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That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2017 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME!
The February numbers are not in yet, but the January numbers were sensational. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, said:
“Much of the country saw robust sales activity last month as strong hiring and improved consumer confidence at the end of last year appear to have sparked considerable interest in buying a home. Market challenges remain, but the housing market is off to a prosperous start as homebuyers staved off inventory levels that are far from adequate…”
And CNBC says consumer confidence in the economy is fueling the market:
“U.S. home resales surged to a 10-year high in January as buyers shrugged off higher prices and mortgage rates, a sign of growing confidence in the economy.”
The only challenge to the market is a severe lack of inventory. A balanced market would have a full six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, there is less than a four-month supply of inventory. This represents a decrease in supply of 7.1% from the same time last year.
With demand increasing and supply dropping, this may be the perfect time to get the best price for your home. Contact a local real estate professional today to see whether that is the case in your neighborhood.
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Read the story of LTC Rich Stinson and the moment of awesomeness that can only happen at home.
The United States active military and veterans are the reason we can experience the feeling of coming home in a country that is unlike any other. The freedom to enjoy our homes, hold the ones we love and the joy we share can be directly attributed to the sacrifices made by those who defend our flag. So when these men and women in uniform are able to safely come back to the home they’ve selflessly defended, I find it hard not to be moved emotionally, especially when these momentous occasions are captured on camera.
This Veteran’s Day, Coldwell Banker Real Estate wants to share with you the story of one such homecoming from a Coldwell Banker client. Our agents and brokers help military families across the country find a place to call home every single day, but today there’s a story of one of our customers that represents the value of home for us all as we celebrate Veteran’s Day. It’s the homecoming of a Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the U.S. Army, Rich Stinson, that he just happened to capture on film. The following are his words, his thoughts and his emotions on a surprise homecoming that truly expresses why home is where awesomeness happens.
My name is Rich Stinson and I am a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. I have been in the Army for 23 years and my wife and kids have supported me 100%. They serve just as much as I do as members of a military family. The video above was taken by me in 2013. It was the moment captured when I returned home from Kandahar, Afghanistan where I was forward deployed for 13 months. That’s more than a year since I had been home with my family.
To give you some background, I was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, located at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. We were living in Richmond Hill, a suburb of Savannah outside of Ft. Stewart, and when my wife, Lori, knew I was coming home we put a plan together to surprise the kids. Lori picked me up at the airport while my daughter was watching all of the kids at home. She had told the kids that she was going to the mall to pick up some things, and that it would be easier and faster for her if she went by herself instead of the kids coming along. Any parent with multiple children know how true that is.
As we pulled into our subdivision, I got out of the front of our minivan and laid down in the back so no one would be able to see me as we pulled up to the house. When we arrived, my oldest daughter was outside watching my youngest daughter and youngest son playing in the yard. My other two boys were inside. Lori had parked in the garage and went into the house so no one would be expecting anything while I stayed hidden in the van to wait for a surprise entrance.
After waiting about 10 minutes, and it getting to be very hot, I crawled out of the van and quietly entered the house from the garage while filming. As I came down the hallway, my oldest son, Joshua, was sitting on the couch in the living room, while Timothy was in the master bedroom with Lori asking to see what she bought at the mall. Josh stood up to ask if Lori had purchased a case for his iPhone, and that is when he turned to see me and reacted. He immediately came running to hug me while joyfully shouting and didn’t let go.
When Timothy heard Josh, he came out of the master bedroom and reacted in pretty much the exact same way as Josh. It was then I handed off the camera to my wife and held on to my boys for the first time in over a year. They wouldn’t let go and I didn’t want to either. It was at that point my two daughters heard the noise from outside and came into the house to see what on earth was going. My oldest daughter, Monica, was the first to enter and when she saw me she immediately covered her face and began to cry. The boys were still holding onto me and so I tried to get Monica to come closer so that I could hold her too. Just moments after Monica entered, our youngest daughter, Erin, came in. She saw her brothers mobbing me, her older sister crying, and Erin just joined right in on the group hug.
What you don’t see in this particular video is our other son, Thomas, was still playing outside, so we have a separate video of when I went outside and sat on the front porch until he came running from around the house to see that I was home.
Lori and I have been married for 23 years and she has cared for our home and kids during 5 deployments. She’s what makes any house a home. Lori is a fantastic volunteer and has been named a Volunteer of the Year four different times and is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award which has made not only our residence a great home but the community as well.
Today, we are currently assigned to Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX where we bought our house with the help of an amazing Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper agent, Nikki Diamond-Jones. We were referred to her through USAA. She was the absolute best agent to work with, and made our home buying experience as stress-free and pleasant as possible. She did so much to assist us, especially since we were purchasing a home ‘site unseen’ as we were unable to travel to Texas to look at homes.
Among other things, she went out to the neighborhood at different times of the day to look at traffic patterns and take pictures, allowing us to make the best informed decision that we possibly could. We have recommended her to so many friends in the military who are assigned to San Antonio, and I could not provide any higher compliments or recommendations on her behalf.
On this Veteran’s Day, may we all take a moment to give thanks for those who both past and present preserve the place we call home. Thank you Stinson family. Here’s to our veterans and may there be more joyful homecomings in the near future.
Nov 10, 2016
Here is a great read that I came across! Your Home’s November Honey Do List.
Prep your home for the holidays and cooler weather with this list of home to dos that you’ll be especially thankful for.
This month, we’re especially thankful for home. Home is where the family comes together, where we’re protected from the elements, and where love abounds. Your home’s November Honey-Do list will make sure your home is ready for the holidays, prepared for colder weather and loved inside and out.
1. Winterize your home – For most of the country, November is the time when we can no longer deny that the colder weather has settled in. Now is the time to winterize summer tools and appliances like air conditioner units, grills and lawn mowers. Bring garden hoses indoors and check your windows and doors for drafts.
2. Make a Turkey Game Plan – No coach would head to a big game without a game plan up his sleeve. Likewise, no chef should hit the kitchen without thinking through the menu and timeline first. Determine what menu items you can make ahead, decide what responsibilities you can delegate, and take an inventory of your pantry and china cabinet. Oh, and now’s the time to clean that oven, too.
3. Polish the Silver and Dust off the China – Thanksgiving is a special meal, which deserves the best of your entertaining arsenal. Because we don’t often use our special dishes year round, it’s smart to give them a good deep clean and polish before setting the table on Turkey Day.
4. Give your living room a refresh – With the holidays ahead, your living room is sure to get plenty of use. Give the space a refresh by changing out the window treatments for a new look.
5. Use some pest control – Rodents and other pests are opportunistic and seek warmer environments when the temperatures drop. Be sure that they don’t call your house their home by implementing these 5 surefire tricks to pest control.
6. Clear out the gutters – Avoid drainage problems and damage to your home’s foundation by clearing out the gutters before snow and ice wreaks havoc. Here is an easy how-to guide to cleaning rain gutters on your home.
7. Be ready for snow – Before the first winter storm, it’s a good idea to make sure your snow shovels and/or snow blower are in proper working order. Ready to invest in a snow blower after the brutal winter last year? Here is a buying guide from Home Depot that will help you make an educated purchase.
8. Start tackling the December to do list – The holiday to do list is notoriously the longest of the year. Get a head start by ordering your holiday cards, updating your address book, and making a gift wish list for each of your family members NOW. You can even start stringing twinkle lights on your shrubbery before the deep chill sets in. After all, the most important part of the holidays is taking the time to enjoy our family and friends.
Next month we’ll cover everything you’ll need to know to make your home holiday ready. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!
Victoria Keichinger Nov 1, 2016
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The “back to school” days are right around the corner.
Adjusting to “back to school” mode is simple if you prepare in advance and set up a regular routine. Here are a few tips that’ll help make the transition a little easier:
Back to Bedtimes – Your little night owls will benefit from having bedtimes rolled back a couple of weeks before school starts.
Get Organized – Designate a central “information station” where schedules are housed and school notes can be processed.
Adjust Chores – Responsibilities may need to be adjusted depending on the type of chore and change in morning routine.
Plan Ahead – Get in the habit of doing as much as you can the night before. The morning routine will be smoother if you lay out clothes and make lunches in advance.
Stay Positive – Returning to school is an emotional adjustment for children so help them stay positive and ensure you’re available as much as possible.
Back to school doesn’t have to be about forgotten lunches, unlabeled belongings and lost permission slips! With a little organization and planning, you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the summer knowing that September will be smooth sailing.
Some more good advice from realestateword.com… check them out!
Lewiston’s Hot August Nights
The Friday Night Car Cruise and the Saturday Show & Shine will take place August 25-27, 2016, in conjuncture with the Lewiston’s Hot August Nights concert series at Boomer’s Garden.
Many thanks to the volunteers and sponsors that make this event possible. We are excited to have you join us for Lewiston’s Hot August Nights this year. Just one of the many things Lewiston has to offer.
This is a great web page if your looking for things to do or see in the LC Valley or just interested in what our valley has to offer.
There’s so much to do and see just a short distance from Lewiston and Clarkston that you might want to add a few days to your itinerary. Travel 30 miles north and you’ll get more art, culture and outdoor recreation in Moscow and Pullman. Take a drive east along the beautiful Clearwater River for many Lewis and Clark sites and more outdoor recreation. Head south to the artsy town of Joseph (into northern Oregon) or catch the friendly towns of the Camas Prairie and the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 (on the Idaho side). Just a little farther south (2 hour drive) is Riggins, home to the Salmon River of No Return/Whitewater Capital and Seven Devils mountain range. Drive west 2 hours to the heart of Walla Walla wine country and stop at the small historic towns of Pomeroy, Dayton and Waitsburg.
Outdoor Adventure in Hells Canyon
The Lewis-Clark Valley is the gateway to Hells Canyon, world famous as North America’s deepest river gorge. Hells Canyon is a remnant of the last
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Kid Friendly Attractions
The Palouse Discovery Science Center in Pullman promotes science, math, and technology literacy through the use of educational programs, exhibits,
Nez Perce Tribe
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Lewis & Clark Trail
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A short drive from the Lewis Clark Valley lies Colter’s Creek Winery, the newest hot spot in Juliaetta. Their beautiful tasting room offers.
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