Peanut butter and jelly. Wine and cheese. Beaches and bonfires. Some things are just better together. And in most cases, coming together makes us stronger, healthier and better able to adapt. This February, Northwest Home Team Realty and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate merged to provide Thurston County residents a powerhouse of buying and selling know-how.
Northwest Home Team Realty started in 2017 and co-owner Jessica Poulos explains that the merge will bring together two thriving companies so they can provide more and better services to their customers. With 26 associates on staff and the expanded resources provided by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, they can continue to serve Thurston, Pierce, Lewis, Mason and Grays Harbor Counties.
Poulos herself knows Thurston County well. She grew up in the Olympia area and graduated from River Ridge High School in Lacey. A realtor in this area for many years, she and her husband and co-owner, Steve Poulos, enjoy sharing the region with their five children and extended family.
When they started Northwest Home Team Realty, there was one overarching vision: to never settle. “Everything is serving,” says Jessica. “It’s not how many houses can we sell, it’s how many families can we serve.”
Their work culture is, and always has been, one dedicated to the client. “Service is senior to selling,” says Jessica. “A happy and satisfied customer will bring more business than any well-designed marketing plan. We will never settle. We will persist in the meticulous delivery of unparalleled service. We will do it better than anyone else.”
And more than just bigger-is-better, with the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Northwest Home Team staff, their goal is to help you achieve your goal and make a wise real estate decision. “Whether upgrading, downsizing, investing or building,” says Jessica. “If you are looking to buy or sell a home, you’ll find comfort in knowing that our team is personally invested in your family’s goal. We will make the challenge and stress of buying or selling a home feel easy and effortless.”
Things kicked off with a launch party on Tuesday, February 23. The realty family is ready to keep moving forward. “Growth and serving our clients better, being better,” says Jessica, when asked what that looks like. “We have a great team at Northwest Home Team Realty, and our realtors come from a wide variety of backgrounds so we are able to help navigate every avenue of home sales for our clients.”
And they mean it. “Steve has a long history in the new construction aspect of real estate and works directly with one of our areas most recognized builders and we represent his many new construction neighborhoods,” says Jessica. “We also have a team that works with those relocating to the area with the specialty of military personnel.”
Beyond helping residents find their new or forever home, the team at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Northwest Home Team believe in giving back. Their Community Fund recently raised $5,000, which was then matched by Steve and Jessica Poulos. The office came together to decide on a recipient and this year half went to the local Salvation Army and the other half to the Thurston County Food Bank. In addition to the Community Fund Donation, Steve and Jessica donated $12,000 to other local charities.
With tremendous growth potential, the entire team is excited for what the lies ahead. “We are excited about the future of the company and believe and are aiming for great growth as we become a Better Homes and Gardens office,” says Jessica. “We dream big here at Northwest Home Team and would love to see two additional offices opened with growing teams in all three of our locations.”
Some decisions in life are both exciting and scary at the same time. Moving, whether across the country or across the street, is simultaneously complicated, stressful, and thrilling. But as with any decision, don’t settle and don’t go it alone. Northwest Home Team Realty and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate took the plunge, you can too. Because together is definitely the way to go.
When you’re ready to start the home buying or selling process, give the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Northwest Home Team a call at 360.529.0992, extension 700. To reach Jessica directly, send a message through her online portal or call 360.870.0619. Find out what your home is worth, search for just the right neighborhood, or partner with their skilled contractors to get top dollar for homes that need a little extra love. Then sit back with your favorite pairing while they do all the hard work. So, which will it be? Dinner and a movie or coffee and donuts?