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The BEST Places to Share a Drink in Spokane This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a beautiful time in Spokane. The air is crisp, the scenery is snow-kissed, and your calendar is stuffed tighter with seasonal activities than a stocking after Santa swings by. 

But if you’re looking to slow things down a bit, grab a drink, and catch up with friends and family visiting from out of town, be sure to check out this month’s Best Places list – The Best Places to Share a Drink Over the Holidays:

 

The Peacock Room at the Davenport Hotel

 

The Davenport is one of Spokane’s most iconic landmarks, and makes a nice little treat, whether you’re in town visiting or you live here full time. During the holiday season, the Davenport is home to the much-anticipated Christmas Tree Elegance event each year. As you wander through the spectacular trees and bid on your favorites, be sure to keep a few bucks in your pocket to stop by the Peacock Room inside the Davenport.

 

Known equally for its breathtaking ambiance and mouth watering menu, the Peacock Room is a must try. Rest your weary bones under the namesake peacock stained glass ceiling. Be sure to order a peppermint and chocolate martini to cap off the perfect holiday excursion.

 

Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/StayDavenport/

 

Bistango’s Martini Lounge

 

spokane cocktail barsThe ambiance of Bistango’s warrants a trip in, even if the drinks weren’t incredible (but don’t worry, they are). Enjoy table seating in front of floor to ceiling windows looking out over downtown, or find your spot up at the bar. Black and copper designs in the bar top provide an elegant but warm feel, and candle lighting brings the effect home. If you prefer, warm up with a special someone in one of the red leather booths and look up into the synthetic starlight ceiling.

 

As for drinks, this is the best place to find unique holiday cocktails. Try one of their four signature holiday drinks, including the White Chocolate Peppermint Martini, the Red Velvet Martini (colored by a Bistango’s special secret sauce), Mrs. Claus (a vodka based eggnog drink with caramel), and the Spanish Coffee. 

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Bistango’s Spanish Coffee

 

If you want to impress your friends with a spectacular show, the Spanish Coffee is the way to go. They start with 151 and light it on fire – from here, your bartender will add seasoning and spices to create a colorful pyrotechnic display, finally ending by topping it off with hot coffee. The drink is served with a “burnt” raw sugar lip for a sweet but delicate finish.

Wanna see what we mean? 

 

Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/BistangoMartini/

 

 

Brandywine

 

If you’re looking to warm up with something a little more classic, Brandywine has got what you need. High up on the list of recommended drinks to try are the Port Old Fashioned and the Mulled Wine. While neither is a model of holiday beverage stereotypes, both will hit you right during the cold winter evenings. At Brandywine you’ll find people serious about wine and wine culture, in a welcoming and comfortable environment. It’s the perfect spot to grab a friend, grab a drink, and catch up together.

 

One of the coolest things about Brandywine is that they’ve always got something going on. Check out one of their Sips With Sommeliers events, or swing by to check out their Happy Hour specials. 

 

Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/BrandywineBarandBottleshop/

 

291 Brewhouse 

 

Located in Nine Mile Falls, 291 Brewhouse is a great spot for sitting around with family on a cold day. Serving everything from a full coffee menu to wine, beer, and mimosas, the Brewhouse has a little bit of exactly what you’re looking for. They have a rotating beer menu and seasonal coffee drinks, making this a great spot to hang out whether you drink alcohol or not.

 

What makes 291 a great place to check out over the holidays is their calendar of events. If you’re looking for a great activity to sit and do together with a friend, RSVP for their Wine and Wreath event. Want to make a great gift for someone special (or a new decoration for your own house)? Sign up for the “Merry Christmas” Round Wood Sign Painting event. They also have live music, super cool merch, and wine by the bottle. 

 

Even for those who are a little less “hands on,” 291 Brewhouse provides a comfy ambience, high quality food, and always has the game playing on a big screen tv. 

 

Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/291brewhouse/

 

Explore Spokane with the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team!

It’s a great time to buy a home in Spokane! Whether you’re looking for the perfect kitchen, a walkable neighborhood, great restaurant choices, or the best schools, we can help you find just the spot! Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Carrie has over 30 years’ experience as a Certified Legal Assistant (paralegal) and is an expert at contracts and negotiations. 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team! You can also visit us at RealEstateAgentSpokane.com

 

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5 Surprising Reasons to Buy a House In Spokane Right Now

Forget the Holidays, It’s Time to Buy

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It’s that time of year again – the holidays. For many, the holidays can be a big turn off from the idea of buying or selling a house. But the surprising reality is that the holidays are actually the perfect time to buy a house.

Here’s five surprising reasons why right now is the right time to buy real estate in Spokane:

1. “Days on Market” is increasing. As many people are waiting for January to buy, homes are sitting on the market longer. The factors that cause people to sell their homes don’t change much over the course of the year, such as moving out of town, needing a bigger space to accommodate a growing family, needing to downsize, or relocating for a job transfer. 

This means that people continue to list their homes year-round, and typically need to sell in a timely  manner. But buyers have a spokane buyers marketbig benefit here – there aren’t as many competing buyers in the market! This lack of competition tends to drive the number of days that a home has been listed (known as the Days on Market), upwards. This has a cascading beneficial effect for buyers, as you’ll see in the next few points.

2. List-price offers are more attractive. The increase in the Days on Market and the decrease in buyer competition has a direct effect on the offer that you, as a buyer, will submit. Prices are currently holding stable in Spokane, but you could get a better price out the door now, than you might get in January. In a buyer-competitive market (which usually begins in January and is known as a sellers’ market), buyers may be forced to over-bid (to bid over the asking price) just to have their offer considered. 

In a market with little-to-no buyer competition like we have from now until early January, buyers can offer at list price with a higher likelihood of having their offer accepted. For buyers this means that even if prices remain stable or slightly increase, you may end up paying less now than during a high competition season. 

3. Sellers are more receptive to negotiations. The holiday season is the perfect time to ask for what you want. As Days on Market go up and motivation to sell increases, your leverage as a buyer typically increases, too. 

It is a common part of every transaction to ask for what you want as a buyer, especially for things like repairs, upgrades, and concessions. The advantage you have during the holiday season is that sellers are more likely to agree to your requests. You’re also less likely to have another buyer competing against you with a more favorable (higher price, more down payment, easier financing options, or fewer requests/concessions) offer.

Take advantage of a negotiations-friendly market. Work with a real estate agent that is experienced in contracts and negotiations, who can get you the best home, for the best price, with the most favorable concessions. Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is a Certified Legal Assistant (CLA, also known as a Paralegal) with over 30 years experience in the legal field. This experience makes her an expert in real estate contracts and negotiations. 

4. Inventory in Spokane is up. The September stats released by the Spokane Association of Realtors (SAR) shows that inventory is up in Spokane. “Inventory” refers to the number of homes listed for sale at any given time, and can (and does) fluctuate over the course of the year. 

As a buyer, this is great news! Not only do you have favorable buying conditions, you’ve also got a wide selection of homes on the market to choose from. The SAR also notes that the number of “distressed homes” for sale is down. “Distressed homes” are homes that are for sale as the result of a foreclosure or similar event. A low number of distressed homes on the market can be viewed as a positive indicator of the area and the overall market health.

5. Avoid the feeding frenzy. In January, the real estate market generally experiences a dramatic increase in activity. As a buyer, increased activity means more competition from other buyers, more offers on the house you’re interested in, and less incentive for sellers to grant concessions.

In short, when competition goes up, your leverage goes down. If you’re looking to negotiate repairs, upgrades, and price, you’ll want to act now rather than in January. 

Real Estate Agents in Spokane

It’s a great time to buy a home in Spokane! If it’s time to go from renter to owner – or just time for something new, we’d love to help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking for walkability, great food choices, or the best schools, we can help you find the perfect spot! Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Carrie has over 30 years’ experience as a Certified Legal Assistant (paralegal) and is an expert at contracts and negotiations. 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team! You can also visit us at RealEstateAgentSpokane.com.

How Buyers Can Capitalize in Spokane’s Competitive Holiday Market

We often hear about a “buyer’s market” and the “seller’s market,” but it’s important to understand that these trends vary on a region-by-region basis. National trends are reporting a “buyers market” in many areas, meaning that there are more homes for sell then there are buyers, giving buyers a slight advantage – BUT – this is not currently the case in Spokane. In fact, we are trending more towards a seller’s market, meaning there are more buyers than sellers. Many homes are receiving multiple offers.

 

Buyers can absolutely capitalize on a home purchase in Spokane’s competitive holiday market, but there are a couple of important steps that you’ll want to take to increase your competitiveness and get the best deal. Here’s three things you need to know if you want to capitalize on Spokane’s current market and close on a new home before the holidays.

 

How to Buy in a Cooling Market

 

Even in light of a slight seller’s market, this is still a great time to buy in Spokane! It is true that buying is more competitive right now, but this trend is coming on the heels of recent price drops on real estate. What does this mean for buyers? Prices are going up, but they are still lower than they have been – and as bidding wars on properties heat up, prices will continue to rise.

 

The recent price reductions mean this is the perfect time to capitalize on the holiday market. First time homebuyers, real estate investors, and downsizers will find particular benefit in this market.Waiting buy until after the holidays could mean paying more for your home.  

 

You MUST Do This

 

Get prequalified! In a competitive market, it is crucial that you come prepared. I strongly urge all my clients to get prequalified before beginning a home search, for a couple of reasons. First, getting prequalified reduces heartbreak when you fall in love with a home only for funding to fall through. Second, you are competing against other buyer offers, so you need to convince the seller that YOU are the most qualified offer. A thorough, well thought out presentation of the offer from your realtor can genuinely make or break the transaction, so be sure to provide as much to your realtor as possible. I generally request recent financial documents and statements be readily accessible on hand so there is absolutely no delay in the offer process.

 

For those looking to close and move before the holiday season is upon us, I recommend taking the extra step to become fully underwritten prior to making an offer on a home. This will speed the process significantly (as little as 21 days to close, in some instances), and increase the competitiveness of your offer. For mortgage brokers who specialize in fully underwriting buyers prior to the offer, consider Ben Sharpe at Mountain West Bank or Boone Plager at Fairway Independent Mortgage.

 

The Benefits of Buying Now:

  • Move in before the winter holidays
  • Capitalize on the reduced pricing before bidding wars drive prices back up

 

Pro Tips for Buyers:

  • Come prepared!
  • Have a pre-approval letter or underwriting from a lender before hiring a real estate agent or viewing homes
  • Have recent asset statements ready, in hand, when making an offer
  • Allow your agent to put together the best possible offer presentation by providing documents and statements as quickly as possible

 

You want to be the best, most qualified and serious offer in a competitive market. The offer presentation created by your agent is the only thing a seller knows about your qualifications. It is critical that you hire a realtor with an exceptional presentation strategy.

 

Looking to Buy and Sell in Spokane?

Carrie Meyer is passionate about helping people relocate to Spokane. Having done so herself nearly 15 years ago, she understands the struggles and stresses that come with moving from out of town and provides unique services to make the process as simple as possible. Carrie also specializes in new home builds and property purchases for those looking to live on acreage with an easy commute back into town, and gladly represents local transactions of any type.

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Win Big and Support the Symphony at Christmas Tree Elegance

36th Annual Christmas Tree Elegance Event in Spokane

 

Christmas Tree Elegance was founded in 1983 by the Spokane Symphony Associates as a fundraiser for the Spokane Symphony. Today, this family-friendly event has won a place in Spokane Christmas tradition, and has grown into a 13-day event. Attendees travel from five states and Canada to participate and partake in Christmas Tree Elegance, and if you’ve ever seen the trees (and the prizes!), it’s no wonder why.

 

This year marks the 36th anniversary of the event, which opens on November 27th and runs through December 9th.

 

How it Works

 

There are 18 beautifully decorated trees located inside the Davenport Hotel and River Park Square during Christmas Tree Elegance. These decked-out trees have been sponsored by local and national businesses contributing to the fundraiser. Attendees of Christmas Tree Elegance don’t just come to see the trees, they come to win.

 

Raffle tickets are $1 each, and you can bid on as many trees as you want, as often as you want. But even better still, each tree comes with an additional gift basket/swag bag or cash prize. That would certainly help you deck the halls and line the stockings on your chimney!

 

The raffle drawing will be held and winners announced on December 9th.

 

The Charity

 

All proceeds from raffle ticket sales go to support the Spokane Symphony. All the trees and prizes are sponsored by local and national businesses, so you can bid confidently, knowing your funds really are going to support the arts in Spokane. Christmas Tree Elegance is the Spokane Symphony Associates’ biggest fundraising event of the year for the symphony, so grab the kids and some friends and take a stroll through the trees. And if you see something you like, buy a few raffle tickets and throw your name in the hat – you never know, it could be your lucky day!

 

The Real Estate Agent Spokane team of realtors is proudly sponsoring tree #12 at this year’s Christmas Tree Elegance. We believe in promoting arts and culture in Spokane as a celebration of the diversity and sophistication our city has to offer.

 

Meet the Team

 

The Real Estate Agent Spokane team is a part of Kestell Co Realtors, located in Spokane, Washington. We are full service realtors who handle all types of transactions from first time home buyers, investment property transactions, relocations to Spokane, and more.

 

Carrie Meyer is passionate about helping people relocate to Spokane. Having done so herself 15 years ago, she understands the struggles and stresses that come with moving from out of town and provides unique services to make the process as simple as possible. Carrie also specializes in new home builds and property purchases for those looking to live on acreage with an easy commute back into town, and gladly represents local transactions of any type.

 

Sandra Bachmeyer is highly skilled in downsizing transactions, specifically in dealing with the relocation of a parent or grandparent out of their home and into an assisted facility. Sandra has years of experience working in elder care and understands the delicate nuances of these types of transactions. She will work tirelessly to ensure that your loved one is treated with dignity and respect throughout the entire process.

 

Wendy Smith is a “jack of all trades” in real estate and is ready to help, no matter your transaction type. Wendy understands what it’s like to be a working mother, and strives to make your transaction as simple as possible. She is passionate about helping people find their dream home and sell their current home as quickly and profitably as possible.  

 

The Real Estate Agent Spokane team can be reached at (509) 868-1077, or full contact information can be found here.