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Your Finance Contingency Protects You - Unless You Waste It - 08/31/10 04:43 PM
Your finance contingency is there to protect you - unless you waste it, Mr/Mrs Buyer! In the Olympia, WA area we use Northwest MLS forms for purchase and sales agreements, and the majority of buyers include a financing addendum when they make an offer on a property. If you are going to be borrowing money (getting a mortgage loan) to buy the property, including this addendum protects you from losing your earnest money if your loan doesn't go through. Unless.... 1. The finance contingency has a required timeline specified (default is 5 days from mutual acceptance) for you to make application (4 comments)
Olympia's Sand in the City this past weekend had some pretty amazing and creative sand sculptures to admire - and lots more for young and old to enjoy!
We headed down to the waterfront area yesterday afternoon, with 3 year old granddaughter talking about wanting to throw rocks in the water! She did agree to go look at the sand creations too, and quickly got caught up in looking at the other fascinating exhibits. There were some very cute little ponies, some colorful parrots, an extremely popular "touch tank" featuring sea creatures from starfish to clams to crabs. (5 comments)
Olympia's Waterfront Boardwalk is Getting a Makeover - 08/29/10 02:23 PM
Olympia's Waterfront Boardwalk is getting a makeover! The wooden boardwalk has been gradually deteriorating to the point of becoming unsafe in some sections, so the makeover is now underway! First, in sections, the old boardwalk is being removed, including the creosoted pilings that supported it in the water.
The new boardwalk will be constructed over land, but will continue to let locals and visitors alike enjoy that stroll along the waterfront! This has always been a real favorite spot as you can relax on benches and people watch; unwind as the sunset turns the sky into a glowing beauty over (2 comments)
We're all in our places with bright sunny faces! Somehow as I was out admiring the sunflowers in my garden that phrase jumped into my mind - don't know for sure if I learned it in kindergarden?? Sunday school? But apparently there it was tucked away in my memory, ready to jump to mind looking at these pretty summer flowers! I first planted a couple of sunflowers several years ago, but never even thought about trying to gather their seeds to start off the following year's plants. Now for the last two years, I have done just that - (6 comments)
Multiple Offers! Simultaneous Counteroffers! Seriously?? Well, Yes - 08/26/10 03:26 PM
I know there are still some scary and depressing statistics about falling home sales - in both numbers of sales and prices. But I am noticing a bit of a counter-trend lately here in the Olympia area. The last several offers I wrote up for buyers (3 different buyers at that) have all landed in multiple offer situations. One of the offers was in the $250-300K price bracket, but most of the multiple offer action is happening under $200,000. I looked through some stats on MLS this morning, and it makes it pretty clear why that multiple offer stuff may be (9 comments)
Sand in the City in Olympia - Coming this Weekend! - 08/24/10 08:07 PM
Sand in the City will be happening this coming weekend in downtown Olympia! No we don't actually have sandy beaches even though we do have Budd Inlet waterfront - but the sand sculptures will be amazing, amusing and well worth a trip to downtown Olympia to view. Here are some examples from last year - first the Kangaroo Court
Or the giant crab claw capturing a tugboat - EEK!! Good thing it's just sand!
Olympia Farmers Market - This Week the Flowers & Tomatoes - Oh WOW!! - 08/22/10 03:25 PM
This weekend I made my usual trek down to Olympia Farmers Market to get tomatoes (ours are gradually ripening, but I need some more for a good sounding recipe to use some of our zucchini...), some Walla Walla sweet onions, more blueberries (to go in some zucchini/blueberry bread) and something for lunch. Walking by the cantaloupe, I added one to my bag since the one we had last weekend was scrumptious - and is of course devoured!
The tomatoes are absolutely huge right now - so just had to capture this bin on camera...
Olympia's annual pet parade was this morning and the downtown streets were alive with kids in costumes, dogs in costumes, decorated bikes/trikes/wagons, cats in cages (not looking happy), a hamster running on his wheel in his cage - even the Olympia Highlanders bagpipe band! Note the very patient dog above in the clown hat!!
There were lots of creative themes from Wizard of Oz... Oh I guess it is Wizard of Ozzy...
More long-suffering dogs patiently wearing their skirts, hats etc ...
to maybe my favorite Wizard of Oz entry complete with wicked (24 comments)
Olympia Pet Parade is This Weekend - 08/20/10 04:03 PM
Olympia's Pet Parade is happening this weekend - Saturday, Aug. 21st! There is something special about the bond between children and pets, and this parade is their chance to parade through the streets of Olympia - and maybe even win a prize.
The prize categories include big dogs, small dogs, floats, impersonations (kids and/or pets in costumes), wheels (trikes, bikes, wagons decorated to your heart's content), and other pets (so yes, you can bring your mouse/lizard/goldfish or what have you in its cage). Judging for the various categories starts at 8:45 AM at Heritage Park, 5th Ave & Water (2 comments)
Deschutes Animal Clinic in Tumwater, WA has been in business since 1943, caring for animals from small to large. They have been our family vet of choice since the mid-1970's, and I trust them totally with the care of our dogs and cats. The six vets on staff are knowledgeable and keep up to date on all the latest diagnostic and treatment research. The clinic is open Monday thru Saturday, and they are equipped to do x-rays, ultrasound, blood work etc for diagnosing your pet; surgery when needed; dental work; even boarding while you are on vacation. Their location (0 comments)
OK - It's HOT! Head to Burfoot Park in Olympia! - 08/16/10 05:59 PM
Olympia is having a hot streak - but we are lucky to be able to enjoy a saltwater beach at Burfoot Park, with some waves to wade in and some cooling breezes to dry that sweat! Burfoot Park is one of my favorite destinations on a hot day, with it wooded trails offering shade and the beach itself always ready to reveal a new treasure or two. With the Olympics in the distance in one direction and glimpses of the State Capitol Building to the other, I could just sit and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Or I could enjoy (2 comments)
Air Conditioning? Who Needs Air Conditioning?? - 08/16/10 05:27 PM
Our Olympia, WA area has been in the midst of one of our occasional summer heat waves - breaking record high temperatures over the weekend in the upper , upper 90's and more forecast for today. Now I know that across the nation, many areas regularly have much hotter weather than we do - it's just that it isn't the norm for us - so we have a little trouble adjusting... And I was reminded, yet again, that sometimes we really, really do need air conditioning! For a number of years, as I showed homes to buyers relocating from areas with (11 comments)
What to Know About Lacey, WA Lacey, WA is a great place to live, work and play! This is part of an ongoing series that will highlight different aspects of Lacey that you might be wondering about if you are considering relocating to this area. So let's start with a little history... Lacey, WA is a growing city in the South Puget Sound region, on the I-5 corridor between Seattle and Portland. Its proximity to Joint Base Lewis McChord and to other commute locations to the north has contributed to its population growth, as has adequate land available (0 comments)
Olympia Farmer's Market this weekend is full of the colors - and tastes - of summer! I headed down there with the goal of getting some peaches & nectarines - oh, so many to choose from!! Luckily you can get tastes of different varieties to decide which one (or ones) you like the very best.
Also admired the peppers and tomatoes - always really seems like true summer when those begin appearing in the market. Zesty, warm flavors to add some zing to our meals! Our own tomatoes are coming along, so I didn't buy any today, (5 comments)
Lacey Community Market - 08/10/10 06:53 PM
Lacey Community Market will be open this coming Saturday August 14th from 10-4 at Huntamer Park in Woodland Square. And this market day has the theme of Pet Day - which includes a pet look alike contest!! So if you have always thought - or feared - that you and your pet are beginning to have a strong resemblance....now is your chance to make that count!
The look alike contest will be at 1:00; and there will be other pet themed special events including demonstrations of dog agility and herding; and microchipping (for a fee). You can also enjoy all (5 comments)
Sandman Tugboat - Happy Birthday to an Olympia Icon! - 08/07/10 03:52 PM
Sandman Tugboat in Olympia is turning 100 year old! And there is a birthday celebration today for this grand old icon of days past. The Sandman was a working tugboat for some 75 years, and is now maintained by a foundation so that a little bit of Olympia history is preserved.
The Sandman is open for tours on weekends and is always a popular fixture at the annual Harbor Days and Wooden Boat festival in Olympia. Going aboard and imagining those days gone by when this tugboat helped move sand, gravel, even oysters up the waterways is a (2 comments)
The Inconvenient Nature of Death - 08/06/10 09:57 PM
Just wanted to repost this loving tribute from my son Mike to Murphy. I know you always kidded us, Mike, about him being your brother to keep us company so we wouldn't be lonely when you went off to college - & I know there was some truth to that brotherly feeling the two of you shared. From memories of his playful energy when young to his faithful, unconditional devotion always - this blog's for you Murph! Via Mike Conner - Olympia WA Homes (City Realty, Inc.): Sorry for the dreary title, but this isn't intended to be a dreary post. Today (4 comments)
Thurston County Fair Starts This Week! - 08/02/10 03:57 PM
Thurston County Fair starts this week! Get ready to ride that merry-go-round; admire the cows & pigs & chickens & horses; eat some elephant ears; check out the quilts, jams, photos, paintings and more - so much more! Wednesday, August 4th is opening day and you can get in for just $1.00 admission if you bring a non-perishable Food Bank donation. Thurston County Fair runs through Sunday, August 8th, and this year's theme is "Whimsical Nights & Carousel Rides." Last year I think the lop-eared rabbits were my favorite - they are just so darned cute! Another memorable moment though was (0 comments)
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