Real Estate Rock Star

We like introducing you to agents we work with, love and admire. To us, it is worth spreading the word on the Real Estate Rock Stars out there.

Meet JASON VIYDO. He makes the home buying and selling process almost effortless. With his many years of experience in the industry he has seen and experienced just about everything. My advice? Listen to him, do what he says and your property will be listed, shown and sold in the best light. I appreciate that he personally meets us at the property, the inspector, the appraiser, the painter, the cleaner-it's all hands on and laser focused. I gave him a few get to know ya questions:

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION?

The opportunity to help my clients get clear on their real estate goals.  It is one of the biggest financial purchase or sale most of us make in our lifetime.  In some cases, giving the advice to not buy or sell if it is not in the best interest of my client is a rewarding part of my job.  I like being able to help someone achieve their goals.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN AGENT?

30 years; all with Windermere Real Estate

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE LISTINGS?

A group of townhomes on Yale in the Eastlake neighborhood in 2008. This was a fabulous site overlooking Lake Union, the city skyline and evening sunsets in the most challenging market I ever faced.  I was able to get them all sold, while other properties around the city were going to foreclosure.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DRINK?

Bourbon on the rocks.  It reminds me of my father; he always had a bottle of Old Grandad in the liquor cabinet, even though I never saw him take a drink. 

IF YOU HAD A BOAT WHAT WOULD YOU NAME IT?

The Carol Marie. (ahhh... I love that-your sweet adorable wife!)

WHAT IS THE BEST PURCHASE YOU EVER MADE?

Our home where we raised our family.  However, I always enjoy the purchase of a hot, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie.

WHAT IS THE WORST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

Parking in city.  To ease my pain, I’ve switched to a small electric car, the I-3.  I can create a parking spot darn near anywhere.

WHAT BENEFIT DO YOU BRING TO A GROUP OF FRIENDS?

Humor.  I like to give my friend’s a good-natured ribbing.  If you can dish it out, you got to be able to take it.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek.  This book is about being a leader and pulling together as a team.

Go here to meet another Rock Star Agent in our series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Rock Star

One day we were having a champagne toast at Westward on Lake Union. We raised our glasses to all the different types of homes we had staged: Penthouse, tree house, old church, garage, condos, new construction, waterfront, etc. We still had one more type of home left on our list and that was a floating home. So we toasted to staging a floating home in the future.

The very next week the phone rang.  Yup, a floating home. That is how we met Molly. And I wanted to share her with you all.

Meet Molly Cartwright from Coopers Jacobs Real Estate.

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Her doggies are adorable (more photos on her Instagram @mollysellsseattle) and love those views from a couple of her listings. 

I put Molly in the "Rock Star " category because she is great to work for and she goes the distance for her clients. We see first hand all the work that agents put into preparing a listing and Molly is no exception. She is smart, savvy, knowledgeable, stylish and interesting.

Throwing a few questions at her was a great way to get to know her. 

1. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION?

My career gives back to me each day in the form of gifts.  Every time my phone rings, every email I receive, or every person I meet I look at it as a gift of opportunity and I think this is what I like most about being a Realtor.  

2. HOW DID YOU CHOSE YOUR AGENCY?

 I knew the owner (OB Jacobi) of Windermere as a personal friend and was encouraged to join one of his new offices. But I've been with Cooper Jacobs Real Estate For 12 years.  We are powered by Keller Williams North Seattle. 

3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LISTING?

Grrrreat question!  2420 Westlake Ave N #12.  The most sexiest floating home I’ve ever seen.  The vibe it transpired as soon as you walked in the front door was undeniable. I still have the professional flyer we made on my inspirational board.  It sold in three days as the highest sold Westlake floating home to date.

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4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DRINK?

Red Vino (current favs are Barbera and Malbec).  We don’t have liquor at home so when I go out it’s a gin o’ tonic for this girl. I like gin. Not a lot of people do. Okay, I also like dirty martinis. I feel like a Bond Girl when I drink them.

5. WHAT ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE WOULD YOU PUT A LAVA LAMP?

I’m not a huge fan of lava lamps.  So I would say in the garage.

6. WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE?

A glassy baby to one of my best friends benefiting Camp Korey

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7. WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SIT NEXT TO ON A 10 HOUR FLIGHT?

Jen Sincero, author extraordinaire! and if I could choose someone from the past it would be Abe Lincoln. 

Thank you for agreeing to my interview and sharing with us Molly! 

Inspiration

We found some great ideas splunking at the Farm & Frills Junker Market in Enumclaw. Vintage trailers to dream about, beautiful displays of re-purposed junk, creative minds everywhere and lunch in town was the finish to a great day. We started our week painting books at our Monday Morning Meeting.

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I stayed in bed as long as I could in order to finish this wonderful read.



My favorite passage:

He didn’t know, of course. Not Really. And yet that was what he said, and I was soothed to hear it.  For I knew what he meant. We all have our sorrows, and although the exact delineaments, weight and dimensions of grief are different for everyone, the color of grief is common to us all. “I know,” he said, because he was human, and therefore, in a way, he did.



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Just finished this book. Lots to think about...I am still processing. (I wonder what Ms. Saver's opinion is on this one. Surely shes read it.)

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"When you really want something to happen, the entire universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” This one sentence captures the essence of the book in its entirety. The Alchemist is the story of a simple shepherd boy named Santiago, who believing in recurring dreams and prophetic signs, decides to undertake a journey across the deserts of Egypt in search for buried treasure.