Our Autumn Photo Contest is here! And looking a little different from years past, so you'll want to check out just how easy it is to enter and win this year. Cash prizes for the photo winners and some fantastical prizes for our kids' coloring contest, too. Click here to get the details. We just can't wait to see all the entries!

Less Is More

If you have "good" things you never used because you didn't want to ruin them, now is the time to enjoy them! On the other hand, if you were holding onto things you didn't love but felt guilty not using, part with them now and turn to a new chapter with something you'll actually use. Whether you're downsizing for yourself or a loved one due to a move or just decluttering, going through a home can bring up many emotions. Follow these tips to make the process go as smoothly as possible. 

  1. Only use a storage unit if absolutely necessary. It's all too easy to store items you will never use again, or worse, will have to move in the future. It's also an additional expense you will keep incurring. 
  2. Follow the rule, "Everything must have a place." This takes time, but plotting out what goes where will save you time, money, and heartache. (And no, a junk drawer doesn't count in this rule of thumb.)
  3. Regarding major appliances or furniture, ask yourself, "Does it make sense to buy a new one?" Maybe you've been having to call a repair tech more frequently, or maybe yours works just fine and you're lingering a little too long in the appliance section at Home Depot. Either way, taking stock of your situation as it stands is a good idea. 
  4. Recruit an impartial friend to help you make objective, practical decisions about what to keep, donate, or toss. 

Market Stats

For the first time in what seems like forever, our year over year median price trend in Thurston County is showing no change. Nothing to be alarmed about as we come into the Fall. Experts continue to tell us we're not going toward a recession anytime soon and we are still seeing pricing trending upward, just at a snail's crawl (normal) compared to the Superman leaps that were happening in Spring 2022 (unusual). Now, what the housing market is doing at this very second really matters the most if you're hoping to Buyer or Sell right now. If that's you, reach out to us today! We want to make sure you're educated in today's shifting market. Reply to this email or call/text (360) 915-9123.

Bonus: Do Sellers Have to Disclose if their House is Haunted?

The answer is YES - but not in Washington. The State of New York actually requires home sellers to disclose if they believe their home is haunted.  It is known as "the Ghostbuster Ruling," which is frequently discussed in property law classes, mentioned in textbooks and cited by other courts.  I guess it makes sense, since 41% of Americans believe in ghosts according to a YouGov survey! (Thanks to our associate, Kale Dunning of Windermere in Vancouver, WA for this fun fact)

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