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By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Take an Election Year Media Diet Today I'm talking about diets. Not a fun word! However, we all need to go on a media diet right now and be very careful about what we are looking at, reading, listening to, watching on TV and consuming from the internet. I'm telling you, right now, we need to go on a media diet because not all the media that you are watching and listening to is healthy or good for you. Just like how too much sugar isn't good for your body, too much fat is no good - too much news that is incorrect or misleading in its reporting is not good. I'm going to give you two great examples from today's media that illustrate exactly what I mean. Today in the media, first thing, early morning after I finish my Hour of Power, an article shows up in my news feed that is talking about...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES REAL ESTATEJust SoldSOLD 5/2/24: Park Place unit 3N-Week F, #OceanShores, WA.This Ocean Front Timeshare can be used up to 5 weeks per year on a set schedule. It features 2 BD, 1.75 BA, 950 sq.ft. Located on the top floor, so it has vaulted ceilings.Sold for $6,000 cash.Congratulations to my Sellers and to my Buyer...all are very happy!I praise God for His blessings. :-)
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES REAL ESTATEJust Sold SOLD 4/30/24: 2 Lots ~ 475 Inlet Ave, hashtag#OceanShores, WA; and 1261 Storm King Ave, hashtag#OceanShores, WA.The first is located near the Beach and Downtown. The second is located in the Jetty Area.Sold for $41K and $49K cash, respectively.Congratulations to my Sellers! Also to Cindy T. and Kim C., Buyers' Brokers.I praise God for His blessings.
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Nestled south of downtown Spokane, Washington, South Hill is a picturesque district that perfectly blends historic charm and modern convenience. This area is known for its beautiful basalt rock cliff that overlooks the city and is home to some of Spokane’s most treasured residences. As we explore the Spokane, WA, South Hill real estate, you'll discover why this unique neighborhood continues to attract discerning homebuyers.Why South Hill is a Top Choice for Home BuyersA Glimpse into South Hill’s Rich HistorySouth Hill’s streets are lined with homes that speak volumes of the area’s rich historical narrative. Many of these homes bear the distinctive marks of their era, with some proudly listed in Historic Registries, highlighting their significant artistic and cultural value. The presence...
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By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Barriers in Your Business If your business is not where you want it to be, it is because one or more barriers are keeping you from achieving this new level of success. Many business owners feel stuck at one point or another, but they don't take the time or have the perspective to determine the cause of the gridlock. If you know a more-successful business is in your grasp and want to breakthrough, here are 5 steps you can take to begin to remove those barriers: Step 1: Know Where You Are Going It is difficult to determine the obstacles if you don't even know where you are going. Is your goal to sell x number of units or increase your income by y? Is it to achieve a certain level of sales that results in an award? Is it being able to afford the dream vacation you have always wanted? What...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES REAL ESTATEJust SoldSOLD 4/17/24: Park Place unit 1N-Week E, #OceanShores, WA.This Timeshare features 2 BD, 1.75 BA, 950 sq.ft. on the beautiful Pacific Ocean near the Jetty. Ground-floor, north-unit.Sold for $3,850 cash.Congratulations to my Sellers!!! They were so sweet to work with, and very appreciative of my work on this listing/sale.And I thank God for His blessings.
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES REAL ESTATEJust SoldSOLD 4/15/24: Polynesian unit 106, #OceanShores, WA.This is a hotel condo located in downtown Ocean Shores at 615 Ocean Shores Blvd NW. This unit is a studio with 2 queen beds and a full bath.Sold for $14,400 cash.Congratulations to my Sellers!!! Also, thanks to Eric B., Buyer's Broker, for working with me. And I do thank God for His blessings. :-)
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By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Buyer Brokerage Agreements This week's Zebra Report is an important one. With all the laws changing around buyer-brokerage agreements, it is so important to know that soon, before a buyer can even go look at a house with you, that you will need to get them to sign a buyer-brokerage agreement. Even today, I recommend that when you begin providing your buyer with real estate services that you have a buyer services agreement in place. Now, the challenge with that is that they may not know you very well. Maybe they are calling you because they saw your sign in their neighborhood and are thinking, "Hey, I'll just give this agent a call and maybe they can show me a home." That means that you need to be able to have these kinds of discussions. It also means that many buyers are going to go on...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Both New Listings and Pending Sales Moved Up, with New Listings taking a slight Lead.After the slow start at the first of the year, two key items show improvement: Active Listings caught up to last year's mark; and Pending Units came in 10.32% higher.The lower level of Sold Units is a reflection of how January and February were slower for sales than they were for the same two months one year ago.The next chart shows the 3-month rolling average Trend for Pending Home Sales in Vancouver. With the the trend-line catching up to 2023's line, and March actually exceeding it, perhaps we are now seeing the activity level coming up off the Low for this cycle:Next we show the 3-month rolling average trend for Closed Unit Sales for pre-existing homes in Vancouver WA:We see in the above 3-month tre...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
This week has been busy making videos with 4 shorts completed and 1 long version - below - and with today's post's video being a catch up. As mentioned in the video intro, I missed a step videoing and explaining a step to get to where I am - the permit approval video with a few picture inlays. Hope you enjoy and thank you for tuning in.
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
A Nice Up-Tick in New Listings and Pending Sales; While Sales Prices Remained Unchanged from Last Month.With warmer weather coming into the area, we have seen a nice move up in both Active Listings and Pending Sales; while Closed Sales moved up only slightly; and the Average Sales Price also moved up slightly, as shown in our first graphic below:The increase in Active Listings is a welcome improvement over last month, as the January statistic was only one (1) unit higher than January 2023! With the improvement in available homes to purchase, it is also a welcome sign to see strong improvement in the Pending Sales.Our next graphic shows the 3 month rolling average trend for Pending Sales, covering the current year plus the 5 previous years:This month we can clearly see a somewhat strong ...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES REAL ESTATEJust SoldSOLD 3/19/24: Park Place unit 1S-Week J, #OceanShores, WA.This Ocean front Timeshare features 2 BD, 1.75 BA, 950 sq.ft. to be used 5 weeks per year.Sold for $2,000 cash.Congratulations to my Buyer and Sellers!!! They both were great to work with on this!!! 🙂I thank God for His blessings.
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By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Website Reveal: Kelly Burns The International Builder Show in Last Vegas is like Disneyland for me. Not just the Builder Show, but I got to go to the Kitchen & Bath show too! I loved it. This week I want to give you some highlights and take-aways that I think brokers need to be aware of when providing service to both buyers and sellers. Right now, you have a lot of homeowners that are getting ready to go to market and they may be thinking of what kinds of things they may need to update to get top dollar. As their agent, you should be knowledgeable of new home trends. Let's talk trends for a moment and start with countertops. Gone are the days when the only choice was quartz. Wilsonart has a new line of Thinscape countertop that you cannot even tell that the product isn't quartz. For do...
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By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Website Reveal: Kelly Burns Kelly Burns is an experienced broker, whose background includes 25 years of title and escrow work. Already connected to the real estate industry, when a friend suggested she become a broker, she quickly transitioned into her new role and found a profession to love. Following on the heels of completing Kelly's real estate business branding, it was time to execute on creating her custom website to match. Kelly's brand had a clear direction with clean lines throughout, a confident grey marble texture that could compliment any listing photo or other content, a pop of spring color, and her incredible tree-house logo. This would be a great brand to build a website on. After talking to Kelly about her needs, we had a clear list of priorities that her own perfect we...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
For this YouTube Thursday, here is the latest video in the Build a Shop series. The video is a brief update on the personal shop and its progress yet totally highlights I skipped making a Permit Approval video. I'll get that made while I continue to film the progress. 
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Spokane Restaurants: Uncovering GemsSpokane, Washington, a city in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, is more than just its stunning natural beauty. It boasts a burgeoning culinary scene as diverse and flavorful as the surrounding landscapes. In this article, we'll take you on a gastronomic adventure through Spokane restaurants, uncovering hidden gems, indulging in farm-to-table delights, exploring international flavors, and much more!Spokane's culinary landscape is dotted with hidden treasures and charming eateries that might not make the top of tourist guides but are beloved by locals for their authenticity and flavor. The Fig Tree Restaurant: Tucked away in a historic building, The Fig Tree offers a fine dining experience focusing on locally sourced ingredients. Their seasonal menu ...
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By J. Casey Losh, CEO
(Ewing and Clark)
Northwest MLS MarketTransactions across the Northwest MLS, have been down the last two years.  For example, during the 5 years between, 2017 and 2022, the average of number of sales in February was 5,426 .  Furthermore, the least amount of sales transactions during that time was in February 2019 being 5,145.  In contrast, the past two Februarys the number of sales was 4,258 in 2023 and 4,189 in 2024.   Nevertheless, the median price has generally trended up, with 2023 the only year to see a dip from the previous year.  Median price across the NWMLS in February 2017 was $335,515 and now this past February median price was $608,111.Seattle Real Estate MarketSeattle has generally followed similar trends as the overall NWMLS real estate market, but February 2024 bucked the trend of the rece...
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By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Microsoft Publisher's Days Are Numbered 975 to be exact. Last week, Microsoft announced they would no longer be supporting Microsoft Publisher as of October, 2026. Here's their official statement: "In October 2026, Microsoft Publisher will reach its end of life. After that time, it will no longer be included in Microsoft 365 and existing on-premises suites will no longer be supported. Until then, support for Publisher will continue and users can expect the same experience as today." Our designers at The Lones Group have known for a while this is coming. The writing has been on the wall. While other companies that provide design software have been continuing to innovate over the last few years, we haven't been seeing Microsoft put their research and development into the Microsoft Publis...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
It has been crazy to say the least. Monday was a really big day in the shop build progression.Monday, Ford Crane came to the house and boomed a 16x16 playhouse approximately 120ft across the back yard. I had to dig out the playhouse foundation to make way for steal i-beam supports - they can be seen in the video. Then the crane company setup spreader bars and started moving - a longer video is in the works. It took 2 picks to move and set the playhouse into its new home.One YT commenter asked "but why?". A fair question. The playhouse is 16'x16' (256sf) and was situated where the new shop is to be built. The playhouse is sided with hardi-board, has vinyl windows, sheetrock, tongue and grove ceiling, and flooring so it was far cheaper to move than replace.It went so smooth and the playho...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Update: 3/7/2024The following graphic is provided courtesy of RMLS in the SW Washington / Oregon region, and showing the activity for the week of February 23 to 29, 2024 in Southwest Washington (includes Clark County WA and Vancouver WA):For this, the final week of February we see a decrease in New Listings - an element we sorely need to see improvement - maybe we'll see it soon?As expected the time on the market is speeding up, and with Active Listings so low, this element will be quite hot again soon.We have a mixed signal on Price, with the Average slightly down; and the Median with a gain. It is easy to expect prices to rise again with so few homes available for purchase.------The following graphic is provided courtesy of RMLS in the SW Washington / Oregon region, and showing the ac...
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