Giving Tuesday 2020

 

Kari’s Top 5 Places to Give on Giving Tuesday 2020

Giving Tuesday ushers in the charitable season, immediately following Thanksgiving and the popular shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There are so many amazing organizations deserving donations on Giving Tuesday near and far. Here are my top 5 local organizations!

  1. Bellevue Youth Theatre

Mission Statement: BYT’s mission is to provide opportunities in the performing arts for all young people, regardless of income or ability, and allow them to perform before a live audience. At the same time, the theater provides the community with quality productions, which are both entertaining and socially relevant for the entire family.

I am proud to have been a board member and and to have helped raise funds to build the new Bellevue Youth Theatre at Crossroads Park many years ago. I am also proud to still be a strong supporter today. Click here to be part of Bellevue Youth Theatre’s mission this Giving Tuesday!

 

New Bethlehem Project
  1. Camp Solomon Schechter

Mission Statement: Camp Solomon Schechter (CSS) has a 65-year tradition of fun, friendship, and Jewish education in the Pacific Northwest. CSS values each child as an individual and strives to support their social and spiritual growth. Campers have the opportunity to be independent in a safe and nurturing environment. CSS is a fully immersive, welcoming, and spiritual Jewish environment. CSS emphasizes the values of integrity, derech eretz (respect), and tikkun olam (repairing the world), all while fostering life-long friendships. At CSS, Judaism and Joy are truly one!

Camp Solomon Schechter has been an integral part of my life and has helped shape the person I am today. I attended CSS as a camper and later worked there as a lifeguard. My children also attended (and one of them still attends!) CSS. Even my mother attended CSS! I am following my grandmother’s footsteps by being an active board member for CSS to ensure that future generations can benefit from this wonderful organization. I give to Camp Solomon Schechter on Giving Tuesday and every day! Join me by clicking here!

New Bethlehem Project, Giving Tuesday

  1. New Bethlehem Project

Mission Statement: Meet the urgent and unmet needs of families who are experiencing homelessness on the Eastside.

Helping our community’s population of people in need is a huge passion of mine. I’ve been working with the New Bethlehem Project, formerly the Eastside Winter Shelter, for many years now and it is incredibly rewarding. Though #GivingTuesday is generally about giving donations, what they really need is food, paper goods and your time. 2020 is our 7th year sponsoring the paper goods and non-perishable breakfast food drive, and we are still collecting! Call me at 206-719-2224 for more information or for a pick-up. This Giving Tuesday, give to the eastside families experiencing homelessness.

  1. Hebrew Free Loan Association

Mission Statement: To aid worthy Jewish people to be and remain self-supporting and self-respecting persons by aid of loans, grants, and such services as the individual may require. Such loans, grants, and services shall be rendered without interest or other charge.

I cannot overstate how important this organization is. I was the recipient of one of these loans many years ago as a struggling single mother. This organization was there when I was in need. It lifted me up so that I could help myself. Now I am incredibly privileged to help support this organization and therefore many people who need a little extra help. If you need help, contact HFLA today to apply for a loan! And if you are planning your Giving Tuesday donations, please include HFLA and click here!

 

  1. Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

Mission Statement: Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center is a community where horses transform the bodies, minds, and spirits of people with disabilities.

Every year I volunteer at Little Bit with my office, Windermere Bellevue Commons. We’ve been doing this as a group for 17 years and I’m proud to support such a vital, caring and nurturing service to our community. It is a beautiful place filled with beautiful people doing incredibly meaningful work. Check it out today and give to Little Bit this Giving Tuesday by clicking here!

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Giving Tuesday

 

 

 


Posted on November 24, 2020 at 7:13 pm
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Kari Haas is a Five Star Professional Award Winner

Five Star Real Estate Agent Congratulations BannerFor Immediate Release

October 25, 2020

 

SEATTLE, WA – Five Star Professional is pleased to announce that Kari Haas is a 2020 Five Star Real Estate Agent! Kari is among an elite group of professionals honored with the Five Star award in the Seattle area.

The Five Star Real Estate Agent award recognizes professionals who excel in client satisfaction. All award winners are chosen after undergoing rigorous research, including client nominations and evaluations, regulatory requirements, and a review by an industry Blue Ribbon Panel. After satisfying all of our research requirements, Kari has been named a Five Star Real Estate Agent!

Please join me in congratulating Kari Haas on this incredible accomplishment. You can see a congratulations Facebook post here!

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Wesser

Five Star Professional

VP, Research

 

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Posted on November 24, 2020 at 6:42 pm
Kari Haas | Posted in About Kari Haas, Real Estate Market Updates & Insight, Real Estate Related, Social Media | Tagged , ,

November 2020 Real Estate Market Update

The number of people who can work remotely may be changing the way we view our homes, but one trend has not changed. The local housing market in October remained unseasonably hot. And that doesn’t show signs of changing any time soon.

October saw continued low inventory and record-level sales, with the number of sales exceeding that of 2019 year-to-date.

While new listings are on the rise, they are being snapped up quickly and many homes are selling in a matter of days. In King County there were 38% fewer single-family homes on the market as compared to a year ago. Snohomish County had 59% fewer listings. A four-month supply of homes for sale is considered a balanced market, but King and Snohomish counties currently have less than one month of supply.

With supply unable to keep up with demand, home prices are escalating at double-digit rates. The median single-family home price in King County rose 14% over a year ago to $745,000. Prices in Snohomish County jumped 17% year-over-year to a record high of $579,972. About half the homes that closed in October sold for over the asking price as compared to about a quarter of the homes the same time last year.

The real estate market here is uncommonly resilient. Growing employment in major tech industries and an enviable quality of life have made our region one of the fastest growing areas in the country. With interest rates remaining at record lows, we may well skip the traditional slowing in the winter market altogether.

The charts below provide a brief overview of market activity. If you are interested in more information, every Monday Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner provides an update regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the US economy and housing market. You can get Matthew’s latest update here.

 

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Posted on November 13, 2020 at 10:50 pm
Kari Haas | Posted in Real Estate Market Updates & Insight |

Circle of Friends with Tres Lecheria

Kari Haas is honored to partner with Tres Lecheria for the Sept/Oct/Nov 2020 Circle of Friends promotion!

Tres Lecheria Circle of Friends Postcard

 

Six times a year Kari Haas partners with a local business to bring her clients a free gift. For our fall 2020 promotion, Kari is bringing her clients a complimentary slice of the FAMOUS Tres Lecheria ‘Tres Leches Cake’!

About Tres Lecheria

Cubes Baking Co. began when Kevin started selling cube-shaped cakes from his car, a Nissan Cube. The Cube, a 4-layer cake with alternating layers of delicious cake and fillings, available in multiple flavors, was born. Cubes Baking Co. expanded to offer flan, chocoflan, Mexican wedding cookies, Jr. Cubes, cupCubes, and other seasonal items. Most of their offerings are inspired by Mexican pastries and pan dulce, and cake flavors using Mexican flavor profiles inspired by favorite snacks growing up in Southern Texas and California.

Cubes Baking Co. has recently shifted gears, focusing on it’s sister business, Tres Lecheria. Tres Lecheria  is their wholesale bakery business, focusing on tres leches cake slices in many flavors. You may have seen these delicious cakes on Netflix’s Sugar Rush: Christmas and Food Network’s Winner Cake All!

Circle of Friends

The Circle of Friends program is a way for Kari to support local businesses and provide her clients with gift. Every two months, Kari partners with a local business. Some of the businesses Kari has partnered with in the past include:

Connect with Kari Haas at 206-719-2224 to learn how you can get on her Circle of Friends list AND to create a strategy to meet your real estate needs!

 

 

 


Posted on October 30, 2020 at 8:08 pm
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October 2020 Real Estate Market Update

While daily life may seem unpredictable, the local real estate market remains extremely stable. Activity in September acted more like the traditional peak spring market with home sales soaring and prices hitting record highs. Inventory remains very tight and new listings are selling quickly in every price range.

There just aren’t enough homes on the market to meet demand. King County had about half the inventory of a year ago. Snohomish County had 63% fewer available homes. On the other hand, the number of condos on the market in King County jumped by 24% over last September. Brokers attribute the flood of new inventory to COVID remote workers looking to trade their in-city condo for more living space. Despite the increase in inventory, condo prices rose 8% in September and pending sales — the best indicator of current demand — shot up 36% over the same period last year.

The slim supply of single-family homes means bidding wars and all-cash offers were the norm, driving prices to record highs. King County saw the third consecutive month of record-setting values. The median home price hit $753,600 in September, a 14% jump over last year. Prices in Snohomish County soared 16% from a year ago to $569,997, just shy of its all-time high of $575,000. For both counties, half the homes sold for over list price in September as compared with just a quarter of the homes a year ago.

The market doesn’t show signs of cooling off any time soon. In September the greater Northwest area saw the highest number of transactions since June 2018. Pending sales were up 32% in King County and 29% in Snohomish County. Interest rates continue to be at historic lows. With the area posting some of the fastest population growth in the country, expect the market to stay unseasonably hot.

The charts below provide a brief overview of market activity. If you are interested in more information, every Monday Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner provides an update regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the US economy and housing market. You can get Matthew’s latest update here.

 

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Posted on October 20, 2020 at 5:40 pm
Kari Haas | Posted in Real Estate Market Updates & Insight |

September 2020 Real Estate Market Update

August saw the lowest number of homes for sale in more than 20 years and the lowest mortgage rates on record. Sparse inventory and high demand pushed home prices to new highs.

  • With pending sales outpacing new listings, inventory continues to shrink. King and Snohomish counties each have about a two-week supply of available homes. Four to six months of inventory is considered a balanced market, favoring neither buyers nor sellers.
  • The region saw the second consecutive month of record-setting price growth with home prices experiencing double-digit increases as compared to a year ago.
  • Fierce competition among buyers has made multiple offers the norm. In King County, 46% of home sold for more than the list price. Last August that number was 24%. In Snohomish County, 58% of homes sold above list price as compared to just 28% the prior year.

The charts below provide a brief overview of market activity. If you are interested in more information, every Monday Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner provides an update regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the US economy and housing market. You can get Matthew’s latest update here.

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Posted on September 17, 2020 at 10:59 pm
Kari Haas | Posted in Real Estate Market Updates & Insight |

August 2020 Real Estate Market Update

While the pace of daily life may seem slow right now, the local real estate market has had an unusually busy summer. The number of new listings in July was up, sales increased, and home prices followed suit.

• While overall inventory is at historic lows, more sellers put their homes on the market. New listings of single-family homes in King County jumped more than 25% from a year ago. Snohomish County saw a 7% increase in new listings.

• Pent-up buyer demand fueled sales activity in July. The number of pending sales was up 17% over a year ago in King County, and up 13% in Snohomish County.

• With buyers snapping up new listings as soon as they hit the market, total available inventory dropped to a 10-year low for the month.

• The lack of inventory is benefiting sellers, and multiple offers are now common at every price point. As a result, single-family home prices rose 7% in King County and 15% in Snohomish County.

The charts below provide a brief overview of market activity. If you are interested in more information, every Monday Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner provides an update regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the US economy and housing market. You can get Matthew’s latest update here.

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Posted on August 10, 2020 at 10:59 pm
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July 2020 Real Estate Market Update

While our lives are very different than they were a year ago, the local real estate market has recovered to 2019 levels. Record low interest rates are helping spur demand. Sales were up, home prices increased and multiple offers were common.

  • The number of pending sales, a measure of current demand, was higher in June than for the same period a year ago.
  • The supply of homes on the market remains very low, with just a month of available inventory. When inventory is this low, quick sales over full price are common. That was the case in June when about 40% of homes sold for more than the asking price.
  • Home prices in King County rose 4% over a year ago. Snohomish County home prices increased 5%.
  • More sellers put their homes on the market. While total inventory remains low, the number of new listings in June was similar to the same time last year.

The monthly statistics below are based on closed sales. Since closing generally takes 30 days, the statistics for June are mostly reflective of sales in May. If you are interested in more information, every Monday Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner provides an update regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the US economy and housing market. You can get Matthew’s latest update here.

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Posted on July 11, 2020 at 1:41 am
Kari Haas | Posted in Real Estate Market Updates & Insight |

June 2020 Real Estate Market Update

As we move to the next phase of reopening, life feels like it’s slowly inching back towards normal. The same is true in real estate. Statistics on home sales in May provided the first true picture of the effects of COVID-19. Those reports confirmed the incredible strength and stability of the local real estate market.

  • The Stay Home order, as expected, continued to impact the number of sales. However, the market is starting to move its way towards more normal activity. Pending sales, a measure of current demand, have risen every week since April.
  • The slight drop in median closed sale price is a result of a proportionately larger number of lower priced homes selling than is normal. It should not be interpreted as a decrease in individual home value.
  • There were significantly fewer homes for sale in May than the same time last year. With less than a month of available inventory, competition among buyers was intense. Bidding wars and all-cash offers were common.

The monthly statistics below are based on closed sales. Since closing generally takes 30 days, the statistics for May are mostly reflective of sales in April. If you are interested in more information, every Monday Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner provides an update regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the US economy and housing market. You can get Matthew’s latest update here. As we adapt to new phases of reopening, know that the safety of everyone remains our top priority.

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Posted on June 15, 2020 at 6:36 pm
Kari Haas | Posted in Real Estate Market Updates & Insight |

May 2020 Real Estate Market Update

We hope you are weathering the new normal as best as you can. With everyone spending more time than ever at home, real estate has taken on a whole new importance. For those who are interested, here is a brief update on how COVID-19 continues to affect our local market:

  • Business was better than expected under the Stay Home order. COVID-19 did reduce real estate sales in April as compared to a year ago, however the number of sales rose steadily each week of the month. Sales growth continued in early May and we expect sales to increase slowly week by week.
  • The number of new listings dropped, suggesting that would-be sellers are waiting until the shelter-in-place order is over to put their home on the market. With local technology companies continuing to hire, buyers will continue to face competition for limited inventory in the coming months.
  • Home prices remain stable, with the median price of homes sold in April up slightly from a year ago. Sellers appear to be pricing homes realistically and buyers are not finding deep discounts.

The monthly statistics below are based on closed sales. Since closing generally takes 30 days, the statistics for April are mostly reflective of sales in March. Next month’s data will offer a more telling trend of the effect of the virus on the local housing market.

If you are interested in more information, every Monday Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner provides an update regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the US economy and housing market. You can get Matthew’s latest update here.

As our current situation evolves, know that the safety of everyone remains our top priority.

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Posted on May 21, 2020 at 5:33 pm
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