Vancouver, WA Real Estate News

By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Home Sales Still Faced with Low Inventory For Vancouver Washington In the Middle of the 2017 Winter season, the above-average rainfall following the above-average snowfall has keep some real estate activity in check. However, February 2017's  essentially matched the level seen last year for this month  Highlights for February 2017 include: 259 Resale Homes were sold in February 2017, which is 1 fewer (-.04%) homes than were sold in February 2016.   The 3-Month Moving Average Price Trend Line is now at 10.14% higher than the prior year; with the 12-Month Moving Average now up 11.50%.  Short Sale /Pre-Foreclosure property sales were 5 units (1.9% of total); down from February 2016's 8 (3.1% of total). REO/Bank Owned home sales were 12 units (4.6% of total); compared to 14 units in Februa...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Lockbox Activity for Vancouver WA Real Estate and SW Washington at Near-Summertime Pace! With only six or so weeks into the new year, the tally of Realtor lockbox openings has soared from the typical holiday-season lows for the year, to a level not typically seen until late Spring.  RMLS Washington Lock-Box Activity - Week Ending 2-12-17 From our review of this statistical chart, and the increased activity on our own website, so far we see 2017 being more active than 2016, if that is possible. Thus, here are some recommended initial Action Items for Sellers or Buyers: Home Sellers - Contact us to let us help you with a Real Estate Home Value and Pricing Strategy;De-Clutter and Start Packing - you could be under contract before you know it;Get any known Repair and Maintenance items tend...
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By Dawn Workman, Camas Real Estate Expert, MBA, 480-540-8100
(Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC)
  SOLD! Well maintained Vancouver home on a LARGE PRIVATE LOT! - $265,000.00 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Year Built: 1964 /APPROX Lot Size: 10K-14,999SF Square Footage: 1475 Agent Name: Dawn Workman Broker: Veracity Real Estate Group MLS #: 17421840 Price: $265,000.00 1217 NE 110TH ST   Vancouver, WA 98685 View Map View More Photos Range/Oven Dishwasher Sink Disposal Fireplace Vaulted Ceilings Fenced Yard Grass Lawn Well maintained AMAZING 3 bedroom 2 bath home on a LARGE PRIVATE LOT with RV Parking ~ This GEM has a HUGE KITCHEN and an OPEN FLOOR PLAN that is perfect for ENTERTAINING. There is also a large BONUS SUNROOM not included in the square footage. The home boasts VAULTED CEILINGS through out, 2 fireplaces and TONS OF STORAGE. There is also an almost NEW FURNACE, new patio and so m...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Condo Sales in Vancouver WA Slow in the Wintry January 2017 Weather!    Wintry weather has delivered a couple of snowstorms to Vancouver Washington this season, with the second being the strongest. To be sure, this has helped to slow the sales of existing condos on the market, and the listing of new units.  However with the Inventory Level slipping to 0.7 Months - we don't think we have a true slow-down yet.  Here are this month's highlights: Condo Average Sales Prices have actually eased slightly, with the 3-Month Moving Average now at $205,055 closing up 4.3% over the prior January; and the 12-Month Moving Average also closed up 7.8% from the prior year;     35 Resale Condos were sold in January, which is down about 6 (-14.6%) from January 2016;   REO/Bank Owned Condo sales were 1 un...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
First of the Year Real Estate Sales For Vancouver Washington Looking StrongWe've reported previously that Vancouver Washington's Real Estate Market is not large when compared to the overall Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Metro area thus, comparing one individual month to another can improperly suggest a trend that is in fact quite the opposite.  For January 2017 we see fewer home sales than the same month in 2016; yet, the 3 month rolling average tells a different story  Highlights for January 2017 include: 276 Resale Homes were sold in January 2017, which is 21 fewer (-.07%) homes than were sold in January 2016.   The 3-Month Moving Average Price Trend Line is now at 9.82% higher than the prior year; with the 12-Month Moving Average now up 11.79%.   Short Sale /Pre-Foreclosure property s...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
It is Essential To Keep Our Homes From Getting Too Moist Inside - However, We Must Be Alert and Take Action When Our Home's Air Becomes Too Dry! In Vancouver Washington's Winter Season of 2016/2017 our family started to get scratchy throats, and then we noticed our skin was getting itchy.  Remembering stories of how other households have used a Vaporizer when a Cold bug hit, we guessed that perhaps the indoor humidity in our home was too low, and we'd get our Vicks (Kaz) vaporizer out of the storage closet and put it to work.  Filling up the vaporizer with filtered water (to get the fluoride and chlorine/chloramines, etc. out) within a few hours we felt more comfortable and thought we must be onto something here.  We decided to keep the vaporizer going all day and night long but, wonde...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Prices Keep Rising, Number of Condos Sold Declined in 2016 for Condos on the Waterfront in Vancouver WA! This report covers Waterfront Condos For Sale in Vancouver Washington and will also include the Luxury Waterfront Condos for sale in Vancouver.Here are the highlights for 2016: A total of 33 Waterfront Condos Sold in 2016, compared to 43 in 2015, and 41 in 2014.     The Tower at Columbia Shores Condos:  8 sold in 2016; 17 in 2015; Avg per sqft $246 vs  $229 per sqft in 2015; Avg Days on Market - 13 vs 72 The Townhomes at Columbia Shores: 0 in 2016; 0 in 2015   Northwynd Condos: 14 sold in 2016; 17 in 2015; Avg per sqft  $241 vs $188 in 2015;  Avg Days on Market - 30 vs 94 The Meriwether Condos: 0 sold in 2016; 0 in 2015; Tidewater Cove Condos:  8 sold in 2016; 6 in 2015; Avg per sqf...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
From the Corps of Discovery...    Great numbers of the Indians pass by our camp on their hunting excursions; the day was clear and pleasant, but last night was very cold and there was a white frost - Meriwether Lewis PS - 2017 real estate market will be hot for Vancouver WA 98685.  If you ace planning on Selling or, just want to know what your home is worth -  we offer a no-cost, no-obligation Comparative Market Analysis for your 98685 Vancouver WA Home.  We also have on-line form to request your 98685 Home Market Analysis,,  Either way we trust you won't delay!The information and photos in this Vancouver WA photo-update have been prepared by 98685 Vancouver Real Estate Broker, John Slocum, CRS, SFR,
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Prices Up, Number of Homes Sold Goes Down in 2016 at 55+ Fairway Village Vancouver WA! This report for Fairway Village Home For Sale in Vancouver Washington will only include the Single-Family Residence (SFR) style of home, and not the Condos at Fairway View Condos.Here are the highlights for 2016: A total of 45 SFR Homes Sold in 2016, compared to 55 in 2015, and 58 in 2014.     The lowest priced home sold for $257,000; with 9 homes selling under $300,000;   The highest priced home sold for $510,100 (the only one over $500k); with 15 homes selling over $400,000. The Average Sales Price was $356,673 at $211 per sqft in 2016; compared to $326,130 at $189 per sqft in 2015.   25 2-Bedroom homes sold; while 20 3-Bedroom homes sold. We also saw the average total time on the market go from 55...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Some things we make cannot easily be explained.  Can you guess what this is?The only hint I'll initially provide is this was made in Vancouver Washington USA (not British Columbia, Canada; and not Portland Oregon!):   The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government - Milton Friedman UPDATE - 2-4-2017 - I'll provide the solution farther down the page. For the next clue, these two behemoth machines were "born" in Vancouver but won't reside here. Instead they'll both be loaded onto a single barge, and must navigate past one of their first major obstacles... ... the venerable Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River.  This photo shows the two lift-spans at their ...
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By Dawn Workman, Camas Real Estate Expert, MBA, 480-540-8100
(Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC)
  Now pending! Remodeled Downtown Vancouver home with large backyard! - $206,000.00 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Year Built: 1941 /REMOD Lot Size: 10K-14,999SF Square Footage: 914 Agent Name: Dawn Workman Broker: Veracity Real Estate MLS #: 16616173 Price: $206,000.00 2401 E 13th Street   Vancouver, WA 98661 View Map View More Photos Range/Oven Full Refrigerator Dishwasher Grass Lawn Downtown Vancouver. This amazing little REMODELED home has BRAND NEW WINDOWS, carpet, paint and so much more! This WELL-MAINTAINED and well loved home was built by the current owner's parents and has been a PRIDE and JOY of his since childhood. The backyard has plants- roses, 4 o'clocks, etc that his mom planted and tended to for 40+ years- there is also a large garden and FRUIT TREES. Dawn Workman Dawn@DawnWo...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Alt-Title: Nature's Handiwork Best Seen at Dawn on a Foggy Morning Adventure The popular trail recently freed from a heavy snowfall, seems normal enough ... ...yet rounding the bend, with the light just right you can see "new construction" from the arachnid world. Not many flying insects active in the near-freezing air, but the droplets of fog are easily snared. How industrious these web-weavers must be to produce such large webs in the winter season! The morning hours are a great time to get out in Vancouver Washington, most any time of the year to explore and admire the beauty of the natural world.  PS - 2017 real estate market will be hot for Vancouver WA.  If you ace planning on Selling or, just want to know what your home is worth -  we offer a no-cost, no-obligation Comparative M...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Luxury Home Sales Continuing to Improve in 2016 for Vancouver WA! For this report  Luxury Homes in Vancouver Washington will include both areas in the Vancouver City limits; as well as Vancouver Zip Codes under the  jurisdiction of Clark County.  We are also using the cut-off value of $700,000 for a property to make it into this area's luxury category.Although our area is not well known as a luxury home stronghold, there are indeed many neighborhoods that provide excellent property elements and Water or Mountain Views.  Here's the current luxury market view: Sales Activity grew in strength, peaking in the late Summer / early Fall, and finished with a strong December.     53 Vancouver Luxury Homes were sold during 2016; compared to 34 in 2015;   REO/Bank Owned Luxury Home sales were 0 u...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Salmon Creek Trail PhotoBlog Post 2017 Winter StormThe snowfall cleared enough in my neighborhood, and the rain let-up on Friday morning to make a nearby outdoor adventure a welcome relief from being captive indoors to the snow and ice. Hoping the Salmon Creek Trail in Vancouver WA would be mostly slushy-snow and ice-free, the first sign that something was a bit askew were several non-native eastern Oak Trees down and or damaged:  Traveling east-to-west, the early part of the trail didn't show too much damage to the native trees, and I had to stop to capture this pond, popular with the ducks when clear of ice!  Farther west it seems that the tree with the well-hidden Bald Eagle nest made it through okay:  Continuing onwards, there were many scenes like this where an Alder had toppled, s...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Vancouver WA Real Estate Market will Initially Continue the Existing Uptrend in Units-Sold and Average Sales Price, then Slow Later in the Year. Vancouver Washington's Home Values and Real Estate Prices have been in a four plus (4+) year upswing, with greatly increased intensity the past two years. From the wisdom of Gerald Celente's Trends Journal "The Trend is your Friend."  Thus, I opine, absent a force majeure event, that we are still in the strong phase of that uptrend, and may even see the intensity increase in the form of more rapidly rising prices.But Wait! Would you believe me if I said the Real Estate Market Crash is NOT Truly Over?As Realtors serving Vancouver Washington we specialize in Residential Homes For Sale. However, we'll gladly help with Real Estate Investment Proper...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Wordless Wednesday - Waning Gibbous Wolf Moon 2017 - Vancouver WA  This post owes its inspiration to Rene Fabre and his January 13, 2017 posting of "The Wolf Moon" taken after sunset in Tacoma WA.  These photos were taken about an 120 miles to the south (just under 2 hours on The 5 when the pavement is bare) in my town once our sky cleared.  First photo is just before Sunrise, the next two at sunrise using a tripod, temperature at record low - 9 above. PS - 2016's real estate market action has set several records for Vancouver WA.  If you ace planning on Selling or, just want to know what your home is worth -  we offer a no-cost, no-obligation Comparative Market Analysis for your Vancouver WA Home.  We also have on-line form to request your Home Market Analysis,,  Either way we trust yo...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Real Estate Sales For Vancouver Washington had a HUGE 2016!At the beginning of 2016 we opined this would be a good year for home sales in Vancouver WA however, the year we had just finished - 2015, was a blockbuster year so, if 2016 matched the prior year it would have been amazing.  Turns out, 2016 did perform better and this report will briefly summarize the total-year activity.  Highlights for the full-year 2016 include: 5,011 Resale Homes were sold in 2016, which is 123 More (2.5%) homes than were sold in 2015.   The 3-Month Moving Average Price Trend Line is now at 12.93% over the prior year, finishing at $304,273; with the 12-Month Moving Average now up 11.74%, finishing at $295,941.   Short Sale /Pre-Foreclosure property sales were 103 units (2.1% of total); substantially reduced...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Libraries (and the Books, Magazines, Video-media, and People therein) Change Lives! One of the great assets to any community, and certainly to Vancouver Washington and the greater Southwest Washington area is the local Library. We are fortunate to be served by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library system, which has many branch locations throughout the region. In large part the Library is funded by tax levy, and thankfully reflects strong community support.  However, not all programs are tax funded - one is the Summer Reading Program that receives funds from the FVRL Foundation; which in turn relies on fundraisers such as the BOOKAPALOOZA!  So what is contained in that fun-sounding name?  This time around we're told there are over 20,000 surplus items in the form of Hardback Books, Paperba...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Seventh Heaviest One-Day Snowfall in 100 Years for Vancouver WA The Vancouver Washington area had a relatively heavy snowfall of between 10" and 12" depending on location. With the rarity of such an occurrence, the local road crews were somewhat understaffed to clear much more than the main roads.  Thus, we waited a full day to venture out (Thursday instead of Wednesday), and the following are a few of our favorite photos; starting in the neighborhood by City Hall and Esther Short Park: Captain Vancouver and Snow-Covered Globe -  Vancouver WA Jan. 2017 We most often see Captain Vancouver holding a bouquet of flowers in milder weather when visiting the Farmers Market which is held on this street. Old Slocum House Dressed in Snow, Vancouver WA January 2017 We next ventured over to the Nat...
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Most Winter Seasons in Vancouver WA we have only a Dusting or a Few Inches of Snow - BUT, Not this Year! Finishing up my Tuesday Evening Networking meeting at Hazel Dell Lanes, I left the establishment to see a good three (3") inches of snow outside when it had only been a few scattered flakes coming down when I had arrived earlier. Thanks to All-Wheel Drive the only "event" I had going home was the traffic signal at 78th street that could not "see" or "sense" we were waiting for our turn and it took three (3) full cycles before we got the Green Light! Later when the weather on KPDX said we are in for a total of eight (8) plus inches of snow, I knew there would be a few chores to take care of in the morning.  You see, the snow we receive on the West side of the Cascade Mountains has a v...
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