Local Brokers Explain Why Buyers Love Rob Rice Homes

For Rob Rice Homes, our most important advocates are brokers in the outside real estate community, the hundreds of professionals who advise buyers and sellers in the South Puget Sound. To ease the process for them, we have information kiosks in every community, allow brokers to show the homes to clients on their own, and only use Northwest Multiple Listrob-rice-homesing Forms to write up agreements with confidence and ease.

Rob Rice Homes has been voted the Best of South Sound for new construction the last four years in a row. We asked some of the area’s experienced brokers why our homes are so popular.

Buyers, Including This Broker, Recognize Quality

Chelsea Bamrick, Realtor(r) Better Properties, Lacey

Chelsea Bamrick, a Realtor® and co-owner at Better Properties in Lacey, WA serves clients in many of the communities around Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM). Chelsea specializes in working with military members and families and often helps first-time home buyers. She enjoys educating buyers and sellers to reach their homeownership goals and finds it rewarding to be able to hand over the keys to a home on closing day. She has done that several times with a Rob Rice home.

“When I show my clients a Rob Rice home they notice the exceptional quality and the attention to detail Rob puts in each one of his homes, from the flooring, to the counter tops and the backsplashes. My clients are even more pleased to know that most of these remarkable quality features come standard in a Rob Rice Home. I’ve also had clients who upgraded their home and were so pleased with the countless options they were presented with from Rob Rice and his team.”

“I chose to buy a Rob Rice home myself because of the quality and the exceptional detail of the homes that he builds. My husband and I are so pleased and we look forward to the many years of memories our family will make in our new home.”

Many Options for Buyers

Kendra Fredericks, Realtor(r) Van Dorm Realty, Olympia

Realtor® Kendra Fredericks with Van Dorm Realty in Olympia, WA has been in real estate for 13 years. She practices throughout the South Sound in Thurston, Grays Harbor, Lewis and South Pierce Counties. Much of this experienced broker’s business tends to be buyers, ready to make the change from renter to homeowner.

Kendra has helped several buyers purchase a Rob Rice home.

“Buyers love Rob Rice Homes because they have options! What another builder would consider an upgrade, with Rob Rice Homes, it’s just one more option. In a pre-sale for example, if you aren’t a fan of granite, you still have the choice of quartz. Pre-sale buyers also have the choice of multiple cabinet finish choices. It gives them the feeling of a custom home without the extra fees.”

Kendra gets to hear buyers’ comments when they tour the homes.

“I have heard my buyers say, ‘Rob Rice Homes just feel like better quality than some of the other new construction we’ve toured.’ Or, they will comment, ‘There are a lot of extra details included that we didn’t think about, or expect.’”

Trust a Local Builder

Aaron Thomas, Realtor(r) Aaron Thomas Keller Williams, Tacoma

Realtor® Aaron Thomas, CSP is a successful broker with the Aaron Thomas Home Team at Keller Williams in Tacoma. With more than 14 years in the industry, he has served buyers and sellers up and down the I-5 corridor from Tumwater to Seattle, primarily near JBLM, DuPont and Lacey. He understands the value of a local builder.

“For buyers, it’s great because they can have confidence that the builder understands how to build the best product for the local conditions, both weather and economic,” explains Aaron. “Also, there is a higher likelihood the builder would stand behind their product and construction, leaving a legacy as opposed to just profiting.”

Aaron adds that buyers see the great value of a Rob Rice Home.

“Rob Rice Homes are an excellent value for the price point. I’ve worked with many buyers in Rob’s Lacey communities and the only time I hear otherwise is from buyers who don’t value living near a golf course in the Meridian Campus Communities. A Rob Rice home is always in excellent ‘pre-walkthrough punch list’ shape for the buyers. George and the finish guys do great work.”

Beautiful Floorplans. Top Quality.

Jessica Volkman, Realtor(r) Aaron Thomas Keller Williams, Tacoma

Jessica Volkman, who also is a Realtor® with the Aaron Thomas Home Team at Keller Williams in Tacoma, has advised buyers and sellers in the South Sound for 17 years and has years of experience in new construction site management.

“Rob’s plans are popular because they are open and bright, up-to-date designs that fit today’s lifestyle. With more and more people needing a master bedroom downstairs or a one-level rambler home, he has expanded those options.”

With her experience selling Rob Rice Homes, Jessica informs her buyers of what sets these homes apart.

“I always talk to my clients about the difference in quality with Rob Rice Homes. You can feel it even as you drive through the neighborhood. He doesn’t cut corners and he is as picky about the process leading up to the start of construction on a home as he is about the finished product, which most people understand is for good reasons. I have confidence when I show a Rob Rice Home that my clients will be happy with their home.”

The expansive open space in Robs Evergreen Heights neighborhood is stunning!


Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and has been voted the Best of South Sound for the last four years. He has built nearly 4000 homes in 43 different new home communities over more than 30 years. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons; Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture.