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Managing Real Estate Broker - Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.
I'm a full service Realtor and Accredited Staging Professional with Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. in the Olympia, Lacey, Yelm and Dupont area of Washington State. I specialize in single family residential properties and military relocation to and from Fort Lewis and McChord AFB. I provide community information real estate services and MLS listing searches in the South Sound area of Washingtron. My professional real estate services include marketing homes for sale and helping people buying a home or property. I'm also an accredited home stager and stage the homes of my seller clients as part of the listing process.



I have heard some of my fellow Realtors say they don't attend their clients'closings because they fear their buyers might not want them to know any financial details. I've heard brokers caution agents to stay away from closings to reduce liability. I don't get it. Walking buyers through a real es...
When I first moved to Olympia, WA,  I was happy to learn just how many German people live in this area. With the two large military installations, Ft. Lewis and Mc Chord AFB nearby, many of the military wives come from Germany (I'm one of them). I started a German conversation group in 2002 that ...
 Over the coming year Ft. Lewis will receive an entire new Brigade. This Brigade is being assembled as a phased stand-up, with individual troops coming from units all over the US and outside CONUS. Although additional housing as been added on post, there will still be a significant need for off-p...
Unless you contract out for photo services, taking pictures is part of a Realtor's or Stager's job functions. Good pictures are a significant element in marketing a home. Who hasn't heard "A picture is worth a thousand words"?Some pictures speak volumes; like a listing photo of a house covered in...
Home sellers sigh about having to lower their sales prices. Current local home inventory is 35% up from last year and the number of buyers has dramatically diminished due to the shake-up of the sub-prime lending market. The average number of days a home is on the market is currently at 85 days YT...
 How strange that a property that has been on the market for over 50 days without a single price reduction just happens to get another offer coming in the day I'm ready to submit an offer for less than asking price. What are the odds of that happening more than once? As Realtors we have a primary...
I visited my daughter, who is currently stationed with the Air Force in Italy, in May. I had to check out how she lived, where she worked, who her supervisors and colleagues are etc... I was pleasantly surprised at the nice Air Force facilities, compared to what I've seen with the Army. What the ...
It's not just the rain that makes things flourish here. Forbes Magazine recently ranked Washington as having one of the best business climates in the country. The state has gone from a budget deficit just a few years ago to a $1.2 billion in reserves. According to a news article in "The Olympian"...
I live in Olympia's South Capitol Neighborhood, which is a nationally recognized historic district. As such, any remodeling plans have to be approved not just by the city, but also by the Olympia Heritage Commission. Many home buyers will not be aware of this requirement until they submit their p...
 With real estate prices at a premium, developers, builders and home owners naturally seek to maximize on their investments. Providing low-income housing is not usually a motivating cause for the private sector. The lack of low-income housing, or transitional housing, however, impacts the entire ...

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