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We're giving away pumpkin pie to anyone who wants one! All you need to do is let us know by noon Monday, November 21 and pick it up between 4:00 - 6:30pm Tuesday, November 22. As long as you're coming in for pie, would you consider making a donation for our food bank drive? All monetary donations will be matched by MVP! Click here to read more about the drive and to order your pie today...
Our business is growing, which means our team needs to grow to best meet our clients' needs. Right now we're looking for motivated brokers as well as an Administrative Assistant to supplement our property management and executive teams. Click here to read more about the openings and how to apply.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our fall contests! We are thrilled to offer these talented folks some fabulous prizes. Keep your eyes peeled for your next chance to enter and win in upcoming contests!
Since the 2008 housing bubble burst, the word recession strikes a stronger emotional chord than it ever did before. And while there’s some debate around whether we’re officially in a recession right now, the good news is experts say a recession today would likely be mild and the economy would rebound quickly... READ MORE
We're keeping on top of the latest information and invite you to take a look alongside us. Check out our Live Market Stats webpage and start a conversation with us. We're happy to help you learn more about what longer days on market and median sales price rising mean.
This secluded tri-level home is ready for its next owner! As a special treat, we were able to get the owner into a new home before selling this one. Explore more of what this property has to offer by clicking here...
You may start seeing pink more often this month, and for good reason! This year, Breast Cancer Awareness month hits home at MVP. Our own Tessa Justice has been battling this cancer for the last several months. She's had to drastically cut back on work to juggle chemo appointments and the recovery that comes with each treatment. That's why we've started a Go Fund Me for Tessa and ask that you support any way you can; whether that means giving to the fund or sharing the link. We also have shirts available in our office for purchase - 100% of the proceeds go to Tessa. Contact our office to learn more about getting a shirt.
Click here to read more about Tessa's fight and to support her fund.
Click here to learn more about Breast Cancer.
Happy October! With October comes MVP Realty Group's annual Fall Contests. We will be hosting another kid's pumpkin carving contest and a fall centerpiece contest for the adults. Guidelines for the contests are listed below. Entries are due by October 31st and must be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions must include a close-up picture of the entry and a photo of you with your entry
Include your full name and mailing address with the submission
One pumpkin entry per child, one centerpiece entry per household
Free hand designs are preferred but Carving Kits & pattern entries will also be accepted
Entries will be judged on Overall Appearance, Originality, and Creativity
All entries will be displayed on our blog
Entries due by October, 31st 2022
By entering you are authorizing MVP to publish your name and photo on the internet
The winners will be selected and announced in the November eNews! Prizes include:
Pumpkin Winner: Two passes to Defy Trampoline Park in Olympia
Centerpiece Winner: Dinner at Gardner's Restaurant and a movie for two
Have you ever had an idea that seemed great at the time and backfired later? Whether you're a new homeowner or simply looking to remodel, we'd like to help you avoid some of these pitfalls. Here's our top 5 tidbits of how to steer clear of common missteps homeowners make:
According to Mike Palmer, president of a chapter of Mason Contractors Association of America, "Once you put a membrane [like paint] over the brick, it can no longer breathe." Essentially, painting brick is like enveloping your home in plastic. In order for brick to properly protect your home from the elements, it needs to be able to adjust itself and coating it in paint prevents this.
Now if it's already painted or severely damaged, it becomes the lesser of two evils to repaint it and prevent further damage. And there are some types of brick that need to painted, but those are rare. If you absolutely must have a new color to your brick home, find a brick stain instead as it allows for breathing.
As October and November start rolling around, plumbers receive more calls with sink issues because people try running pumpkin guts through their garbage disposals. Modern units can handle tougher foods than their predecessors, but starchy edibles like oatmeal, potatoes, and rice still trip them up.
These foods cause clogs in pipes and disposals when water is introduced. So skip the headache, save a pretty penny and choose the garbage can. Or better yet, add other food scraps and compost!
Believe it or not, having no tub in a home actually can hurt your resale value. So if this isn't your forever home and you think you may sell at some point in the future, resist the urge to rid your home of the only tub. If you have two tubs, well...go bananas!
Yes, you read that right: water grass during the day, not at night. The myth says to wait until after the sun sets is more efficient since plants are resting instead of photosynthesizing. In actuality, more damage is caused by allowing water to sit on the blades and cause fungus. Experts recommend watering in the morning when air is cool and the sun is just coming up. There will be less wind than at midday and your lawn will get the moisture it needs with plenty of time for the sun to dry off any excess.
You could go old-school and remember to switch the thermostat every time you come and go from your home. Let's be real, is that really going to be a priority when it's 7:58am and you're 15 minutes away from your 8:00am job? Or you finally herd the kids into the van for school and run some errands (or grab a spa day)? By spending around $200 for a smart thermostat, what may seem like a large expense ends up as savings in the long run. Set it for waking up, while the house is empty, coming home, bedtime, and then forget about it.
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The Benefits of Estate Planning
When you have loved ones who depend on you, it's good practice to expect the unexpected, regardless of health or age. Here are a few benefits of creating a thorough estate plan...
Provide Clear Direction: A will divides up your assets, while an estate plan offers a more complete picture of how you want to sort assets, trusts, guardianship, and more.
Keeps Money in the Family: Without an estate plan, the government may end up with more inheritance than your loved ones. An estate plan can help minimize tax liabilities.
Eases Emotional Stress: Losing a loved one is difficult enough. Detailed estate plans takes some of the burden off your family.
Need a referral to someone who can guide you through the process? We have connections! Give us a call - (360) 915-9123
If you’re wondering if home prices are going to come down due to the cooldown in the housing market or a potential recession, here’s what you need to know... READ MORE
There’s no doubt about the fact that the housing market is slowing from the frenzy we saw over the past two years. But what does that mean for you if you’re thinking of selling your house?... READ MORE
The Little Red Schoolhouse Project ("LRS") is designed to serve families in need in Thurston County, sending them "back to school with pride." We are committed to providing, at no cost, school supplies and backpacks to families in need so children can begin the school year with their basic needs for school... READ MORE
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