crafts · Decor

Two Sisters Gifts & Home Decor…

Two Sisters has reopened for the Christmas season!  Christmas, Country, Shabby Chic, & Lots More. Located at 8914 NE ST John’s Rd, Vancouver, WA.  Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11-6.

Check them out!!!

Decor · dream · Family · Real Estate

My flowers are planted…

I planted flowers at my door beneath my “Welcome” sign, to greet me and visitors as they arrive at our home.

There’s something about fresh flowers at the entry of a home that gives it that “Home Sweet Home” feeling. If you plant fragrant ones, it’s an added bonus. Now you could say that I’m torturing the person that has allergies or is scent sensitive, but hey, flowers are EVERYWHERE. I’m just relocating some closer to my house!

Flowers remind me of my Grandma’s house and they remind me of some of my Aunt’s houses. They all had LOTS of flowers. So for me, flowers are more than just something to look at and smell, they are attached to fond memories.

There’s also something about going outside in the early morning to water them. While I’m out there, I enjoy listening to the birds singing as I water my flowers before the sun rises full for the day. In the evening, I enjoy the sounds of frogs and crickets as I water the ones that dried out in the full sun.

Battle Ground, WA is a quiet place to live. The town is located far enough away from the interstate that it doesn’t get the roar of freeway traffic that typically covers up the sounds of nature in a large city.

If you work in Vancouver, WA or Portland, OR and you’re tired of living in the city, consider moving to Battle Ground, WA. It’s a GREAT place to live!

Buyers · Goals · Real Estate

HGTV in Portland OR…

HGTV’s, MY FIRST PLACE is looking for fun, high-energy people in greater Portland area who are buying their first place and I’d like the opportunity to audition with a buyer!!!

HGTV® is looking for fun, high-energy people who are just starting the home-buying process for their first place. They want to capture all the trials and tribulations of looking for, bidding on and buying your first place. Ideal candidates will be enthusiastic buyers with a great story to tell and a desire to share their experiences. Singles, couples and families are all invited to apply!

Candidates who are chosen for the show will also receive a surprise housewarming gift during the course of shooting. HGTV will be taping in greater Portland, OR area until Fall 2009. Singles, couples and families who live within a two-hour drive from Portland are encouraged to apply.

If you’re interested, contact me for more information about this fun buyer opportunity!!!

History · Real Estate

House 5…

We sold the Vancouver house by the power towers on 9.30.96 for $102,000 and moved into an apartment while we searched for another home.  Our goal was to avoid feeling pressured to buy a house.  This time we wanted to take our time looking for a new home.

For the record:  The Vancouver house sold for $193,500 on 4.16.08.

We settled on a small (1124 SF) 2-3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1910 fixer in the small river town of Kalama, WA.  The home was located on a 75×100 lot.  The house had been owned by the same family for years.  We bought the house on 12.28.96 for $78,000.  The house was dated and needed a lot of cleaning; however, living in an apartment enabled us to work on the house prior to moving in.

The house had several original (vintage) characteristics inside.  The heat source consisted of an old Coleman wall heater on an interior wall with vents in the ceiling to the upstairs that allowed gravity to take the heat upstairs. Some of the modern conveniences in this house were obviously added after the house was built.  On the plus side, the house had updated electrical!  The house had no garage, but the lot “seemed” large enough to build one on in the future.

We spent one month working on the house nonstop nights and weekends before we moved in.

During the time we owned this house we installed forced air heat, totally renovated the bathroom (including dry rot repair in the flooring), replaced the roof, installed new front and back doors, replaced broken windows, reinforced the ceiling in the living room, replaced all the carpeting, installed new vinyl in the kitchen, dining and bath, painted, new cooktop, added a skylight in the kitchen, cleaned up the landscaping, built a garden shed and grew a garden.

We planned to build a garage until we found out we’d need a survey done prior to getting a permit to build one.  We didn’t want to spend that kind of money.  Rumor had it that Kalama is known for property boundary disputes (something we didn’t know when we bought the house).

Finally the place seemed like home, and then the unthinkable happened in December, 1997, my husband and I both lost our jobs at the same time!  By February, 1998 we were ready to sell and move for work.  We listed our house for sale by owner with courtesy to broker, priced it right and sold it in the first week, to the first buyer, for $92,000.  It should be noted that at that time, homes didn’t sell fast in Kalama.

Next location?  Wisconsin (my home state).

For the record: The Kalama house sold again on 3.24.05 for $130,000.