Vicki McLellan's Blog Posts

Vicki McLellan's Blog Posts

Lacey Real Estate News
For those buying and selling homes in Lacey, Washington --the market continues to move at a fast pace.  If you are interested in learning more about Lacey real estate news, yo...

Duck Dash
Are you looking for sunny Saturday fun?  Watch 12,000 rubber ducks race down the Deschutes River at Tumwater Falls Park during the Lacey Rotary Annual Duck Dash.  The fes...

Mason County Forest Festival In Shelton
Looking for something to do this weekend?  The Mason County Forest Festival is running May 29 through June 1 in Shelton, WA.  Some of the events include a creek run, para...

Middle Class Home Ownership In Olympia
President of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Steve Brown recently urged Congress that it was time to adopt policies to stem the decline in home ownership by the mid...

Case Shiller Index And Seattle Home Prices
You may have heard about home prices and the Case-Schiller housing index.  What does this national indicator mean in Washington State?  Well, Seattle is one of the cities...

Housing Index Up More Than 10 Percent
The real estate buzz this week comes from the Case-Shiller home price index.  It was up 10.9% overall across the nation.  Keep in mind that while this is a good sign of a...

Hands on Childrens Museum
If you haven't had a chance to see the Hands on Childrens Museum, it is well worth the visit to the waterfront area of Olympia.  "Since its founding in 1987, Hands On has evol...

Washington Housing Recovery Exceeds Expectations
The Washington Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, in a recent March release, indicated that Washington Housing Recovery continues to exceed expectations.  Data from the ho...

Home Affordability Rose in 2012
According to the National Association of Realtors, home affordability rose in 2012, leading to a record year for favorable conditions of prices, interest rates, and supply of homes...

Congratulations REMAX Four Seasons
Award winning brokerage REMAX Four Seasons - Pacific NW Region, Outstanding Brokerage of the Year.  The servingwateam.com brokers are very proud to be part of such a great bro...

House Sales Up in 2012
"Over the first 11 months of 2012, home sales were up 9% from the same period of the prior year; similar gains are projected for 2013." [Freddie Mac] We are having our own similar...

Interest Rates Predicted to Rise in 2013
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research was recently quoted, I would expect mortgage interest rates to gradually edge up over the course of 2013 so that they are around...

Housing Sales Trending Upwards into New Year
Existing home sales continued to improve in November with lower inventory supply pressuring home prices according to NAR (National Association of Realtors).  In a December pub...

Lacey Polar Bear Plunge
Yes, it is that time again....another year gone by, and now another event where people are preparing to jump into Long Lake with some very cold water.  The event will begin at...

Tips to Help Improve Your Home Search
Tips to Help Improve Your Home Search The National Association of Realtors says that the average search for a home takes around 12 weeks.  From experience as a professional r...

Great Tree Expert In Olympia
Tree Services in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater Professional real estate brokers are always on the look out for great home service providers.  I recently found myself needing to ha...

Rates Rates Rates Rates
Yes, you have heard this from me before --but it is worth saying it again.  Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.55 percent for the week ending Sept. 13, unchanged...

Housing Prices Up in Twenty Cities
According to Bloomberg, home prices have risen in June, in 20 cities across the country.  This is significant as a movement in prices has not been seen since the tax credit bo...

Boating in Puget Sound
We recently barged our boat down from Ketchikan, Alaska and have started learning about boating in different areas of Puget Sound.  With a relatively large and wide beamed out...

Cool Bus Stop Here
We have an excellent system of public transportation here in the south sound, particularly around the south sound area of Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey.  While traveling in Ita...

Interest Rates and Home Ownership
Interest rates and home ownership continue to be in the news.  We have been observing a couple of weeks of record low interest rates.  To put it into perspective, in 1982...

Prices Rates and Rents
A recent national survey returned some interesting perspectives on home ownership with regard to prices, rates, and rents.  Of those surveyed, the majority believed that both ...

Five Tips to Prepare your Home for Sale
5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale Taking a little time to get your home ready for showings will increase its value and shorten your sales time. Following are 5 things y...

Interest Rates Still Low
Word today is that Freddie Mac rates have dropped to an all time low, again!  3.78%!!!  The National Association of Realtors home affordability index is the highest in th...

Buyer Urgency in Real Estate
We know that realtors are known for their unending optimism about real estate; and yes I am one of them!  In my last blog, "Do What Warren Buffet Says", I pointed out how one ...

Do What Warren Buffet Says
Recently Warren Buffet advised Americans about one of his strategies to gain wealth by commenting, if it were practical to do so, "I'd buy a couple hundred thousand" single family ...

Top Five Reasons to Sell
Home owners have been staying in their houses longer, primarily due to the changes in our national and local housing markets.  There are still some common reasons for selling ...

Buying Investment Properties Today
Buying investment properties can be an excellent way to invest right now, especially if you have the money to invest.  Many people have become disillusioned with the performan...

Why Do You Need A Home Inspection
Every once in a while, someone asks me, why do I need a home inspection?  For most persons, a home will be the most significant purchase and investment they make in their life...

Post Snow and Ice Storm Activities
The recent snow, and particularly the ice storm that followed, certainly impacted Western Washington.  One of the areas that sustained a great deal of damage was in the areas ...

If You Havent Heard
If you haven't heard, mortgage rates at still at historical lows...with Freddie Mac reporting an average of 3.89% this past week ending January 13th.  To put this into perspec...

Adult Children Living At Home
Adult children living at home is one of the main reasons that Dave Liniger, founder of RE/MAX, cites for helping the housing market in 2012.  Ordinarily 5 million adult c...

Tips for Selling Your Home Today
In our current market, there are several things you can do to increase the appeal of your home that is for sale. Pricing - in addition to location, location, location, the next ...

Home Sales Higher than a Year Ago
According to the RE/MAX national housing report, which is a survey of 53 metro areas, October sales were up 9.0% from last year.  Most real estate brokers will tell you that a...

Short Sales and You
Short Sales have been in the news more and more, alongside the reports on foreclosures.  So what exactly is a short sale?   In a short sale, the homeowner sells the hous...

Remax Videos Online and on TV
On the lighter side of real estate, RE/MAX is known for coming up with some very humorous videos & commercials.  Kick, where buyers sitting on the sidelines are humourousl...

Home Buyers Love FHA Loans
Home buyers love FHA loans, an institution that has been around since the 1930's.  Basically, FHA insures loans, and this insurance helps reduce the risk lenders may face shou...

Lowest Interest Rate Ever
Last week, interest rates dropped to what is believed to be the lowest level ever in the U.S.  Experts contend that rates are lower now than in the 1940's when veterans had a ...

Investing in Rental Real Estate
If you have been thinking about investing in rental real estate, the low home prices, combined with low interest rates makes this an appealing time to buy. While it may appear to ...

The Home Price Recovery
Home prices are a local phenomenon. This is particularly true when looking to the national news, where home price recovery is held out to be slipping away in our time of economic ...

Real Estate Recovery Positive Outlook
So what exactly is a real estate recovery? If you follow the real estate markets, there is an abundance of information, some good and some that is just based upon sound bites. In...

Is NOW the Time to Buy
Is now the time to buy a home? With interest rates remaining at historic lows & a portion of the Puget Sound region poised to rebound, many of the experts suggest that the answer ...

What is a Buyers Agent
What is a Buyers Agent and why do you need one? A Buyer’s Agent works only for the Buyer in a real estate transaction. The Listing Broker is contractually obligated to repre...

Home Prices and the Double-Dip
Turn on the news in the morning in the Puget Sound area, and hear the anchorwoman tease a story coming up next, “Next we will find out from our expert whether we will be in a dou...

Election Season in Thurston County
Election season is underway again in Thurston County, WA for 2011. Are you curious about who has filed early in their bid for public office in the area? Check out the link to the...

Five Reasons to Buy A Home Now
1. We are experiencing some of the lowest house prices in years, including bargains in short sales and bank owned homes in and around Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater. No one truly k...


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