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2008 

"A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes" - Mark Twain Mr. Twain's words sum up, for me anyway, exactly what we've experienced over the last two years in my local real estate world. For months we were barraged with media reports and Chicken Little articles tel...
12/29/2008
Fortunately we didn't lose power during last night's storm. I didn't sleep well (wind can be LOUD!) and our Furnace decided to go on strike about 2 am which didn't make things any cozier. But sometimes being snowbound can be fun (at least that's how I'm choosing to look at the blizzard outside my...
12/21/2008
Yesterday I received an email from our local Chamber of Commerce, forwarded from the City of Maple Valley regarding a NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Association) storm warning. The language of the email was pretty concerning: "NOAA considers a warning to be an imminent or occurring weather ev...
12/20/2008
If you're among the lucky ones who are ready and able to buy your first or next home now or in the near future you're likely to find yourself many options from which to choose. Whenever I meet with new clients for the first time, I usually try to determine their wants vs. needs. A need would be t...
12/18/2008
  Although the whole thing has given Carson cold feet, our little Northwest "Winter Storm" (conveniently falling on a Friday night)has done what nothing heretofore has been able to do....get me in the Christmas spirit It started about 8 pm last night   And even though by this morning, the snow wa...
12/13/2008
I put together my first bank owned property report for the Maple Valley market almost  one year ago. Back then I said: " Currently (as of 12.26.07) there are 4 Bank Owned Properties for sale in the Maple Valley market, this is a higher number than we've seen in the past, but certainly better than...
12/11/2008
  I spoke with Wes at the Maple Valley Food Bank yesterday after hearing a rumor that they had run out of food and temporarily closed their doors.  Evidently the rumor was wrong. They are not out of food, however they are running very low on food-especially milk. Wes told me it's not just Maple V...
12/10/2008
These numbers reflect single family homes listed and sold through NWMLS and do not represent any "by owner" transactions which may have closed. Through November 30, 2007 there were 736 homes closed with the average sales price being $439,481 Through November 30, 2008 there were 399 homes closed w...
12/09/2008
I've been told I have good bones and am in better than average condition. I'm definitely not what you would call "high maintenance".  I'm not too small, not too big and really don't have any weird quirks about me. I don't have any odors or "history" and am squeaky clean all the time. So why aren'...
12/07/2008
Monday mornings usually find me full of energy and ideas for the coming week....a new beginning. But after the long holiday weekend (and finally having the house back "to normal") I'm feeling more like the week needs to be ending rather than beginning all over again. Maybe it's that this first da...
12/01/2008
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