new construction: What I Am Learning From Having A New Home Built - 04/17/14 08:17 AM
We are in the process of having a new home built, and I could probably just say I am learning A LOT - but I think instead I will list some of the things for others who might be building or contemplating the process.
Number one thing is to choose contractors you will be able to work with well!  I am really fortunate in having contractors that I have worked with for years, both as they did renovations for clients and also remodeled our own current bathrooms.  So I know their working style, their quality of work, and their communication preferences … (15 comments)

new construction: Oh the Things You Learn In Building a House! - 03/16/14 06:38 AM
We're in the process of having a new house built, and I continue to be surprised at all the things I am learning as we go along - despite the fact that houses are basically the core of what I DO for a living. 
I already knew from past buying/selling experiences that being a real estate broker and helping other people buy and sell is WAY different than being immersed in the emotional whirlwind yourself.  And I'm still not positive if it makes it even more nerve wracking to realize all the potential hitches there can be in the real estate … (13 comments)

new construction: Our House Building Saga - Land Clearing & More - 01/21/14 06:42 AM
We are starting to make baby steps toward getting our lot ready to build on as soon as the city approves our building plans, and the construction loan is ready to close.  And each step is exciting to watch since it makes it feel more and more real - yes, we are truly going to have a new house this year!
 

In the last several days, the contractors & crew have taken down a few trees that were right in the path of the proposed house, and cleared off LOTS of overgrown shrubs, ground cover, and blackberry mounds. Ahhhh, … (8 comments)

new construction: Continuing Saga of Our House Building Adventure - 11/15/13 07:54 AM
In the continuing saga of our house building adventure,  we are beginning to get bids for some of the early steps, like clearing the lot.  Somehow this is making it seem very real, and I am redoubling my scrutiny of house plans so we can get the "what will be built" even more refined.
Funny little considerations keep waking me up in the middle of the night - like, if we decide NOT to have a fireplace, then WHERE will we hang the Christmas stockings?  And yes, I am laughing at myself as I sometimes get bogged down in minute details, … (1 comments)

new construction: New Construction in the Olympia Area - Yep, It's Back - 09/19/13 07:43 AM
Recently I mentioned in our office meeting that I had checked out the numbers to see what proportion of active listings in the Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater area are short sales or bank owned, compared to the total available listings.  As it had seemed to me, those numbers are shrinking.  But the numbers that are growing, pretty dramatically, are new construction home listings!
Right now in the core greater Olympia area, I see 978 residential active listings (still not enough to satisfy buyer demand!).  And of that number, the homes that show 2013 for year built equal 207.  That is actually a much higher … (6 comments)

new construction: What KIND of a New Construction Home Do You Want To Buy in Olympia WA? - 11/17/11 05:58 AM
What kind of a new construction home do you want to buy in the Olympia WA area?  When I am asking a buyer this question, I usually get that look that means "What kind of question is that!".  But let me explain, because there are different types of new construction to consider.
 
 

In the Olympia, WA area real estate market, there may be new construction that is located in a brand new subdivision, typically (but not always) being built by one builder.  There are usually several different floor plans being built, and usually one or more model homes … (4 comments)

 
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Nancy Conner

Olympia/Thurston County WA

Olympia, WA

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