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December 2009

Found 13 blog entries for December 2009.

Tune in to listen to the Tri-Cities Real Estate Update with Lance Kenmore on NEWStalk 870AM KFLD every Saturday morning at 9:00 am.

This weeks broadcast topic is "Goals & Resolutions for 2010". We wanted to lighten things up a bit this week, talk about some goal setting and how we can fit into your Real Estate Plan.  For anybody who is thinking about resolutions or goals, tune in for a fun topic.  I will also be presenting an awesome feature to wrap up the year - some of the nations DUMBEST real estate moments of the year and decade!

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It's that time again for the 31st Annual Lampson Cable Bridge Run. The event offers 1 mile, 5k and 10k runs. All three runs begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 19th. The event is organized by Pasco Recreation Services.

The start of the race begins at Neil F. Lampson Office Building (Kennewick side of the Cable Bridge) and finishes at Lampson Maintenance Shop in Big Pasco.

Get some exercise, enjoy the fresh air and have some fun!

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Tune in to listen to the Tri-Cities Real Estate Update with Lance Kenmore on NEWStalk 870AM KFLD every Saturday morning at 9:00 am.

This weeks broadcast topic is "Attracting the $8K Buyers". There’s a lot of buzz right now about the extension of the $8000 tax credit for buyers who haven’t owned a home in 3 years. If you’re selling your home how can you best tap into these eager buyers. I’ll share the most effective way to target these hungry buyers that allows me to guarantee to sell your home. If you’re serious about buying or selling in this market you don’t want to miss this!

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This home has SOLD!

Potential Rental in Pasco? Nice rambler with spacious front yeard shielded by matured shade trees. Located for ease of shopping, schools and amenities.

Plenty of space, lots of built-ins with a ton of extra storage. A fully finished basement with a bathroom and large entertainment room...

If this home isn't what you're looking for, you can continue your search for a home in Pasco.  If you want to find a home in a specific neighborhood of Pasco, we can help you with that.  If you are searching for a home near a school in Pasco, we can help with that as well.  We can answer any of your Pasco real estate questions.

Also, if you are looking to sell your home in the Tri-Cities, we have our guarantee to give you peace of mind.

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Tune in to listen to the Tri-Cities Real Estate Update with Lance Kenmore on NEWStalk 870AM KFLD every Saturday morning at 9:00 am.

This weeks broadcast topic is "Marketing During the 4th Quarter - How much is necessary"? Recently on my show, we shared important questions to ask your prospective agent when selling your home during the winter months. We got so many calls, this week, we're going to focus on something that should NEVER take a vacation: the marketing plan of the Realtor you choose! A lot of Realtors choose to cut back on their marketing during the winter months - this Saturday, we'll share 4 critical areas that can cost you serious money if you're not marketing in! If you're thinking of selling don't miss this show!

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It's that time of year again. It's time to bundle up and watch the 2009 Lighted Boat Parade along the shores of the Columbia River this Friday and Saturday night from 6:00-9:00 pm.  The parade begins at Clover Island in Kennewick and then proceeds to Howard Amon Park in Richland, arriving around 7:10 p.m., then returns back to Clover Island. This event is free, so bring the family out and enjoy.

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Here is the Kenmore Team month end real estate market update for the month of November.

November 2009
Active Listings = 966*
Listings Sold = 309
Average Sold Price = $185,500
Listings Under Contract = 256*
Average Days on the Market = 110

*As of May 2009 the way the Association calculates this number changed, so we have no accurate historical data to compare to.

As compared to last month, our active listing inventory decreased from 1008 to 966. Our listings sold went from 379 homes sold in October to 309 sold in November. Our listings under contract went from 362 to 256. Average days on the market went up slightly from 101 to 110.

Here is what is selling by price breakdown…

$0,000 - $149,999 = 41%
$150,000 - $199,999 = 30%
$200,000-$249,999 =

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The Pasco City council passed an increase in the excise tax by .25% bringing it in line with what Richland and Kennewick charges.  The vote was close 4-3. Supporters indicated that with revenue being down it was necessary to provide services that citizens expect. According to The Tri-City Herald the increase should add about 400K to the capital improvement fund for the city. 

What this means to the average homeowner is more taxes to be paid at closing. On a $200,000.00 home sale you will pay an additional $500.00 dollars at closing. For sellers in a tight postion, things will get a little tighter. I'm sure the escrow companies will like having all the rates the same to make settlement statements more uniform- they might be the only ones! Excise tax

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When you look to do anything in real estate remember to look for someone that has the relationships. It is always amazing how a long standing relationship can help move a transaction along, a lender that goes the extra mile for your team, a closing company that stays late to sign for that special client, a contractor that works on a bid for you over the weekend to keep your clients in contract. As we think about relationships more and more throughout the Holidays I am reminded how lucky we are to have great service providers and friends in the industry and community. When you are looking for a team that has a lifetime of relationships to help you with your real estate needs, give us a call (509) 727-8977.  If you need any referrals to these amazing folks,

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As of August 2010, we currently have no positions available, however we are always interested in highly motivated, positive people, with great communication skills. If you are interested in a career in the real estate profession and have the following qualities, please feel free to submit a resume to

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