Seattle Commercial Agents win Power Broker Award

trophyCostar, the largest research organization serving commercial real estate, has released the list of recipients for their annual Power Broker Awards. The winners for the top retail leasing brokers in the Puget Sound market include Tom Graff, and Cameron Kent of Ewing & Clark, who together have established a strong presence in the core Seattle neighborhoods. What are the awards based on you might ask? The Power Broker Awards are given to those in the community who  have an outstanding performance in what is now an increasingly competitive commercial real estate market. Performance is based on their overall leasing transaction volume for the previous year, as reported by Costar, and measured against all of the active commercial real estate brokers in their market.

Congratulations to Mr. Kent and Mr. Graff for their achievements in the industry! As Costar is the largest commercial real estate research organizations, being recognized as one of the top real estate dealmakers around should be considered a great achievement. For more information on the 2012 Power Broker Awards visit Costar.

Mars Hill Plans to Move Out of Belltown

You’ve most likely seen a Mars Hill Church somewhere  in the greater Seattle area, as it’s one of the biggest, and fasted growing churches around the Pacific Northwest. They’re continually outgrowing their current Belltown location, in the building that previously hosted Tabella’s night club, and have settled on a decision to move into downtown, in the First United Methodist Church, on 5th ave and Marion Street.

Mars Hill current Belltown location, Photo courtesy of Marshill.com

The building has previously served as the Daniel’s Recital Hall, offering free concerts to the community, and according to the Seattle Times, will still offer concerts that don’t conflict with Mars Hill activities. Apparently the deal for the new location almost didn’t happen. Tom Graff of Ewing & Clark Inc said “Mars Hill looked at the First United Methodist Church building a year ago but Daniels didn’t want to sell or completely relinquish control.” Graff also mentioned he had the lead pastor and Kevin Daniels (developer, and gentleman responsible for saving the historic building in 2007) get together in person, and they came to an agreement on a 5 year lease. For more information on the move, visit the Seattle Times.