Real Estate: A Career & A Calling

In 2005 my husband and I were infatuated with buying a home of our own and no longer wished to rent. To get started we asked my husband’s coworker for a referral and connected with an agent. Being the analytical types, my husband and I looked at 30+ houses, which in this market doesn’t seem so crazy for first-time buyers, and we finally found something that worked for us.

During the house hunting process I had my first glimmer of becoming an agent. My first experience as a home buyer left me believing the real estate profession was dysfunctional and in need of an overhaul. At the time, I was too deep into becoming an architect to let myself consider changing career paths, but I made a deal with myself that once I had my architecture license I could pivot.

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Has Uptown Forgotten About Schools?

The Uptown community is historically dependent on the rest of Queen Anne for its city services and is still called Lower Queen Anne by many. Uptown has spent years trying to create its own identity separate from Queen Anne. The Uptown Alliance has been working hard to build a voice for their community and I praise them for their tireless advocacy.

This month the Uptown Preliminary Rezone Recommendation Director’s Report was published. In this document, Uptown is called a neighborhood, a regional center, and a district. What is new to hear is that the report calls Queen Anne an “interested neighbor”. I argue Uptown is not an independent entity and Queen Anne is more than a neighbor to Uptown.

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