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Children’s Essay & Poster Contest

A collection of Sequim 3rd Grade entries in the 2017 “What My Home Means To Me” competition proudly sponsored by the Sequim Association of Realtors®




Sequim Association of Realtors

What My Home Means To Me

What My Home Means To Me

Every year, the 3rd Grade students of Helen Haller and Grey Wolf Elementary Schools in Sequim are invited to participate in an Essay and Poster Contest called, “What My Home Means To Me.” This is held in conjunction with American Home Week and Realtor Associations all over the country sponsor this contest. The Sequim Association of Realtors has participated in this event for over 35 years and we are pleased to feature the winning essays and posters for both schools this year. Students are asked to write an essay describing what makes their “home” special to them.

The type of home they live in or who they live with are not the deciding factors on who wins the Essay portion. Winners are selected by the ‘heart’ with which they write. They often share about siblings or favorite rooms in their home. The Posters are also reviewed for the time and effort put into drawing their home. Judging for these essays and posters is quite difficult as the students write such colorful and imaginative stories about their homes and many are gifted artists. For each school, there is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Essay winner and 1 Poster winner.

The Sequim Association of Realtors sponsors prizes such as new bicycles, Razor scooters, educational board games, art cases and gift certificates. Congratulations to all of the students selected as this year’s winners! Prizes awarded per school are: • 1st place Essay: Bicycle/helmet + $25 gift card

Your Sequim “What My Home Means to Me” judges:

From left back row: Joylena Owen, Sound Publishing; Heather Souza, Sound Community • 2nd place Essay: Razor Scooter/helmet + $25 gift Bank; Magan Waldron, Olympic Peninsula Title; Kathi Larsen, Evergreen Home Loans; Michele Jaeger, RE/MAX Prime; Lani card McCarry; RE/MAX Prime • 3rd place Essay: Front row from left: Scrabble Jr game + $25 gift card Kirsten Pavalak, Sound Community Bank; Catherine Coté, McCrorie Carpet One; Gina Valaske, Sequim Association of Realtors

• Best Poster: Art case + $25 gift card

Sequim Association of Realtors®

We wish to thank the following individuals and companies for their donations of prizes and supplies for this event: • Teacher Gift Cards: • Bikes and helmets: Kathryn MacGeraghty, Blue Sage Property Management,Inc Julie Myers, First Federal Ed Sumpter, Blue Sky Real Estate • Razor scooters and helments: Sheryl Payseno-Burley, Windermere Real Estate Arthur Buhrer, Olympic Mortgage Services Dave Sharman, Windermere Real Estate • Art Cases: Jill Varvell, Brokers Group Real Estate Professionals Linda French, John L Scott Carolyn Dawson, John L Scott Real Estate • Scrabble Jr Board Games: Olympic Peninsula Title Kathi Larsen, Evergreen Home Loans Tom Williamson & Karen Pritchard, John L Scott Real Estate • Students’ Walmart Giftcards: Rick Anderson, Anderson Homes Tyler Conkle, Windermere Sunland: • Refreshments, contest supplies and sound system provided Gail Sumpter, Blue Sky Real Estate by Michele & Nate Adkisson, Evergreen Home Loans Liz Parks, RE/MAX Prime

Kathi Larsen

Sheryl Payseno Burley

360-460-9363 | sheryl@olypen.com



Direct 360-504-0384 Cell 360-477-3813 eFax 844-846-3980 klarsen@evergreenhomeloans.com www.evergreenhomeloans.com

Marcus Oden, Realtor®

917-763-9273 • marcus.oden@remax.net


www.allaboutsequimwa.com 842 E. Washington St., Sequim • (360) 683-4844

Dedicated to superior customer service, communication & professionalism.

Senior Loan Officer NMLS ID 413364

I have had kids and grandkids in the Sequim School District since 1992 - A great place to learn!

Windermere Real Estate/Sequim East


What My Home Means To Me


Sequim Association of Realtors


Why Use a REALTOR ?

ll real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called “REALTORS®”.

REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. They subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. A REALTOR® can help determine buying power -- that is, one’s financial reserves, plus his or her borrowing capacity. If a client gives a REALTOR® some basic information about his or her available savings, income, and current debt, he or she might be able to refer lenders qualified to help. A REALTOR® also can help consumers understand different financing options and help identify qualified lenders. A REALTOR® has many resources to assist with one’s home search, and he or she can provide objective information about each property, too. A REALTOR® can help negotiate price, financing, terms, date of possession, often the inclusion or exclusion of repairs and furnishings or equipment, and more. A purchase agreement should provide a period of time to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of a property before a consumer is bound to complete the purchase. A REALTOR® also can advise about which investigations and inspections are recommended or required. A REALTOR® can help evaluate a property by providing


information about issues of importance to many home buyers. Depending on the area and property, this could include information about inspections for termites, dry rot, asbestos, faulty structure, roof condition, septic tank and well tests, just to name a few.

A REALTOR® can help find qualified, responsible professionals to do most of many of these inspections and written reports. A REALTOR® can guide consumers through the closing process and make sure everything flows smoothly. A REALTOR® can give home sellers up-todate information about what is happening in the market, and the prices, financing, terms, and conditions of competing properties. These are key factors in successfully selling a property at the best price, quickly, and with little hassle.

A REALTOR® knows when, where, and how to advertise properties. There is a misconception that advertising alone sells real estate. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® studies show that 82 percent of real estate sales are the result of agent contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends, family, and personal contacts. When a property is marketed with the help of an agent who is a REALTOR®, a home seller adds a buffer between himself/herself and the strangers coming into his or her home. An agent who is a REALTOR® might pre-screen prospective purchasers to qualify them and generally accompanies prospects through listed properties.

A REALTOR® can help objectively evaluate every buyer’s proposal without compromising the seller’s marketing position. This initial agreement is only the beginning of a process A REALTOR® markets properties to other real of appraisals, inspections, and financing. Many estate agents/brokers and the public and quite REALTOR® associations, together with local often, he or she can recommend repairs or attorneys, have developed balanced legal cosmetic work that will significantly enhance forms that can be used to write legally binding, the salability and “showability” of a property. win-win agreements that more likely will make REALTORS® disburse information about their it through the process. listed properties to other real estate agents A REALTOR® can help close the sale of a through a local multiple listing service and home. During the time between when the they use cooperative marketing networks such as those provided through open houses, initial sales agreement is made and closing (settlement), issues such as unexpected home etc. The REALTORS® Code of Ethics requires repairs that are required before financing can REALTORS® to use these cooperative be made, or discovery of a clouded title arise. relationships when they will benefit their The required paperwork alone is overwhelming clients. In many markets across the country, over 50 percent of real estate sales are actually for most sellers, and a REALTOR® is the best cooperative sales -- that is, one in which a real person to objectively help resolve these issues estate agent other than the listing agent brings and move the transaction to a successful the buyer. closing or settlement.

Dick Sutterlin

683.6564 • dick@sequim.com

Marguerite Glover

461.3365 • marg@sequim.com

Clarence Glover

683.3705 • bud@sequim.com



683.7814 • tom@sequim.com

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Helen Haller Elementary

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1st place

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Greywolf Elementary 1st place

Kendra Dodson Ms. Lopez $ Mr. Reno’s Class 1st Place Essay Dial Us at... 360. 681 .8778


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Helen Haller Elementary

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1st place

Joe Giles Ms. Ellefson’s Class 1st Place Poster Edward W. Sumpter 751838305

John L. Scott - Sequim Cell: 360.460.5636 ScottinSequim@olypen.com

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360-808-1712 edseds@olypen.com 190 N. Priest Road Sequim


10159 Old Olympic Hwy, Sequim, WA 98382



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Greywolf Elementary 1st place

Emma Vose Ms. Burke & Ms.Green’s Class 1st Place Poster Port Angeles 319 S Peabody 360-457-4451

Sequim 495 W Spruce 360-683-4179

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Helen Haller Elementary

What My hoMe Means to Me

2nd place

Ryan Stites Ms. Smith’s Class 2nd Place Essay WRE/SunLand

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Branch Manager NMLS ID 53071

137 Fairway Drive, Sequim 1-800-359-8823 • (360) 683-6880 (360) 670-5978 tylerconkle.withwre.com

271 S. 7th Ave #26 Sequim, WA 98382 360.681.0820 karensquiltshop@gmail.com www.karens-quilt-shop.com 741837235

Office 360-681-8197 Cell 360-670-8886 eFax 888-732-6952 madkisson@evergreenhomeloans.com www.evergreenhomeloans/MicheleAdkisson



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137 Fairway Dr. , Sequim | Office: (360) 683-6880


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Greywolf Elementary 2nd place

Laila Sundin Ms. Burke & Ms. Green’s Class 2nd Place Essay Mark N. McHugh REAL ESTATE

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“Congratulations to all students who participated.” DIANN DICKEY, Managing Broker, ABR & CNE 1190 E. Washington St. Sequim, WA 360.477.3907 ddickey@olypen.com



Beth McHugh Office: (360) 683-0660 Cell: 360-461-3137 Fax: (360) 683-2527 www.marknmchugh.com


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Helen Haller Elementary

What My hoMe Means to Me

3rd place

Liam Nielson Ms. Ellefson’s Class 3rd Place Essay OLYMPIC PENINSULA Home Lending

TERENCE FLEISCHER Loan Officer NMLS # 1007815


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683-2429 www.penmortgage.com



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Greywolf Elementary

3rd place

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