Gabrielle's Blog--SW Washington State

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Real Estate Agent - RE/MAX Realty South - WA State: 75600
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?
Truly! Snow is coming! The world will come to an end in Auburn in three days! At least so say the weather stations. The greater Puget Sound metropolitan area is a unique place when it snows. We’re hilly around here and our typical warm ocean breezes prevent us from getting much in the way of sign...
One of the very first steps in the home buying process is determining how a Buyer will pay for their new home. Not only must a Buyer determine much they can afford, but how an offer must be structured--whether closing costs must be paid by a Seller, gift funds will be used for a down payment, ho...
The end of the year is a good time to take a look back and see how things shaped up. After all of the negative press, residential real estate sales in Auburn improved, both for the month of December 2011, and year over year compared to 2010. Here’s a quick look at the numbers:     Who says the ec...
And the Sellers are so excited! I’m always excited as well when a good offer comes in on a listing and we’re able to negotiate the finer points resulting in an accepted contract. The Sellers will be ticking off the very short list of requested repairs in the next few days … seems like there’s alw...
Apparently, one of the signs of aging is when your eldest son calls and says "did you have a good New Year's Eve Mom?" Me: "Yes, of course! We went to a friend's home and had a very good time." Him: "So ... what time did you get home? 9:30? 10:00? I know that's really late for you ..." Me: "No, i...
By all indications, it appears that 2012 will be a year with even more short sale listings … and closings than 2011. Some of the major banks have embraced the idea that short sales can be a bit more profitable than letting houses sit for months on end and then ultimately end up in foreclosure. Wi...
Like many, you may have been sitting impatiently on the fence for the last three years hoping for a miracle that would allow you to sell your existing home without sacrificing too much more equity … and buy at today’s price and interest rate. At least once a week I get a call from a previous clie...
Everyone now and then a house just captures imagination. Such is definitely the case for this unique house located in Wales, UK. This “hobbit” house was built completely by the owner, for an amazing sum of less than $5,000. It reminds me of the fairy tale houses of childhood stories. Just imagine...
I’m especially honored in 2011 to have been chosen as a Five Star Professional in their real estate category. I’m new to this one, so please forgive me as I carry on for a moment about this special award. It’s my understanding that this award is the result of polling of both the homeowners and ot...
We're hard at work baking Christmas cookies this morning, so hope you'll forgive the early Christmas message. No 'nog' involved (darn it ... too early in the day) ... but the tunes are playing and I've a few minutes between batches so thought I'd send this along now. The Irishman to whom I am mar...


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