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What a wonderful city we live in…

Hello all and a good day to you!

If you are reading this there is a high likelihood that you know me, in which case this first paragraph may be a little redundant. For those that don’t my name is Stuart Prey, and you are reading what is quite possibly my first blog post.

I never really thought of myself as someone that wanted to write ‘a blog’ but as I started to talk with more and more clients coming to Spokane I realized that many of them had the same questions. They wanted to know WHAT there was to do in Spokane, but even more deeply than that, they wanted to know WHY I thought they should do some of those things.

See, I had earned their trust already in helping them with the purchase of their home. I showed them that I was someone that loved my community, that loved the food that we had here, that loved the hiking trails, the golf, the river, the mountains. I think what they saw was someone who moved from outside the city (I am from the Wenatchee area originally) to a city they didn’t know, and fell in love with it.

And you know what I saw? I saw that I was giving the same pieces of advice over and over. I saw myself talking about the foodie scene. The courses I like to play. The movies I like to go see. I saw myself talking with them about the Children’s Hospital (heaven forbid they need it,) or volunteer opportunities with Vanessa Beehan. The excellent cardiac care they could get, or my favorite Trauma (ortho) surgeon who cared so much about his patients that he didn’t take care of himself always.

What they saw was the same as me, they saw that I love Spokane and that the city that we live in is so wonderful.

Then Jake Browne on my team and I had the chance to go and see a speaker talk to us about real estate. In this talk it made me feel good as so much of what I was doing were the things that the speaker told us about. Be genuine with your clients. Be kind to those in need. Listen to what they are telling you and truly want to help people. Don’t make it about the closing, but rather, the journey in getting there and making more and more friends.

He then brought up blogging, and how it helps those that might be on the fence see a bit more into the person who wrote it. It allows me (the writer) to share some of my own personal thoughts with you, and focus on what it is that I like and that I think you should know about. In talking about it with the Wise and Powerful Chelsea McFarland (my business partner for those that don’t know) she told me that she has only been trying to get me to do something like this for the last couple of years and that it was about time that I started to listen to her. (I am being tongue in cheek, those that know both Chelsea and I know how much better she is at this type of thing than me. :P)

So here is my commitment to you, and my challenge to my team. I will write a blog post twice a month and let Chelsea post it. Sometimes it will focus on the season and something going on in Spokane. Sometimes it will focus on a restaurant that I love and cherish and I want you all to know about. Sometimes it might just be about life, family, or something important enough that it speaks to me.

I have challenged Jake to do two a month as well as he is an avid sportsman and can talk about a side of Spokane that many know and love (and that I just would not do justice to, but I would still do better than Ben!) Chelsea will do the fill-in and hit on things that Jake and I don’t. She already takes care of all our marketing, our webpage, and all the other crazy stuff I think up, so she only has to do one.

My challenge to you is to read it. Comment. Let me know what you want to hear more about. Be real with us and let us know how we can serve you. I can’t guarantee that I am going to be able to do everything asked, but I will read them and take them all to heart.

Oh, and if you know anyone who wants to buy or sell, think about me and my team for that as well! <3

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Price Drop: 1114 E 19th Ave, Spokane

5 Bed | 3 Bath | 2 Car | 4,459 Sqft | $549,000

Beautiful, fully updated Rockwood gem located just above bustling Perry District. Close to Spokane’s best amenities, this 4,400 sqft home has it all. Cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, and stunning kitchen that opens onto a large main floor living area great for entertaining. Huge master suite with both a walk-in and double closets with stunningly remodeled ensuite. Fully finished walk-out basement with two large bedrooms, bonus room, and full bath. Secluded backyard patio and deck ready for some R&R.

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For a private showing please contact McFarland Prey Real Estate Team (509) 565-1581 – team@mcfarlandprey.com

Address: 1114 E 19th Ave, Spokane, WA 99203
MLS: 202017385
Zillow: 1114-E-19th-Ave

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Just listed! 412 W Basalt Ridge Dr

3 Bed + Bonus | 2 Bath | 2,015 Sqft | 4+ Car Garage | $569,000

View listing on Spokane MLS

Stunning Paras built rancher overlooking Eagle Ridge and the Latah Valley. This one level custom built home showcases every possible upgrade throughout, and its open floor plan is well suited to living/entertaining. HUGE lot with easily maintained landscaping, and room for an RV/trailer behind property. Garage is every persons dream with 4+ bays, storage galore, and dog run outside man-door. Extended driveway for boat/truck, or all your toys. Better than new since it has all the extras done for you already!

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Join us for open houses on:
Sept 21st, 1pm-3pm — View event on Facebook
Sept 28th, 10am-1pm — View event on Facebook
Sept 29th, 1-4pm — View event on Facebook
Oct 5th, 10am-1pm — View event on Facebook
Oct 6th, 1pm-4pm — View event on Facebook

Address: 412 W Basalt Ridge Dr, Spokane, WA 99224
MLS: 201923430

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Just Listed: 1214 S Arthur St

5 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | 1,950 Sqft
Available for $289,000

Updated home sitting atop a small hill in Spokane’s Perry District. With just blocks to Grant Park or the Perry Strip this newer home has the charm of the neighborhood but with updated electrical, plumbing, and heat! Laminate flooring, newer carpet, spacious galley kitchen, and two living areas help give this 5bed/2bath home something for everyone. Gas fireplace for movies downstairs, or sitting on the back porch enjoying a BBQ. Detached garage, and small area for a trailer or boat. Come and see!

For a private showing or with any questions call/text: (509) 565-1581
Open House: Saturday 12pm-2pm

Address: 1214 S Arthur St, Spokane WA 99202
MLS: 201919090

More details: https://sar.paragonrels.com/publink/default.aspx?GUID=4ca1eb9c-0c43-49e4-b527-74f748c0e16c&Report=Yes

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Just listed! 508 E 9th Ave

3 beds | 2 baths | 1,529 sqft — $239,000

View Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/hRp3v55PRUiP2w556
View MLS details: https://bit.ly/2JU97Cj

Perry District Victorian Charmer! This light and bright home features the best of the old world and new. With original details such as the coal fireplace, pie safe, wood molding, built ins, and stained glass! It also has updated plumbing, electrical, vinyl windows, new roof, and new paint throughout. Centrally located betwixt the Hospital and Perry Districts, there are restaurants, breweries, and shopping within a few minutes. Or, take in the sun in your large backyard while gardening, relaxing, or BBQ’ing.

For more details or to schedule a showing, give us a call!

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COMING SOON: 3903 E Bellerive Ln

$549,000—3903 E Bellerive Ln, Spokane WA 99223
5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 4766 Sqft, 3 Car Garage

Nestled on Spokane’s South Hill in Greystone Estates this home is an entertainer’s dream! The bright and beautiful interior features formal dining and living, a chef’s kitchen, and a giant deck overlooking your sanctuary backyard w/ hot tub. Spacious bedrooms, giant master, and the master bath has radiant floors to keep you comfortable throughout the seasons. The downstairs is perfect for recreation with the theatre set up (and hidden room) the NW inspired bar, and bathroom following the NW theme.

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Give us a call to set up a private showing or for more details! 

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Arbor Crest Wine Cellars — Summer Concerts

ANNOUNCING THE 2018 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT THE CLIFF HOUSE ESTATE!

Live music, happy people, epic vistas, charming gardens, tasty food selections, handcrafted beer, and of course, award-winning wines — what a wonderful way to spend a summer’s evening!

On Thursdays, our series presents live music among the towering pines just outside the Tasting Room on the Patio Stage, plus a featured display from local artists during summer months ($5 at the gate, General Admission*).

Every Sunday brings one of the hottest regional bands to the Main Stage of the Cliff House courtyard ($10 at the gate, General Admission*).


THURSDAY CONCERTS

Music & Art, 5:30–8pm (4:30–7pm in Sept)  •  Admission $5

May 3:  Craig Catlett  Jazz
May 10:  Maxie Ray Mills  Americana/Rock/Blues
May 17:  Ryan Larsen Trio  Pure Country
May 24:  Justin James  Acoustic Pop/Soul
May 31:  Kari Marguerite Trio  Pop/Jazz

June 7:  Jan Harrison Trio  Jazz | Tracy Hardy, Jewelry
June 14:  Bill Bozly  Bluesy Folk/Rock | Kevin Montgomery, Photography
June 21:  Scott & Kevin  Pop/Rock | Patti Simpson Ward, Americana Paintings
June 28:  Son of Brad  Rock | Cindy Dillehay, Glass Art

July 5:  Benton and Gallagher  Rock Violin | Debbie McCulley, Paintings & more
July 12:  Current Flow  Funk/Jazz/Blues/Rock | Suzanne Alvarez, Jewelry
July 19:  Bridges Home  American Celtic/Folk | Molly Meyers, Artist
July 26:  Karrie O’Neill  Acoustic Pop/Folk | Janet Cook, Brilliant Barrel Works

Aug 2:  One Street Over  Pop/Rock | JoDee Moody, Pottery
Aug 9:  KOSH  Rock | Robin Kahn, Jewelry | Paul Kuhlmann, Metal Art
Aug 16:  Ron Greene  Blues-Folk-Rock | LeFrancis, Jewelry | Barkers, Recycled Wood
Aug 23:  Martini Brothers   Classic Top 40 Rock | Bobbie van Lobens Sels, Jewelry
Aug 30:  Christy Lee   Country | Randy Haa, Fused Glass

Sept 6:  Pink Tango Trio  Jazz
Sept 13:   Sara Brown Solo  Modern & Retro R&B
Sept 20:  Dan Conrad   Pop-Folk-Rock
Sept 27:  Harvey Stanley   Folk Rolk


SUNDAY CONCERTS

Music, 5:30–8pm (4:30–7pm in Sept)  •  Admission $10

May 6:   One Street Over | Pop-Rock
May 13:   Martini Bros | Elvis Tribute
May 20:   Ron Greene Band | Soul-Blues-Rock
May 27:   Spare Parts | Pop/Rock

June 3:   Cattywomp | Blues-Funk-Rock
June 10:   The Powers | Folk-Country
June 17:   Rewind | Rock Covers
June 24:   Grand Avenue | Classic Cover Hits

July 1:   Devon Wade Band | Country-Rock
July 8:   Rhythm Dawgs | Rock Hits
July 15:   Sammy Eubanks | Soul Country & Blues Rock
July 22:   Soul Proprietor | Funk Rock R&B
July 29:   Sara Brown Band | R&B & Soul

Aug 5:   Luke Jaxon Band | Country-Americana-Rock
Aug 12:   Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings | Blues Rock
Aug 19:   Tuxedo Junction | Big Band Swing
Aug 26:   Nu Jack City | Motown Soul Revue

Sept 2:   Atomic Jive | R&B Swing
Sept 9:   Ryan Larsen Band | Pure Country
Sept 16:   Justin James Band | Pop Rock
Sept 23:   Steve Starkey Band | Country-Rock
Sept 30:   Common Ground | Classic Rock


For more details visit https://www.arborcrest.com/summer-concerts/

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OPEN HOUSE: SAT, MAY 5 (1-3)


Open House: Saturday, May 5 (1-3pm)
7135 N Drumheller St, Spokane
View listing on Spokane MLS 

Stunning Northside home near Indian Trail! Come see this brick rancher and the beautiful features that it has to offer. Open floor plan, gorgeous wood floors, and a kitchen that is every chefs dream. Main floor has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two living areas. Downstairs there is room to spread out and play, ample storage, bathroom, and an egress bedroom. Outside you have off street parking and ease of access to the large flat backyard. Huge patio for BBQ’s and relaxation. Close to everything!

Chelsea McFarland, Real Estate Broker
Call/Text: (509) 565-1581
Prime Real Estate Group

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Thank you Spokesman Review!

Very excited to have been featured in the latest real estate article in The Spokesman-Review along side some of my sweetest clients! See quotes from the article below by Becky Kramer — beckyk@spokesman.com (509) 459-5466


Spokane’s affordable housing, pace of life attract people priced out of other West Coast cities.

Spokane’s housing prices are attracting people to the area. In a recent article, Realtor.com put Spokane at the top of the list of “10 Affordable, Midsize Cities” for buyers.

In March, the median home price for houses and condos in Spokane County was $219,000. In the city of Seattle, prices were more than $800,000 for a single-family home.

Chelsea McFarland, a broker for Prime Real Estate Group in Spokane, said the Realtor.com article captures what she’s seeing. Most of her clients are from out of state.

“I’m not just selling houses, but Spokane in general,” said McFarland, herself a Los Angeles transplant.

Her clients include young couples priced out of other West Coast markets and people nearing retirement who don’t want to deplete their savings paying for housing. They’re looking for a slower pace of life, but they also want urban attributes, McFarland said.


After a dozen years in Seattle, Kate and Mario Quintana, both 36, moved to a house in Spokane’s Perry District in October. Their house in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood was appreciating rapidly in value, but they were ready for a change.

“I loved Seattle when I didn’t have a child,” Kate Quintana said. But navigating the congested city with their 2-year-old son, Luca, wasn’t ideal, she said. “We were on a busy street. I wanted to have a yard and a slower pace of life.”

Kate Quintana grew up in Spokane, and living near her parents was a draw. McFarland, their real estate agent, alerted the couple when a four-bedroom house on a roomy, 1-acre lot was listed.

“I wanted Old World charm around the South Hill,” Kate Quintana said. “This house came on the market, and we couldn’t say no.”

The couple are self-employed, which gives them flexibility on where they live. Mario shoots and edits videos for commercial clients. Kate is an illustrator and portrait artist.

They paid about $370,000 for 3,000-square-foot house. The couple get deer in their yard but live within a short walk of the Perry District’s commercial area.

“We feel like we haven’t lost that city life,” Kate Quintana said. “It’s the best of all worlds.”


Amana Nova researched housing prices in Portland, Seattle and several Northern California cities before moving to Spokane in late 2016.

“It was all very expensive,” the former Laguna Beach, California, resident said of the other West Coast locations. “It wasn’t going to be affordable.”

Nova, 61, is semiretired. She found a two-bedroom house on the lower South Hill near Huckleberry’s Natural Market for $214,000. The 1930s cottage has wood floors, a fireplace and a studio, where she makes fused glass artwork.

“I think I got a good deal,” Nova said. “In Southern California, you can’t even look at a house for less than $500,000. … I was able to buy up here for half of what my rental payment was.”

Spokane’s natural beauty impressed Nova, but she also wanted urban experiences. A strong arts community, live concerts and yoga classes were on her list of must-haves.

“I wasn’t going to live in the middle of nowhere,” she said. “I literally went online to make sure there was a Trader Joe’s.”

Nova feels at home in Spokane, where she finds people friendly and open to getting to know new residents.

“It’s not snobby,” she said. “There’s not an ‘Oh, you’re from California’ ” reaction.


Read full article on link below:
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/apr/29/spokanes-affordable-housing-pace-of-life-attract-p/

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Millennial homebuyers may have Spokane on their radar

In a recent article published by Inman titled “Which markets are most popular for millennial homebuyers?” the author Deidre Woollard hits on a very hot real estate topic! Woollard points out in the article that millennials will be the largest section of homebuyers for quite some time to come. She writes, “more and more millennials are reaching the point in their lives where they are ready to buy a home, but they are entering a highly competitive housing market that has been plagued by low inventory, especially among entry-level homes…”

The main trend Woolard illustrates through recent studies by Lending Tree is that people buy where they can afford to buy. What does this mean? It truly comes down to two main factors, the city simply must have a combination of decent jobs available and an adequate supply of starter homes to choose from.

So, does Spokane fit that bill?

Spokane is “the center of the third largest urban area in the Pacific Northwest (after Seattle and Portland) and retains the distinction of being the largest city on the Interstate highway and rail corridor between Seattle and Minneapolis, a span of over 1,600 miles.” (Wikipedia)

Realtor.com recently named Spokane the #1 Real Estate Market to watch in the United States in a recent article titled “Cost-Conscious Buyers Are Flocking to These 10 Affordable, Midsize Cities” by April Corbin. The article suggests that because of the “…severe housing shortage, sky-high home prices, and equally towering costs of living in the priciest cities are pushing wannabe home buyers to seek out smaller, more affordable metro markets around the nation.” Corbin argues in her article that Spokane makes sense for those on a budget, as the median home price in the metro is an affordable $269,050 (a bit less than the national median of $274,900) and just over half of what it would cost to live in the Seattle metro area.

And to seal the deal, Spokane was also ranked the 7th most hipster city in the United States on the US Hipster Index outranking Los Angeles (133rd), New York (143rd) and even San Francisco (61st). In case you aren’t hip to the Hipster Index criteria, it draws from five data points… the number of microbreweries, thrift stores, vegan restaurants, and tattoo studios per 100,000 city residents, as well as factoring in the rent inflation for the past year.

With interest rates rising, inventory rates still dwindling and prices still creeping up, for some buyers, the dream of homeownership may require a move… and Spokane may be a perfect fit!