Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wenatchee Home Inspector Tips: Selling your house? Order a pre-listing home inspe...

I thought I would share this post by AMS Inspection Services in Wenatchee about pre-listing inspections.  Something to think about!

Wenatchee Home Inspector Tips: Selling your house? Order a pre-listing home inspe...: "Give yourself an edge in this tough market with a pre-listing inspection. Most folks only order an inspection when they are purchasing a hom..."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tonasket MS Band 2011 Spring Concert

Here is a sampling of our music program at Tonasket Middle School from their 2011 spring concert: My son is a trombone player, turned drummer for the second song!  The high school drumline joins in at the end for the marching band song. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

May Real Estate Update for the Okanogan Valley

With the warmer weather and spring finally here, things are looking better for real estate!   There were 16 residential sales in April, up from 4 in March, and compared to 9 sales one year ago in April!  Average sold price for April was $176,364 with 281 average days on market, compared to an average sales price of $119,125 in March and 253 days on market.  As of May 11, there are 13 pending sales, and 256 active residential listings.  Search homes here.
Land sales were weaker - 3 properties sold in April compared to 4 in March, and 16 solds in April of 2010.  There are 450 active land listings, and 9 pending sales.  
These are sales reported through the NWMLS, and do not reflect private sales, or those through offices who are not members of the NWMLS.  These statistics are deemed reliable, but are not guaranteed.  

 SQ. FT.
 Omak  3  2.25  1,848  00.32  1928  21.65  89  $54,450 $40,000
 Conconully  1  0.75  672    1955  111.61  128  89,500  75,000
 Oroville  2  2.00  2,016    2008  42.16  136  149,900  85,000
 Tonasket  2  1.00  1,215  00.59  1984  86.42  1134  165,000  105,000
 Omak  0  0.00  1,258  00.21  1946  83.47  284  165,000  105,000
 Tonasket  2  0.75  1,215  00.33  1984  86.42  2  109,900  105,000
 Oroville  3  1.00  1,236  00.16  1955  93.00  246  114,950  114,950
 Tonasket  3  1.75  1,120  21.00  1997  108.93  214  140,000 122,000
 Omak  3  2.75  1,459    1995  85.68  66  125,000  125,000
 Okanogan  3  2.00  1,438    1927  91.79  32  140,000  132,000
 Omak  3  1.00  1,500  00.50  1952  96.67  361  165,000  145,000
 Okanogan  3  1.50  1,616  00.44  1935  102.10  93  169,000  165,000
 Omak  4  2.50  3,994  00.36  1972  49.54  105  227,500  197,875
 Oroville  4  2.75  3,600  00.47  1999  115.28  46  450,000  415,000
 Oroville  3  2.25  3,175  00.71  1960  132.28  1109  1,200,000  420,000
 Oroville  3  3.00  1,392  00.07  2007  337.64  457  569,000 470,000
 AVERAGES      1,797        281  252,138  176,364
PRICE REDUCED!  Now asking $379,000 for this spacious creek front home along Turner Creek in Wauconda, WA .  Nestled into 40 acres there is plenty of room for friends and family to visit with two comfy guest cabins, 2 RV hookups, and plenty more space for tents in a grassy meadow along the creek!   Huge shop with RV parking.  Everything has been upgraded and done very nicely with comfort, entertaining, and self-sufficiency in mind.  And WILDLIFE galore...! 
 217747.jpg JUST LISTED for $130,000! Nicely updated 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home near Tonasket on one irrigated acre, with huge 3 car shop with work rooms and lots of storage!  Details and virtual tour here.       
Browse all of our listings.

*  Last weekend I was able to travel along as a chaperone with my brilliant son (shameless plug!), and about 25+ of Tonasket Middle School's other bright math students to the annual Math Olympiad, which was held at Eastern Washington University.  For our small school, we had a good number of students to qualify for the Math Olympiad, bringing 7 teams to the event.  Three of our teams (including the one my brilliant son was on) brought home ribbons, and Tonasket Middle School was second only to one other school at the event!
Founder's Day is June 2-5th, and the parade is Saturday the 4th at 11:00.
Father's Day Fly-In June 19-20th.  

Spinach Dip
Great with veggies, chips or crackers!
10 oz. spinach - chopped
1 cup sour cream
2-3 tbsp. mayo
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. dill
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped parsley
Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.  Bill Vaughan 1915-1977

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A few real estate updates...

Wow - a beautiful day in Paradise (Aeneas Valley)!  It is about 60 degrees so far, and beautiful clear blue skies!  I LOVE this time of year!:)

Real estate has gotten very busy with the nicer weather!  I will be trying to squeeze out some time for my monthly real estate report, but for now, here are a couple of updates with my listings:

JUST LISTED:  Nicely updated 2 BR home on 1 acre with irrigation, just a few miles north of Tonasket. A covered deck on one side of the house, and a covered patio on the other to enjoy the birds and squirrels and nicely landscaped yard from wherever you like. Plenty of storage space both inside the home and out! Large 24 X 60+ shop has a couple of different work rooms, and 3 car parking, plus an additional storage shed too. Attached carport with entrance to house is so nice for rain or snow!  Priced at $130,000!  Details and photos here.

My Creekfront Retreat in Wauconda, WA has been REDUCED to $379,000!  Very nice, spacious home - huge kitchen, double ovens, hot tub room, 40 acres, two guest cabins, huge shop - lots of detail to check out!  You can see lots of photos on the Multimedia Tour!

To view past real estate reports, you can scroll through my Blog Archive section of my blog - there is one each month!

And, as a side note:  Today I become a CHICKEN FARMER!  I've never raised chickens before, but I'm pretty excited to be picking up the girls this afternoon:)  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Washington's Not So Common Loon

What: Okanogan Highlands Alliance presents a Highland Wonders educational event: "Washington's Not-So-Common Loon." Come and learn about WA loons, as Daniel and Ginger Poleschook share from their observations, research and conservation work in the Okanogan Highlands region.
When: Friday, May 6th: Dinner benefiting the Community Cultural Center at 5:00 pm; Presentation at 6:30 pm with tea, coffee and desserts
Where: Community Cultural Center, 411 S Western Ave, Tonasket, WA
Contact: Julie Ashmore at 509-433-7893 or