First Place Scholarship Winner – Kai Chapin

June 22, 2018

Congratulations to Kai Chapin, our first place winner in our 8th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Kai wrote a very moving essay about her definition of home. We are reminded of the importance of home through her words – “Before you know what makes a home, you have to live without one.” Her […]

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Second Place Scholarship Winner – Alyssa Carpenter

June 22, 2018

Congratulations to Alyssa Carpenter, our second place winner in our 8th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Alyssa wrote a great essay about the comforts of her home. In her own words, “Being home means being comfortable.” –  “It’s where the people who love me the most in this world are waiting […]

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Third Place Scholarship Winner – Chloe Dietrich

June 22, 2018

Congratulations to Chloe Dietrich, our third place winner in our 8th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Chloe wrote a great essay about her Grandmother’s transition from her large 2-story home to a much smaller senior living apartment.  “A home isn’t about walls, or doors, or a view, no matter how breathtaking. It’s […]

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Hikes Every Outdoorsy Person in Thurston County Should Do

June 15, 2018

There are so many great hikes in and around Thurston County. From intense excursions to relaxing adventures, there are trails for every age and skill level. If you like getting some exercise and enjoying the great outdoors, you’re in the right place. To connect with other avid hikers, check out The Olympia Hiking and Outdoor […]

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Scholarship Contest Winners Announced

May 21, 2018

Our panel of independent, local community judges have announced the winners of our 2018 What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Congratulations to the following students: 1st Place –  Kai Chapin 2nd Place – Alyssa Carpenter 3rd Place – Chloe Dietrich Thank you to everyone who applied for these scholarships. The judges remarked that […]

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Scholarship Essay Contest in Voting Phase!

May 7, 2018

The submission portion of our contest is now wrapped up and we are into our fan voting phase! We had anoher amazing response this year with 88 essays submitted to our contest. Please be sure to vote for your favorites through our website www.whatmakesahouseahome.com. The finalists will be announced on May 16th. From the top finalists, a […]

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Home Buying in a Seller’s Market – Revisited for 2018

May 6, 2018

(updated from original post in 2016) Like much of the country, Thurston County is experiencing record home buyer activity. To listen to much of the housing market commentary around the country, one would think buyers don’t have many homes from which to choose. That talk centers on lack of standing inventory of homes for sale. […]

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How Long Does it Take to Sell Your Home?

May 4, 2018

This post was originally made in December 2017.  Since then, priced right homes are selling in just 14 days.  Those homes accounted for 76% of the closed sales in March 2018.  On the other hand, homes that required at least one price reduction before attracting an acceptable offer sat on the market 99 days.  With […]

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A Few Things Everyone from Thurston County Knows to be True

May 2, 2018

Located in the state of Washington, Thurston County is comprised of the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelp and the town of Bucoda. Hundreds of thousands of people are proud to call Thurston County home. Those that do live here know everything there is to know about the area. Here are six things […]

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Restaurants in Thurston County That’ll Have Your Taste buds Dancing

May 2, 2018

Bringing a community together can always be a bit of a challenge, but when there is food involved, everything becomes just a little bit easier. And if you don’t believe us, check out these Thurston County restaurants that will have taste buds dancing to a whole new song. Bring the family, bring the friends, and […]

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