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I don’t know if I simply found a lot of stories this week or alternatively, if there were a lot more stories than usual to be found. Sit back and relax, ’cause here we go –

When my parents split up, they sold the house where I’d been raised (in typical let’s-inflict-some-guilt-on-my-already-guilt-ridden-parents fashion I insisted upon calling it “the only home I’ve ever known!”), split the proceeds and went their separate ways.  Apparently, in some areas of the country, it’s not that easy anymore.

Congrats to Richland! Standard and Poor’s raised the city’s bond rating to AA  (formerly they were at A+). A bond rating to a city as a credit score is to a person.  The higher the rating, the better the chances are that that city can borrow money if it needs to.

I wrote earlier this week that interest rates had dropped.  Well, even before that happened, Tri-Citians were applying for mortgages as a faster clip than usual.  Thinking of listing your house in the Tri-Cities?  Clearly, the buyer might be waiting for you, loan at the ready.  That’s great news, right?

Credit checks are either “soft” or “hard”.  The Consumerist tells which is which.

And, again from The Consumerist – how to get our credit score FOR FREE.  You really should check it at least once a year.

Robin Hood (of sorts) is alive and well and living in Miami.

Four-plexes and duplexes are being foreclosed upon, too.  With all the media focus on the single-family homeowner, I know I’ve forgotten that someone is paying the mortgage on the multi-family units, too.  Even though someone else is “helping” the owner by paying rent, the owner might be unable to come up with their share of the payment.  Yikes.  The good news is if you have some money to invest, now is the time to pony it up for a duplex or a four-plex.  Occupancy rates are high, and rentals are in demand here.

And this has nothing to do with real estate, but I thought this was fascinating.  Are kids today re-wiring their brains by spending so much time surfing the Internet?  I think as long as babies get a lot of early bonding with everyone in the family, they’ll pick up all the subtleties of social interaction.  But, the article raises some interesting ideas.

Alright, that’s it!  Have a great week!

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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