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Monthly Archives: January 2017

    New Year’s Resolutions for Spokane Home Sellers

    By Melissa Murphy | January 4, 2017

    With the start of a new year, many people are busy envisioning what they want 2017 to look like.  For quite a few, this will be the year that they jump into the Spokane real estate market.  Whether your need for space is growing along with your family, or it’s time to downsize that empty... Read More

    Can I Afford to Buy a House in Spokane?

    By Melissa Murphy | January 4, 2017

    The decision of whether or not you can afford a new home in Spokane obviously relies on a lot of factors, such as your income, your debt, and your savings.  In addition, your credit score and other variables will affect a lender’s decision on whether to offer you a loan and what the interest rate... Read More

    On to more cultural spots

    By Melissa Murphy | January 3, 2017

    Going into the train station, I ask behind the counter how to get the Cayo Guillermo. The gentleman laughs and says nothing today. I look up at the board. “How much to get to Santiago?” I inquire. Not possible he explains. The bus is full as well. Last ditch effort. “Havana?” I ask. “No,” He... Read More

    Minimalist Ideals

    By Melissa Murphy | January 3, 2017

    We packed light. Well, light for two people who still are slightly attached to things. The fact that we went from two large checked bags for our most recent trip to only one checked item for the both of us is impressive. Justin woke up this am and repacked our bags carefully. Folding or rolling... Read More

    Yola: La Mansion del Centro

    By Melissa Murphy | January 3, 2017

    Yola, as I discover her name, welcomed us warmly. She showed us how to operate the doors, reminded us that someone is available to let us in 24 hours a day, and took our passports briefly to complete her required paperwork. Feeling vulnerable, I asked about how safe the neighborhood was; she said that walking... Read More

    Year of Focus

    By Melissa Murphy | January 3, 2017

    Each year I designate a theme. Previous topics have been as follows: 2016: Year of “Connection.” 2015: Year of being “On the Court.” 2014: Year of “Going Pro.” 2013: Year of “Following my Heart.” I asked JJ what his thoughts were about a theme for the year as I rattled off many catchy taglines. Glancing... Read More