Marysville, WA Real Estate News

By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
I stopped by King's buffet today in Marysville for the Sunday Seafood Brunch. I had the two little ones and My 11 year old daughter as well. Mom and my 14 year old were at the Mariner's game watching them, CRUSH the Yankees (GO M'S!!!!).... So I was hanging out with the other three and had a great brunch at the all you can eat Marysville King's Buffet. Located in an old bank right on State Street, King's Buffet welcomes hungry folks from around town. When we stopped by it was fairly empty, as we had missed the lunch rush. We arrived around 1:30 to a few families and a church group enjoying the buffet. Now I am not much of a buffet guy, as I am always concerned about germs and sneeze guards, etc...BUT this buffett was terrific. Tons of great food, great tastes, lots of variety, and somet...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
Sometimes clients come to you from the strangest places. The moral of this story below is this: Always watch for opportunities in every place you go! All challenges are opportunities in disguise! Our Real Estate office was having a food drive at a local supermarket. I was out front collecting food when I just happened to look up to witness two vehilces coliding in the supermarket parking lot.  I walked over to the "crash site" to see if I can help. I approach the driver who was run into.  She is shaken up and very upset. The person who crashed into her is yelling and blaming her for the accident. I call 911 and stay with the drivers. After a while, insurance info is exchanged and the police arrive. I give the driver my business card and ask for her info in exchange. I stayed in touch wi...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
Brandon and I enjoyed four fun filled  hours playing paintball in Arlington last weekend.  Skinny Joe's Paintball on the Burn Road in Arlington charges $30 a player for four hours of Paintball blasting fun! We had our guns, air, paintballs and protective gear all included. Skinny Joe's field is split up into four different sections. All of the fields are unique and create a great experience for the newbie or the seasoned pro. Brandon and I had a blast, even though we were teamed up against some real pros. These guys showed up in full camo, with top of the line guns and accessories that would have made Rambo jealous! As novice players we felt part of the team and had a blast. We blew through the paintballs and bought some more. Each game was about 10 minutes or so - until the last man (o...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
Ok, sorry to mislead you. The title was tongue in cheek. When I first started Real Estate 3 years ago, I thought I needed to read books. Gary Keller, Jeffery Gitomer and other authors filled my days. I read The Millionaire Real Estate Agent three times! The Sales Bible sat by my bed for two months and I highlighted it, read it and re-read it. Ok, after reading those books it was time for me to get started! I know it all, right? Ok, but one more book to make sure I had it figured out. If I did not know EVERYTHING, what if I looked stupid when a client asked a question? So there I was was reading just one more book. Problem was, that one more book turned into two or three. Ok, now I was ready. I knew it ALL! I hit the road running and fell flat on my face. I ran into questions I had no an...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
It takes a lot of hard work to be a GOOD agent Dealing with difficult people is overrated You have to be a counselor/ inspector/ adviser/ driver/ waiter/ painter/ etc... It cost$ money to be in business People want to look at homes when they want to look at homes Buyers are liars Sellers are impatient NO ONE is buying or selling right now Splits are a killer Taxes? Don't even get me started!!! Sounds like a a lot of complaining, whining, anger and frustration? YOU BET IT DOES!!   Now why we do what we do: The smile on the young couples face when you hand them the keys to heir first home! Your awesome children who like to eat and wear clothes! We get to make dreams come true every day! The freedom of being your own boss People are ALWAYS buying and selling for various reasons The small ...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
I hear a lot about CURB APPEAL, but what does it mean???? A buyer's first impression of your home for sale means everything!!!! You never get a second chance to impress those picky house hunters! In today's market you are competing against 30 or 40 other homes within 5 miles of yours! Similar in price, condition, beds and baths, and square footage. When they are touring ten homes a day, how can you make yours stand out? Paint is cheap! Paint your porch, trim, front door, and whole exterior if need be   Paint is cheap! Paint the inside of your home. Nothing pops like clean walls!   New hardware, new front door, new entry mat.   Clean all the windows!   No Pet smells (biggest turn off by far from my independent research)   Mow the grass. Pull the weeds... trim the hedges.   Paint is cheap...
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Well, in this "didifferent" market, it all comes down to generating leads. More numbers of leads is the difference between leaving the biz to work at Wal-Mart, or surviving until the sun comes out! What are you doing to generate leads today? Are you time blocking? Are you ringing door bells? Do you have something valuable to say and or give to potential prospects? Are you cold calling? Or are you calling your database and asking for referrals? If you are not doing anything, your business may be suffering. Very few of us have the wonderful position of sitting back and letting the phone ring off the hook with buyers and properly priced listings. I. for one, am really getting back to the basics and have outlined my plan. I am sharing it with all of you to hold myself accountable! I am BLOG...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
Recently I began publishing a monthy E newsletter called The Cash and Chips News. Included in this fun newsletter are some real gems of information, including: Angel of the Winds updates. New slots, News, Coupons Tulalip Casino news and gaming Quilceda Creek events and gaming Tip of the Month to beat the odds! How to play....... (monthly feature) How to make your $ stretch further The future of slots Blast from the Past (reviewing old slots) What are my odds? In addition, the Cash and Chips News will have a drawing for a really cool gift basket loaded wih local casino goodies! To subscribe, simply send an e-mail to CASHANDCHIPS@GMAIL.COM
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I drive a Chevrolet Avalanche as my real estate rig! It is the ultimate vehicle and here is why: It has 4 wheel drive and can go in any weather! It has seating for 4 adults, with plently of leg room. It is a Chevy (speaks for itself) It has a bed that can hold signs, a-boards, etc, and LOCKS It has a three section bed cover that locks in place It has locking side areas where you can store first aid kit, flashlights, flyer boxes, etc. It looks cool It lends itself to logos and vehicle wrapping It is nice inside OK, it's not perfect as it gets 18 miles ot the gallon! OUCH What is your perfect real estate rig?
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WOW! Some good news today. Someone pinch me! Major crime is down in our state. 9,000 low risk prisoners will no longer be monitored, as studies has shown that monitoring this low risk population makes little difference on recidivism. All sex offenders will remain a top priority and will be closely monitored.   When I hear this news story today, it reminded me of our need to be safe real estate agents. For example:   Do not meet clients at their home until you know them well Do not tour homes alone, without telling someone where you are going Always have your cell phone fully charged and on your person Have emergency supplies in your vehicle Be vigilant at your Open Houses-notice who is there If you can, team up with another agent to show a home Have clients meet you at your office first...
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     I recently spent a weekend with some clients who own a very reputable and ethical coin shop in Seattle. While I was there, many people were eager to sell what gold and silver coins, jewelry, and other items they had of value around the house.      It was sad to see that people were resorting to selling coins that had been in their family for generations. Some people even brought in teeth with gold fillings to sell! (Not still in their mouth, of course!). The combination of commercials on TV, the high price of gold, and our current rate of unemployment seems to have triggered a great sell off of grandma's gold!    I also read a story about the bigger name gold buying outifts- the one's that will remain nameless in this blog, but we have all seen the commercials! The report found tha...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
I bought a metal detector this week! I am going to be outside a lot more often, using my "coin machine" to find rings, coins, and other cool stuff under the grass at my local parks and schools. What a great way to get outside, get some exercise, get some fresh air. and have the possibility of finding some items of value. I am going to be requesting to search yards of freinds and family. What a gerat way to connect and start talking to people, building a rapport! As we al know, when the subject of real estate comes up, everyone wants to talk about our "terrible" market. I will be joining a club soon to further dive into this hobby. The club members will find out what I do (real estate) and will have questions. Talk about a great way to find prospects!   Everyone needs to get out every no...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
Today in the Herald, an article talked about Tulalip Tribal families developing the land just North of Donna's Truck Stop (116th Ave)... Here are some ideas the developers have for the property... Amusement Park Water Park An outdoor style mall similar to Alderwood's "face lift" Other possible commercial or retail mix ideas Wow.... Marysville is changing. Anyone who has tried to find a parking spot at the "Seattle Premium Outlets" can see that. My wife and I circled the parking lot 10 times in a Saturday before giving up and going home (hey- we saved money that day!)..   What will this new construction/ development do to or community. Well, both good and bad. Bad: traffic, traffic, and more traffic! Good: Closer shopping for us locals More tax revenue Hey a possible theme park in our ba...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
OK, I have done my homework on this one, folks! I think I have shopped in every grocery store in Marysville (and Arlington) that exists! The best, for prices, by quite a bit is WINCO. For example, 5 bags of the same groceries cost $50 less at Winco! Baby formula, anywhere else (including Wallmart) is $25 a can, is $21 at WINCO! Walmart is good as well, and they do have it all- from clothes to auto parts to food to tires! Albertson's is not bad either, IF you shop the sales and use your "rewards number" Safeway I cannot stand, so that is my personal bias, and please forgive me Haggen in Marysville is very nice, upscale, clean, and pricey- but is a very nice and relxing shopping experience... Fred Meyer is a popular one in Marysville Too. Like Walmart, they have everything from toothpaste...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
Who says there "ain't nothing to do in Marysville!".... There's a ton of family friendly fodder for all new Marysville residents. Thinking about moving to town? Already here? Been here your whole life? Cool.. . Here is a partial list of cool stuff to do in Marysville!!!! Get your "Strawberry on and let's go......!! EAT STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE-- The Strawberry Festival. Two parades, a carnival, vendors and trike races transforms the town for this week-o-fun..... Roller Skating- You are never to old for skating. Take the family for this inexpensive "rear end bruising" good time. Skate Inn, Marysville Indoor Golf.... Right off State Street. Take it inside for fun!! Outdoor Golf- What more do you need? Cedarcrest Golf Course and Taco Tuesday!!!! Sweet! Jennings Park- Kid's fishing pond, pettin...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
Hmmm.... It's time to go on that well deserved celebratory dinner after buying a new home in Marysville. Oh where to spend your hard earned money?? Here is a quick list of places my family loves in Marysville. Oh, there are other places we just have not been yet. Please forgive us for omitting those places that are great that we have not had the fortune of eating at... Better yet, send them to me... (yum) Here ar some great spots: Sticky Finger's BBQ. WOW!! Ever had a HUGE baked potato smothered with home made BBQ sauce, the BBQ meta of your choice, and more smokey BB sauce for dippin?? YUM JR Phinickey's Steakhouse- Awesome steaks, dinners, spirits and atmosphere....Oh Yeah Cristianos-Try the Awesome Pizzas, and the" two meals in one" HUGE  Italian Chef Salad.... MAXI's Chinese food- G...
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I have lived in the Marysville area for 25 years and I love it! I help families buy and sell homes in Marysville every day, and I love what I do. I have teamed up with a financial educator named Dan Keller who helps my clients make smart mortgage decisions every day... Marysville has a lot to offer families moving into the area. Dan and I have teamed up to create a dynamite relocation packet for anyone moving into the area. Where are the best parks? the best places to eat? What are the numbers for the City of Marysville? Schools? Local banks? Where should I shop? Who are the biggest employers in town? Our many years of experience in the Marysville area have gone into this relocation kit! Call me at 425-359-2708, or visit my website at www.odayhomes.com and send me an e-mail. The kit is ...
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By JIM O'DAY
(Preview Properties )
After our last staff meeting, I realized the importance of getting together. Oh I remember the Buffinni "100 Days to Greatness" and how we all pledged that we would stay together as a group and never break up.... Well, here we are 10 months later and no group. Every man/ woman/ child for him/her self! seems to be the new battle cry.. We really need to be getting together in small groups. Come on, how likely is it that the tip you shared with the group today is going to translate into me getting the edge on you and stealing your clients and or listings? Getting together allows us to vent, and, instead of isolating ourselves, we are held accountable. Instead of quietly putting our heads in the sand and ignoring the world (and our clients, potential business, etc) we have to face each othe...
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By Cruz Webster
(Keller Williams)
Cruz Webster | Keller Williams Realty | 425-780-1849 4914 110th St NE, Marysville, WA Home for sale in Marysville. Open House Saturday 6/28 from 1 until 4. 4BR/2.5BA Single Family House offered at $320,000 Year Built 1960 Sq Footage 2,040 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial Floors 1 Parking 3 Covered spaces Lot Size 29,620 sqft HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION It's not just the biggest lot. With this new price, it's now the best value per square foot of living space in town as well. This home alone is a special find with its spacious layout not to mention the awesome .68 acre lot at the end of a coldesac overlooking Quilceda Creek. The mature ladscape sparkles as you enter the drive of your new home. Bright Open Kitchen, Hardwood floors, new carpet and a remodel that added a Media...
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By Cooper Jacobs, Real Estate Brokers - Seattle
(Looking For A Seattle Realtor? COOPERJACOBS.COM)
As more and more short sales pop up in different Seattle neighborhoods and suburbs, it is important to try and get the rules straight.  Short sales have typically taken much longer to negotiate as a rule and as a result some of the stats in the MLS have probably been off at times as a result. Here is what the definition of a short sale is according to the NWMLS:"A "Short Sale" is a sale that does not produce sufficient funds to cover the existing monetary encumbrances against the Property, closing costs, real estate commissions, and other financial requirements of closing. Seller's creditor(s) are those third parties who have an interest in the Property in the form of a deed of trust, some other security, or a lien (e.g. tax lien)."The MLS has changed the way short sales are to be handl...
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