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Is It the Price of Your Home or the Price of Your Happiness?
How long have you been in Real Estate and what got you into it?
Laura Mounter Real Estate (509) 665-9200
I guess I would have to say I’ve been in Real Estate my entire adult life. I have bought and sold a number of personal residences and have always enjoyed looking at houses, new developments, homes under construction, vacation properties, etc. I decided to take the advice of so many career counselors, life coaches and therapsists… and turn something I really enjoyed into a vocation. I’ve been licensed for a few years and am excited to be able to help people find their dream home in this amazing Valley where I grew up.
What did you do before that? I was in the Washington apple industry for many years.
Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born in Dallas, Texas. My father was one of the original field merchandisers for the Washington Apple Commission. His first assignment was the region of the US that included Dallas. Dad returned to Wenatchee when I was four years old to become a founding partner of Welch Fruit Sales. So, I grew up here in Wenatchee.
If you could blink your eyes and be anywhere in the world for a week, where would it be and why? That’s a tough one because I really like it here. So I’m going to reframe the question to include out of this world. I would like to spend a week aboard the Starship Enterprise for the express purpose of seeking out new life and new civilization, to boldy go where no man has gone before…With the alwaysavailable option of shifting into Warp Drive, I’m pretty sure Captain Kirk and his crew would be glad to take me for a spin and get me home within a week. Oh, as to the ‘why’ part of the question….as Spock would say, to ask why is illogical.
What do you like about life in the Wenatchee Valley? I like being able to get to just about anything I need in 5 minutes, and once there, to find a zillion parking places and they’re free! I like the slow pace (lived in Seattle off and on for several years), less pressure, more time to chat, connect, relax. I really appreciate the fact that here you can ‘like” people in person, instead of clicking a button on Facebook.
What tip would you offer to someone interested in buying or selling a home? Drive all over the place, through the areas in which you’re interested, get a feel for each neighborhood, notice how close it is to the goods and services you use on a regular basis. Imagine living in this or that house, and then ask yourself, “What will I do on Saturday morning if I live here”, for example. See yourself driving or walking to the nearest grocery store, restaurant, retail store, coffee shop and so on. Once you have a feel for where you want to be, really ask yourself if you’re ready to buy right now. If you have a house to sell first, consider what you would need to do in order for your home to be ready to sell, how long might it be on the market before a buyer comes along; if it sells how much cash will I have to buy my next home. I think it’s always best to sell first, because then you have the cash and the buying power to confidently search for your new home. Oh, and of course, commit to an agent who will support you wholeheartedly throughout this most important process.
What is your favorite beverage? I really enjoy a really good cup of coffee. We are blessed here in the Valley to have a number of great coffee watering holes. I enjoy trying them all and just soaking in the ambiance of a cozy cafe’ with a good cup o’ Joe. I’ve also heard that there are a few great micro-breweries here in the area. I’ve been considering trying some of their fare as well
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I enjoy running…not away from anything or to anything in particular…just running. It’s when I get some of my most inspiring ideas...just wish I could remember them all. I also love long walking chats with my amazing wife all over this Valley we call home.
What is the most challenging/gratifying thing about being a Realtor? I won’t go into the challenging part because everyone’s job requires diligent efffort, but I would like to address the gratifying aspects of being a Realtor, because that is what I focus on and what keeps me energized. There is nothing quite like the joy I feel when handing over the house keys to clients, all of whom I consider friends...seeing the looks on their faces, knowing that here, in their new home, they will create a host of wonderful, cherished memories.
by Steve Harney on February 28, 2012 Our founder [the KCM Founder], Steve Harney, occasionally asks to do a personal post on what he sees as important to our industry. Today is one of those days. – The KCM Crew I recently gave a presentation about the current real estate market to a group of home sellers in a city in the Northeast. That night, I explained to them that home values in their area were about to be negatively impacted by a surge of distressed properties entering their region over the next year. As I have often found to be the case, the homeowners were very receptive; many felt that they now had the information they needed to make a good decision with regard to pricing their home to sell in this market. After the class that night, several of the homeowners came up to me to privately discuss their personal situations. One of these owners said something I will never forget. He shared with me that he had come to a revelation that night. This particular homeowner had put his home on the market with plans to move to Florida, where his daughter and his infant grandson live. He missed his daughter very much and missed his grandson even more. He hated every passing day that he wasn’t able to “hold the baby in my arms and rock him to sleep”. That night at the seminar, he thanked me for reminding him of the reason he put his home on the market in the first place – he needed to rejoin his family. I was struck by the wisdom of his final words to me before he turned to walk away. “I thought I was putting a price on my home. While I hold out– hoping to get a few more dollars, I am actually putting a value on my happiness.” He adjusted his asking price that night and sold it three days later. Very soon, he will be able to rock his grandson to sleep in his arms, both of them happy and content.
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1305 Horizon Place Open Sun. 12-1:30 Coldwell Banker LaVigne André Peters 509-387-0174
911 N Princeton Ave. Open Sun. 2-4 R ! K ! R ! Coldwell Banker LaVigne Laurie Carlson 393-9010
2109 Yarrow Open Sun. 1:45-3 Century 21 Exclusively Betsy Loomis 669-6464
201 Elliott #24 Open Sun. 12-1:30 Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co. Donna Pipkin 669-9890
17 Sunburst Open Sun. 2:15-3:30 Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co. Jan Widener 670-2444
201 S. Elliott #19 Open Sun. 12:30-1:45 Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co. Jan Widener 670-2444
$154,500 903 Kittitas Open Sun. 12-2 Looking for an investment? Single family residence that rents for $1,100 month. Excellent condition, new roof, new paint. 3 bed, 1 bath with updated kitchen, new appliances. Directions: South on Miller, left on Russell, left on Kittitas. Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co. Rica Insley 630-6482
332 Canyon Creek Dr. Open Sun. 12:30-2 Enjoy an early Springtime in this immaculate 3 bedroom, 2 bath rambler and watch it bloom from the pergola covered patio. Directions: West on Fifth St., left on Canyon Creek Drive Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co. Stan Hartmann 741-0892
$282,900 2873 #1 Canyon Road Open Sun. 11-1 Close to town acreage, 3 bed, 2 bath rambler with huge shop Directions: Up 5th Street, watch for signs Century 21 Exclusively Brenda Burgett 669-3206 Members of the North Central Washington Association of REALTORS® give back to the community by donating their time to help the American Red Cross during their February Blood Drive.
$178,000 718 Schons Pl. Open Sun. 12-1:30 Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co. Cindy Smith 664-6278
$314,500 2110 Sage Grouse Open Sun. 12-1:30 Century 21 Exclusively Betsy Loomis 669-6464
$184,500 1233 Millerdale Open Sun. 12-2 Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co. Lela Castro 509-322-6060
$320,000 2115 5th Street Open Sun. 1-3 Century 21 Exclusively John Bonniwell 679-0767
643 Gehr Open Sun. 12-1:30 Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co. Joni Pepperl 669-2121
2225 West Honeysett Rd. Open Sun. 1-4 Newer, Stunning View Home. 2600+sq. ft. 4 bed + guest suite, Sunnyslope Schools. Amazing details, all stainless appliances, beautiful granite counters, new carpets/paint. Directions: N. Wenatchee Ave., West on Horselake Rd, right on W. Honeysett Coldwell Banker LaVigne Suzanne Jahns 881-0063
625 Easy Street Open Fri. 12-7/ Sat, 9-2/ Sun. 10-4 Free Limo ride from 625 Easy St. to Home Show. 4 Bed, 21/2 Bath, Master Suite with Covered Porch, 3 Car Garage. Directions: N. Wenatchee Ave. past Maiden Lane, right onto School St., ﬁrst left onto Easy Street. RE/MAX Landmark Jon Port 669-5400
Malaga 3 Lakes/Malaga $299,000 2995 Eagleview Dr. Open Sun. 1-3 5 acres, bring the horses! Country living with lovely 2539 Sq. Ft. manufactured home. Directions: 1 mile past W. Malaga Rd. John L. Scott Wenatchee Jackie Gabaldo 860-4456
124 Ironwood Place Open Sat. 2:30-4 Just listed! Ironwood patio home, 2 master bedrooms and valley views! Directions: From Baker St., West on Ironwood Pl. John L. Scott Wenatchee Karie Rolen 860-2700
343 N. Newark Ave. Open Sun. 12:30-2:30 Premier One Properties Steve Schwind 421-1150
1441 Copper Loop Open Sun. 1:30-3 1801 Sq. Ft. rambler on large lot with room for RV parking. Still time to pick your colors! Kitchen with breakfast nook and great room. Covered patio, 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Directions: SE 4th Street to Kansas Windermere Real Estate/NCW Julie Jessup 670-6637
1449 Copper Loop Open Sun. 1:30-3 Windermere Real Estate/NCW Julie Jessup 670-6637
554 Morning View Circle Open Sat. 1-3 Turn-key 3 bed, 2 bath 2003 manufactured home with views & private yard. Directions: East on 5th, left on Morning View. John L. Scott Wenatchee Tracy Franklin 670-1165
$175,000 550 Rolfs Court Open Sun. 2-3:30 What a Buy-Super Clean and neat, ready for you to move into this 3 bedroom, 1399 sq. ft. home with low maintenance yard. Directions: North on Eastmont to Rolfs Court. Coldwell Banker LaVigne Debbie Chase 630-0235
95 17th St.NE Open Sat. 12-2 Just listed! 2 story home on .50 acre; 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath. 2 car garage, RV parking. Directions: Baker to 17th NE. John L. Scott Wenatchee Karie Rolen 860-2700
$279,900 710 S. Lyle Open Sun. 12:30-2 Premier One Properties Steve Bishop 679-7004
3970 Vista Del Rey Dr. Open Sun. 1-3 100% Financing on this home USDA or VA. BRAND NEW Home! Looking for Everything on One Level? 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, VIEW, 2-car garage! Directions: Sunset Hwy, right on Blueridge Dr., follow the signs. Premier One Properties June Stanaway 699-1321
$335,000 1607 Ashland Open Sun. 12-2 Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co. Joe Gamboni 669-2028
$199,900 1201 N. Denis Ct. Open Sun. 12:30-2:30 John L. Scott Wenatchee Sue Long 670-0633
466 Lower Daniels Dr. Open Sat. 12:30-2:30 Inviting 4 bedroom, 3 bath, daylight rambler with unbelievable views. Directions: Eastmont to Lower Daniels. John L. Scott Wenatchee Sue Long 670-0633
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$650,000.....................CASHMERE One of a Kind! 4,000 sq ft, soaring ceilings, large kitchen, spacious living, rec room, 3 bedrooms plus master suite. Views, 4 fenced acres, barn w/stalls, arena, drinking pond, RV parking, and irrigation. MLS# 697508 Christie Kay 630-8289
$545,000......... EAST WENATCHEE SUMMERTIME POOLSIDE! 4 star view from over an acre of privacy. 4,300 sq ft, 4 or 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, triple garage. Living family & bonus space. Larson pool with all the extras. You deserve it! MLS# 697502 Kathy Emerick 421-5934
135 N. Mission Wenatchee, WA • 509-662-2100
HUGE Price Reduction! Nearly 3 acres of privacy and recreation possibilities await you just 2 miles from downtown Cashmere. 4 large bedrooms with Master Suite on the main floor. Was $455,000 now $429,000! MLS# 695072 Becky Long 741-0287
$405,000......... EAST WENATCHEE 473 NE 5TH – EAST WENATCHEE THIS HOUSE IS A MUST SEE. Large 3 bedroom, 2 bath Tri- Level home with an in-ground Larson Pool and a huge shop! All this sitting on a beautifully landscaped .60 of an acre lot. Plenty of room with a large family room and 2nd kitchen that is also plumbed and wired for a hot tub. $299,900. Please contact GARY MULLEN @ 679-4132 for more information. MLS# 697460
617 GRANDVIEW LOOP – WENATCHEE This 4 bed, 3 bath 2008 daylight rambler has an open floor plan that is great for entertaining! Main floor master. Slate, travertine and solid walnut flooring! Panoramic city and river views! Full bath and theater room downstairs! Huge 3 car garage, fully fenced yard and auto sprinklers. $484,900. Please contact PAUL MARES @670-2119 for more information. MLS# 696949
2017 NW BATES AVE – EAST WENATCHEE LOTS OF SPACE! Enjoy the city, river and mountain views from this 1600+sf home on 1/2 acre! Main floor master and 3 more bedrooms, 1.75 baths. Formal dining and wood stove. Adjacent 1 acre parcel available! $189,500. Please contact PAUL MARES @ 670-2119 for more information. MLS# 692530
LOOKING FOR 4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS? Then you are on the right track, upgrades included granite countertops, 9 ft. ceilings, 3-car garage & RV parking. $360,000. Please call June Stanaway @ 699-1321. for more information.
566 CHRISAND – WENATCHEE BUILDERS OWN HOME WITH LOTS OF UPGRADES This home lives large and offers RV parking for more than one RV, plus room for a shop & pool too! 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. Oversized garage. Priced below assessed value. $249,900. Please contact LINDA HANSON @ 630-7338 for more information. MLS# 695712
Custom Home built in 2006! Features master bedroom on the main floor and 4 HUGE bedrooms on the lower level. Gourmet kitchen with gas stove, great floor plan and a million dollar view! Triple garage. MLS# 696201 Becky Long 741-0287
$199,900........... DESERT CANYON Gorgeous golf resort condo. Enjoy spectacular views & designer upgrades. Spacious master suite jacuzzi tub. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, double garage. Fannie Mae HomePath property, approved for HomePath Financing. MLS# 697031 Jamie Wallace 670-3305
$160,000...................WENATCHEE Large classic home! 3612 sq ft needs loving care to bring it to full glory. Large walk up porch, fireplace, generous sized kitchen, 2 bedrooms on main floor. Upper floor under construction. Sold as is. MLS# 697417 Jamie Wallace 670-3305
$159,900...................WENATCHEE Classic style rambler near high school! Living room brick fireplace, good sized kitchen, 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath, double garage. Stunning views, over quarter acre. New 30 yr comp roof. MLS# 697215 Jamie Wallace 670-3305
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207 RIVER VALLEY LANE – LEAVENWORTH BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME on this flat acreage with some pine trees. Property is nestled in a lovely area surrounded by beautiful homes and borders 200 feet on the Wenatchee River. $339,900. Please contact LINDA HANSON @ 630-7338 for more information. MLS# 695718
1235 GRANT ROAD – EAST WENATCHEE EXCEPTIONAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY 3 bedroom,1 bath home with land that has been verbally approved for three additional lots. Rent or live in the home while you develop the remaining land. Nice cozy living room with fireplace. $199,000. Please call JEFF BENSON @ 630-6859 for more information. MLS# 696528
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