The Rants Group Celebrates 45 Years with New Look and Innovative Project

The Rants Group is celebrating its 45th birthday not with a big blowout bash, but rather with a fresh rebranding and groundbreaking project befitting of its longevity and contribution to the community. The rebranding effort has refreshed the overall look and feel of the company’s logo, marketing materials, signage, website, and more. While sticking with…

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Weather

2017 has been a wild and crazy year for weather & natural disasters – forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding. With winter approaching, this a good time to review emergency preparedness at your home and office. It is not uncommon to lose power during winter storms – will you be ready? There is a wealth of…

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Zoning Versus Designated Use

Many people do not understand that there is a difference between zoning and the designated use of a property. When looking at buying a commercial property, one thing you want to look at is the Property Type listed by the jurisdiction that issues permits for the property. The easiest place to find that is on…

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Winter is here!

Winter is here and so is the risk of frozen pipes. As soon as thermometers drop into the freezing zone, the following tips will help you avoid unpleasant surprises that may come from broken water pipes on your property. Winters can be harsh on household plumbing so don’t forget to protect the water meter and…

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Urban Living in Downtown Olympia

We see it in the larger cities, but we are just starting to see the rise in the desire to live downtown in a more urban environment, here in Olympia. Downtown Olympia is positioning itself to be a prime spot for those eager to live a more urban lifestyle. The demand for housing in downtown…

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The New Gold Green Rush

The New Gold Green Rush; Washington’s Pot Bubble In 2012, the voters of Washington State voted to decriminalize possession of marijuana, and in so doing paved the way for one of the largest growth industries our state has seen in a very long time. In addition to legalizing possession of pot, Initiative 502 also paved the way…

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Downtown Olympia

Give Downtown Olympia Another Look I have had people comment that they won’t go downtown because of the people and parking. Well, parking can be a challenge at times but the make-up of folks in downtown Olympia is changing, and downtown businesses are responding. The catalyst for the change is downtown housing. This is not…

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Power Shifts in Lease Negotiations

Power Shifts in Lease Negotiations You may have heard the words “buyers’ market” and “sellers’ market” when shopping for a house. These terms describe which side of the deal (buyer vs seller) is tending to have the upper hand in negotiations during a sale. The same thing goes for the commercial leasing market and it…

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Insurance

How much insurance do I need? There’s insurance for fire, renters, pets, liability, earthquake, catastrophic, hurricane, flood, hail and umbrella coverage. WOW…where do I begin and how can I sift through all the terms and different types of insurance? A good place to start would be a broker. Insurance brokers, like real estate brokers, specialize…

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Renters Insurance

Renters Insurance…Do I need it? A consumer survey conducted last year for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, an Alexandria, Va.-based industry association, found that nearly two-thirds of the more than 81 million people living in rental properties do not have renters insurance. Many people think that renters insurance is not in their…

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