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Hello Everyone, I just wanted to share a bit about my wonderful adventure this fall. I spent two weeks in Eastern Europe; Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany (Bavaria) and the Czech Republic. It was one of the best trips ever,
cruising up the Danube River with stops in all the right places. We spent three days in Budapest before boarding and three days in Prague at the end of the trip. The history, art, architecture, food, countryside and people were all special experiences. As many of you know, I am a classical music fan. We had the opportunity to attend a concert in Vienna. Featured music was by Mozart and Strauss. I was sure I'd died and gone to heaven! Back to work now to get started on another great year and start of a new decade.
Pease welcome our new broker, Christine Prebble. She lives in Centralia and will be specializing in the development of our property management portfolio along with sales.

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and are lookng forward to hitting the slopes.

Photo: Budapest on the Danube River in Hungary.

Photo below: Castle in Hungary

The facilitator is becoming more and more common in today's fast paced real estate market and though controversial to some in the industry it is getting people's attention as an alternative way to do a real estate transaction. However, first it is important to differentiate between different types of "Agency," relationships between real estate licensees and their clients.

A. Seller Agency- Real estate broker represents the seller only on a real estate transaction.
B. Sub-Agency- When a seller or buyer client expressly or implicitly authorizes his or her broker to use
other brokers.
C. Buyer Agency- Real estate broker represents buyer client in real estate transaction.
D. Dual Agency- Real estate broker who represents both the seller and buyer in the same transaction and requires written consent of both parties to the broker acting as a dual agent.

The Washington state "Law of Real Estate," pamphlet provides detalied information the "Agency," relationships duties between real estate licensees and their clients and your legal rights in dealing with a real estate firm or broker. This document is on our website at

The use of a facilitator in a real estate transaction is generally used when the homeowner/owner already has a buyer lined up for their property, so they don't need a listing broker but only someone to handle all the details of the transaction which primarily includes the following;

1) Assist seller in knowing which disclosures are needed and complete.
2) Assist in the preparation of the Purchase & Sale Agreement.
3) Assist the parties in completing the transaction documents.
4) Provide seller with information about other service providers related to real estate transactions (e.g., title & escrow services, inspection services.)
5) Provide additional agreed upon services.

The use of NWMLS form 47- Seller Representation Agreement (No Marketing- Sale to identified Buyer.) This form is used in which the real estate firm agrees to represent the seller in the sale of the property to buyer who the seller has identified as the likely purchaser of the property in question.

The use of.NWMLS Form 41A- Buyer Agency Agreement is used when the real estate firm appoints a selling broker from the firm to represent the buyer. This Agreement creates an agency relationship with selling broker and any of firm's brokers who supervise on behalf of selling broker's performance as the buyer's broker.

Having a facilitator may be less costly for sellers than having representation. However, they need to know that the real estate broker acting as a facilitator has no fiduciary duty and represents neither party in this transaction. Another option to consider would be if the seller wants representation, they could ask for an exclusion clause in the listing agreement of people to whom they've already shown the property that may be interested in purchasing it. In all cases, the real estate commission is always negotiable by the real estate broker depending on what services are needed.

As even the simplest of real estate transactions become more and more complicated with the number of laws around disclosures and financing hurdles. It becomes more and more prevalent to seek advice from a real estate professional. Their expertise and knowledge will guide you through the process with skill and efficiency to a positive outcome in achieving your ultimate goal!

Article written by Lisa Davis
Christine Prebble Broker/Property Mgmt

Hi, I am a highly motivated person, honest, and always willing to help. I moved to Lewis County from northern BC, Canada in 2017. I am currently residing with my husband in Centralia. I have two daughters and a granddaughter who still reside in Canada.
I love the Lewis County area and all that it has to offer. I am looking forward to spending many years here. I am hoping that my 30 years of bookkeeping, six years of office management and five years of property management have prepared me for the challenges ahead in this new chapter in my life.
I look forward to new friendships and helping you find your forever home, whether it is with purchasing a home, managing a rental property or renting.
I enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, gold panning, metal detecting, renovating, and in my spare time crocheting and canning.

8 Reasons Why You Should Use a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home!
The bottom line is why wouldn't you list your home with a Realtor but if you need a little more convincing here are the top 8 reasons to do so!

1. Setting the right price.
2. Effective Home Marketing presentatiion.
3. Strong Network to get your home seen.
4. Do's and Don'ts advice in selling.
5. Negotiate on your behalf.
6. Navigate thru Home Inspection results.
7. See transaction into closing.
8. Positive end results.
2019 NWMLS Statistics

Jan- 93, Feb- 78, Mar- 112
Apr- 126, May- 175, Jun- 165
Jul- 145, Aug- 162, Sep- 131
Oct- 115, Nov- 97, Dec- 55

Jan- 111, Feb- 90, Mar- 140
Apr- 165, May- 151, Jun- 146
Jul- 153, Aug- 175, Sept- 165
Oct- 134, Nov- 121, Dec- 98

$259,900- Median Sale Price
$276,384- Average Sale Price
$25,000- Lowest Sale Price
$1,281,000- Highest Sale Price
2019 Median Prices by Counties
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2008 versus 2019
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