Blog :: 07-2015

Highlighted Clients of the month!

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Gretchen and Derrick first became clients about a year ago, right around the super bowl (for those of you that aren't football fans, that's also winter time).  Obviously, not typically a busy time to look for houses, and we used it to our advantage.

We found a house they loved on 38th and Killingsworth.  It was a cute WWII bungalow, 2 bedroom, 1 bath.  It'd been on the market for a little while, and we still thought it was overpriced.  We wrote an offer on it, and negotiated back and forth with the seller.  We even walked away a few times, but eventually got into contract at the price we wanted.  We credited the super bowl with our negotiating success.  Once we closed, Gretchen and Derrick started knocking down walls and pulling up floors. Literally.

It was the house they first lived in together, and the house they married in (complete with hay bales and a hoe down in the backyard).  And a year later, we sold it for nearly $100,000 profit (mostly because of their fantastic eye and an increasing real estate market), which  enabled them to change jobs and be there for family members struggling with their health.

And that's what it's about;  helping people use real estate to give them the freedom and security to do what they really want in life!


  1. Mark Aalto on

    Claire!!!! How are you? Chat soon? MARK AALTO

    Old Homes and Healthy Garden Beds


    Keeping your home well maintained is the best way to preserve your most expensive investment:

    Today we look at garden beds.  Our housing stock is old.  Most of it was built before 1978, which is when we stopped using lead based paint as a country.  Lead paint, when exposed to rain for many years, runs off and into the soil.  If you're laying out your garden, especially your vegetable and herb garden, DO NOT put it by the house.  That soil is likely contaminated with lead.

    Additionally, make sure you use wood that's not been treated.  I've seen several houses lately who's vegetable boxes were built with pressure treated wood.  Granted, this wood will last much longer than cedar, but it will also contaminate those tomatoes of yours with  Chromated Copper Arsenate, Alkaline Copper Quat, Micronized Copper Quat, Copper Azole and Sodium Borates.  I couldn't tell you what these things are (I pulled them directly from the wood manufacturer's website) but I'm positive you don't want them leaching into the soil you've painstakingly nurtured your food in.

    As always, let me know if you have any questions, and happy gardening!