Information to Guide Your Real Estate Journey

5 Things No One Told You About Owning a Home

5 Things No One Told You About Owning a Home   Owning a home comes with a lot of responsibilities. Some are fun, while others…not so much. If you want to go from being a window shopper to being a homeowner, it’s time you get the real story about owning real estate.  Down Payment or … Read more

A boy and his grandfather renovate a home

Renovate or Move

Renovate or Move “Should we renovate or move?” It’s a common question. This time of year can get us all thinking about if our current space fits our current needs. I’m going to guide you through some myths and best practices of the elusive “renovate or move” question, and help you nail down your next … Read more

My green-on-green house before we started updating it.

Love the Place You Live

Love the Place You Live Do you love the place you live? I have learned to love my current house, one project at a time, but it wasn’t always this way. I’ve not shared my home ownership journey with many people, but lets just say it has not all been smooth sailing. My hope is … Read more

A grumpy baby looks as if he might have commited one of these six first time home buyer mistakes!

6 Common First Time Home Buyer Mistakes — Part 2

6 Common First Time Home Buyer Mistakes— Part 2 Welcome back! To refresh your memory, last week I started a two-part blog post addressing the first three of six common first time home buyer mistakes that I see way too often. Those first three mistakes were: 1. Not knowing your budget 2. Not researching down … Read more

6 Common First Time Home Buyer Mistakes — Part 1

 6 Common First Time Home Buyer Mistakes— Part 1 Starting out on your first time home buyer journey? You have probably already learned that the process can be overwhelming, which can sometimes lead to analysis paralysis. But don’t fret.  I’ve got your back! Perhaps you’re a novice real estate shopper. Or maybe you have an investor’s … Read more

My family poses for a picture when my oldest children were young--they (and my youngest) are my reasons for creating better habits for a better me.

Forming Better Habits for a Better Me in 2020

Forming Better Habits for a Better Me in 2020 Well, here we are again, nearing the end of yet another year–and another DECADE! Truth be told, I am not a big fan of this time of the year. It’s cold and grey here in the Pacific Northwest. The holidays can be so busy and exhausting. … Read more

A little bit of holiday cheer spread by a small wide-eyed dog sitting on grey chair leaning against a festive red pillow

Spread Some Holiday Cheer in 5 Simple Ways

Spread Some Holiday Cheer in 5 Simple Ways How is your December going? Are you feeling the joy? I sure hope so! If you are, I encourage you to spread the holiday cheer to others, because not everyone is feeling it right now. Here are some fun ways to pay it forward and brighten someone … Read more

A hand taking holding a cell phone up to take a picture of a christmas tree glowing with white lights, the person savoring the moment instead of adhering to a rigid Christmas checklist.

The Ultimate Christmas Checklist

The Ultimate Christmas Checklist We are T-minus 19 days until Christmas! The holiday season is in full swing. Are you feeling the holiday joy? Or are you feeling bogged down by all of the tasks and to-do’s that come with this season, or with the sorrows and bittersweet memories of missed loved ones and years … Read more

My son and Mrs. Claus at Disneyland feel the holiday joy!

5 Reminders to Find Joy in the Holidays

5 Reminders to Find Joy in the Holiday Craziness Thanksgiving has just wrapped up, and I am looking at the calendar between now and the end of the year, and–wow.  There is so much going on! It’s hard to admit, but finding joy in the holidays can be hard. Please note: this post may contain … Read more