Custom Built Home in Snohomish

Work has been busy, not to much time to blog personally. Yet, there is always time for a good drone video. This home is in the Three lakes area of Snohomish, more particularly on Storm Lake.

Along with the beautiful interior still photography, I love the ending scene. The drone flies away from the house, through the trees, over the walking path, and out across the lake. The funny things is, the Zodiac, my brother, and I are in the video. It was hard not capture us yet it seemed like a unique opportunity to add perspective.

Its an absolute privileged to work with great people and to be able to film such great looking real estate. Doesn’t get much better!

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Getting Some Work Done

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One project I’ve been getting rolling is Snohomish County’s home valuation tool. For many years, I’ve been building, rebuilding, fixing, learning, and working on the Team’s real estate website. The interwebs constant evolution makes it difficult to stay on top, stay in-front of consumers, implementing better technology and services then competitors while creating useful conversion tools that are both effective and easy.

The Seller Home Value Tool is one solution to help stay competitive and relevant in a ever changing market place that can be cutthroat, ultra competitive, and has a lot of talented players, there are some agents that lack any sort of talent but we’ll save that for another topic.

How does the home value tool work?

Real estate brokers use a variety of factors and techniques to determine a home’s value: location, condition, size, beds & baths, lot size, surroundings, views, flood-zones and slide-zones, more recently. With online models, like Zillow and Trulia (there are a host of others), the valuation tool strictly looks at a property’s data that’s available through websites and county assessor’s data. That data is run through a valuation model which delivers a home’s value along with a confidence score of that value.

The online data has been getting better over the years due to more-and-more home information being published; active homes, sold homes, pending homes, and recent neighborhood activity. While every online valuation tool is a bit different, we believe our tool will be more accurate for local users.

In a blog post, Get Property Values in 1 Minute or Less, I write and show screen captures of the information users can expect to receive: aerial property view with property details, sign up form (a necessary evil of the system), and an estimated property value report with confidence scoring, recent comparable properties, and rental estimate with high and low values.

How do you do home valuations?

With all the tools available I am curious who uses what? Are home value tools used frequently?

More importantly, to me and our users, is the home valuation tool of value and useful? Because with all the online valuation system out there it is important to know that junk isn’t released.

Thoughts are welcomed! Heck, they’re encouraged :D


I Don’t Always Go On Listing Appts

I don’t always go on listing appointments but when I do, I grade their driveway.

As the Sun crested the Cascade I arrived in NW Firetrail. The road was as expected with downhill waves and spotty concrete, I thought … this will be interesting.

The property was nice, the fog was thick, and yet the Sun did come out. Upon leaving, I back down to the lower property and snapped CMA pics and then the sky cleared. Not resisting, some pics were took and the truck looks dumped.

Being in the industry, and in my local, I get to see so many cool, interesting, and fun places to visit. Guess it is the picker in me.


Upgraded the Work Wardrobe

I finally took the next in 2013’s business plan, upgrading the work wardrobe. It was a decision I fought for so long because I am so comfortable, more personally than anything, in jeansm shirts, and a pair of boots. But with a little prodding from Joy, friends, and some colleagues I made the shift to buy a couple sports jackets, slacks, shirts, and a nice pair of shoes.

As a Marysville real estate agent it is important I look the part as to match the personna and professional I strive generate at every appointment. The biggest hurdle for a new wardrobe was that a more formal looking dress makes me feel stuffy- well it used too. Now I think I’ll feel more professional and confident in every situation and not get caught off guard in a shitty t-shirt and some worn out jeans.

I went to the Men’s Warehouse because the commercials are engrained into my head and Nordstroms breaks my wallet so much each time I shop their. Well, that is it for and hopefully this part of my plan works out.

My new listing Marysville

Toby Barnett | Keller Williams Realty NWRE LLC | | (360) 653-1884
9708 59th Dr NE, Marysville, WA
Huge Home and a Great Price
5BR/1+1BA Single Family House
offered at $214,500
Year Built 1978
Sq Footage 22,662
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 1 full, 1 partial
Floors 2
Parking 3 Uncovered spaces
Lot Size 6,098 sqft
HOA/Maint $5 per month


Located in the heart of Marysville, this Rolling Greens home has excellent location to town, freeway and highways to commute to Boeing, the Navy base, or one of Everett’s many hospitals. The Rolling Greens neighborhood also has a huge neighborhood park that is accessible via walking trails.

In addition to excellent location, this Rolling Green split level has been nicely updated. The home features a open floor plan with the kitchen looking into the dining and family room for easy entertaining or just pleasant daily routines. Off the dining room, access the deck for barbequing while enjoying backyard views and Mother’s Nature Window. The master and two guest bedrooms are on the upper floor with downstairs having a huge bonus room, went bar (which can be converted back to a bathroom), two additional bedrooms, and a partial garage conversion with plenty of storage space.

This home is priced to sell and will bring its new owners great value at an affordable price. Don’t miss this opportunity.

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– Dining room – Family room – Master bath
– Mud room – Dishwasher – Garbage disposal
– Refrigerator – Balcony, Deck, or Patio – Fenced yard
– Sprinkler system – Yard – Double pane windows
– Guest parking – RV parking – Fireplace
– Hardwood floor – Wet bar


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Contact info:
Toby Barnett
Keller Williams Realty NWRE LLC
(360) 653-1884
For sale by agent/broker

Posted: Jan 9, 2013, 1:25pm PST

In flight to Vegas

I am finally leaving to Las Vegas for the my 3rd annual Pubcon conference. Even though I am excited to learn new SEO as well as corrective SEO, I have the desire to be with my girlfriend. It’s not that I’m already home sick; it’s just that she arrived back Saturday from a weeks trip to Alanta. Needless to say we didn’t spend much time together between our two trips and I met up with Jake for the Seahawks Game.

Saturday, Upon picking up Joy and her girls, I ran into my dad at the airport. Not strange, however, when it was unplanned and sheir coincedence. Dad drove down his wife’s son so he could pick up his fiance and new baby who just flew in from Rio. It is still odd to have a step brother even though I consider him my dad’s wife’s son. Guess I’m still not willing to accept I have more than one brother – LOL.

The rest of Saturday was just as good as the morning and Joy, the girls, and I drove home slowly taking in the sites and stopping and stores for Halloween decorations. After a few stops we finally made it home and we all set up our spooking decor – my job being outside in the cold. LOL its cool as I started to sweat and I enjoy outside. We still have to get pumpkins and I hoping Joy and the girls can wait till I return since I really enjoy doing stuff with them. A very different thought process I once had.

Random Thought [inflight cheezits are good]

In 2012, I took a few vacations and have done tons of stuff: Arizona, Soap Lake and Sun Lakes, Moses Lake (for a waterpark), Kelso, a handful fo trips to the mountain, Lake Cavanaugh, crabbing on the Sound, and … hmmm … probably look at Facebook and get more to the list. Oh yea, Zombie shooting in Snohomish. So I’m definitely not hurting in the travel and fun department.

Random Thought: [the guy seated infront of me has odd skin]

Now that I am airborn, and have sometime to kill, I am running through my new Motorola XYBoard. Pretty sexy machine I might add with a bluetooth keyboard. The mouse stick embedded in the keyboard is tough to use and its faster just to stick a finger to the screen and mouse around instead of moving that little stick with my sausage fingers. So far I’m pretty impressed by the load speed of applications, the fluidiness in applications, and how thin the tablet is. I opted to tether the 4g to my Verizon account versus buying a mobile hotspot – less shit to worry about especially if I am showing homes.

As a real estate broker, I damn near have a Batman utility belt. One surprise I did have and not sure why, is I thought I would have to ahve a 4g phone to add a 4g device on my account. Nope, but it will take a moment to get used to not doing emails on my phone. However, setting up and exchange server between all these gadgets would nice as to not confuse what message have been followed up with and when instead of looking at each device or always cc’ing myself.

Random Thought: [flight attendents are nice – Southwest]

As we approach the halfway mark of a 2:15 minute flight from Seattle to Las Vegas I think I will save other thoughts for future blogs. Cheers!

Real life can be a struggle

When real life gets hard the only thing left to do in soldier on. Or at least that is what I’m telling myself. As a Marysville real estate broker, I enjoy the benefits of self employment. Whether that is selling enough homes to take time and go skiing or work my butt off to hopefully get a home sold. Right now its the latter with a big struggle on 2 deals, both in Marysville, that have financing issues, roof leaks, and an inability to have title insurance.

To make work more challenging because I don’t have enough to do already, I’ve started working on a new relocation page for hospitals in Everett. The meat and potatoes are there, that sounds good as I’m starving, with all the main hospitals there yet during my research many more turned up. Mostly smaller private practice clinics that may eventually make there way to the list. The page is all text, which is el boring so tomorrow, since it is sunny, I’m going out to take photos – I’ll probably post a few on Facebook as well.

Also, I haven’t seen my girlfriend, other than lunch yesterday, since Sunday. That sounds like an easy fix yet I’ve been enjoying staying at my place. Since we have been dating, just over a year, I stay a lot at her house because she has two little girls and a dog. Where as my place has nothing and its quiet small – similar to my Kirkland studio. It doesn’t sound like a big deal just to drive to Arlington to see her yet when I live out of a backpack and drive during my job it sucks to get off work and hoof to another town (distance has ended a few my relationships). Needless to say it’s wearing on me. In one year she has stayed one time at my place. Sometimes I find it odd yet can understand. The guy with no kids has to make all the sacrifices.

We also discussed what it would look like if we got married and so far nothing for her would change yet everything in my life. Another big thing is where would all my stuff go? More likely in box her garage or my storage unit. A depressing thought. So who knows where it will as I really like her and don’t want to loose her yet if there isn’t balance I will end up loosing it and walking away from the relationship. Since I’m venting, she can be bossy.

Well that makes me feel a bit better getting it off my fat chest – yes – I’ve put on a few pounds as of late.