Marysville, WA Real Estate News

By Joni Kerley
(CENTURY21 Real Estate Center)
Welcome to the neighborhood of Centennial Trails! Located just east from the corner of 67th Ave. NE and 100th St. in Marysville WA. across the valley and up the hill is where you will find this great neighborhood of half acre lots.  Some of the lots have a nice view of the valley.  All the homes are connected to public water and are on private septic systems. For more information about Centennial Trails neighborhood or if you have any questions about any other real estate in the Everett, Marysville area please contact.  Joni Kerley Century21 Real Estate Center 425-343-4545 or visit my Blog at www.EverettAreaRealEstate.com.   View Larger Map
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By Joni Kerley
(CENTURY21 Real Estate Center)
Marysville WA. is located less than 10 miles north on I-5 from Everett WA along the banks of the Snohomish River.  Marysville is known for a nice place to live and raise a family but also for their yearly Stawberry Festival.  The Strawberry festival is now a week long event for the community.  Marysville is also right next door to the Tulalip Indian Reservation with its new casino... the Tulalip Casino and the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall  with over 110 stores and brings in all kinds of touriest from as far away as Canada.  For information on Real Estate and Homes for sale in the Marysville area please contact.  Joni Kerley  Century21 Real Estate Center,  425-343-4545  jonikerley@yahoo.com  www.EverettAreaRealEstate.com   View Larger Map
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By Ron T. Weems Jr., Managing the details one home at a time.
(Weems Property Group | KW North Sound)
I've not been a Washingtonian for a long time but I do know about some of the culture of some of the local cities that are close to my personal residence. The third week of the month of June, Marysville, WA celebrates it's strawberry festival. It has a grand parade schedule for June 19 at 7:45 pm. It will also have lots of vendors with all types of products and services. If you are sitting at home doing nothing or have not planned anything for fathers day take a day and spend some family time at the festival. I will be cruising through myself. Have a good time at the festival.
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By Ron T. Weems Jr., Managing the details one home at a time.
(Weems Property Group | KW North Sound)
It's that time again to inform everyone interested about the real estate market in Marysville, WA. If you've never been to Marysville, WA it a city they is growing at a good pace. The school system is trying make some changes to improve their system. They have a new high school being built that should open this fall with a shopping center that opened a year and half or so. It's a growing city. Home sale stats are getting better. Apr 2010 Closed Units  129   Up 38.7%2009 Closed Units  93 2010 Ave Price Sale  264,922   Dn -4.5%2009 Ave Price Sale  277,308 2010 Median Price Sale 238,950   Dn -5.6%2009 Median Price Sale 253,000 2010 Ave Time on Market 77   Dn -36.4%2009 Ave Time on Market 105 Months of inventoryTotal active 857 Total Sold 129Gives 6.6 months If you are interested in making ...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
Sitting here in Marysville appreciating a work of art in our home...   This weekend I spent several hours with two teenagers creating the perfect gingerbread house. The siblings who constantly fight, stopped and worked up a "peace treaty" for the purpose of creating a masterpiece. B and R each took over one side of the house, half of the roof, and either the front or back. They had 100% creative license to do anything they wanted to. While their parents watched, these two constant fighters cooperated. The end result was a terrific piece of art. Both kids complimented each other upon a finished product...   Amazing what people can do when they rely on each other to finish a task, or to find common ground.  If two teenagers can get along for three hours of creative food art, maybe we can ...
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      Homes for Good have five new affordable rental homes that will soon be available in Maryville.  Homes for Good, is a non profit organization providing assistance for families with children who have lost their homes to foreclosure and are at risk of being homeless.Income Eligibility and Rent:These homes are restricted to families in Snohomish County at or below 50% of the areas Median Income.  For a family of 3, annual income would be $37,950 or below.  Rent levels are set in compliance with HUD Home “Low Rent” levels, approximately $1,095 for a 3 bedroom homes.  Rent includes utilities.How it Works:Home For Good's Equity First program offers participants the opportunity to live in the home of their choice now and then purchase the home for the same price as Home For Good originall...
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Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation regarding Keller Williams models.  For anyone familiar with KW, there is a model and/ or system for everything.  The red book (MREA), the blue book (MREI), the white book (Shift), etc.. It is an incredibly powerful and dynamic system in which a company of 70,000+ agents are working and bettering themselves around a standard of models and systems which at their core are developed from International in Austin, TX; however, through diverse marketplace collaboration, constant interaction and a commitment to the individual agents the models are continually improved and developed.  This is an incredibly powerful and insightful system which is currently unmatched it the industry and really has become the standards from which many great agents operat...
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So I am found.. A few years ago as a budding real estate professional I was introduced to the book, "The Millionaire Real Estate Agent" by Gary Keller. Since then I have found success in various aspects of the real estate industry from residential sales focused on military buyers to luxury sales in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. However; the vision of wealth through real estate always seemed to be precluded by something that was missing, and until now it has been difficult for me to put a finger on the specifics. As fate would have it, I was recently given an opportunity to revisit the Keller Williams model and what I found was what the others are missing. A support structure and culture that is driven from the top with a true understanding and focus on empowering the individual associate. At t...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
I just read Ken Blanchard's book "Raving Fans" and learned much! Since it was such a great, eye-opening read, I wanted to share the "Gold Nuggets" of wisdom: Do not attempt to completely change how you currently do things in your organization. Simply add one small step at a time- The Rule of 1%...... Change how you are doing things by 1%....soon you will be creating raving fans out of your customers! I highly recomend the next book you read to be Ken Blanchard's Raving Fans..... It is a short book, and reads in a storytelling manner that is easy to follow and impacting....   No matter what business you are in, this book will help transfomr your customers into raving fans!    
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
Today I was driving some clients around the North Marysville area and saw the ominous organe and black sign that signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall. No, not all he back to school sales.....The HALLOWEN STORE's orange and black banner taunting me from the freeway! If you feel the need to go shopping for Halloween stuff in August (really?) here is where they are located: 1-5 Smokey Point exit (172nd) and turn East. Follow to the Costco/ Target/ Best Buy shopping center and turn South. The Halloween Store is located in that strip mall.   HAPPY HOLOWEEN EVERYONE! If you would like treats and no tricks, call Jim for all of your real etstae needs! Jim O'Day 425-359-2708 RSVP Real Estate jim@rsvpRE.com  
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
I was bummed when The Produce Guy in Smokey Point went out of business a few months back. I had been stopping by to get fresh, tasty apples, grapes, strawberries, peaches and corn - oh, and milk, and honey, and ice cream! The Produce Guy is a terrific businessman who always greets his customers with a smile. He is the guy who gives you some grapes to try before you buy them, or the guy who recommends the best fruit for your table..... He was always working hard to make his business a success, like we are! I was very excited to see that he was back open in a new location! Now The Produce Guy is 1/2 mile East on 172nd in Smokey Point. He is located near the sand and gravel business, and just East of the espresso stand. If you have gone by Thornberry Automotive, you just missed him on the ...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
 My wife took our two year old daughter to register at pre-school today. She was sooo excited to be going to meet her teacher and see her classroom. She will be going two days a week and can't wait. She already has her Dora backpack and her crayons! Seeing her so excited made me think of us Real Estate Agents. Going back to school is important for us, too! We should be so excited to learn! When it is time for classes to update our license, we should be ready to learn. Put on our Dora backpacks, grab our crayons and run for class! It really helps us stay updated, and , in turn makes us better agents. Our clients reap the rewards of our hard work and learning. I learned some great lessons from watching Kennedy today and her excitment about school: Learning can be fun- if we make it fun Sc...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
MARYSVILLE: Your buying power is so important these days. When a trip to the grocery store can easily set you back three bills, it is comforting to know you got the best deal in town. I have lived and shopped in town for years, and here is my list of the top places to save money on groceries:   The best: WINCO - Just cheap, quality food and u bag it yourself! Wal-Mart- A close second, with more variety and more shoppers Albertson's- Coupons and daily savings make it a great place to grab groceries! Mediocre: Safeway- Usually crowded and not great deals, sometimes the "10 for $10" deals are good Thriftway- Little more upscale, a little higher prices, but good quality Haggen's- Actually one of my personal favorites for atmosphere and rarely crowded, just $$$ Grocery Outlet- A lot of peopl...
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Ok, without further fanfare..... Be Proactive. Think of all the objections you can, and have an answer before you are asked Be Reactive. Call that difficult client back first. This solves two problems: It gets that task off your to do list, and makes the client feel like a priority Go the extra mile- even when you don't want to! Practice patience. Be slow to anger. Remember it is not a personal attack Ask the client for input in every step of the process, Make them feel valued. Take up smoking (OK, not really) Ask the client for solutions when problems arise... Refuse to take a listing! You know fairly quickly if it is going to be a stinker! Be willing to drop a client if all else fails! Your sanity is worth it! FIRE YOURSELF!!!! My first listing in the business three years ago was a cr...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
I stopped by King's buffet today in Marysville for the Sunday Seafood Brunch. I had the two little ones and My 11 year old daughter as well. Mom and my 14 year old were at the Mariner's game watching them, CRUSH the Yankees (GO M'S!!!!).... So I was hanging out with the other three and had a great brunch at the all you can eat Marysville King's Buffet. Located in an old bank right on State Street, King's Buffet welcomes hungry folks from around town. When we stopped by it was fairly empty, as we had missed the lunch rush. We arrived around 1:30 to a few families and a church group enjoying the buffet. Now I am not much of a buffet guy, as I am always concerned about germs and sneeze guards, etc...BUT this buffett was terrific. Tons of great food, great tastes, lots of variety, and somet...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
Sometimes clients come to you from the strangest places. The moral of this story below is this: Always watch for opportunities in every place you go! All challenges are opportunities in disguise! Our Real Estate office was having a food drive at a local supermarket. I was out front collecting food when I just happened to look up to witness two vehilces coliding in the supermarket parking lot.  I walked over to the "crash site" to see if I can help. I approach the driver who was run into.  She is shaken up and very upset. The person who crashed into her is yelling and blaming her for the accident. I call 911 and stay with the drivers. After a while, insurance info is exchanged and the police arrive. I give the driver my business card and ask for her info in exchange. I stayed in touch wi...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
Brandon and I enjoyed four fun filled  hours playing paintball in Arlington last weekend.  Skinny Joe's Paintball on the Burn Road in Arlington charges $30 a player for four hours of Paintball blasting fun! We had our guns, air, paintballs and protective gear all included. Skinny Joe's field is split up into four different sections. All of the fields are unique and create a great experience for the newbie or the seasoned pro. Brandon and I had a blast, even though we were teamed up against some real pros. These guys showed up in full camo, with top of the line guns and accessories that would have made Rambo jealous! As novice players we felt part of the team and had a blast. We blew through the paintballs and bought some more. Each game was about 10 minutes or so - until the last man (o...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
Ok, sorry to mislead you. The title was tongue in cheek. When I first started Real Estate 3 years ago, I thought I needed to read books. Gary Keller, Jeffery Gitomer and other authors filled my days. I read The Millionaire Real Estate Agent three times! The Sales Bible sat by my bed for two months and I highlighted it, read it and re-read it. Ok, after reading those books it was time for me to get started! I know it all, right? Ok, but one more book to make sure I had it figured out. If I did not know EVERYTHING, what if I looked stupid when a client asked a question? So there I was was reading just one more book. Problem was, that one more book turned into two or three. Ok, now I was ready. I knew it ALL! I hit the road running and fell flat on my face. I ran into questions I had no an...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
It takes a lot of hard work to be a GOOD agent Dealing with difficult people is overrated You have to be a counselor/ inspector/ adviser/ driver/ waiter/ painter/ etc... It cost$ money to be in business People want to look at homes when they want to look at homes Buyers are liars Sellers are impatient NO ONE is buying or selling right now Splits are a killer Taxes? Don't even get me started!!! Sounds like a a lot of complaining, whining, anger and frustration? YOU BET IT DOES!!   Now why we do what we do: The smile on the young couples face when you hand them the keys to heir first home! Your awesome children who like to eat and wear clothes! We get to make dreams come true every day! The freedom of being your own boss People are ALWAYS buying and selling for various reasons The small ...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
I hear a lot about CURB APPEAL, but what does it mean???? A buyer's first impression of your home for sale means everything!!!! You never get a second chance to impress those picky house hunters! In today's market you are competing against 30 or 40 other homes within 5 miles of yours! Similar in price, condition, beds and baths, and square footage. When they are touring ten homes a day, how can you make yours stand out? Paint is cheap! Paint your porch, trim, front door, and whole exterior if need be   Paint is cheap! Paint the inside of your home. Nothing pops like clean walls!   New hardware, new front door, new entry mat.   Clean all the windows!   No Pet smells (biggest turn off by far from my independent research)   Mow the grass. Pull the weeds... trim the hedges.   Paint is cheap...
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