Fences & Flowers

The CB Bain Blog

When you think of smart home technology, you may imagine The Jetsons, or Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S. The convenience offered by such high-tech systems seems out of reach, and maybe even impossible. But advancements in digital and automated systems are moving so fast, you might be surprised what the definition of a smart home actually is. In fact, you may already be living in one. 

Note to self: remember to buy more light bulbs.  

Light bulbs are one of those things I never remember to get when I'm running errands or on my big biweekly grocery run. At home, bulbs seem to evaporate and disappear, like socks. Before I know it, the entire package is empty. So I head to the store and I stare at the boxes on the shelf. Fluorescent, LED, and incandescent; oh my. Which ones have I been using? Is that what I really want? Will that work in my kitchen can lights? Help! 

I am tired – physically and emotionally exhausted. And I’m not even trying to buy a house. But every day I hear stories of buyers writing a dozen offers and losing on every one. I hear of buyers who have decided to renew their leases for another year in hopes that they’ll be able to save more money for a larger down payment, or the inventory will have a little more freedom when they decide to try again at the dream of homeownership. And I feel for these people. I really do.

With the shifting seasons comes change. The leaves turn red and gold, kids head back to school, and it gets cold and wet. We start tracking in the mud and the needles and find ourselves cleaning our floors more often. And we start noticing an influx of crawling critters in our cozy homes.  

In Seattle, it’s definitely a hot real estate market. With all the latest corporations hiring throughout the area, there are simply more people moving here than there are selling. Consequently, listed homes are snatched quickly, often with dozens of offers made during the negotiation process. So what’s a buyer to do?

Aug 11, 2016

Written by:

Charly Tate

Living in an apartment isn't always easy. It requires careful and strategic layout planning, streamlining and updating. Fitting everything you need into a smaller space is a challenge, and when you finally succeed in creating a functional (and beautiful) space, it feels like a major victory (and a little more like home). 

Jul 27, 2016

Written by:

Charly Tate

In the apartment community I live in, I have a neighbor who happily sits outside every few weekends, working on the flowers he planted in the small patch of land adjacent to his window. The landscapers take care of everything on the property, and the grounds are clean and beautiful. But pretty flowers are sparse, so I was happy to see this man take the opportunity to make at least a small part of the property look that much more vibrant.  

If you're looking for a peaceful, safe and friendly community within minutes of downtown Seattle , Madison Park is the perfect place. A neighborhood where everyone knows each other, it features unique boutiques and restaurants, and impressive period homes on tree-lined streets.      

Jun 30, 2016

Written by:

Robyne Curry

You’re packed and ready to go. The cooler’s in the car and your emergency contacts have a copy of your itinerary. Yep, you’re vacation ready. But is your house?

When the demand is higher than the supply, competition is intense in the real estate market. As a buyer, it’s tempting to do everything you can to make your offer the most attractive to the seller. But how much is too much?

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