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Month: January 2012

Teenagers are great :)

Teenagers are great :)

I had almost forgotten how much I enjoy teenagers. My first job right out of college was as a Youth Minister at St. Nicholas Parish in Gig Harbor. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole four years I worked and lived there, and much of the reason is because the kids were so great. Twenty years later, I still remember many of them by name, even though we didn’t stay in touch. Since then and until recently, however, I haven’t had much…

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Is this real estate market good for you?

Is this real estate market good for you?

How’s the market? That is the most common question a Realtor® hears, and it’s my favorite! One reason I like that question is because it gives me an opportunity to challenge some of what the questioner might have gleaned from the media. Many are surprised to hear that the state of the real estate market is never as clear-cut as reporters would have you believe. (Let’s face it, a reporter’s job is to give you a nut-shell analysis; they seldom…

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Do you have bad neighbors?

Do you have bad neighbors?

The front page of the Real Estate section of yesterday’s Seattle Times (Jan. 22, 2012) has an interesting article titled Next-Door Nemeses (by Dianna Wurn). The author puts some much-deserved focus on the phenomenon of bad neighbors and how they can affect both your peace of mind and your property values. There are all kinds of bad neighbors, of course, ranging from the merely messy to the truly obnoxious. And what bothers you, may not bother someone else. Can you tolerate…

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Schizophrenic about living alone

Schizophrenic about living alone

There are times when I am grateful to live alone and times when I am not. At the moment, I am feeling a bit schizophrenic because I am experiencing both emotions at the same time. On the one hand, for the past week I’ve been sick with some sort of upper-respiratory infection which has me barking like a seal, so I’m grateful I live alone because there is no one else to infect or keep awake at night by my…

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Postage rates will rise Jan. 22, 2012

Postage rates will rise Jan. 22, 2012

In case you haven’t yet heard, postage rates are going up starting January 22, 2012. The cost of a first-class stamp will increase from the current forty-four cents, to forty-five cents. Consider stocking up on “Forever” stamps to save yourself a little money on postage once you run out of your current supply of first-class stamps. “Forever” stamps were introduced back in 2007. They do not show a value on them so they are good for the cost of a…

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Caring for my body, the soft machine

Caring for my body, the soft machine

Baby Boomers who grew up Catholic undoubtedly remember the term Kyrie Eleison, which is Latin for “Lord Have Mercy”. It seemed to me that we chanted that phrase endlessly during Mass. As I recall, it was punctuated by mild chest-beating (a sign of contrition). In 1985, the group, Mr. Mister, wrote and recorded a hit song by that title. The lyrics refer to the human body as “the soft machine.” I love that imagery. I am constantly amazed and grateful…

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West Seattle homes: Two Screaming Deals!

West Seattle homes: Two Screaming Deals!

One of the ways I differentiate myself from many other real estate agents is to regularly preview new listings as they come on the market in West Seattle. When I was out previewing properties today, I saw two West Seattle homes that I think are exceptional values for the right buyers, so I’m going to post information about them here for you. UPDATE: 1/19/12 This first property is SOLD. The first is a move-in-ready 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home in the…

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Links to sites with tips for living Green

Links to sites with tips for living Green

Sometimes it seems as if the amount of really valuable information available on the web is overwhelming, but I’m so grateful it’s there. I don’t know about you, but when I stumble across an interesting website, I have a tendency to bookmark it/add it to my Favorites, and then forget that it’s there. Earlier today, I decided to sort through a bunch of my saved sites and I came across some real treasures, so I thought I’d share a few of…

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May there be peace within

May there be peace within

Below is a variation of one of my favorite inspirations. It has been circulating around the internet for quite some time and authorship has been attributed to everyone from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Mother Theresa. I suspect it is actually a mishmash of the work of several different writers. Personally, I don’t care who wrote it; it works for me. I hope it brings you peace as well. Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you…

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