Archive for January, 2015

Good day Walla Walla! I’m tired of this fog, where is the sun!?

Today I would like to share what our realtors help in our community. Most people we just list and sell homes. It is easy to feel that way because that is what stands out, our job. We do so much more than our job though here at Coldwell Banker First Realtors.


I am not sure what the other brokerages help with during the year but they do a lot as well but I do know what we do. I am so proud of the realtors in the Walla Walla Valley and especially my Brokers here at Coldwell Banker First Realtors.

food driveThe Food Drive along with the Golf tournament supporting Blue Mountain Action’s food program are supported by the entire organization, but the committee chairs are from Coldwell Banker First Realtors.  We seem to be the driving force but without the other Brokers in the community it could not be accomplished. This is the single largest activity to bring food into the Blue Mountain Food Bank in the Walla Walla Valley.

spaghettie DinnerOn each closing we place $10.00 into our community fund to be used by nonprofits in Walla Walla to help support their activities. Last year we donated funds to the Rotary Splash Pad fund to be placed at Washington Park and to the Children’s Museum. This year we donated funds to the Food Drive and to a benefit dinner to a family who had the young father and husband have to endure an open heart procedure at the early age of 38. We have already raised $10,000 and hope to double it in the next 30 days.

clothing driveWe also worked through the face book media to see if we could secure 100 warm clothing items for the YWCA and the Christian Aid Center. We did meet our goal and in fact it just amazed us the generosity that Walla Walla displays. We secured over 850 items, such as coats, gloves, socks, sweaters, boots, and on and on. One wonderful lady knitted several beautiful stocking caps and mittens for our project.

The company donates to several other non profits such as Shakespeare Walla Walla, Friends of Walla Walla, and Campfire.  We earn our living in the Walla Walla Valley and we give back.

Always remember if you need a Proactive, Trusted, Real Estate advisor, call us at Coldwell Banker First Realtors.

Have a great, foggy, winter day.

DM Ledford
Coldwell Banker First Realtors


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Investing in Real Estate: Who should invest in Real Estate? Anyone who has the assets to invest should consider Real Estate. You should maintain an adequate reserve for family emergencies at all times but look to find solid real property to invest in.

For RentI started purchasing small homes in the 70’s and rented them for several years. It was not always easy but they increased in value and by the time my children were ready for college we would sell the homes and invested at that point in our children’s education. It worked well for me at that point and still would work at this period of time. There are several savings programs for students and for their higher education that might work better but Real Estate can and will be a solid investment for the future. Give it a look! Contact one of our proactive, trusted Real Estate advisors at Coldwell Banker First Realtors.

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Property Management Staff: Stephanie DeLay, Rick Phillips, Lisa Crow, Alan Raguso

Those that have Real Estate and suffer through management of the properties look at what we do here at Coldwell Banker First Realtors with our professional property management staff.   Our service is more than just renting units, collecting rents, and taking the midnight calls. One of the most valuable pieces of our management package is dialing in our sites for the maximum cash flow for our owners. This is an ongoing process of picking at the details. The better the sites look inside and out, the more rent we can secure and the longer residency of tenants.  Getting past the big humps in these investments such as roofs, exterior paint, landscaping, help us a lot to maximize the revenue the owner will earn.

Our goal is to be proactive in the management of properties and work collaborative with our owners to secure the highest return possible and if sold to secure the top price in the current market in Walla Walla.

Call us at 509-525-0820, we are here to assist in your Real Estate needs!

We want to be your proactive, trusted, Real Estate advisor.

DM Ledford

Coldwell Banker First Realtors

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I have been having fun in the Walla Walla Valley. I was a guest of the new Marriott last Friday and what a treat that was. Donna and I started with wine and finger food, moved on to dinner, and then retired to our room. The food was really good but the open layout of the lobby, dining, and bar area is just fantastic. For dinner Donna had a fabulous beef filet dinner for only $26.00!  What a dinner and what a price! This is another gift for the Walla Walla Valley. I highly recommend stopping in and taking a look.

Real Estate in the Walla Walla Valley is busy. Some believe winter is not the time to be buying or selling but we have a lot of activity in the area so it is a very good time. There is less competition from other buyers and less inventory for the owners.   Buy or sell now and you will beat the spring rush!

LOGOHere at Coldwell Banker First Realtors we are very lucky to have two great builders we work with on new construction. First we have SR Homes, owned and operated by Todd Rowell. Secondly we have Alan Ashmore who is one of the areas premier custom home builders.  They build quality homes in different price points. Go to our website and review their company information.


VA_NeighborhoodNew lots coming soon for SR Homes: Iron Gate, which is south of Prospect School off of Cottonwood Rd just turn left onto Whistling Duck and drive the end of the road and look to your left and you will see dirt moved all over the plat. Great location combined with Prospect Heights just east of Plaza way on Prospect Road on your left. SR Homes building in both areas, call Kris Youd if you need more information and would like to reserve a lot to be built by SR Homes.

Construction Specialsts

Your Construction Specialists: Kris Youd, Jackie Ridge, Marli Jerald, Mitch Stalberger & Tom Craig.


We are working to become your Proactive, Trusted, Real Estate, Professionals in the Walla Walla Valley.   Call us now at 509-525-0820 if you need advice!

DM Ledford

Coldwell Banker First Realtors


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Coastal SunsetWhat a start for the New Year!  I spent several days on the Oregon Coast planning the company’s goals with my wife and partner, Donna Ledford. The weather was beautiful weather but cold. It was not too great walking weather either with the wind. There were however gorgeous sunrises and sunsets for our enjoyment and photo opportunities for Donna and I to enjoy. Just look at the picture!


2015 is going to be a solid year for Real Estate for Walla Walla with mortgage rates low and should be steady for the rest of the year. Take a look at your mortgage and if you have a rate of 5.5% or more you should look into a refinance with our Tera Davis from Academy Mortgage.  As well if you have rented for years and want to look at owning your own home call Tera first to see what you could afford and if you qualify. If you need some work on your qualification Tera can build a plan for you.   She is the best lender I have worked with in years. Give her a call at Coldwell Banker First Realtors, 509-525-0820 or her cell, 509-240-5463 and she will set a time up that works for both of you.

Thinking of selling this year? Do not wait for spring. We have buyers looking hard currently and inventories are lower than once the rush starts in April. Call one of our realtors at Coldwell Banker First Realtors for information and advice and see why we are considered the PROACTIVE, TRUSTED, REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONS, in Walla Walla.

Here is a little more about me and why I love doing what I do!

Call us today at Coldwell Banker First Realtors. We are waiting to help you!

DM Ledford

Coldwell Banker First Realtors

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It’s 2015!

2015Well, it is here, 2015. I am excited to see it’s arrival and how we will enjoy it living in the Walla Walla Valley. Where could we find a better community to live and invest in. I am proud to have lived, worked and invested in the Walla Walla Valley for all of my adult life.Walla Wlala


I will follow up in the next couple of weeks with the year end results of the real estate market for 2014. Generally, it was another good year with all aspects regarding the value of your home, which for most of us, is the biggest asset we have. We will work to keep you informed over the next year through my blog and/or our new quarterly newsletter. Our goal is to become your Pro Active and Trusted Real Estate Professional.


Thank you! I hope you will take time this week to thank those people that have been a blessing in your life. I find when I take time to recognize a blessing it helps me to stay happy and confident with my life.
Have a great new year!


DM Ledford

Coldwell Banker First Realtors

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