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olympia realtor: What I wish I would have known sooner - 04/30/13 10:46 AM
If I could go back and give my newbie-agent-self advice, I would say: Connect with a skilled mortgage and escrow professional early on and use their expertise and loyalty to your clients' advantage. When I started out, like all newbies, I received invitations from mortgage and escrow professionals to meet for lunch or for coffee. Enticements like helping to pay for my advertising started rolling in and free flyer boxes piled up on my desk. I felt that if I picked one lender or escrow officer over another, the others would be upset and I may end up paying for it at a later date. I tried to (1 comments)
olympia realtor: Home Sales Forecast - 02/20/13 03:59 PM
Will 2013 be the year the housing market turns around on a national level? While in many areas of the US the market is seeing an increase in home prices, many regions are slow to catch up. In my area, Thurston County, 2012 ended with lower numbers than the previous year, while in King County home prices see double digit price gains.
The National Association of Realtors has recently published their national forecast for 2013 and 1014
It's shows an encouraging outlook for the next years ahead, especially with distressed inventory shrinking so drastically.
Sandy Nelson Olympia Realtor®, GRI, (2 comments)
olympia realtor: Graffiti Removal Help - 10/12/12 04:01 PM
Unwelcome Graffiti It's like a disease that creeps up overnight and mars the face of your home or business with an unsightly blemish. While there are some who consider graffiti an expression of art, the uninvited, tagging kind is mostly a terror, not a treasure to home owners and business owners.
The best action against ongoing graffiti is immediate cleanup. Taggers do not get satisfaction when their work is painted over or removed. Quick and consistant removal is also imperative if you're concerned about keeping homes values high. Pervasive graffiti will lower home values in the affected neighborhood. The three best ways to remove graffiti: (2 comments)
olympia realtor: I could pull my Hair out with these Appraisals - 07/18/12 11:15 AM
It happened again yesterday: The dreadful call from the buyer's agent that the appraisal has come in lower than the agreed upon sales price. For me this is the third time in five weeks, and I know I'm not alone in this. Our industry tells us that market value is determined by what an able buyer is willing to pay for a property in an open market with an arms-length transaction. I have re-iterated this many times to my sellers, explaining that what they want to get for their property is irrelevant. It's what a buyer is willing to pay. But the truth (4 comments)
olympia realtor: The Future of the Historic Tumwater Brewhouse - 11/02/11 08:30 PM
If you're a South Sound resident, you might have heard that the Old Tumwater Brewery has been purchased last year by a team of real estate investors for 1.4 million dollars. You might also have noticed that work crews have been busy cleaning up the brewery site, and you may be wondering what is next for the iconic building site on the shores of Capitol Lake. Although tons of debris has been removed, hazards secured, and some structural elements reinforced, the building remains an empty shell. This shell, full of potential, is waiting for the right business ventures to occupy it and take advantage (3 comments)
olympia realtor: Pizza has arrived in Olympia - 10/17/11 11:56 AM
I first went to La Gitana Pizzeria in Yelm a few months ago. I’ve heard about their authentic Italian pizza from friends and had to try it out. I was surprised at how busy the restaurant was, especially considering that the prices were a bit steep for Yelm. The pizza was definitely worth the trip to Yelm, and I told the owner back then that he and his partner should consider opening a restaurant in Olympia. Imagine my surprise when I went downtown for Arts Walk last week and noticed a La Gitana Restaurant right on Capitol Way. This was only their second (1 comments)
Once I sell a home, I'd like to get a commission every time the home re-sells (regardless through whom) for the next 99 years. In my dreams, right? As crazy as this sounds, that's exactly was has been permitted to occur for some builders who have recorded real estate transfer fees against the properties they sell. In many cases they are slated to receive 1 percent of the sales price every time the home sells for up to 100 years into the future. A Private Transfer Fee, or PTF can substantially increase the cost for the follow on buyer to purchase a (4 comments)
A few days ago I attended a Tumwater Chamber of Commerce luncheon featuring a presentation by the new owners of the Old Brew house. Pat Rhodes and George Heidgerken bought part of the Tumwater brewery a few months ago, and together with Ryan Rhodes, the project manager, and Jim Brown, the project architect, spoke about the brewery's history, introduced a progress report, their vision of the old brew house's future and the potential it holds for the community. If left unchanged, the historic brew house would have run a course of quick deterioration and would have been an irreplaceable loss to the community. As I've (2 comments)
I've been asked by newcomers to Olympia, if the signs greeting them when they enter the city are Olympia's slogan. You would really have to slow down and take a closer look to see that these welcome signs have a date on them and do not say "All American", like many people believe, but "All America".
The title "All-America City" is an award given annually to ten US cities by The National Civic League, to recognize communities for outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, each city must demonstrate innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration. http://www.allamericacityaward.com/about/
Distressed homes aren't necessary dilapidated homes. They may look just like your house, or be brand new. Distressed homes are homes that have either been foreclosed upon and are returned to the market with the banks as the sellers, or they are "short sales", listings that are being offered for sale by their current owners for less than what they owe to the banks. Sometimes these homes are in less than desirable shape, but can be a real bargain for buyers. If there are a lot of distressed homes on the market in your neighborhood, these low sale prices will influence your (2 comments)
Sand in the City is back in Olympia from 27-29 August at the Port Plaza and surrounding area.
Stop on by to check out the amazing sand sculptures, to enjoy live music, dance performances, food and drink, and activities.
The schedule of fun includes: Master Sand Sculpting DemoBuild and play in the Giant SandboxMake & Take Activity TentLive Tidepool Touch Tank Face Painting boothsSky-high climbing wall Search for sea shells at Sifting for Sea TreasuresMeet and greet Mini Horses and Donkeys from the Hoofed Animal Rescue of Thurston County Free Books with South (3 comments)
Olympia's annual Pet Parade, which occurs in August has been a favorite local event for over 80 years. The parade is not only for pets, but also for children under the age of sixteen, who get to dress up and decorate their bicycles, or wagons in a selected theme. The theme for the 2010 parade was Fairy Tales. Parade entrants are judged in six different categories: Big dogs, small dogs, impersonations, wheels, floats and pets.
It's such a joy to see the care and detail with which the animals, floats and children are adorned. The kids' pride is evident in showing off their (2 comments)
Feng Shui literally means "wind" and "water", and in Feng Shui water is associated with prosperity. Water is an essential element in our lives. It is where life is thought to have originated and it is necessary for survival. Most people associate water with as abundance, life, luxury and purity. The sound of water is considered to be tranquil and calming. Running water releases negative ions into the air, helping create a healthy air quality. It can also drown out nearby noise. It is no surprise that houses with pools or located near water generally fetch higher resale prices. If your home is not near water, you can easily capture some of the (7 comments)
You better believe it. Each year, as soon as Lake Fair opens, peculiar things start to happen along Olympia's Capitol Way Boulevard. Stakes are being pounded in the narrow strips of real estate between the side walks and the street. An out-of-towner might thing there is major land surveying going on, as square claims are meticulously platted with different color ropes and tape.
But within a day or two, as chairs and blankets start to appear, it becomes apparent that these miniature land plats and subdivisions are being claimed for reserved seating for the Lake Fair Parade that will head (0 comments)
al·fres·co /ælˈfrɛskoʊ/ [al-fres-koh] -adverb 1. out-of-doors; in the open air: to dine alfresco. If you want to enjoy the nice weather and beautiful Olympia sights while going out to eat, there are plenty of restaurants in town to choose from that offer outside dining. Here are just a few of the local alfresco dining options:
Budd Bay Cafe Anthony's Seafod
Dockside Bistro Anthony's Hearth Fire
Waterstreet Cafe Oyster House
Fishtail Brew Pub The Sidewalk Cafe
The Farmers' Market Pellegrinos
Whether waterfront, sidewalk, or street-side restaurants, outdoor dining lets you enjoy Olympia's vibrant atmosphere.
Our city is adorned with more painted buildings than any other city its size that I've ever been in. The paintings vary from lanscape and nature scenes, to modern art and Italianate wall frescoes. One can hardly go one block in downtown Olympia without getting a glimpse of wall art, and I'm not talking Graffiti. These paintings are vibrant, beautiful and a testament to the talented artists who call Olympia their home.
Sandy NelsonOlympia Realtor® Our community is important to me. I take pride in (2 comments)
Home owners who are upside-down on their mortgage often don't know that there are alternatives to foreclosure. Of all the options available, foreclosure is likely the worst scenario. There are several reasons mortgages can end up "under water" (meaning the amount of the mortgage exceeds the current home value). Sometimes the home owners take equity out of the home to make other purchases and home values drop, or homes were purchased with no down payment and home values have dropped. One alternative is to try to hang in there and bid time, while the principle gets paid down and (hopefully) home values go back up. (6 comments)
Steilacoom is a quaint little town on the shores of Puget Sound. From the looks of it you'd think it's a remote village from another era, but it's right near the hustle and bustle of cities like Tacoma and Olympia, and just a few miles from Interstate 5. Steilacoom happens to be the first incorporated town in the State of Washington (incorporated in 1854) A few other firsts to boast about are: The first brick building north of the Columbia River (which was also the first jail in Pierce County) The first Protestant church building The first school in Pierce County (0 comments)
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