One thing 2020 has done is force many of us to think outside the box. Perhaps that’s what sparked our idea to turn the disruption of remote learning into a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We’ll be supplementing what the kids are learning online with hands-on experiences and lessons they’ll never forget. What will we see and learn and experience together? We have no idea, but we sure can’t wait to find out!
About Us: We’re the Rougeauxs—Brandy, Ron, Ariel, and Wyatt. Brandy was an elementary school teacher in Vancouver, Canada before moving to Olympia, WA to join Ron. She’s now a busy stay at home mom. Ron, who grew up in Olympia, is a real estate broker with EXP Realty. Ariel is starting Grade 3 this year, and Wyatt is starting Kindergarten. We have two lovable and energetic German Shorthaired Pointers who will be joining us on this trip. Maggie is a year and a half, and Remi is just 16 weeks. Should be fun, right?
What we’re up to: When we heard that our school district was going to all remote learning for the early fall we thought, why not? “Let’s take the kids’ remote learning on the road and explore the USA in our RV.” So we planned a 64-day road trip, exploring KOA’s and National Parks all around the country. Then, we started this blog so we could share the journey with you. Thanks for coming along!
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.
Right now you are starting to see a change in the Commerical real estate market. There is more and more commercial properties coming on the market, and they are selling just as fast if they are a good deal in core density locations (ideal location – down town core areas).
Lets make this very easy population keeps growing, more and more people are moving back to the city life. The downtown city locations only have one choice and that is to grow bigger and up. If you are buying a building in a downtown location that you know the city will have to expand some day out and up, just wait to be bought out. And in the mean time lease out your building and just collect on the money. This is not the fast a quick way to make money, you are now in this for the long haul and patience is key. Buy the building that is older and needs some love, but can easily be leased out because of its location. Keep the lease going for 10-30 years, and when that time comes you building will be worth multiples of 2-10 what you paid for it. Plus you were making a small amount on the side well waiting to cash out on that Commerical building.
So if you want advice or where I would recommend to look on key downtown core areas to buy a Commerical building. Please contact myself, I love finding key buildings to invest in. Way put the money in a back and make a little bit, when its so much more fun to invest in Commerical buildings, where you know the only way there is to go is UP.
A little nostalgia came to me when I was touring the old Weyerhaeuser corporate building this last week. It all came to me when I jumped up after my nice lunch which was included in the tour. I was in the first tour put on by the listing broker of the building. The tour was handled in small groups of 6-10 people and as we made our way up to the 5th floor the executive floor, I was excited to explore and look around. But instead of walking all around the tour guide/listing broker just walked to the middle of the floor and explained where things were laid out. And as we went to the third floor and we stand around in the center again really not touring the building but more being told what was in that area, I couldn’t help but to slowly walk away and actually go look in the different rooms and areas. I wasn’t alone, as one of the other guys I met earlier in the lineup for lunch followed me to the rooms. He made the comment ” I really want to actually see the building, and was so excited for this opportunity”, I completely agreed with him. As we rounded the corner and started walking back to the tour group, they left and literally disappeared.
As we stood in the middle of the third floor, this is where my nostalgia kicks in. It was like I was back in high school when I used to walk around school while everyone else was in class I would be exploring the school. So my new found friend Jeff and I look at each other and knew exactly what to do, have our own tour of the building. Of course we walked to the back areas, explored and then we go through a few doors and more doors. Then one key door I was about to tell Jeff to hold the door, but I let it go and didn’t say anything out loud. As we head through the second door to the cargo bay, well you probably guessed it we were locked out. I couldn’t help but laugh, yep just like high school, but with high end clothes on and in a 50 million dollar plus building, and yes Im working, well sort of. I was not to concerned, as there is always a way out. After still laughing and letting Jeff explore to find a way out, which he did in a few 3-4 minutes later, and after having stopped to take a selfie. We headed out through the loading ramp back up to the main entrance. We look at each other and know exactly what to do and that was to continue on our private tour of the building. We explore every floor in and out, every door and notice every detail from the full wood door handles, to the engine room with ear plugs and old blue print plans of the building. At the end I had a huge grin on my face, I had 2 plus hours of exploring this amazing building, bringing back old good memories of not a worry in the world, just exploring and admiring beautiful architecture and being right in my element. Please find the pictures below I took of the epic adventure.
p.s. If you would like to buy the building for about $150 a sqft, comes to about $54 million with 40 acres or lease at least 100,000 square feet basically one floor for $17 a square foot, please contact me to be your broker to represent you. Ron Rougeaux (360) 338-8355.
The market is starting off again this year fast and strong. Actually it really has not slowed down since last year.
Folks are moving to the PNW in drones looking for that fresh water/air/trees/mountains and just a change of life. Most are acquiring new jobs in the area and businesses are hiring like crazy up and down the Puget sound area.
Most people selling are looking to down grade and up grade. Some have to big of a house and the kids are gone, and looking to find that perfect retirement home. Others are just moving up and need a bigger home for the kids and the best school locations. No matter what your reason is for selling, if you are just moving for constant sun even, let me help you sell your home.
When you go to sell your home, you want someone who will take care of the pictures – actually hiring a professional and even someone with a drone to get an ariel view, advertising – All advertising online/social media and newspaper/flyers. And if the home is vacant even home staging if required and holding “open house” on the weekends – to bring more foot traffic in the home ( if you are comfortable with an open house, some homes don’t require an open house). Pricing the home right – there is nothing worse then pricing the home to high and just having it sit on the market and then keep lowering the price, and maybe not even selling.
So before you go to list your home for sale, please contact me and I will run through the entire process and make sure you are taken care of properly and I get your home sold more importantly for a great price.
It’s the start of the new year and most people are focusing on the gym and what healthy plans they will try this year. One of my neighbors is doing the “no drinking” for a month, and my other neighbor is doing the Paleo diet.
But others are already starting to hit the real estate market hard. Either due to higher interest rates that are starting this year, or realizing now is the time to get in a home before it is to late. Along with high rental rates which have sky rocketed in Olympia, WA.
A lot of sellers are also realizing this and starting to list a lot earlier then in the years past.
If you are a buyer or seller, there is no time like now. I would say you will catch the early buyers out on the market wanting a change now and trying to get a head start of the summer rush, and multi-bidding wars. And the sellers are also trying to get ahead of the multiple home listings that could also flood the market in homes in certain neighborhoods. And if you home is not the best or one of the best in the neighborhood, it could sit a lot long on the market then the other homes that will blow your home away and may even lower your value if then underprice their home.
If you are looking to buy or sell, and want to get a head start in the market and want someone to make sure you get straight forward help. Please don’t hesitate to call (360)-338-8355 or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or if you like just discussing real estate and would like some questions answered or a realistic value on your home, just let me know.