Friday Flashback: Mortgage Rates from 15 years ago

My husband and I have been cleaning out the garage and I came across an old mortgage rate sheet from August 2001. Mortgage rates were a bit higher 15 years ago. If you paid a 1% discount point, your rate for a 30 year fixed would have been 6.500% on a 30 day lock.

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30 Years in the Real Estate Industry

2014-01-27_0929It’s taking me a couple days to write this post because it’s hard for me to fathom that this month marks my 30th year in the real estate industry. Thirty years ago, I was hired to be a doc puller at Safeco Title Insurance Company. I was promoted to Customer Service and promoted again to work in the title units. This picture of me is from a calendar that Chicago Title created to promote “Unit 5”. And yes, that is Chuck Knox, Coach of the Seattle Seahawks, and my hair was as big as the shoulder pads!

I worked at a couple title companies over the years…the last one was my favorite, Washington Title Company. I was one of the first people recruited to launch Washington Title. It was a great time to be a “title rep” and I worked with a great team.

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Friday Funny on Debt

All sarcasm aside, if you want to buy or refinance a home, think twice before going deeper into debt.

If buying or refinancing a home in Washington state is on your radar, please contact me – I’m happy to help you with your mortgage needs and develop a game plan.

DIY Sea Shell and Sea Glass Sconce

Just for fun, I decided to take a plain sconce and glue sea shells and glass that we’ve collected to it. My husband and I collected a majority of the sea shells from beaches along West Seattle.2016-01-20 22.04.43
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DIY Sea Glass Mirror – Part 2

I must admit, my sea glass mirror has been hanging in the bathroom for a while now…I just haven’t had the time to write this post to share my results. In my last post, I had a base of flat glass glued along the border of the mirror.

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DIY Penny Floor Update

Would you believe that as week four, we are about 75% down with gluing pennies to our floor? Rocko, our cat, has been sneaking his way into the room to supervise us.

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Happy Thanksgiving

In the spirit of “throw back Thursday”, I thought I’d share a vintage photo of my Dad’s family. I doubt it was Thanksgiving, however it appears they were probably going to enjoy a feast of fresh salmon.

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My Dad is the young boy in the middle and my Grandpa Ray is the first gentleman on the left and next to him, is my Grandma Marian. I believe the home is in Renton…not sure if the home is my grandparents or the couple next to them.

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

 

DIY Penny Floor: Week Three

My husband and I are starting week three of installing a penny floor in our West Seattle home. Boy oh boy…I wish the room was a bit smaller!!! However, I’m pleased to say that I think we are almost 50% down with the penny installation.

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