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, you can learn more

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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 festivities begin at

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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, parade, pancake

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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 middle class. 

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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 that is tracked.

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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 activity in the

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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 evolved from a

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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 housing market

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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.  2013 is

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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 brokerage, covering

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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 recovery in the

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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 3.8% by the end

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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 publication, NAR

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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 noon on January

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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 real estate broker,

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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 have a couple of

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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 from last week

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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 boost in 2010.  

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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 outboard configured

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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 Italy, we made use of

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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, 30 year fixed

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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 prices and

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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 you can do to

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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 the first quarter of

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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 of America's

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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 homes.  That

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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 a home: For the

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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 performance of their 401k,

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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.  As a

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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 around Olympia,

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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 perspective, interest

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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 children between 18

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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 most important

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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 as we settle in for

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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 house for less than

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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 humourously kicking

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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 should the buyer

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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 special loan

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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 be simple to just

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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 uncertainty. What

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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 our world of

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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 to question is.

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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 represent the Seller.

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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 double-dip recession

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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 Secretary of,

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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 knows when prices

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