IMG_7051The Solar Eclipse was so cool. We stood outside the office with the special paper sun glasses and stared at it for about thirty minutes. It was an amazing site to see. I hope some of you did get to see it. Traffic in the Oregon areas was just terrible with all the main viewing areas be run over by on lookers.

Special day for us on Earth.

Real Estate is still going strong. Pricing is a problem with too many being put on the market at a higher price than the market will handle. Sellers be aware of how important pricing is in the sale of your property.  Also, cleaning and organization of the home are big parts of selling at a good price and in a timely manner.

Reading material on the national housing market shows a significant drop in home sales across the country.  Why????  Prices going up and current median price across the country is now above $310,000. Affordability makes it more difficult to purchase a home in many areas. We are seeing our pricing going up but not at the level we see in the Portland area and the Seattle area. They are seeing year over year increase at 12-15%.   Hard to stay with the market without significant income increases.

1A lot happening still downtown. The parking lot next to the Post office on Second just sold to an investment group with plans to do something with it in the future. I am sure the Port is glad to get some of their money back on the land which they had no plans for.

Also, I went by the Mall and saw actual new construction at the site. They are adding a big  addition onto one of the buildings they had sitting vacant for years on the Myra and Poplar corner. Let’s hope it moves forward.

https://i1.wp.com/www.ocregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/llws_baseball_walla_24342481.jpgCongratulations to Valley Little league team and their victories to get to the Little League World Series in Williamsport Pennsylvania. What an experience. I am so proud of our community for the financial support put together to the families there that could not afford to make it happen.

Great job boys.

If I can help give me a call.


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


It’s Hot.

https://cdn.patchcdn.com/users/272847/2014/07/T800x600/37fa9cb9dd26edcca040b533a6bb97b7.jpgWell it is hot. (Understatement!!!!) I see where it is to be 106 later this week. That will slow down my garden time. I mowed my pasture this morning at 7:15 AM and fortunately I am out away from homes so I could start early while it was still cool. Be safe this week, heat stroke is a real issue and can kill you. Stay well hydrated and stay out of the heat.

Image result for salmon fishingI just got back from my annual trip to salmon fish at the Coastal Springs Floating Lodge.    I caught some great salmon, my biggest was 20 pounds but we brought back over 40 pounds of fillets. That will last us another year. The weather was great, no wind, and around 70 degrees.  It’s really a wonderful lodge.

Real Estate is still moving quickly in Walla Walla and some new subdivisions are starting up. We are lucky to have some new construction in place and more to come. New residential listings for July in Walla Walla and College Place were 111 and of that total, 47 already have pending offers on them. That is heavy activity. It is good to see and when we get new coming up we will see even more closings. If you need help call one of my Image result for quickly sold real estateBrokers for assistance at Coldwell Banker First Realtors. All are trained at the highest level and will assist in all your needs.

Rates are still low and I really feel you need to be prepared to make a solid offer with as few contingencies as possible. Make sure you have a pre-approval letter for submission because in multiple offer situations it is mandatory.

Let me know if I can assist.



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

Image result for klickers walla wallaGardens are in full production. One of my favorites – the sweet corn at Klickers is available and other fresh vegetables at other stands in the valley are operating at full speed!

My Garden has produced a lot of Blackberries, Spinach, Broccoli, Peas, and Strawberries.  I have Green Beans ready to go and my Cucumbers and Tomatoes are just about ready to be picked.https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/sites/rodalesorganiclife.com/files/articles/2017/05/beautifulveggiegarden-1000.jpg

I have been by our community pool and it has been packed with families – I love seeing that!

Golf is in full swing and we are blessed to have several beautiful locations to play in our Valley.

I have a few friends that are on Vacations in just great spots. My youngest son just returned from Canada in the Rockies, where he hiked and biked in some beautiful wilderness. We are so blessed to have so many venues we can visit and enjoy. Walla Walla has become a tourist “must see” over the past few years. It is built for all of us that love where we live.Image result for samsung vr headset

Real Estate is moving and mortgage rates are low. This is a great time for you to make a change if you’ve been thinking about it. Coldwell Banker invested in 3D tours and an aerial drone for marketing our listings. Stop into our office and try out the VR Headset to view our listings in 3D!

Related imageI love living in Walla Walla. I just returned from work and vacation on the West side  of the mountains, and whenever I return over Touchet and Nine Mile Hill, I comment that I do not know if I have seen any place any better.



Call and Let me know if I can help.


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

https://www.techavy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/flag-fireworks1.jpgWell, it has warmed up! The 4th seemed calmer than years past, what can be the root of the change? Cost of Fireworks?

Sales are still very strong in our Real Estate market. We had 90 new listings enter the Walla Walla and College Place market in June and 120+ in May, but we are selling them at a good pace. It’s time to take a look and find the change that your family needs to make.   Call the Brokers at my office for assistance, Coldwell Banker First Realtors.

https://i2.wp.com/thesocialmediamonthly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/houseSmall.jpgAn important part of making an offer on a new home is making the offer contingent on a satisfactory home inspection by a licensed and certified inspector. The cost is at or near $400.00, and usually paid by the buyer because the benefit is for the buyer, but at points you might try to have the seller make the payment – although if the home is a good one, they might  not agree. Talk with your Broker and get their opinion.

A new subdivision in town is getting close! It is located on Whitney Road between Plaza Way and South Third. There are nice residential lots, that are good sized. They should be on the market by August 15th. Call Kris Youd if you have any interest – (509) 301-3626.

Cabaret: The MusicalMortgage interest rates are still low, so it may be time to find a home. Talk about your needs, and if you feel it is time – contact a lender to be pre-qualified and then reach out to a Broker and start looking. Find a Broker and stay with them. With short supply of homes, if you are loyal to a Broker you will be first on their list to call.

The Power House Theater is going into the musical theater performances this Summer.   They are putting together a presentation of Cabaret.  17 local actors, with a local man who has spent years in New York in the theater scene acting and producing plays. Do not miss it!

If I can help in any way give me a call.

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

https://i1.wp.com/wallawallasweets.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/thumbcache/8794b2d6d0aa395913cbfabb3d36c77e.300.jpgBaseball and summer! Does it get any better than that? The Sweets are playing very well, and the Mariners are back to 500 – the King is back on the mound on Friday. The weather has been somewhat cool, but we are into the first week of summer and it is warming up this weekend. I love my early mornings, the longest day of the year was yesterday, the twenty first – and the sun was breaking at 4:30 this morning. I love it.

Real Estate inventories are still short. Finding a home has to be a quick decision. Make a good offer, and be pre-qualified by a lender before you start your search. I would suggest Tera Davis from Academy Mortgage, if you’re looking for a great lender!

Find a Realtor you trust and enjoy, and stick with them. Do not bounce around, because you will not get the service you need if you move from Broker to Broker.  Find one and stay with them.

My company entered a new phase of marketing with the start of TV promotions. The commercials are talking about our Brokers, the nonprofits we support, and the strength and knowledge of our Brokers. We have employed KVEW out of Tri-Cities to produce and display our promotions and their crews are real professionals.  They are 780 on the cable and channel 4, they are an ABC affiliate.

UntitledThe Power House Theater in conjunction with the City Library, the City, and the Exchange Club; are presenting the Red Badge Project with Tom Skerritt, retired Army Captain Evan Bailey, and with two of the founding members – Shawn Wong and Warren Etheredge. They will introduce the audience to a handful of Veterans who will share their personal stories on stage. Then they will share some of the exercises used to develop those stories. All proceeds go to the Red Badge Project, so please attend and support our Veterans. It is this Friday at the Power House, June 30th.

The pool is up and running full speed.  What a great addition to the community! And do not forget the Splash Pad at Washington Park, donated by our Great Rotary Club.

It is time to make a change in your home status with rates low and homes to look at.

Let me know if I can help.


Dennis M Ledford, Owner/Broker
Coldwell Banker First Realtors

May went by much too fast! It was somewhat cool, windy, and we had more rain. Spring in Walla Walla – it’s nothing new. Little League is almost complete, and the Sweets started the season with a sweep of the Wenatchee Apple Socks – Good job Sweets! I am ready for Sweets baseball, gardening, and fishing.

Image result for pinehurst north carolinaDonna and I traveled to North Carolina to share time with my son and his family near the end of the month. It was fun celebrating my 69th birthday with them and reading the nice notes they wrote to their grandpa Dennis. I have three grandchildren, Haley, 17, Audrey, 15, and Joe, 13. All with separate personalities.

Weather in North Carolina was hot and humid. The temperature in the upper 80’s and humidity in the middle 70’s. I did sweat a lot and drank a lot of water.  It’s a beautiful area with trees, lakes, and rivers everywhere, but I still love my Walla Walla.

Image result for rising real estate inventoryReal Estate was strong while I was gone. Inventories jumped to some degree, but did not solve our issue yet. We did see 117 new residential listings enter the market in Walla Walla and College Place. We have almost 300 total residential listings in the MLS but 80 plus are under contact. Homes priced well, in a comfortable location, and neat and clean sell rapidly.  It is time to look at selling if it is in your plan for 2017.

Interest rates are back down and they seem steady. If you are just starting to look, contact Tera Davis at Academy Mortgage (at her location in our office or on 3rd Street) to get pre-qualified before you start your search.

All is well in Walla Walla, and summer is going to start at some point.

If I can assist give me a call.

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

Image result for real estate marketOur Real Estate market is continuing to change. Information I just received was a comparison of 2016 to 2017 seasonally adjusted rate of existing home sales rose 12.2% from the first quarter of 2016 to 107,590 homes. This indicates that the current annual rate of sales is well below that we witnessed in previous periods of high house price growth such as 2003. This is a low supply of existing homes listed for sale, which is likely a leading factor promoting the rapid home price growth throughout our State including the Walla Walla Valley.

Median price changes are being seen all over the State. The biggest changes are on the Olympic peninsula where the median price in Jefferson County, Port Townsend was up 19.1% on the median price of $353,800. Walla Walla is seeing an increase of 4.4% of the median price of $209,800.  With the overall increase in pricing across the State, the number of first time home buyers has dropped because of affordability. We are not seeing that as much in Walla Walla, but it seems to be moving that way.

IMG_0050In the U-B on Wednesday, the front page talked about the new tax laws would eliminate most of the interest deduction on home mortgages we have enjoyed for years. This will impact the value of home ownership. We will wait and see what comes out.

Ducky Derby happened last weekend at the Walla Walla Community College. What a great program the Exchange Club has been sponsoring for years. I bought a fair share over the years but never won a thing. This will be the year. (UPDATE: My wife Donna won the grand prize! WOW!)

Memorial Pool is opening the last week in May – Memorial Day. That is going to be a great addition to the community and give our kids some outdoor activities to enjoy that we have not offered them in the past. I am glad it is moving ahead. When I was a kid in Walla Walla we had several places to swim and I think I was in them all. Thank you goes out to the Jim Dumont, the City, and the Committee who made it happen.

Thank you all.

Have a great week and call me if I can assist!

Dennis M Ledford, Owner/Broker
Coldwell Banker First Realtors

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