washington: Finding Mother-in-Law Homes in Clark County, WA - 03/18/15 09:52 AM
The Art of Finding a Perfect Mother-in-Law Housing Solution in Clark County, WA
We've helped another couple find the perfect home for their mother/mother-in-law. The boomer-aged couple are currently happy and satisfied with their own home in Camas, WA. It is not set up for an accessory dwelling, nor does it have the interior configuration to create a separate living space. In addition, none of the three parties is ready to give up their independence and commit to shared living. 
Therefore, our task was to find an affordable home in Clark County for the relocating family member. Some of our considerations included the condition of the property, … (28 comments)

washington: Calendar Girls - Magenta Theatre in Vancouver, WA - 02/05/15 08:03 AM
The Calendar Girls - Tickets are on Sale Now! 
One of my long-time pals is going to be in the upcoming production of the "Calendar Girls" at the Magenta Theater in downtown Vancouver. Francine Raften is a former broadcaster and often appears on our local Public Broadcasting TV channel during their annual fundraisers. She is also is a stand-up comic, a good one too. And, as an actress, she has appeared on theater stages in Portland, OR for a number of years. 
A recent gathering of former Portland radio folks, we had a chance to catch up.  It was delightful to learn that she is a big fan … (33 comments)

washington: Sold in Clear Meadows Fisher's Landing, Vancouver WA - 01/07/15 08:15 AM
Home in Clear Meadows Sold in 6 Weeks!

This one-level home went Pending two weeks after it was listed. and closed four weeks later, in-spite of the holiday season and the buyer's trip to Japan. Some of the paperwork had to be handled through the American Embassy and a POA (power of attorney) was given to a family member for closing documents. 
It was an uneventful transaction thanks to a great team of professionals. Sure, it was a bit more complicated than most because of the aforementioned reasons. However, when complications are handled in a solution oriented manner, they become less problematic. Drama has no place in … (28 comments)

washington: A New Year - New Energy Savings in Clark County, WA - 01/02/15 10:20 AM
Baby steps to big energy savings in Clark County. 
Clark Public Utilities has some great advice for its customers. A team of energy counselors compiled a list of the changes you can make that add up to real savings.
Baby Step # 1. Thermostat Settings
Set your thermostat to 68 when you're home or awake - and drop it even lower when you're asleep or away. You can save between one and two percent on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat. An easy way to manage this is with a programmable thermostat. It can automatically adjust temperature settings and can save even … (20 comments)

washington: Sold in Fisher's Landing Neighborhood, Vancouver WA - 12/09/14 09:14 AM
My buyers will be "home for Christmas!" 

Congratulations to the smart buyers of this cute home in Springbrook Ridge.This is a competitive market with homes flying off the shelves when they are priced right and in good condition. Who says this is the slow season? Motivated buyers and sellers are taking advantage of low interest rates - they’re not going to let the holidays get in the way of their plans. We knew this home was a good match and moved quickly to get it under contract. In less than 30 days, we got the job done working as a team. … (20 comments)

washington: Recycle your tree in Clark County, WA - Oh Christmas Tree! - 12/02/14 07:15 AM
Live Trees are a great choice in the Pacific Northwest!
It's the time of the year when live Christmas trees fill our homes with the scent of fresh evergreen. In the Pacific Northwest, real trees are often the preference, and a favorite choice of many environmentalists. That's because live Christmas trees are a renewable resource - and a recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead. 
 If you're wondering what to do with your Christmas Tree after the holidays.  Remember, in Clark County it's easy to recycle it. 
Recyling Trees is the best choice.

Consider this,  if 10,000 trees were recycled we would … (18 comments)

washington: Just listed - Affordable Fisher's Landing Ranch - Vancouver, WA - 11/20/14 04:30 PM
Great Single-Level in Clear Meadows


washington: Homes for Sale in Crown Park - Camas, WA Neighborhood of the Week - 10/27/14 07:40 AM
Great Neighborhoods to call Home in Camas,WA
Each week, we'll feature one of the many great neighborhoods nestled in the hills and meadows around Camas.  We think Camas offers a great lifestyle with the charm of small-town living with access to the big city amenities of nearby Portland, Oregon. 
Washington has no state income tax and that makes it popular with both young families, and retirees. However, be forewarned, Camas does have some of the highest local taxes in Clark County. Most of us feel it's more than a fair trade-off  to support our top-rated schools and area parks and trails.  
Crown Park Neighborhood in Camas, Washington
The … (23 comments)

washington: Boo to the Flu in Clark County, WA - It's time for your Flu Shot - 10/16/14 04:03 PM
October - The perfect time to get your flu shots in Clark County, WA. 
Believe it or not, flu season is already upon us. We've got pumpkins and costumes on our minds, but we should also take a few minutes to get our flu shots. Now is the perfect time to get immunized. 
Too many folks still think flu shots can make them sick, medical professionals say it's simply not true. In other words, you can't get the flu from a flu shot! However, you can get some mild symptoms post injection.  It's often a natural response from our immune system as it makes protective antibodies. … (21 comments)

washington: Almost Fall’in in Camas, WA  - 09/14/14 10:42 AM
Impending Signs of Fall in Camas, WA

We’re enjoying our typical late summer, early fall weather in the Pacific Northwest. Cool mornings give way to warm and sunny afternoons, making for a very pleasant time of year. No wonder it’s our favorite time to get outside and enjoy nature. 
In spite of the continued sunshine and seemingly never-ending tomato crop, the plants, shrubs, and trees are showing their late summer colors, and hinting of the changes ahead. Nature’s palette appears to soften before bursting forth in shades of red, orange, and gold. 
The Perfect Palette of Nature


washington: Harvest Moon over Camas, WA - 2014 - 09/10/14 10:54 AM
Harvest and Supermoon Treat for Camas Skywatchers in 2014
The last summer supermoon and harvest moon collided this year making for a couple of lovely moonlit nights in Camas.  A supermoon happens when a full moon occurs on the same day as the moon is closest to the earth's orbit.  A harvest moon is a full moon that rises the closest to the autumnal equinox. (September 22, 2015)
The harvest moon is special because the sky is darker now when compared to summer and also, its close proximity to the horizon. Photographers often capture the full moon with the silhouette of landmarks, or people, in the foreground and the horizon … (32 comments)

washington: Move to Washington State - A Happy Place to Call Home - 02/27/14 01:55 PM
Move to Washington State - A Happy Place to Call Home.
If you want to be happy for the rest of your life - consider a move to the Evergreen State. The annual Gallup’s Well-Being Index is out, and according to the scores, Washingtonians are a  a pretty contented lot. The results of the report are based  on interviews with more than 178,000 adults across all 50 states during January - December 2013.
The Well-Being Index is calculated from scores focusing on life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, an access to basic necessities. Apparently, in 2014. the … (13 comments)

washington: Froggy Went a Courtin' in Camas, WA - 02/22/14 01:21 PM
Froggy went a Courtin’ in Camas WA 
Pacific tree frogs are singing again in our Camas neighborhoods. It’s a sweet sound to this nature lover’s ears. The song, or call of the male tree frog, is a loud two-part ribbit designed to attract females. The chirping stimulates other males to join in, and often, the resulting chorus of their efforts can be heard quite far away.
Pacific Tree frogs, also known as Pacific chorus frogs, are native to Washington and have been the official state amphibian since 2007. Depending upon location, they move into breeding areas from about February to … (29 comments)

washington: Whoo's moving into Washington? Snowy Owls! - 11/16/12 08:24 AM
Whoo's moving into Washington - Snowy Owls!
The Evergreen state is a great place to call home - even the snowy owls are flying back to Washington. Several of the birds have been spotted recently, even in major urban areas, such as Seattle and Everett.
Apparently, the snowy owls visit us every three or four winters. However, last year, the number of birds spotted in the Pacific Northwest to New England, went sky high. Biologists are puzzled.
Some suspect a population boom, and thus, more competition for food has created the unusual migration. Still others, are concerned that it's … (19 comments)

washington: Homes for Sale in Vancouver, WA - August 2012 - 08/13/12 09:05 AM
Residential Real Estate in Vancouver, WA Vancouver, USA combines the best of both worlds, small town charm with the added benefit of being part of the Greater Portland Metropolitan area. Therefore, when you want "bright lights, big city," all you need to do is cross the Columbia River. The Interstate Bridge is one option via I-5, or you can choose to go east on Highway 14, and take exit to the I-205 Bridge.
On this side of the river, you'll find a variety of homes and neighborhoods. From downtown bungalows to sprawling estates, we've got it all. The city is also host to Southwest … (4 comments)

washington: Homes for Sale in Downtown Vancouver, WA - August 2012 - 08/06/12 03:12 PM
Buying a home in Downtown Vancouver, WA If you're thinking of buying property in downtown Vancouver, good move.  You'll be living an urban, but relaxed Northwest lifestyle with easy access to the freeways. In addtion, downtown Vancouver offers a good selection of older homes filled with charm and character.
You'll have your choice of historic homes, cottages, bungalows, and mid 50's ranch style options, plus a handful of newer homes.  Keep in mind that neighborhood styles also var as Vancouver is still going through renovation and renewal. A property that appears to be a good deal, may put you in … (10 comments)

washington: Farm Fresh in Clark County - Guide for eating healthy. - 07/07/12 07:43 AM
Farm Fresh in Clark County - Guide for eating healthy. Fresh and local is a healthy option for feeding your family. In addition, it’s often less expensive. U-pick farms and buying produce in bulk can save you money. There are plenty of farm fresh options in Clark County, WA. The best organic food is always what’s grown nearby.  Visit Farmer’s Markets, family farms and other sources of sustainably grown food in Clark County for fresh produce grass-fed meats, and other local goodies. 

Farm Fresh in Clark County - A worldwide trend for eating healthy. People around the globe are discovering … (18 comments)

washington: Energy Efficient Homes in Vancouver, Washington - 06/01/12 09:03 AM
Energy Efficient Homes in Vancouver, Washington If you want to live in a more beautiful, comfortable and healthier environment - and save money, consider buying a “green” home. There are actually a number of options to choose from in Vancouver, Washington.

Energy Efficient homes currently listed in Vancouver range in price from approximately $157,000 to just under a million dollars. There are 100 active listings with a median price of about $235,000. A majority of the listings are new construction homes in neighborhoods throughout the greater Vancouver area. Here’s a quick look at all of the Energy Efficient Homes for … (17 comments)

washington: Vancouver Farmer's Market - Always fresh, always local - 05/27/12 01:36 PM
The Vancouver Farmer's Market - Always fresh, always local.
The Vancouver Farmer's Market is the most popular venue in Southwest Washington, and for good reason. This pet friendly market is a great place for fresh and local produce, plants, baked goods and a varied selection of craft items made by area artists.
You'll stroll through more than 250 booths while you listen to music, watch a variety of entertainers such as jugglers or balloon artists, and of course, there's food and beverages should you want to grab a bite to eat. It's a great spot to meet neighbors and … (15 comments)

washington: Ridgefield Open House - Home on Acreage - 05/19/12 07:09 AM
There's an Open House on Saturday, 5/19/2012 from 1  - 3 PM at this Ridgefield home on acreage. Drop by for a glass of lemonade in the garden, then take a tour of the main house and grounds.
The 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom Turn-of-the-Century home radiates charm and character and has been thoughfully restored to include all of the modern amenities.
Inside the main home, you'll see 9 Foot ceilings, orginal fir floors and explore the thoughtful renovations. Remember, it's open from 1-3 PM.
The home is located just outside of downtown Ridgefield, but the 6.6 acre park … (18 comments)

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Camas, WA

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