Amy’s Blog

The History Behind Black History Month

The History Behind Black History Month

Black History Month was initially formed in February of 1926 as a way to recognize the many contributions of African Americans and the Black community. It is a time that we celebrate a nationally celebrated month that reflects on the important roles that African...

Seattle Eastside Valentine’s Day Ideas

Seattle Eastside Valentine’s Day Ideas

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! We are lucky to live in an area with so many restaurants, bakeries, florists, chocolatiers, gift shops, coffee shops, and beyond! Whether you’re in Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Ballard, Kirkland, Redmond, or anywhere in the Eastside, we...

Amy’s Fav’ Recipes: February Edition of Healthy Eating

Amy’s Fav’ Recipes: February Edition of Healthy Eating

Here is my February version of fav foods and recipes! I like to try to eat foods that are in season! It keeps things fresh and delicious, and I can shop locally and support our farmers and local markets. February is full of delicious and healthy foods like beets,...

What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values?

What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values?

According to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Insights Report, nationwide home values increased by 8.2% over the last twelve months. The dramatic rise was brought about as the inventory of homes for sale reached historic lows at the same time buyer demand was buoyed by...

The Importance of Home Equity in Building Wealth

The Importance of Home Equity in Building Wealth

Homeownership has always been the first rung on the ladder leading to household wealth. As Freddie Mac recently posted: “Homeownership has cemented its role as part of the American Dream, providing families with a place that is their own and an avenue for building...

Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House

Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House

The housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest rates are a driving factor in this continued momentum, with average rates hovering at historic all-time lows. According to the...

Amy’s Fav’ Recipes: January Edition of Healthy Eating

Amy’s Fav’ Recipes: January Edition of Healthy Eating

During 2020 I set out to step my largely vegan eating up a few notches. I came across Bright Line Eating. It has totally transformed my life! My mind, sleep, body, all of it! What we eat is linked to so many things. Sleep, brainpower, body function, our health, our...

Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 Trillion

Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 Trillion

In a year that was financially devastating for many Americans, some good news for most homeowners is the dramatic gain in home equity over the last twelve months. Last week, CoreLogic released its 2020 3rd Quarter Homeowner Equity Insights report, which reveals four...

3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021

3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021

This year will be remembered for many reasons, and optimism is one thing that’s been in short supply since the spring. We’re experiencing a global pandemic, social unrest, an economic downturn, and natural disasters, just to name a few. The challenges brought on by...

A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World

A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World

In a year when we’re learning to do so much remotely, homebuying is no exception. From going to work to attending school, grocery shopping, and even seeing our doctors online, digital practices have changed the way we live. This year, rather than delaying their home...