Recent Postcard

If you have found this page, you may have received a postcard from me. Specific details are best discussed in person, but I’ll take this opportunity to explain my motivation in greater detail.

This was a result of a lengthy brainstorm, and some soul searching, on how I could best translate my passion for the health of the city into my professional work as a Realtor. I am fortunate in many ways, but specific to my work I am in an industry that essentially has a built-in cost-of-living adjustment as property appreciates. Said another way, while housing gets more expensive and out of reach for many, my own housing cost has been mostly stable, and it feels right to me to support groups working to combat displacement with the extra income I am earning due to the market.

In essence, being in the for-profit world of real estate, while caring about displacement and gentrification, while also believing that healthy communities have a complicated mix of prosperity and preservation, is at best complicated. One thing I realized I could do is to make a linkage between the action of the buying or selling and supporting groups that are doing challenging work in our city.

The following organizations are ones whose mission I support—however, I should add, they are not necessarily endorsing me as a broker. A client is also more than welcome to select a non-profit not listed below—it is ultimately their choice.

Friends of Little Saigon

Seattle Chinatown Preservation and Development Authority

Chief Seattle Club

Artist Coalition for Equitable Development

El Centro de la Raza

A few disclaimers and further clarifying details. This is a personal issue of my own, not necessarily other Lake brokers—although each broker has their own interests and passions as varied as you’d expect from the 90+ Realtors in my office, and each prove their own value.

Potential tax benefits would be determined by individual circumstances and the chosen organization, and a CPA should be consulted. My non-expert (I am not a tax expert, but I can Google things) understanding is that if I make the contribution in a client’s name, I would gain the potential benefits, while the client would get recognition from the chosen organization. However, the purpose of this is NOT to claim deductions for myself, and thus alternate scenarios can be discussed in our meeting.

Finally, if you are already in a listing agreement or a buyer agency agreement with another broker, this is not meant to be a solicitation for that business.