Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Nov. 20, 2019

Charity Drive 2019


It's time for MVP Realty Group's annual food, fund and clothing charity drive!! 

We will be collecting funds, non-perishable food items for Thurston County Food Bank and warm clothing for St. Vincent de Paul from now until December 13th, 2019. Drop off your donations at our office location, 1219 11th Ave SE, Olympia,  from 9am to 5pm. MVP WILL MATCH MONETARY DONATIONS!

Guidelines for donations:

Before you embark on the task of collecting food items, consider this alternative: Cash! Fund donations reach far and wide as Thurston County Food Bank uses cash to purchase items in bulk. This food is available at a deep discount and this year MVP will match all fund donations up to $500.

Cash aside, we are welcoming all non-perishable food items and warm clothing donations. Please make sure donations are undamaged before donating. 

  • We cannot accept expired or partially used/opened food items
  • All clothing donations  must be in decent shape - no holes, rips, stains, tears etc...
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accept perishable items (fresh produce, dairy, raw meat etc...) but your CASH donation will allow the Food Bank to purchase these items.

Food Donation Ideas/ Most Needed Items: 

  • High protein food such as canned chili, peanut butter, beans, or canned meat are highly desirable items.
  • Pasta and macaroni and cheese.
  • Basic staples such as flour, sugar, coffee, cereal etc...
  • Canned fruits and vegetables.
  • Soup/stew/broths
  • Baby food, baby cereal, and formula.
  • Small packages (1-6) of paper towels, toilet paper etc...
  • Warm clothing, shoes and winter accessories (gloves, hats, scarfs etc...)
Posted in MVP Events
Oct. 16, 2019

FAQ - Inspection: Buyer Counters Seller

So, what happens if the buyer rejects the seller's response to their inspection demands and offers a counterproposal? MVP Realty Group CEO, Matthew Plummer, explains.

Posted in Buying, FAQ, Selling, Video
Sept. 13, 2019

The Role Access Plays in Getting Your House Sold

The Role Access Plays in Getting Your House Sold | MyKCM

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process and you’ve been asked what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers.

There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access you can provide to MVP to be able to show your home.

Here are five levels of access you can provide to a buyer, each with a brief description:

  • Lockbox on the Door – This allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
  • Providing a Key to the Home – Buyer’s agents would need to stop by our MVP office to pick up the key and return it after, which will delay showings and limit the number of buyers who can see the home that day.
  • Open Access with a Phone Call or Text – The seller allows showing with a little notice by phone or text, perhaps just an hour or two.
  • By Appointment Only – Example: 24-48 hour notice. Many buyers who are relocating for a new career or promotion may fly in for just a couple days in order to tour homes, or they might start working in the Olympia or Joint Base Lewis McChord area prior to purchasing their home and wish to take advantage of free time during business hours (such as their lunch break) to view potential homes. Because of this, they may not be able to plan their availability far in advance or may be unable to wait 48 hours to see the house.
  • Limited Access – Example: the home is only available for a couple of hours a day. This is the most difficult way to be able to show your house to potential buyers.

In a competitive marketplace, access can make or break your ability to get the price you are looking for, or even sell your house at all. It's all about the full package when marketing your home.

Posted in Selling
Sept. 11, 2019

How to Prepare for Carpet Cleaning


Getting your carpets cleaned on a regular basis will enhance the overall cleanliness of your home and help lengthen your carpet's lifespan! 

Although it can be a relieving to hire a professional to do the job, these small steps can ensure you get the cleanest carpet possible and the most for your money! 

1. Vacuum if Necessary

Although the professional you hired will be cleaning the carpets thoroughly, it is important to vacuum first to remove any dirt and debris that might be stuck deeper in the carpet. Some professionals vacuum before cleaning while other expect the homeowner to do so. We recommend checking with your professional before your appointment.  

2. Remove Fragile and Valuable Items

These items should be removed from the cleaning area and kept in a safe place. Majority of professionals are screened before hire; however, it can't hurt to be too cautious. 

3. Move Furniture if Necessary

Some companies will charge a fee for moving furniture. By moving it on your own you can save some money and ensure you get a clean from wall to wall, which will result in a smile ear to ear! 

4. Move Small Items from the Floor 

It is important to move these small items out of the cleaner's way so that he/she can effectively perform their job. It is also a good idea to move or pin window curtains that might also get in the way. 

5. Remove Anything You Wont Need for 24 Hours 

Carpets can take a long time to dry, and on humid days they can take up to 24 hours. It is important not to move any furniture back until the carpet is completely dry. Items with wooden or metal feet could leave stains when placed on a wet carpet. This is something to definitely be cautious of. 

6. Do Not Pretreat Carpet

Although you might think you are doing the cleaner a favor, do not pretreat your carpet before they arrive. Over-the-counter chemicals can react with professional chemicals and lessen the chance of success. 

7. Point Out Any Areas of Concern

Take time to show your cleaner your main points of concern to ensure that he/she knows the areas that might need some extra treatment. This will result in a happier and more fulfilled experience overall! 

Posted in Blog
Sept. 10, 2019

MVP Fall Decor Contest


Are you a homeowner who enjoys decorating for the seasons? Do you love Fall and the cozy atmosphere it brings? Then enter MVP's Fall Decor Contest! 

We will be accepting entries through October 31st. All you need to do is send a photo of your fall decor to and you are entered into the contest! 

Photos will be shown to our panel of judges who will then decide who wins. The winner will receive dinner from a restaurant of their choosing in addition to movie tickets for a perfect date night! 

It's your time to shine, show us your interior design skills today! 

Below are links to a few resources with Fall decorating tips! 

Country Living:


Country Living DIY Decor:

Posted in Blog
April 9, 2019

Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand

Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand | Simplifying The Market

One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers, rather than alienating the 68% of American households that have a pet!


If you are one of the many homeowners looking to list your home for sale, how do you stand out to the millions of pet parents searching for their dream home?

Whether a dog person, a cat person, or someone who prefers the company of another pet species, 99% of pet owners say that they consider their animal to be family. When finding a home, 95% of animal owners believe it is important that a housing community allows animals.

A study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that there are many aspects of the home buying, selling and owning experience that have been greatly impacted by our love for our pets.

This should come as no surprise, as $72 billion was spent on pets in the U.S in 2018. NAR’s President William E. Brown shed some light on the impact of pet owners and their home search.

“It is important to understand the unique needs and wants of animal owners when it comes to homeownership. REALTORS® understand that when someone buys a home, they are buying it with the needs of their whole family in mind; ask pet owners, and they will enthusiastically agree that their animals are part of their family.”

The Power of Pets When Choosing the Right Home

  • 89% of pet owners say they would not give up their pet due to a housing restriction
  • 81% of Americans say their pets play a role in their housing situation
  • 31% of animal owners have refused to put in an offer on a home because it wasn’t a good fit for their animals
  • 19% of Americans say they would consider moving for their pet
  • 12% percent have moved for their pet

New home builders have actually begun installing retractable pet gates that tuck away neatly inside door jams as a highly requested feature in new homes to attract pet-parents.

So, if you are a homeowner looking to sell in today’s pet-friendly environment, point out the features of your home that will attract pet owners:

  • Fully fenced in backyard – (91% of pet owners ranked this as the most important feature of a home to accommodate their pet)
  • Locations of dog parks/walking paths/pet-friendly beaches in the area (71% ranked this as the top feature of any neighborhood they would consider)
  • Proximity to veterinarians/groomers/pet supply stores (31%)

Bottom Line

Americans love their pets and will look for pet-friendly features in the home they wish to buy, so take advantage of this knowledge by pointing out your home’s ability to meet their needs.

Posted in Blog
Dec. 21, 2018

Season Greetings!





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I hope that you are able to take time this season to spend with family, friends, as well as take time for yourself. If there’s anything I can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to call.



Posted in Blog
Dec. 15, 2018

Pathway to Mastery - Truly Commit to this Business

Hello fellow real estate practitioners! I hope 2018 has been a good
year for you. Are you looking to make 2019 even better?

If so, I want to invite you to a preview of the newest training course from Buffini & Company called Pathway to Mastery this Monday, December 17th at 11 a.m. in the MVP Board Room. MVP Realty Group is hosting the national debut of this course beginning with the 1st of 8 weekly sessions on Wednesday, January 2nd @ 10 a.m.

Here is a short clip to whet your appetite.

You need not be an MVP agent to participate. A part of our MVP mission is to raise the standards of care and competence in our industry. Our goal is to to affect a positive change in the consumer’s perception of the real estate agent. We'll do this through better education and accountability to each other.

Pathway to Mastery lays the foundation for a real career in the real estate business, one in which your clients truly see the value you represent and you don’t have to run off and get a “real job” as the market adjusts to a new normal. It is this very same model that has allowed Valerie and I to grow MVP Realty Group from helping only 10 families make their moves in our first year to 123 families in 2017!

Are you ready to truly commit to building a business that lasts in 2019? Then RSVP for a free preview of Pathway to Mastery this Monday, December 17th at 11 a.m. at MVP Realty Group, 1219 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501.

Ready to register for the full course? Here you go!

Dec. 5, 2018

MVP eReport December 2018

Thanks Again to Everyone Who Donated for Our November Charity Drive!!

Cabo Contest (1)



Win a Stay in Cabo, Mexico!

Refer a friend or family member in 2019 and be entered into our Referral Contest for a chance to win an All Inclusive stay at Royal Solaris Resort in Cabo, Mexico or a $1,000 Cash prize!! Each referral earns you 1 entry and multiple entries accepted. See the contest guidelines for details Read More >



 Amazing VA Loan Rate!

Amazing VA loan rate available right now from The Seaton Team at Opes Advisors! As of 12/3/18 VA 30 year fixed w/ zero down is just 4.375%. That's a .500% difference from Convention rates. Unheard of! So if you or someone you know has served and is looking to buy a home, have them contact us at 360-915-9123 or The Seaton Team now to take advantage of this opportunity. 


Please note MVP Realty Group offices will be closed from 2pm Christmas Eve until January 2nd, after the New Year Holiday. All marketing, offer monitoring & property search systems will remain active. Brokers & staff will still be available so if you need anything give your agent a call or email us at 

Posted in Blog, eReport
Dec. 5, 2018

Win an All-Inclusive Stay in Cabo or $1,000! CLOSED

Solaris Pool


Your Referral Could Win you a 4-Night, All-Inclusive Stay for 2 at Royal Solaris Resort in Cabo or $1,000 Cash!

A Promotional Game of Chance:

  • Each referral must include full name, email address & mobile phone number of someone (not currently in our database) who may be interested in buying or selling real estate.
  • Include how you know them & how we might be of service to them.
  • You must also provide your full name, mailing address, email address & mobile phone number for prize notification.
  • You may refer yourself by providing all required information & attending a buyer or seller consultation in our office, whether you are already in our database or not.
  • No limit to the number of eligible referral entries you may make.
  • Entry may be made on a No-Hassle Referral card, via our website at, or verbally to any member of our staff.

Submit Your First Referral!

Additional Terms:

  • Prize includes accommodations at Royal Solaris Resort in San Jose del Cabo, MX, inclusive of lodging, food, drink, & gratuities, subject to availability & possible black-out dates such as major holidays.
  • Winner is responsible for all costs & arrangements for travel to the resort, including but not limited to airfare, parking, ground transportation & passport.
  • Resort stay must be no later than 12/31/2020.
  • Winner may opt for a $1,000 cash prize in lieu of the resort prize & is responsible for any state or federal taxes applicable to either.
  • Entries will be accepted through 12/31/2019.
  • The winner will be determined by drawing, notified on 1/6/2020 and will be required to appear at our office at a mutually agreed date & time to receive the prize & pose for photographs & audio/video recording.
  • Winner’s entry constitutes their authorization for MVP to use their name, photos & audio/video recordings for any marketing purposes as MVP may see fit & to share the winner’s information with partners involved in this drawing.
  • MVP will make every effort to notify the winner utilizing the information they provided in their entry. In the event the winner cannot be reached or is not available to appear to accept the prize by no later than 1/31/2020, the winner will forfeit the prize & a new winner will be drawn.
  • One free entry may be made by visiting the office of MVP Realty Group during business hours at 1219 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501. 
  • Employees & brokers of MVP Realty Group are not eligible to win.