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By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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                                            One of the great, but little known amenities the city of Olympia offers, is the free downtown shuttle service called the Dash. The buses are easily recognized by their cool, colorful designs. The Dash service is quick, easy and free. You simply hop aboa...
Are you been looking for a way to get a bit more involved in Olympia?I have always enjoyed volunteering, thanks to my Mom & Dad and their encouragement in my childhood. But I had a hard time fitting Volunteering in between demands of personal time and a busy work schedule. And I really wanted to ...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 0
According to Sperling's best Places of Portland's security survey, the Olympia area ranked highest nationwide in security for mid-sized towns. The study looked, among other factors, at crime rates, life expectancy, risk of natural disasters and air quality. The people living in the South Sound ar...
Come in OUT of the Rain!Need a break from the hustle & bustle of the Holidays?Have you been neglecting your puggies exercise needs? (Raindrops are cold!) Then you should join me and my Lilly pug for an afternoon of INDOOR Pug Play! Lilly and I are part of a group that meets up semi-regularly just...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 8
With the weather getting colder and wetter, it's increasingly difficult to get the kids out of the house and active. To prevent cabin fever and for a way to spend quality time with the kids, I've compiled a local guide of fun destinations.Take a Trip to Westfield Shopping Center"Kids, we're going...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 2
Those pesky impact fees many cities charge for developing a new property are adding up to be quite a large chunk of change. The motivation behind charging impact fees is to recover the cost of added strain of the development on the public facilities, such as schools, roads, parks etc.The city of ...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 0
Sharing with those in need has just gotten easier. If you'd like to donate food items to the Thurston County Food Bank and you live on the west-side of Olympia, simply drop your items off at the Riley Jackson Real Estate office building at 1920 Black Lake Blvd. (next to Lumbermens).              ...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 5
                           In February 2007, Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. officially opened for business as a new brokerage in Olympia. It has differentiated itself through its dedication to exceptional service and outstanding business practices. Riley Jackson is home to 25 agents and has recen...
Will the ever changing Westfield Mall lose it's prized retail core status of Olympia within the next 10 years?Short answer - YESWith new developments along the I-5 corridor approximately 10 miles North in the Hawks Prairie area, national retailers will begin making choices as to which location op...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 3
The City of Olympia has a wonderful urban forestry program called NeighborWoods.  The goal is to have more tree lines streets, which add more appeal, provide shade and habitat. In exchange for planting and caring for the trees (watering, pruning, mulching), the city provides the trees for free. T...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 7
 This is the time of year when gargantuan spiders may take over your home and feed on your visitors...          When ghosts and witches descend on your neighborhood,...       and gory monsters inhabit the front yards,...    turning them into grave yards.   In my Olympia neighborhood, many residen...

By Abe Do
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The 137 acre master planned community is getting closer and closer as each day passes to realizing the dream that the Briggs Family began back in 1991.  Architects NBBJ initiated the first drawings of the master planned community in 1996 and finally with road improvements and the infrastructure i...
 Join your friends and neighbors and help out with the newest part of the Woodland Trail!  Volunteers are needed to plant the 10,000 plants along the Fones Rd crossing. Planting days are scheduled from 9:30 to 2 pm on Saturday November 17th and Saturday December 1st. Rain or Shine! As long as the...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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  ...is fortunately becoming more and more popular in the US. On Saturday the 6th of October the National Solar Tour, now in its 12th year, will showcase the use of solar power. One of the many tour locations is Olympia, where residences, as well as commercial buildings that use clean sources of ...

By Larry Wright
(nwRealty.Com)
Comments 8
I noticed the NWMLS announcements this weekend welcoming new Olympia and Thurston County members to the NWMLS ... and announcing the new Olympia Satellite Office.  I wasn't really surprised, but didn't expect this to happen at this time.  This is similar to what happened with the ole Tacoma-Pierc...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 10
 According to national media reporting, the average national foreclosure start rate is at record levels. This is blamed mostly on irresponsible sub-prime mortgage lending practices. A detailed picture shows that in most of the states the foreclosure start rates have actually declined.According to...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 9
... and you'll see why Olympia is considered the best place to live in Washington.Olympia is located on the southern tip of Puget Sound and offers great views of the Olympic Mountains, as well as Mt. Rainier. It is located right along the I-5 corridor and lies between Seattle and Portland. Housin...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 7
Do you have kids at home from school, or company staying with you, and you're wondering what to do and where to take them? Here is a list of events, attractions and things to do in the Olympia area during the summer.  Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village: http://www.pioneerfarmmuseum.org/F...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 4
It's not just the rain that makes things flourish here. Forbes Magazine recently ranked Washington as having one of the best business climates in the country. The state has gone from a budget deficit just a few years ago to a $1.2 billion in reserves. According to a news article in "The Olympian"...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 7
I live in Olympia's South Capitol Neighborhood, which is a nationally recognized historic district. As such, any remodeling plans have to be approved not just by the city, but also by the Olympia Heritage Commission. Many home buyers will not be aware of this requirement until they submit their p...

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