Happy New Year!

Happy New Years From UrbanCondoSpaces

I just want to wish everyone a very safe and Happy New Year! I hope 2010 brings everyone a brighter and lighter year that what was experienced in 2009.  My 5 goals for UrbanCondoSpaces in 2010 are: 1.  Write relevent content 2.  Help you understand how to invest the "right way" 3.  Give you a more personal look into my life and passion for real estate 4.  I will add … [Read more...]

Bagley Lofts


  BAGLEY LOFTS Project:  Bagley Lofts Neighborhood:  Wallingford Architect:  Weber Thompson DESCRIPTION | BUILDING Located in the popular Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, the 43-unit Bagley Lofts is a combination of thoughtful residential space and 3,300sf of retail space along Seattle's vibrant 45th Ave. INTERIORS The units at Bagley Lofts range in size from … [Read more...]

Avenue One Condos

Avenue One

  AVENUE ONE CONDOS Developer: Intra-Corp Architect: GGLO LOCATION  Avenue One Condos built in 2005 is located at 1st and Clay in Belltown. DESCRIPTION | BUILDING Built by Intra-corp, this 13 story building completed in 2005 satisfied the demand of many buyers looking to get into the Belltown market.  Designed by GGLO Architects, Avenue One is comprised of … [Read more...]

Phoenix Real Estate Update

Phoenix Real Estate Update

As I mentioned in a post a few days ago on www.urbanimg.com, I have been down in Phoenix with my family for the Holidays.  They have been down here for the last 8 years and one topic of constant conversation is real estate.  Whether it is good or bad it doesn't matter.  I always hear it.  When we are golfing, eating at a restaurant, going to the movies, the grocery store, … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays


Just a quick note to wish everyone this morning a very Merry Christmas.   For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind.  ~Loring A. Schuler It has been a great year and I'm thankful for all of you who have supported my efforts to share this blog with you.  The community it has created is a very great reward. Cheers! … [Read more...]

CNN Money Bets On Seattle Housing Recovery


I try not to regurgitate information from the media unless it is relevant.  On that note, a UCS reader sent an article this morning from CNN Money that I felt most of you would be interested in reading.  It was an posted not too long ago and suggested that Seattle was 2nd on a list of seven U.S. cities primed for the title of  Housing's "best recovery bet". The article (read … [Read more...]

10 Questions That A Condo Buyer Should Ask

10 Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo

*Don't buy a condo without reading this post*  Buying new construction is tricky, put an expert list of questions on your side.  You'll be thankful that you did! 1.  How many units have sold in the building? This is important because it can reveal the "momentum" of a project. Don't buy into the explanation of units "under" contract; ask them for the recorded sales! 2. … [Read more...]

Is Cristalla Still King?


As I drove back into the City last night from a run around Greenlake, I notice the well known yellow band off in the distance as I gazed at the city lights.  For anyone that is not aware of what I'm referring too;  it is the symbolic and creative lighting at the top of the Cristalla Condominiums. As if it were not enough to be known as one of the best condo projects in town, … [Read more...]

Should I Use A Buyers Agent?


Ever wonder if you should use a buying agent to purchase?  A few years ago, I was approached by a developer to find out what my take was on this issue.  At the time, there was a lot of discussion on self-representation or models like Redfin.  I thought I would dust off the piece written and post for your enjoyment.  Your feedback is always welcomed as … [Read more...]

Olive 8, Gets 2 Year Loan Extension


In a press release that hit my e-mail this morning, Olive 8 announces a two year extension on their construction loan.  I believe that US Bank needed to do this due to their initial investment and to help meet some of their standards on lending to "Green" built product.  I think we will see more of this as the economy looks for ways to increase jobs for the long term in "built … [Read more...]

I’m Back……Damn It Feels Good


So after about a week and a half of redesigning the blog; I'm back! I decided to find a layout that worked better for all of us. I just hope you enjoy the posts and even learn something every once in a while. My efforts in the re-design were to make it easy to navigate and easier to read.  I hope you have some feedback now that it is up and running.  I'm looking forward … [Read more...]

MCM And Williams Marketing Merge


Congratulations to MCM and Williams Marketing on their new strategic partnership announced just a few minutes ago. They will do business as Matix Real Estate.  I don't care to speculate why they merged, but would like to wish them well on their new venture. Most of you won't care about this change and I don't expect you too.  The only potential advantage for a buyer may be … [Read more...]

I’m Under Contract…..Now What?

Action Plan Sheet.version.2

Do you ever wonder what happens after you go under contract to purchase?  I developed a one page, step by step guide, that I thought you might enjoy.  This was developed a few years ago to simplify the process for those I was working with.  Instead of wondering what "happens" next you can just refer to the guide that will explain the process all the way through closing.  Check … [Read more...]