Wenatchee, WA Real Estate News

By Melissa Kiser, Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Landmark Wenatchee, WA)
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By Melissa Kiser, Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Landmark Wenatchee, WA)
Bolinger Built 1997 Tour Home-that says Quality & Livability. 3 bdrms, 3 full baths, carpet, tile & marble floors, tile & granite counters, cozy kitchen/fam. rm w/ gas fplc, access to very private backyard patio. Formal dining & living, very large master suite all look east to a huge view of city, mtns & sunrise skies. Lower level perfect for large gatherings & TV sporting events.
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By Melissa Kiser, Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Landmark Wenatchee, WA)
Wenatchee, WA Real Estate Market Snapshot! The Real Estate Market in the Wenatchee, WA and surrounding areas are really starting to show signs of recovery.
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By Melissa Kiser, Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Landmark Wenatchee, WA)
What’s Your Perfect Valentine?               Valentine’s Day is February 14, and here’s a great story to celebrate it:               There was once a young man who had the perfect girlfriend.  They were similar in almost every way but, in one aspect of their lives, they were complete opposites:  He was a hockey fanatic – his girlfriend wasn’t.               They’d been dating for a while and had exchanged Valentine’s Day presents on two occasions, but he’d yet to give her that one perfect gift.  He’d misfired on two in a row and it looked like he would fall flat again since the holiday was rapidly approaching, and he still hadn’t decided on a gift.               A week before Valentine’s Day, his favorite hockey team traded for a player whose last name matched her first name.  The young...
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By Janice L. Brown, NMLS 147704, Loan Originator, Licensed in WA
(American Pacific Mortgage, Equal Housing Opportunity)
We are blessed to live in the Wenatchee Valley where, according to the appraisals I am seeing, the number of foreclosures are not affecting our sales prices. And even though sales are down slightly from last year, according to Pacific Appraisal Associates Real Estate Snapshot (www.pacapp.com)  671 homes have sold so far year to date (September 2011) in the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee market. Here is an interesting article on the mortgage market in one area of the country and what they are doing to help themselves. Waiting for the next onslaught of news from the world’s credit markets, here’s some musing on “recovery.” The Sacramento-Stockton area, since it was an epicenter of foreclosure activity, has more recently begun to demonstrate the ways local real estate markets can emerge cre...
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By Aaron Schreiner
(AMS Inspection Services)
The 92nd annual Washington State Apple Blossom Festival starts this week in Wenatchee, Washington.  We'll be taking some time off from our Wenatchee home inspections to attend our favorite events.  We've listed a few of them here but you can view the complete schedule at http://www.appleblossom.org/.Memorial Park Food FairDates: April 28-May 8Location: Memorial Park @ Orondo & Chelan Time: Daily 11amFrom lunch through dinner, many tasty treats satisfy the appetite and make meal plans during the Festival a snap! There will be entertainment during the lunch and dinner hours.Verizon Wireless Entertainment at Memorial ParkDates: April 28-May 8Location: Memorial Park @ Orondo & ChelanTime: During lunch & dinner hours & all day on weekends - FREEFuntastic Shows CarnivalDates: April 29-May 8,...
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By Aaron Schreiner
(AMS Inspection Services)
At first glance you may think the green algae is the issue in the photo, but not really.  This photo was taken under an exterior deck and algae is typical in those areas.  The real concern is the wood laying on the ground next to the home.  This a great place for wood destroying organisms to start residing and to begin gaining access to your lovely home.  Carpenter ants love decomposing wood! Wenatchee Home Inspector Photo 
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By Aaron Schreiner
(AMS Inspection Services)
Northwest ENERGY STAR Verifier Update Training started in November 2010 to educate certified Verifiers about the new standards for ENERGY STAR Homes, with a roll-out date of January 1, 2011. In the November/December 2010 "Builder News" Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes said that, "due to the changing energy codes across the Northwest, the January 1 roll-out of the enhanced specifications was necessary to maintain the high level of quality and performance associated with the Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes label."I attended the update training in Olympia in January.  For more information about the new standards visit the ENERGY STAR Insider News page.  My professional achievement was also highlighted in the Wenatchee World People & Places article on March 5th.
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By Aaron Schreiner
(AMS Inspection Services)
This week I attended a North Central Home Builders Association dinner in Wenatchee, Washington. One of the speakers was Mark Yaple, the Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Wenatchee. He talked about the number one problem that causes a total loss in a house fire- a faulty or absent smoke detector. Since 1995 building code has required homes to have hardwired smoke detector alarms with battery backup. Yaple is concerned about the homes built before 1995. He has taken it upon himself to provide smoke detectors to any home in the city of Wenatchee that needs one. State Farm Insurance gave him a $5,000 grant to purchase battery operated smoke detectors. With the help of a Red Cross volunteer and driving his fire truck he went door to door inspecting smoke detectors and installing new ones ...
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By Ryan Karns
(Windermere RE/West Campus Inc)
5+ acres in East Wenatchee Overview Maps Photos $25,000 Lots and Land Main Features Lot: 5.22 acre(s) Location 103 Chickadee LaneEast Wenatchee, WA 98802USA To get updates on open home dates and other property events, please click the "Like" button below: Ryan Karns Windermere(253) 569-8435pfsryan@hotmail.comhttp://seattle-tacomahomes.com Listed by: Windermere Our recent listings 5+ acres in East WenatcheeShy 1/2 acre in secured community1/4 acre in Palmer LakeTaylor Bay EstatesVacant shy 1/2 acre lot on Driftwod Point Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Yes, Mr. Seller. There really IS that much wrong with your house. These buyers were friends of mine. Close friends. I helped them look for Wenatchee real estate for about a month until they found a home they really liked. It looked like it needed some work but on the outside appeared in decent shape. The house was an investment property. It had been a rental for several years and now the owners were selling it. The seller was also the listing agent. Her husband was also the one who did any and all repairs when the renters had moved out. As a buyer's agent, I got the run around about how much work needed to be done when the renters moved out. As if he wanted me to feel sorry he had to put in so much time and money. Um, excuse me? This is your own house and if you want to sell it, that's ...
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By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Wenatchee Home Inspector and weighing in on the Subject! Well so I was looking for what could be hiding under the sink- chemicals, abandoned body parts, old socks, scrubbing utensils or is it the Infamous SCALE! We all look at this horror of a device from time to time to see how we slipped through the ages (maybe that is droop). I guess I lost that ol' girly figure I once had (unlike Mr. Buell there, do I get bonus points for name dropping?). But have you ever wondered about these devices of mental despair?   How do you get the perfect weight? Ever really thought about it? At the end of the 18th century, a kilogram was the mass of a cubic decimeter of water. In 1889, the 1st CGPM sanctioned the international prototype of the kilogram, made of platinum-iridium, and declared: This prototy...
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By Al Lorenz
(Criterion Properties)
Today all the news is about how the national home market dropped by 27%. But, is that a big surprise in your area? Not in ours. Here's Wenatchee sales information for July: Wenatchee area home sales fell 30% in Wenatchee and 42% in the MLS for July as compared to one year ago. Year to date, sales are only off about 5% according to the Wenatchee Snapshot Report from Pacific Appraisals. Average and median prices remained about the same. The tax incentive has made this an odd year, with some of the summer sales pulled earlier into the spring by buyers who wanted to qualify for the credit. This is why I urged folks to get their homes on the market early this year, in the February time frame, so they could get them sold while the tax credit was in effect.
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By Geordie Romer, Serving Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee, and Plain
(Windermere Real Estate / NCW)
It should finally be sunny by Thursday so you'll want to come by and cool down after work with a glass of wine or a cold beer, appetizers, and good company at the Nothing But Networking event at Peoples Bank in Wenatchee. Drop in from 5-7 PM, bring some business cards because they'll have some door prizes as well. Parking can be a challenge downtown, so I would take Chelan or Mission to Orondo, and then go down to Columbia and park in the parking garage behind our building, or along the street around Orondo/Columbia.    
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By Geordie Romer, Serving Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee, and Plain
(Windermere Real Estate / NCW)
Tom Goldsmith of Cobalt Mortgages is hosting a networking event tonight for business owners in the Wenatchee Valley. (Yep, he's buying drinks and appetizers!) Details: Fuel Sports Bar, 212 S. Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801 on Wed. June 9th. From 5:00-7:00 Are you a Wenatchee Valley business owner? Our group is called Linked: North Central Washington and we love for you to join us, both on Linkedin and in person.  
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This is a pretty interesting report and includes graphs of sales information that go back 14 years! Home sales for December rose 53% and were reported to be a count of 49 vs 32 last year. 43 of those sales ranged between $108,000 and $350,000, while 6 were between $351,000 and $840,000. The overall average price is $256,000, slightly above the yearly average. For the MLS market area in Wenatchee, home sales rose 60% in December!  Have a look at the complete Pacific Appraisals Snapshot Report for Wenatchee year end 2009.  Our own Lake Chelan market saw sales of over three times last year's for December 2009. If you're wondering why I've been telling people that NOW is the time to get your home on the market, here's the data!
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By J Perrin Cornell, Broker, ABR, VAMRES
(Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate)
Last week was a beautiful fall week weather wise. Great, spectacular weather is something we experience in Central Washington (entirely different from the West side i.e.Seattle). Sky was blue, air was clear and foliage was in full color. Just time for a quick walk along the Banks of the Columbia River. One of the special features of our town is the development, in the last few year, of a river walk/trail system. Initially the loop was about 11.5 miles in length. Today there are several additional extensions. But it is a great place to be, relax and exercise. I started near Porters Pond (see above). There were a lot of Mallards on the river  There were also lots of critters but the most impressive was my partner Maggie... a long haired Dachshund that thinks the world is her oyster... whi...
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By Al Lorenz
(Criterion Properties)
Here's the new Pacific Appraisal Wenatchee Snapshot Report.  Things are holding fairly steady in Wenatchee, below last year but not bad compared to most of the world. Check it out!
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By J Perrin Cornell, Broker, ABR, VAMRES
(Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate)
You see and hear lots of people pushing Twitter as a sales tool. Is it really? Is it just a sales tool or do you need to use it in other ways too and gain sales through the back door? Lots to consider and there are many approaches an none are 100% correct.  If you live in North Central Washington and can easily get to Wenatchee you might want to consider the following:  " TWITTER TECH EVENT At the Wenatchee performing Arts center. Sponsored by the PAC and Wenatchee Chamber. Free! From 5-6:30 on June 17th. Time to network after..." This is a good opportunity to learn, network and perhaps find the elusive deal...lol See you there!
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By J Perrin Cornell, Broker, ABR, VAMRES
(Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate)
I blog on the Wenatchee World about events in the past in Wenatchee. Some are current but many are historical. My intent is to give a flavor about the community, our roots and help us understand where we are going. There is some humor, some tears and a few just stories. Perhaps it si something that all of us in a small way may relate to. So if you are interested, I invite you to check out the blog and my newest post at   http://blogs.wenatcheeworld.com/author/pcornell/  
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