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Nov. 14, 2018

Seafood Lovers Living in Snohomish Head to Andy’s Fish House for a Great Meal

Seafood lovers living in Snohomish love Andy's Fish House.One of the amazing things about living in Snohomish is the fresh, delicious seafood available year-round. With the Pacific Ocean close by and the Snohomish river in our backyard, it’s really no surprise. Andy’s Fish House is a favorite local seafood restaurant. It was nominated for best seafood in western Washington this year, and you’ll know why after your first visit!

The clam chowder is a wonderful way to warm up on a fall or winter day. The starter menu also has tasty offerings like shrimp stuffed avocado, fresh Penn Cove mussels, and barbecued oyster on the half shell. If you love oysters, try the oyster stew. It’s homemade, with oysters, onions, creme, and sherry. You can also opt for one of the delicious house salads. There’s the Louie, with romaine, tomato, egg, onions, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms and cucumbers. Choose between shrimp, crab, or half and half. For the salmon lovers, the smoked salmon salad is a great choice.

When it’s time to order the main course, there are choices to suit every size of appetite. The fish tacos are often recommended. Choose your fish and have it grilled, blackened, or fried. The fish and fixings are wrapped in warm corn tortillas. Have your choice of fish beer battered or ask for a gluten-free option. If you’re super hungry or just have a little more time, go for one of the full entrees. Each is served with your choice of soup, salad, or fries. Opt for pan fried oysters, sauteed garlic prawns or sea scallops, or go for Alaskan razor clams. Cioppino is also available. It’s a mix of seasonal fish and shellfish, cooked in a light tomato sauce and served with slices of fresh baguette.

Seafood lovers living in Snohomish can also choose from a great selection of fish wrappers, seafood pastas, fish and chips, or combination platters. Visit Andy’s Fish House soon, and follow them on Facebook to keep up with daily specials and fun events. 


Posted in Snoho Life, snohomish
Nov. 12, 2018

Go to Games Plus for Great Games on Lake Stevens Property

Play board games on Lake Stevens property.Board games are a great way for friends and family to get together on Lake Stevens property and share a common interest. Kids as young as eight or nine can participate with the right game and patient help from more experienced players. Lots of attention is paid to games played on computers and other devices. But board games are experiencing a resurgence, too. More and more people are realizing that they connect with others best face to face in real time. As the market for tabletop games has grown, so has the number of game shops. It’s one thing to read about a game in a review and a totally different experience to talk with a real person who has played the game. At many shops, you can test drive new games or come in for game play times and check out the games others bring.

Lake Stevens property owners are lucky to have a game shop right in town. Games Plus is located at 1805 Main Street and is open Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Stop in to browse the board games, role playing games (Magic: the Gathering, anyone?), miniatures, and other gaming accessories. Plan to come in Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. Bring a favorite with you or learn a new game. These evenings are a great way to meet other gaming enthusiasts, especially if you are new to gaming or new to the area. Customers who come in often can take advantage of the shop’s reward program. Save points to get coupons for money off purchases and free merchandise. Gamers will also enjoy release day parties and get to play new games as soon as they’re available.

Visit Games Plus soon, either online or in person, to get to know the friendly gaming community in Lake Stevens. 


Nov. 7, 2018

Tour Decorated Monroe Real Estate for the Light Up Monroe

Explore Monroe real estate this holiday season.Bring the holiday spirit back to your Monroe real estate after viewing the participants in the Holiday Window Decorating Contest. This is a new annual contest meant to bring downtown businesses together and bring holiday cheer to all of downtown. Businesses can join the contest for $30 ($25 for chamber members) and have a great time decorating their windows according to the theme Walking in a Window Wonderland. Windows must be up and ready for public viewing by Sunday, November 25th for Light Up Monroe.

Everyone living in Monroe real estate is invited to come downtown for Light Up Monroe. See Santa and the big tree lit up at Travelers Park. While downtown, walk around with friends or family members to view the decorated windows. Grab a map at participating businesses or view one online before coming down to see the windows. Be sure to take a good look at the windows and remember your favorite, as there will be a People’s Choice Award. Voting will begin on November 25th and end on Saturday, December 29th. Cast votes through the Facebook event page and be entered to win a variety of prizes including an Experience Monroe gift basket.

Other prizes will be awarded as well. The Monroe Chamber Board of Directors and Ambassadors will also judge the windows. Categories include Most Thematic, Best at Night, and Most Monroe. Winners of the contest will be announced on December 31st and enjoy a little free advertising. They will get a picture of their window in a congratulatory post and also be a part of the promotion for next year’s contest. Anyone wishing to participate in the contest must register by November 10th to ensure their business appears on the map. Anyone who has no window space but would like to participate should still speak up! They can be matched with businesses with window space who are unable to decorate. Find more information at the Monroe Chamber of Commerce


Nov. 5, 2018

Snohomish Home Owners Go Shopping at the Holiday Market

Snohomish home owners shop the annual Holiday Market.Come find some great goods for your Snohomish home at the 10th Annual Snohomish Holiday Market. The market will take place on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come on down to Thomas Family Farm to shop from over 80 local artisans. Take advantage of free parking and feel good about keeping your money local. Shop for yourself or stock up on gifts for friends, family and coworkers. This has been a tradition for 10 years and is hosted by GroWashington, an advocate for small business. The holiday market grows every year and even includes spirits poured by some local distilleries this year.

Be sure to stop in to visit Santa. He will be at this event ready to hear Christmas wishes and to smile for pictures. Also be sure to grab a warm drink and some tasty treats to get in the holiday spirit. There will also be live music and many great memories to be made with friends and family.

This market is unique because all vendors must be locally owned within the state of Washington. They also must make or create the products or artwork. This means that there will be no direct sales companies at this event, just local crafters, artists and artisans. Every vendor must submit an application and this is a juried event. More than 2,300 shoppers are expected to come through. What a great opportunity to get products in front of a large amount of shoppers. Just a few of the vendors expected to be at this event include Pupper Gear, Mount Forest Beadery, Raspberry Vine Market, Ash + Ember Tote Bags, Anita Louise Organics, Angry Fish, Outdoor Northwest, and Cup of Flour. Everyone is sure to find great items for their Snohomish home or to give as gifts. Learn more about the Annual Snohomish Holiday Market


Oct. 24, 2018

Snohomish Property Owners Go to Telgenhoff Farms for Pumpkins and Christmas Trees

Find a fresh wreath for Snohomish property.Halloween is coming next week, and that means that the winter holidays are starting. It’s not too early to start thinking about how you want to decorate your Snohomish property to celebrate the season. You can still pick up some beautiful, natural decorations for Halloween and the harvest season from Telgenhoff Farms. Get fresh-picked pumpkins to carve in to jack-o-lanterns. You’ll also find fall flowers, including mums, pansies, and violas to create beautiful bouquets for the kitchen or dinner table. Lovely fall baskets are also available. Drop in Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to find the plants that will strike your fancy.

Once November rolls around, Telgenhoff Farms will be offering freshly-cut Christmas trees, as well as fresh wreaths. The farm is also a good place to find some unique gifts for the plant-lovers in your life, or for yourself.

When the weather warms up in the spring, you can find all the veggies, and especially tomatoes, you want to plant in the garden at your Snohomish property. There will also be annual flowers and hanging baskets, which will be a lovely adornment for your home.

Anyone who needs landscaping services should check out what Telgenhoff Farms offers. They do yearly landscaping contracts. These include mowing and edging the lawn, as well as upkeep and repairs to the irrigation system. Get the right kind of fertilizer on the grass and other plants, and have professionals prune any trees or shrubs. If you want some help with new planting, Telgenhoff Farms landscapers will be glad to advise and plant whatever you decide on. They’ll also put down bark for better drainage and clean up everything once they’re done.

Visit Telgenhoff Farms online to learn more about landscaping services. You’ll also find information about the plants they offer for sale each season, as well as seasonal open hours. 


Oct. 17, 2018

Decorate Snohomish Real Estate with Pumpkins Grown at the Farm at Swan’s Trail

Get pumpkins grown on Snohomish real estate.Fall is a magical time in Snohomish real estate. There is a crispness in the air, the leaves are falling, and pumpkins are taking over every storefront and every menu. One of the best reasons that fall is so magical are the memories made visiting a pumpkin patch. There are many great farms to visit in the area and one you definitely do not want to miss is The Farm at Swan’s Trail. People travel from all over the Seattle area to come to this farm and luckily it is a short drive from any Snohomish real estate.

This is much more than a place to come grab a pumpkin. There are many activities and events available here to make a visit a whole day affair. Get lost in the Washington State Corn Maze and the three story high barn maze with a slide for the exit. Pick your own apples and pumpkins. Let the kids go for a spin on a pedal car, get out some energy on the giant jumping pillow, go down the slides, or dig around in the corn box. Gather the family to enjoy a wagon ride, live duck race, and giant hay pyramid.

No trip to the farm is complete without some tasty food. Come in the morning for the early bird breakfast. Munch on kettle corn, french fries, roasted corn, pulled pork sandwiches, corn dogs, and much more. The farm is open from now through October 31st. Operating hours are weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekdays 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Field trips are welcome by reservation only from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking and general admission to the farm is free and includes the pig show, duck race, and petting farm. Other activities require a separate payment. Find more information about The Farm at Swan’s Trail in Snohomish and plan your visit. 


Oct. 15, 2018

Explore the History of Flight in World War II on Lake Stevens Property

Go to library events on Lake Stevens property.Lake Stevens property owners who are aviation enthusiasts have a unique opportunity to learn about aviation in World War II. This Wednesday, October 17th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Lake Stevens Library will host a presentation called Aviation in World War II. Head to Room A at the Lake Stevens Education Center, located at 12309 22nd Street NE. Parking will be available in the lower lot, then enter the building through the side door. The presenter will be John Fuller, of the Museum of Flight in Seattle. He will discuss the stories of those involved in flight during the war, including both people who worked at home and abroad, as well as the views of historians. The talk will be augmented by artifacts from the museum’s collection. Registration is required.

As always, the Lake Stevens Library has a full weekly calendar of events. Parents of little ones from 18 months to 3 years are invited to Toddler Storytime on Tuesday, October 16th from 10 to 11 a.m. Also on Tuesday, but from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., babies up to 18 months old are invited to Baby Storytime. Both events include stories, music and activities. Toddlers also get to do a craft to take home. There is no registration for this event.

On Thursday, preschoolers ages three to five are welcome to the Little Science Lab from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The program is presented in partnership with Imagine Children’s Museum and includes fun hands-on science programs. Because of the nature of the program, a 1 to 1 ratio of adults to children is required. Please register in advance to guarantee your spot.

If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a children’s book, come on Sunday, October 21st at 2 p.m. for an hour-long presentation on the creative and business aspects of writing picture books. The program is open to both teens and adults. Register in advance to hold your seat.

Be sure to visit the library soon in order to take advantage of the resources available to everyone living on Lake Stevens property. 


Oct. 14, 2018

WARNING! 4 Red Flags For Home Sellers To Look Out For

Recently, I was talking with a friend who is a soon-to-be home seller.

They live in another part of the country and they were sharing all the things they felt overwhelmed with… (maybe you can relate)

[+] their home sale,

[+] trying to search for their next home,

[+] relocating to a new area,

[+] getting ready for a new job.

[+] Plus, a bunch of stuff on their To Do List and on their mind.

The main topic of conversation that kept coming up was how to separate the good information from the bad information.

❓How do they determine if they found a “good” Listing Broker…

❓Or if what a "Listing Broker" was doing, was enough or the right things...

❓Is it what they're offering too good to be true?

❓Is it a scam or bait and switch?

First let me say, hopefully you don’t come across an actual scam. At worst, it might feel like a bait and switch, but what I  is mostly going on with some real estate marketing is simply gimmicks.


4 Red Flags For Home Sellers To Beware Of 🚩🚩🚩🚩

🚩1. I have a buyer for your home

You might see videos like this.

Or you might get letters sent to your home saying this.

Since January 1st, we have 839 buyers who started searching on

Some agents, some websites, might have more than that. But most agents aren't going to have anywhere close to that number searching on their website.

The point being… In this market, many decent real estate agents are going to have a buyer… hopefully.

That doesn’t mean anything to you. That doesn't help you or your situation. 

You should still want to list the home to see what the true market value of the property is. Getting the property exposed to as many buyers as possible, not just one buyer.

You can't get true market value if your home is not on the market and has no marketing.

So don’t pick an agent that has a buyer…

Pick an agent that has a marketing plan that will bring a bunch of buyers to your home. And will market to other real estate agents who have a bunch of buyers. 

This is the only way to get top dollar market value for your home. 


🚩 2. You only pay ‘X” commission to sell your home

This might feel a bit bait and switch to you once you get further into the process and realize that there is a LIST side… AND a SELL side commission in the listing agreement.

Plus, did the agent talk to you about closing fees, taxes, etc?

Staging fees?

Transaction fees?

Plus, there is always going to be someone that will do it cheaper.

You can buy from Target instead of Nordstrom.

You can buy from Walmart instead of Target.

You can buy from Craigslist or Buy/Sell group instead of Walmart.

Maybe you’ve experienced it or have heard the horror stories of someone only paying “X” for insurance and they find out it doesn’t cover something.

Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting when you only pay “X” to sell your home.

There is a number pushed in the real estate industry that 70% of buyers and sellers only talk to one agent.

The strategy for most Realtors is to make an unbelievable offer to start a conversation.

They know you probably won't talk with any other agents once you start talking with them.

And now you're "Locked in." Even when you realize the fees change or you're not getting what they promised, it's "too late."

That's what they hope.


🚩 3. I’ll pay you cash for your house

You've probably seen yellow signs on the side of road offering this.

Or even videos being marketed at you on YouTube or your Facebook feed, telling you they'll pay cash for your house.

They say things like, "You don't even need to list your home for sale. Any condition, we'll buy your home from you."

Here's the big question, the big red flag...

How are they and you determining market value of your home?

To us... the market value is determined by the market.

And if it's just one person saying "I'll pay you this..." and the home is never on the market, or in the MLS, you'll never know how much money they are making off of you. 

That's why we do so much on paid promotion and marketing of our listings at Persinger Group.

We want as much of the market to see your home for sale.

We had one client tell us that an “Investor” offered to pay them $215,000 for a property.

This “Investor” had comps showing what properties sold for and a spreadsheet showing how much work it was going to take to get it Market Ready.

They did also this to justify that $215,000 was the market value.

The "Investor" would pay cash, close quick and make life easier for our client.

We told our client we can get more and they don’t even need to do all those updates…

/// there were a lot of red flags going ///

Our client listened to us and listed with us.

We sold that home, as is, without all any updates or remodeling (the investor said it needed) for $385,000.

✚ That’s $170,000 more than what the Investor offered.


(Watch This Video)


🚩 4. Guarantee Your Sale: Is it a scam?

Does it feel like bait and switch? Why would someone offer a guaranteed sale in this market, that we have today?

If a home is in even fair condition, priced close to perceived market value and is marketed correctly, it's' going to sell.

Why do you need a gimmicky guaranteed sale program in today’s market?

It might be connected to other red flags:

>> Are they also an investor?

>> Are they looking to get your home below market value?

>> How can you trust they are going to market your home effectively?

>> Are they trying to be like the guy who wanted to give our clients $215,000 even though it sold for $385,000?

>> What other reasons might they offer a gimmick like this?


(Watch This Video)

If you're like our friend, getting ready to sell your home and feel a bit overwhelmed, trying to make sense of the info, or have some questions... Simply Click HERE and start a SMART MOVES conversation with us.


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Posted in home selling tips
Oct. 10, 2018

Go to Brava’s Near Your Snohomish Home to Get Amazing Pizza and Drinks

Get great pizza near your Snohomish home.If you’re looking for a new spot for a meal out near your Snohomish home, check out Brava’s Pizza and Pasta. The pizza dough is made fresh in house everyday. Brava’s offers a delicious selection of signature and classic combination pizzas. You can also make your own from a huge list of toppings. Pizzas are available in 10 inch, 12 inch, 14 inch, and 16 inch sizes. Get gluten-free crust in the 12-inch size. You can also choose from hand-tossed crust, thin crust, thick crust, and stuffed crust. Pizza is also available by the slice everyday for just $2.50. Come in on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get 25% off all pizza.

The fresh pasta menu includes favorites like spaghetti and marinara or meat sauce, three cheese ravioli, and meat lasagna. There’s also butternut ravioli, baked manicotti, and baked cannelloni. On the side, choose either a small salad or breadsticks. You can also choose from grinders, calzones, or authentic Greek gyros.

To round out a meal, check out the appetizers and sides on offer. Try parmesan puffs, plain, garlic, or cheesey bread sticks, or chicken wings. There’s also insalata caprese, made with fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil and dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Get a salad to go with an entree--choose from small, dinner, or family size. There’s a simple garden salad, chopped caesar salad, spinach salad, or a chef salad. Finish the meal with a slice of tiramisu, Belgian chocolate cake, or cinnamon puffs.

Brava’s also has a great selection of locally-brewed beers and local wines, as well as spirits, bourbon whiskey, and fabulous cocktails. All Snohomish home owners are welcome to come to Brava’s to watch a game on the big-screen TVs and enjoy happy hour. It’s held Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and on the weekends from 9 p.m. to closing.

Visit Brava’s Pizza and Pasta to see the full menu and order take-out online. 


Oct. 8, 2018

Lake Stevens Real Estate Owners Celebrate Halloween at Carleton Farms

Enjoy Halloween on Lake Stevens real estate.Fall is a very special time of year in Lake Stevens real estate. There are many events taking place and plenty of farms in the surrounding area to visit and make lasting family memories. One such farm that is close to any Lake Stevens real estate is Carleton Farms. The Fall Festival is open now through October 31st. The pumpkin patch and corn maze are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Many more attractions are open on the weekends. Families can enjoy the giant pumpkin jump pad, kids parn, pony themed bucket train, and kids korral. Anyone who has a child with a birthday in October can consider celebrating their birthday at the farm. Fire pits are also available to rent for parties. School tours are another option as well. Be sure to choose your pumpkins on your way out so that you can take them home and decorate them.

For anyone who likes a good spook near Halloween, come out to experience Carleton’s Farm Frights. Four attractions are available. Come for one or try them all. Shoot zombies with glowing paintballs while riding on a wagon and then run back to the barn while being chased by the zombies. Tickets for Zombie Paintball Frenzy must be bought in advance for a specific time slot. The other attractions include Haunted Swamp, Zombie Farm, and the no-scare Dark Maze for those who prefer to enjoy the night spook free. Group discounts are available. If you come with a group, consider reserving a fire pit to stay warm, have a home base, and have a fun time together between attractions. These events begin at dusk and continue on until 10 p.m. Find more details including pricing and driving directions to Carleton Farms and to the Farm Frights