2014 First Place Scholarship Winner – Emily Arend

June 14, 2014

Congratulations to our first place winner Emily Arend. Emily’s essay spoke to being yourself is what “Makes a House a Home”. Her words painted great pictures of her and her family being “just who they are” in the comfort of their home. (Emily is pictured here with her mother and father, Jack and Brenda Arend.) […]

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2014 Second Place Scholarship Winner – McKenzie Murray

June 13, 2014

Congratulations again to our  second place winner McKenzie Murray. McKenzie’s essay wove wonderful descriptions of selling a house and relocating but bringing the soul, “the home”, with them.(McKenzie is pictured here with her mom, Wendy Murray) Here’s her wonderfully written essay: I had my first taste of the real estate industry when we put our […]

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2014 Third Place Scholarship Winner – Rachel Alexanian

June 12, 2014

Congratulations again to our third place winner Rachel Alexanian. Rachel submitted a wonderful essay on how her home is full of vivid memories. She blended these memories with how they appeal to our five senses. (Rachel is pictured here with her parents Dan and Cindy Alexanian.) Here’s her wonderfully written essay: One word can be […]

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Chestnut Village Grand Opening

May 27, 2014

Grand opening Celebration at Rob Rice Homes’ newest community-Chestnut Village! This new community on the corner of Rich Road & Yelm Highway is just a short distance to all Olympia Schools, the Chehalis Western Trail, downtown & area shopping! Many homes styles will be offered, ranging from an 1895 sf rambler up to our 2692 […]

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2013 Scholarship Contest First Place Winner – Sierra Pierson

April 16, 2014

Congratulations again to our first place winner Sierra Pierson. Sierra submitted a wonderful essay on how her family has improved their home over the years with a thoughtful tie in on how those improvements have improved her family. Pictured here with her family, her parents Emil and Anna and brothers Braden (on left) and Joel (on […]

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2013 Second Place Scholarship Contest Winner – Hania Marien

April 8, 2014

Congratulations again to our 2013 second place winner Hania Marien. Hania submitted a wonderful essay on how growing up within two cultures has shaped her life. Here is Hania’s wonderfully written essay: The Gift of Perfect Pruning and Otherworldly Oreos  “Hoe ziet uw huis eigenlijk uit?” asked my five-year-old cousin. I was visiting family in […]

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2013 Third Place Scholarship Winner – Riley Kua

March 28, 2014

Congratulations again to our third place winner Riley Kua. Riley submitted a  wonderful essay on his appreciation for his parents sacrifices which have allowed him so many wonderful opportunities today. (Riley pictured with his sister Kelsey and mother Sandra.) Here is Riley’s wonderfully written essay: “There’s No Place Like Home”    The other day, while […]

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Proud to Announce

March 14, 2014

Attached is a great new video from Coldwell Banker – though we might be a little biased.  The video is one in a new series that highlights the benefits of working with the nation’s leading real estate brand.  The story of our own Mitch Dietz was selected from a group of more than one hundred […]

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Remember When?

March 5, 2014

Having served the Thurston County real estate markets since the 1960s, our company has been through a great many market cycles.  Over those 46 years we’ve used a lot of tools to help serve our clients.  Recently, we ran across a mortgage payment table book from 1985. Books like this were standard issue in those […]

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Market News – Local Prices Still on the Rise

February 19, 2014

Those who follow our blog know that we have been commenting about local home prices being on the rise.  Beginning in 2012, we began pointing out that conditions were in place for our market to experience rising prices in 2013.  In fact, the last half of 2013 saw modest but steady gains in home prices.  […]

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