many that you may have trouble keeping track of them all! Don't worry, we've got you covered! Our Portland Uptown Brokers and our Portland West Brokers have come together to help you mark your calendar with the coolest, most diverse festivals each month that you can't afford to miss!

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April
8

 

Seattle Moving to the Emerald CityIf you're considering moving to Seattle, chances are you are already the envy of your family and friends. Seattle is an icon as an epicenter of local and international culture. You may think you know the Queen City of the Pacific Northwest, but unless you've lived here, there's plenty left to learn.

Sure, you've seen the Seattle skyline in the movies, and you know that a certain coffee company got its start at Pike Place, but there's much more to this city than the Space Needle and Starbucks. Seattle is a diverse metropolitan area that blends skyscrapers, nature, culture, and creativity into an iconic identity that will engage all five of your senses.  Our Brokers love calling Seattle home, and we know that you'll feel right at home here too!

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