Had such a lovely day at our local Farmers Market Saturday! Maybe it was the temperature, the sunny day, the vibrant colors, the community spirit or all of it combined, but it was FANTASTIC! We purchased fresh green kale, sweet carrots and vibrant yellow cauliflower from Farmhouse Organics. Sauntered over to Gloh and had Hilary whip us up the most incredible smoothie of superfoods, coconut water, fresh raspberries and dates!
But wait, there was more! We had to taste the wonderful Botanical Kombucha from iggy's as well as their famous Raw-Fermented Kraut's…simply delicious and they are bar none the nicest, most hospitable bunch of young adults! Then it was off to nibble on the best goat cheese I've ever tasted in my life from Mystery Bay Farm. I had to buy the honey flavored and the thyme and white pepper! Simply delicious! We sat in the warmth of the sun listening to Ranger and the Re-arrangers playing wonderful music and just taking it all in.
We ran into friends and neighbors, watched dogs play, watched people play for that matter and simply enjoyed a perfect day! We left feeling truly blessed that we have such a vibrant, successful, farmers market right here on our beautiful island!
There's still plenty of time to go and with this great weather…what are you waiting for!
2014 Summer Market
April 12 through November 15
Hours: 9am – 1pm
Town Square / City Hall
There is no better place than Christmas on Bainbridge Island! Our little town looks just like the town in the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”, without the snow. I have been so tempted to run down the streets at night, tapping the window’s of our wonderfully lit up boutiques yelling “Merry Christmas you big beautiful Blackbird Bakery”! Those that know me, know that there’s a good possibility that I’ll do just that.
Everyone is in such good spirits this season. Even though the economy has been challenging for many, it hasn’t dampened the Christmas spirit here. Generosity is everywhere! My office adopted 9 children this year in need. It was so fun to work together for others. We shopped, we wrapped, we laughed and it felt really good to give to others. I am continually proud of the company I’ve chosen to work for and those I work with.
Just walking in Winslow day or night, I find my neighbors smiling more and saying hello with a jovial hug. We really are a “Small Town with a Big Heart”. If you haven’t bundled up and strolled through Winslow at night yet, I encourage you to do so. The merchants have lit up their stores and window shopping is at it’s finest right now. Of course, I’d encourage you to shop the boutiques throughout Winslow as well. Pretty much everything you’ll need on your shopping list, can be found right here locally. And it feels so good to shop knowing that you are supporting the families in our community!
Another Halloween and Bainbridge Island did not disappoint! Winslow Way was buzzing with every bit of creative costuming I expect from our artistic, family centric island. There was even a Flash Mob to “Thriller”. I love that our community still focuses on the simple pleasures of life especially under economic strife.
We truly are a “Small Town, Big Heart” place to call home. I found myself again, full of pride, as I watched giddy children run through our downtown, neighbors sharing stories, old friends reconnecting, merchants generously handing out candy and families in the spirit of the holiday. What a beautiful night for an old fashioned Halloween celebration! I’ll see you all, same time next year.
Listing/Pendings are staying as strong today as they have the last couple of years and even a little better. Currently, on the Island we have 224 residential listings of which 40 are under contract, or 18%. In 2010 there were 252/45 at 18%; 2009 there was 252/33 at 13%. So even though inventory is very low, homes are selling!
The hot market seems to be in the $400,000-550,000 range. Multiple offers have been reported in this price range! In the $600,000-800,000 range there are 41 listings and 8 are under contract, representing 20%. The good news is that we are seeing the higher end range picking up as well. In the $800,000-$1,000,000 there are 25 listings and 6 are under contract, representing 24%. Over $1,000,000 there are 47 listings and 4 are under contract. Pretty good, considering that not one home over a million dollars sold in our first quarter of the year. This shows that the market is picking up!
Personally, I’ve never seen so many cash buyers out there! Many buyers are just circling just waiting for their perfect home to come on the market so they can swoop in and buy it.
Rates are still holding nicely as well:
Conforming (loan amounts up to $417,000)
30-year fixed = 4.875%
15-year fixed = 4.125%
5/1 ARM = 3.375%
Agency High Balance (loans up to $475,000 in Kitsap Co.)
30-year fixed = 4.95%
15-year fixed = 4.25%
30-year fixed = 4.75%
Jumbo (loans over $475k up to $1 million)
30-year fixed = 5.375%
5/1 ARM = 4. 5% (0 points)
7/1 ARM = 4.875% (0 points)