scott may: What happens to my ability to buy when the rates go up? - 09/27/16 04:40 PM
Friday's Wall Street Journal was the one to reed if you were interested in the the next days' comentary about why the rates didn't go up and when might they?  Economists vary as to why the rates have not gone up as of yet, but most agree that they will go up soon.
Every Tuesday morning I get together with a group of outstanding agents interested in learning more, being more efficient and most importantly, serving our clients better.  Generally we discuss in depth the process of real estate from every angle you can imagine.  This quarter we are focused in on … (1 comments)

scott may: Friends of the Guitar Hour: Upcoming Events - 09/23/16 01:38 PM
The Guitar Hour with Leon Atkinson on KPBX Spokane Public Radio
Here's a picture of Vern and Leon in the studio.  As a former radio On-Air Personality, I was excited as usual, to visit the studio and get some pictures.  There's something magical about being in a radio station.  I'm always amazed at how much more relaxed public radio is from the hustle and bustle of commercial stations. 
 Here's a picture from earlier in the year from last years Classical Guitar Series featuring Grammy Award and Nominee Artists Alex DeGrassi and Andrew York.  I volunteered with everything from getting coffee, folding programs, … (2 comments)

scott may: Spokanimal seeks homes for dogs and cats - 09/22/16 04:27 PM
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and there's lots you can do, even if your unable to care for a dog...Things I can do to help.  Adopt a cat week was during the month of June, but guess what?  There's cats who need homes today at Spokanimal too...This morning I stopped by to see the dogs and cats and find out a little bit more.  I don't think this kitty has a name yet...
There's lots to adopt...
Next, it was over to the kennel to check out the Dogs.  They seem so happy just to see someone come by to talk to … (2 comments)

scott may: How does Spokane rank within markets in the US.? - 09/21/16 01:44 PM

We always read about "the market" in the paper, or see, or hear about it on electronic media.  Most of the time the reference is to the over all average nationwide, but it's interesting to see that it really does vary from place to place depending on where you are.  
To see the Most Expensive Markets: Top 10 Most Expensive Markets
To see the Most Affordable Markets: Top 10 Most Affordable Markets
These are all ranked based on 4 bedroom 2 bathroom homes.  So, where do Spokane and Spokane Valley Washington fit in the market in terms of ranking? 2016 Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report
When we start … (2 comments)

scott may: Top Six Services Home Sellers Want - 09/20/16 04:55 PM
Find an agent who's more relevant providing what you want.  What do you want?  Here's the top six services that home sellers want (source: RealTrends and Harris Interactive):
1.  You want current sold data presented clearly.  Verify information seen online and narrow it down to where it makes precise sense.
2.  Pre-Listing packets full of information relative to to the market, the process to sell the house and qualifications of the REALTOR.
3.  Results driven pricing and marketing system.
4.  Trusty worthiness in the agent who needs to be fully competent and proactive.  Someone viewed as helpful in the process.
5.  Smooth transactions without surprises / closes … (1 comments)

scott may: Another way for me to say "Thank You" - 09/20/16 11:26 AM
I love being able to provide value and information as much as possible to all of my clients and friends.  One of the things I do is send out monthly specials at popular restaraunts and this post is a litte bit about the program beginning with the post card hanging on my fridge:
September 2016's Delicious Offer Sent out to my data base:
"Black Angus has been mastering their craft since 1964, so you could say they learned a thing or two. Their steaks are hand-cut, aged at least 21 days, seasoned to excellence, expertly flame-grilled & served up just the way you … (2 comments)

scott may: Emerson-Garfield: Next Big Growth Area? - 09/19/16 06:06 PM
I believe so strongly in the future success of the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood that I bought a home in the area investing in the improvements that have been planned and are on the way.  Already homeowners are making improvements and the commercial district along North Monroe is showing signs of what I might call "foundational" investment in what looks to be a beautiful revitalization that's been a long time in the making.
For those who may not be aware, the city has approved plans to redesign North Monroe from Indiana to the North Hill. North Monroe Improvement Project Plans include removing one lane in each … (0 comments)

scott may: Listing Displays - 04/24/14 11:06 AM
 This listing sold in less than a week.  This is powerful stuff!

Since day one in the business, I have been an actively involved with my office Ninja Sales group.  Last year I was formally installed as a Ninja agent and have a commencement certificate.  In a nut shell, Ninja is about being focused on Client needs rather than our own.  It's about providing more value above and beyond what we get in return.  It's about cooperating and helping others.  Self improvement is also a big component as well as building stronger friendships and relationships.
At a recent Ninja meeting we … (1 comments)

scott may: Coats4kids coat drive under way - 09/13/13 06:45 PM

Scott May
It's that time of year again where we are looking for old or new coats for kids.  This is one of the most important events of the year and it helps thousands of needy families be able to send their kids off to school with a warm coat.
You can drop off your coats at my office on the South Hill:  Coldwell Banker Tomlinson, 4102 S. Regal, Suite 201 or at the North office off Division just South of the Y.  Make sure you tell them it's for Scott May's count.  I hope to … (0 comments)

scott may: Spokane's University District Trail System - 09/09/13 09:02 PM

Spokane has a terrific trail system featuring miles upon miles of paved trails stretching out in all directions.  A few days ago I was out with a friend on what became a wet, but fun 15 mile ride or so, and stopped along this stretch of the Centennial Trail in the University District to snap this picture of a beautiful rainbow.

Trail users can take the Centennial Trail East from Spokane's River Front Park, downtown, all the way to Couer D'Alene Idaho, or head West along the Spokane River through Riverside State Park as far as 9-mile, or … (1 comments)

scott may: Sustainable Coffee In Spokane, the Gift of Fair Trade! - 08/30/13 12:09 PM
A good Real Estate Agent at a market leading powerhouse such as Coldwell Banker Tomlinson, gets really creative when it comes to closing gifts and such.  I have some pretty amazing friends who have referred a lot of people to me who wanted a good agent and I wanted to get them something they might really enjoy.  I finally got the perfect "ah-ha" moment and decided to get a bunch of fresh coffee direct from the roaster!

Roast House Coffee, is my favorite.  Three years in business, and local, they get their beans direct from the farm.  The beans are shade grown in the forest and … (1 comments)

scott may: Downtown Spokane's New 15 Story Hotel Build - 08/30/13 11:38 AM
Walt Worthy's new hotel project has left the gate!  When complete it should have 15 stories, and a new garage with about 900 parking spaces. 

Expect to walk a little farther if you have become a regular user of the parking lot here...
The hotel will be located conveniently accross from the convention center with more than 700 rooms and 70,000 square feet.  Nice to see this kind of growth in Spokane!

scott may: Spokane Real Estate Market Report July 2013 - 08/29/13 06:07 PM
From the Spokane Association of Realtors:
Residential sales of single family homes on less than one acre and condos reported for July totaled 614 up 23.5% from June when 497 sales were reported.
Sales are up from July last year by 40.5% when 437 sales were
reported. Prices slipped in July with the average selling price in July at $187,460 while the median price was
$166,000. The average is down 3.9% when compared to the average selling price of $195,094 for last month.
The median selling price for July was down 2.4% compared to last month when the median price was … (0 comments)

scott may: Good News for Home Sellers - 11/18/11 06:21 PM
Housing Picture Expected to Brighten in 2012 Daily Real Estate News | Thursday, November 17, 2011 Better times are ahead for the real estate market in the new year, according to several forecasts and recent surveys.
Fiserv, a financial information services firm, predicts that 95 percent of the 384 metro areas it tracks will see prices rise in 2012.
Many surveys and economists are forecasting a very modest increase for the housing market in the new year, but after several years of dropping prices and rising foreclosures, even the slightest increase would signal a glimmer of hope for the market. In … (1 comments)

scott may: Important Refinancing Information - 11/18/11 06:21 PM
Gov't Announces More Refinancing Program Details Daily Real Estate News | Thursday, November 17, 2011 This week, the federal government released more details about its revamped Home Affordable Refinance Program, which sets out to allow more home owners to refinance their mortgage and take advantage of ultra-low rates. The program is geared to those who are current on their mortgage but may be underwater, owing more on their homes than they are currently worth.
Here are some more details about the changes coming to HARP:
Borrowers must be current on their loan and have no delinquencies in the last six months. … (0 comments)

scott may: Wine Lovers Unite for an Important Event - 11/03/11 08:13 PM
It's time once again for the Cork & Kegg beer and wine tasting event at Mirabeau Hotel in the Spokane Valley.  the event is put on by the non-profit Washington Restaurant Association and benefits student scholarships.  Enjoy wine and beer from nearly 50 wineries and breweries from around the area. It's your chance to taste more than 100 wines and 30 hand-crafted beers.  The food is provided by the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy.  The event includes live music, a wine store, and of course a great night of social.

Special room rates from the hotel are available as well.  … (0 comments)

scott may: Cheaper to buy then it is to rent! - 05/02/11 04:45 PM
Cheaper to buy than rent in 78% of major cities
Trulia: Dropping prices and rising rents boost affordability
By Inman News, Thursday, April 28, 2011.
Inman NewsTM
It is cheaper to buy a home than to rent one in 39 of the nation's 50 largest cities, according to a quarterly report released today by real estate search and marketing site Trulia.
Trulia's rent vs. buy index compared the median list price with the median rent on two-bedroom apartments, condominiums and townhomes listed on as of April 1, 2011, in the 50 most populous cities in the U.S. While 72 percent … (0 comments)

scott may: Make way for the new Trader Joes! - 03/17/11 05:49 PM
Vandervert Development has began the project of demolition at the Lincoln Heights Shopping center to make way for the new Trader Joe's Grocery Store.

The new grocery store will be over 12,000 square feet and will be right next to Hogan's Diner.  The new store should open up some time later this year.

scott may: Roast House "Farm to Cup" Coffee - 03/14/11 03:18 PM
Proudly Serving 100% Organic and Sustainable Hot Coffee from Roast House for Home shoppers at my Spokane area Open Houses where refreshments are served*  I'm excited to share with you what I've learned about this coffee roaster and hope you try a cup soon. I never thought coffee could be so interesting... Read on!

Stop by one of my next open houses and enjoy a Delicious hot cup of coffee roasted locally by Roast House Coffee.  The coffee is 100% organic derived from a sustainable grown, harvested, and distributed model and then roasted right here in Spokane.  The fresh roasted beans … (1 comments)

scott may: Spokane YMCA Building: day of wrecking - 03/10/11 08:33 PM
So a feature blog with lots of pictures needs a before, during and after, so here goes (although the final "after" won't be until some time later after this entry still I wanted to get in some good shots):
Here's The building just before the wrecking ball
I then walked across the cable bridge over the falls directly to my right (not pictured, but I'm standing on it) and moved over for a closer shot.  I figured they would break brick at high noon and was correct in that they hooked the wrecking ball on to the cable at noon, but … (0 comments)

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