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Buying Real Estate! I absolutely love helping my clients during this process, whether they are searching for the home of their dreams or on the hunt for an investment property. I will take the time to really get to know you and fully understand exactly what it is that you are looking for. All of my resources will be utilized to locate and evaluate properties that match your criteria. When we find “the one”, I will handle the multitude of details that go into the actual closing of the purchase transaction and ensure that the sellers see you as a preferred buyer. From start to finish, you will be well taken care of. Contact me at 509.990.7698

The Incredible Joy of Owning Your Home. If you haven't bought a home yet, you're missing out on a wonderful feeling! That moment when you walk through your doors, throw your purse or keys on the floor, plop down on your couch and breathe a sigh of relief while thinking, "finally, it's ours (or mine)!" is incredible. There is such a joy created from looking at all of your boxes (maybe rolling your eyes about why you buy so much stuff) and then giving yourself a moment to let it soak in that you worked hard to get here and earned it! Yes, that's a real feeling! We often hear, and read, about the cost-effectiveness of home ownership. The equity build-up, the freedom it can give us from finances in our retirement years, and a plethora of other ways owning a home can be a positive impact on your bottom dollar. But we don't often hear about the emotional impact owning a home can have. Yes, there will be days the fridge is acting silly and you need to call your home warranty, or days you have to get outside to mow your own yard, but nothing beats the pride and joy of owning a home.  There is a sense of security, and a sense of "this is mine and I worked my way up to this moment," that provides moments of absolute bliss. The ability to do with your home as you please, not pay a pretty penny for every member of your fur family, and the privacy it provides can't be beat. Home ownership also gives you the ability to put down roots. We mean that, figuratively and literally. You get to build memories through the holidays and go through many milestones with your family that leave a significant impact into the later years, all in the comfort of your home. You get to build bonds with your neighbors grow in a community oriented neighborhood. With rentals, people come and go annually, but there are deeper roots planted with building relationships with those living next to you. Buying a home isn't about the dollars and cents for everyone, sometimes it is just about the joy of owning your own place and getting to build amazing memories in it. If you've been longing for this, get in touch with me at 509.990.7698.

Staging Tips To Get Your Home Sold. 1. SAY GOODBYE TO CLUTTER The best thing you can do for your home for sale is to get rid of all of your clutter! Make a rule for your home that for every new piece that comes in, one must go. One of the biggest factors to a cluttered home is too much furniture. Generally, in a professional staging, half the homeowner's furniture is removed to make the house look bigger. Look around your house and see what you can pack away. It'll be worth the investment to get a storage unit for a few months to store away those extra furnishings and goods. 2. FURNITURE GROUPINGS There is a large misconception that furniture pushed directly up against the walls make a room look bigger, but this is far from true. Instead, you'll want to float your furniture in each room and away from the walls. Position your sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groupings. Be sure the furnishings are placed to make the traffic flow in a room obvious. This will make the room more user-friendly and will make it look larger. 3. TRANSFORM ROOMS If you have a room that has only served to collect boxes or other junk, it is important to purpose the room to something that is functional. You can make it into an extra bedroom, a small cozy nook/reading room, etc. If the basement is your problem room, organize your boxes or move them to a storage unit and turn it into a gaming room or family area. 4. HOME LIGHTING Great lighting is the trick to making a staged home look warm and welcome. Most homes are improperly lit, which makes rooms look dark and dreary. There is a quick fix to this issue. Increase the wattage in your fixtures and lamps, aiming for about 100 watts per 50 square feet. Add three different types of light.

For me, every transaction is unique as the person I am working with. Understanding my clients needs plays such an important role with everyone involved in the transaction. I'm passionate about the experience of finding my clients a home that resonate with them to their core. Thank you for such a loving and supportive testimonial. Should you have any real estate needs, reach out to me at 509.990.7698

Tips To Get Settled In A New Home CHECK MAJOR APPLIANCES Be sure to check all the appliances to ensure everything is still in working order after the move. You want to make sure nothing was broken in the move or stopped working suddenly. Look at things such as your stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer, refrigerator, and microwave. CHECK ALL OF YOUR BOXES & FURNITURE Be sure to go over all your boxes and furniture to make sure nothing got damaged during the move. Be sure that everything has arrived and nothing got lost in the process. If you notice something is missing a month later, it may be too late to file a claim with the moving company. SET UP UTILITIES Make sure you’ve gotten with all of the necessary utility companies to have everything turned on in time for your move. REGISTER INTO A GOOD SCHOOL The sooner you can find the right school and register, the easier and less stressful it will be to get them in and settle. REGISTER YOUR CAR If you’ve moved to a new state or country, you’ll want to make sure to register your car in your new hometown and update your driver’s license, tags, and plates. GETTING YOUR MAIL Have you updated your address for all the people you’ll be expecting to get mail from? Like your bank, friends, family, and services you still pay for after your move. Check with the post office to have things redirected to your new address while you work to update your info with everyone else. FIND THE RIGHT PROFESSIONALS Find a new doctor, dentist, vet, handyman, plumber, real estate agent...etc. Add them into a contact book that’s easily accessible. EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST Make sure you have all the correct numbers in the case of an emergency. This can also include doctors, the local police station, a vet, etc. INSURANCE COMPANIES More than likely, you handled home insurance and home warranty during the purchasing process. If you haven’t, be sure to get those taken care of right away. You’ll also want to get your auto, health, and any other necessary household insurances sorted for your move.

LET’S TALK! If you’re considering a move, whether it’s to a starter house, a bigger house to hold a growing family, or a smaller house now that the kids are off on their own, I can help. I partner with you throughout your search, bringing my expertise and knowledge of the Spokane Real Estate market to lead you home. I take the time to understand each of my clients individually so I know their overall objectives and lifestyle. When you use me to help you buy a home, I will make sure you are informed and prepared for the journey ahead. Contact me at 509.990.7698

GO NEUTRAL  The simple trick to toning down dated finishing in any space is a little bit of fresh paint. You don't want to go stark white, but look into neutral grey and beige colors. Beige colors can also consist of warm honey-like colors, soft blues and greens, and a variety of undertones that add a little life to a neutral color. If you do want to use bold colors, be sure to only keep it on accent walls to help enhance structural features. MAKE IT LOOK BIGGER If you want to make a room appear bigger than it is, paint the room the same color as an adjacent room. For small kitchens and dining rooms, a seamless look will make the space feel like one, open it up, and make it seem much larger. Using drapes that match the wall colors can also add an emphasis to the room's size. USE YOUR GARDEN Staged homes tend to use fresh flowers and pricey floral arrangements. If you don't have the money to go all out on florals, you can get this same affect by raiding your garden space. You can DIY beautiful pieces with fern fronds, magnolia clippings, and more. Use the spring and summer months to find cheerful flowers and use them in your arrangements. GET A FACELIFT So you can't afford new cabinets? You can just get new doors and drawer fronts. Paint everything to match and add new hardware to them. Instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel, and you should go for stainless steel if you think you can pull it off. Check with the manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model. MAKE NECESSARY REPAIRS Unfinished home projects can really scare off potential home buyers, so you'll want to be sure to make required repairs. Missing floorboards and large cracks in the sidewalk on the way to your door tend to be a red flag. Holes in walls and scratched up door frames can really look unattractive. These repairs cost you less to fix than buyers might deduct from the asking price. CLEAN YOUR HOME Aside from de-cluttering, the most important step to staging your home is to clean it. A dirty house is a quick turn-off for potential buyers. Most homes, especially with children and pets or smokers, have a smell that.

Staging Tips To Get Your Home Sold. 1. SAY GOODBYE TO CLUTTER The best thing you can do for your home for sale is to get rid of all of your clutter! Make a rule for your home that for every new piece that comes in, one must go. One of the biggest factors to a cluttered home is too much furniture. Generally, in a professional staging, half the homeowner's furniture is removed to make the house look bigger. Look around your house and see what you can pack away. It'll be worth the investment to get a storage unit for a few months to store away those extra furnishings and goods. 2. FURNITURE GROUPINGS There is a large misconception that furniture pushed directly up against the walls make a room look bigger, but this is far from true. Instead, you'll want to float your furniture in each room and away from the walls. Position your sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groupings. Be sure the furnishings are placed to make the traffic flow in a room obvious. This will make the room more user-friendly and will make it look larger. 3. TRANSFORM ROOMS If you have a room that has only served to collect boxes or other junk, it is important to purpose the room to something that is functional. You can make it into an extra bedroom, a small cozy nook/reading room, etc. If the basement is your problem room, organize your boxes or move them to a storage unit and turn it into a gaming room or family area. 4. HOME LIGHTING Great lighting is the trick to making a staged home look warm and welcome. Most homes are improperly lit, which makes rooms look dark and dreary. There is a quick fix to this issue. Increase the wattage in your fixtures and lamps, aiming for about 100 watts per 50 square feet. Add three different types of light.

Cleaning 101 Before Listing Before you put your home up for sale, you'll want to ensure it's clean for all of the buyers that will come through. A dirty house isn't appealing, and you won't get a good offer, if you get one at all, if your home isn't in tip-top shape. Cleaning your home doesn't have to be overwhelming, below we've listed the top things to remember to clean for each room. FOYER:+ Clean the door and hardware. + Wipe off all fingerprints on windows/furniture. + Clean off scuff marks on floors and door. + Replace all light bulbs and ensure light fixtures are working. + Tidy/clean up the coat closet. People WILL look in there to see the size. KITCHEN: + Wipe down all cabinets. + Clean all appliances, inside and out. + Clean stove hood, on top and bottom. + Clean behind the refrigerator, on top and bottom too. + Ensure the microwave is clean of food splatter. + Clean the space behind the sink. + Wipe down blinds/shades. + Wash any kitchen rugs, clean the floors and baseboards. + Store all of your food/pet food out of sight. BATHROOM: + Clean behind toilet and under sink. + Only display absolute necessities; declutter. + Organize and clean under the vanity. + Scrub floors and clean grout lines. + Keep dirty clothes and towels off the floor. + Be sure to lock away any medication. + Clean the fan and make sure it is functioning. + Replace any dead lightbulbs. BEDROOM: + Wash sheets, comforters, and blankets. + Clean the curtains and rugs. + Dust furniture. + Remove any obvious stains from fabrics. + Keep closets clean and organized. + Store away dirty clothes and personal photos. + Clean marks on walls. These are just the basics you don't want to forget about. If it's within your budget, I highly recommend hiring a professional cleaner to ensure your home is in its best condition. Contact me today at 509.990.7698 to get a great local recommendation.

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Selling your home can feel like a daunting task, but it shouldn’t. It is my job as agent to walk you through every step, including your open house. I am going to give you all the tools I have to ensure that your home has the most potential to sell when someone walks through the front door. Your open house is the best place to make a lasting impression on potential buyers. While online listings can provide a glimpse into what your house looks like, buyers are able to really see if your house feels like a home to them during an open tour. Here are some tips that will help you maximize the chances of a potential buyer falling in love with your home: Temporarily remove personalized items in your home. When a potential buyer is touring your house, they want to be able to feel at home. While staging the house to look like a home is important, removing items like family photos can help the space feel more personal to buyers, rather than an intrusion into someone else’s house. Keep it simple. While you may be adjusted to the clutter that comes with everyday life, a potential buyer is going to notice messes you don’t even realize are there. Cleaning closets, putting away toys, and other organizational practices will help remove any distractions from your house that could put a bad taste in the mouth of a potential buyer. Don’t create a ‘no-go’ zone. While it may be easy to use a room or a closet as a place to hide clutter, creating a space where potential buyers are not allowed can easily turn them away. Keep in mind that they are considering making your home their own, so they are going to want to see every part of it. Keep your children and pets out of the house. While plenty of people love babies and puppies, it is easy to get distracted by a dog who won’t stop barking while someone is trying to tour your home. Use this time to take a trip to the park or set up a play date for your children - even the furry ones - so I can sell your home while you relax! Let’s get in touch! I will get your house sold in no time. Contact me at 509.990.7698

Selling your home can feel like a daunting task, but it shouldn’t. It is my job as agent to walk you through every step, including your open house. I am going to give you all the tools I have to ensure that your home has the most potential to sell when someone walks through the front door. Your open house is the best place to make a lasting impression on potential buyers. While online listings can provide a glimpse into what your house looks like, buyers are able to really see if your house feels like a home to them during an open tour. Here are some tips that will help you maximize the chances of a potential buyer falling in love with your home: Temporarily remove personalized items in your home. When a potential buyer is touring your house, they want to be able to feel at home. While staging the house to look like a home is important, removing items like family photos can help the space feel more personal to buyers, rather than an intrusion into someone else’s house. Keep it simple. While you may be adjusted to the clutter that comes with everyday life, a potential buyer is going to notice messes you don’t even realize are there. Cleaning closets, putting away toys, and other organizational practices will help remove any distractions from your house that could put a bad taste in the mouth of a potential buyer. Don’t create a ‘no-go’ zone. While it may be easy to use a room or a closet as a place to hide clutter, creating a space where potential buyers are not allowed can easily turn them away. Keep in mind that they are considering making your home their own, so they are going to want to see every part of it. Keep your children and pets out of the house. While plenty of people love babies and puppies, it is easy to get distracted by a dog who won’t stop barking while someone is trying to tour your home. Use this time to take a trip to the park or set up a play date for your children - even the furry ones - so I can sell your home while you relax! Let’s get in touch! I will get your house sold in no time. Contact me at 509.990.7698

The Incredible Joy of Owning Your Home. If you haven't bought a home yet, you're missing out on a wonderful feeling! That moment when you walk through your doors, throw your purse or keys on the floor, plop down on your couch and breathe a sigh of relief while thinking, "finally, it's ours (or mine)!" is incredible. There is such a joy created from looking at all of your boxes (maybe rolling your eyes about why you buy so much stuff) and then giving yourself a moment to let it soak in that you worked hard to get here and earned it! Yes, that's a real feeling! We often hear, and read, about the cost-effectiveness of home ownership. The equity build-up, the freedom it can give us from finances in our retirement years, and a plethora of other ways owning a home can be a positive impact on your bottom dollar. But we don't often hear about the emotional impact owning a home can have. Yes, there will be days the fridge is acting silly and you need to call your home warranty, or days you have to get outside to mow your own yard, but nothing beats the pride and joy of owning a home.  There is a sense of security, and a sense of "this is mine and I worked my way up to this moment," that provides moments of absolute bliss. The ability to do with your home as you please, not pay a pretty penny for every member of your fur family, and the privacy it provides can't be beat. Home ownership also gives you the ability to put down roots. We mean that, figuratively and literally. You get to build memories through the holidays and go through many milestones with your family that leave a significant impact into the later years, all in the comfort of your home. You get to build bonds with your neighbors grow in a community oriented neighborhood. With rentals, people come and go annually, but there are deeper roots planted with building relationships with those living next to you. Buying a home isn't about the dollars and cents for everyone, sometimes it is just about the joy of owning your own place and getting to build amazing memories in it. If you've been longing for this, get in touch with me at 509.990.7698, and make it happen.

Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Consulting I have a rich heritage in the Spokane area and I offer local knowledge of neighborhoods, events, and activities. I offer strong professional support that includes marketing savvy, strong negotiating experience, dedication to my clients' discriminating needs and tastes, and a commitment to following each transaction through to the close of your home. Passionate about life and enthusiastic to help others find their passion, I believe a home is a place to enjoy yourself and your family. Contact me today at 509.990.7698, as I am dedicated to serving you!

LET’S TALK! If you’re considering a move, whether it’s to a starter house, a bigger house to hold a growing family, or a smaller house now that the kids are off on their own, I can help. I partner with you throughout your search, bringing my expertise and knowledge of the Spokane Real Estate market to lead you home. I take the time to understand each of my clients individually so I know their overall objectives and lifestyle. When you use me to help you buy a home, I will make sure you are informed and prepared for the journey ahead. Contact me at 509.990.7698

The Real Estate Market Is Blooming Here In Spokane, WA. Mortgage Interest Rates Are To Increase. What Does That Mean For You If You Plan To Buy A House Later? Decreased Purchasing Power. Lower Approved Loan Amount & HIGHER Monthly Payments. Who Would Want That? So Start Your Home Buying Journey, TODAY In Order To Get More HOME For The MONEY & A Lower Monthly Payment! Reach Out To Me At 509.990.7698

10 Home Chores To Do Annually 1. Curtains & Drapes Unfortunately, we don't mean the dusting part. You'll want to dust at least once a month, but when it actually comes time to getting them cleaned, you only really need to do that once a year. You can take them in to get dry cleaned or follow the instructions on their tags if you choose to wash them at home.  2. House Gutters Gutter guards can be a great investment, especially if you live around trees that shed all year long. These can keep your gutter cleanings minimal, generally about once per year. You'll want to do this in the autumn when all of the leaves from the trees have already fallen.  3. Fireplace & Chimney  Use a shop vacuum to clean up the embers. Make sure to wash down the fireplace tools as well. Go an extra step further and schedule an appointment with a chimney sweeper.  4. Carpets We wish we meant vacuuming, but that's pretty much a weekly or biweekly task for most households. In this case, we mean a deep clean. 5. Outdoor Furniture The best time to clean outdoor furniture is when you bring them out of storage for Spring. Of course, if messes happen while you're using them, you want to clean the spots right away to you avoid an accumulation of stains in a short period.  6. Mattress Mattresses have improved through the years but they still need a little bit of attention. At least once a year, give your mattress a thorough cleaning and change the position of it.  7. Kitchen Cabinets & Pantry Do a section of cabinets at a time and empty them out completely. Wipe down the shelves and reline with shelf paper if needed. 8. Linen Closet Just once a year, empty out your linen closet and give it a thorough cleaning. Take time to vacuum away dust and spiderwebs and reline any shelves.  9. Garage, Basement, & Attic No one is expecting you to have a perfect garage, basement, or attic. However, a good cleaning at least once a year can help you keep an eye on things, such as moisture or insect problems. If you're in the market to sell your home, you can always give me a call at 509.990.7698, and I'll refer some preferred vendors that can help you knock out your cleaning tasks.

SELLING YOUR HOME! Life transitions are hard enough. With me by your side, the process of selling your house can be quick and easy, even fun. Let me help you.... In a seller’s market, finding a buyer isn’t the challenge. Finding the right buyer is a challenge that requires up to the minute market expertise and solid intuition, honed by years of experience managing different offer situations. Web savvy marketers with an eye for design, focused on presenting your home in the best possible light and exposing it to as many buyers as possible. I work with you to get your house market ready, always working within your budget and priorities, and build a plan of action to garner the best sales price. After meeting with me, you’ll walk away feeling informed and ready to take the next steps forward. Contact me today at 509.990.7698.

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