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.

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.


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!


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.

Realtors Make A Difference at Hill Day

IMG_0163I am proud to serve on the board of the Seattle King County Realtors and as a State Representative and member of the Governmental Affairs Committee. We are constantly working to protect homeownership rights and create healthy communities. On January 19th I joined Realtors from all over Washington State for Hill Day to meet with our legislators to talk about issues facing Realtors and homeownership.

What did we talk to legislators about?

First, it is important to note we are facing one of the most tenuous sessions in history. Our lawmakers need to raise about one BILLION dollars for education – that means increased property taxes, transfer fees, and taxes are all on the table. We also discussed…

1. Opposing an increase in Service rate B&O tax. Governor Inslee proposed to increase the B&O tax rate on businesses from 1.5% to 2.5%, a whopping 66% increase.

2. Opposing a tax on income from Capital Gains. Governor Inslee has proposed a 7.9% tax on income from Capital Gains, including all real estate except single family dwellings. While most sources of retirement income would be exempt, real estate is not even though real estate is a major source of retirement or college savings for many families.

3. Supporting reforms to increase housing and land supplies. The lack of housing supply at all income levels is a significant problem throughout Washington. King County has the least affordable housing in the nation, which is contributing to the worsening homelessness issue.

4. Ensuring rural water supply for new homes. The Supreme Court’s recent Hirst decision regarding the Growth Management Act eliminates the use of small wells for new homes in many counties even though the water code and ecology’s water regulations allow for wells. Thousands of properties are unable to be built, creating financial disaster for property owners and adding to our housing shortage.

I am glad I could be part of this important event and excited to see how we can work together to further improve the lives of Washingtonians.

The Butterfly Effect

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There are a lot of things that motivate me to be involved in our community, and one of the most important is my Butterfly Effect group. 

The Butterfly Effect is based in Kirkland, WA and was named after the concept that all small efforts have a ripple effect – essentially a simple act or kind gesture can remind people that we are thinking of them, they are important, and they also have the power to positively impact the world. I learned a long time ago that I get much more than I give by supporting these great charities and people who are doing good things in our community and world.

I want all of you to feel inspired as well, so each month I will share news of the good things we in The Butterfly Effect are doing in the community. Stay tuned and always feel free to reach out to me with questions about how you can get involved!

Local Holiday Light Shows


Ready to lift your spirits? Shimmering light shows are a brilliant way to celebrate the winter holiday season. Grab a warm coat and go exploring in gardens, zoos and even on the water. Here are five local venues that are worth braving the cold to see…

1. WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo

5500 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103 | click here to get tickets

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/25/16 – 1/1/17 | 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Cost: $7.95-$9.95 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
  • Promotion: Zoo members who purchase tickets by 12/9 get a $2 discount off each adult ticket
  • Parking: Free parking at the north (Bear Lot), inner north (Otter Lot) and and northwest lot (Penguin Lot)
  • Food: Refreshments are available at food kiosks, Pizza Corner, the Rain Forest Pavilion and at the Pacific Chowder House (with covered seating). Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks are permitted.
  • Special Events and Activities
  • Holiday Closures: 12/24 & 12/25

Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo


2. Garden d’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue WA 98005 | click here to get tickets

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/26/16 – 12/31/16 | 4:30-9:00 pm
  • Cost: $5 per person (ages 10 and under are free)
  • Promotion: Free admission on 11/28, 11/29, 11/30, 12/1, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7 and 12/8
  • Parking: $5 per car in the Garden’s lot (cash only) as space allows OR park for free at Wilburton Hill Park
  • Food: Hot drinks and snacks are available at the Aaron Education Center
  • Holiday Closures: None

Garden d'Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden


3. Snowflake & Celebration Lane at the Bellevue Collection
Bellevue Way & NE 8th Street, Bellevue WA 98004

  • Dates/Times: Nightly 11/25/16 – 12/31/16 | 20 minute show starts at 7 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: Free parking at Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square.
  • Food: A variety of dining options (from happy hour, to kid fare, to gourmet meal) are all within walking distance
  • Special Events & Activities: Ice Skating, Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
  • Holiday Closure: 12/25

Snowflak Lane at the Bellevue Collection


4. Christmas Ship Festival
Launch locations include Lake Union Park, Kirkland City Dock, Leschi Marina, Des Moines Marina, Poulsbo Marina, Seattle Waterfront – Pier 55, Tacoma (Dock Street Marina), Port of Edmonds Marina, Fishermen’s Terminal, AGC Marina, and Shilsole Bay Marina | click here to get tickets

Christmas Ship at Lake Union, Photo Courtesy of Seattle Parks


5. Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl Street, Tacoma WA 98407
click here to get non-member tickets OR click here to get member tickets

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/25/16 – 1/1/17 | 5-9 pm
  • Cost: $8.50-$10.00 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
  • Promotions:
    -$5 tickets for zoo members
    -Combo Pass that includes daytime zoo admission ($12-$16)
    -Military Nights ($8 for US Veterans): 11/28, 11/30, 12/5, 12/7, 12/12 & 12/14
    -Scout Night ($8 for registered Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts): 12/6
  • Parking: Free parking in zoo lots (entrance on Pearl Street)
  • Food: Hot drinks and treats are available at the café and kiosks throughout the zoo
  • Activities
  • Holiday Closure: 12/24

Zoolights at Point Defiance

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