Seafair Weekend is fast approaching, offering the best sights, sounds, and tastes of the summer including a fabulous show featuring the Blue Angels, H1 Hydroplane races on Lake Washington, and world-class wakeboarding!

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The housing market numbers are in for the second quarter of 2018 and Realogics Sotheby's International Realty has analyzed the data. Here are a few quick facts about how the Seattle-Metro area fared. Home prices on the Eastside, as well as in Seattle, have continued their upward climb, hitting 20 consecutive months on the rise. This quarter did bring some interesting trends, however. 

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1. 707 19th Lane W, Kirkland  |  Sold for $1,525,000  |  Represented the Seller
2. 13325 88th Place NE, Kirkland  |  Sold for $1,090,000  |  Represented the Seller
3. 11128 NE 106th Place, Kirkland  |  Sold for $1,300,000  |  Represented the Buyer
4. 5315 8th Avenue NE, Seattle  |  Sold for $975,000  |  Represented the Buyer
5. 8852 11th Avenue SW, Seattle  |  Sold for $327,000  |  Represented the Buyer
6. 3710 101st Way NE, #506, Kirkland  |  Sold Off-Market

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No surprises here! According to a recent study by Livability.com, Kirkland is one of the ten BEST cities in the U.S. for those in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Kirkland boasts 9,600 STEM-related jobs, making up 27.7% of the total workforce.

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Dining al fresco is a quintessential Seattle experience in the summer. Seattle Mag has put together a list of the best new(ish) patios in the city including Ascend in Bellevue and The 100 Pound Clam on Lake Union. 

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Sotheby’s International Realty® announced that the brand claimed 40 of the top 250 sales associates in the Individual Sales Volume category of the 2018 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “The Thousand.” In addition, 12 teams associated with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand were recognized as being among the top 250 teams in the nation by sales volume. The annual report ranks America’s top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2017 annual sales volume and transaction sides.

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Excellent design is in the details. Elle Decor has consulted with the top designers and has made a collection of best ideas for every room of the house! 

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Did you know that wire fraud in real estate is one of the fastest-growing cybercrimes in the country? According to a recent Forbes article, "The FBI reportedly received 301,580 complaints in 2017 and losses exceeded $1.4 billion, and in the real estate/rental sector alone, more than 9,600 victims lost over $56 million in the same year."

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