In honor of our this week’s featured #RSIRinspire broker, Christine Kipp, we’re revisiting last spring, when parents and proud supporters of the Issaquah Schools Foundation gathered together to help secure and advance the future of the city’s children. The 19th annual Nourish Every Mind luncheon served three key purposes: to honor donors who have continued to back the organization over the years, to fund raise, and to showcase the endless opportunities these donations have and continue to create.
On February 24th a collective of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty executives and Asia Services Group members attended the 11th annual Lunar New Year Gala & Auction, hosted by the Hong Kong Business Association of Washington (HKBAW). The event supports a different local non-profit organization each year, and the 2018 selection was ArtsFund, an organization dedicated to supporting art sectors throughout King and Pierce Counties with a strong background of advocacy on local and national levels.
On Sunday, February 18th, members of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty’s (RSIR) Asia Services Group and their guests attended a Lunar New Year Celebration at Zadart Exotic Car Club in Bellevue. The 8,000 square foot showroom played host to over 150 guests and clients, including a number of event sponsors alongside RSIR – the region’s global leader in local real estate.
The Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty Bainbridge Island office opened its doors for an evening of art and community at the First Friday Art Walk on March 2nd, welcoming a crowd of about 150 to enjoy a collective of featured artists with music by the Speakeasy Jazz Cats. Guests enjoyed a glass of wine and light bites as they perused art pieces by David Berger (painter), Pam Galvani (printmaker), Tumar Group (artisans and craftsmen), Jackie Moseley (textile and fiber), and guest artist Pam Sproul (photography).
Prospective Buyers Lined Up for Limited “For Sale” Opportunity Priced from Below $350,000 to More Than $1.5 Million
Da Li Development USA, a Taiwan–based real estate development company and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) report first position unit reservations and deposits were received on 95-percent of the 203 homes at KODA Condominiums – a new 17-story condominium that will be built at 450 South Main Street. The project debuted on Saturday, February 24th at 11am at RSIR’s New Developments Preview Center located at 2715 1st Avenue in downtown Seattle. Prospective buyers and brokers began lining up the night before the event, at 8pm on February 23rd. Approximately 300 registrants attended the debut of the development, resulting in an additional 80 second and third position reservations. The homes were offered for individual unit reservations, which identifies a specific condominium referencing its preliminary floor plan, specifications and price range in advance of official presales, which are anticipated to commence in the summer 2018 commensurate with the opening of the KODA Sales Center and the groundbreaking of the development. The efficiently-scaled homes range in size from below 400-sq. ft. to more than 1,100-sq. ft. with introductory pricing from below $350,000 to more than $1.5 million.
On February 20th, local and international brokers joined event hosts for a celebration of the Lunar New Year at the NEXUS Sales Center with a debut of the newly released penthouses and a dynamic presentation on the state of the market and international influences. Presented by Burrard Group, LUXE Magazine and AXIA Home Loans, guests were treated to a red carpet arrival with Butler Valet, a spread of Chinese cuisine by Din Tai Fung along with libations and entertainment including a dramatic Lion Dance. Also in attendance were members of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, including Seattle Chapter President, Vincent Ha who noted that Seattle is the host city for the 2018 Global and Luxury Summit April 7-9th.
Event Seeks to Educate Brokers on Rise of Chinese Consumers in Market; Seattle a Top Market for Chinese Tourism
The Burrard Group, a Vancouver, BC–based real estate development company and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) will host a Chinese New Year themed broker event and property showcase at the NEXUS Sales Center at 2609 1st Avenue in downtown Seattle on February 20th from 6pm to 9pm. Recent presales at the high-rise condominium include numerous local and international homebuyers of Chinese descent, which confirms a rising trend cited by Juwai.com – a leading home search website in China. In 2017, Juwai states that Seattle was a top three US city where Chinese consumers were considering a home purchase behind Los Angeles and New York (ranked #1 and #2, respectively) but Seattle is actually the most likely market to experience a Chinese buyer considering the relative market size.
Dean Jones to represent the Emerald City in lively “Vancouver vs. Seattle” event sponsored by AREAA
Following the highly anticipated AREAA Global Luxury Summit taking place in Seattle April 7th to 9th, Dean Jones of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty will head north and join AREAA’s Vancouver chapter for A Tale of Two Cities: “Vancouver vs. Seattle.” The event will take place on April 11th, with additional details including location, time, and other featured speakers to be announced soon.
The Washington State China Relations Council (WSCRC) will cohost a session for their Corporate Executive Briefing Series at the NEXUS Sales Center on March 7th from 12:00pm – 1:30pm. The “Marketing Your Business in China” event will be presented by David Zhou, Founder of IM2China – a leading marketing agency that specializes in digital campaigns within China.