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Halloween Blood Drive

Windermere Greenwood Halloween Blood Drive

 

Get in the spooky spirit by giving blood this Halloween! 

Bloodworks NW will have a mobile truck in our Windermere Greenwood parking lot at 311 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103  from 1:00 – 7:00 PM on Halloween – October 31st.  Please call my office at (206) 527-5250 to reserve a time slot to donate (some walk-ins can also be accommodated).
*You must bring your photo ID* 

 
All donor participants will receive a pair of vampire fangs and be automatically entered to win an invitation to a private party with Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner!  All you have to do is show up at Bleed for the Blue and Green!
 
 
Posted on September 29, 2017 at 2:29 pm
Renee Roberts | Category: Greenwood, Greenwood, Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged , , , ,

How Do I Find Out If There’s an Abandoned Oil Tank on my Property?

Natural gas heat was starting to become the most popular type of heating system for homes in the Seattle area starting in 1964. Older homes in our more established neighborhoods may still use oil heat, but many more have converted to natural gas or electric heat in the meantime. 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.

The City of Seattle is now processing public disclosure requests through a web portal called the City of Seattle Public Records Request Center (PRRC). The PRRC is designed to assist you in organizing and tracking the progress of your request(s) and downloading records.

With the transition to the PRRC, the City will be charging minimal fees for copying and transmitting electronic and non-electronic records in accordance with state law. Submit your request(s) into the PRRC website and the City will communicate with you through the PRRC going forward. All communications sent via the PRRC will appear in your email and can be tracked through your PRRC account. You will receive an email with your login information and additional instructions regarding your current request for records.

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 with 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 April 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm
Renee Roberts | Category: Home Buyer, Seattle Neighborhoods, WREN graphics

Community Service Day Volunteer

Community Service Day Friday, June 3rd, 2016CSD VolunteerBadge

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 | Category: 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 | Category: Greenwood, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge

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 | Category: 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 | Category: Greenwood, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Seattle Events, Seattle Neighborhoods, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , ,

Windermere Community Service Day

 

Each year, Windermere Real Estate agents, managers, owners and staff from more than 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.

For this year's Community Service Day, the brokers and staff of Windermere's Greenwood office will be sprucing up & painting the teen center at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, located in our own Greenwood Neighborhood!

Stay tuned to Windermere Real Estate's facebook page for photos of all of our offices projects!  www.facebook.com/WindermereRealEstate

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.  For more information, please visit www.windermere.com.

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm
Renee Roberts | Category: Greenwood, Greenwood, Seattle Events, Uncategorized | Tagged , , ,

PhinneyWood Art Walk May 10th & 11th 2013

 

Windermere Greenwood is excited to announce we are hosting our 1st PhinneyWood Art Walk Event!

We welcome artists D.Lisa West and Doug Keith

 

    

Please stop by our Windermere Greenwood office located at 311 N 85th St. Seattle, WA

Friday, May 10th from 6-9 pm and Saturday, May 11th from Noon – 5pm

 

For more information and map of participating businesses and restaurants, visit: PhinneyCenter.org

 

D.Lisa West

Doug Keith

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm
Renee Roberts | Category: Greenwood, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Seattle Events, Seattle Neighborhoods, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , ,

Windermere Community Service Day Volunteer

Community Service Day Friday, June 15th, 2012
What is Community Service Day?

Creating vibrant communities is one of the things that inspire our Windermere network to be involved in service projects that make things a little brighter for all our neighbors. Supporting the communities Windermere serves is at the core of our company’s formation and growth.

Every year since 1984, Windermere associates dedicate a day of work to complete neighborhood improvement projects as part of Windermere’s Community Service Day.

Community Service Day gives us an opportunity to give back to the communities where we live and work. We clean, landscape and repair parks, playgrounds, schools, shelters and community buildings.

After all, real estate is rooted in our communities. And an investment in our neighborhoods gives us all a better place to call home.

Each Windermere office selects a project that best serves its community needs.

For this year’s Community Service Day, Windermere’s Oak Tree staff and associates will be assisting the  Greenwood Elementary School with moving & cleaning up a few classrooms, sprucing up the grounds: removing trash, weeding flower beds, and trimming overgrowth.

Community Service Day Friday, June 15, 2012  

“On behalf of my staff, parents, and students, I want to thank you for sending the Windermere members to our school today. They did a fabulous job of helping us move furniture, clean rooms and weed the front landscape. It was so helpful to our school community.

Please give them a big thank you from all of us.  Thanks again.”

Dr. Walter M. Trotter
Principal, Greenwood Elementary

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm
Renee Roberts | Category: Greenwood, Seattle Neighborhoods, Uncategorized | Tagged ,

Supporting Our Neighboring Businesses With A “Cash Mob”

Many of you know that Windermere/Oak Tree is  moving to a new office this summer – to 311 N 85th St. (So excited-waiting-with-baited-breath!!!) We’ve been at 100th & Aurora for nearly 20 years, but this summer, we’ll enjoy a new building and a new neighborhood. Greenwood/Phinney Ridge!

As our way of introducing ourselves to the new neighborhood and exploring new shops, bars and restaurants, we’re selecting a business each week to “Cash Mob”. The general idea of a Cash Mob is to encourage people to go to a small, local business and spend their money en masse – well, throughout the week in our case – to give the business owner a bit of economic stimulus.

We’ve got over 50 agents & staff, hopefully most of them will participate to make a positive impact on small businesses in the community which we’ll soon be working on a daily basis. Maybe we’ll find our new favorite hole-in-the-wall antique shop, restaurant, coffee shop or bar.

Our first “CashMob” business selection is Herkimer Coffee located at 7320 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103.

Herkimer Coffee roasts their beans on site!

Despite Greenwood Avenue North’s current road construction/repaving phase, I was able to find parking within a ½ block.  Herkimer Coffee does their own roasting on-site, has free wi-fi and very friendly service brewing up tasty lattes with pretty foam, tea, beans, and a good selection of pastries. Ironically, our first “cash Mob” business is a “cash only” business – so next time you have some folding money in your pocket, stop by!

Stay tuned for next week’s “Windermere Cash Mob” and join us. If you decide to stop by one of the local Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood businesses we select, tell them you heard about it from Windermere/Oak Tree – Soon to be Windermere Greenwood!!

 

 

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm
Renee Roberts | Category: Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Seattle Neighborhoods, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , ,