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We visited Hunter's Pumpkin Patch in Olympia yesterday afternoon & had such a good time! Our group included our exchange student and my little granddaughter so we had to take lots of photos as it was a first for both of them! Before visiting the actual pumpkin field, we had fun watching some animals entertain us. Several goats got into a head butting contest and then climbed way, way up a ramp to a platform where a bucket of food could be pulleyed up. There was also a llama, some potbellied pigs, more pygmy goats and a huge turkey! (3 comments)
Free Workshops in Olympia! - 10/22/08 06:54 PM
If you read this soon you will still be in time for one free workshop that is being held tonight (October 22nd) from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Griffin Fire Hall, 3707 Steamboat Loop Rd. It will include speakers from WSU Extension, South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, and the Thurston & Mason Conservation districts. The topic is assistance that is available to landowners who want to learn more about controlling erosion, stormwater managment, enhanced fish and wildlife habitat & elimination of invasive weeds. I have attended classes put on by WSU Extension and they are outstanding resource people to help (0 comments)
Home Inspections on New Construction - 10/14/08 03:40 PM
Since many buyers are carefully watching their pennies as they prepare to become homeowners, they often ask if having a brand new house professionally inspected is necessary. My answer is always "you betcha!" It is SO much easier to have the builder correct things before closing than to hope that they will be responsive and easy to work with after the fact. And some of the things I have seen inspectors find on new construction could certainly cause a buyer some grief if not found promptly - how about finding out their is no insulation in the attic or a heat vent in the crawl space (0 comments)
Yes Houses Sold in September - 10/13/08 04:13 PM
I like to take a look at the statistics of new listings and new pending sales for a past month and see what they seem to indicate as to the direction the market is headed. I looked back to September and checked out new listings and new pendings for single family homes only and just in the main Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater core area, and sorted them by price bracket. Here is what I found: NEW LISTINGS NEW PENDING SALES Under $200K 27 21 $200-250K 97 32 $251-300K 58 32 $301-350K 27 13 $351-400K 18 9 $400-500K 21 8 $500-600K 11 0 Over $600K 13 (0 comments)
Pumpkins, Corn Mazes & Cider - Oh My! - 10/04/08 04:46 PM
I really love the fall season even though the shorter days and rainier weather make me crave sunshine. But the glow of the golden leaves on the trees and the crisp feel to the day, plus all the vegies to harvest in the garden make this a beautiful time to live in the Northwest! And all the fun activities available can make this a terrific time to have a great time with family for very low cost (or even for free). Some wonderful places to check out include Lattin's Country Cider Mill and Farm - each weekend this month you can (1 comments)
Out of the Mouth of ... - 10/02/08 06:53 PM
It has been interesting to try to explain to our exchange student how the real estate business works in this country (or at least what is customary here in Washington state). One question he asked me seems to really hit the nail on the head for a needed change - he cannot understand how commissions currently work with the seller paying the agent who works for the buyer. He kept asking me "But why does not the buyer pay the agent if the agent works for them?" - and the only answer I could really come up with is that it is (0 comments)
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