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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More than 75% of Home Sales See Bidding Wars 

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…

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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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Bidding Wars and multiple offers have been the story of 2021 so far. But now inventory is increasing (Up 50% in the past 30 days) and while inventory is still historically low, pricing your home correctly is more important than ever.

Our 18-Point Analysis will bring you the most accurate assessment possible when it comes to your home's value. Click here to learn more! We factor in sold homes, active, pending, pending inspection, builder, size, beds, baths, school, year built, upgrades, lot size, assessments, condition, view, curb appeal, title issues and easements.

On average, serious buyers look at about fifteen properties before they make an offer. Doing so gives them a basis for determining how competitively a property is priced, both in…

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According to the Bothell Kenmore Chamber Bothell has an event called: Brewery Cycling Tour with Cairn Brewing for Eastside Beer week 2021! The date is Saturday, July 24th and it starts at 1pm and will go till about 6pm. The start location will be at Triplehorn Brewing. Following the first brewery will be four more great local brewery locations:


- Métier Brewing

- Crucible Brewing (Woodinville Forge)

- Black Raven Brewing (Woodinville)

- Cairn Brewing


HERE you can sign up for the event 



Here is a screenshot preview of what the bike trail will look like from your starting point of Triplehorn Brewing. 


While these breweries will be on the bike tour that Saturday, your location in South Bothell is a mere…

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We all know that first impressions matter when it comes to buying and selling homes. It’s why curb appeal is such an important real estate tenet, why homeowners hire professional photographers to take listing photos, and why home stagers make spaces look beautiful and inviting.

But if you only use your eyes during your search for the perfect home, you could be overlooking some very crucial clues about whether a listing is right for you. Most people forget to use all of their senses during open houses and home tours.

The next time you attend a showing, take “the five-sense approach” to home touring. Use your sight, hearing, sense of smell, touch, and even taste to evaluate each prospective home and gather information…

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Has anyone ever gone to the Evergreen Speedway at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe?  I have and it's so much fun!



The fairgrounds (and Speedway) are located at the crossroads between US-2 and SR-522 


Just a few weeks ago, my friends and I went and watched the weekend races at the Speedway, and we had a really great time. Races include small cars, junior levels, and even MAC trucks! They are having another event coming up real soon, called the Summer Showdown Evergreen Speedway. The dates will be July 23rd - 24th from 5pm-10pm There ticket pricing for Friday is:


Adult – $25
Senior – $20
Junior (11-17) – $15
Kids (10 & Under) – Free
Military Free With ID At Box Office

and Saturday is:

Adult – $35
Senior – $30

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 Photo by Liza Alley in Wallace Falls State Park


My husband and I just recently drove up to Gold Bar from Monroe to Wallace Falls State Park



The drive took approximately 24 min from Monroe to Wallace Falls in Gold Bar

Some quick facts, according to Washington’s State Parks: 

Washington is known around the world for its forests, lakes and waterfalls, and not many places showcase these icons as majestically as Wallace Falls State Park.


It is also mentioned that Wallace Falls is…


A hiker's paradise


The park features include…

 a 1,380-acre camping park with shoreline on the Wallace River, Wallace Lake, Jay Lake and Shaw Lake. Located on the west side of the Cascades, the park…

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