Local financing, underwriting key to keeping home purchases on track

When you find a home you love, things happen quickly: contracts, inspections, offers, negotiations and other routine procedures. Unfortunately, national lenders and appraiser complications can slow down the process and even jeopardize the transaction. Terrie Cox, RE/MAX’s top individual broker in the Pacific Northwest, says the best way to avoid hold-ups is to understand your lender’s financing process and workflow — especially if they’re not based locally. “Be aware of who your lender is,” says Terrie, pointing out that even... Read More

Space, versatility & convenience: Vancouver checks all boxes for families

Home shoppers looking for suburban space, flexibility, and convenience will find it at this neighborhood home in the Mill Plain area of eastern Vancouver. Quiet yet close to main thoroughfares, this five-bedroom property is close to everything busy families need and features the amenities they desire. And a versatile layout allows them to make the home their own. Inside the front door, an open two-story foyer gives clear sightlines to the second floor and the back of the home. Natural... Read More

Brand-new Battle Ground home exudes character & potential

Brand new construction doesn’t mean boring. This 3,700-square-foot Battle Ground beauty was built just this year, and it already has incredible character. Situated on nearly 5 acres just outside the town center, the home is rural, elegant, and ready for its first residents. Inside, visitors are greeted by a foyer straight out of a fairytale. The impressive two-story entry is illuminated by a massive transom window above the front door. The split staircase is flanked by spiraling metalwork on the... Read More

Make good neighbors: How to be & greet new arrivals

Moving is among the most stressful events for a family. It’s a time when people could really use the support of a friend — right as they’re being plucked from their familiar social circles. Adding to the isolation, neighbors in their new communities often are unsure how to welcome recent additions. Whether you’re the newcomer or greeting one, there are steps you can take to make a great first impression on Day One and beyond. Meet your neighbors The lowest-effort... Read More

‘Perfect’ homes that need too many fixes not always worth it

When a home meets all of the must-haves, excited buyers may overlook what it lacks. And while it’s normal to make some fixes or even plan a major remodel for their newly purchased property, buyers — especially first-timers — should be wary of biting off more than they can chew. Terrie Cox, RE/MAX’s top individual broker in the Pacific Northwest, says she cautions her clients against committing to a home that requires a laundry list of repairs or renovations. For... Read More

Take in Mt. Hood views at inviting luxury-rustic lodge estate

Secluded, semi-rural luxury can be yours at this sprawling lodge-style estate on 3.71 acres in Boring, Oregon. Driving up the circle drive amid careful landscaping, visitors will see modern rustic touches in the handsome rough-cut beams and stonework around the entry. And with views of Mt. Hood on the horizon, the property has a spirit of comfortable grandiosity. Inside the large wooden door, floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the entry and soaring vaulted ceilings in natural light. The main floor’s open-concept floorplan... Read More

Architectural beauty, phenomenal views tie for Washougal home’s top feature

This modern ranch in Washougal, Washington, wows with spectacular views of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood, as well as careful architectural details. The large, level lot is slightly raised and set back from the street, allowing unobstructed vistas without sacrificing privacy. Walking up the path, visitors will get the sense there’s plenty to see both inside and outside this interesting home. Native Camas stone continues from the exterior into the foyer and great room. Lofty cedar ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows,... Read More

The cure for cabin fever? Prepping your home & yard for warm-weather living

Spring is finally here in the Pacific Northwest, and another glorious summer is around the corner. Prepare your outdoor spaces, guests accommodations, and indoor details for the sunny days and relaxing evenings ahead. Lawns & landscaping Late spring is a great time to address trouble spots in your lawn. Sow new see and apply any necessary herbicides or fertilizers. Aerating compacted soil will also encourage growth and prevent weeds from taking root. Once grass is 2-3 inches tall, break out... Read More

Skip the open house: Focus on fantastic staging & photos

Many sellers think an open house is a surefire strategy for getting offers and quickly selling their home. While they can’t hurt, open houses are less about homeowners and more about the real estate agents representing them. “My take on open houses is they’re really for the benefit of the agent,” says Terrie Cox, RE/MAX’s top individual broker in Washington and top-10 in the country. “On my site, you’re open every day.” Terrie focuses on staging her listings and taking... Read More

Pristine views, schools, and details make Washougal home a tremendous triple threat

Homeshoppers with an eye for detail and elegance will be inspired by this Washougal property, featured in Southwest Washington’s 2005 Parade of Homes. Its 3,500 square feet are adorned with gleaming wood floors, stately columns, crown molding, plantation shutters, and extensive custom woodwork. Located near the outstanding Camas school districts, this is an ideal listing for families relocating or upgrading to a new home. The property exudes sophistication with its meticulous landscaping, fountain, and unique brick-and-shingle exterior. Anchored by a... Read More