Thursday, August 31, 2006

Part of Old Bellevue City Hall Property Sold for $15.9 million

According to a recent article in at, written by Brian K. Miller of, the Leavitt Building in Bellevue was purchased by a joint venture between Mark Weed of Egis Real Estate Services and Michael Barnes for $15.9 million.

The Leavitt Building was a part of the old Bellevue City Hall Property that auto magnate Michael O'Brien purchased from the City for $24.7 million. He had previously demolished the City Hall Building and adjoining Police Station (formerly the Bellevue Public Library for those who weren't around back then) to make way for the new Lexus dealership building and parking lots.

The grapevine says that the new construction had come to a virtual standstill because of the shortage of concrete available because of the recent union strike. An agreement was worked out earlier in the week and we're hoping that all stalled projects get back on track quickly.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Coming Soon To The Computer in Front of You:

I'm finally doing it - I decided to spend the money necessary to have a first class real estate website where anyone can go to search all the homes listed for sale in the Puget Sound Region. will be the new web portal for my real estate company AAA Properties. It should be live around the 20th of August.

It should be pretty cool - besides searching for homes currently listed, vistors will be able to get data on recent sales, the newest listings, and tons of information on local real estate.

The multiple listing service in the Puget Sound area is the NWMLS, which is owned by broker-members, is one of the best in the country, but unfortunately does not provide an easy (or inexpensive) way to provide listings to the public. This is in contrast to the MLS in San Diego that I used to work with, which was owned by the Board of Realtors and provided a quick and easy link for less than $200 a year. will soon be the premier site for homebuyers, sellers and those interested in local home values to get all the information they need to buy or sell a home. I hope that you are one of the first to visit and welcome your feedback.