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Join us in applauding our #amazingagents!

During a special luncheon at Seattle Children’s Hospital, our Olympia office was honored as the @cmnhospitals Top Miracle Office for 2017! Because these #makingmiracles donations stay local, it means that the agents supported @SeattleChildrensHospital with over $20,000 in personal donations using the RE/MAX Miracle Home and CMN Honor Card systems. Collectively our six offices donated almost $55,000 to their local CMN hospitals. In addition, Scott Cowan was honored as the #5 Individual Miracle Agent in our region. #CMNHospitals   #REMAX4Kids 

First-time homebuyers: You’re closer to a down payment than you think!

For many first-time buyers, saving for a down payment is the most difficult step in the home-buying process. However, it’s a common misconception that you always need 20 percent down to buy a home. Here’s the lowdown on the most popular low-down alternative payment options: FHA Loan – Traditionally the mortgage of choice for first-time buyers, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) offers government-insured loans with as little as 3.5 percent down. The most popular FHA loan option, the 203(b), is widely

Paw-sitive Reinforcement: 5 Ways to Help Pets Adjust After a Move

Moving can be stressful for every family member – including the four-legged ones. Every animal reacts differently to new living quarters, and temperament has a lot to do with it. Some pets take a move in stride, while others exhibit anxiety or insecurity for days or weeks. Here are 5 things to consider as the big move approaches and after you’re in your new home. 1. A little help from the vet Ask your veterinarian for recommendations on easing the

Light it Up: Add Vibe to Your Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor lighting isn’t just for the holidays. You can illuminate your outdoor living areas any time of year. Stringed bulbs are becoming a “hot” outdoor trend this year. These outdoor clear, vintage lights have big rounded bulbs that can really create a festive flair in a backyard. They’re reminiscent of the lights used at an outdoor street fair. Homeowners are draping them across the top of their pergola, or along their back deck. Some owners may stretch them above and across

Join us in applauding our #amazingagents!

During a special luncheon at Seattle Children’s Hospital, our Olympia office was honored as the @cmnhospitals Top Miracle Office for 2017! Because these #makingmiracles donations stay local, it means that the agents supported @SeattleChildrensHospital with over $20,000 in personal donations using the RE/MAX Miracle Home and CMN Honor Card systems. Collectively our six offices donated almost $55,000 to their local CMN hospitals. In addition, Scott Cowan was honored as the #5 Individual Miracle Agent in our region. #CMNHospitals   #REMAX4Kids 

Tiny Home Plans? 5 Tips for Downsizing  

Whether you wish to reduce your impact on the environment or just want to live a simpler life, downsizing may be the next big step to reaching your tiny home plans. If you’re ready to take the leap to downsize and declutter, here are a few tips to help get you started. 1. Understand WANTS vs NEEDS The line between wants and needs is often blurry, and separating them can be tough. Instead of playing the guessing game and tricking yourself into

6 easy, affordable smart home features that could help a house sell faster

Fresh paint on the walls, professional staging and an asking price that ends in 999 — when you’re selling your home, you’ll do whatever you can to help it stand out and sell faster. Because the National Association of Realtors is predicting modest growth for the 2017 real estate market, as a seller you want every edge you can get. And on the heels of the popular Consumer Electronics Show in January, perhaps that edge is a smarter home. “Smart home features

Join RE/MAX in Supporting #ChildrensHospitalsWeek

RE/MAX agents’ passion for helping others extends beyond home sales and purchases. Since 1992, through a partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, RE/MAX Affiliates have raised more than $167 million dollars to help sick and injured children. And we’re just getting started! To celebrate the amazing things being done and the miracles yet to come, we’re inviting you to join us March 5-11 in celebrating #ChildrensHospitalsWeek. Here are five ways you can get involved to help support the initiative: 1. Ask

Ready for RE/MAX R4 Convention?

From February 26th until March 1st the top Real Estate Professionals will converge on Las Vegas to discover essential new skills, get motivated for greatness and celebrate 45 years of RE/MAX! This year’s R4 is packed full of sessions and events that will energize your business and set you on a path for an incredible year. And if that’s not enough … come rock the night away with a private performance by none other than Jon Bon Jovi and The

Virtual Reality in Real Estate goes BIG in 2018!

Virtual Reality in Real Estate The day many tech lovers have been waiting for is here: Google Daydream View is now available in stores. The new virtual reality headset connects with a smartphone (specifically, Google Pixel) to immerse users in their favorite games, movies or even the latest news story. And at just $79, Daydream is making VR technology more accessible to consumers than ever before. But the uses of virtual reality technology go beyond entertainment. Here are a few ways VR is