Are you a superwoman today?

Are you a superwoman today?

“Fake it til you became it.”

I enjoy this KUOW interview with Amy Cuddy very much. I watched the TED talk in the link as well. It was spirit moving. Trust me your will cry by the end of this TED talk. 

Your posture not only changes how other people perceive you, but also how yourself think about you. Think and treat yourself like a winner, “fake it til you became it”, all of us can be winners. 

If you see me walking around with both of my hand on my waist, I am doing my superwoman exercise today.  Did you do yours?


It’s been so crazy with school and I have been a bad bad blogger.

I am writing a blog about finding a niche in one’s trade and I promise to finished that soon!

Enjoy a late autumn day!


Ugly house on 25th Ave in Bryant

It’s funny how house conditions change within 2 blocks. We see some fancy fancy cute houses around the block of 65th and 25th Ave, and off the sudden, when you get to 75th, things change! Lots get bigger, houses get lower, lawns turn boring.. I was looking at this short sale house on 75th and 25th Ave a month ago. It would make a excellent rental property given its bright large square rooms, and private back yard. Yesterday when I drove by it from school, I saw a sad looking house, more specifically, a vacant looking house right across street from the short sale house. Hmm. Time for some title checking and door knocking you say? 🙂

New things to delegate to a virtual assistant!

I recently started to go back to many networking and training events. What does this mean? Tons and tons of business cards! So I tried to look for a good CRM system so I remember to follow up with my contacts, and hopefully categorize them for future needs (buyer blast etc). 

So now we have 2 goal:

1) Enter all business cards information to a computer

2) Find a good CRM application

Let me walk you through my experience.

I do not like data entry. No one likes data entry. How can we make this work? I ring my VA (virtual assistant) whom I have not been able to find a good task for since a couple weeks ago (terribly guilty), and set up a quick excel sheet for her to enter the information to columns as directed. Viola! All done in one night! (My sweetest VA Mary is in a different timezone from us, thus she was able to do the magic while I am sleeping)

CRM application. My dear fancy boss subscribe to a great CRM system called Solve360. It is the best and easiest to use CRM I have seen so far, for a price most business owners can afford. Well, I am just starting and I probably can not afford that (about $40/mon). So let’s look for a free one! I found Contactually. It is actually quite awesome. 


To me, Contactually reminds me to email my key contacts at the time I set myself for. For example, it asks me to email my old professors every 120 days from last contact.  This is just want I need with a busy life ahead of me! 

Did I tell you Contactually integrated with my LinkedIn, Facebook, and Gmail account? It automatically recognized my contacts across the board, a simple swipe and confirm from me lets Contactually reconcile all the information, and generate most accurate contact, activity and interactions between the contact and myself. 

I have been using it for a few days and there are still alot of things I can optimize my Contactually account! Love it!


Seattle Apartment Rental vacancy drop – rental price for 1BR $1,800+!

Dupre Scott Apartment Advisors – Rental market & development trends.

I am learning many things from this post – which has been quoted by the Puget Sound Business Journal this morning.

1. Rents up!

Overall, including the addition of new construction over the past year, rents climbed the most in the in-city Seattle market, up 8.3% since September 2012. Excluding the new units added last year and so far this year, rents rose 5.1%. 

The average in-city rent is $1,459, but that includes all unit types. The average one bedroom apartment is $1,417 and two bedroom two bath apartments average $2,210. Both of these averages are pumped up some by addition of new units. Rents in in-city properties built in the past half dozen years average $1,802 and $2,676 for one bedroom and two bedroom two bath apartments respectively.

I just rent out a 5BR split level earlier this year for $2,500. The property is in Maple Leaf, with great entertainment back porch and spacious bedrooms. Now I just feel I rented it out for too low..

As I mentioned before, I share my house with housemates. This is called a rooming house. I rent out the masters bedroom for $1,225, downstairs sunny basement room for $900, and a small bedroom for $550. Now I feel I am getting too little for them too.. Am I to greedy?

2. When to renew?

Sept is great time to list your rental!

 No matter how the market goes, you find Sept always a great time to list your property. You get the most rent and fastest contracts.

I found this report applicable for single family residence as well. The data may not reflect everything, but the trend in renter activities should be very close.

Next Investment Property

Last time I mentioned that me and my boyfriend recently purchased a house in Maple Leaf and we are using rent to pay for mortgage. This house does not generate much cash flow for us but being able to purchase something with merely 5% down and in a great neighborhood is amazing for us. This evening, we discussed about our strategy for next rental property. I think our best bet is to save up enough money (or make enough money from wholesale) for 20% down payment, and get an cheaper in segment property in North Seattle/Shoreline, or Snohomish county.

Any other idea?

Yellow Letter – envelope arrived!

Received my yellow envelope in the mail today! Quality is very good and I can’t wait to get my papers next!

I bought the envelopes on eBay: here

Why Yellow Letters?

Yellow letters are printed with hand-written-look-alike font on a old fashioned yellow lined paper. Letter are sent in yellow envelopes with the same fonts and regular stamps so people would open them as if these are from people they may know.

Yellow letters are known to have a higher response rate. Usually direct marketing has a response rate of 0.5% to 1%. Many people say that yellow letters have a response rate of 5% or higher!

We will see how this letter works 😉


I find this amazing response o the internet.. Well, guess this investor should call back in 45 years then?

Funny Returned Letter

University District Farmers Market to move… and new park on lot!

Farmers market brings so much memory from my college years. Well, it is only moving half a block so no need to sweet. Good news it, there may be a new park on the existing lot! Does that mean University Heights is going away too? I never really liked that building but it is being used by the Experimental College for some great classes..

The move is happening because of a planned new city park that will bring in “a performance area/plaza, rain gardens to improve storm water quality, landscaped areas and other amenities,” according to the city.

News, weather, traffic, events and photos from the City Desk at The Seattle Times.

via University District Farmers Market to move.