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All Blog Entries by Gresia Bratton

Found 8 blog entries published by Gresia Bratton.

Do Open Houses Actually Work?

Do open houses actually sell homes in todays age of technology available at every persons fingertips? Well let me tell you about my experience thus far hosting opens for our clients. We have found that with a well presented home, supported by strong marketing program and techniques can generate an overwhelming amount of guests for successful open house! Of course, this is possible because of the internet.


In fact, I hosted an open house that went on the market that same weekend as the open. These sellers received multiple offers after the weekend wrapped up! Whoah! We saw an increase of in foot traffic from knowledgeable, able, and ready buyers. This particular open home had 20-30 different guests touring the home!

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Early January, Microsoft publicly pledged $500 million to address homelessness and the growing gap of affordability among the Puget Sound region. This after the announcement of plans for a massive expansion of its Redmond headquarters sparked talks with Challenge Seattle.

The company plans to add 2.5 million square feet of new construction, and 6.7 million square feet in renovations. Microsoft is estimating an additional 8000 employees after the project is complete.

The pledge is the largest in the history of Microsofts 44 year run. It is also the largest pledge to public housing by any private organization thus far! Microsoft President, Brad Smith, explained how the pledge will benefit workers who “teach our kids in schools, and put out the fires

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Although consumer confidence seemed low in January with only 15 closed sales in Snoqualmie, and 20 in North Bend  in what I feel is mainly due to the government shutdown; the market looking strong for sellers and buyers!


The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to leave policy rates unchanged earlier this week during what was one of only eight regularly scheduled meeting the FOMC holds per year. Signaling that we may not see any further rate hikes this year. 




Rates are still low by historical standards! Purchasing a home 10 or more years ago, chances are we were paying a much higher rate. Keep in mind we are still continuing trade talks with China and March 1st is the deadline for an agreement. However, with rates

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This is a very exciting time in the market right now with the extremes we have been experiencing in home appreciation, job growth, and relocating techies driving the market with their buying power. We are expected to experience an economic slowdown according to local and national economists. However, we are not expected to see a housing crash like before; and here's why:

As recently as May 2018 our market has seen a sharp right hand turn, and all of a sudden we are now the fastest decelerating market in the U.S. according to Case-Shiller Home Price Indices; and this after experience the #1 spot leading the nation last spring. 

Seattle's booming tech industry drove the housing market into an unsustainable upward spike in home value appreciation

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Even the most open-minded or well-travelled are not immune to culture shock. The most effective way to prevent this is to familiarize yourself with the location, culture, learn as much about the place, build new long-lasting friendships, maintain a few touches of home, and stay open-minded. We believe the Pet Place Market embodies these culture shock preventive methods in the most stylish, modern, and Wow-factor kind of way!


#1 - Location

Pet Place Market is superbly located on Bendigo Blvd N in Downtown North Bend, Washington. The market is absolutely pet friendly and specializes in pet health! You can access the very best in everyday pet care and specialty needs! The Pet Place Market features a convenient parking location since expanding

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Familiarity does not always inspire popularity. Located a hop, skip, and a jump away from historic and scenic Snoqualmie Falls, The BIndlestick is situated across from Snoqualmie's Railway Museum. Conveniently walkable, the location is extremely close to the Snoqualmie River front parks such as Riverview Park and Sandy Cove picnic locations.



The Bindlestick is owned and operated by local 18 year Snoqualmie resident, Rachelle Armstrong, and her local staff. Rachelle bought the business from a friend, another local resident, and has truly made the place her own! It's almost as if The Bindlestick was waiting for her before show casing its true Snoqualmie colors!

These are not the only reasons locals seem to be obsessed with the popular

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In today's age of lightning fast access to online symptom checkers, medical articles, and automated health systems it can become incredibly overwhelming to navigate our search for better health and wellness. Twin Peaks Nutrition and Wellness is bridging that gap with a holistic approach to health and wellness. The nutrition and wellness center has evolved into a "health and wholeness hub" to meet both health and emotional needs, according to Sharon Hockenbury the owner.


The health and wholeness hub brings Sharon's decades of expertise as a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, Certified Herbalist, Reiki Practitioner, Pregnancy and Parenting Coach, Fitness and Wellness classes all under one roof! Twin Peaks Nutrition and Wellness is

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The Healing Garden Day Spa is nestled in the heart of downtown North Bend - located at 106 W North Bend Way, North Bend, WA. One look in this building and the modern day luxurious yet calming décor and you'll get a sense of how much loving thought was put behind it.


The day spa was dreamed up and owned by Heather Ryan, a 20 year local resident! Heather describes this moment as a daydream she had while sitting on a couch in what was once Boxley's restaurant across from where The Healing Garden Day Spa is now located. This dream didn't come easy by any means as Heather had endured many hardships that ultimately led her to the ultimate awareness and success of her dreams.

Challenging Times

The life she had once built and poured her soul

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