Seattle Gets Stinky: Waste Management Strike Continues

As the waste management strike continues, commercial and residents are starting to feel the effects of the pile up, and so is Seattle’s Waste Management. According to the Seattle Times, Seattle Public Utilities has strong warned Waste Management that if could face very hefty fines if the contractual problems are not resolved by Wednesday afternoon. Fines can reach up to 1.25 million a day if the trash strike continues, and possibly more than that if problems continue throughout King and Snohomish counties. Last week 153 recycling drivers walked off the job as well, due to walk they called unfair labor practices.

SPU has since expressed that if all three waste services are being affected by the strike at the same time (recycle, garbage, and yard waste) and if one particular block has 3 or more containers on the same side of the street not being collected, they will begin issuing fines, and installing consequences. Waste Management has since hired replacement drivers for hospital, nursing homes, and day care pick ups. With the weather heating up, and garbage and waste bins piling high, a stinky city could create hostility from seattleites effected by the strike if an agreement doesn’t begin to to take shape this week. For more information on the strike, visit the Seattle Times.

Seattle Gets Stinky: Waste Management Strike Continues

As the waste management strike continues, commercial and residents are starting to feel the effects of the pile up, and so is Seattle’s Waste Management. According to the Seattle Times, Seattle Public Utilities has strong warned Waste Management that if could face very hefty fines if the contractual problems are not resolved by Wednesday afternoon. Fines can reach up to 1.25 million a day if the trash strike continues, and possibly more than that if problems continue throughout King and Snohomish counties. Last week 153 recycling drivers walked off the job as well, due to walk they called unfair labor practices.

SPU has since expressed that if all three waste services are being affected by the strike at the same time (recycle, garbage, and yard waste) and if one particular block has 3 or more containers on the same side of the street not being collected, they will begin issuing fines, and installing consequences. Waste Management has since hired replacement drivers for hospital, nursing homes, and day care pick ups. With the weather heating up, and garbage and waste bins piling high, a stinky city could create hostility from seattleites effected by the strike if an agreement doesn’t begin to to take shape this week. For more information on the strike, visit the Seattle Times.

Garbage Piling Up? Waste Management Strike Affects King County

Did you notice your garbage was still in the driveway when you came home from work yesterday afternoon? You weren’t the only one! The Waste Management Team in King and Snohomish counties went on strike yesterday afternoon against the largest refuse service over wage and benefits issues in the Northwest. According to the Seattle Times, the Local 117, which includes 153 recycling-route drivers walked out yesterday, and were joined by the garbage truck drivers of Local 174 shortly after.

Drivers began to pull service trucks into the South Seattle Waste Management yard, stepped out of their vehicles and picked up a picket sign. Their strike affects over 220,000 in King and Snohomish counties, and Waste Management could be issued steep fines should the strike drag out; up to $4,500 dollars a day for failing to make scheduled collections, and $250,000 if the strike drags out longer than a week. Drivers have been without a contract since May 31st, and are disputing the wage gap between recycle drivers who start at $17 an hour vs garbage drivers who’re starting at around $26 an hour. At this time there are no plans for negotiation in place, Waste Management hopes drivers will come back to work. For more information on the strike, visit the Seattle Times.

Cost of Moving Takes a Toll on Your Wallet

The stress of switching rentals can be burdensome for a number of reasons, but the tax it can take to your wallet is one of the biggest issues many people face when moving into new homes. According to Zillow, US Census stats have shown that “19 million American households pack up and move every year.”

Back in 2010, the World Wide Relocation Association reported that the average professional move would cost roughly $12,230. Zowza! Factors that can become costly when moving include the distance of the move, packing supplies and/or services, and professional movers or rentals. When hiring professionals for the move, the price of the move obviously rises quite a bit, and the weight of your items could actually be measured on a scale system. Be sure to check to moving company’s system and request an estimate before moving forward with the move. If you’re limited on moving expenses, you can always opt to call a few friends who have larger vehicles and are willing and able to lift heavy furniture. For more information on all of the expenses that go into moving, visit Zillow’s Blog.

Western Avenue Condo For Sale: $314,000

This lovely condo on Western Avenue, located at The Vine is located is close proximity to the Pike Place Market,  the Olympic Sculpture Park, and other shops and restaurants downtown. Built in 2002, the building was structured to include modern amenities in all units, including granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and a gas stove and fireplace; not to mention the 150 sf deck overlooking the Sound, and out to West Seattle!

This 1 bed 1 bath unit has beautiful huge windows over looking the city and Sound, and a great little build out in the kitchen separating the space from the living room. The building amenities include a 24 hr concierge, garage parking,  a fitness room, and ample storage space. For more information on unit or others in the Seattle area contact Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 1,1
Price: $314,000

New West Seattle Estate Rental On the Market

This West Seattle Estate will be available to rent August 1st, and has breathtaking views over Puget Sound, the Olympics and the Northwest Islands! The beautiful grounds, including the garden out front have been well maintained and the deck out back practically sells the rental itself. This 5 bed, 4.25 bath home has been here for nearly 100 years, and is available to rent month to month, furnished or unfurnished. The living room and kitchen have huge bay windows looking out across the Sound, as do the majority of other rooms in this massive 6,350 sf rental. For more information on this luxury rental, or other properties in the surrounding Seattle area, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 5/4.25
Price: $4,700

Zillow Added New Mobile Rental App Features

If your search for rentals is getting time consuming, and keeping you out of the beautiful Seattle sunshine we look forward to all year round, take your search on the go with a real estate mobile app! In April, Zillow launched their mobile rentals app for the Android, adding to the most popular real estate apps across all platforms.

Zillow Rentals was created to address the needs of users by organizing listings in an easily accessible way, from the right neighborhood, to the number of bedrooms, and baths. Now Zillow has expanded that list of features to include a pet policy search filter, a keyword search, and expanded list of amenities (such as on-site laundry, parking,  cable-ready, walk score, and more!). Searching for the perfect rental can be time consuming, and it appears mobile apps like Zillow are helping potential renters simplify their search on the go. For more information on the Zillow app updates, click here.

Two Story Downtown Luxury Rental: $3,995

This sleek modern downtown corner unit on the 900 block of Lenora features 18 foot high ceilings in this luxury two story unit! This 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit has massive floor to ceiling wrap around windows, with an impressive deck looking out to Northwest views.

The unit features beautiful cherry wood flooring, a designer kitchen with granite counter tops, and new state of the art stainless steel appliances. The living room hosts a toasty fireplace, and has flat screen TV stays for entertainment. The master suite is located on the top floor with a large walk in closet, a five piece master bath, and an office area. This unit is in close proximity to downtown retail shopping, and a variety of local eateries, as well as Denny Park. Contact Ewing & Clark for more information on this one of a kind Seattle dwelling!

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 2, 2
Price: $3,995

King County Home Prices Have Double Digit Rise!

This has been the third straight month in a row that we’ve seen a year over year price increase in King County, and it’s definitely the largest! According to the Seattle Times, for the first time in five years, we’ve seen a double digit increase, with the median value in homes estimated at $380,000, a 10.1% rise since June of last year. The last time there was a year over year double digit increase was back in 2007, when the median also hit an all time high of $481,000.

Denny Blaine Home listed for $3,895,000

After the high, the inevitable countrywide median housing drop occurred, falling nearly 36% nationwide, dropping down to $308,125  this past February. According to the Times, this June was a jaw dropper, with 23 or 29 King County areas experiencing a year over year increase, with 13 of them in the double digits! While not as impressive as King County, Snohomish and Kitsap County also saw slight increases, and condo prices in King County went up nearly 5% as well. For more information on the price of homes in King County, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

New Ballard Residential Planning to Replace the Old Viking

Design plans are currently in the works for a six story residential tower where the Viking has been for the past 50+ years, at 6404 24th ave NW. Applicants for the Ballard residential project have applied for a design review, and a meeting will be held at Ballard High School, open to the public to discuss the design, and the design review board will also be present for questioning.

copyright the Viking

The residential plan includes 6 stories of 60 units, and 5,000sf of retail space, as well as 60 parking spaces for tenants. If you’re interested in obtaining more information on the project, contact the Land Use Planner.