22 December 2010

Tasty Treats for the Holidays ~ Second Course: Feast of the Seven (or 10 or 12) Fishes and Pecan Pie

Happy Holidays, Everyone!  Here is the second installment of my favorite holiday recipes from Casa Fiore past.  Buon Appetito!

    Casa Fiore, January-February, 2004

20 December 2010

Tasty Treats for the Holidays ~ First Course: Christmas Cookies from My Family

Happy Holidays, Everyone!  As we wind our way through the winter holidays, I'd like to share with you some of my favorite holiday recipes from Casa Fiore past.  Enjoy!

18 December 2010

A Gift for You: "The Gift of the Magi"

Happy Holiday to everyone!  Have you read O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" recently?  No matter what creed or tradition you honor, the message in this classic will stick with you well beyond this season. 

Please take a moment to enjoy this small gift from me to you.

16 December 2010

Casa Fiore #56: Published and in the Mail!

This month's offerings include:
  • Invitation to Casa Fiore's Cucina Cooking Class #2:  Spaghetti alla Frutta di Mare, Grilled Prawns, Killer Super Fudge Brownies, and more!
  • Fiore = 5 Star Realtor 4 years in a Row! as selected by Seattle Magazine
  • From the Chef:  A Casa Fiore Classic  -  Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
  • Just Sold! Just Listed!  Way Cool Maple Leaf New Construction and more
  • Observations from the Field: Smart Buyers, Smart Sellers, Prices Up in Seattle Residential Market in '10
Stay tuned to CasaFioreOnline.com for the web release of selected articles.  Care to join the hundreds who receive their own old fashioned, snail-mail version at your doorstep?  Send along your address and let me know!

10 December 2010

From the Realtor ~ Observations from the Field

Smart Buyers.  A good home is hard to find, so when “the” home came on out-of-the-blue, as they oftentimes do these days, my clients moved quickly, wrote a smart and professional offer, responded to a competing offer, and got the home of their dreams.

Smart Sellers.  My clients made an offer on a fine but under-the-radar Tudor.  The sellers had made routine price drops, but had just not found their buyer.  When we came in 5% off their list price, they countered back nearly at our price.  When a $2500 sewer line issue was detected, they responded quickly to remedy the situation.  When we asked for monetary compensation for a range of fix-it items, they promptly signed off on the inspection, moving the transaction toward closing.

Prices Up in Seattle Residential Market in ‘10.  Whenever you read real estate statistics, remember that old adage, “All real estate is local”.  Residential home values (including town homes but not condos) in Seattle neighborhoods have increased over 2009 in 10 of 11 months.

Source:  Northwest Multiple Listing Service