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Wow!  Did you watch the US Open?  Holy mackerel – what an amazing finish.  I wish I didn’t need to work tomorrow so I could watch the playoff.

One of my favorite parts of my job is when people ask me over before they put their home on the market to find out what they should and shouldn’t do to get their house ready.  I like it because it’s usually so much easier than people think.  However, if I don’t work in your market, or you want to surprise me when I do come over, click here for an easy, downloadable guide to preparing your home. You can also just do a quick, at-a-glance sort of thing, organized by items and rooms-whatever works for you.

Washington is known for its apples – but we grow cherries here, too, and we have some on our property, as a matter of fact.  Usually, by Father’s Day they are all picked, and the ones at the very tip-top of the tree are old and over-ripe.  This year, they became perfect for picking just yesterday.  These are the eating cherries, our baking cherries should be ready in another couple weeks, which is also much later than usual.  The culprit?…the unseasonable wind and rain and cold we had a while ago.

I always tell everyone reading this blog that if they’re in trouble with their mortgage, to contact their lender and try to do something about it.  I urge this because I have always had the impression that people care about other people and don’t want other people to lose their homes.  The people at Washington Mutual, however, are fans of the push-0-to-repeat-your-menu-of-options telephone customer service maze.  AND, they’re such fans of holding people at arm’s length, at least one person almost lost her home. BUT, thanks to contact info provide by The Consumerist, she’s worked out a plan to save her home.  Details here…

A woman in our office has a framed drawing of how each person involved in a real estate transaction sees your house.  I wish I could find one for my office. This is the closest I’ve found to replicating it, though, and it’s pretty darn accurate in some respects!

That’s all for now.  Market re-cap coming later in the week, so check back soon!

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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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