2018 Coalition Legislative Breakfast

Legislative Breakfast

Last week people gathered from all over the county to talk about the big issues facing our area. I was proud to be there to support Realtors and the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce.

One of the biggest challenges of our region is getting condo reform passed. The current regulatory environment for condominium construction in our state places significant liability on builders, making it prohibitively costly to bring this housing to market at an affordable price point. This is greatly impacting our inventory and affordable housing.

We addressed a lot of topics including education, transportation, and economic development (click here to learn more). I look forward to Hill Day next week when we’ll talk to our legislators about more important issues affecting homeownership because to me, there is nothing more important than encouraging homeownership and protecting those rights.

The Butterfly Effect at The Interfaith Shelter

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As members of The Butterfly Effect we try to make every month feel like a holiday for those in need through our projects, but the Holiday season is a particularly special time for us and our chosen charity. This month we adopted kids at the Interfaith Shelter in Everett and planned a fun and heartwarming day full of festivities. We brought them gifts, decorated holiday cookies, made holiday cards, and arranged a visit from Santa. Hopefully it brightened their day as much as it did ours!

Windermere’s Winter Drive Collects over 3,000 Items for Homeless Youth

As part of Windermere’s #tacklehomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, 37 Windermere offices* in King and Snohomish Counties collected new hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and warm socks for Windermere’s “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive. The recipient of these donations was YouthCare, a Seattle-based non-profit that provides critical services and support to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.

Over 3,000 items were collected during the four-week drive, which included some 737 pairs of socks, 391 hats, 467 pairs of gloves/mittens, 111 scarves, and an assortment of other accessories and cash donations. Two agents out of the Mill Creek, WA office even made 32 scarves by hand for the Winter Drive. We are thankful for these generous donations which will go a long way towards helping keep homeless youth warmer this winter season.

The folks at YouthCare were all very thankful to receive the delivery of eight bins full of donated items. And to make the day even more exciting, Blitz, the Seahawks mascot, was on site to oversee the delivery of the items to YouthCare!

Brittny Nielsen, Communications and New Media Specialist said, “We were thrilled to see our friends from Windermere and Gentle Giant dropping off a semi-truck full of donations for homeless youth this season. Having Blitz from the Seahawks show up to help us celebrate was icing on the cake! This crucial donation from Windermere brightens the holidays for youth in need. We’re so grateful!”

               

All of us at Windermere are very grateful to Gentle Giant Moving Company, who partnered with us on this drive, and generously donated their time and trucks to pick up all of the donated items from our offices and deliver them to YouthCare.

Thank you to our participating offices, the Seahawks, and all those who donated, for making Windermere’s Winter Drive a success!

*Participating Windermere offices

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This post originally appeared on the Windermere.com blog.

Windermere Builder Solutions: The Power of Design

Design is a sign of the times, and good design is incredibly important for the functionality and value of your home. That’s why this month’s Windermere Builder Solutions meeting covered 2018 design trends.

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Here are some highlights:
  • Builders are offering packages that allow buyers to customize their spaces to suit their unque styles beyond the traditional choices of lighting and window treatments. They might offer smart home packages, keyless entry, free standing tubs or water closets with bidets, and more.
  • Buyers expect texture that can be seen as well as felt.
  • Healthy living is driving interior design. Clean lines, minimal but impactful accessorizing, healthy lifestyle, and technology are driving merchandising right now.
  • Millennial home owners are more likely to choose a modern or farmhouse-style aesthetic in the kitchen, while boomers tend to opt for traditional finishes. Overall contemporary surpasses traditional as the most frequently picked kitchen style.
  • More sustainable furniture and interior areas are becoming more popular so reusing, repurposing, and upcycling will remain key elements to achieve a balance with technology. Here are some great local places where you can find repurposed items:
  • Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year is SW 6496 Oceanside 172-C7.

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Realtors Take D.C. to Talk Homeownership and Employment

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Thousands of Realtors from all over the USA recently headed to Washington D.C. to meet with our lawmakers to protect homeownership rights. We stressed the importance of homeownership and how keeping a strong real estate market keeps many members of our communities employed.

For example, in 2016 there were 6 million homes sold which created a downstream market of $450 billion (movers, roofers, mortgage, title and escrow, home improvement, and so on). That is a lot of jobs created by a healthy real estate market!

Reach out to me if you’re interested in getting more information about how I and my fellow Realtors are working with lawmakers and within our communities to improve homeownership!

Support Local Farmers!

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Bellevue Farmers Market

Opening Day: Thursday, May 18th

Where: Bellevue Presbyterian Church

The market’s mission is to fully support the farmers and the hard work they do every year and each season. It also gives the growing, urban Bellevue a chance to break away from the fast-paced city life. The food is so fresh and wonderful, usually harvested or made that morning or the day before. You can’t always get food that fresh from the grocery stores!

Read more on the Windermere Eastside blog.

Kirkland Wednesday Market

Opening Day: Wednesday, June 7th

Where: Marina Park

The Kirkland Wednesday Market is a quintessential Pacific Northwest outdoor market. It offers fresh produce from local farmers, food processors, wares from Northwest artisans, and prepared foods. Even better, it’s right on the waterfront! Welcome the market at the opening day ceremony on June 7 or catch it any/every Wednesday through September.

Redmond Saturday Market

Opening Day: Open now!

Where: Leary Way, Redmond

The Redmond Saturday Market is the oldest open-air market on the Eastside. It sells a large variety of fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, arts and crafts, prepared foods, and more – and they’re all from the state of Washington! This market also features family-friendly live entertainment and opportunities for community involvement. Stop by through October.

Protecting Rights of Homeownership

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I am very happy to represent Seattle King County Realtors as a member of the board of directors and a state representative. This week I attended the 2017 Spring Business Conference at Suncadia Resort and Spa in gorgeous Cle Elum, WA.

Here’s an overview of the bases we covered during the Conference:

1. We took part in voting for new leaders and addressing issues facing our community.
2. A large part of our forum was affordable housing and the lack of inventory caused by factors such as a shortage of new condo projects.
3. We also focused on the Hirst Issue, which has made a huge impact on land owners needing wells and anyone who wants to put a new home on rural property and planned to use a well as their main water source. Visit FixHirst for more information.

I am proud to volunteer my time to protect the rights of homeownership through involvement in these conferences and in my day-to-day business. I always look forward to occasions when I can meet with fellow Realtors to make a positive difference in real estate.

My Feature in the Women Who Give Series

15025285_1875156092714758_8491087674513718471_oI’m so honored to be included in the Women Who Give series, which celebrates women who are dedicated to serving their communities. Read about why and how I give back and one of my favorite moments from volunteering.

This article was published as part of #GivingTuesday’s #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who give back in their communities.

Lynn Sanborn is an Advisory Board Member at Attain Housing, based in Kirkland, Washington.  Read about what inspires Lynn to give back in the interview below.

Q1: How do you give back?

I give back to many charities. Besides having served as Board VP and now being on the Advisory Board at Attain Housing I’m a founding member of a giving group called The Butterfly Effect who gives of cash, needed items or time to many local charities on a monthly basis. I am committed to giving monthly of my time or money. The charities I support are Windermere Foundation, Attain Housing, Union Gospel Mission, Morelove, Planned Parenthood, Babies of Homelessness, Studio East, Friends of Youth, FSH, and many others.

Q2:  What inspired you to start giving?

I served many years on the Windermere Foundation Eastside Board and that started my real passion for giving back. I chaired some of the Windermere Foundation’s largest Eastside Fundraisers. I then was called to help Attain Housing in 2008 when they were really struggling. Over the years our events grew from $75K to over $300K+ a year. I love planning events and reaching out to the community for help.

Q3:  What does giving mean to you?  Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community?

I get way more than I give by knowing I make a small difference. I am rewarded daily by constantly seeing the generosity of people who want to help. I love knowing I set a good example for others and have had many people step up to help me. I have been blessed with a great life and feel it is my duty to help those less fortunate. Plus, I know I have earned my wings in heaven.

Q4: What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back?  Share a  piece of advice will help them get started.

Find something that you find really compelling, read about local charities and the work they do, volunteer some time and figure out how you can best contribute your talents.

Q5:  Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.

I could share so many stories, but the most recent one is this February our Butterfly Effect group decided to visit a senior center and have a party for them for Valentine’s Day. We made each resident an invitation, a handmade valentine, made lots of desserts, treat bags, made them each a flower arrangement and bought them all socks plus had two gals sing and one play piano. It was so much fun for all of us and the residents said it was the best party they had ever had. We left with full hearts.

This post originally appeared on Giving Tuesday.

New Bethlehem Project

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Tuesday night meeting learning about NBP

One of the ways I give back to the community is by giving to charities that deal with homeless issues. I want all people to have a home and if I can’t sell them one or they can’t afford one, I am happy to be part of the community that reaches out to them to help them get back on their feet.

This month our Butterfly Effect group is working with one such charity in Kirkland called New Bethlehem Project. This is the first charity that serves homeless people during the day and gives them a safe place to work, play, and stay warm until the night shelter opens.

The center opened at the end of last year to provide homeless families with access to food, laundry, computers, and social services – all essential resources they may not usually have access to during the day. They also have long-term goals to alleviate the hardships homeless families face every day. New Bethlehem Project contributes towards extending operations of the overnight shelters on the Eastside and they want to build and operate a permanent, 24-hour a day, year round shelter.

Who does New Bethlehem Project serve? This is the best part. NBP serves all families without discrimination, as long as there are adults with children under 18 years old.

Read more about the amazing and important work this center does and reach out to me for information on how we can work together to continue helping homeless families in our area.

Valentine’s Day at the Gardens at Juanita Bay

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Last month I posted about my Butterfly Effect group, which focuses on making a positive impact on our community and the world through small but meaningful acts of kindness. This month our main project was a special Valentine’s Day visit to the Gardens at Juanita Bay retirement home that allowed us to gather to spread love and joy to its residents.

Prior to the party we created handmade invitations for the seniors so they knew we were coming. Once there we provided a wonderful dessert table, flowers, socks, and a specially made Valentine’s Day card for each resident. We also had a piano player with two singers who led the residents in song. It was delightful to see guests’ happy faces.

The 48+ residents and The Butterfly Effect group raved about the event, even saying it was the best party they have had. We all agreed it was a very sweet day for one and all.