lacey real estate: **Open House Sunday 1 - 4pm** Tumwater, WA - 07/27/18 10:18 AM
**Open House this Sunday from 1 to 4pm!**  
    6915 Munn Lake Dr SE, Tumwater 98501
    4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, 3,617 SF  $399,900  MLS# 1326681
 
Spacious, versatile 2 story home backs to greenbelt w/filtered lake view; direct access to lake across greenbelt. Bright open floor plan w/large kitchen, family room w/gas fireplace, formal and informal dining spaces; main floor bonus room. Upstairs are generous bedrooms, laundry, den and rec room. Partially fenced backyard is quiet and private. Neighborhood has wide streets, sidewalks, tot lots and boat launch. Tumwater schools; and quick commute to I-5.
Google map directions here: 6915 Munn Lake Drive SE
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lacey real estate: Why choosing to do business locally matters - 06/13/18 02:57 PM
 
Oh how much fun it is to call a national company through their 800 number, and follow the myriad of voice automation nightmare to try to get to the customer service agent that specializes in your need.  Why do we punish ourselves doing this, when there are many benefits on many levels to do business locally instead?  Buying local truly benefits you and the community where you live, and here are some reasons why:
Local service is better service
A national corporation does not have as big of a vested interest in being accountable to you as a local business does.  If you’re … (2 comments)

lacey real estate: 5 Costly Problems to Avoid when Buying a Home! - 05/23/18 11:14 AM
Five costly problems to avoid when buying a home
As you are out searching for homes or browsing online, keep in mind some simple tips to help you avoid being stuck with buying someone else’s problem.  And I say simple tips, because they are – many major and costly problems with a home can easily be avoided from knowing what to look for, and by also asking the right questions.  It is also important to note that major repairs are often negotiated, and home sellers are usually anticipating that they will have to cover at least some, if not all of the … (0 comments)

lacey real estate: Missteps I have witnessed in this industry - 04/26/18 10:01 AM
Things happen when buying and selling Real Estate that even defy reason, and even with our best intentions to succeed in our endeavors, all we can do sometimes is learn what not to do next time.  In an effort to avoid making big mistakes in purchasing a home, there are two key words that I can offer – communication and planning.  Communication is critical to a better understanding, and that communication should involve everyone (including your spouse, and your agent, etc.).  Planning ahead by having a goal (homeownership) and saving money, gathering resources, asking questions, and keeping track of your progress … (1 comments)

lacey real estate: 3 Reasons why you might Win after your offer is Rejected - 04/19/18 11:09 AM
Sometimes the spirit of competition can be a frustrating thing, especially when you find the home of your dreams, and either your offer was rejected, or you come to discover that a competing offer was already accepted before you had a chance to make an offer.  Although, it’s likely that the first position offer will probably result in a closed sale – it’s never a good idea to assume that you don’t have any chance at picking the home up as a back-up buyer.  Every year, I see examples of motivation and directional changes being made by both buyers and sellers … (0 comments)

lacey real estate: Understanding "MLS Status's" and basic strategies - 04/09/18 12:25 PM
Almost every day, someone calls me to check on the status of a home for sale.  Sometimes the reason for their call is because the home they saved to their ‘favorites’ has either disappeared, or some strange new status is attached to it.  Not being familiar with what types of status changes there are and how to interpret them can prove to be a bit confusing for a home buyer attempting to navigate the market.  Below is a summary definition of all the available statuses our NWMLS allows us to use.  Let’s start here with clarification, and explain further how to … (0 comments)

lacey real estate: Building your portfolio with Investment Property - 03/21/18 03:09 PM
 
The practice of buying Real Estate as an investment is just as important and necessary now as it ever was.  Taking the right approach to investing will equate to passive income now and in the future to help secure your retirement.  There is no other safe investment out there that compares with the ability to leverage your money and help you realize financial freedom like owning Real Estate.   The housing market is most volatile to the unprepared, so be careful in your choices, and always seek the help and advice of a professional – like me! 
Educate yourself for this venture.  … (1 comments)

lacey real estate: Best practices for the move up buyer - 03/14/18 11:09 AM
Should You Sell or Hold?
 
First of all, that home you’re considering selling to move up to your next home may serve you better as an investment home.  Before you put your home on the market for sale, you should seek expert advice from your financial planner and your lender before even talking with an agent.  If it’s financially feasible and wise for you to hang on to your current asset while moving on to another home that better suits your current needs or plans, then you should!  Put a property manager to work for you, and let a tenant make your … (1 comments)

lacey real estate: 5 important tips for seller success with a short sale - 03/07/18 01:46 PM
 
Over the past several years, short sales have plagued our market with horror stories and lack of seller and buyer confidence for success.  It has been slightly reassuring however to see what used to be a seller described ‘nightmare experience’ evolve over the years into a ‘slightly more tolerable but still frustratingly slow experience.’  Short sales are thankfully on the decline in stronger markets, and have much less negative influence on market values than they once did.  That being said, they still exist and will continue to exist for many years to come.  If you are an owner contemplating a short … (3 comments)

lacey real estate: Top 5 Home Improvement Ideas to Liven your Home - 02/28/18 02:45 PM
 
 There’s lots of useful and interesting ideas about home improvements that help you reach success when you have your home on the market for sale.  It can be challenging to know for sure what kinds of improvements are a safe bet, or a risky venture – as it is literally impossible to have the most perfect home improvement project to satisfy every taste of every consumer.  If the home is more than 20 years old, have it inspected.  The inspector will recommend improvements that will add to the safety, stability, and efficiency of the home – these are all very important … (2 comments)

lacey real estate: Things to consider when buying a Home Warranty - 02/15/18 02:42 PM
One of the helpful resources many of us in the business recommend the use of are Home Warranties.  Commonly, Home Warranties are meant to help protect home buyers against some of the immediate functional pitfalls of being home owners. In the first year of homeownership, it is not uncommon for the new homeowners to experience a broken appliance (stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, water heaters, etc.), and having an affordable solution to fix it is helpful.  But how do Home Warranties work?  What are the costs of Home Warranties, and are they worth the trouble?
Home Warranties typically cost a flat fee that is … (2 comments)

lacey real estate: 5 Reasons we will see more repeat buyers in 2018 - 02/07/18 11:30 AM
 
There’s no doubt, in Northwest Washington we have seen significant growth and stability in the housing market.  Seattle alone is one of the top 10 markets in the country, and much of that Seattle market momentum is being realized abroad.  Thurston County has seen a consistently short supply in available housing, which makes for a strong seller’s market.  The further North you travel from Olympia towards Seattle, the trend is even more in favor of sellers.  Inventory has been difficult to keep, and the trend is changing slightly as more new construction and resale hits the market in a ‘bandwagon’ effect.  … (1 comments)

lacey real estate: Why you should consider a Veteran Realtor® - 01/30/18 01:45 PM
Why should a military family choose a Realtor® that’s either a veteran or experienced in the military lifestyle?
Whichever professional you choose, they are your advocate to help you in your Real Estate matters.  That can be a good thing, or an unfortunate thing depending upon who you choose.  If you are new to an area, and want to find a home that is reasonably close to the base of the serving military member, is it important to you to have someone representing you that personally respects and understands how to serve you best?  Of course it is.  Recently I had the … (2 comments)

lacey real estate: Just Sold! 1144 Rockcress Drive SE Olympia - 01/23/18 11:02 AM
SOLD!  3 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 1,060 Square feet on a .267 acre lot.  Home sold for $217,000!
Demand for homes like this is incredibly high, and we have been witnessing a consistent sellers market all over the Puget Sound area.  Are you planning on selling your home in the near future?  I have 18 years of experience to share with the clients I serve, and am a strong advocate for their interests and needs.  If you're planning on selling, I probably already have a buyer for your home! Please, contact me when you're ready - you can find me working in Pierce, … (3 comments)

lacey real estate: Are you cut out to buy Foreclosure homes? - 01/17/18 12:20 PM
 
What is the common theme among homebuyers?  They all want a ‘good deal’ when they buy.  Hence the attraction when the subject of buying foreclosed homes comes up.  Foreclosures are certainly not for everyone though, and before you set your mind to pursuing them, there are some questions you need to ask yourself.  Do you have the means to buy a foreclosure, and which phase of the foreclosure process is going to give you the best advantage as a consumer?  Start with your financial picture.  Talk to your lender and financial planner about your prospects.  Do you have enough cash on … (4 comments)

lacey real estate: 8 Sure Fire Ways a Realtor® Can Be Resourceful For You - 01/10/18 10:36 AM
 
Are you about to be in the market as a home buyer or seller?  Have you been reluctant to reach out and talk to a Real Estate Salesperson?  The lions share majority of us manage our business more as consultants than salespeople, and we are pretty easy to approach.  There are many benefits we possess at our fingertips that we’re ready and willing to share with you to help you achieve success, so much so that it’s quite a shot in the dark to attempt to go it alone.
There’s probably more than 100 ways an experienced Realtor® can prove to be … (1 comments)

lacey real estate: Nine questions that every buyer should be asking before buying a home - 08/10/17 11:02 AM

Most buyers in the market are usually ‘First-Timers’, and should be asking a lot of important questions in this ever changing market before making  decisions on who to hire and what or where to purchase.  It’s a huge decision for a new buyer to purchase a home, coupled with little knowledge to start with about the process. Considering that every market is different, as every type of sale is different, these nine basic questions are a great start to finding clarity of purpose, while taking the time to make educated choices and decisions. 
Do I really need a Realtor®?   The short answer is yes.  You are … (2 comments)

 
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