Gabrielle's Blog--SW Washington State

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This little blog contains my thoughts on the business of real estate, a place to showcase homes for my special clients (YOU!), and a wonderful place to hear your thoughts on ... well, whatever! Come join in, won't you?
Housing opportunities for homeless veterans and other homeless individuals working through mental illness in Auburn, WA took a much needed step forward on Friday afternoon. As an Ambassador for the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, attending opening ceremonies and participating in ribbon cuttings is ju...
Over the last few days, I've blogged a bit about market updates: Boring but Invaluable Statistics for Auburn and Tedious but Crucial Statistics for Maple Valley, Washington. After yesterday's Maple Valley post, one reader chimed in to ask "why are you calling these Tedious?" Hmmm. With that light...
Similar to the Boring but Invaluable Statistics for Auburn posted yesterday, Maple Valley, WA where my office resides and located about 15 minutes northeast of Auburn, has it's own set of Tedius but Crucial Statistics. Tedious but Crucial Statistic #1: As with much of the area, home prices have f...
Yeah, I know ... stats are boring. Especially putting them together every month. But when helping a seller understand what they need to do to sell their house ... or why they'll likely get the price under discussion, or why a buyer could/should pay a particular price for a home, they're invaluabl...
 EDIT: 8/26: Yikes I misspelled the name -- just corrected it in the post title.
Working with real estate on a daily basis, I gotta tell you: "Now and then a good laugh is needed!" Forwarded to me by a friend, and yet another posting by the folks over at, this animation is hilarious! Oddly enough, I can truly imagine this going on. Good reason to turn the thing...
Keeping track of "stuff" is critical--you'll need a list such as this should you ever need to make an insurance claim. Be sure that you also periodically print a report listing your belongings and keep it in your safe or offsite (even better!). Thanks to Brett Pickett for this helpful link. I li...
I bought my first home in the mid-'70's, and then bought again in about 1983. Even though interest rates were "obscene," (seems like ours was somewhere around 17.5%) somehow we managed to make it work. Builders and sellers routinely bought down rates and prices were considerably lower. I was remi...
Like most agents, I talk almost daily with folks considering a home purchase. We talk through all of their wants and picture their dream house in vivid color. Within a very few minutes, however, I start asking the tough questions: How much can you afford? Have you been preapproved? With whom? May...
My daughter is currently shopping for a house outside of Washington State, where I'm licensed and practice. Although I cautioned her and her husband against making sign calls and suggesting (strongly!) that she work with a Realtor I interviewed on her behalf and recommend, they decided to make a ...


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