Records Continue to be Smashed

August 11, 2016

The Olympics are finally here.  We have all seen some inspiring performances throughout the events.  Who can forget some of the greatest moments by Jesse Owens, Mary Lou Retton, Carl Lewis, and Michael Phelps?  Each delivered gold medal performances and graced the front of the iconic Wheaties cereal box as a result. Here at home, our […]

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Inspirational Educator Award Winner – Carolyn Gilman

June 30, 2016

(Pictured left to right, Jamie Gibeau – Marketing Director with Coldwell Banker, Meg VanSchoorl with The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, contest judge John Dodge, Maisie Maclay, Carolyn Gilman, Ken Anderson – President/Owner of Coldwell Banker, Matt Grant, Olympia High School Principal) We are thrilled to announce our second Inspirational Educator Award winner, Carolyn […]

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First Place Scholarship Winner – Margaret Maclay

June 12, 2016

(Margaret is pictured here with her mother Annie Maclay  and siblings Ellen and Tavish) Congratulations to the first place scholarship winner of our 6th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest, Margaret Maclay. Margaret – now known to us as Maisie –  wrote a fantastic essay about the history of her home. Her essay was […]

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Second Place Scholarship Winner – Ryan Birbeck

June 10, 2016

(Ryan is pictured here with girlfriend Maddy Welling and parents Jeff and Traci Birbeck) Congratulations to Ryan Birbeck, our second place winner in our 6th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Ryan wrote a great essay about his comfortable and welcoming home – one we would all love to visit! Wonderful job Ryan! […]

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Third Place Scholarship Winner – Karen Coppock

June 9, 2016

(Karen is pictured here with her mother, Alison Coppock) Congratulations to Karen Coppock, our third place winner in our 6th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Karen wrote a beautifully descriptive essay about her home that will capture your attention from start to finish. Her creatively titled essay, The Distinctive Cracks of Life, […]

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2016 Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

May 31, 2016

The panel of community judges have announced the winners of our 2015 What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Congratulations to the following students, from Left to Right, Third Place Winner, Karen Coppock from Timberline High School, First Place Winner, Margaret Maclay from Olympia High School and Second Place Winner, Ryan Birbeck from Timberline […]

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Scholarship Essay Contest in Voting Phase

May 9, 2016

    We received over 80 wonderful entries into our 6th annual “What Makes a House a Home” scholarship essay contest.  We are now in our voting phase of the contest (through Friday, May 13th.) To read the essays and vote for your favorite, visit We will announce the Top 10 Finalists on Wednesday, May […]

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Annual Scholarship Contest

March 29, 2016

It’s that time of year again! Our annual “What Makes a House a Home” scholarship contest is about to begin it’s 6th year. All essays can be submitted HERE now through May 8th.  Again, this year we have our “Inspirational Educator Award” where the top scholarship winner will nominate a local, active Thurston County educator who […]

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Smart Buying in a Seller’s Market – Revisited

March 4, 2016

Our local real estate market is off to a record start.  With 882 pending home sales in January and February, we blew past the previous mark of 763 sales last year.  New buyers are now outpacing new sellers coming to the market.  This is leading to multiple offers on many properties. Much talk around the […]

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Winter Maintenance Tips

November 25, 2015

Oh the weather outside is chillful but prepping your home for the cold shouldn’t be frightful! Bracing your home for winter is very important. Here are the Top 5 Winter Tips in getting ready for the chilly days ahead: Furnace – The middle of winter is not the time to wake up in a freezing […]

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