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Archive for March, 2012

A Dozen Great Years!

Today was a great day:  not only was the sun shining (it was 63 degrees on my car thermometer this evening!); not only did we have a day filled with friends, family, great food and relaxation; not only did we get to watch the Lady Zags play some great basketball; but Jeff and I also celebrated our 12 year anniversary today!  12 years . . . a whole dozen years.  Wow, seems like just yesterday we started dating.

I am beyond blessed to be married to this wonderful man.  He is a fabulous husband, a true provider in every sense of the word, an involved father and so much more.  He is kind, caring, strong, loving and funny.  He is the love of my life.  I am filled with gratitude that we found each other and have created a wonderful life together.

So this week, my blog is dedicated to my best friend and life partner.  I love you Jeff!

Have a great week everyone!

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A Turn in the Market – I Sincerely Hope So!

So, I’ve been blogging about our little real estate market here inSpokaneand folks, I gotta tell ya, the news is good!  Sales are up and inventory is falling – a classic shift in supply and demand principles that indicate recovery is on the way.  Here’s what the Spokane Association of Realtors report for the end of February:

Residential closed sales (residential site built on less than one acre and condo) continue to outpace last year. In February 269 sales were reported. This number is up 63 sales over January amounting to a 30.6% increase.  Compared to February last year sales are up 79 or 41.6%. The average sales price was $155,679 for February virtually the same as January. The median sales price for February was $144,900 again very similar to January.  Compared to February one year ago the average price is down 6.5% while the median price is down 3.4%.  Year to date sales are up 27%. The number of sales through February this year total 475 compared to 374 over the same time last year. The average and median sales price through February are down 9.7% and 5% respectively. What the industry terms distressed sales (short sales and REO sales) are significantly impacting prices and will continue to impact the average and median price going forward.  Inventory compared to last month dropped 17.9% and compared to last year at this time inventory is down 10.8%. New home construction sales are down 17.9% so far this year but prices seem to be stabilizing.

Although the average sales price is still falling (darn those distressed properties), other indicators are very positive.  I am so excited to see what the year brings us!  I believe we are on the path to recovery.  I know that I have been busier so far this year than I have for a few years and I am so thankful for the business I have right now.

On a personal note, I enjoyed another great weekend with a little work showing clients a few houses, and a lot of family time – watching the GU game, baking cookies with Emerson, playing Wii Mario Brothers with Cole (I’m actually getting pretty good if I do say so myself!), movies and relaxation time, a classic St. Patty’s day dinner at our house with the whole family last night all capped off by a rousing game of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cheese Touch game.  It’s a riot especially when half the players are under the age of 10.  Once again, I feel so blessed to have such a rich and wonderful life!

Have a great week everyone!

Homemdae Lasagna and Dualing Laptops!

So, I had another fantastic week!  I signed around three deals this week from a $40,000 mobile home, to a first time homebuyer’s $125,000 bungalow to a gorgeous Georgian home for $300,000.  Whew – I was all over the board this week professionally.  And the news is good nationally and at the local level.  Sales are picking up, inventory is down (great basic economics trending) and the market is really heating up.  We are so due for a decent market!

So, as for the weekend – Friday night was a trip to Costco (those crazy Friday nights!) and movies with the kiddos.  Then a nice day of playing and hanging out with the kids on Saturday with a little bit of worked mixed in – showed a couple houses and wrote an offer.  Then to cap off a wonderful day, a date with my honey, Jeff!  We went to see “Safe House” – the new Denzel Washington & Ryan Reynolds movie (pretty good especially if you like the “Bourne Identity” type movie) then a late night snack at PF Chang’s – yummy.  The best part of all?  The kiddos spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s!  Pure luxury to have a night out with Jeff.  We need to do it way more often! 

Today (Sunday) we went to church and watched the Ugandan children’s choir perform (too cool), then to brunch at Grandma’s & Grandpa’s house.  Emerson and I then went shopping for a few things and came home to catch up on “Once Upon a Time.”  After that, the kiddos played while I made homemade lasagna and Caesar salad for dinner.  Again, yummy!  Not so great for my eating plan, but you gotta love lasagna.  I have to say that my mom’s lasagna was way better!  Even Cole was digging it though so it must have been pretty good!  Jeff and I are now playing dualing laptops on the couch.  Sigh, a far cry from our date night.

Today I feel blessed to have such a wonderful family!  Have a great week everyone!

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