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Archive for February, 2014

A Teckie I Am Not!

I don’t even know how to spell that word.  You know, teckie, a person who is knowledgeable about all things technological.  Again, a teckie I am not.  But, as I delve into some new web sites I am finding out I can do more than I think I can.  A couple of web sites I’ve discovered that are pretty cool are  This is a video email service that is free.  Pretty cool way to send business emails to your clients and customers, or personal e-greetings for say birthdays, etc.

Another one is which is a web site to help you gain higher ranking on a Google search of your name.  I worked with it a bit last night and found out that I dominate page one of a Google search of my name.  But then again, how many other people could there be out there named Sabrina Jones-Schroeder??  Apparently, not many or even none! 

Finally, check out  This is a cool web site that creates videos set to music of your still photos.  The short 30 second videos are free.  Again, what a fun thing to send to clients, customers, friends and family!

Anyway, a couple of fun new things to check out if you are a teckie wannabe like me!

The Spring market is heating up here in Spokane and with low interested rates and some nice inventory to choose from ,it is a great time to buy real estate! 

Check out my website at to see some great listings and please remember to refer me to your friends and family in need to professional real estate services.  You can always reach me at 509.879.8800.

Real Estate Market Activity for Month-End January, 2014


Compared to last year, sales are up continuing a trend that we’ve seen for a couple of years now.  The average and median sales prices, however, are down.  The Spokane Association of REALTORS© reports the following:

 “283 closed sales of residential properties on less than one acre including condo sales were reported for January. This is the best January for closed sales in seven years. The average sales price in January was $164,680 and the median price was $152,000.  Compared to last year sales are up 13.3%.  For January 2013, 249 sales were reported. The average and median price are down compared to last year.  The average price for January 2013 was $176,708.  This January’s average selling price of $164,680 is down 6.8% compared to last January and the median price is down 5.6%. The median price for January 2013 was $161,000. The drop in prices was driven primarily by REO sales nearly doubling this January (66) compared to January 2013 (36) and closed new construction sales being down 25.5% for this January compared to January 2013. Inventory as of this Market Activity report is holding steady. Inventory totals 2,098 properties compared to 2,055 last year at this time, up 2.1%. As stated above, new construction sales were down 25.5% compared to January of 2013, 35 closed sales this January compared to 47 for January 2013.”

 It is a great time to buy real estate! 

 Check out my website at to see some great listings and please remember to refer me to your friends and family in need to professional real estate services.  You can always reach me at 509.879.8800.

407 Auburn Crest Ct. – New Listing in Eagle Ridge, Spokane, WA

I just listed the most beautiful home in Eagle Ridge in Spokane, WA.  The sellers have completed a $50,000+ remodel on the kitchen and it has incredible slab granite counters, lovely wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances including double wall oven, 5 burner gas range, refrigerator and built-in microwave.  The kitchen island is expansive and seats six!  The lovely open floor plan includes a nice sitting area and dining area, also!

Just off the kitchen is a nice-sized family room with gas fireplace.  There is also a large laundry room with a ¾ bath and access to the garage from this level.  Down one level is a great rec room and storage area.  Upstairs is a spacious master suite with its own full bath.  The bath has a double sink vanity and large soaking tub plus separate shower and water closet.  The upstairs is completed with two additional bedrooms and another full bath.

Another part of the WOW Factor of this home is thebackyard.  Just off the kitchen and dining area is a slider to the back deck.  The sellers extended the Trex deck and covered part of it for wonderful outdoor entertaining.  There is also an in-ground pool with safety cover and lovely tiered landscaping.

You can check out the virtual tour on this wonderful home at  It is an incredible home!

Check out my website at to see this home and my other listings and please remember to refer me to your friends and family in need to professional real estate services.  You can always reach me at 509.879.8800, too!






My family’s birthdays all fall within a three week time period starting with Cole’s birthday on January 30, Emerson’s birthday on February 13 and Jeff’s on February 21.  Throw Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day in there for extra measure and our house is one big party for three weeks.

 We had a great family celebration for Cole’s birthday.  As his sister did when she turned 8, Cole got a big boy desk for his room. Various family members scored with basketballs, footballs, Nike Elite socks, Skylanders Swap Force characters and iTunes gift cards.  He loved each and every gift he received.  He gets to have his first big boy sleep over, too, now that he is 8.  That is coming up this week.

 Then we had some family over for the Super Bowl and thankfully my mother-in-law did the food for us.  I was a scrapbooking fool for the day.  I am trying to get our family scrapbooks caught up.  I think I am at Summer, 2013 which isn’t too bad!

 Emerson gets to take a friend out to Triple Play for her birthday where we will play in the water park, bowl, mini-golf, etc. then spend the night in a hotel, just us girls.  She is pretty excited about that.

 Jeff will get to pick somewhere to go for dinner for his birthday as I will be way too tired to cook anything for him.  Poor guy, he seems to get the shorter end of the stick with his birthday coming dead last!  Anyway, come February 22, I will be done with the family birthdays for another year and hopefully, will have found a way to make great memories for the whole families for their birthday’s this year!

Check out my website at and please remember to refer me to your friends and family in need to professional real estate services.

 Have a great week everyone!

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