Vancouver, WA Real Estate News

By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Vancouver WA Real Estate | Cascade Park; Fishers Landing Market Report for May 2008 With Summer on its way, the month of May has seen an increase in listings AND an increase in Vancouver WA Homes For Sale going pending. This market is still in an adjustment period, with all the appearances of a Buyer's Market, with savvy buyers making offers. In May the price tiers below $300,000 appeared more like a "Normal Market," while the activity was much slower above $300,000. Owing to certain limitations in the MLS real estate reporting system, this month we have 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 Heigh...
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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 May 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, this month we have 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 on its way, the month of May has seen an increase in listings AND an increase in homes going pending. This ma...
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By Vancouver Real Estate Expert
(Team Quintana - MJ McAdams)
Hi Everyone,  Home staging has caught on like a wildfire accross the nation. Thanks to HGTV people are finally learning what top agents have known for a long time. Presentation is everything. Are we ready to start paying for these services from independent companies, that remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, in a competitive market Staging can make the difference. People have to remember when home shoppers are looking at homes, they are working off a list and comparing. How the home feels makes a big difference and good home stagers are arranging things to chage how a room feels. At the end of the day they will write the offer just like getting married, not based on statistical data, but on how they felt about the homes and which one they felt best impressed them. The market i...
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Not long ago, we watched Akeelah and the Bee.  It is a movie about a gifted eleven year old girl who overcomes challenges at home and makes it to the National Spelling Bee.  When we saw the descriptor on NetFlix, we questioned whether we really wanted to order it or not.  We are glad we did, as we very much enjoyed the movie. There was a quote that really resonated with us and we want to share it: "Our worst fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'who am I to be so brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are we not to be? You are a child of God: Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so tha...
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By Vancouver Real Estate Expert
(Team Quintana - MJ McAdams)
Hi Everyone,  Vancouver Washington Home Values are getting easier to get and becoming more useful than ever before. With the Vancouver Real Estate market shifting with the national markets making a decision of whether to buy or sell or refinance means you need up to date information on what is going on in your neighborhood and with your home.   We are now offering Free Vancouver Washington Home Value Reports to Vancouver Wa home owners so they can keep up to date on what their home is worth in todays Vancouver Wa market. Whether you are thinking of selling or just curious about what your home is worth, you should have a local expert come out and tell you what your home is doing in this market and what is happening in your neighborhood. The best thing is it's free. In a quick walkthrough...
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Finding a good source of affordable moving boxes can be tough.  Why add frustration to an already difficult time?  We just found a website for moving boxes and discounted moving supplies.  It's called www.boxesovernight.com.  The website has a moving box calculator to help you determine how many boxes you will need based on the number of rooms being moved.  In addition to boxes, the recommended package will include packing tape, bubble wrap and permanent markers.  The per box price including these additional packing materials and free shipping looks to be less than $3 per box. For those of you in the Vancouver WA / Clark County area, we can also recommend 'Bob'.  Bob offers previously used (but clean!) moving boxes for $1.00 each or less (ex; 50 for $40).  Call Bob at (360) 607-1354. Lo...
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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 May 2008 This month has 65 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 is now 92 days -- no change from the prior month. It is our observation and opinion that all price ranges in these areas are still in a Buyer's Market. There are more homes being sold, at the same time more homes have come on the market. Good Hunting! For 2008 year-to-date the Vancouver Washington MLS data is showing the Average home Selling Price for these Vancouver areas ranging from: $167,200 to $430,000; and the Median Selling Price ranging from: $165,000 to $250,000. The Clark County - wide A...
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A recent article in The Columbian caught the attention of our friend, Cindy.  The article told the story of a parrot that flew from his cage in Nagareyama, near Tokyo, and was lost.  The parrot was rescued by police and, after spending a night at the station, was transferred to a local veterinarian.  Though tight-beaked with the police, the parrot ultimately opened up at the vet's office, saying "I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura" and gave his full home address.  After entertaining the staff with a few songs, Mr. Yosuke Nakamura was happily reunited with his family. Other pets may not be quite so articulate.  That's why many areas require pet licensing.  Benefits of licensing include: pets are more likely to be united quickly with their owner pets will receive a longer care period at the shelter ...
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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 May 2008 This month has 35 more Homes For Sale in Vancouver WA in the active category, and the average days on the market has moved up to 117 days for the active listings. For the listings that are agreeing to offers the average time on the market is now about 68 days -- 21 days fewer than last month. This month we have 62 homes Pending -- 9 more than last month. All prices ranges in these MLS areas appear to be a "Buyer's Market." For March 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: $260,000 to $425,600; and the Median Selling Price ranging from: $260,000 to $392,500. The Clark County - w...
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By Vancouver Real Estate Expert
(Team Quintana - MJ McAdams)
Hello Everyone,   Buying a home is much more than just finding the right home. There are many people who are involved in the transaction once you find the the home. The lender - includes the loan officer, wholesale lender, underwriter, and admin staff The Realtor - includes them and their team, transaction coordinator, broker, and office admin The other Realtor - includes, them and their team, transaction coordinator, broker, and office admin Home Inspector Closer -includes your closer, their team and office admin Title Company - includes them and their team and admin Insurance Company - includes the insurance agent and their team and admin By the time you find the home you have to coordinate between a large group of people who can ruin or make great your purchase. So how do you pick al...
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By Lorie Carroll, REO, Short Sale Expert
(RE/MAX equity group)
When? Saturday, June 14,20089:00am - 1:00pmThe Arc Family Center6511 East 18th St.Vancouver, WA What? The Arc in Motion is a community event designed for all ages and abilities, we welcome casual and competitive athletes to participate in our 1st annual event to promote an inclusive community. Join us on the beautiful Burnt Bridge Creek Trail, located directly behind the Arc Family Center, for your choice of a 5K walk or 10K run, followed by carnival games, food, fun and entertainment in Alexi's Garden, the Arc Family Center Playground. REGISTER TODAY: Individuals and Families: go to the registration page, print the registration form (remember to print one for each participant, including the kids) and mail with payment and signed waiver to: Arc in Motion, 9415 NE Fourth Plain Rd, Vanco...
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By Vancouver Real Estate Expert
(Team Quintana - MJ McAdams)
Hello Everyone,  I just wanted to introduce myself and tell you about a new Vancouver Washington Real Estate Website we just launched called www.HomesForSaleVancouverWa.com . We are excited to launch it and ask you to stop by and tell us what you think about it. It's still new and any feedback would be appreciated. Remember to call us for any Vancouver Wa Real Estate Needs. We can help you Buy Vancouver Homes, See Virtual Tours of Homes in Vancouver Wa, Connect with a Local Lender and get pre approved with a Vancouver Washington Home Loan, and Get you Free Vancouver Wa Home Values. Feel free to email us or call us and we can share our Top Vancouver Real Estate Resources with you. Vancouver Real EstatePremium Real Estate ServicesTeam Quintana - MJ McAdamsVancouver, WaWork: 800-756-5251 e...
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MOVING YOU FORWARD Breast Cancer 5k Walk & Natural Health Expo Saturday May 31, 2008  9:00am-3:00pm Esther Short Park in Downtown Vancouver   Explore natural medicine for personal health, kids health and breast cancer care including nutrition, exercise and natural therapies! The 5k Breast Cancer Fundraising Walk is a noncompetitive fun walk with a rolling start allowing walkers to begin walking as early as 9am or as late as 1pm, finishing at their leisure.  The Kids Walk begins at 10:30.  There will be an early morning yoga/stretching warm up at 8:15am as well!. 5k pre-registration fees, received by May 16:  $15 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12 and 5 & under are free. After May 16 add  $5 to the registration fee.  You can register online at www.clarajean.org/, by mail, at the event, or dro...
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By Becky DeHaan
(Keller Williams)
If you are not buying in a buyer's market.... when will you buy? There is no such thing as a bad real estate market. There are times when the market is good for sellers and there are times when the market is good for buyers.  Currently, in many areas across the country the market favors the buyer!  Vancouver, WA while not as pressured as the rest of the nation, is no exception.  Currently, there is a good selection of homes available, sellers are motivated, prices are lower AND interest rates are at historic lows!  But, how long will the buyers hold the upper hand? Have we hit  the bottom??? Timing the market is impossible. Really! We won't know we hit bottom until after it has passed. The only indication we will get that prices have hit the bottom is when the reports show that prices h...
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We have been shopping at Home Depot for years and spent thousands of dollars with them as we renovated a church into our home.  It wasn't until today, though, that we learned of their online workshops and were reminded of the quantity and variety of In-Store Clinics and Workshops. Home Depot's educational series include Online Workshops, In-store Clinics, Do-It-Herself Clinics and Kids Workshops.  The current Online Workshop is about "Installing Crown Moulding".   It's a 30 minute tutorial to help you learn all about installing crown moulding, from selecting the right style to measuring and cutting angles. There are also In-store Clinics.  We don't know if they vary across the country, May In-Store Clinics in the Vancouver/Portland area include: Container Gardening and Hanging Basket Ar...
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YOU'RE INVITED TO DOZER DAY 2008! What is DOZER DAY? Dozer Day is a kid-friendly fair-like event where the rides are dozers, dump trucks and other heavy equipment. The event is organized by the Nutter Foundation and benefits the Parks Foundation. With a professional, licensed driver at their side, kids have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive a big yellow bulldozer, backhoe, loader or other piece of heavy equipment. It's a dream come true for kids--and great fun for the whole family! What can the whole family do at Dozer Day? Dozer Day is a fun event for the entire family. For grown-ups, a diamond dig and a tool dig are popular as is a picnic in the park and KUPL live on site. For kids of all ages, riding all kinds of equipment, panning for treasures, tire and pipe crawls and coll...
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By Gabriel Pratoussy
(RE/MAX equity group, inc.)
 According to the Clark Public Utilities monthly news letter:One way to lighten the load of electric and water bills is to reduce your consumption by investing in energy efficient products and services.Beginning this month, many of us will receive a tax rebate check as part of the economic stimulus package that passed Congress earlier this year. As you think about ways to use this money, consider investing some or all of it in energy efficient products and services to save energy and lower your monthly energy bills.Things to consider include compact fluorescent light bulbs, sealing air leaks in your home, adding insulation, or installing a programmable thermostat. If your in the market for a refrigerator or clothes washing machine or want to install a solar water heater, check out reba...
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By Candace Grunlose
(Persimmon Realty)
I have lived in Clark County all my Life. If you are new to the area I would love to show you around and help you find the perfect neighborhood for you and your family, and a place to call your home. I enjoy working with my clients and I love to show homes. I try to put my clients at ease by letting them know I am there for them. I will do my best to show you homes you want to see not just what I want to show. This is the best time to buy. Let me show you around! If you have a home to sell you can be assured I will do every thing in my power to help you do just that. By advertising and I can help you stage your home whether you are living in it or not.  
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  Please join the Clark County Historical Museum for An Old-Time Barn Dance, BBQ & Auction Saturday, May 31, 2008 5:00 - 10:30p   This event will be held at the Colf Family Horse Barn in Woodland and will include live and silent auctions, live band, dance lessons and spirits.  Schedule of Events 5:00p               Barn Doors Open   Live Band and Dance Lessons Silent Auction Begins Breeding Chute Bar Opens  6:00p               BBQ Dinner Begins 6:45p               Silent Auction Closes 7:00p               Live Auction Begins - Tevis Laspa, Auctioneer 8:30p               Live Music & Dancing, Featuring Lincoln's Beard   Tickets: $75 ($65 for CCHS Members) Tickets are limited. RSVP by May 16, 2006 by calling (360) 993-5679   Proceeds benefit the Clark County Historical Society/Museum.  Gu...
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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 Market Report for April 2008 This month has many more Vancouver WA Homes For Sale in the active category, and the average days on the market remained at 108 days. For the listings that are agreeing to offers the average time on the market is about 81 days, which is 4 days fewer than last month. The number of Pending sales has gone from 151 to 196! It is our observation that homes priced below $300,000 are experiencing Seller's Market type of activity in this part of Vancouver; while higher priced homes are still in a Buyer's Market. In other words, homes priced near or below the median in this area are HOT right now! For April year-to-date the MLS data is showing the Average home Selling Price for these Vancouver areas ranging fro...
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