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Where Your Money Goes for a Bathroom Remodel

Per square foot, no room in the house takes more work or costs more money to remodel than the bathroom. The combination of plumbing, moisture content, electrical wiring and decorating schemes packed into the smallest residential spaces create unique demands on bathroom remodeling. Yet, these same demands also place unmatched value on bathroom spaces, whether in terms of day-to-day living or home property values.

Like a kitchen remodel, there will be substantial costs in finished products from flooring, bathtubs, shower surrounds, cabinets, countertops and numerous bathroom fixtures. These products, however, don’t typically have the same price tags as major kitchen appliances or full cabinet and countertop installations.

Plus, bathroom remodeling is a more labor-intensive process between tearing out old bathroom amenities or tedious tile and plumbing installation: Sixty to 70% of bathroom remodel costs are labor and expenses, and about 30 to 40% is finished product.

Of course, this cost breakdown indicates only an estimated average, as the cost breakdown of specific projects can vary quite a bit.

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New Listing! Contemporary Home in Regency Woods

Attractive two-story homein highly desirable Brittany Lane in Regency Woods. Vast oak hardwoods ceramic tile adorn the entire first floor. Agraceful floor plan adjoins a large kitchen with a viewable family room for large festive gatherings.All 4 bedrooms are up, including a large master suite 5 piece master bath, cathedral ceilings and skylights. Multilevel cedar decks,lighted arbors water feature spilling into a beautiful pond make the landscaped private backyard peaceful inviting.



RSIR Draws Attention from Asia’s Leading Real Estate Publication – Property Report

In a recent article entitled Foreign Firms Bullish on Asian Real Estate Expansion PlansProperty Report took note of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty’s new Asia Desk and concluded that numerous real estate firms are entering the Asian marketplace to tap the rise in foreign buying in the US. Given that “International” is our middle name, it makes sense that RSIR has taken some leadership in promoting the Pacific Northwest through attending luxury property shows, generating editorial content in Asia, hosting local events and of course, helping to establish the first Mainland Chinese affiliate at Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty.

Property Report is Southeast Asia’s leading luxury real estate, architecture and design magazine. It presents up-to-date information and coverage of industry trends and innovations. Each issue incorporates an in-depth Special Report on a business trend and a Market Focus on a real estate hot spot, interviews with leading industry figures and news stories on villas, land, condominiums, construction, finance, legal issues, in addition to extended interiors and architecture features. A total of 32,000 copies are printed every month and Property Report is distributed at newsstands throughout Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. It is also available at more than 30 business class lounges at airports in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong, including gate service at all Emirates flights out of Bangkok, over 200 five-star hotels around the region, including 90 in Hong Kong, and more than 30 marinas, golf clubs and private clubs in Asia.

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Holly House Featured as "Home of the Day" on the PSBJ

Home of the Day is a new feature presented by the Puget Sound Business Journal and Realogics Sotheby's International Realty. This is your invitation to view some of Puget Sound's most-luxurious properties. 

Nostalgic 1920's era meets modern day amenities while retaining the charm and appeal of yesteryear. 1928 Brick Tudor invites you to entertain comfortably in the updated kitchen with amenities including Brazilian Solid Slab Granite, Cherry Raised Panel Cabinets, SS Appliances, 5 Star Oven / Gas Cooktop. After entertaining friends in your gourmet Chef's Delight kitchen, retire to the lovely Grand Patio to watch and hear nature from your private yet close-in and perfectly sized property oasis.

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Destination Property: The Snow Ghost Chalet in Whitefish Montana

Fall is nearly upon us and as we shift our mindset toward cooler weather we undoubtedly begin to consider the activities that winter will soon bring, from snuggling up to warm drinks enjoyed fireside to the thrills of hitting the slopes. And while the greater Seattle area offers some truly excellent skiing, why not consider carving the powder at Whitefish, a premier lake and Alpine resort destination in Montana where you'll find Snow Ghost Chalet, a stunning property offered by CTA Architects.

For the competitive $3,000,000 listing price you’ll find 6,400 square feet of highly customized space, a complete designer furniture package, and truly superb craftsmanship. The Chalet is perfect for a family holiday and makes entertainment a breeze from its guest quarters with private bathrooms to the stunning views, open spaces, theater, and deck complete with patio and jacuzzi. State-of-the-art technology means you can have the house warm before you’re done playing in the snow or check on your property while you’re away, making it an ideal vacationer’s retreat.

Located in Elk Highlands, an exclusive community, reaching the slopes has never been easier as residency means private chairlift access with a ski-in/ski-out option. And a year-round well-maintained highway means you’re only a short ten minutes from Whitefish Lake, a perfect summer spot, and charming downtown Whitefish.


RSIR Among Washington’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies” Again in 2014

On September 10th, the Puget Sound Business Journal released the state’s nominees for the 100-Fastest Growing Private Companies and for the third year in a row,Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty makes the cut. 

The 100 companies are all honored within an alphabetical slideshow online and the actual ranking won’t be released until the awards ceremony, to be held at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle.

“We’re certainly growing but we’ll always be boutique offering a personalized approach to service with our brokers and to our valued clientele alike,” says Shelley Cribby, the Kirkland Branch Manager for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty’s Eastside operations.  “Our resources and structure help brokers expand their production and our entrepreneurial culture is attracting top talent.”

RSIR was honored to earn its position as the #2 in 2012 and # 24 in 2013, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.  To make the list in 2014, firms must have recorded revenue of at least $500,0000 in 2011 and demonstrated growth through 2013. Year to date, RSIR increased its unit sales by 38% over the prior year and increased sales volumes by 39% — more than twice the growth of other “top 10” aggregated real estate brands in the region. The firm is also noted for having among the highest production on a per-broker basis and consistently the highest average listing prices and selling prices compared with other brands, according to Trendgraphix research.

“What an honor to be included amongst this impressive list of top-performing companies in Washington,” adds Chad Zinda, Designated Broker and Director of Sales for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty.  “This is an acknowledgement for the hard work of more than one hundred brokers and a dozen employees that strive for excellence each day.  I couldn’t be more proud of our team and what we’re building, together.”

As the Pacific Northwest’s largest affiliate, brokers benefit from enhanced exposure to what’s increasingly becoming a global marketplace. Worldwide, Sotheby’s International Realty is now comprised of some 15,000 brokers, representing more than 43,000 exclusive listings in 688 offices across 52 countries and territories.