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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   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 , , , ,

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 | Category: Productivity, Uncategorized, 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:  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

Posted on November 5, 2014 at 9:46 am
Renee Roberts | Category: 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

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

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 | Category: 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 | Category: Productivity, Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged , ,


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 | Category: 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 | Category: Uncategorized, WREN graphics | 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!

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

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:


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 , , , , , ,