From my Fave Chair to Yours

From my Fave Chair to Yours

From my Fave Chair to Yours

Do you have a Rocking Chair in your home?

The rocking chair can be found in many places today, airports, in front of restaurants for the
waiting patrons, in hospitals, nurseries, and maybe in your living room.

I’ve seen some fabulous craftmanship in rocking chairs sold in Bellingham, WA and in LA
Connor, WA in past years. I would have loved one of those beauties. REI Seattle, WA
www.rei.com/c/rocking-chairs even has outdoor camping rocking chairs. I bet you could
name a few more types and places for the sighting of rockers.

My thinking of the rocking chair is that it is meant for relaxing. The movement of rocking is
calming for babies as well as adults. Soothing to the nerves and provides that relaxation that
often leads to sleep.

Two rocking chairs I have had in our home. First one came from my mother-in-law. One that she
had held many children in. I acquired it at the birth of our first son. It was placed in his nursery.
Many nights I tested out the promise of sleep for my little guy in that chair. It didn’t work, I have
to tell you. He was always up at night until he was about 3 or 4. A restless one he was. I held
onto the dream & moved it to the living room when our two boys were older, and we would read
books from that chair. Do you have some of those cuddly moments to retrieve from your
memory? Favorite times, right?

The second chair came from one of my clients. She was a Senior client, and I spent many hours
chatting with her from her rocking chair. One that she has had since 1930. It looks like more of
an antique. Her chair was a favorite when I visited her & I would remark about how comfortable
it was. Well-worn down to the raw wood, many spots were absent of the original wood stain.
When she moved, the chair was sold to me! Many of my clients have to downsize in an Estate
Sale so that I can prepare the home to Sell. I fell in love with the chair & my experience with this
very independent woman. She had custom built her home & it was not easy for her to leave it
but after time the two of us found a solution for her.

While working on the Sale of her home as her Realtor, the news of having a grandson was
announced. The first grandson! Exciting time. I thought a rocking chair would be needed for
the room I was expecting that little guy to spend some time in. As with many ideas we create &
plan for, this one did not work out as I had envisioned.

No problems of any kind but, there was no need for rocking grandbabies in the chair.  Good
news out of this story is that my training as a Senior Real Estate Specialist was of help in
working with this lady in her late 80’s. I find that many times a rocky chair is helpful in staying
calm & helping Senior clients make transitions with the Real Estate they own. Give me a call if
you have Parents in their Senior years or if you are in the frame of mind to downsize or get into
a different living situation. I can help. lifestylestolive.com.

Today, that rocky chair is home to “You are the Sunshine of my Life” Pillow. Remember the
song “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” 1973 single released by Stevie Wonder. The song
became Wonder’s third number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his first number-
one on the Easy Listening chart. It won Wonder a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal
Performance and was nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
In front of the pillow, we have a chair full of cuddliest (stuffed animals) A few Beanie Babies
from my collections. I have inherited about a hundred of them. Check it out, do you have a
valuable one.  The 10 most valuable beanie babies

It was a crazy fad launched in 1993. I remember my mother was into them. Now, the rocking
chair is home for the collection and their friends.

I’m blessed to have the rocking chair and the grandsons while singing, “You are my Sunshine.”

Plans that do not work out, sometimes turn out better than the original.

My client is still in touch with me a now in a Retirement community where she enjoys what I call
the 4 th quarter lifestyle. She has been an inspiration!

Cheers!

Teresa Barthol

Teresa Barthol

Realtor - Managing Broker
LifestylestoLive.com
425-876-9552

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Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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Where you Live Matters

Where you Live Matters

Where you Live Matters

Where we live matters!  The Air we Breathe, the energy around us Matter! Is a Green Built home for you?  Do you want live simply & have a low impact on the environment?  Would healthy surrounding make it easier for you to maintain your health?  Consider a home that is Green Built.

My husband & I have had a plan to visit a new Green Built development for some time & yesterday was the day.  Years ago, we built an energy conscious designed home in Minnesota.  My husband Michael is an Architect, and it was his dream to design & build this home, and so we did.   Our experience Building that home was prior to me starting my Real Estate career and before we moved to the Northwest for Michaels work.  A terrific experience and a home that was difficult to leave. Opportunity and the Northwest captured our future, and here we are some 30+ years later.

The tour at Selah Vista was a true inspiration!

We are ready to move in!

Selah Vista homes is a 16 -acre Built Green 5-Star Planned Neighborhood Development in the Yakima, WA area.  A total of 60 homes at completion, many of them with expansive territorial views.  A combination of home styles to include single family, cottages, duplex townhomes, and custom homes.  A 2-acre community space including wheelchair accessible perimeter nature trails, natural playground, drought-tolerant native plantings, and other healthy features and amenities.

The excitement we had for the project relates to a lifestyle we love to live! One where the features of the home are luxurious, healthy indoor air and water, lots of natural sunlight, solar power system, Smart Home technology, constructed with low maintenance materials, and the use of reclaimed and recycled green products.

The homes certifications include Built Green 5 Star Standards, EPA Net Zero Standards, EPA Air Plus.

Personally, as a Realtor I want to move everyone into homes like we toured in Selah, WA.  Why?

A Healthy Lifestyle choice for one!  From the air, you breathe to the water you drink, floors you stand on, appliances you use, and the roof overhead   it’s crucial what surrounds our lives every day.  I believe our homes should serve our desired lifestyle, including our health and long-term well-being.  With all the care taken by Selah Vista Homes Architect, Designer, Builder and Realtor (Brenda Nunes with Keller Williams Realty) to use materials that limited the VOC’s and have been vetted as non-toxic, you can be comforted in breathing fresh, clean air. Relaxing in what surrounds you every day.  I love maintenance costs reduced by the materials used, the heating and cooling costs by the use of insulated R-47 walls, R-52 ceiling, R-20 foundation, plus the use of solar.    The cost savings for your health care, the running of the home, maintenance is calculated to save a homeowner in the range of $3,000-$5,000 a year. That might be conservative in my mind.

Have you considered” Net Zero” or “Built Green” Living?  I would love to introduce you to these innovative designs, ones that are built to be sustainable over 100 years and prove to be an excellent investment as well as a wonderful Lifestyle for today.

lifestylestolive.com
Selah Vista Way, Selah, WA 98942
Reach out, let Michael, and I share our excitement with you.

Cheers!

Teresa Barthol 425-876-9552
Teresa.barthol@exprealty.com
Realtor-Managing Broker
NAR “Green”
NAR Luxury Home “CLHMS

Teresa Barthol

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Realtor - Managing Broker
LifestylestoLive.com
425-876-9552

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Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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My Fave Chair to Yours

My Fave Chair to Yours

My Fave Chair to Yours

This past week I attended an event “Elise Enriquez” teaching “GYST” Get your sh#!t together.  It was more of a party to celebrate the new year & the remodeling project she & her partner Kim had been working on.   As part of the event, we were to choose a WORD for the 2020 New Year.  A “Word” we wanted to focus on that would bring mission and purpose to our work & personal life. Elise has done this project before, and I have had different word each year.  Last the year was “Simplify” the year before that was “Joy,” this year, it is “INSPIRE.”

 “Inspire means to excite, encourage, or breathe life into. Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to inflame or to blow in to. When you inspire something, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make it grow. A true story can inspire a film. Studying for your test will inspire confidence in you.

 

“inspire”

 

The Olympics often inspire people to take up a sport, but they can also inspire patriotism. Inspire means to excite, encourage, or breathe life into.

Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to inflame or to blow in to. When you inspire something, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make it grow. A true story can inspire a film. Studying for your test will inspire confidence in you. Successful people often have a role model who inspired them to greatness. Who inspires you?”

As I write this month “From My Fave Chair to Yours” I’m giving this word some thought & asking questions.  Who are you inspired by?

Easy maybe to think about that question?  Someone in History? Your parents, relatives, friends, a teacher, boss, movie star, it could be a long list.  I want to be one of those people on that list that is inspiring you & others to take action with Real Estate.  I want to be the “wealth advisor.” of Real Estate, to encourage homeowners & any future buyer that doesn’t look at homeownership as a wealth-producing asset to rethink the investment.  US Residential Real Estate is the largest asset class valued at $33.7 Trillion.  However, in my experience, most people look at the home as a place to live, love & grow memories.  A haven for sure.  What if?  Adding conversation & detailing the data about what investing in a “home” could mean to your legacy and to your overall ability to build generational wealth.  As a Real Estate Broker, I want to inspire my clients to look at the potential of the decisions they are making.  One alteration in the decision-making process could return a client significantly more $$s.  An “Inspired” fresh way to look at your home or investments you make in Real Estate.

In 2020, Marcelle Allen, the author of “Financial Joy,” and I will be partnering to deliver to both buyers and sellers the knowledge of how to look at the data details and to make it work for you.   After all, it is the vision of most clients to find the Dream Home.  Let’s add the Vision to make it work for your Wealth portfolio.    We hope you join us as we send out invites to these events.  Or share the news with others who could benefit as well.   First event “Financial Joy for Wealth Builders” will be on Jan. 30th from 5 pm to 7 pm.   Call us for details.

Beyond the “I want to be” declaration, I have also discovered in selecting this “Word for the Year” that what I for myself is “Inspiration,” What “inspires me?”   There are lots of events, meetings, training, leaders, etc. that I have spent much time listening to & not always feeling inspired. More drained & confused I would say.  Have you been there? It becomes…The “have to do it” thinking.

The Shift in my thinking for 2020 is, let me show up where I feel inspired.   I want to go where I get filled up with renewed energy.  Inspiration is with the Grandkids or little people, a trip into the sunshine, a walk along the river, a day with a good friend. What does your list look like? No more wasting of time in places that are filled with negativity, droning on, drama, or other such energy-draining events. Enough I say!

Join me in all things that bring Inspiration so that we can, in return, Inspire others.

“From My Fave Chair to Yours”- May you find Inspiration in 2020!!

 

Teresa Barthol

Teresa Barthol

Realtor - Managing Broker
LifestylestoLive.com
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Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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From My Fave Chair to Yours!

From My Fave Chair to Yours!

From My Fave Chair to Yours!

Tell me about your Favorite Chair? It is a question I posted on Facebook recently. A few responses
came in on the subject, which got me thinking of the places I have been where there has been a Favorite
Chair combined with memorable conversations.

A good friend from our home state of Minnesota wrote, “you know my Favorite chair”. Meaning, I have
been there a number of times on her patio in those awesome &comfortable rocking chairs. We could sit
for hours in conversation as we have been friends for many years & experiences. A cherished friendship
I’m so thankful for.

Another friend reminded me she loves that sofa! She is an avid reader & loves to escape in books & cozy
up into her sofa with a comfy cover. We share adventures together & those book recommendations.
She is the friend that may have moved even more then I have. The perspective and challenges of
moving some 14 times or more, needs friends who understand the uniqueness of moving that many
times. Our favorite chairs are ever moving to coffee shops or restaurants where we share great
conversations. A cherished friendship, I’m so thankful for.

Yesterday I sat with a friend at her home talking about Real Estate. We have years of working together
as colleges. We enjoy sharing our knowledge and challenges of our profession. I have so much respect
for her & the journey she is taking in her life. We share a Commitment to providing a high level of
service and care for our clients. It was a joy to sit in her newly remodeled kitchen enjoying her backyard
view. Like sitting in the park. A time to relax, laugh & tell stories. A cherished friendship, I’m so
thankful for.

I’m looking forward to sitting by the pool in Arizona & in California as I take some winter trips to find sun
& warmth. It is a joy to be welcomed into there homes in the sunshine states and to sit in those favorite
lounge chairs by the pool each day with morning coffee or wine in the evening. Sharing long
conversations about our lives. Friendships I am so thankful for.

Washington State Park in Anacortes is one of my favorite walks to do with friends. Many times with
friends I have walked those trails and then stopped to sit on the benches overlooking the islands,
mountains and waters we are so fortunate to have surrounding us here in the Northwest. That bench
has no doubt been witness to many conversations. Its an inspiring place to sit with friends. I love those
days with friends in that location.

Recently I went to see the Mr Rogers movie. It was a wonderful movie & brought on lots of memories of
watching the Mr Rogers shows with my sons. What I liked most about the movie is the scene where Mr
Rogers asks his friend to close his eyes & remember all the people that have “loved’ him into the person
he is today. Quietly, with eyes closed, I thought about that question.

Mr Rogers movie inspired my thoughts for this article. What relationships have loved you into being
who you are today?

Where can you visualize loving conversations and a Fave Chair! May your day be filled with time &
places you cherish.

Teresa Barthol

Teresa Barthol

Realtor - Managing Broker
LifestylestoLive.com
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Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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Reasons Mom and Dad are more Vulnerable to Scams

Reasons Mom and Dad are more Vulnerable to Scams

Reasons Mom and Dad are more Vulnerable to Scams

Mom and Dad are getting older in your eyes, and many things are starting to show up that
concern you. Here are some Reasons that Seniors are more Vulnerable to Scams and some
things you can watch out for and talk over with your parents.

Computer Innocence, Seniors were not raised with computers and can be less savvy to hackers’
tactics. For example, they may not question the authenticity of a pop-up window that tells
them they have a virus. They may click on the links, call the number to fix the problem.
Microsoft estimates that 3.3 million Americans are a victim to tech support scams and figure
that some $1.5 Billion a year lost to these scams.

Interact with your parents & share the things that are scams. Have them have a relationship
with a computer service provider you trust. Best to check before clicking, I would say.

Financial concerns show up when Seniors have access to liquid financial assets. They make
them an attractive target. I often hear that for people with valuable equity positions in their
homes — those who live in great locations and have large parcels of land. Offers come daily
from Investors, Real Estate Brokers, and private parties offering to buy the home. Sorting that
all out can be overwhelming, and if the person targeting them finds them on a vulnerable day
when they are not feeling the best, they may say “yes.” Setting the property up in a Trust could
make this more difficult.

The home is also likely to attract fake contractors, high bids for simple projects. Financial scams
also exist around commercial pitches to reduce property taxes, refinancing offers, with people
convincing them to tap out the equity in their home for other things.

Social media makes it pleasant for Seniors to connect with those friends and family that is far
away. However, it can also lead them to be a target for scammers. Seniors can have a trusting
nature and a caring heart for family members in tuff situations or causes that are near and dear
to their hearts. According to the National Council on Aging, in nearly 60 percent of all elder
abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member, an adult child or spouse.

Cognitive impairments give way to manipulation and deception techniques. I hear, sometimes,
the senior is victimized long before anyone discovers what the situation is, and then it is too
late. Money has is lost.

Seniors have time on their hands. Plenty of time to talk to strangers that lead them into scams.
More than one-third of seniors surveyed in the latest Nation Poll on Healthy Aging said they felt
a lack of companionship at least some of the time.

Medicare is also subject to scammers looking for medical records, verifying social security
numbers for obtaining care, or for prescription drugs needed. Scammers will threaten a loss of
coverage if the Senior doesn’t provide the information they are looking to uncover.

These are All scary and concerning situations for Seniors and their families.
I am a Certified Senior Real estate Specialist (SRES). If you are looking for resources about
potential scams or where to report these scams, please call me. Plus, tips and institutions that
can help you avoid possible abuse in the future. Feel free to reach out. I can send you more
information. Stay Safe!

Teresa Barthol

Teresa Barthol

Realtor - Managing Broker
LifestylestoLive.com
425-876-9552

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Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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From My Fave Chair to Yours

From My Fave Chair to Yours

From My Fave Chair to Yours

Movies, I love to watch movies of all kinds! Since the addition of Amazon Prime and Netflix in
our house, we seem to find ourselves hooked on a few of these new TV Series. Its fun to
compare notes when I go walking with friends, or over dinner, what are the favorites. Some
days I feel I need to keep my movie watching in check. It is an escape, like reading a book. The
Binging helping me avoid the “shoulds.” I should be cleaning, and I should be calling to
generate new business, I should work on the “To-Do List.” This month, watching movies has
provided content for this article. I’ll give myself the grace to say, go ahead & watch the film, its
good for relaxation & good for inspiration.

“Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont” is my favorite movie this month. Ii stumbled on it by accident as
it is an old move from 2005, based on a 1971 novel by Elizabeth Taylor. Mrs. Palfrey, who
appears to be abandoned by her family, found the Claremont hotel in London via a brochure
that she found while traveling with her daughter. She strikes up an unusual friendship with a
young writer who discovers they have much more in common with each other than they do
with people their age. It is a lovely film & quite funny too.

There are a few scenes in the movie that struck me as familiar family engagements. The
daughter feels very responsible for her mother & wants her to be doing things that she
suggests, but Mrs. Palfrey has a mind of her own. Her Grandson is not showing up as expected.
& Mrs. Palfrey had moved to London so she could see her Grandson more often. She was very
proud of him & wanted to show him off, and brag about him. When he doesn’t show up or
seem to care, it’s a disappointment for Mrs. Palfrey.

It got me to thinking about some conversations I have witnessed with older adults. One event
recently observed at the shoe store where the daughter said: “Mom, you are buying those
shoes!” Or another where the son is yelling at the Mom to say she doesn’t understand & this is
what she should do. (a bullying experience)

As a Real Estate Broker who is concerned that Senior’s do not become victims of bullying,
scams, manipulation, or other assorted happenings when they are in a vulnerable stage of life, I
found this movie to be a reminder. How are we talking with the elderly, are we open to being
friends, are we gentle with the conversation’s, and whose agenda is that needs to play out.

Recently, I met with a Daughter and her parents. It was a fair exchange of ideas and planning
for the future. Having “me,” the Real Estate Broker there to ask some tuff questions, to help
open up the conversation about selling the house, about where would they like to move next,
and what is the reality of some of the plans. Incorporating the legal, the financial, and the
emotional subjects got everyone to talk. No decision has been made but, having the patience to
realize it is a process of discovery for all, the daughter, myself, and the parents. Call on me. I
have a perspective on the process of getting Mom and Dad moving and many recourses to
share with you.

Teresa Barthol

Teresa Barthol

Realtor - Managing Broker
LifestylestoLive.com
425-876-9552

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Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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