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Happy Rocks!

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We can all agree these are stressful times and the hardest part might be the lack of knowing what happens next or when....but as we all hunker down and try to stop the spread of COVID-19 there is also a lot of good and kindness happening as well.  Sending my thanks to the many, many doctors, nurses, EMTs, medical professionals and caregivers all over the world, and also to the grocery store workers and the many different types of delivery people who are literally risking their lives for the rest of us. Along with tons of other people who are giving in this time of need.

In one small act of kindness, someone has painted happy rocks and spread them throughout my neighborhood.  I walk my dog each day as I'm working from home and it's amazing how much a little painted rock can lift one's spirits. We look for the rocks on our walks and stop to appreciate the picture or message on each one.

So on behalf of some stranger's act of kindness, please enjoy these happy rocks! We …

Wondering if you should sell your home?

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Wondering if you should sell? Curious about your equity position?
Contact me and I'll help you answer those questions. We are in a period of historically low inventory here in Thurston County so it is a real opportunity for Sellers.

I will provide a no-obligation Market Analysis along with your estimated net proceeds PLUS a stress-free plan to get your house ready for the market and sold!

Let's do this! :-)

New Listing! 8327 Mason Way NW, Olympia, WA

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Great New listing for sale:  8327 Mason Way NW - 3,727 sf on 6 private acres - $750,000  
This lovely home offers country living at its best! Formal LR & DR, cozy FR, main floor office. 3 BRs up + Bonus Rom up. Downstairs features a huge partially finished Craft Room PLUS a Mother-in-law Apartment with walk-out slider to covered patio.  The MIL Apartment features a full kitchen and a 3/4 bath. Roof to be replaced prior to closing.

Situated on 6 private acres there is also an approximately 1,300 sf shop with 100 amp service and covered carport.

Sale also includes ownership in a shared waterfront lot around the corner that provides access to the beach and saltwater!

For more info click here.

To take a virtual tour click here.

To arrange for a private tour of this wonderful property contact me or your Realtor for a showing appointment.

2020 Women's Choice Award Winner!

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On this International Women's Day where we celebrate women's achievements and a gender equal world -  it seems especially timely to announce that Coldwell Banker has been recognized as a real estate leader in customer experience and overall quality and named a 2020 Women's Choice Award winner.

Women are the key to real estate success: Women make or influence 91% of homebuying decisionsFemale purchasing power is valued at $18T globally (it exceeds male purchasing power), and its growing. Over the next decade, women are expected to control two-thirds of consumer wealthOver 90% of homebuying decisions are influenced or made by women18% of homebuyers were single women (vs. 7% that were single men)61% of visitors to coldwellbanker.com are womenTwo-thirds of real estate agents are women, in order to grow the Coldwell Banker brand, we need to recruit and retain female agents and help them become leaders who can attract talent and clients
A Women's Choice Award carries weight: Th…

Local Scholarship Competition

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For the last 10 years, Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic has sponsored a scholarship essay contest for local high school students. The topic is "What Makes a House a Home" and the winner will receive $1,000 scholarship to the school of their choice!

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The winner also gets to select their Top Educator who gets a $500 Award! So if you know a local high school student who is heading off to college next year - this is the perfect opportunity to help out with some of those finances.

You can also get more information at:  www.whatmakesahouseahome.com
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TOP HOUSING NEWS IN THURSTON COUNTY REAL ESTATE - 2019 RECAP High demand and lower levels of sellers brought 2019 to the strongest seller’s market ever recorded. We are starting 2020 at just a 0.6 month supply of homes for sale (a balanced market sees between a four to six month supply.) Home prices rose higher than the historical average but surprisingly did not rise as much as might be expected given the supply-demand imbalance. That is good news for the market, as conditions here remain affordable, which keeps buyers interested and capable. It’s no coincidence that homeowners in our area are seeing record levels of equity, particularly those who purchase between 2010 and 2015. Those folks who recently sold are averaging well over $120,000 in price gains since they purchased. Those are sizable given the average sales prices was $367,000. If you're considering buying or selling - give me a call! Let me put my knowledge and 20+ years of real estate experience to work for you!

Fall is a great time to hike in Thurston County

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Fall is the perfect time to explore some of the great hiking trails we have around Thurston County and this Fall the weather has been especially nice!  My daughter and I recently hiked the trail at McLane Creek, which is a beautiful walk through nature, replete with wildlife.  The trail is flat and easily navigated and provides different route options so you can enjoy a longer walk of about an hour or a shorter walk of 30 minutes-ish.



Located in the Delphi Valley, the McLane Creek Trail takes you around a big pond, which is home to beavers, ducks, birds, newts and all sorts of other wildlife. There are parts of the trail that feels like an old growth forest (see below) and other sections that look across the pond to the vista of the nearby hills of the Capitol State Forest.


For directions and more info, click here to go the Washington Parks map and trail info. We have so much natural beauty here in the South Sound - get out and explore! 

Do you have a great trail you like to hike?  E…