-Choose Wisely-

Here is the real advice you will want to hear when you are moving to a new home, and it should be your first question. – Where to move to? – and I will always say Choose Wisely!

Ron Rougeaux

What I mean by that is do your research on the area you want to live first and foremost. And start with the city you like or are moving to. Then narrow down the search from there. I find to many people search by homes that catch their eye and then research where the home is located. And eventually they buy the home and not the location. Remember location is everything! I repeat Location will and alway be everything! Sure the home maybe amazing, just that perfect style you have been looking for and truly connect with. But if the location not good with regards to stores/amenities, school district is not up to standards for your kids, or even HOA/CCR’s and even bad neighbors. Nothing is worse then buying the home you have always envisioned, and then wanting to move because one or all issues arise as you start to live and adjust to your new home.

Here is how I start.

First 1.  I research the city I am moving to – Easy or Not depending on what is making you more. If you are from the city already, easy you now know more of the city and location on where you would like to live. (move to step 2). If you are moving from another state for work or service, then picking your city will require more focus on what that city has to offer for you and your family. If you are single, there is definitely cities I would stay away from if you could help it, as they maybe more sleepy family cities that do not offer the lifestyle required or would be appreciated by a single person.  If you are a family moving to the city, please look into the school district, parents are finally starting to pay more attention. But here is some more information, you need to really find someone who has their eye to the ground on the schools/boards and what is going on behind the scenes. Even through a lot of websites you google say one thing. Go find either a local real estate agent, school teacher, even go talk to the school first and find out what is really going on behind the scenes. I can not stress this enough if you are worried about your kids future at a certain school.

Step 2. – Drive the City if possible – If not possible please use Google Maps. And I mean to both items either driving or google maps spend time in this area. One of the most crucial areas for a solid foundation for starting to actually pick a neighborhood/location in the city you would like to live. And if you really want to do it right, do both driving and google maps. So with driving I like to do at least 2 – 3 drives and sometimes even spend at least 1 night in the city to see different locations in the morning, noon, evening. Trust me a day showing could be quite different from an morning or evening showing. For Example – (When you go look at a house at 2pm during the weekend, and it is quite, nice, even charmingly romantic. Now you go back to that same house on a Monday morning 8am and you see the school buses pile up, parents and traffic running around to school and work, and the road your home is on now turns into a major highway. And Friday at 5:30pm and you notice traffic jams, as everyone uses the road your home is on as a short cut though town, and now it takes your an extra 20mins to get home and forget about even turning in and out of your home). Now this example is true, not all are this bad, and Yes I have even seen worse. — As a Real Estate Broker Ron Rougeaux– I know what roads to avoid and when to avoid, I know what is going or try to know as much is possible within the city with new construction, developments, and upcoming projects that could affect the home you like. I have saved a lot of buyers from purchasing in an area that would be harmful for the lifestyle they are looking for, or even worse re-sale where they lose money and can not afford to move out of a bad situation. Trust me please drive and take you time looking at certain areas you are considering buying, have lunch near the location, walk the streets and stores. Then when you get home google map where you drove and see what you missed, maybe you might see a cool store to check out next time or that the huge mushroom farm may not smell so good when the wind blows a certain direction. If you don’t have time or can’t drive the area you are looking at. Second best is use google maps and drive the locations that way, not as good, but still will definitely help out.

Step 3. – Pick your Neighborhood/Location – Once you pick a location of neighborhood let your real estate agent set you up on  home search so you can receive email alerts right away once a home pops up in that area. Likely hood is there will be a lot of people interested in the same area you are, and the key is to be at the home and view it as soon as possible. (Also you want to time to again – revert back to step 2 now, on more focused area just around that home). – What I mean is even if you like the home and it is in your key location/neighborhood. Now you need to research what is on the sides and in front/behind the home. Is it a corner lot, or in front of a street where headlights go through your windows. Does one or all the homes around it look run down or multiple cars in the driveway. Basically look for Red Flags, that will be a problem once you are actually living in the home. Now just remember nothing is ever going to be perfect, but also you don’t want to buy a home where you just can’t stand living there, no matter how nice the home is.

Step 3X. – Extra Bonus Step – Go knock on the neighbors door in the evening of the home you are looking at purchasing. Yes I know this could be a little nerve racking, but wouldn’t you like to know who you could be possible living next door to if you buy the home. And I guarantee you they will tell you all the information you would ever want to know about the current owners trying to sell the home and all the drama. This could be huge and very insightful.

Step 4. – Win the home – If the home matches and fits all your criteria then make the offer and win that home. Use an agent that knows the area. Has the sales to back them up. And please make sure that agent has at least a minimum of a few years under their belt. Trust me I have been doing this for a while, and I can guarantee you need someone that does 40+ sales a year and runs into all kinds of situations, because this is the backing and advice you need to succeed. And Bonus if that real estate agent has rental properties, and has flipped homes. Trust me boundary lines, to permit uses, to everything you can’t imagine I have ran into, and yet their is still more out there even for myself to learn.

Next Blog – Learn how to actually win a Home with Multiple offers. Trust me if you find the perfect home and location. Chances are you are going to have a battle to win it. And you always want a seasoned fighter on your side – I love to Fight – And even More I love to Win! — I can Win for you!– Ron Rougeaux

 

 

Great Website to Search for Homes for Sale in Washington State. Create an Account and enjoy the fun world of searching for Homes!

Web Site for Home Search – PNW Homes Group

If you are like me, you love searching for homes. What I love about my website is you can browse, explore, and find the perfect home, or piece of land or even an amazing commercial building for your business. The website updates constantly and you never miss the newest property on the market. This allows you to make sure you get the property first and get that offer in before everyone else.

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Stop and Look Around

I will say it is very easy somedays to just completely get engulfed in work, or life and completely stop to look around. I know it is a little cliché to say, but I have to remember to look around. I will admit it is very easy somedays for me to forget that we live in/on the puget sound. If you don’t actually see the water or work by it, you forget how beautiful it is.

Today I have clients downtown and I stopped into one of my favorite places, Budd Bay Cafe and they have one of the best calm chowders, and of course a great view of the water and boats.

Just a quick update, if you are running around like crazy and working all the time, don’t forget to take it all in or it will just fly by.

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We live somewhere beautiful – PNW

The saying goes “Where you hang your Hat” is Home. Well I can say I absolutely love living in the PNW, in Washington State. Or more accurately Lacey, WA or Olympia, Wa as everyone just groups us in with Olympia – The Capital of Washington State.

I have live a lot of places, and loved all of them, but my heart will always bring me back home to the PNW. Sometimes its hard to describe, and understand. For the locals it is a no brainer, fresh air, fresh water, mountains, trees and desert all in one state. We have Canada to the north and Oregon to the South and the Pacific Ocean to the West. You can’t beat how this is the furtherest north you can go in the continuous 49, expect for Alaska.

When you look around, and especially in Olympia, it is like a time warp. Yes its the capital of the state, but when I walk into the county court house for real estate permits. It is like traveling back into time, a simpler time, the smells, the sights all reflect an era that is long and gone, except for in Olympia, WA. When you walk down the streets and go into the shops and restaurants. It is a friendly warm welcome, as if you have always been a local. I would even say you get more room to make this city your own, as the constraints of a big city or new age era is so structured and ridged with protocols, where here you have the luxury of more freedom.

Some will see a different side, but if you know what to look for, this place is as good as it gets in my mind. I am so happy we decided to make this our home, not only for our children. Where they can have a glimpse of the world I grew up in, it helps them understand that there is more then just being a robot with standardized structure. Here you can you, see the old with the new. A launch port for exploring the world outside the United States. Plus Washington state in its self is almost a replica of the entire US, in a complete small scale minus the east coast atmosphere and south.

If you are looking for a place to call your own in the PNW – Call me – 360.338.8355

*** I will make sure to tell you the history, the legends, the facts and everything you should and need to know when buying out here in the PNW. And if you do make the change, welcome to the last wild west country in the United States!

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Investing in homes in Olympia, WA

Olympia, WA has always been a sleepy town and a great place to raise a family. What has finally started turning the corner is the home investors are finally really coming out of the wood works and noticing that there is more and more people moving to Olympia. With this flipping homes has become more and more of a popular item. The catch is the home prices have risen so much that finding a home for a great price to flip is harder and harder.

I am very lucky to have the opportunity to flip three more homes on waterfront on Long Lake, in Lacey, WA. The homes all home plenty of land, there are two waterfront lots, and the third home lot, can be subdivided in two 4 lots.

Stay tuned as I take you through the entire process of how I flip the homes.

Here is some starter pics.

Also please check out my website at PNW Homes Group Website if you are looking to sell or buy a home.

And please find my Youtube channel link if you want to watch my videos Captain Ron’s Real Estate Tips

 

 

BUYING AND SELLING OLYMPIA HOMES IN SUMMER

Summertime is so beautiful in Olympia, with the warm sunny days and all of the outdoors to enjoy. There’s Lakefair and fireworks and downtown Olympia activities to explore. Olympia truly shines during the summer, and is often when we have the most residents returning, and tourists visiting. Summer is also a wonderful time to relax at home. In the real estate market, whether you are looking to buy or sell, there are a few things to consider during these wonderful summer months in Olympia.

Many homeowners believe that summer is also a good time to start thinking about getting ready to list their home. What they don’t realize is that the real estate buying season is actually slowing down! Strangely enough, even with all the benefits summertime in Olympia brings, it probably won’t be the best time to list your home. Many homebuyers in South Puget Sound area are most actively looking for homes during the spring, so that they can be moved in their new home in time to enjoy it for the summer. Who really wants to move all that heavy furniture and boxes in 80 degree weather if they can help it?

Now, with school starting soon and families out on vacations, fewer home buyers are shopping for those homes that are just now hitting the market. But hold on, there is hope! The best way to buy or sell a home in Olympia is to have an experienced team of local professionals that can get the job done for you. You need agents that know each and every neighborhood and all the dynamics of the area that make Olympia what it is. At PNW Homes Group, that’s exactly what you’ll get! We all love Olympia, and we all love helping people get the most out of what she has to offer, and buying or selling a home here is no different.

The ebbs and flows of the real estate market can be tricky to anticipate, but just like the locals that know when the tides will be coming in or out, we are your local guides to all things Olympia real estate. We are standing by to help you with any situation. So give us a call, send us an email, and check us out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and at PNWHomesGroup.com.

Spring/Summer is in the Air. Time to get ready to sell/buy a home.

You can always tell when the air changes, the sun is starting to come out more that change is ready to happen. If you are looking to take advantage of the great real estate market at the moment, or coming up this summer. Well you have picked the right year, the market is hot and the homes are flying off the shelf. In fact we have a huge inventory shortage of homes on the market place. So yes, if you are thinking of selling, great you will get a great price for your home. I do get the question a lot of the time. Can I price my home at the price, and it is a lot higher then the market price. Straight forward answer is No. Your home when you list it has to be what the comps/values of your home compared to the homes in your neighborhood and surrounding area. And the homes that are comps need to be comparable to your home. This is now your value, yes Zillow, other sites give you values and sometimes they are right, but really vary to some degrees.

Before you go and list your home, find a agent that you trust and want to work with. Be careful of the agents that have discounted commissions, so companies out there pay their agents salaries and then the commission to you is lower for selling your home. The issue is here the agent is not that motivated to really sell your home. They don’t get any higher amount if your home sells faster, or for more money. They have a salary.

So always be aware the agent you decide to use is full commission. That way if your home doesn’t sell they don’t get paid. And nothing motivates a agent better, then getting your commission. We will work harder, smarter, and have experience living in the market with only making a commission.

Your main question will be, but I save a few thousand dollars. And my response is no you don’t. Because the salary agent, doesn’t care if you get into a bidding war and make another 10-20k on top of your list price. Because remember they are salary, they get paid no matter what happens to your home. Where the agent solely on commission wants the highest price for you, as that adds to their commission in the end. And yes you then are now making more money, then if you go with the discount salary real estate agent. But again you always get what you pay for. So if you are looking for a discount, then fair enough. But if you want the best customer service, agents that will bend over backwards to get your home sold, and for the best price. Think smart and use a full time commission only real estate agent, like myself. Captain Ron. PNW Homes Group Website

If you are moving to Washington. This is how to tell if you meet a local from Washington. And please, if you use a real estate agent with an Umbrella, and are not really from Washington.

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YOU KNOW YOU ARE FROM OR LIVE IN WASHINGTON STATE WHEN:

•You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Sammamish, Enumclaw and Issaquah.
•You avoid driving through Seattle at all costs.
•You see a person carrying an umbrella and instantly think “tourist“.
•Your lawn is mostly moss and you don’t really care.
•You’re extremely picky about your coffee.
•”The mountain is out today.” isn’t a strange statement.
•While out of state you just tell people you’re from Seattle, since that’s the only known city in Washington according to the rest of the world.
•Going to the Space Needle DOES get old.
•You rarely wash your car because it’s just going to get washed by the rain tomorrow.
•You’re used to the phrase “No, not DC.” when telling out-of-state’ers where you’re from.
•Northfaces are always in fashion.
•You take a heavy coat and a hat with you for a day at the beach.
•You have mastered the art of doing everything in the rain, because, well, Washington.
•You play the “No, you go!” game at four-way stops.
•You are the only one in the entire state who actually knows how to drive in the rain.
•You have had the thought of how beautiful Mount Rainier is, while simultaneously accepting that it will probably kill you someday.
•You believe ‘Twilight’ ruined Forks.
•You know the story of Mt. Saint Helens all too well.
•You use Tacoma Narrows bridge as a distance marker.
•You’re used to going from shorts and t-shirts to jeans and hoodies – and back – in a single week.
•You are used to having rain on one hill and sun on another.
•You dread I-5 construction as much as you dread driving in Seattle.

If you really want to buy a house from a local real estate agent from Washington State, please contact me. I will make sure not only you receive amazing customer service, PNW style (which is the best). But you will also know all the history about your home, and the area surrounding it. Please view PNW Homes Group Website, or direct contact information below.

PNW Homes Group Website

Ron Rougeaux

PNW Homes Group/ Van Dorm Realty

(360) 338-8355

Captainronjr@gmail.com

Ready to buy a house?

There are a lot of home buyers in Olympia right now. Most of them have been looking for a while. If you are a new buyer just coming into the market, there are a few things you should do to get started:

  1. Get a pre-approval letter
  2. Find a lender that you are going to use and that you also trust
  3. Get an agent that you like and trust
  4. Go look for a home.

However, because there a so many current buyers, if you are just getting started you need to be proactive in your search. But it shouldn’t just be you. Your real estate agent should also help you stay ahead of the game.

If you are ready to buy a home, call, text or email me and I will help you get started.

Happy House Hunting!

Thinking of selling your home? – Looking for Listings

The housing market is busier than ever in Olympia. There are more buyers looking than there are sellers, meaning that it is still a seller’s market in the Pacific Northwest. In a seller’s market, there is less inventory and less competition for the houses on the market.

There are currently too many buyers and I am always looking for new listings. If you are thinking about selling you house, or are ready to sell your house, get in touch with me and we can begin the process. I will let you know what to expect, help you prepare for listing your house, and answer any questions that you may have.