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Autumn, ready or not!

| October 3rd, 2016 | 3 Comments »

rsz_pumpkins-1432736_1280Fall is notoriously a busy time for everyone. New school year, new routine, new weather, new holidays on the horizon… it’s bound to make you feel stressed. Say goodbye to those long, lazy dog days of summer—it’s time to hit the ground running!  Back by popular demand is a Cara in the House Top 10 list featuring the best ways to survive October.


What Would Cara Do? — Autumn Edition

1. Ignore the Christmas decorations. For now. Who cares that Costco replaced the tent and lawn chair section with ribbons and bows? It doesn’t mean you have to start Christmas shopping. Unless you want to. And if you do start please don’t brag about it to me because I rather enjoy the pressure of getting my shopping done on December 23.

2.  If you don’t already, now is a fabulous time to start exercising regularly. This does not mean you need to train for a competition or race or event. Just block out some time in your schedule. If you look at my calendar it says “meeting” every Wednesday and Friday at 9:30. Don’t tell my clients but that really means “gym.”

3.  Take at least one walk where you get to crunch some awesome fallen leaves. That is just downright fun and festive.

4. Start a new fall show. For me its This is Us. Its AH-MAZING. Well, at least the first episode was.

5. Order pizza. When the kids have one thing after another or you’re busy at work, don’t feel guilty ordering pizza a couple nights a month (and by month I mean week.)

6. Think of new ways to market yourself. Wait, sorry that really applies to me. But if you have good ideas, please send them to me! The less time I have to think about marketing means the more time I have for all the fall shows (wish I was kidding.) Seriously do you watch The Goldbergs? Modern Family? Not sure how it’s possible that there are people who don’t!

7. Establish a routine. Whether it’s your work routine, homework routine, workout routine, or show watching routine you’d be surprised how much more productive you will be when you have a good routine. Need help with a routine? I suggest calling the amazing life coach Sheila Storrer pronto! She’s incredibly good at what she does. Check her out at

8. Cliché alert: take a deep breath and enjoy this glorious season. No, in all seriousness my Apple Watch sends me a reminder a couple times a day to breathe. Some days I actually need that reminder.

9. Bake something fall-like. I baked apple crisp two weeks ago and am still patting myself on the back. My house smelled like all kinds of fall! (Sorry, Mom, if you are reading this: I know you actually made it but it was at my house…so really it’s the same as me making it.)

10. Call me if you are thinking of buying or selling a home or property – or if know someone who is then send them my way! Just not at 9:30 am on Wednesdays and Fridays because I have a meeting.


Summer lovin’ in Kirkland

| June 22nd, 2016 | 2 Comments »

No more pencils, no more books – and especially true in my family: no more teachers’ dirty looks!  School’s out for summer! Thanks Alice Cooper. I certainly felt your excitement on that last day of school, but now that we are in the early days of 60, how will we ever fill the long days and nights?

You can’t beat summer in Kirkland with the sun glinting off the lake, the boulevard packed with people and warm nights… Here’s a list of fun things to do until we are back to fleece and boots. Residents and non-residents are all welcome!


  1. Fourth of July parade: this is the best small town parade you ever did see! Bring your red, white and blue but get there early because the streets fill up fast. After the parade, head to Marina Park for fun family activities, food and music. Settle in because the fireworks at 10:15 are a must see!
  2. Kirkland Uncorked: this event gets more and more popular every year.  Warning: this is only for people who like good wine and great food – and beer and cocktails if wine isn’t your thing. Don’t miss it July 15-17.
  3. Kirkland Wednesday Market: each Wednesday you now have an excuse to stay out of the kitchen. Down at Marina Park from 2-7 pm you can sample food from different local food trucks and stock up on fresh produce and flowers.
  4. Juanita Friday Market: start your weekend off right at Juanita Beach. Fridays from 3-7 pm you can enjoy good food, crafts and live music! Can’t beat that. Bring your dog too!
  5. Carillon Point Outdoor Movies: get out of your hot house and catch a flick in one of the prettiest settings around. Movies are alternating Saturdays in July and August.
  6. Kirkland Classic Car Show: hot rides, hot damn! Vintage cars will line Kirkland streets on July 31st from 10 am -4 pm.5996173202_8226e3af13_q
  7. Kirkland Summerfest: music, food, art, beer garden. BEER GARDEN. Don’t miss it August 12 & 13.
  8. Junior Softball World Series: way more fun than you think! Hosted right here at Everest Park August 2 – 8, you can be up close and personal with all the action, and rub elbows with the folks from ESPN.

I hope to see you at one of these great events. If buying or selling your home is your great event for the summer, invite me along!



Clean it up! Recycling and hazardous waste events offered.

| May 6th, 2016 | No Comments »

rsz_erecycle_imageGot clutter? Whether it is an old printer, old chemicals or old fluorescent light bulbs, these events will help you dispose of them: free appliance & electronics recycling, and hazardous waste disposal in May and beyond.

Don’t miss your chance to clean it up!




Hazardous Waste Disposal

The Wastemobile travels to many communities to provide household hazardous waste disposal services for King County residents and accepts a wide variety of materials, with some restrictions.

Kirkland Wastemobile

Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22, 2016
10am – 5pm
5520 108th Ave
Northwest University
Kirkland, WA 98033

Bothell/Kenmore/Woodinville Wastemobile Event

Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31, 2016
10am – 5pm
19200 120th Ave NE
Seattle Times Building
Bothell, WA 98011

Appliance & Electronics Recycling Events

Kirkland Spring 2016 Recycling Collection Event

City of Kirkland’s spring recycling collection event that allows Kirkland residents to dispose of recyclable items that are not normally accepted during weekly recycling collection service or through product stewardship programs. Instead of ending up in the landfill if thrown away as trash, all items collected at the event will be recycled. Visit the Kirkland website for more information and the full list of accepted materials (PDF).

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9am – 3pm
12033 NE 80th St.
Lake Washington High School Parking Lot
Kirkland, WA 98033

Share the Love!

| April 12th, 2016 | 10 Comments »

rsz_20160322_103933Recently it occurred to me that I have the power to make a difference. Don’t we all? But I wanted to do something that was recurring and not just a one-time thing. So, starting in 2016 I made the decision to stop sending thousands and thousands of neighborhood postcards each quarter and instead channel funds to charity. Thus began the “Share the Love “ campaign.

I surveyed all my 2015 clients and referrers, asking them to choose between three charities that are near and dear to me: Hopelink Pantry Packs, Special Olympics and Pasado’s Safe Haven for Animals. The response has been great, and it was fun allocating funds to the charities based on my clients’ “votes.”

It gave me a great deal of satisfaction to make a substantial donation to Pantry Packs, an organization that feeds food-insecure students in Lake Washington School District. A Hopelink Pantry Packs Volunteer Lead told me that, “these funds will keep nearly 15 students in Lake Washington School District from going hungry during weekends next month.”

Special Olympics and Pasado’s also received generous donations, and all three will receive more: Going forward all clients and folks who are kind enough to refer me will get to choose where my closing donation will go (see my new webpage). I am so excited to be helping these organizations that do so much good! Now I’m not just Cara in the House, I’m Cara in the kitchen, Cara in the shelter, and Cara on the field. And the more houses I sell, the more I donate!

Here are some great photos of one of my favorite kids doing what he loves thanks to Special Olympics! Thank you all for helping me do what I love.



Your favorite Kirkland bag lady

| February 23rd, 2016 | 10 Comments »

rsz_dsc_0621Dearest Kirkland: You may not know it but I’m probably your biggest fan. I love your beaches, your quaint stores, your cottages and your multi-million dollar estates. I love that most of my memories took place here, like the time my friend Michelle and I tried to sneak into Park Place theater to see a rated R movie (Pretty Woman) but got caught and had to see a PG flick instead (The Hunt for Red October). I still get a little mad whenever I see Sean Connery.

I love that the same beaches I went to as a kid are the ones my kids go to now; I still remember the time I rode my bike to Waverly Beach with friends and thought I was pretty much the coolest kid on earth. I love that I remember shopping at the downtown Kirkland JC Penny and I was a size 6x. I wonder if that is still a size?  Anyway Kirkland, you are simply the best. But even though you are basically my BFF, you do have one fault.

On March 1st the city of Kirkland is banning plastic bags in about 170 stores. Goodbye plastic bags, hello reusable ones. No, these are not free like the plastic bags we all know and love, and it will require a little more effort to bring them into stores. But because I love Kirkland (and the environment) I put in the effort for you and ordered a WHOLE LOT of them!

I’m giving the bags away, and you don’t even have to live in Kirkland to get one! Each reusable bag will even save you tens of dollars over the year in avoiding the 5 cent paper bag fee. Just think of all the things you can use them for. Plus, now you’ll never forget who your favorite real estate agent is!


Next time you see me around town I’d be happy to give you one. Just look how much fun they are!