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Agent Spotlight – PATTY MILLER!

Patty Miller with RE/MAX Professionals in Olympia, WA is a life-long learner. She has many designations and is working on acquiring even more (CRS, ABR, ASR, CDPE, CRES…)!! When asked why she chooses to work with RE/MAX Professionals – she says it’s the culture of like-minded hard working Brokers that appeals to her most. She has been with RE/MAX for 11 of her 14 years in real estate. If you know Patty, you know she’s passionate about all she does.

Top tips to help first-timers navigate the fast-paced housing market

If you’re ready to stop renting and start enjoying the benefits of home ownership, finding the perfect house within your price range can seem daunting, especially in a seller’s market. Keep these things in mind when you are shopping for your first home. Keep an eye on your credit score The interest rate of your mortgage matters a great deal. Even a fraction of a percentage can add (or subtract) thousands of dollars over the life of a 30-year loan. One thing that

5 Tips for buying your retirement home

Planning for retirement means making a lot of decisions, including when you’ll stop working, how much you’ll withdraw from your savings each year, and where you’ll live. Many Americans view retirement as an opportunity to move into a new home; in fact, 64 percent of retirees either have moved or plan to move. Ready to begin planning for your golden years? Here are five tips to get you started. Location, location, location Ideally, you should think about where you want to live

5 Tips for Purchasing a Home in a Seller’s Market

Purchasing a home in a seller’s market doesn’t have to be challenging. Some preparation and a strategy may give you an advantage over other potential buyers and increase your chances of having your offer accepted by a seller. Get lender preapproval or prequalification. Determine your loan options and obtain a pre-approval letter from a lender prior to beginning the home search. Some homes are going under contract within days, if not hours, so being able to move quickly with financing is

Who are today’s aspiring buyers?

The National Association of Realtors recently released the 2018 Aspiring Home Buyers Profile. Of the non-homeowners surveyed, 46 percent were age 34 or younger, 57 percent earn less than $50,000 annually and 81 percent live in urban or suburban areas. Let’s look at the mindset of these potential buyers: Homeownership Goals  According to the survey, 82 percent reported future homeownership goals, with 58 percent saying now is a good time to buy. So why aren’t more first-time buyers coming to the

9 Great Memorial Day Getaways throughout Washington State!

With its magnificent, diverse terrain, Washington State offers a wealth of fantastic travel destinations. You’ll find everything from breathtaking coastal scenery and wild driftwood-strewn beaches to dramatic mountains and glistening lakes with charming towns tucked in between. If you’re trying to make through the many options here, we’ve narrowed it down for you by providing some of the very best escapes for Memorial Day weekend in Washington. Click the following link to visit TripsToDiscover.com and find a great Memorial Day

Agent Spotlight – PATTY MILLER!

Patty Miller with RE/MAX Professionals in Olympia, WA is a life-long learner. She has many designations and is working on acquiring even more (CRS, ABR, ASR, CDPE, CRES…)!! When asked why she chooses to work with RE/MAX Professionals – she says it’s the culture of like-minded hard working Brokers that appeals to her most. She has been with RE/MAX for 11 of her 14 years in real estate. If you know Patty, you know she’s passionate about all she does.

Easy Lawn Care Tips!

By Kath Johnson Longer days and blossoming flowers of spring mean that it is time to prepare your lawn to spend more time outdoors. These lawn care tips can ensure that your lawn is lush and ready to go for the season and into the heat of summer. 1. Dethatch Dethatch to rid your lawn of dying or dead grass. Lawns do well with less than a ½ inch of thatch but will begin to suffocate if there’s too much.

Top 10 Hikes in Washington State

No plans for the weekend? Why not take a hike? No, I don’t mean that sarcastically. There are tons of beautiful hikes in Washington! I’ve compiled a list of hikes, in order of difficulty. Not an avid hiker? That’s okay! Start out with the hikes at the beginning and challenge yourself to reach the more difficult routes over time. It’s all about setting goals! (Photo: Jessie Hay, Flickr) Wildside Trail Location: Issaquah Alps (Cougar Mountain) Distance: 4.2 miles Gain: 489 ft. Highest Point: 1122 ft. Difficulty: Easy Notes: This

5 Budgeting Tips For Homebuying

By Jessica Thiefels Buying a home will likely be one of the biggest financial transactions you make, and preparing your budget beforehand makes the home buying process much less stressful. The following tips and expert insight can help you get your budget in order before you make the big transaction. 1. Organize Your Finances You may know how much you have in your checking and savings accounts, but do you know how much you spend on household expenses each month?