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Archive for June, 2010

Good morning….

Great news for my agents with the announcement from Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp that  we followed up our April ranking of #9 in closed commissions with a #12 ranking for May.   We only have 21 agents so it is an outstanding effort to rank 12 out of the 403 offices in the category of 21-35 in our national system.  Another note that Walla Walla is alive and well.

Tim Applebee, the owner of Home Loan Center of Washington and Home Town Mortgage for Eastern Oregon, is my guest blogger for this week,  Tim…

“Hi fans of Dennis and his awesome team, my name is Tim Applebee.  I would like to start by congratulating the entire team at Coldwell Banker First Realtors!  What an awesome accomplishment, and you do it with such a great spirit and a level of professionalism that makes you the reason people come to Walla Walla.

With that being said, I am proud to now be part of their team. Coldwell Banker First Realtor and Home Loan Center have partnered to aid buyers and sellers with the best service in the business. We at the Home Loan Center have a lot of advantages that will make your experience with your purchase a memorable one. All of our loan officers are nationally licensed and we employ local processors and underwriters to insure consistency and quickness in the decision process.  We are able to print your documents and walk them to the title company ourselves for quick, personal service. In this incredible volatile and ever changing time in the lending industry, it is very important to have these options. We will be with you and your Realtor working side by side until your family is in your new home. We look forward to being a huge part of the Coldwell Banker First Realtor team.”

Inventory is changing daily with interest rates the lowest they have been in 40 years.  Contact one of our friendly, experienced agents today to help you find the home of your dreams. 

DM Ledford, Broker/Owner

Coldwell Banker First Realtors

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We have had an unbelievable amount of rain over the last couple of weeks.   It might be one of the coolest and wettest springs I can remember in years.   I remember springs from coaching Little League for eleven years and the cold wet days usually meant make up games which no one enjoyed but we all made it through.   I am sure we will see it turn into the 90’s soon.

We had a couple of special occasions this past week.  First was the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Home Loan Centers branch office within in Coldwell Banker First Realtors, which gives us the convenience of in house lending for our clients & customers.    There was quite a large group to celebrate the opening and listen to Tim Applebee and his staff talk about the new venture and how it would assist the associates in our office.    Tim is a wonderful young man and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with him in this endeavor.    I feel having local processing and underwriting will make the process precede much smoother for our buyer clients and it will assist the communication to our sellers as well.

Also on Thursday we celebrated the retirement of a close friend and associate of mine, Jerry Holm.   Jerry has been in real estate since 1969 coming to Walla Walla in 1972.    Jerry decided with his wife Joyce, it was time to slow down and enjoy travel, golf and sailing.    We had nearly fifty people join us at the Comfort Inn on West Pine to wish Jerry and Joyce well.   If you have not been at the Comfort Inn wine bar and patio you are missing something special.   Quiet, with beautiful scenery on the patio, they serve great local wines, beer and a light menu.    Try it sometime.   I know you will enjoy it.

We are finishing another strong month of sales for our company and the mls.   May is generally a slower month, but number of sales have increased since last year.    Rates are still low and inventory strong.   Here are comparison numbers for residential properties sold for January to May. 

WALLA WALLA 2009 2010
# of Sales 99 125
Average Sales Price $213,411 $209,890
Median Sales Price $185,000 $187,450
Average Days on Market 160 132

 

COLLEGE PLACE 2009 2010
# of Sales 34 40
Average Sales Price $180,270 $187,955
Median Sales Price $168,382 $175,092
Average Days on Market 141 147

Call one of our great associates to see how they could assist you in entering the real estate market for the first time or to look at moving up or down.   Go to our web site:   www.coldwellbankerfirstrealtors.com to view the all properties available for sale.  

Thanks again for your time.

DM Ledford, Owner/Broker

Coldwell Banker First Realtors

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