Don’t Miss the 2013 Green Building Slam!

10 projects x 10 slides x 10 minutes! That’s the recipe for an exciting, high-energy evening of presentations by some of the Puget Sound’s best green home designers and builders. Hosted by the Seattle Chapter of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, and emceed by Roger Faris (best known for his home repair show on KUOW), this year’s Green Building Slam is an evening you won’t want to miss.

Saturday, Nov 16th, 5-10pm
University of Washington, Kane Hall (2nd Floor)

Park Passive

Park Passive by Cascade Built

Here’s the schedule:

5:00 p.m. – Registration, Drinks & Appetizers, Networking
6:30 p.m. – SLAM begins (15 minute intermission around 7:45 p.m.)
9:00 p.m. – Networking, Dessert & Coffee

And, here are a few of the projects/presenters:

Park Passive House – Joe Giampietro of NK Architects & Sloan Richie of Cascade Built
City Cabins at Columbia Station
Martha Rose of Martha Rose Construction
Historic House Deep Green Remodel – George Ostrow of Velocipede Architects & Jon Alexander of Sunshine Construction

We hope to see you there!

Must See Projects! 2013 Green Home Tour

The 3rd annual Green Home Tour, hosted by the Seattle Chapter of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and Built Green, is an event you absolutely don’t want to miss! Dozens of homes in and around Seattle, an impressive display of green & healthy systems and features, do-it-yourself information and resources, tour guides and project teammembers on-site to answer questions, and it’s all FREE!

Saturday, April 27th, 11am to 5pm

There will be upwards of 30 projects on the tour this year (so we can’t list them all!), but here’s our selection of must-sees!

Ballard Passive House by Hammer & Hand | Velocipede Architects
The impressive and rigorous German Passivhaus standard is said to be the ‘bar’ for energy efficient homes, and this 1880 sf home in Ballard is one of only a handful that have been built to this standard in Seattle to-date. Can a home really be heated by a system as small as a blow dryer? Well, go see for yourself!

Madison Park Remodel by Green Canopy Homes
These guys are experts at taking tired old homes and affordably re-vitalizing them! The details of this latest project haven’t been released yet, but rest assured it won’t disappoint! Get do-it-yourself ideas on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency, comfort and aesthetics on a tight budget.

MRCCityCabinsCity Cabins at Columbia Station by Martha Rose Construction
Martha Rose has been pushing the green building envelope here in Seattle for over a decade now, and her latest project of 4 high-performance townhomes, dubbed the ‘City Cabins’ is no exception. South facing, super energy efficient, wired for solar pv, and as icing on the cake, detached garages with vegetated roofs!

Clearwater Commons by Cascade Built | Banyon Tree Designs
Yes, we’re a little biased here as we’re helping to market this project, but now that phase 1 construction of 4 new green homes is complete, it’s worth a peak! This 7 acre site is also home to the Mini-B Passive House, a community workshop and gardens, and an impressive stream restoration project.

Grow Community Bainbridge by Asani Development | Davis Studio Architecture + Design
This is an exciting new Bainbridge Island neighborhood of net-zero energy, solar powered homes, endorsed as the first residential One Planet Community in the country. Carbon independence, resource sharing, walkability and healthy living! Who could resist?!

For a full list visit of tour sites in Seattle, on the Eastside and beyond, visit Maps will be provided closer to the date!

Maybe we’ll see you out and about!

More Listings Needed in Seattle!

We had to laugh when we saw the recent Redfin post 2013: Calling All Sellers! (Where are you?!?), as this is our sentiment exactly. According to the NWMLS the number of active listings in January was up 1% from December, but down a stunning 44.7% from January 2012, leaving us with a meager 1.4 month supply of homes (a 6 month supply is a balanced market).

We’ve been experiencing this first-hand as we work with buyers who are well-qualified and raring to go, but have nothing new to see! Yes, the market typically slows during the holiday season, and takes a while to build itself back up, but 2012 was nothing like a typical market. The theme was a continually increasing demand combined with an ever dwindling supply, which of course drove home values up all the way through December.

TimetoSellJanuary’s stats compiled by local real estate appraisers Alan L Pope & Associates shows 72% of homes on the market in King County receiving an offer. That’s the highest absorption rate we’ve seen in almost a decade, the second highest being 66.4% in March 2005.

The message is seemingly clear! If you’re a homeowner thinking about selling, now is the time. Competition is slim, market times are short, and multiple offer scenarios are the norm. In other words, it’s most definitely a sellers’ market in Seattle right now. So, what’s the problem?

Well, it’s pretty simple really…

Many homeowners either need to wait, or just plain want to wait to sell their home!

Underwater Homeowners. Many who bought during the housing bubble don’t have the ‘wiggle room’ to sell yet, as they risk losing a chunk of their down payment or even walking away with negative equity.

The Waiting Game. If there is no pressure to sell (job change, growing family etc…) and the market is on a steady rise from the bottom, then many homeowners would rather wait to see if they can get a higher price for their home in a year or two.

Renting Instead. The rental market in Seattle remains strong, with no indication that rents will go down in the next few years, so some homeowners are opting to go ahead and buy now, but rent instead of sell their current home.

So, will 2013 be dubbed the year Seattleites waited to sell? Maybe, but we certainly hope not! These are all valid reasons not to sell right now, but there are also many advantages to jumping into the market, versus waiting until all your friends and neighbors do too!

For your additional reading pleasure, recent real estate headlines…

Brokers report brisk sales, but rising frustration for home buyers – NWMLS

City-by-city look at U.S. house prices – WSJ Marketwatch

Signs of a Housing Recovery Point to a Stronger Economy –

The Year Everyone Was Wrong (Again) About Home Prices – WSJ




What We’re Up To In 2013!

We feel lucky! We launched ADDO Real Estate in a turn around year for the Seattle real estate market, which means we hit the ground running. Our website was barely launched when we listed and sold a beautiful Maple Leaf Tudor, co-listed a green remodel in Leschi targeting LEED Silver certification, and then worked straight through the holidays listing a townhome in Ballard and helping the sellers find a new home just around the corner.

For us being busy is the absolute best way to market ourselves and our new company. Our signs, our business cards and our marketing materials are out there getting noticed by our peers and potential clients alike, while we’re focusing on what matters – making our clients happy!

You will see a slight shift in how we present ourselves this time around though. In the past we’ve thrown everything into branding our company name (a natural inclination when you’re personally invested in it), but we actually believe it’s an agent’s name and reputation that attracts new clients, and we think it’s time people find out who Cally & Danielle are! This may sound self-indulgent to some, but if you think about your best real estate experience, we think you’ll agree it’s the agent (not the company) that you now refer to family and friends.

It's already here!


We of course have a vision for ADDO Real Estate, which is that it always be a sound and sustainable platform from which to do our work. Low operating expenses, online and digital operations, simple yet effective marketing tools & techniques, a strong connection to local business groups making a difference, and a champion of sustainable community development. This is ADDO! We also know it needs to be highly adaptable, because the face of real estate (and our economy, our planet!) is rapidly changing.

The world didn’t end in 2012, a new era began! Green and healthy homes are as important to us as ever, but we believe we have to think beyond even those concepts now, and figure out how to incorporate resiliency into how we live. Eco-neighborhoods, urban farming, tool libraries, bike & car sharing,, community solar and similar ‘sharing economy’ concepts are happening now and here to stay. Will this affect what people look for in a home? We hope so! And, we are excited to be a part of that change.

So, that’s a little bit about what we’re up to this year. We are here living, learning and always moving forward, and we look forward to crossing paths with you soon!

Cally & Danielle