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Community Service Day Volunteer

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What is Community Service Day?

Each year, Windermere Real Estate agents, managers, owners and staff from 300 offices across the Western United States gather together and devote their workday to making a positive change in the neighborhoods they serve through local service projects and volunteerism.

This year, Windermere's Greenwood brokers and staff assisted the Phinney Neighborhood Association Senior Center with sprucing up yards, weeding flower beds, and trimming overgrowth for several seniors in the Greenwood neighborhood.

Windermere’s Community Service Day was established in 1984 to offer agents and staff a chance to volunteer an entire workday to give back to the neighborhoods in which they live and work.  Windermere’s Community Service Day has been recognized nationally as a model hands-on volunteer program and has been adopted by other real estate companies and businesses around the country. 

Community Service Day Friday, June 3rd

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Posted on June 1, 2016 at 10:32 am
Renee Roberts | Posted in Greenwood, Greenwood, Seattle Neighborhoods | Tagged ,

2016 Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event

Annual Paper Shredding & Recycling Event

Annual Paper Shredding & Recycling Event

Join Us for a Shredding & Recycling Party!

On Saturday, April 16th, 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 40", 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 1, 2016 at 10:15 am
Renee Roberts | Posted in Greenwood, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge |

Happy New Year!

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Renee and Wren Graphics look forward to asssting you with your real estate needs and business development throughout 2016!


Posted on January 1, 2016 at 1:12 am
Renee Roberts | Posted in Productivity, Uncategorized, WREN graphics |

Need Assistance with your 2016 Calendar Mailings?

Need Assistance with Your 2016 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:

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Your Return Address is required.
  • Move Update/Address Service is required. In a previous blog post, I have outlined the methods available to use.
  • When labeling your envelopes – place the address label in the lower right hand quadrant of the envelope.
  • 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!
  • 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, 2015 at 6:38 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Mailing Services, Productivity, Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged , , , , ,

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

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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 , , , , ,