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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.
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!
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
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!
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/ Van Dorm Realty
Olympia Washington has amazing sunrises and sunsets. But nothing beats a beautiful sunrise to get your morning started. Today from my home, I had a double sunrise, one right out of the window and one right on the news. I absolutely love where I live, and when you have a real estate broker, like myself who loves where they live. It will show through my work, when I am showing you homes or when I know about homes that are not on the market yet that will be. For example, I know of a home coming on with a beautiful view around my home that could be up for grabs.
I also want to say thank you to my amazing clients that are moving out here from the east coast, and trusted me in their purchase of the home remotely. Not only did they get a amazing home, and they are great people, but on top of that we negotiated a new roof on the home as well. They will stay nice a dry now, and have a beautiful home in a great neighborhood at the end of a cul-de-sac.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with helping you buy or sell a home for you. Or if you are interested in special areas or homes that might be coming on the market soon. I love Olympia, Washington and I am positive you and your family will as well.
When you think of waterfront in the woods with a cabin and friends and adventures await you usually will go towards the movie “The Great Outdoors”.
This cabin on Summit Lake is what I think of with regards to the movie “The Great Outdoors”. When you look around all you see is trees, and the water is beautiful with 2 docks on the property and a boat house. The cabin with 2 bedrooms and bath make you feel right at home and the solid new deck really allow you to relax and enjoy the wilderness settings. If your style is fishing, relaxing and just taking in the surroundings, this is you lake front home.
Waterfront living & views! Adorable 2 BR cottage right on Summit Lake in a great location with a deck overlooking the lake, boathouse, and has 2 docks. Adjoining property has a fire pit. Sited on a private lane. 3 parcels total included in sale with over 100 feet of waterfront.
Link to see more pictures and details on the Lake front cabin home.
You know when you have that perfect balance of elegance and spacious living, this home is the place. The home sits on 5+ acres in Tumwater SD on top of Sunset Ridge. Unobstructed Mt. Rainier and Capital Peak views surround this beautiful 4197 square foot custom two story Craftsman. Extensive custom woodwork and cabinets, Brazilian granite and Brazilian cherry hardwoods enrich this open floor plan which includes the Master on the main floor, 3 bedrooms, 2 offices, large bonus room and an oversized 3 car garage. Room to expand with a shop and sport court.
You are living the country dream, and only minutes from amenities and 20 miles from downtown Olympia, and only 60 miles to Seattle.
For more information and pictures please click the link below.
When the wind is blowing and of course in Washington State the trees are abundant, which equals branches falling on power lines everywhere. Which means disrupted or no power for hours to maybe a day or two for you and your home.
When looking at buying or building a home. A major question should be is the house wired for a generator?
Yes you can be like be, I have a generator from Cabela’s. And the generator works great. Here are the issues though. I am running my extension cords from the side of the home where I have my generator behind the fence. Then the cords go through the garage door in to the house and I plug in the key essentials, Fridge, phone and any items we would like to have the luxury of usage. It definitely works and is a nice way to get a little bit of power. Plus we have the wood burning fireplace for some heat. But every time the power goes out, I always say, “I wish my house was wired for a generator”.
Then all I would have to do is start the generator on the outside of my home. It is wired in to the house and I have the selected items I want on the generator running. No extension cords, no trying to figure out which items I can use. It is all setup and running. Now I will admit it is kinda of fun, running the extension cords and really feel like I am trying to survive a zombie apocalypse, but after the few times, yay I’m good. And the next house I buy or build, will be wired for a generator.