Vancouver, WA Real Estate News

It's a sunny Saturday morning in beautiful downtown Vancouver and the Vancouver Farmers Market is getting into full swing.  The market is alive with area residents and visitors in search of fresh floral arrangements, herbs, fruits and vegetables, as well as handcrafted items to add a special touch to their own homes or to give as unique and memorable gifts. Some of the specialty items available this week include ornamental metal/iron work, lawn ornaments, outdoor benches and furniture, handmade children's clothing, handcrafted purses, and a variety of pet items & treats. Other items include homemade jams & jellies, nuts, handmade soaps, washable tote bags and a variety of other items. And, of course, there's the ever-popular food area with a variety of foods from around the world prepar...
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You may know that we bought an old church back in November 2006 and have been working since then to renovate it into our home.  We've focused most of our efforts so far on improving the inside of the home.  We're probably about 90% done with the interior.  As we come into Spring, we're starting to turn our attention to the outside. One of the projects we did late last year was removing 2 concrete pads, about 40 feet of retaining wall, and more than 100 feet of sidewalk.  What we were left with was tons (literally) of broken concrete.  In an effort to save our backs (and avoid costly disposal fees!), we thought we'd try giving the concrete away for free by posting it to Craigslist.  Surprisingly, we've been getting some takers.  So far, we've been able to get rid of about 3/4 of our conc...
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By Lorie Carroll, REO, Short Sale Expert
(RE/MAX equity group)
I recently did some research on single level homes here in beautiful Vancouver, WA.  What I found was really interesting.  There are roughly 4,300 homes for sale right now in Clark County.  Out of those, only 24 homes are single level with a 3 car garage.  With so many people at an age where they really don't want to travel up and down stairs any more, why haven't builders figured out there is a need for this type of home?Let's look at the factors at work here:The county determines lot sizes based on zoning.  With the Urban growth boundaries builders are forced into high density sites. Lots have gotten to be so expensive that in order to make any kind of profit, a builder needs to build a larger square footage home.  This is what leads most builders to have to build up instead of out.  ...
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Private timeshare owner has too many weeks in 2008! Here's what we have available for rent: 2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom Resort Suite (sleeps 6) The Fountains in Orlando Week of May 23 - 30, 2008 - $795. Patty & Scott Carroll | scottcarroll@sellingclarkcounty.com | (360) 213-4228/(360) 314-5592 12400 S International Drive, Orlando, FL The Fountains Resort - 2 BD / 2 BA - May 2008 Furnished 2 Bdrm Vacation Condo $795/week Sq Footage 1,190 Parking Unspecified DESCRIPTION Private timeshare owner has too many weeks in 2008! Here's what we have available for rent: 2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom Resort Suite (sleeps 6) The Fountains in Orlando Week of May 23 - 30, 2008 available for $795. Get property details and pictures at: http://www.bluegreenonline.com/explore/resortDetail.aspx?ResortID=14 see addition...
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You gotta love Costco.  Free Samples ... Lunch for $1.50 ... now Cash Back on Gas Purchases! With the current cost of gas and the number of miles real estate agents drive, we thought we would share information about a program we just recently discovered at Costco.  It's designed specifically for Business Owners and is called TrueEarnings Business card from Costco and American Express.  There is no annual fee with your paid Costco membership and you earn 1-5% back on your purchases (see below).Card Overview:No annual fee with your paid Costco membership.No limit to the cash back you can earn.Flexibility to pay in full or over timeCash Back Rewards include:5% Cash Back for Buying Automobile Gasoline - anywhere not just Costco3% Cash Back When You Dine Out2% Cash Back When You Travel1% Cas...
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By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Real Estate Agent, 614-390-9243
(Red 1 Realty)
Vancouver, WA Subdivisions 98663 Zip CodeI have been working on a list of real estate subdivisions for Vancouver, WA in the 98663 Zipcode. Please let me know if I have missed any good ones....Arnada |Arnada Park |Burntbridge Crest |Downtown |East Vancouver |High Creek Estates |Home Acres |Homecrest |Lays |Lincoln |Minnehaha |Mundays |North Lake |Northcoast Heights |Northwest |Odyssey Acres |Park View Estates |Rose Village |Rosemere |Rowleys |Shumway |Upper Lincoln |Uptown Vancouver |Uptown Village |Vancouver Heights |Vintage Village |West Hazel Dell |West Minnehaha | Also if anybody knows any good places to get a comprehensive list of subdivisions for Vancouver, WA or any / all cities for our Vancouver WA Realty Website, I would appreciate it...Additional Zipcodes for Vancouver, WA: 986...
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Here are some of the events coming up this week:  April 12: Healthy Kids Day (10:00a - 2:00p) Enjoy under water Easter egg hunt, obstacle courses, crafts, family games, vendors and demonstrations. Location: Clark County YMCA - 11324 NE 51st Cir, Vancouver April 12 & 13: Vancouver Farmers Market (Saturday, 9:00a - 3:00p/Sunday, 10:00a - 3:00p) Family, pet-friendly place to spend the day right across the street from Esther Short Park.  Get fresh produce, plants & flowers, baked goods, delicious food, unique accessories and lots more. Location: 8th & Esther St, Vancouver April 13: Senior Connections Expo (11:00a - 4:00p) Senior Expo with exciting services, ideas and resources will be available for active, healthy and independent senior lifestyles.  With over 125 exhibitors, free health scr...
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Dogs are the greatest.  They are always excited to see us, they love us unconditionally, and they are an endless source of entertainment and amusement.  But what do you do when you go to work and/or have to be away from the house for hours at a time?  We've found the answer: Happy Puppy Park! Owned by Brenda Anderson and Robin Curry, the Happy Puppy Park® offers a place to bring your dog for a fun-filled day of socializing with other dogs, running through a field without a leash, playing in a pool of water, and other general fun lovin' dog stuff. For a small fee, the Happy Puppy Park® will 'dog-sit' your dog and give it the love and attention you can't give it while at work. You don't have to leave your dog outside, alone, and scared for 10 hours a day anymore!!!! The facility is truly ...
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We came across a great restaurant this morning in the Fishers Landing area of Vancouver.  It's called Artino's Bakery & Cafe and is conveniently located near the intersection of SE 192nd Ave & SE 34th St.  They have a great selection of breads, pastries, soups, salads and sandwiches to eat in their restaurant.  They have a very nice catering menu that includes box lunches, gourmet meals for buiness functions / special events, as well as after hours in-house catering options.  They even make wedding cakes! We tried their mocha and cinnamon scone and enjoyed both of them very much.  The things that struck us about Artino's were the variety of foods made fresh in their restaurant, the quality of the products, and the friendly, personalized service. The History of Artino's In 1952, Helen (A...
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By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Real Estate Agent, 614-390-9243
(Red 1 Realty)
Vancouver, WA Subdivisions 98662 Zip CodeI have been working on a list of real estate subdivisions for Vancouver, WA in the 98662 Zipcode. These are the zip codes starting with the letters M-Z.  Please let me know if I have missed any good ones....Leilani Lane |Mall Oaks Condominium Unit F 2 |Mall Vista |Meadow Estates |Meadowcharm |Merritts Hideaway |Morgan Fields |Neston Square |Newton |North Pointe |Oak Leaf |Oak Leaf Terrace |Oakbrook |Oakhurst |Ogden |Orchard Crest |Orchard Highlands |Orchards |Orchards Highland |Prairie Estates |Prairie Park Pud |Raymond Place |Royal Highlands |Royal Oaks |Samielle |Sammies Meadows |Serena Estates |Shenandoah Townhomes |Sierra Vista |Silver Star |Silver Star Estates |Starlite Acres |Summit Spring |Sunnyside |Sunset Meadows |Sunset Oaks |Sunset Str...
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By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Real Estate Agent, 614-390-9243
(Red 1 Realty)
Vancouver, WA Subdivisions 98662 Zip CodeI have been working on a list of real estate subdivisions for Vancouver, WA in the 98662 Zipcode. These are the zip codes starting with the letters A-L.  Please let me know if I have missed any good ones....Alder Glen |Amhurst Commons |Ash Subdivison |Belle Ridge |Belmont Place |Beverly Park |Biltmore Place |Blakesfield |Bold Estates |Brush Prairie |Cedar |Claremont Crest |Columbia Ridge | Corners Meadows |Cotters Grove |Country Meadows |Courtyard Gardens |Edgewood |Evergreen |Falcons Landing |Five Corners |Forest Meadow Estates |Forest Meadows |Fruitlawn |Garden Terrace |Green Meadows |Harmicida |Harmony Ln. |Highland Village |Hunters Glen |Jones Corner |Julia'S Garden |Laurelwood |Leilani LaneAlso if anybody knows any good places to get a compr...
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By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Real Estate Agent, 614-390-9243
(Red 1 Realty)
Vancouver, WA Subdivisions 98661 Zip CodeI have been working on a list of real estate subdivisions for Vancouver WA in the 98661 Zipcode. These are the zip codes starting with the letters J-Z.  Please let me know if I have missed any good ones....|Karyssas Place |Kendalls Court |Kings Gate |Meadow Homes |Meadow Terrace Rep |Meadowglen |Meriwether Condo |Minnehaha |New Homes In Lincoln Area |Northwynd |Northwynd Condos |Orchards Place |Park Terrace |Parkview Village |Peach Tree Meadows |Peach Tree Vista |River View |Riverview |Riverview Heights |Road's End Farm Estates |Robeck Acres |Rose Village |Shore Wood West |Shorewood East |Shorewood West |Southcliff |St. Joseph's |Stonewall Townhomes |The Cottages |Thorton Springs |Tidewater Cove |Van Mall |Walnu Grove |Waunna Vista |Westfield Par...
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By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Real Estate Agent, 614-390-9243
(Red 1 Realty)
Vancouver, WA Subdivisions 98661 Zip CodeI have been working on a list of real estate subdivisions for Vancouver WA in the 98661 Zipcode. These are the zip codes starting with the letters A-I.  Please let me know if I have missed any good ones....Algona |Bagley Downs |Bagley Park |Barnes Addition |Beaches |Blossomwood Farm |Brekke Farms |Broadmoor |Burlwood Estates |Byrnlawn |Canaan Acres |Carter Park Lincoln |Cascade Crest Condos |Central Park |Chateua Estates |Clark College |Clark's Ridge |Club Green Meadows |Cold Creek |Columbia Orchard |Columbia Shores |Cottage Home Estates |Edward Mccarty Dlc A |Edward Moore |Evergreen Heights |Evergreen Park |Fieldstone Place |Firview Park |Fourth Plain Village |Fritz Jacob |Grill Meadows |Harney Heights |Harvest Meadows |Hazelnut |Heights |Herita...
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By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Real Estate Agent, 614-390-9243
(Red 1 Realty)
Vancouver, WA Subdivisions 98660 Zip CodeI have been working on a list of real estate subdivisions for Vancouver Washington in the 98660 Zipcode. Please let me know if I have missed any good ones....Carter Park |Central Vancouver |Columbia Addition |Columbia Crest |Doctors Row |Downtown |Downtown Vancouver |Frontier |Fruit Valley |Heritage |Heritage Place |Hidden View |Hough |Hough Historic District |Lincoln |Lower Lincoln |Moody & Rothrock |Railroad Addition |Rowleys |Rowley's |Sparks & Hidden |The Mini Pearl |The Mini Peral |Uptown Vancouver |Uptown Village |Vancouvercenter | Also if anybody knows any good places to get a comprehensive list of subdivisions for Vancouver, WA or any / all cities for our Vancouver WA Real Estate Website, I would appreciate it...Additional Zipcodes for Va...
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Here is a list of April events in our various Clark County / SW Washington communities: April 1 - 3 & 5: Cougar Pride Days Spring Cleanup (10:00a) Annual celebration and Spring clean up of campus ground.  Community members (especially WSU alumni!) are encourgaged to join in.  Events include parade, barbecue and dodge ball tournament. Location: WSU - 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave, Vancouver April 4: Vancouver's First Friday Artwalk (5:00 - 8:00p) Free, fun and culturally stimulating evening of great conversation, delicious wine and Hors d'oeuvres, and guided tours of Downtown Vancouver's fine art galleries and public art installations. Location: Starts at the Hilton - 301 W 6th St, Vancouver Camas's First Friday (5:00 - 7:00p) Exclusive Double Show at Nevado Gallery Launches with Kick-off Re...
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By Amy Prouty
(Home Staging)
         If you are living in your home while you are selling it, a home staging consultation is essential.  Most often, we can use what you already have in your home.  It just takes some re-arranging and de-cluttering.  Maybe a few new accessories will do the trick. Prouty Home Staging has all the tips for showing your home in the best possible way.  We are the buyer's eye and we know what sells a home.  Let us walk you through the process.  For just $150, we provide a home staging consultation and a detailed written report.   If you don't want to spend a dime after that, no problem.  We show you many no-cost ways to spruce up your home.For just $150 and some work on your part, your home will sell faster and for more money than you expected. After our home staging consultations, last m...
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   One important step in home staging is decluttering.  It sounds like common sense, but many sellers don't do it.  Buyers are not able to visualize themselves living in a home if it is too cluttered. If they can't visualize themselves living there, they won't buy it.  Decluttering is also a free way to add space to a home. As a start, remove all personal items that point to you.  This includes family photos, awards and trophies.  Leave a few large, neutral accessories for decorating.Sometimes home owners remove too much stuff, leaving their home bare and uninviting.  Most often they remove a few things and call it good.  It's usually not.  A professional home stager can walk them through the process, detailing exactly what goes and what stays. 
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By Amy Prouty
(Home Staging)
 Dressed For Success!Would you go to a job interview dressed as is, in your most comfortable clothes, with your hair a mess?  Do you say to yourself?  "The employer knows my credentials.  He can see past my appearance."   We all know that is not the case.  If you are dressed professionally and look your best, the first impression will be a favorable one.  A good first impression will help you immensely.Everyone knows how important it is to look their best for a job interview.  The same should pertain to selling your home.  Often times, home sellers will say, "Buyers know my home is 2000 square feet, it has four bedrooms and a large kitchen.  Inspections show it structurally sound and everything is in working order (good credentials)."    But did the buyer already discount your home beca...
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By Amy Prouty
(Home Staging)
                             I have talked to many real estate agents who tell me they have a home on the a lot of good showings.  They say it is priced right and there has been a lot of interest, but no offers.  Then they call me and want me to stage it.  I'd love to; home staging is what I do. Before looking at a home, buyers know the size, general location and age of the home.  So far, it sounds good to them.  But, when they get there, it just doesn't excite them.  They go on looking for their dream home.   There can be different reasons why they don't want the home, but is the overall appearance one of them?  Sounds simple right?  Not really.  The home could be in good condition, even updated throughout.  It could have all the criteria the buyers are looking for.  But for some reaso...
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How a home is presented can have a significant impact on how quickly a home sells and for what price.  Especially now, when most markets have an abundance of homes for buyers to choose from, it's important for sellers to carefully consider how their home is staged. Buyers generally want to get as much space as their money can buy.  A moderate sized home that is presented well can often feel more spacious that a larger home that is not presented well.  In turn, that smaller home is likely to sell quicker and for a better relative price that the other home.  Here are 6 tips for making your home feel as spacious and attractive to buyers as possible: Keep the number of wall and flooring colors to a minimum.  A home that has just 1-2 carefully selected wall colors and just 2-3 floor covering...
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