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Real Estate Agent - Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty
Texting is not exactly my favorite method of communication.  And one of the more frustrating aspects of texting is typing out my name when I am texting someone who doesn't know me.  I found that using Short Cuts can make texting much easier for me.  Instead of pecking out my name and company, I s...
You probably can guess who the 8 most important people are that you need to know when buying a home but how do you find the "good" ones?  The ones that can make your transaction happen, not break it?   With all of these 8 most important people, these professionals all have several key traits in ...
How can you judge a Realtor by their shoes?  Are they pristine and flawless?  Or are they decades old and worn?  A shoe can tell you a lot about a person. My shoes are my resume.  Here is a tour of my 3-month-old shoes that have served me well but will need to be retired.  I loved these shoes but...
BeFunky - not just an attitude but a great (FREE) photo editor app is an app I just discovered for my iPhone.  I've been having a blast with this!   BeFunky really is a very powerful and fun app to use to create fun photos, and to improve those that didn't turn out so well!  You can check it out ...
Taking a walking tour of the South Capitol neighborhood of Olympia WA is a walk through Olympia’s history. The South Capitol neighborhood is what is says – it is just south of the Capitol building and campus. Residents are not only close to the Capitol but they can also get to downtown and the wa...
Lightning strikes in Olympia WA on a hot August night 2014!   It's not often that Olympia WA gets struck by lightning, so when it does, I along with a lot of other shutter bugs get out and try to capture it.  I was able to get this with my iPhone as the lightning lit up the lower layer of the cl...
Thurston County Fair 2014 is in full swing between now and August 3rd, 2014.   When:  July 30 - August 3, 2014, 10 AM to 10 PM, except open until 8 PM on Sunday, August 3rd Where:  Thurston County Fair Grounds 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey WA 98503 Admission:  $7 with other fees for seniors and k...
Discovering the wild side of McAllister Park, Olympia WA    While out walking in McAllister Park in Olympia WA, I discovered the Serengeti.  Dry yellowed grass surrounded this lone tree as it stretched up to the sky, hoping for a few drops of rain.                 I walked a little further to ge...
This cumulus cloud looks like Mount Rainier has erupted!  I snapped this shot today before this cloud dissipated but it did look like Mount Rainier was steaming and getting ready to erupt (with a little imagination!).   Mount Rainier is the largest mountain and volcano in the lower 48 states.  I...
Geeks will rule the world, right? Or is that the nerds? But in either case, buyers and sellers should have a tech-savvy Realtor on their side.    I’d like to share with you what happened when I represented my sellers with a tech-UN-savvy buyer’s agent. I felt horrible for these buyers as their a...

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