Kim McLaughlin - Client Care Coordinator's Blog Posts

Do You Have What It Takes To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

What is your game plan if our region suffers a large earthquake, flooding, or Mt. St. Helens blows her top in our direction?  There is a free survival planning event coming to Portland on

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Washougal Community Buzzing About Refuel Friday

Representatives from the city of Washougal, local non-profits, churches and the Washougal School District are involved in an effort to feed the hungry during the cold winter months.  That

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The Portland Vancouver Area Is Expecting Record Heat Tomorrow Up To 100 Degrees

The Forecasted Weather For the Portland/Vancouver Area Will Be Close To 100 On Wednesday!Summer isn't quite over yet, make sure that you protect yourself tomorrow!Keep these outdoor safety tips to

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Charming Home In The Heights Area Of Vancouver WA OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 3 To 5 PM

Immaculately maintained home on quiet street in awesome location!Recently remodeled with style & usefulness of space in mind. Features include:5,431 sq. ft. Lot1088 sq. ft. 2 Bedroom 1

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Employment Growth In Vancouver Washington Has Contributed To Real Estate Bidding Wars

Its TRUE! If you're looking for a home in this market, you'll want to make sure that you're ready to write up your offer as fast as you can before your bid gets left in the dark!Buyers are having a

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Purchasing A Home With A Homeowners Association Can Have Significant Influence On Your Investment

There are many benefits to buying a home that is part of a homeowners (HOA) association The advantages to belonging to an HOA. 1. You are more likely to protect your property value.2.

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Saturday Open House In Desirable Vancouver Oakbrook Neighborhood

Great HUD home, priced to sell at $165,000.00!!Classic tri-level design locate at 3314 NE 101st Ct, Vancouver WA 98662Located on a quiet cul-de-sac3 bedrooms, 2.1 bathrooms, PLUS a bonus

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Tips On Saving Money In The Northwest As Fall Approaches

Here are 5 tips to trim your water heating costs:#1 Turn Down the Tank’s ThermostatFor every 10 degrees you turn it down, you’ll save 3% to 5% on your bill. Most water heaters come preset at 140

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Where Will You Be Celebrating National Night Out In Vancouver Washington

Looking for where to celebrate National Night out in Vancouver? Here are some ideas... What: Esther Short Neighborhood National Night OutWhen: 7 to 9 p.m.Where: Turtle Place Plaza, East Seventh

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If You Are Thinking About Buying Jump Off The Fence Now

Interest rates are on the rise, the average rate for a 30-year mortgage was recently 4.35%, more than a point above the 2012 low of 3.3%.Below are tips to navigate your financing options in today's

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Camas Meadows Hosts Concerts For A Cause

Concert For A Cause: Summer 2013 at Camas MeadowsTuesdays from 6:30pm to 9:00pm (gates open at 5:30)$5 Suggested DonationSchedule For The Last 3 Concerts Of The Season:August 6th-

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Godzilla And ZMOT Rage Through The Local Real Estate Market

Godzilla and ZMOT – They’ve Got a Lot in Common Look Out! ZMOT Casts a Long Shadow Over Area Real Estate Market The “ZMOT” in question isn’t some 3-D cinematic monster that

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Add A 100 Word Statement To Your Credit Report To Give It A Boost In Vancouver Washington

Add a 100-word written statement to your credit report to increase your purchase power!Want to buy a house? When it comes to telling your financial story, your credit report and the

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Vancouver Washington Summer Concert Series At Esther Short Park

Concert Series At Esther Short ParkWorld class musicians in downtown Vancouver, for free? What’s not to love? The concert series in Esther Short Park are an AWESOME opportunity to hear

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Clark County Property For Sale Appealing Retirement Investment

Future Retirees Eye Vancouver Property for Sale   Who doesn't give a quick second glance when they drive past a Clark County, WA property for sale? Our curiosity seems

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2013 Parade Of Homes In SW Washington

It's that time of year, again! The Parade of Homes is back and its in the Felida area of Vancouver, WA! Come out and enjoy all of the festivities!Tonight is the VIP Party-Fiesta in Felida

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Moving Fast In Todays Market Can Seal The Deal

Beating the Rise in Demand for Local Luxury HomesMaking the Winning Offer for Luxury Homes in SW Washington...Like most other parts of the real estate market, luxury homes in SW Washington

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Suite Interiors

Buyers emerging from a recession mind-set are reclaiming the master suite. MAY 2013 | BY MEG WHITE   (Many Buyers are looking for the perfect Master

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Camas Washington Is A Great Place To Live

Camas Washington is a great place to live, why not live in a luxurious home with all the amenities? There are many fabulous neighborhoods within the City of Camas, Washington... listed are just

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National Price Uptick Brings Smiles To Vancouver Homeowners

For local homeowners watching property values rise and fall, surprises aren’t necessarily welcome. Surprises come in two flavors where real estate is concerned (and the previous decade

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Tree Pruning By Bike

Tree Pruning by Bike!Calendar Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 5:30 PMWe all know how important it is to keep trees pruned on our property, not only for our safety but for the health of

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Portland Home Appreciation Due To Demand

Here in Portland, it's old news that homes are flying off the market.  Sellers are selling and buyers are... struggling.  But here is an awesome article from the Portland Business Journal

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The 4 Current Trends Of Our Market

If you've been house hunting for a while - this article will be old news to you.  Most buyers looking for a new home are finding themselves scrambling to make offers on time, bid higher than

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Its Not Just Portland

Investors nationally are backing away from Real Estate, as this market continues to stay hot!!  This awesome HousingWire article shows us that everything we thought we knew about our.

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5 Mistakes Emotional Home Buyers Make

5 Mistakes Emotional Home Buyers Make... Purchasing a home is one of the largest purchases that one will ever make in your life. Buyers need someone in their corner to help them make educated

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Just Listed North Salmon Creek Whipple Creek Home

This North Salmon Creek Whipple Creek Home is a MUST SEE!Built in 2006 by New Tradition Homes, a company that began in 1987 with the Helmes family dream to build new homes of high

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What does a bank consider as a HARDSHIP

The #1 question that comes when a person seeks assistance with a distressed property rather its a loan modfication or short sale is: "What is your HARDSHIP?" So today we will share what a bank

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Vancouver Washington Sip And Stroll Is Saturday Benefiting The Hough Foundation

Fun times in Clark County Vancouver, mark your calendars!There is a popular Vancouver activity approaching the Clark County area very soon, so get your pen and paper out and mark your

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Tips To Help You Find The Best Lender

TIPS ON HOW TO FIND THE BEST BROKER FOR MORTGAGE SERVICES!Buying a house is an investment that will cost you thousands of dollars in down payments and move-in fees. Eventually, it adds up to a few

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Property Values In Portland And Vancouver Spring Into Action

As we say goodbye to the 1st Quarter of 2013, we are so fortunate to see the Northwest experiencing record amounts of sunshine AND the Real Estate market "Springing into Action"

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HUD Home in Vancouver

This townhome is a Diamond in the Rough! On a cul-de-sac located toward the Westside of Vancouver, Washington this home is within Hazel Dell Elementary, Jason Lee Middle School, and Hudsons Bay High

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9 Easy Mistakes Home Owners Make on Taxes

Don’t rouse the IRS or pay more taxes than necessary — know the score on each home tax deduction and credit. Published: December 31, 2012   By G.M Fisko As you calculate

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Gorilla Spotted in NW Vancouver, WA

Alternatives to Home Alarm Systems Many homeowners consider installing an alarm system to increase the safety of their homes. Unfortunately the monitoring service that comes along with the alarm can

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Online Neighborhood resources are just clicks away!

Neighborhood Associations in Vancouver Even the slightest mention of covenants in a neighborhood can make potential buyers cringe. Suddenly they feel as if their freedom is being taken away. Quite

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Winter Gardening Tasks in Pacific Northwest: February

Tips for February Many people use the Winter in the Northwest to hibernate indoors. Unfortunately our yards and gardens suffer from neglect during these months. There is still plenty you can do now

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Cat in Packing Box

Cat makes the best use of left over packing boxes Moving with pets can be a delicate maneuver. Owners often go to great lengths to make sure their furry friends are comfortable during the stress of

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Great Condo Living in Vancouver

$46,000 Vancouver 1 beds, 1 baths, 443 footage Close to shopping and highway access, this barely lived in studio condominium is perfect for a first time home buyer, down sizer, or investor.

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City of Battleground Receives National Recognition

A place for youth to thrive In September of 2012, the city of Battleground, WA was named as one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING,

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Portland Property Tours Inspire Interior Decorating

Inspiration is everywhere Nothing is worse than living right next door to a neighbor who can compete with Martha Stewart when it comes to interior decorating. I know. I lived next to my friend

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Winter Gardening Tasks in Pacific Northwest Zones 7-9

Tips for January  Even though it’s chilly outside your plants still need you. Winter gardening is a great way to prepare for the upcoming growing season and take care of the necessary

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Senior Communities in Vancouver Washington

Senior Communities in Vancouver Washington There are several Senior Communities in Vancouver Washington, but today I would just like to focus on one of the most popular.  Located in the

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Riverside Condominiums in Vancouver Washington

  Looking for information on Riverside condominiums in Vancouver Washington?    There are may options available for both rent or sale in different areas of Vancouver but I am sharing

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Melt in your Mouth Christmas Cookies

A Holiday treat to share with friends, family and co-workers ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup shortening 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon 

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Finding the “right” Santa for great holiday photos

Many people shop for the perfect Santa During the holidays people love to visit Santa Claus. It’s a great opportunity to let Santa know if you’ve been naughty or nice AND it’s a

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Clark County benefits from Washington Jobs Now Act

“One Washington, with opportunity for all”.  That’s the slogan that graces the House Democrats webpage in reference to the Washington Jobs Now Act. While there is gridlock on

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Fast Internet Option For Working Remotely in Woodland

Prospective buyers take note: Attempting to get internet ...specifically Fast connection speeds can be elusive in many rural areas north of Vancouver, WA.  More buyers are looking

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Green Building Practices Tour in Salmon Creek

 Local builder Urban NW Homes continues to pave the way in forward thinking and sustainable building practices by building the nation’s first combined Net Zero & NGBS Emerald

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