I just got back after an amazing 10 days in Scottsdale, AZ for the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. This year was the 60th annual show and it did not disappoint. All of the events were great and my daughter, Siena, and her friends at Silver Aspen Ranch came home with multiple champions, reserve champions and top tens. The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is the largest horse shows in the world with around 2,400 horses bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance at winning. In the news update from the first day of the show, the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona says, “one of the most interesting aspects of the Scottsdale show is to study the pedigrees and bloodlines of the horses competing in the breeding classes. These horses embody the history, as well as the future, of the breed.” It’s a great event for not only competition but for learning more about this beautiful breed. Read more from this news update and check out the website for more information. Siena rides and trains with Silver Aspen Ranch, which also had an amazing show at Scottsdale this year. Silver Aspen Ranch specializes in training and showing Arabian and Half-Arabian horses in reining, western pleasure and hunter pleasure. Their open, amateur and youth program has produced over 250 National and Reserve National Champions at the Arabian and Half-Arabian Nationals as well as National and World Champions in the Appaloosa and Quarter Horse breeds. Make sure you take a look at the Silver Aspen Ranch online and on Facebook for more information. As much as I didn’t want to leave the warmer weather, I’m happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest helping my clients buy and sell homes! Check out our pictures from the show below!
The new year started out with a bang. The market saw year-over-year increases in pending sales, closed sales and home prices. Mortgage rates hit a 20 month low. The one cause for concern: inventory is not keeping up with demand. The number of closed sales were slightly higher than a year ago, and the number of pending sales (agreements that have been signed but not yet closed) made it the best January in 15 years. Home prices throughout King County continued to climb. Supply of inventory fell by double digits.