Upcoming Event: Home Buyer Education

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission has a lot of opportunities for first time and low income home buyers to help them get into homes.  This kind of help can be especially helpful when trying to buy in the tough market in and around Seattle.  For purposes of many of these programs, looking in these areas, low income means under $96,000 for the household.

To qualify for the programs, buyers have to take a five hour buyer education seminar.  I’m one of their certified instructors for these seminars, and I’ll be co-teaching one with Joshua Horner of Caliber Home Loans at their East Lake location.  The event will be from 11-5 and RSVP is required.  Contact me if you’d like to attend – seating is limited, but I’ll start a waiting list if we fill up.

Bussing Broker: Week 7

Oh my gosh, the weather today is gorgeous.  The mountains are out, and it was a great day for a walk.  I hopped on a bus to head over to Belltown for tour there and it was so nice that I walked up Alaskan Way to look at condo near Pike Place Market before coming back.  I couldn’t have designed a nicer lunch break, and not having to park in Belltown was approximately the best thing ever.

I would complain that this was the second tour day in a row where I did not encounter a single kitty, but I’m entirely too pleased with my mountain-view intake to mind.  Victories all around today.

Location: Belltown / Downtown
Time: 1.45 hr
Transit modes: Bus / Feet
Cost: $2.50
Cats petted: 0
Tea consumed: 0
Properties Viewed: 4

Bussing Broker: Week 6

Yesterday was supposed to be my tour day.  That didn’t happen.  I had the properties I wanted to see picked out, packed everything up, gloried in a rain-free sky, and went to fetch my bike for rolling around Belltown.

My front tire was flat.  Again.

This is the third time I’ve replaced the tube, gone for a ride, and found it flat when I planned to go out again.  There will be some heavy diagnostics done on that wheel this weekend because I suspect there’s something systemic at play.

I could have done a bus/walking combo, but had so many things squeezed into my agenda anyway that I skipped tour.  Instead, I toured Kirkland today.  I was meeting a client out there, so snagged a car for the tour.  Alas, a failure.  But I saw just about everything to see in Kirkland today, so there’s a silver lining.

I’m counting the portion of the car time spent on touring, but not the bridge tolls.

Location: Kirkland
Time: 3 hr
Transit modes: Car
Cost: $24.56
Cats petted: 0 (8 properties and no cats?!)
Tea consumed: Medium “The Subway to Venus,” from Tea Republik, iced.
Properties Viewed: 8

Creating Homes: The Follow Up

The first Creating Homes seminar was last Thursday at the Leary Traveler, and I’m quite pleased with how it went.  It definitely wasn’t perfect (I need a different venue for next time!) but I didn’t expect to achieve perfection the first time.  I think everybody who came got something out of it, and the feedback was enthusiastic and positive.  I’m going to spend the next couple weeks taking notes and making plans, and then I’ll announce the dates for the next one.

Thanks to everybody who came out and spent their Thursday night helping me make something special.

Bussing Broker: Week 5 Part 2

Today was three properties in Capitol Hill.  A condo on Broadway, a co-op on 15th, and a new construction townhome on Denny.  The plan was to cross my fingers against rain and walk to all three.  I could have biked, but I’ll confess that biking up the incline from Broadway to 15th is a bit demoralizing, especially when I’m dressed for work and not cycling.  I made it to all three without incident.  The whole trip was over (from desk chair back to desk chair) in an hour and a half.  There were a few rain drops, but I made it mostly unscathed.  Hurray!

Location: Capitol Hill
Time: 1.5hr
Transit modes: Feet
Cost: $0
Cats petted: 0
Tea consumed: None
Properties Viewed: 3

Bussing Broker: Week 5 Part 1

Today was a trip to the U District-Wallingford-Green Lake corridor, with a showing in each.  It rained.  I got very damp.  Also got off to an inauspicious start when I missed not one, or two, but three buses I wanted to take to the first open in the U District.  That meant I didn’t leave my office in Capitol Hill until eleven when I’d meant to be at the first property by then.

Things recovered nicely from there, though, and the rain let up halfway through.  I was very pleased to have brought a thermos with tea in it.  English tea with bergamot and a bit of honey cures rain.

I had to transfer buses to get to the first open, but the transfer went smoothly! Bus from first to second, and foot to the third, then bus back to the office with another transfer en route.  But, I made the final transfer less than two hours after getting onto the first bus.  I call that success.

Location: University District, Wallingford, Green Lake
Time: 2.25hr
Transit modes: Buses / Feet
Cats petted: 1
Tea consumed: 1 Thermos
Properties Viewed: 3

Bussing Broker:Week 4

This week I combined touring Mercer Island with doing leg work on a vacant lot for a client.  It was pouring rain, and daylight was precious, so I opted to drive this time.  Alas.  And I ran into my first real crisis of carlessness when the car I’d reserved wasn’t there at the start of my window.  Ack!

A quick phone call to Zip Car got me a reservation, slightly bumped back, for a car that was available, and I did my rounds in a BMW for the price of a Honda.  And, despite the delays getting started, I parked the car right at the close of my original reservation window.  I call that a success.

Stats for this week are a little wonky, though, since they include client time.  Without the client work, I’d have probably done a bus/foot tour north of the canal.

Location: Mercer Island, Bellevue
Time: 3hr
Transit modes: Zip Car
Cats petted: 2
Tea consumed: 1 thermos
Properties Viewed: 6
Total cost: $24.56