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2nd Half 2015 Property Taxes Due

 Property Taxes Due

Property Taxes Due

King County residents who pay their property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender, should circle Halloween (Saturday, October 31st) on their calendar. The second half of 2015 property taxes are due on that date.

After November 2nd, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill. To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently.

Tax payments can be made:

  • By mail if postmarked no later than November 2, 2015. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should never be sent through the mail.
  • Online using King County’s convenient, secure online eTax application. Taxpayers may pay accounts with a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account called an “eCheck.”
  • In person by Friday, October 30th at the King County Administration Building, Suite 600 – Treasury Operations, located at 500 Fourth Ave. in Seattle. Treasury Operations is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • At King County Community Service Centers if paid by check for the exact amount due. Taxpayers can find the address, phone number, and operating hours of the center in their area by visiting www.kingcounty.gov/CSC.

The online option provides immediate payment confirmation for current year or delinquent year(s) property tax bills. To pay online or view property tax information, taxpayers can visit www.kingcounty.gov/propertytax.

For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, contact King County Treasury Operations online or by calling (206) 296-0923.

Information on senior citizen exemption and deferral programs can be obtained from the King County Assessor’s Office by calling (206) 296-3920.


Posted on October 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , ,

Was Your Oil Tank Decommissioned?

<<Updated April 2017>>

 

The average year built of homes sold in Seattle during the 1st Quarter of 2015 was 1964 –  Just as natural gas heat was starting to become the most popular type of heating system for homes in the Seattle area. But what about older homes in our more established neighborhoods? Many are still using oil heat, but many more have since converted to gas or electric heat. What happened to all those old oil tanks?  

 

How do I determine if there is an oil tank on a property, and whether or not it has been decommissioned?

This is not an uncommon question to answer as a Realtor when a home is sold and transferred to a new homeowner. To determine if an oil tank is on a property – or if it has been decommissioned, the first step is to contact the local Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Fire Department does not have records of the location of underground heating oil tanks, because a Fire Department permit is not required to install underground heating oil tanks.  However, the Permit Section staff in the Fire Marshal’s Office for the City of Seattle, can check for any record of the removal or decommissioning of an oil tank at your address conducted under permit after 1997 for residential properties; and after 1984 for commercial properties. 

Email your request to sfd_fmo_pdr@seattle.gov   Include the property address and a fax number if you’d prefer to receive the report by fax. They’ll research permits on file and respond within 5 days. (I’ve usually heard back within 24-48 hours.)

Most decommissioning reports have only been in place for the past 15 years, so if it was done earlier, a Seattle Fire Department permit was not required to remove or decommission an underground tank.

Other cities are similar in this method of investigation, so depending on where you live, you’ll want to contact the fire department responsible – whether in city limits or the County if you live in an unincorporated area. 

If you need to investigate the possibility of an abandoned oil tank further, most oil tank companies offer locating services if you are unsure if – or where an underground storage tank is buried on the property.

 

 


Posted on May 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Seattle Neighborhoods, Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged , ,

Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event

Shredding Event

Join Us for a Shredding & Recycling Party!

On Saturday, April 18th, from 11am to 2pm, we will have two trucks on site at our Windermere Greenwood Office Parking Lot 311  85th St, Seattle, WA 98103 to shred your paper material, and recycling electronics.

Items Accepted: Desktop and Laptop Computers, Monitors, Cell Phones, iPods, Keyboards, Mice, Power Cables, Scanners, Copiers, and TVs under 42".

Not Accepted: DVD Players, VCRs, Microwaves, Stereo Equipment, Kitchen or other Appliances, TVs over 42", Styrofoam or Cardboard.

We will be serving Grilled Hot Dogs and Brats, Soda, Chips, Coffee, Cookies, and a SMILE to Thank you for your Support!


Posted on April 7, 2015 at 4:49 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Greenwood, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Seattle Events, Seattle Neighborhoods, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , ,

Happy New Year!!

 

Renee and Wren Graphics looks forward to asssting you with your real estate needs

and business development throughout 2015!


Posted on December 31, 2014 at 3:43 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Productivity, Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged

Holiday Greeting Tips

As the year is drawing to a close, many of you are planning to send holiday greetings inserted into your calendar mailings. I’ve heard many of you are feeling a little stumped on where to begin. 

I’ve gathered these short messages below as examples. Adapt them to suit your recipient, your relationship, and your culture.

Holiday Season &  Happy New Year Messages.

As the year ends, we think about all we are grateful for. Our relationship with you is one thing we treasure. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. We wish you a merry Christmas and much success in the New Year.

Wishing you a joyful heart, a happy home and many new reasons for thanks.

At this joyous time of year, we are grateful for our work with you. We wish you abundance, happiness, and peace in a new year filled with hope. Happy holidays!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you this year. It has been an honor and a valuable experience for me. I wish you a happy Hanukkah/Christmas and a new year filled with all good things.

It has been an honour and a pleasure to work with you this year. I wish you the best of holidays and a prosperous 2015!

As gifts are given and received this holiday season, I think of the gift of knowing you. Thank you for the pleasure of working with you. Happy holidays!

Merry Christmas! I hope you have a holiday that fills your heart with joy!

Seasons’ Greetings! We have come full circle for another year.  In the holiday rush, I like to take a moment to count the many blessings that have come my way. Please accept the enclosed calendar as my gift to you with warmest wishes for a very happy new year.

I wish you a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy, and treasured moments. May 2015 be your best year yet!

The gift of love, the gift of peace The gift of happiness… May these be yours this Holiday Season

Thank you for your business this year. It has been a pleasure helping you reach your goals, and we look forward to contributing to your success in 2015. We wish you a prosperous and happy new year!

My year would not be complete without a word of appreciation to you.  Thank you for all you’ve done to help my business grow.

Many thanks for your referrals to me of friends and family throughout the year.  Your continued confidence is the highest compliment I can receive from a past client. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a fabulous year 2015!

Wishing you the Joy of Family, the Happiness of Friends, and the Wonder of the Holiday Season

Decorative Holiday Mailing Labels[/caption]

A few more tips:

  • When sending calendars through “bulk mail”, all mail must be identical in weight and content. Individually personalized handwritten greetings are not allowed – mail to these clients with 1st Class postage.
  • Whenever possible, sign your greetings rather than using a typed signature.  I can even scan your signature!
  • I do have a selection of holiday paper and graphics to make your greeting stand out!
  • I can help you create custom mailing labels to match your holiday stationary.
  • Contact wrengraphics when you're ready to mail your calendars!

 


Posted on December 9, 2014 at 11:35 am
Renee Roberts | Posted in WREN graphics | Tagged , , ,

Need Assistance with Your 2015 Calendar Mailings?

Need Assistance with Your 2015 Calendar Mailings?

 

The clock has fallen back, the election is over and holiday gift catalogues are arriving in the mail each day… that means the new year is nearly upon us and it's time to mail your calendars!

 

If you need assistance in preparing your calendars for bulk mail, I'm here to help. From creating decorative labels that match your holiday stationary, to stuffing, sealing and then bundling & hauling them away to the bulk mail acceptance unit at the post office, WREN graphics is available to assist with your calendar mailings again this year.

Calendar Mailing Services & Pricing

If you are planning to prepare all – or just part of your mailings, following are just a few tips that will ease the process:

  1. All mail pieces must be identical in weight & content. No personal notes or cards are allowed, however, a computer generated holiday greeting letter is fine.
  2. Zip code sort your list before printing your labels. The post office requires FLAT mailings (anything over 3.3 oz.) be zip code sorted & bundled. Having your list printed in zip code order saves a lot of time in this process!
  3. Your Return Address is required.
  4. Move Update/Address Service is required. In a previous blog post, I have outlined the methods available to use.
  5. When labeling your envelopes – place the address label in the lower right hand quadrant of the envelope (see image above). 
  6. If WREN graphics will be mailing your calendars for you, place your envelopes in zip code order from lowest to highest. No sticky notes or dividers are necessary. Then contact Renee 206-395-9736 or email: wrengraphics@gmail.com  to let me know they're ready to be picked up or drop them off at the Windermere Greenwood office!
  7. I prepare a calendar mailing at least once per week. If you have less than 50 lbs./200 pcs. I will need to merge your calendars with another mailing of identical size and weight, so this matching may take a few additional days.

 

If you have any questions, please call or email. I look forward to assisting you!

Renee  206-395-9736  wrengraphics@gmail.com


Posted on November 5, 2014 at 9:46 am
Renee Roberts | Posted in Productivity, Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged , , , , ,

2nd Half of 2014 Property Taxes Due on Oct 31st – Halloween

King County residents who pay their property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender, should circle Halloween (Friday, October 31) on their calendar. The second half of 2014 property taxes are due on that date.

After October 31, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill. To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently.

Tax payments can be made:

  • By mail if postmarked no later than Oct. 31, 2014. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail.
  • Online using King County’s convenient, secure online eTax application. Taxpayers may pay accounts with a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account called an “eCheck.”
  • In person at the King County Administration Building, Suite 600 – Treasury Operations, located at 500 Fourth Ave. in Seattle. Treasury Operations is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Oct. 31, Treasury Operations will be open until 5 p.m.
  • At King County Community Service Centers if paid by check for the exact amount due. Taxpayers can find the address, phone number, and operating hours of the center in their area by visiting www.kingcounty.gov/CSC.

The online option provides immediate payment confirmation for current year or delinquent year(s) property tax bills. To pay online or view property tax information, taxpayers can visit www.kingcounty.gov/propertytax.

For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, contact King County Treasury Operations online or by calling (206) 296-0923.

Information on senior citizen exemption and deferral programs can be obtained from the King County Assessor’s Office by calling (206) 296-3920.


Posted on October 31, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged ,

Stay In Touch Marketing Plan

I have a few brokers that are already planning their 2015 Marketing Calendar. We have several office sponsored events planned like our annual Shredding & Electronics Recycling event, Flower & Garden Show ticket give-away, and reminders about our local Greenwood Car Show, and Art Up Chow Down Art Walks. So the calendar fills up fast with opportunities to touch base with our clients. Here's one method of marketing that many of the agents I work with swear by:
 

Stay in Touch Follow-Up System is powerful, proven and simple.
 

Did you know that 93% of homebuyers are satisfied with their agent, however only 11% use them again. Make them remember your name!

  • Full Color Postcards
  • Jumbo Size: 8.5" x 5.5"
  • Pre-printed Message
  • Several Series & Holiday Cards to Choose From
  • Team or Single Agent message layout 
  • Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance Professional
 
For more information on ordering this postcard system, please click the image above or contact Renee at 206-395-9736 or visit Stay In Touch System
 
Each month, I coordinate mailing these cards to your clients with space for additional remarks, statistical info or invitations to a coffee date! Let me know if I can help you implement this efficient & easy marketing system to your 2015 Marketing Plan!
 
 
 

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Productivity, Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged , ,

Re-Inspired

Uhhgg. My birthday is coming up and I have less than a month to whittle away clock hours to renew my real estate license in addition to renewing my driver's license, passport and car tabs. 

Every other year, real estate brokers are required by the State Department of Licensing to fulfill 30 hours of required continuing education – otherwise known as clock hours. We are required to refresh our knowledge on the ethics of real estate and core curriculum covering updates and changes in contracts and real estate law so we can represent our buyers and sellers ethically, correctly and professionally.

The rest of the clock hours are elective. And it can be oh, so hard to find interesting courses to take. You know me, I'm a creative. Math, statistics, and financial statements make my eyes gloss over after 15 mintues, No way can I deal with 15 hours of spreadsheets & formulas! And I've taken several financial, short sales/foreclosure, credit and contract courses before. So I look for new courses that pertain to what I actually do in the real estate industry – Marketing. And this part of real estate is constantly evolving as new technology is just at the fingertips of our smartphones and iPads!

I do have to say that Windermere has grasped that technology is what brokers need to know to do our jobs better and more effieciently. I am pleased to see the availability of more classes built around the iPad and Paperless Transactions. The online tools and apps we use are more adaptive, updates and changes happen quickly and it is so refreshing to learn new tips or finding out that something that we've had to create a work-around for is now available within the programs we use. 

By targeting my elective education courses, I not only fulfill my license renewal requirements, but also find inspiration by how other brokers have taken these tools to create custom content to connect with their clients on a personal level to build success into their business.

I know I am benefitting by the annual boost of putting some thought into how I can best educate and prepare myself for today’s real estate market. I feel refreshed and re-inspired to give a needed energy to my business success while supporting my realtor clients with their buyers and sellers!


Posted on August 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Apps, Productivity, Tech, Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged , , , , ,

I Was Surprised Today At the Post Office

Stamp prices increased on Saturday, jumping from 46 cents to 49 cents.

The 3-cent hike is the largest increase in consumer postage prices in more than a decade for the U.S. Postal Service. The cost of mailing a post card also went up. It now costs 34 cents, a 1-cent increase. And standard mail (bulk mail) also increased. 

One way around the increases is buying Forever Stamps now and using them any time for first-class mail, the kind used by most consumers. Launched in 2007, Forever Stamps are always valid, no matter what people paid for them and even if prices go up in the future. A year ago, the price of a first class stamp went up by 1 cent in January.

Click here to see all USPS mailing and shipping prices

WREN Graphics is available to assist you with your mailings. Contact Renee by email or phone at 206-395-9736


Posted on January 27, 2014 at 1:19 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged , ,