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?
I have a client that loves to send me little jokes and ditties every now and then. He’s just slightly older than I am and loves to pontificate about how prices are outrageous and how he can’t imagine how people can afford to live any more. In some respects, of course, he’s absolutely right. But i...
Yesterday I posted information about what to do as soon as you fall behind in your mortgage payments. As a second step in the foreclosure process in Washington State, the Foreclosure Fairness Act stipulates that if your loan is through one of the big banks, after receiving notice that a Notice of...
In Washington State, folks that get behind on their house payments have options as described in the Foreclosure Fairness Act. The Act prescribes a series of steps to which a homeowner is entitled prior to any auction of their home. One of the first steps a lender must take for a home in Washingto...
Five months in the making … and here it is! Congratulations to a VERY excited first time home buyer! May you enjoy many many years in your new house! And who wouldn’t – all that brand new space just for you, combined with an awesome view of Mt. Rainier and the foothills! Whoo hooo!!! There’s a m...
How about starting the New Year in a New House? One that's beautifully kept, has a fantastic floor plan, sits at the end of a culdesac in a small neighborhood with no through traffic ... and that backs to a greenbelt too!? AND was just reduced in price! Good grief, this is a better value than eve...
  Thanksgiving is almost here .. almost! Just a few days away. In our family, that means the kids come to our home with grandchildren in tow (“I’m” the grandma now), with special treats tucked in baskets, games to play and visiting to be done. We’ll spend 2-3 days chasing the little ones around w...
A few days ago, the Seattle Times reported that when comparing home prices in King County in October 2011 to October 2010 a ”puzzling” drop of 15% occurred. Since I represent very knowledgeable clients in the south King County as well, I thought I’d better be sure I understood those numbers for m...
Yes, daylight savings time ends on Sunday at 2am. You’ll see plenty of posts reminding you to set your clock back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night … that’s the no-brainer part. But with a little tongue-in-cheek creativity, I thought you might find it helpful to examine just what s...
In my practice, FHA loans are used for the majority of home purchases. At the moment, without a doubt, an FHA 203(b) is the most logical choice. Credit score qualifications start at about 580 (depending on the lending institution involved), interest rates are awesome, the minimum down payment req...
I know ... I'm often considered naive in my "political" opinions. Probably rightly so most of the time. After all, I'm just a hard-workin' self-employed real estate broker out here in south King County, home of the working folks. Most of us around here go to work every day doing whatever it is th...


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