lakeland village: Is winter good time to sell your home? - 11/23/13 06:28 AM
Its a great time to sell!!
Remind yourself of the tax advantages of closing a transaction before January. Also the deals are more plentiful for both buyers and sellers because there is less competition at this time of year. Keep in mind that interest rates are expected to rise in 2014, so now is the time to take advantage of the historic lows. So call me today. 360-801-6373 … (1 comments)

lakeland village: economic news Mason County - 11/13/13 06:36 AM
October Unemployment
October’s unemployment performance beat forecasts despite possible skewing due to the Federal shutdown. The economy added 204,000 non-farm jobs in October, putting the unemployment rate at 7.3 percent for the month, and the total number of jobless Americans at 11.3 percent, according to last week’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This was slightly up from September’s 7.2 rate, but better than the forecast of 7.4 percent.
That said, the civilian labor force dropped by 720,000 in October, and the labor force participation rate, which describes how many people are actively looking for work, fell by 0.4 … (0 comments)

lakeland village: The deal flipped now what? - 10/29/13 03:57 AM
How Many times this happens in our business, I was traveling home one day and saw a large vessel flipped, and the locals delt with it this way. 
I guess the old bird is making the best of it and saying This is the way I roll.

lakeland village: government shut down what does it mean for business - 10/04/13 04:57 AM
Federal Housing Administration 
HUD’s Contingency Plan states that FHA will endorse new loans in the Single Family Mortgage Loan Program, but it will not make new commitments in the Multi-family Program during the shutdown. FHA will maintain operational activities including paying claims and collecting premiums. Management & Marketing (M&M) Contractors managing the REO portfolio can continue to operate. You can expect some delays with FHA processing. 
VA Loan Guaranty Program 
Lenders will continue to process and guaranty mortgages through the Loan Guaranty program in the event of a government shutdown. Expect some delays during the shutdown.

lakeland village: Why do I need to put carbon monoxide detectors in ? - 08/24/13 06:37 AM
I often hear them cry why should I, below if information to help all.
A new law emphasizing the importance of carbon monoxide alarms in Washington homes has created many questions about which real estate transactions it affects. Here are a few points synopsized from a recent Coldwell Banker Danforth memo to clarify the requirements:
As of April 1, 2012, sellers of OWNER OCCUPIED single family homes, condos and mobile homes must install carbon monoxide alarms prior to closing. Homes that have electric heat are not exempt. Homes without attached garages are not exempt.
Listing brokers (real etate … (0 comments)

lakeland village: Keeping your home clean for showings & selling for top dollar! - 02/27/13 01:47 AM
Design A Daily Cleaning Schedule 
After all your hard work is done and your house looks like a home ready to move in or be shown!  Make sure that you have a good cleaning schedule in place. Whether you need to make one from scratch or update the one you have, set small daily tasks that will help keep your house in order until its sold!

lakeland village: Reminders for the interior of home when selling your Home & you want the most for your MONEY! - 12/06/11 06:03 AM

lakeland village: Things to consider when getting your home ready to sell - 12/06/11 05:55 AM
Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly. Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly. Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling. Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint. Clean and align gutters. Inspect and clean the chimney. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles. Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking. In Northern winters, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice. During spring and summer months consider adding a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near your front entrance. Re-seal an asphalt driveway. Keep your garage door closed. Store RVs … (1 comments)

lakeland village: Flopping homes is it for you? - 11/03/11 05:53 AM
As more houses in Seattle go on the market for short sales, some investors have begun buying and reselling them quickly for a profit, using strategies that some in the housing industry say could be unethical or worse.
The deals work in a variety of ways, but all involve the same basic strategy. An investor persuades a lender to agree to a short sale, buying a house for less than what the lender is owed. But the investor has another buyer lined up who is willing to pay more.
The bank, usually unaware of the other waiting buyer, accepts a lower price … (10 comments)

lakeland village: Better than tressury bonds Buy Real Etsate - 09/22/11 09:48 AM
Todays market is another reason why clients can buy real estate and have something to show for the purchase!
The news today went something like this--
The Dow Jones industrial average fell as much as 527 points, the second consecutive rout since the Federal Reserve announced a change in strategy for fighting the economic slowdown.At the close of trading, the Dow was down 391.01 points, or 3.5 percent, at 10,733.83. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 37.18, or 3.2 percent, to 1,129.58. The Nasdaq composite fell 82.52, or 3.3 percent, to 2,455.67.Nineteen stocks fell for every one that rose. Trading … (2 comments)

lakeland village: Hot cars drives me to hot sales! - 06/05/11 12:26 PM
In the moments of Sunday sales, I had this car drive into the parking lot, for no other reason than just good old classic fun, I wanted to share this picture.
Many times over the sales drives me to get another classic, if you have a favorite send me a picture.
Or if you have another love send it with your thoughts.
Have a great 2nd quarter end!

lakeland village: Is your garden ready for spring? Tips to help! - 03/31/11 12:28 PM
What you do in your vegetable garden right now can have a huge influence on how well it does next year. This is the time to get your soil in shape. Start by doing a good clean-up. What crops in your garden have finished production? Get those broccoli stumps and bolted lettuce onto the compost pile. You can work around the tomatoes, squash and beans that are still bearing.
How often have you seen a vegetable garden in winter that was abandoned in October? You can picture it...dry bean vines still on the netting, rotten tomatoes on soggy vines hanging on … (3 comments)

lakeland village: Your time! - 03/10/11 07:22 AM
Do you know what's the most precious commodity in business? Time!

lakeland village: Is your home ready to sell for this spring? Tips for you to help get your home sold! - 03/06/11 03:06 PM
Spring Cleaning Your Home  
1 Make a list of the tasks you want to accomplish. Of course you know you want to do the main things you would do each day, like the dishes and the laundry. Once you get those down, you will need to add the tasks that you do monthly and semi-yearly. These are tasks like cleaning out closets, cleaning the windows and the oven.
2 Inventory your supplies. Now that you know exactly what you are going to do, you need to take stock of the supplies you have on hand, and consider what else you … (0 comments)

lakeland village: Perseverance is the key of the day! - 01/31/11 04:12 AM
Often it is not the strong and powerful things of this world that make the biggest difference but the meek and steadfast. The same way water cuts through rock......LOVING KINDNESS coupled with PATIENCE and PERSEVERANCE are powerful forces in transforming us and our world.
It seems we all need to look within to help each other.

lakeland village: Being prepaired to buy a home/ info you should know! - 01/23/11 11:32 AM
Home Buying Process
If you are a first-time homebuyer or haven't bought a home in a while, this guide will offer valuable information about buying a home.
Gather the information you will need to qualify for a home mortgage
Before you can buy a home, you will need to secure financing. Be ready to provide a mortgage lender with the following information:
Income and Employment
What is your current income? Are you employed? Do you have a history of steady employment? Down Payment
Your lender will ask how much money you have available for a down payment. A down payment … (2 comments)

lakeland village: Home Ownership is the best investment! - 01/23/11 11:18 AM
Home ownership is perhaps the surest way to accumulate net worth that there is, and it is often the largest and most important part of the total portfolio of many middle-income Americans.
The beauty of home ownership in this regard is that it tends to be a slow, almost inexorable wealth builder. In many ways, it operates more like a savings account than an investment. Each mortgage payment is like making a savings deposit, slowly building equity.
Call today for your next home!

lakeland village: Having a snow day for me too! - 01/12/11 06:18 AM

As  we reflect on the 1st quarter, its nice to have a snow day here in the northwest!
Many times I find myself doing and acting for others in their lives.
Today I just wanted to reflect and enjoy my family and share that its very important to remember why we work so hard!!
Have agreat week and 1st quarter!

lakeland village: Lighting tips for your home to sell! - 12/27/10 09:33 AM

lakeland village: tips for showing - and selling - your home during the season of peace, love and joyous overeating/overspending! - 12/02/10 02:07 AM
If you've been active in the market for long, you know that the real estate pauses for no man, woman or life event. Nor does it pause for any season; while the market usually does a major slowdown around the winter holidays, the very most motivated buyers and sellers are still doing deals.  If your home is currently listed for sale, here are some tips for showing - and selling - your home during the season of peace, love and joyous overeating/overspending!1.  Don't, if you don't have to. During the holidays, the pool of qualified and active buyers shrinks - dramatically.  … (0 comments)