A few months ago, I got a call from a favorite nephew, and then ...

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My nephew, Eamon, is an amazing guy.  He's a sailor and has worked on tall ships and short ones.  Now he's got a very cool job with an outfit called "UnCruise", and it takes him all over the place, Alaska, the Columbia and Snake Rivers, Hawaiian Islands, The Sea of Cortes, and through the Panama Canal to Costa Rica and the Galapoagos Islands.  

So what a reat surprise when he called to say that he wanted to buy a house somewhere around Olympia, Washington.  He's only be in the area for a while, but had a list of stuff he found on Zillow and Redfin.  And with a budget around $130,000, he was ready to go.  

Next step was to check out the agents in Olympia on ActiveRain, and there was one standout - Francine Viola.  And after talking to her for a while, I felt confindent that Francine would treat my terrific nephew like she would treat her own terrific nephew.

The day of their first outing, Eamon called and was very excited.  She showed him a bunch of places, and none of them were on his list.  He was impressed.

He and Francine spent the next several months, with a couple of false starts.  Then the magic happened, and he got the perfect starter home!  The whole family got involved, with my brother and sister-in-law coming down for the hone inspection (Eamon was at sea).  And the Portland family is planning to move the next family celebration at Chez Eamon!

One of my favorite things about ActiveRain is the resourse it offers when someone important to me needs to buy or sell a house outside of the Washington Metro Area!  

And I have to say, when I looked for an agent to call with the referral, it wasn't about who had the most points in Thurston County or in Olympia. Francine does a great job of introducing herself in her ActiveRain profile.  And she 



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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Patricia.

Just another reason why people need to connect here in the Rain.  You just never know when you may need someone outside of your area to help out.

Jan 30, 2018 02:28 AM #4
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

A great story - and oh by the way - welcome back to the Rain Patricia Kennedy - are you back to stay? 

Jan 30, 2018 04:50 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Pat- what a wonderful story and is very much what this community is all about! I love what you said- who you chose to call wasn’t about the points

Jan 30, 2018 04:59 AM #6
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Pat, AR is always my first choice for referral agents.  And when I can't find one directly, there's a good chance that someone from here does know someone I can trust. 

Jan 30, 2018 05:22 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Pat. I also go to Active Rain for referral agents and have been successful too.

Jan 30, 2018 06:35 AM #8
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Pat, so nice to have a wonderful REALTOR referral for your nephew.    Congratulations to all.   Glad to see you in the Rain again. 

Jan 30, 2018 07:37 AM #9
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Patricia Kennedy you picked an awesome agent Francine Viola to assist your nephew Eamon! She is delightful and extremely knowledgeable about her market. Congrats all the way around!!

Jan 30, 2018 09:45 AM #10
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Thanks for the very nice post, Patricia!  I'm so happy it is working out for Eamon!  I look forward to handing over the keys to him when he returns.

Jan 30, 2018 10:13 AM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The picture of the house looks so similar to one my aunt owned, that I had to look at it more than once.  I'm glad you were able to assist your nephew in finding a special agent to purchase a home, Patricia.

Jan 30, 2018 04:32 PM #12
Shahar Hillel
Augusta Financial Inc. - Stevenson Ranch, CA
Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer.

Patricia hello.

The great benefits of being part of Active Rain.

Congratulations to Francine and to your nephew.

Have a great week.

Feb 01, 2018 11:38 AM #13
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Great to see you in Active Rain again, Patricia. I have met Francine in person, and she is a wonderful agent and fun woman too. Hope to see you pop in more and more.  D 

Feb 02, 2018 07:16 AM #14
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Way to go Patricia Kennedy  that is the spirit of Active Rain ..Yes you owe me a phone call  but at least I know you are well when I see a beautiful post like this Stay well my redheaded friend .

Feb 02, 2018 11:42 AM #15
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Nice to see you after such a long time Patricia Kennedy Just sent you an email.

Hope you are doing well.

Feb 02, 2018 03:39 PM #16
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I"m glad to see this referral worked out perfectly! I definitely check out ActiveRain for referrals whenever I need one.

Feb 05, 2018 03:32 AM #17
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That is one of the best reasons to be a part of ActiveRain and I wrote about that in my blog today for Valentines Day. I hope you are well and business is rockin' and rollin', Pat. I do miss seeing you posting regularly as it made me feel more in touch. I have pretty much decided today to not go to the Mid Year meetings (I would have wanted to get together) as I have so much going on. Every time I leave town I get behind and this is going to be a good year in real estate. I have a couple of new builders bringing product this spring and summer.

Feb 14, 2018 08:39 AM #18
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

I'm glad Francine was able to find your nephew a starter home in his desired price range. It will be a great home for him. And the point made about finding homes that he hand't seen online proves you need to speak to a qualified Realtor for housing information.

Feb 19, 2018 10:34 AM #19
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much for sharing this success story.

I hope you are enjoying a most productive year.

Mar 17, 2018 03:09 PM #20
Thom Abbott
MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Great story Patricia Kennedy !

It's really early am and I'm checking out the Rain where I've not been in awhile. And I saw it's been a couple months since your last post...so wanted to check in on you!

Apr 03, 2018 01:23 AM #21
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

I just wanted to stop by and wish:

Happy birthday, Patricia !!!

I hope, all is well. 

Apr 23, 2018 02:15 PM #22
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Broker

Great story!

May 10, 2018 04:56 PM #23
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