Yakima County, WA Real Estate News

By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
»»»MARICOPA HOMES FOR SALE UNDER 200K««« Family Home for Sale w/ 4Car Garage in The Villages at Rancho El Dorado 43314 W DELIA Blvd MARICOPA ARIZONA 85138 $189,900  3 BEDROOMS |3 BATHROOMS | 2743 SQUARE FEET | MLS: 5178373   Family Home for Sale w/ 4Car Garage in The Villages at Rancho El Dorado   A Great Two Story 4 car garage home. Tile in all the right places, Nice open Kitchen, Granite, new paint and Carpet with new Stainless appliances Refrig w/Ice and Water in the door included with full price offer. Gas Range, Island with Breakfast Bar, 2'' mini blinds. Exit to Covered patio from Kitchen. Large back yard, room enough for a pool. Huge Master Suite with double door entry. Bedrooms split 2 bedrooms on east side and MST Bed and Bath on west side of home. Master Bathroom has separate...
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By Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age
(First American Title)
If you’ve been in real estate for awhile hopefully you’ve taken a plant tour at one or more of your local title companies. You’ll find most of them have very detailed land records that predate statehood. I was in Yakima last week for work and during my visit I had a some time to hangout in the back plant (where the really old records are) at First American Title. It was a wonderful walk through time and fun to peruse the old land records of Yakima County, Washington. Recording of a land lease dated October 17, 1898 in Yakima County, Washington. When I started in the title business most of our records were hard copy stored in books and boxes arranged geographically by date. The new recordings were on microfiche rolls back to the early 70’s and some copies of the old hand posted track boo...
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By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
FHA 203k Basics for the rookies in Yakima Rookies or old pros, it is always good to go back to the basics from time to time.   This is a flyer on the FHA 203k basics to give you a basic foundation in the 203k all in four pages   This is the same info as the standard 203k basics just in Spanish  What happens from start to finish Do you need us to come to your office and put on a program, these are free to Realtors and I guarantee you will walk away with a new respect for the program and some real innovative ideas on how you can enhance your business model by adding the FHA 203k to your product offering. We can put these info seminars on anywhere you may need them. Out guy on the ground in Yakima is Jeff Wise - Click to the left to learn more about Jeff of The Mike Young Team.
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By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
No inventory in the MLS for us, what properties are available are getting multiple offers and driving the cost up. This gave us the idea of looking for a fixer. We found even those weren't in the neighborhood where we wanted to live or were just too small for our family. Thus the dilemma, what do we do? Here are our choice. 1) pay too much for a house at bidding auction... NOT interested 2) Buy a home in an adjacent neighborhood but the schools aren't as good... NOT an option 3) We did find one very small house in the area we want to live in but it is just too small. BINGO!!! This might be the best option. Using the FHA 203k loan program we can add on to the home and thereby increase the size to fit our needs.  Advantages are that you get a partially new home, updating the rest as may b...
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By Pamela Smith, Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand
(Award Realty)
Can changing your address change your life?I recently sold a home, in an Arizona Retirement Community, to a couple about 10 months ago. They were originally from North Dakota. When they came here they purchased a home in a family community approximately 6 years ago. They had moved from a small town and wanted to have a new home. They had decided they did not want to live in an Arizona Retirement Community, yet. They found a new community and purchased.Things were fine the first couple of years. Everyone was doing their yards, lawn chairs were out on Halloween to watch the children, etc. Then the bottom fell out of the Real Estate market. The neighbor next door decided to open a daycare center, 25 children screaming in the backyard. The people across the street started renting out extra ...
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By Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age
(First American Title)
The Journey of a thousand miles... Tuesday afternoon I drove over to Yakima, Washington. From Seattle it’s a beautiful drive over the Cascade Mountains via Snoqualmie pass, hang a right in Ellensburg and head south down Interstate 82. From my place it’s about 160 miles. I love eastern Washington. As Tuesday approached I thought about my increasing odds to see sunshine. I’m headed over to First American Title to teach a clock hour class I wrote, Real Estate in the Social Age. I love these trips and enjoy meeting people in the industry face to face. Every area is different. Each marketplace has its own unique issues. Location, primary economic drivers, diversity of industry, and demographics all play their part in the local real estate market. I like getting to know the real estate broker...
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By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
See Spot Run - Dog Fun in Yakima If you've never been to Yakima you may think it's just this little town in the middle of Washington State, and actually it is! But Yakima offers a great location for families and of course, pets. Yakima is the kind of place where everyone gets to know everyone else. And while the area is best known for its apple orchards, around here, people will tell you that it is the people working together who make Yakima one of Washington States richest treasures. So, it’s no surprise to see the community come together to help out some other friends, dogs and cats that need a home. April 29th the 10th Annual “See Spot Run” run and walk will bring more than 300 animal lovers together to make a statement of support for homeless pets while basking in the warm Spring su...
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By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Yakima Events - Activities - Information Located in South Central Washington state in the county of Yakima is the valley city of Yakima Washington. The 8th largest city in the state Yakima is home to almost 100,000 residents all living quite comfortably in the valley. As the entrance to the Cascade Mountain Yakima is a wonderful place to settle and relax enjoying all that this fruitful valley has to offer. With over 300 days of pure sunshine and mild climate throughout the year Yakima has a slew of outdoor activities for the young and young at heart. From kayaking and hiking to skiing and snow-boarding Yakima provides the complete lifestyle so many yearn for in Washington state as well as out of state. We are known for our fruit orchards and produce crops that grow so well here in the V...
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By Colleen Lane, Realtor(r) 509.438.9344 www.LaneRealEstateTeam.com
(Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale)
For over 40 years now the White Pass Volunteer Ski Patrol has put on the annual White Pass Ski & Snowboard Swap and this year is no exception. This weekend come on out to the Yakima Valley Sun dome for some great deals on new and used ski and snowboard equipment, as well as clothes. Check out our page on the White Pass Ski and Snowboard Swap for more information!
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By Troy Allen
(Best Homes & Land, Realtors)
As the home buyer tax credit has expired, many would-be homeowners who missed the deadline may be asking themselves whether they should continue renting.  While the tax credit was a strong incentive, the major benefits of homeownership are personal, not financial.  Owning offers a permanent home in which to build a life and family, opportunities to become part of a community, and flexibility in lifestyle. At the some time, while continuing to rent may or may not cost more in the short term, owning a home can save money over time - rents go up; fixed-rate mortagages are fixed for the life of the loan. Call a REALTOR and they can help you find a quality lender to assist in getting you approved to purchase a home.   Troy, Best Homes Realty Managing Broker/Owner troy@besthomesrealty.net www...
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By Erelopro Out of Business, Relocation Professionals are out of business
(erelopro)
It's amazing how bombarded we have become over the last few months with prospective home buyers wanting to contact us in regards to purchasing homes in the Yakima area. We all know that the Home Buyers Credit is due to expire very soon, and due to this a lot of people are scrambling to get in contact with an aggressive buyers agent. A good amount of these people need assistance now, to be able to buy their homes as soon as possible. These people truly need an agent whom has the time and experience to respond to these inquiries. We have learned that persistence has proven to pay dividends with these inquiring families and individuals. If you are serious about having the ability to increase the amount of prospective home buyers you contact each month, we would love the chance to talk to y...
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By Erelopro Out of Business, Relocation Professionals are out of business
(erelopro)
Yakima, Washington is located in south central Washington at the intersection of the Naches and Yakima Rivers. Yakima is the gateway to the lush Yakima Valley in one direction and the stunning Cascade Mountains on the other. Yakima is the county seat of Yakima County and is the second largest sized county in the state with 4,296 square miles of land. The Yakima Valley is known for its production of forest products, manufacturing aircraft parts and supplies, and machinery used in food product packaging. One of the top industries in the region is agriculture specifically tree fruits, hops, mint, vegetables, livestock, dairy and wine. The Wine industry in the Yakima Valley has boomed in recent years, with international recognition of Yakima wines and vineyards. The Yakima Valley lies at th...
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By Charlie Arthur, CCIM
(RE/MAX FIRST, INC.)
I just wanted to share a beautiful picture from my trip to Rim Rock, Washington.  Spent 3 days at the lake and enjoyed every minute of it.  Couldn't help talking about real estate, but that is normal.  This was taken from a paddle boat.  The weather was fabulous, warm and calm.  This is a gorgeous state we live in.
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By Shannon Drew, Hometown Realty, Yakima WA
(Hometown Realty )
  1.Historical Park Have a picnic, play games, and tour history at Fort Simcoe State Park. Located at the end of SR220, 45 minutes South of Yakima, the park is open daily 6:30AM to dusk through October 2nd. An Interpretative Center and the Historical Buildings are open 9:30- 4:30PM Wed-Sun through Oct. 1st. Call (509) 874-2372 or visit  http://www.parks.wa.gov/ for more information.   2.Art Show  Enjoy art from three very different perspectives, now through June 4th, at Oak Hollow Gallery, Chalet Place, 5631 Summitview Ave., Yakima. (509) 965-3846 "Generational Views: Mother, Daughter and Granddaughter." Works by Ardith Kaiser, Holly Mahre and Lindsey Gaskill. (A Mother's Day outing, maybe?)   3.Kids/Teens Night Out "Saturday Night Live", every Saturday night 7-9:30 at the YMCA, 5 N. Na...
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By Shannon Drew, Hometown Realty, Yakima WA
(Hometown Realty )
   Total Sold Volume $Total Sold UnitsAverage Sale $Average Sold Days on Market03/200831,347,423165189,98414202/200820,086,927135148,79212201/200819,855,632115172,6571461st Qtr '08 total71,289,982415  03/200739,200,633229171,18116802/200718,622,910138134,94815701/200720,947,394138151,7921341st Qtr '07 total78,770,937505  03/200622,267,254164135,77510702/200615,232,599114133,61919201/200615,067,321109138,2321211st Qtr '06 total52,567,174387  This includes all residential sales, including condos, townhouses, single-family site built homes, manufactured homes on leased land, and manufactured homes on land. The data was pulled from the MLS and compiled by me. Total volume and total units sold are lower this year than last year, but the average price has increased and the average days on mar...
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By Shannon Drew, Hometown Realty, Yakima WA
(Hometown Realty )
"Housing market continues to fall", read the headline yesterday on the money page of the local newspaper. It was an AP article discussing the situation nationwide. Quoting statistics from the National Association of Realtors and economic experts, the article suggests that the real estate market is in for a really bad year.National statistics may interest some, but I hear from most people that they'd like to know what is happening here...where they live and work. I would love to see the Yakima Herald Republic print more articles about our local economy because this national doom and gloom reporting is scaring people. I answer panicked calls from sellers and buyers daily.So, today, I'm writing to people in my community and sharing some GOOD news, some SO-SO news, and some LOCAL market inf...
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By Shannon Drew, Hometown Realty, Yakima WA
(Hometown Realty )
Outdoor Survival Class at YVCC  First class April 10, 6:30PM and runs for three consecutive Thursdays. Class taught by a Yakima County Search and Rescue veteran includes topics such as positive attitude and programming your mind to succeed and to control fear, as well as basic map-and-compass skills, telling time and direction by the stars and sun, and navigating by reading signs in plants, soils, winds, topography, temperature and wildlife. Call Don Witke, instructor, for more information 509-697-6378. To register call YVCC at 547-4712. Tuition is $30.Temptation: A Mixed Media Invitational.  Opening reception, Thursday, April 10 5:30-7:30PM, Through May 25th, Peggy Lewis Gallery, Allied Arts Center 509-966-0930, www.alliedartsyakima.org . Expressions of temptation by Becky Blair, Bill ...
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By Jacque Simmons
(Pillar to Post Professional home Inspection)
In real estate, it’s dangerous to overreach when it comes to providing guidance on structural, legal, and financing matters. Here are some basics, but be sure to send buyers and sellers to the appropriate experts when necessary. 10 structural red flags  No home is perfect. “Owners have reported to us that two-thirds of home inspections uncovered problems,”saysDan Steward, president of home inspection company Pillar To Post, Tampa, Fla.            That’s why many sellers decide to have a pre-sale inspection. “For any homeowner, repairing                             problem areas prior to putting the house on the market can maintain or increase the home’s value and avoid unpleasant surprises during the sales negotiation or at time of closing.”         At the same time home buyers need to...
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By Shannon Drew, Hometown Realty, Yakima WA
(Hometown Realty )
Tieton, Washington is a small community that is in the beginning stages of a rebirth thanks to Ed Marquand and his vision for this community. The town of Tieton is only about 15 minutes from Yakima, and less than three hours from either Seattle or Portland. It used to be a bustling agricultural/fruit area, but in recent years has declined. Many businesses were boarded up when Mr. Marquand first came through town. The story has been repeated many times... he was on a bike ride through the area and ran over some goatheads which flattened his tires. He stopped at the town square, a grassy, well-kept area in the center of town, to make repairs before moving on. It was here that he had his vision for the town. He envisions a community of artisan businesses and hospitality enterprises that wi...
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By Shannon Drew, Hometown Realty, Yakima WA
(Hometown Realty )
Genealogy is a rewarding hobby for history buffs. Not only do you seek and find your ancestors, but the research brings history alive. I began my research as a teenager with the goal of finding the original immigrant to America in each family. Then I thought I was only researching four names, those of my father's parents and my mother's parents. It has multiplied into the hundreds as one surname leads to two more and on and on and on... Twenty-five years later, I still am searching for some elusive families. Eventually, I'd like to publish my research in a book to pass to the next generations.I have ancestors that came on the Mayflower, Jamestown settlers, some that came to America as indentured servants, and one that came to fight against colonists in the Revolution with the goal of de...
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