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Everyone loves taking about themselves. That’s a truism from psychology 101. So our course for agents seeing a mailer where people have said nice things about them or given testimonials looks amazing. They also love to show off all the homes they have sold…

It’s pretty unlikely anyone would self-mail out a critical review of their services… Hummmm

And all of those homes?.... We’ll it’s good to know that agent is making a lot of money….. But there isn’t anything mentioning the value or saving to the customer is there?

In a nut-shell… It’s all about “Them”

Here at The Cascade Team, 

It isn’t about “Us”

It’s about “YOU” our Customer/Clients



You, our client, is our focus.

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 Photo by Jason Alley in Leavenworth


My husband and I just recently drove up to Leavenworth from Monroe for our wedding anniversary. 


The drive took a little over 1.5 hours from Monroe to the town of Leavenworth

Some quick facts about Leavenworth, according to  


Leavenworth is a small, beautifully designed, old world Alpine/Bavarian style village. If you envision a small town, somewhere in Germany, nestled in a narrow valley and surrounded by snow-covered mountains. Leavenworth could be that very place.

We stayed at a cute little VRBO (vacation rental by owner) cabin with no more than a 20 min walk into town. There we had a beautiful view of the Wenatchee River. We started each morning with a cup

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Back In The Saddle Again 


It's almost time for the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. The Evergreen State Fair is held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds and runs from August 26th, 2021, to Sep 6th, 2021


The Hours of Operation for the carnival will be from 

Aug 26-31 & Sept 2-5 is from 11AM-11PM

Sept 1,   they will be CLOSED 

Sept 6,   11am -7pm


Admission Information Includes:

Admission Tickets

  • Adults (ages 13-61) ------------------- $14 Weekdays - $16 (Sat & Sun)
  • Seniors (ages 62-89) ----------------- $11 Weekdays - $14 (Sat & Sun)
  • Youth (ages 6-12) ---------------------- $11 Weekdays - $14 (Sat & Sun)
  • Active Military with I.D. -------------- $11 Weekdays- $14 (Sat & Sun)
  • Seniors (age 90 and
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Some quick facts about Monroe History:  According to City Town  Info, it mentions that 


The earliest non-Native Americans settled in this area during the 1860s. The Great Northern Railroad was introduced in this area in the 1880s which lead to the establishment of the city. It was originally named Tye City. The name was later changed to Monroe, in honor of President James Monroe. The City of Monroe was officially incorporated in December 1902.


Monroe's nearby attractions include things like Woods Creek, the Skykomish River Centennial Park, and many more other attractions like the FastTrax Indoor Raceway

City Town Info also mentions:


The City of Monroe is located in the beautiful surroundings of a river valley. Vast,

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Everyone bring your popcorn because Monroe has free movie nights at Lake Tye on Fridays for the next few weeks. This is a beautiful time and place to bring everyone and anyone, and it's FREE! A projector plays the movies on a giant screen outdoors at the park (weather permitting). Beforehand there is music and food is available.


According to the website at Monroe, Wa  on Friday, August 13th:

Come join the community for our free Movies Under the Moon event, this week's showing is Frozen II (PG 103 minutes). Big Heart Big Smile will be running a free craft for kids beginning at 8:00pm. The park's concession stand will be open for drinks, food and snacks prior to the movie which will begin at dusk. Bring a chair or blanket and the family…
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When we think of buying our first investment property, it can be super exciting, and we don't always realize the tangible benefits of investing in real estate. 

Yahoo! Finance mentions the many benefits when investing in real estate, one of them being appreciation:


Real estate appreciates naturally, and you can also force it. Home renovations and remodeling can improve a property’s value, giving you an even greater return on your investment.


Another good benefit is cash flow:


If you invest in a rental property, you can earn cash flow in addition to any appreciation. You earn cash flow from the rent charged on the property and after you pay the expenses including the mortgage, taxes, insurance, and any

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Although more homes are starting to come on the market, there is still a shortage of houses. We have many buyers out there looking, and with a lack of inventory, we may just have a buyer for your home.  All it takes is 30 seconds to fill out the form below. Let us know what price you would take for your home, and if we have a buyer, we'll let you know! To learn more about what we offer our home seller clients, CLICK HERE 


                  Easy as 1, 2, 3


          Just Name Your Home's Selling Price 


With people spending so much time in their homes, including working from home, there's a great emphasis on being happy there. Translating into lack of space is a complaint agents hear more often now.


And if

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Lumber prices have certainly come down off their highs earlier in the year. However, as I outline below, it will be a little while before these price reductions start to impact new housing. Stay close to the news here as once demand goes down (which often happens in the fall), we could see the price of newly built homes go down as well. Buyers will want to stay informed as we look for buying opportunities in this hot market.


According to CNBC: 

Lumber prices dive more than 40% in June, biggest monthly drop on record 


The great lumber bubble of 2021 has popped.



The building commodity is down more than 18% in 2021, headed for the first negative first half since 2015.

 One of the reasons why lumber

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 Photo by Liza Alley at Music in the park at Lake Tye Park


For the last few weeks, my husband, neighbor's and I have been going to a great event. And every week we have a great time! This is an excellent event outside that has great food trucks, a beer garden, and great live music.

According to Facebook, Music in the park:


The Monroe Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the City of Monroe and put together a great family friendly event.


Music in the Park is a free summer concert series playing FOUR Friday's in July at Lake Tye Park!

The food trucks open at 6:30pm, and the Beer garden opens at 6:30pm as well. The live music starts at 7:00pm  


A couple of weeks prior (July 9th), they had Buddy

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According to Investopedia homeownership is an investment and,


The benefits of investing in a home include appreciation, home equity, tax deductions, and deductible expenses.



Another big benefit of owning a home is appreciation over time; according to Investopedia, appreciation is:


in general terms, is an increase in the value of an asset over time. The increase can occur for a number of reasons, including increased demand or weakening supply, or as a result of changes in inflation or interest rates. 

 Investopedia goes on to say that... 


if you stay in your home long enough, there's a very good likelihood you will be able to sell your home for a profit because of appreciation later in the

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