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Let me share with you a quick story...
Back on November 14th, 2008, I knew I wanted to buy, but didn’t know for sure where.
I was literally looking everywhere in between Issaquah and Marysville.
Yes, that is a LOT of ground to cover. I put a lot of thought into it… And decided Mukilteo, WA would be a good move because of the proximity to freeways, the beach, the ferry, and Puget Sound.
I picked the beautiful and desirable Harbour Pointe neighborhood, which is great for walks in the summer time, nice and close to restaurants, grocery stores, banks, doctors/dentists, and more.
But it wasn’t that simple.
I wrote an offer for my dream condo. It got accepted, and I was on cloud nine.
After a couple weeks, I got a call from my lender who was kind of a robot, and didn’t know how to break this gently to me.
“Katherine, you’re not going to qualify. Your ratios are all out of whack.” (or something like that).
Maybe this wouldn’t be a big deal to everyone. But I was barely even licensed as an agent and I had never bought before.
I didn’t know what this process was like. It hit me like a ton of bricks.
To add to this… the phone call was as I was on my way into meet my brother’s new girlfriend (they’re married now).
It was a pretty awkward first meeting...
I was holding back tears. I hated everyone and everything in sight.
We’re okay now, and I think she’s forgiven me for being a little stand-offish! But guess what? It wasn’t the end of the world.
I didn’t end up buying that one, but I found a slightly smaller and less expensive condo in the same building.
I’m happy in it.
It was a great first purchase, and in hindsight, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I knew I wanted to buy because I wanted my payments to go toward my equity. I wanted to be able to paint my walls, switch out light fixtures, and overall, make it my own. I love the idea of one day having my condo paid off, earning rental income, and getting a tax write-off while I’m at it.
I love real estate… I love owning it… And I’ll love helping you with your next move!!!
Katherine is a REALTOR with KW Western Realty. She has successfully assisting home buyers and home sellers with their real estate transactions since 2008. She got an early start in the real estate industry, and has big plans for the future.
Every June, she is the sponsor of an alumni softball game, benefiting The Big Deep Breath Foundation, established in 2010 through Ashley Aven's tragic losing battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
Katherine contributes much of her success to her wonderful office staff, support, title/escrow team, and mortgage partners. It takes a village!
Katherine Persinger as a person
Katherine is a lifelong resident of Snohomish County. She bought her first property in 2009 in Mukilteo, and with her husband they own another property in Lake Stevens, plus two more in Wisconsin. She has a brother in Utah who is also a licensed real estate agent. While Katherine is not working, she enjoys friends, family, cooking, shopping, and time on Lake Stevens. Oh..also changing up her hairstyles.