Archive for March, 2016

https://i0.wp.com/static1.squarespace.com/static/549095a5e4b0cf6454676a98/t/54d9222de4b095c7f2b81793/1423516206797/ww+valley.jpgI’ve returned from my vacation in the desert. It was beautiful, but nothing has changed when I headed over the hill to Touchet where I can see our valley – I comment to myself (and usually Donna) that I do not know if we saw anything more beautiful, or valley as green and vibrant. I love to return home and see my home and how it has changed in just a couple of weeks.

Spring is here, and I am attaching some ideas on getting your home ready for the season change.

Building is booming in Walla Walla. Have you driven on the Freeway and looked at the buildings going up on the north side near the Clinton crossing? Huge building! New housing is going up all over the area by Hayden Homes. Permits for all are increasing revenue to the City and that makes all of us happy. Good news also, on the community pool with the bid accepted and construction to start soon. It will be good for us to thank Jim Dumont and the committee, you worked tirelessly to make the dream come true.

https://wallawallahomesforsale.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/7701935298_db4a789f3e_z.jpg?w=268&h=192New to leadership at the WW School District will be a vibrant young man, Wade Smith. He is coming from Hermiston with his family this summer, and looking forward to his work in our valley. I know he will do a great job.  Additionally, Ron Peck (Director of Tourism Walla Walla) has accepted a new position for the Port of Seattle. I know that will be a big change for Ron but a great step up. I know he will miss our valley. Good job Ron, and good luck with the Port. College Place is on the look for a new Police Chief, with Dennis Lepiane retiring from the force after more than forty years with the College Place Police. Good luck Chief Lepiane and the years ahead!

https://wallawallarealestate.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/faa48-benningtonlake.jpg?w=239&h=358There is still snow in the Mountains and cold in the valley. An Old Italian neighbor told many years ago not to plant my summer garden until the snow off Old Baldy is gone. It has worked for me year after year. Never had my tomatoes and peppers get frosted. It will be here before we know it…

Some thoughts I saw as I grow older:

  1. Whether we drink a $300 bottle of wine or a $10.00 the hangover is the same.
  2. Whether you live in a 3000 square foot home or 300 square foot home, loneliness is the same.
  3. Whether you fly first class or economy class, if the plane goes down, you all go down.

Don’t make life difficult enjoy what you have and thank God for his gifts.


Call if I can assist.

Dennis M Ledford, Owner/Broker
Coldwell Banker First Realtors®


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Tax Season is upon us and there are a few hints I can share – you can confirm with your personal CPA or tax preparer – for owners who have sold their home.

  1. If your family resided in the home for two of the last five years, single homeowner can earn up to $250,000 tax free. For couples filing jointly, that number grows to $500,000.
  2. If your sale proceeds exceed your allotment, you will have to pay capital gains on the excess.
  3. Homes owned less than one year, the regular tax rate applies.

https://www.totalmortgage.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/tax-credit3.jpgDetermining your gain: First subtract selling expenses, such as commission and other closing expenses from the sale price. Then you need to calculate your “basis”. This is what you paid for your home, plus some of the closing expenses from the purchase, such as title insurance and recording fees, but not loan points or lender fees, and the cost of any permanent improvement, like a swimming pool, garage, or new addition. See IRS publication 523 for complete details.

https://i1.wp.com/www.childrensaidsociety.org/files/imagecache/header-image/images/header-images/leadership-picture_rs.jpgThis is an important year for Walla Walla in leadership roles, with new people filling several key positions. First is the Superintendent of the Walla Walla School District, the top three candidates are interviewing this week. Next is the new Port Executive Director, with Jim Kuntz retiring and the selection process has already started with a decision being made shortly by the commissioners. Another man in our community that will be retiring is Steve Van Ausdle as President of Walla Walla Community College (top community college in the nation). He will be missed at the school, but I know he will stay active in the community. We need men like Steve to stay involved in all parts of the Walla Walla Valley and I hope he does. The next key position is the retirement of Mike Hewitt from our State Senate – I know there will be new blood coming out from the Tri-Cities but we need someone from our City to be our representative from the 16th District so we need to find the right man or woman to take us through the next few years.

https://i2.wp.com/cf.ltkcdn.net/garden/images/slide/112120-778x617-Spring-Flowers-in-Pots.jpgSpring is here and I know we are looking forward to longer days starting March 13th for Daylight Savings as well as warmer weather. Little League will be starting practice with games not far behind. Enjoy and be involved in helping in the selection of these key leadership roles. State your opinions and if I can help give me a call or an email.


Dennis M Ledford, Owner/Broker
Coldwell Banker First Realtors


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