Happy New Year, Seattle!

Edy Kizaki is Branch Manager of our Lake Union eXp Office and enjoys a busy real estate practice in Seattle and the Eastside.  A Seattle Magazine 5-Star agent in the December 2012 annual Real Estate issue, Edy is always ready to help with your real estate needs.  Call her cell at 206-249-2914 or email her at edy@seattlecentric.com.

Seattle has a lot to celebrate for 2012. The Seahawks are finally a legitimate football team. The Sounders went farther in the playoffs than ever before. The fans that are dreaming about having the Sonics return to Seattle may have hope in the new arena, and it might attract a hockey team as well. The fearsome toll was put into place on the 520 floating bridge and it turns out to be not as bad as some expected. SIFF, the Seattle International Film Festival, had some stellar offerings, inclduing The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had With My Pants On, back in June. The Next 50 Celebration at Seattle Center kaleidoscoped a review of the 50 years in Seattle since the 1962 World’s Fair when the Needle was built, and projected our hopes and dreams for the Next 50 to come. fMicrosoft was constantly transforming. Amazon, also based here, grew and then grew again, headlining the real estate transactions for the year with a 1.6 billion dollar purchase when it bought the South Lake Union campus from Paul Allen… and heads up on more Amazon plans, to build 3 new skyscrapers in town as well, potentially transforming the skyline! Amazon now has 81,000 employees.. It was a little sad that longtime Redmond game company Zipper Interactive was closed by Sony in April.  And I’m happy to announce our eXp Lake Union Office has new quarters, we have moved to 1100 Dexter Ave N in Queen Anne and now conference rooms boast a view of the lake!  Schedule a visit to come see our location and chat about real estate projections for the 2013 year!

Seattle is nothing if not a personal town. The quirky humor, the farseeing entropenural action that never stops, the top medical research facilites, the comfort zone for minds that think in farfetched and world-changing ways, all are a part of the mix of this laid back metropolis which nevertheless sizzles with activity, in it’s own determindly human scale way. A friend said to me a few days ago that having lived in many of Seattle’s “top” neighborhoods, it’s the only city where everywhere you live feels like a suburb. Well, if a yard and greenery and parks and neighbors are important, yes, but most of those neighborhoods are more walkable and urban than any suburb I know of.

Coming up this year are a wideflung smorgasbord of events to choose from and participate in. As a Citizen of the Emerald City your dancecard will fill up in no time! My special tip for January: The Lake Chelan Winterfest, Jan 11-13 and 18-20, where ice carvers create an outdoor sculpture garden using more than 20,000 pounds of ice! A great weekend trip if you find the time. Watch the 2011 Winterfest Video!

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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