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Archive for November, 2011

Santa arrived at our office in style this past Friday.  Driven by horse drawn carriage, he traveled down Main St to our office.  Kids and adults alike gathered along Main St to welcome him.  Over the course of two days Santa saw several children, adults and yes… even a dog or two.    I sat and watched kids eye’s light up as Santa sat them on his knee and talked about what they had on their Christmas lists.   It was wonderful to see 4 month olds to 60+ year olds and the excitement Santa still brings to them.

The event was a great success.  We worked with the Home Loan Center to make it happen.   Liz Pearce, was the main thrust with Santa’s sleigh coming down Main street to our office.   We had elves, The Grinch, Rudolph and helpers all in attendance.   Liz’s husband was our Santa and he did such a wonderful job it was just fun to watch.   Thank you Tim Applebee and the Home Loan Center group for making this happen.   We want to make it an annual event so watch for our date next year.

Saturday is the Christmas Light Parade.    Remember we have covered areas for our special guests and extra seating on the curb in front of Coldwell Banker First Realtors.  Coffee, hot chocolate & cider and cookies, enough for everyone.   Stop by and see us.  The parade starts at 6:00 pm.

Have a great December.   We have a lot of wonderful homes for sale, with great lending rates.   This is the time to look.  Think about putting your home on the market in December rather than March.   Lower inventories and Christmas decorations always make the home look more friendly and comfortable.  We still sell homes in the winter.   Talk to one of our top professionals.

Thank you to all of you that chose Coldwell Banker First Realtors for either your real estate or rental needs.  Without your trust and confidence we would not exist.

Regards and Happy Holidays to all of you.

DM Ledford, Owner/Firm Broker

Coldwell Banker First Realtors

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We just had out annual Halloween Blood Drive through the Red Cross. To give you a little history about why we got started doing the Blood Drive, Kris Youd, Realtor at Coldwell Banker First Realtors and chair of the event, shares with you: “The Realtors Annual Blood Drive started the year Hurricane Katrina hit. We felt pretty removed from the disaster here in Walla Walla, but felt that the blood drive was something we could do to help. Our first one was the day before Halloween, and was so much fun we decided to do it every year on October 31! The blood bus parks in the Coldwell Banker parking lot, and soon we have a parade of donors, some in costume, and some not! We have a yearly goal of 39 pints, which is as many donors as the blood bus can accommodate in one day! This is one more way we as realtors can make a difference!”

“If you have ever been in a situation where a loved one is in need of blood, then you already understand the importance of such a precious gift. It is the one single thing in life that there is NO SUBSTITUTE for.  One single pint of blood can save up to 3 lives. That alone is why I am involved with the Blood Drive every Halloween at our office. It is a way to reach out to the community and say thanks. It gives individuals a chance to give in a comfortable atmosphere, amongst friends. Thanks to everyone who gave the gift of life!”

Cheryl Husted, Coldwell Banker Broker & Blood Drive Co-Chair

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Wow! What a great food drive we had this year! We collected a record amount of over 45,000 lbs (over 22 tons) of food! Plus an additional $5,000 was donated that will help purchase another 10,000- 15,000 lbs of food! We partnered with the Walla Walla Public Schools this year, and it helped make this year a record breaking one!

“Walla Walla Public Schools is proud to have partnered with the Realtors Association for the ‘Care and Share’ food drive. Walla Walla Schools are the fabric of our great community and we want to do whatever we can to support families in our valley. We look forward to building on our success next year in collaboration with area realtors.”

Mark Higgins, WWPS Communications Director

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this year such a  success! A huge thanks to Peter Swant & Mike Bruns of Coldwell Banker First Realtors and the Walla Walla Association of Realtors, for heading this amazing community project! Check out our video at the local food bank showing the incredible amount of food the community donated to help feed those in need in our local community!

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Good Morning in Walla Walla. We are having a great start to November 2011. Having just celebrated Veteran’s day, we all need to take a moment and pray for our servicemen and women and their families today and in the past. My Dad served in the Marine Corps during WWII and saw a lot of terrible things but always felt it was his duty as do the men and women serving today. Thank God we have them. If you see a service man or woman be sure to thank them for their service to our Country.

Talking again about using IRA’s, 401 Ks and other retirement vehicles to purchase real estate and increase your gain on the money you have saved over the years. I had the opportunity to reacquaint myself with a young man I coached in little league years ago who is now an attorney working in Seattle who has set himself up to help clients make the decision to use Real Estate as a vehicle of investment. Warren Baker has provided me a short piece of information to help you understand how it might work for you. Thanks, Warren.

Thanks, again for following my Blog. Call if I can be of any help. Remember interest rates are at one of their lowest levels and it is a great time to talk to one of our Realtors on how they might assist you.

Regards

DM Ledford, Owner/Firm Broker
Coldwell Banker First Realtors

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Last week was National Veterans Awareness Week. While one day or even one week can never begin to express our gratitude, we set aside this time to remember your service, to recognize your courage, and to honor you with deep respect and admiration.

 There simply aren’t enough words or strong enough words to show our appreciation for those of you whom have made incredible sacrifices out of love for and devotion to this country. You fought to defend our freedom and have done far more than swear your allegiance; you have literally put your lives on the line. Many have given their lives or suffered in untold ways, so that we could live soundly and safely in our homes. We will never forget what you have done for us; we honor you now and always.

Let each American take a moment to think of or pray for those who currently fight to defend the freedoms you have secured for us. God bless each man and each woman now wearing the uniform as well as each one who has worn it before them. Bless each of their families. The valor and sacrifice of all Veterans and all the troops currently serving can never be honored enough. We are so very proud of every one of you, and we hope you will accept our humble thanks.

Many of us don’t know the history of Veterans Day or that Veterans can cash in on some great deals & discounts during Veterans week. Walla Walla supports and honors our Veterans by holding an annual Veterans Day Parade.

Check in with Tom Craig, one of our local Realtors and a Vietnam veteran for a look at the parade!

“I was in the Navy from 1963 until 1968. Did a tour in Vietnam from Dec. 1967 until June 1968 as an aircrewman with VAW 111 aboard the USS Ticondaroga……an aircraft carrier……..I was stationed out of San Diego, Calif. at NAS North Island.”

” I joined the Navy at Sand Point Naval Air Station in Seattle while a senior in high school. Served 3 years as a reservist until being called up in 1967 for duty in Calif. First at Treasure Island in San Francisco, then to NAs North Island in San Diego.”

Tom Craig

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Busy fall for Coldwell Banker First Realtors staff & Realtors for both business and within the community.  From listing and selling real estate to handling rentals for the incoming college students to hosting clients & customers during the fair parade, to volunteering for the Realtor Care & Share Food Drive and organizing the annual Red Cross Halloween Blood Drive.  Stay tuned for more information on the success of the food & blood drives.    

I was also deeply involved with the Northwest Premier of Marilyn Forever Blonde at the Power House Theater.    A one women show performed by Sonny Thompson.   What a great production.  We were so lucky to have her Northwest opening here in Walla Walla.    Sonny spent a lot of time in Walla Walla promoting and staring in the show.  She was so impressed with the city, the people, and the Power House Theater.  Thank you Sonny and Greg Thompson for bringing your show to Walla Walla.  It exceeded all of our expectations.  And good luck on Broadway!

We have a couple of other things in the wings that we will announce shortly so stay tuned for further developments.

All is well in Walla Walla and our Real Estate market is so much better than other areas in the Northwest.  In talking with twenty plus owners of Coldwell Banker offices in the Northwest we are an island in a turbulent sea.  We have been actively selling and listing homes.  With interest rates the lowest we have seen in years.  I know in my 40 years of experience in Real Estate I can never remember them being lower.

Walla Walla is special and we need to understand it clearly.

Thanks for your time.

DM Ledford, Owner/Firm Broker

Coldwell Banker First Realtors

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