Ballard Brick Tudors

 

A very favorite kind of home in Ballard are these classic Brick Tudors.  I have been collecting photos of some of them around the neighborhood, and here is a photo album of some of the variations.  Their popularity is once again attested to in that one of these came on the market a block from my house in Loyal Heights last month and sold within a week.  Some people are just waiting … and may wait years … for the right Brick Tudor to come along.

By the way, to see a nice large photo of any of these, so the detail stands out, click on the thumbnail in the album.  A medium sized photo will come up on your screen.  If you click on that one, an even larger version will appear!  Go figure.

A discussion of Ballard Residential Real Estate (more commonly known as Ballard Homes for Sale!) would not really be complete without talking a little about the values right now in the homes on the market.  Just to get an idea of when would be the best time to buy a home in Ballard, we can compare this year’s statistics to last year.  In April of this year, in Ballard home values were up 12.6% from the month before (March).  But home values in Ballard are down 34% from April 2010.  Does that mean the bottom has been hit and we are going back up?  Probably yes!  We are not likely to start back down in the fall, although we might see a little drop in the winter months, it is more likely that values will hold.  So, if you were waiting for the bottom, it has passed you.  The good news if you are a buyer is that prices are still down  in Ballard from what they were 4 years ago or even a year ago, and it’s still a great time to buy, especially as interest rates are holding on low for the moment but expected to go up.

Another equally cheerful note, this one for Ballard homeowners who are worried about their property value, is the following statistic:  26% more homes sold in Ballard in April than in March.  The median sold price rose almost 10%, to $415,000 (and 6.5% from the previous April).  And the sales price was an average of 97.8% of the last listed price!  Which means if your home is priced at $500,000 you can hope to sell it at a price around $489,000 (with luck and good management, remember pricing it right, cleaning and setting it up to look good, and making it easily accessible for the Buyer’s Agents to show will get you the farthest…long times on the market are often less to do with the true desirability of the home than how well it’s priced and presented).

 

 

About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at SeattlePowerSearch.com, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the process...now Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!

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