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    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

    Havana

    By Melissa Murphy | December 31, 2016

    Upon landing in Havana and departing the plane, Justin and I first noticed the stale smell of tobacco smoke. Smoking indoors is allowed in designated smoking areas, but the smell was more stale as if we walked into the twilight zone of the 1960’s with chain smoking the norm. Passing through customs was efficient with... Read More

    Cuba: Undiscovered Gem

    By Melissa Murphy | December 31, 2016

    Why did Justin and I want to go to Cuba? I had seen photos of a friends trip and was intrigued. Similar to my experience visiting communist Myanmar, formerly known as Burma shortly after the travel ban lifted, I yearned for more experiences in non-touristy destinations. Escaping from the high-priced glossy tourist traps seemed ideal... Read More

    Prime’s Interview With Uptic Studios

    By Melissa Murphy | December 12, 2016

    1. Your brand developed from a “sense of increase, a rise, an ‘uptick’”. Are you finding that this swell of energy happening in downtown Spokane? Yes, downtown Spokane has been on an “uptic” for several years and is just getting started. As the baby brother to our Westside counterparts, we do not see the large... Read More

    Cold Weather Tips For Cold Weather Sellers

    By Melissa Murphy | December 12, 2016

    No matter what the weather, the Spokane real estate market keeps marching along. Selling a home at this time of year can be a lot of fun because there’s considerably less competition for the buyers that are out there. You want to make sure that those potential home buyers have the best possible experience when... Read More

    Making An Offer On A Home In January

    By Melissa Murphy | December 12, 2016

    According to Time Magazine, January is the best month to buy a home. While Prime Real Estate Group certainly thinks any month is a good month, there are some great arguments for why you might want to consider doing your home buying in January. The most obvious reason, of course, is the fact that less... Read More