In a recent feature published on Inman, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty broker Brian Hopper shares his ten real estate predictions that agents and consumers should be paying attention to in the coming year. From the rise of cryptocurrency and a condo comeback to cognitive technologies and more, check out Hopper’s list below.
Following a fun year of home features, Zillow crowned the 2017 “House of the Year” and it’s a one-of-a-kind treehouse on Bainbridge Island that was sold by Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) broker Leah Applewhite over the summer. A Real Simple re-cap describes the home as “part treehouse, part ship” that perfectly “combines two fantasy homes into one.” One look at the property and it’s easy to see why “this towering home nestled in the trees is a favorite.”
The Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) executive team tapped some of the firm’s top brokers for a series of agent panels and talks to cover relationships and referrals, productivity, best practices, negotiation, new development, and more.
In a recent Sotheby’s International Realty “Extraordinary Properties” feature, Iyna Bort Caruso outlines “The Art of Upcycling,” with a collection of luxury residences that incorporate reclaimed materials “in smart ways to optimize daily life from a personal, ecological and aesthetic perspective.” Among the selected homes is Juanita Farmhouse Cottages, a unique Five-Star Built Green™ in Kirkland represented by Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) brokers Val Burmester and Kemper Dougan.
On Thursday, November 16th, Moira Holley and Scott Wasner, Co-Founders of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, invited the city’s top brokers, influencers, and a few friends to a Party in the Penthouse. The setting was their spectacular $13.8 million downtown Seattle penthouse, perfectly positioned at the base of the Space Needle and Seattle’s gorgeous Waterfront Park.
Hopper talks real estate and more with Brian Evans of Madrona Financial and Host Jeff Shade on 570 KVI News Radio
Over the weekend, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) broker Brian Hopper was invited to join Brian Evans, CEO of Madrona Financial and leading finance guru on his radio show, Growing Your Wealth. Hopper shares his insights in the guest blog below, outlining their discussion of downsizing trends, aging at home, the Seattle market, and steps to take to ensure top dollar for sellers.
A Routine Buyer’s Inspection Turns into a Full Blown Party
Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) broker Brian Hopper says it was a summer evening in July when he got a call from the buyer’s agent at 7pm letting him know that the inspection on the listing he was representing was complete and that it went well. It’s what they said after giving the results that surprised Hopper: they were still at the home. “He must have heard the hesitation in my voice when I asked, ‘you’re still there? Is everything OK?’” said Hopper, because the inspection had started at 1pm. “Oh yes, everything is fine,” said the buyer’s agent. “In fact, the buyers really hit it off with the owners, and they are currently sitting on the back deck having a glass of wine together!”
In his latest VLOG series, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) broker Austin Schneider sat down with Jonas Means of Cutler Investment to discuss baby boomers, a hot topic, especially in Seattle, where the lack of inventory is daunting and is essentially locked up. So, what affect do baby boomers have on the housing market? Can they free up inventory? Where do they go? Schneider talks about one of the largest generations in the U.S. in the video above, and shares his key insights and takeaways below.
While many Seattleites were out enjoying tricks and treats on the blustery Halloween evening, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) brokers Hilary Long and Justin Cicero were working together with their clients to secure mutual acceptance on the sale of a charming residence in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood. The home, owned by Justin Cicero’s clients, was about to be removed from the market until after the busy holiday season, but when Hilary Long saw the listing, she knew it’d be a perfect match for her clients.
A recent Property Report in Wall Street Journal explores the impact that China government-issued capital controls are having on Chinese investors, using insight from Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty broker and Asia Services Group member Dehlan Gwo for his expert insight. As the article reads, “individuals have long faced curbs on overseas investments, but have figured out ways around such limits.” Will the same be said for buyers facing the latest round of controls?