Tips when Researching Retirement Communities

July 29th, 2014

Tips when Researching Retirement  Communities

  • Think about location and timing: where you want to be and when you may need care.

-When do you want to do it and where do you want to do it ? A lot of it is based on where you want to go. We hear people say all of the time, we should have done it sooner. They just realize how nice and relaxing life can be once you make the transition.


  •  Talk to all family and friends who may be involved in the later life care about these plans.

- Get your family and friends involved in the process of finding the perfect retirement community. Get their opinion. You will find that people will actually be very supportive of your decision.


  •   Talk to residents, staff and family of present residents about each community. Ask for referrals when possible.

-Find out what people like and what they don’t like. It may just help you to determine if that is something for you or not.


  • Visit each community more than once if possible.

-The staff is always changing shirts and you may have a different experience each time you visit.


  • If possible eat a meal at each community you are seriously considering. Meals are important!

- It is a great idea to  to try the food out at each retirement communitie and see if that is something you would like or not.

Staging Your Home To Sell

July 8th, 2014

Professional Home Staging -

Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want.


Staging Your Home to Sell:

  • Staging can increase perceived value and result in higher demand & price
  • Goal is to make the buyer feel like this could be their home
  • Create positive focal points and distract away from negative ones

Here are a couple examples of some beautifully staged homes:

Staged Home

Professional Staging

professional staged home

professional staged home


Senior Move Managers

July 3rd, 2014

Senior Move Management is the profession that assists older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or “aging in place.

Although specific services vary, most Senior Move Managers can help with some or all of the following:

  • Plan,  schedule & coordinate all the details of your move
  • Help you downsize and de-clutter
  • Help decide what you’ll want to take
  • S. O. R. T. your things into 4 piles
  • Help you remove all your personal items off the property
  • Create floor planning for your new home
  • Schedule and oversee packing, moving & unpacking
  • Set up your new home and remove the stress of the transition

Ask The Red Door Team for a Senior Move Manager they would recommend!

FREE SEMINAR – Senior Living Options

June 27th, 2014

Senior Living Options

Mark your calendars and save the date!

Are You Stressed Out & Need Help…

-       Searching for options for your parents or yourself?

-       De-cluttering years of personal belongings?

-       Preparing your home for sale to obtain the highest return?

This is your chance to take a tour and a look inside and out of the beautiful Aegis at Marymoor and learn some great information from the Red Door Team!

Real Estate Topics

  • How to increase the value of your home to sell at the highest price in today’s market
  • How to downsize and de-clutter years of personal belongings
  • Resources to  help make my move easier
  • Professional staging
  • Senior Move Managers
  • Associated costs for home care and senior communities
  • Aging in place

This seminar is also a opportunity for seniors and their loved ones to learn about the different senior communities and home care options available in our area.

You’ll come away with a better understanding of the choices available to for you and your family as well as the associated costs. The major benefit of this seminar is that it may provide a peace of mind knowing that there are many options that allow you to age gracefully.


**This event has limited seating, so RSVP’s and registration is required: Or  425-408-9681

Searching for a Senior Community

June 27th, 2014

Tips When Researching Senior Community – Based Services

Happy Senior Couple

Here is an example of a few simple questions to think about before making your move to a senior community:

  • Ask for references
  • Visit the Senior Community or other sites and look at how the facilities are maintained
  • Talk with current clients
  • Talk with staff
  • Notice how staff interact with clients

Senior Real Estate Specialist

June 25th, 2014

Why Use an SRES®?

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® is experienced and knowledgeable in meeting your specific needs—and that can make all the difference in the world. As we age, we demand specialists in our health needs, so why not in our housing and equity needs as well? An SRES brings:

  • A customized approach to your situation; an SRES works with how your living situation fits into your overall plan.
  • Expertise and patience without condescension.
  • An awareness of options and solid, reliable referrals for specific situations to explore those options.
  • A variety of choices to reduce out of pocket expenses, gain cash, or create or defer income streams to either stay independent or finance assistance.

Retirement and Real Estate

June 24th, 2014

More Americans are living longer and enjoying better health in their senior years, and it’s not unusual for them to make real estate changes as they make new lifestyle choices as they approach retirement.

“Retirement and Real Estate” for many people means nothing more than moving from one active pursuit to another one. The children may be grown and gone and it’s time for you to downsize your living space and maybe even change locations.

The Red Door Team is more than happy to talk with you about the next phase of your life, whether it involves moving from the family home to a condo, moving out to the golf course, or even moving to another country.

There are many factors that go into making these decisions, however. There may be financial and tax ramifications. There almost certainly will be social considerations – after all, your friends probably won’t be coming with you. And there could be even be family concerns – in some areas grandchildren may not be well tolerated.

To learn more about Retirement and Real Estate, please explore these topics:

  • Planning Ahead for Senior Living
  • Choosing a Senior Living Destination – Do Your Research
  • Finding a Home for Senior Living
  • Make the Move to Senior Living Easier with a Real estate agent
  • Making the Most of Senior Living
  • Buying a Second Home for a Retirement Home
  • Real Estate Trends in Senior Living
  • Senior Living Abroad
  • Senior Living Outlook
  • Real Estate as a Retirement Career

As all phases of life have challenges, your senior years will too. The Red Door Team can help you make the transition.

For full Article:

The Red Door Team welcomes two more Real Estate Agents onto their team

May 20th, 2014

Kim Berger Morgan

Kim Berger Morgan - Real Estate Agent

Kimberley’s real estate and interior design experience runs deep. At the age of 19 she began selling properties in the Pacific Northwest, and 30 years later – after a sunny stint in Maui, also selling real estate and managing properties – she remains dedicated to making home buying a positive and fun experience. With a degree in Interior Design and her progressive experience in sales, new home construction, materials selection, and architectural plans/elevations/space planning, Kim’s talent for shepherding buyers through the intricacies of purchase and design is unparalleled. She is also keenly interested in Green Design, and was a team member for the National Association of Home Builders’ award-winning Going Green at the Beach home, a custom “deep-green” home in Warm Beach, WA.

Kim is thrilled to be back in the Pacific Northwest, where she hopes to sharpen her skills in water skiing and snow skiing, along with creating new interior and exterior paint colors. Yes, that’s a hobby!

Professional Credentials:
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
Green Realtor Designation
Energy Star Certified
The Pursuit of Excellence

Team member 2008 NHBH (National Home Builder) Regionals Green Hammer Award – Going Green at The Beach, Warm Beach, WA
2008 Skagit Home Builders Award – Best Designed Model Home
2007 Skagit Home Builders Award – Best Landscaping
2007 Skagit Home Builders Award – Best Designed Master Bath
2006 Skagit Home Builders Award –  Best Master Bathroom
2006 Skagit Home Builders Award – Best Front Facade & Curb Appeal
1988 Master Builders Association Award – Best Neighborhood, Sales & Interior Design

Contact Info:


Cell: 360.660.4525


Josie Canales

Josie Canales - Real Estate Agent

Josie’s real estate career started in 1995 in Miami, FL and she acquired her Washington State license in order to assist people in the Upper Northwest with the sale of, the purchase of, or investment in the property of their dreams.  With degrees in Education and Leadership, Josie has skills that transfer easy into the real estate profession.  Josie shows patience, diligence, and commitment to her Buyers, Sellers and Investors.  As a real estate agent,  she prefers to work with 55+ communities, new home owners, and relocation clients.  Josie is certified in “HUD Homes” and “Green Homes” and enjoys the subtleties in every step of the process, from initial appointment, through the contract, to the closing.  Josie has an artistic and design background, in order to help the Sellers stage and Buyers imagine the placement of furniture.

Josie is bilingual in Spanish and English and is happy to “go the extra mile” for clients in a variety of stages of home buying.  Josie prides herself in having a strong work ethic, and strong knowledge base, and a “above and beyond” customer service mindset.

Professional Credentials:
Certified in “HUD Homes”
Certified in “Green Homes”

Contact Info:


Cell: 425.449.0090

6016 91ST Place S.W. Mukilteo, WA 98275

May 17th, 2014


6016 91ST Place S.W. Mukilteo, WA 98275


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4 Bedrooms   3.5 Bathrooms 

MLS # 593141


Stunning view of Saratoga Passage and all of the islands!

This home has a great floating floor plan with balconies on each floor. Each room was specifically designed to accentuate the incredible views. There are balconies to relax and enjoy those peaceful water views and amazing sunsets. This home has been updated with a new rood, new decks and the entry way rebuilt in 2007. There are many quality details throughout this house – radiant heat, a sauna, wool carpet, slate, porcelain tiles and new exterior paint. This is at a great Mukilteo location. Truly a dream home!

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Property Features:
- 4 Bedrooms                                                      - Corner Lot
- 3.5 Bathrooms                                                  - Walk- in Closet
- 3,379 Square Feet                                           – Vaulted Ceilings
- Lot Size 15,682 Square Feet                          - Security System
- 2 Story with Basement                                     – Sauna
- Olympus Terrace Community                          - Jetted Tub
- Built in 1991                                                      - Mukilteo School District
- Contemporary Architecture                             – Skylights

Property Website & Virtual Tour:

Map View of Saratoga Passage and Islands:

Map view of saratoga passage

Mukilteo Lifestyle:

Mukilteo is one of the most affluent suburbs of Seattle. Like the rest of the Seattle area, house prices have risen rapidly; the median value in 2007 was $567,000. Mukilteo ranks 29th of 522 areas in the state of Washington. The city is also home to one of the most expensive high schools ever built in America, Kamiak High School. In 2009, Mukilteo was ranked as number 10 of Money Magazine’s top 100 small towns of America to live in. In 2011, Mukilteo rose one rank to number 9.

Mukilteo is located adjacent to Puget Sound, a large inlet of the Pacific Ocean separating Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula from the main portion of the state of Washington. Most of the community is on a hillside that faces north or west towards Whidbey Island. “Mukilteo By the Bay” and “Mukilteo By the Sea” are variations of a slogan frequently seen on license plate frames in and around Mukilteo.

Though boating and fishing are popular in the area, there is only one boat launch with two seasonal docks and no marina in the city. The Lighthouse Park area and pilings near the ferry dock and hotel are popular places for local divers, due to the diversity of sea life and presence of squid. There are two public fishing piers, one on each side of the Ivar’s restaurant.

Mukilteo Websites & Information -

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Mukilteo School District:

District Main Page -  

See what school is near you

Listing Agent: Teresa Barthol

Teresa’s longevity in the Pacific Northwest real estate market brings distinct advantages to her clients. She knows how to navigate the problems and challenges that buyers and sellers encounter, she understands the complicated issues, and she focuses on the best outcome for everyone. Teresa has the expertise to advise clients on location, investment potential, design and rehab options, financial opportunities – and pitfalls. Her focus and passion for the process and her clients – along with her patience and tenacity – ensure that the home selling and buying experience is more than just satisfying, it is richly rewarding.

With experience, passion, good counsel, and commitment, Teresa knows how to take care of clients. She looks forward to listening, learning, and helping people with a customized approach to reach their home ownership goals. It’s a complex process – and Teresa is a dedicated guide and partner.

Professional Credentials:

CRS – Certified Residential Specialist

Managing Broker

SRES – Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Certified Negotiation Expert

Contact: Teresa Barthol
Phone: 425-876-9552

For more information to go:

SRES Marketplace – Real Estate News

May 16th, 2014


SRES Marketplace

Make Renovation Dollars Work for You

So after a grueling winter, it seems like spring may actually arrive this year.

If home improvements are on your to-do list and you can’t decide where to spend your renovation dollars, take a look at the 2014 Cost vs. Value Report for a little guidance.

The annual study, done by Remodeling magazine in cooperation with REALTOR® Magazine, looks at how much of your investment you can expect to recoup on renovation projects when you sell.

Especially if you’re readying your house for sale and you have finite resources, the list could help you pick the most worthwhile projects.

The report breaks down figures on a national and on a regional basis, so be sure to zero in on the data for your region.

Here are some national averages for top projects in two categories.   

Top Midrange Projects      

Project Job cost Resale value Costs recouped
Steel entry door replacement $1,162 $1,122 96.6%
Deck addition (wood) $9,539 $8,334 87.4%
Attic bedroom $49,438 $41,656 84.3%
Garage door replacement $1,534 $1,283 83.7%
Minor kitchen remodel $18,856 $15,585 82.7%


Top Upscale Projects

Project Job cost Resale value Costs recouped
Bathroom addition $72,538 $43,936 60.6%
Bathroom remodel $51,374 $32,660 63.6%
Deck addition (composite) $35,158 $22,881 65.1%
Garage addition $82,311 $48,065 58.4%
Garage door replacement $2,791 $2,315 82.9%

Certain projects should be considered with caution if you’re looking to maximize the return on your investment. For example, among midrange projects, the resale value of a $28,000 home office remodel was only $13,697.  And the resale value of a $73,546 sunroom addition was $38,011.

See the full report, along with regional breakdowns, at

Retirement 2.0

Maybe it really is time to seriously rethink the meaning of retirement. A pair of studies point to a lifestyle for future retirees that feature few of the hallmarks – full-time relaxation, travel, and puttering around – associated with traditional retirement.

More and more, people are remaining in the workplace, either out of financial need or to stay engaged.

For instance, an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research study, “Working Longer—Older Americans’ Attitudes on Work and Retirement,”  spotted an attitude shift among American about work, aging, and retirement.

For one,  82 percent of survey respondents over age 50 who are still working say it’s likely or very likely that they’ll do some work for pay during retirement.

The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), too, has watched people’s expectations about retirement age tick up.

In 1991, just 11 percent of workers expected to retire after age 65. Now, in 2014, 33 percent of workers report that they expect to retire after age 65, and 10 percent don’t plan to retire at all.

In addition, the percentage of workers expecting to retire before age 65 has decreased, from 50 percent in 1991 to 27 percent. Those are findings from EBRI’s 2014 Retirement Confidence Survey.

Some of the attitude shift has to do with expectation of living longer, healthier lives.

The NORC study, for instance, found that Americans, who have reached or are nearing the traditional retirement age, don’t consider themselves old. Six in 10 say the feel younger than their age, for instance.  Of those who are currently working, 47 percent now plan to retire at a later age than they expected when they were 40.

But – no surprise here – money concerns play a role too. EBRI found a shortfall in retirement savings among respondents.

In fact, some numbers are dire, with 36 percent of respondents reporting that they have less than $1,000 saved for retirement. That’s up from 28 percent in 2013.

As a result, workers are adjusting retirement expectations, with 82 percent reporting that their expected retirement age has increased.

Reasons for the delay:

  • The poor economy (25 percent).
  • Inadequate finances or can’t afford to retire (18 percent).
  • A change in employment situation (17 percent).
  • Needing to pay for health care costs (12 percent).
  • Lack of faith in Social Security or government (9 percent).
  • Higher-than-expected cost of living (9 percent).
  • Wanting to make sure they have enough money to retire comfortably (8 percent).

EBRI also found that those who already are retired and are working do it for several reasons. Some enjoy working (83 percent) and want to stay active and involved (79 percent).  But finances also figure into the decision.

More than half (54 percent) want to be able to afford extras and 52 percent need money to make ends meet. Others (38 percent) have seen a decrease in the value of their savings or investments and 34 percent want to maintain health insurance or other benefits (34 percent).

If you’re among those who are rethinking retirement, the studies offer additional in-depth information about shifting expectations, financial challenges, navigating the job market, and health care costs during retirement.

For more, see EBRI’s complete study at and the NORC study at

Consumer Newsletter

By Elyse Umlauf-Garneau