Slowing Moving Day In Everett

It was a weird day to be at the Snohomish County administrative offices. One: for some strange reason, tons of people were submitting plans/requests for permits. Not sure the causality of that. But the line was LOONNGGG. Two: there was plenty of media presence, most likely due to this story: “Cascade Mall shooter dies in Read More …

Some changes in Everett

A few months ago (well, maybe a bit longer) Everett’s Trinity Lutheran College folded up shop. We have a new tenant moving into their old space: Funko, formerly of Lynnwood.   Looks like they’re taking the whole building, which, if true, will be great both for Funko and Everett.  That’ll be a boon for the local Read More …

If you’re email marketing, don’t ever do this

With 7 years working in Real Estate, I’m on tons of email lists. I don’t mind this much, as I get to see what’s going on out in the market. Today, though, got one that violates all my marketing skills, understanding and wisdom. It was a jpg dropped into an email. I’m not a fan Read More …

Some thoughts on the current state of the Streaming Music Business

Earlier today I read this piece from my friends at Geekwire: “Music service Rhapsody posts record $35M net loss even as revenues climb to $202M“. I’m not simply concerned about a long-standing Seattle tech company struggling, but also that entities like Spotify are also bleeding cash to keep their market share. The losses are not Read More …

Lynnwood’s Development and Business Services Office

I’m pleased that the City of Lynnwood is reinvigorating (?) the word of the Permit Center (FYI, this office is not by the city offices on 44th by the library. Rather, it’s just south of 196th, kitty-corner to Goodwill). Hopefully, they can smooth out/simplify the permitting process and keep the dynamic business environment that is Read More …

Is Nationstar about to completely rebrand itself?

As an agent who’s part of the Xome network and has worked with Nationstar with several REO listings, I read “Is Nationstar about to completely rebrand itself?” with interest. Will Xome be able to offer this unique service environment in such a way as to catch fire? I wonder. It’s a novel idea, this end-to-end, full Read More …

Meandering Alderwood Mall And Other Delights

I’ve spent the last several hours wandering Alderwood Mall. Today, I won the nail in my tire lottery, and the nearest tire shop I could find: Sears (an open one, at least). The past three times this happened were Sundays. I wonder about this, for no really good reason. Perhaps the universe rages against me. Read More …

Startup letting strangers share hotel rooms. What could go wrong?

Just read this over at Geekwire: This startup plans to let strangers share hotel rooms to save money By Taylor Soper A Seattle startup wants to help you save money on hotel room fares — but only if you’re willing to share a room with a stranger. My first thought was “ick”. However, as I think Read More …

Spotify, Apple Music, And The Masses Of Online Music Choices

A few months back, I gave the new Apple Music a go. As a long time Spotify user, I was mainly compelled by access to Apple’s library, with the expectation that the service would have access to the full catalog. Well, that’s not the case. With that, it’s not quite clear when a song is available Read More …