Vancouver, WA Real Estate News

By Mark Hall, Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington
(Realty One Group Cascadia)
A week or so back, I wrote about some clients who purchased a haunted house. http://www.activerain.com/blogsview/577956/Should-I-Charge-a  At the prompting of some of our ActiveRain members, I followed up with them this morning. I am happy to report that they are still alive. When asked about any paranormal activity, Mr.s Buyer shared that the kids have made claims of hearing voices but nothing has been confirmed by an adult. At least not a "living" adult. However, she did tell me about a questionable experience that happened the second night in the house: The family was airing out the house as it had sat vacant for over 2 years. They had almost every window open and they were enjoying the fresh evening air when two doors were similtaneouslhey and violently thrust open. They flew open w...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Swimming in Vancouver WA...a True StoryMy Adventures on the Concrete Beach Yesterday after much pressure from my son and husband I donned a one-piece "cover everything up and suck it in" bathing suit (complete with a cover up that is more fabric than an average dress) and made my way onto our local athletic club's concrete beach. It was about 88 degrees.The pool area is nice with salt water, diving board, large curved slide and even a little kids pool. The south side of the pool is jammed with lounging chairs, four rows deep; chairs strewn with towels, clothing articles, books and even baking bodies. The aroma of coconut is strong in the air. Kids squealing loudly as they hit the water from the slide, diving board and enjoying splashing in the water. I find my spot, the last one, in th...
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By Paul W. Thompson, Going Above and Beyond...
(Homestreet Bank)
Given that in Washington state alone, in which you now have to obtain licensing to originate loans if you are a mortgage broker, nearly 60% of the originators in 2007 did not renew for 2008.   Being a former mortgage broker, I saw the writing on the wall last fall and began searching for a "safer" place to continue my career.  I first went to Washington Mutual Home Loans.  Bad mistake.  After four turbulent months there, and multiple program changes there with NO FHA or VA, they closed down all the Home Loan Centers at the end of April.  I luckily have gotten on board with Wells Fargo and enjoy working for Wells Fargo. This is a much safer place for me(and I would say anyone) to be in the mortgage business right now. I work for the largest retail mortgage originator in the country, not ...
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By Mark Hall, Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington
(Realty One Group Cascadia)
Isn't it strange how much we take technology for granted? Today we had a black out in my neighborhood. (Vancouver, Washington) I was surprised when it happened but then I gathered my thoughts and figured that I would push on through. I mean man has lived on the earth for many centuries without electricity. Right? Right! But those men weren't realtors. And those men didn't have cordless phones or computers with email, or air conditioners, or fax machines, or... I am sure that you get it by now. I am a big baby! Even babies can learn and here are a few things that I learned today. Cordless phones don't work without power. The old one that plug directly into a phone jack do work. I need to get one. Maybe I can find one at a yard sale. Cell phones do work when the power goes out in your nei...
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Patty completed her SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) designation today.  By earning her SRES® designation, Patty has demonstrated necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50-plus through major financial and lifestyle transitions invovled in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home. As an SRES®, Patty brings: A customized approach to home selling for the 50+ market, including how their current living situation fits into their overall plan Expertise and patience without condescention An awareness of options and solid, reliable referrals for specific situations to explore those options A variety of choices to reduce out-of-pocket expenses, gain cash, or create or defer income streams to either stay independent or finance assistance If you or anyone you know...
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If you or a family member have a military background you have the ability when purchasing a home to participate in the USAA Mover's Advantage Program! This Program directly benefits those who have served or family members of those who have served in not only a financial benefit when buying or selling a home, but knowing that you are working with an agent that has been specifically trained and hand selected to ensure quality service.  After all, USAA strives for excellence! Your benefit when buying or selling a home is based on a graduated scale on the purchase price or sales price of the home and can either be a check back to you after closing or applied to closing costs for your loan! Call me Today for details on the program, I would be happy to go over the benefits for you!   Travis N...
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By Suzy Morrison
(The Suzy Morrison Team with Keller Williams)
  Waiting to Buy a New Home May be the Wrong Strategy   The biggest risk for today’s home buyers is interest rates not price depreciation. Yes, home prices are under pressure and there is inventory in the market, but waiting to define a “bottom” in a real estate downturn that is 24 months old and where prices have already adjusted, is very difficult.   The bigger issue and real risk to buyers are interest rates. A sudden rise in interest rates can easily erase the benefit of finding a home at a “bargain”. Long term interest rates are directly impacted by the health of our economy and inflation. If the economy if struggling or if there are rising expectations of inflation, long term interest rates will rise. Both of these factors are at work in the market.   Why are rising interest rates...
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By Mark Hall, Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington
(Realty One Group Cascadia)
Not much time to write this morning. I am headed out the door to meet some new leads. I think that today will be a good day for real estate in Vancouver, Washington. It is the Fourth of July and forecasts show that it should be bright and sunny. Most folks have the day off. Generally, people are in a good mood on days like today. Scooting around town, planning picnics and barbeques.  There are already people out walking the neighborhood and riding bikes. It should be a great open house day. People are wandering the neighborhood without very much to do. Ashley Manor will be a great place to meet new prospects and get leads. If I could carry my signs with me, I would ride my bike to the model. Wish me luck!
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By Mark Hall, Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington
(Realty One Group Cascadia)
Should I Charge a Premium for Selling Haunted Houses?  O.K. I have to admit it. I saw a blog by Angela Byrne regarding haunted houses and it reminded me of a deal that Janice and I just closed two weeks ago. I can't believe that I haven't blogged about it before!  Our buyer's agent, Shawna, had been helping a friend of hers find a fairly unusual home for our current Vancouver, Washington market. She was looking for a 5 to 6 bedroom house 3 to 4 bathrooms with a sensible floor plan. Size was not a huge concern but a home with that many beds and baths would probably 3,000 square feet or better. The budget was a little on the tight side but still very doable. We knew that, with a little bit of patience, we would be able to find the right house and negotiate a deal.  The first few weeks of...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Vancouver WA Real Estate | Fircrest, Orchards, Maplecrest Market Report for June 2008 This Vancouver WA Real Estate market report is a simple matrix of the RMLS North East-areas homes in the real estate data base, separated into price ranges, and: Active, Pending and Sold categories, for the historical month of May, 2008. Owing to certain limitations in the Vancouver MLS real estate reporting system, last month we split the Vancouver East areas into the North East (east of Andresen and north of Mill Plain); and the South East (east of Andresen & South of Mill Plain). Of the Vancouver Washington real estate areas, this set has the largest number of homes for sale. With Summer now here, the month of June has seen an increase in listings AND a slight decrease in homes going pending. This m...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Vancouver WA Real Estate | Cascade Park; Fishers Landing, Evergreen Highway Market Report for June 2008 This report on Vancouver WA Homes For Sale is a simple matrix of MLS South East-area's homes in the real estate data base, separated into price ranges, and: Active, Pending and Sold categories, for the Historical month of June, 2008. Owing to certain limitations in the MLS real estate reporting system, last month we split the Vancouver East areas into the North East (east of Andresen and north of Mill Plain); and the South East (east of Andresen & South of Mill Plain). This South-East area includes: Cascade Park, Fishers Landing, and the East Heights and Evergreen Highway Neighborhoods. With Summer now here, the month of June has seen a slight decrease in listings available AND an inc...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Vancouver WA Real Estate For Sale | West Area Market Report for June 2008 This month has 30 more Vancouver WA homes for sale in the active category, and the average days on the market has decreased five days to 99 days. For the listings that are agreeing to offers the average time on the market has decreased six days to 93 days. For the listings that are agreeing to offers the average time on the market is now 59 days -- 33 days fewer than the prior month. It is our observation and opinion that all price ranges in these areas are still in a Buyer's Market but heating up! There are more homes being sold, at the same time a few more homes have come on the market. For May 2008 year-to-date the Vancouver MLS data is showing the Average home Selling Price for these Vancouver areas ranging fr...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
The 2008 Clark County WA Parade of Homes in Felida Washington is shaping up to be another good one! ... $2 Off General Admission COUPON August 22nd -through- September 7th 10am -- 8pm Meet the Builder: Saturdays Senior Days: Tuesday Color & Design Tour: Thursdays Green Living Education: Saturdays & Sundays 2008 Parade of Homes Archives: 2007 Parade of Homes 2006 Parade of Homes 2005 Parade of Homes 2004 Parade of Homes 2003 Parade of Homes 2008 Parade of Homes in Felida Washington by Kathryn On Friday, Feb. 29th at 10:00 a.m. I joined fellow BIA members, and the community to kick-off the 31st year of the Clark County Parade of Homes. BIA and the 2008 Parade builders broke ground at the Moongate subdivision in Felida Washington. Parade of Homes Committee Chair Morall Olson of M.J. Olson ...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Vancouver WA Real Estate For Sale | Salmon Creek, Felida and Hazel Dell Market Report for June 2008 This month has 12 fewer Homes For Sale in Vancouver WA in the active category, and the average days on the market has remained at 117 days for the active listings. For the listings that are agreeing to offers the average time on the market is now about 115 days -- 47 days more than last month. This month we have 54 homes Pending -- 8 fewer than last month. All prices ranges in these MLS areas continue to be a "Buyer's Market." For May year-to-date the Vancouver MLS real estate data is showing the Average home Selling Price for the Felida, Salmon Creek & Salmon Creek areas ranging from: $268,200 to $388,700; and the Median Selling Price ranging from: $262,000 to $364,500. The Clark County ...
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Whether you are buying or selling property in Vancouver, Orchards, Battle Ground, Washougal, Camas, Fisherslanding or any where in Clark County, I help you have a stress free transaction. I am a native to Clark County and know the area well. whether you are looking for a home in the city or the wilderness I can help you find the right area for your family. I grew up in the construction business. My father was a carpenter and I spent my summers helping him on the job site. Whether it was handing him nails or building a wall. I love to see the smiles on peoples face when a job is complete, the keys are in their hands and they know the home is theirs.
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By Bill Black, VP Mortgage Lending
(Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611)
    “What Every Investor Needs to Know About Short Sale Investing During the Summer of 2008”   With the number of foreclosures and short sales on the rise, investors are doing more and more short sales out of need more than desire. The days of numerous sellers with loads of equity seem to be few. As we continue to invest through this declining market cycle, we must pull out our short sale tools, sharpen them and get to work creating equity.   In answering student questions, we find that so many hit the same roadblocks. In this special report, you will learn tips to avoid some of the common pitfalls short sale investors fall into. As you work on short sale transactions, keep your focus on the overall picture – getting to closing. Surround yourself with industry leaders that are educated ...
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By Heidi Hawk
(Platinum Real Estate Team Keller Wiliiams)
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR ASSETS! Now is the time to buy new construction. All of us know that there is a LARGE amount of inventory out there and before the market can "shift" we need to move the existing inventory. Used home short sales and distressed properties (owner occupied homes that are either close to short sales, in short sales, or foreclosed) are like water running out of a broken levy and not easy to work with as it takes a lot of time to get an answer from the bank...if you get one.  However, when looking at "deals" to be made, new construction homes are the way to go! Many of the builders in SW Washington and in the Portland market want to move their existing inventory before the end of the year. Most do have standing homes ready to move into within 60 days. Those are the ones wi...
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Yesterday, we announced a new program by which our seller clients can elect to have us make a donation to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure upon the sale of their home.  Today, we adding a second option for them: Children's Miracle Network Children's Miracle Network and RE/MAX are joined by their desire to provide local community hospitals with modern tools and information. Since RE/MAX became the exclusive real estate sponsor of Children's Miracle Network in 1992, RE/MAX Associates have raised nearly $75 million for the cause.Founded in 1983, Children's Miracle Network generates health care funds and awareness programs to benefit children. The nonprofit organization's 170 participating hospitals across North America help 17 million children annually. RE/MAX Associates raise funds for...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Vancouver Washington Home Ownership Tips: Have Your HVAC System Professionally Serviced! With the “Official” arrival Summer, we are offering a tip here that will save you money and hassle whether you are a home seller, buyer or just a home owner wanting to properly maintain their home; and the home has a forced-air HVAC system. The tip is very simple: have the home’s HVAC system professionally cleaned and serviced annually. To paraphrase the folks at Miller’s One Hour: attending to this annually will ensure long-term savings from: Improved Efficiency, which translates into lower cost to operate; Reduce the Risk of Breakdown, caused by dirt or extended operations using a faulty part; Extending the Life of the System – let’s face it, these systems don’t last forever. Very soon we’ll be h...
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Sold for the CureTM As RE/MAX Sales Associates who have had their lives touched by cancer, we actively support our company's Sold for the CureTM program.  The program gives sellers an opportunity to designate their home as a Sold for the Cure property when they list it with us.  Upon successful completion of the sales transaction, we will make a donation to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Oregon & SW Washington. Breast Cancer Facts Breast cancer is among the leading types of cancer.  According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women will have invasive breast cancer some time during her life.  The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 35.  At this time, breast cancer death rates are declining thanks, in part, to the work of organizations like Susan G. Komen for the...
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