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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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Karen Anne Stone of Fort Worth Real Estate wrote to us and said, "... I would love for you to include some pictures of your church/home in a post, so we all can see.  Does the fact that you now live in a church ... make you the 'church lady?'  And ... if sales slow down for you, it is now extremely easy for you to 'pray for the market to improve.'  Cool!" So here are a couple before/after pics:      Living Room (Chapel Front) - BEFORE       Living Room (Chapel Front) - AFTER      Dining Room (Chapel Rear) - BEFORE                    Dining Room (Chapel Rear) - AFTER Funny thing about your 'Church Lady' comment ... the employees at the Jantzen Beach Home Depot in Portland, Oregon got used to seeing us almost every day (sometimes several times a day!).  They called us 'The Church People'....
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By Patty Carroll
On March 29, 2008, there were over 450 'short sale' properties on the market in Vancouver, WA and the surrounding area (Clark County, Washington).  Many times, potential home buyers would not know that the listings they are looking at are short sales but their real estate agent can get them that information.  But what is a short sale?  A short sale is a property that is being offered at prices that, after expenses, is less than what is owed to the bank.  That means that the lender or lenders will have to agree to accept less than what is owed them in order for anyone to buy the home at the listed price.  Short sale properties have advantages and disadvantages for both buyers and sellers. Selling a home as a short sale is one way that ‘upside down' homeowners who need to sell their home ...
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By Mary Filipovic, Vancouver, WA and Portland OR
(Mary Housedirectpdx)
 It's very sad that almost every other property listed in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA it's a short sale property. I drive my client all day today to show him a properties in Vancouver, WA in the price range 180k-200k and we have seen almost 10 houses but we find a only two homes that is not a short sale property. Today we write an offer on the property that was purchased in 2005 for 235k and today asking price is 194k hard to believe but this house is over 2000 sq ft 4 bedroom 2.1 bath and is very well take care of. Where this market go, every time I enter a short sale property I think of the owner of the house, how disappointed is that American dream of owning home last very short a period of time a less then a 3 years. No equity in the property the only thinks most sellers looking ...
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