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I made a mistake today.  I gave a knee-jerk reponse to someone asking for my advice, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that I was wrong.A fellow Navy spouse and Kitsap Moms Meetup member emailed me earlier.  She and her family will be PCSing in early summer of 2009, and she wanted...
What is the absorption rate in your area?  Do you know?  Do you use them in your listing presentations?The absorption rate is the percentage of homes on the market that sell in any given month.  The absorption rate assumes that no other homes will be listed before the current inventory runs out. ...
Let me ask you this:If your financial advisor suggested you buy a certain stock and the company tanked, costing you tens of thousands of dollars, would you keep asking the same financial advisor for his advice?  What if your financial advisor declared personal bankruptcy? Would you rush to purcha...
I am not a stupid person.  (At least, my mother tells me I'm not.)  But I can't keep up with all the social networking that apparently needs to take place in the Web 2.0 world. I can barely keep up with the routine internet marketing available for my listings!I set up a MySpace page, and hardly e...
Well, I certainly got your attention, didn't I?Yes, seriously, you can make $100 for doing a few simple things that many of us should be doing anyway - saving and investing.  Perhaps there is another, less risky, short-term way to do that than investing and buying a home in Bremerton, in Kitsap C...
I got a jump start on Valentine's Day pop-by visits this year, and spent the better part of two days reconnecting with my old sphere.  I bought some cute little plastic jars at Walmart, filled them with candy, and delivered them to some people I haven't spoken to in a while. What a great experien...
I started blogging because of Active Rain.  Most of my posts have been to the Active Rain website, then I may cross-post to my other blog.  But everything goes here, on AR.  My point in blogging is to become the expert, the one who knows all kinds of stuff about Bremerton and Kitsap County, espec...
My life has not been an easy one.  I am not complaining, mind you.  It is just a statement of fact.  I was a child of divorce, then remarriage into a navy family.  A good life, but one with special challenges.  At the age of ten, I developed Diabetes Type I.   It is not a disease to be taken ligh...
"We want to buy a house, and we're probably going to use our VA loan.  Can you tell us how much we can afford?  We'd like to keep our payments below our BAH."I can't tell you how many times I have heard young military couples (and a few singles) tell me this.  It's a good goal, but I have to tell...
The good news is that BAH rates went up for every paygrade in Kitsap County in 2008.  The bad news?  Well, it didn't go up much for some paygrades.For enlisted with dependents, BAH went up an average of 10%.  Officers with dependents saw an average increase of about 12%.  Don't get too excited, t...

Marlene Scheffer

Realtor to Kitsap County, WA
local_phone(360) 377-5699
smartphone(360) 689-6836
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Here you will find my thoughts and insights into the real estate market in general, as well as tips for Sellers, Buyers, current Homeowners and other real estate agents. Many of the market updates will apply specifically to Kitsap County, in other words, Silverdale, Bremerton, Poulsbo, Port Orchard, Kingston, and all areas in between. Many of the trends seen in Kitsap will overflow to surrounding cities, such as Gig Harbor, Belfair, Allyn, and even Bainbridge Island. I hope you will find this blog helpful and useful.