Valley real estate group looks to give back with new storefront

After selling real estate in the Snoqualmie Valley for 12 years, Karin Simpson finally has an office along North Bend Way to call her own, but she thinks of it more as a showroom and community space.

“It’s really about the community. As a real estate company, we want to do stuff differently,” she said. “We want to have a place where local people can have fun — not just another real estate office.”

Simpson said in addition to showcasing how a potential homebuyer could design their interior, the office will continue to have different themes for Valley residents to attend, even if they aren’t customers.

“The whole idea is instead of making it look like an office, it’s some place that looks like a room in a house and has a different theme with what’s going on in the Valley,” she said. “We’re trying to make it have some kind of activity everyone can appreciate that isn’t just always about real estate.”

Simpson said the group will continue to have different themes throughout the years. On Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the space will offer pictures with Santa. In January, the group is planning to host local wineries.

The Simpson Group Reality team brings together six real estate agents who have a combined 50 years of experience, all of whom are local to the Valley. Simpson said some of the agents have roots in the Valley as long as 20 or 30 years.

Three members of the team have received five star best in customer service award ratings. Simpson has won the same award for 11 consecutive years, the only real estate agent in the Valley to do so.

Simpson has sold real estate since 2002 and has a background in theater management. Prior to that, she did casting for movies, worked at a convention center in Pittsburgh and did retail and marketing for Wizards of the Coast, who made the Magic the Gathering trading card game.

“It’s always about showing people what we do, but the idea is to do something fun for the community,” Simpson said. “We are from here, our kids are here and we love it.”

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