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THIS ISSUE

ABOUT THAT GARAGE PAGE 3

CONTRACT CONUNDRUMS PAGE 4

SWEETENING THE DEAL PAGE 6

Q&A: MISSED PAYMENTS PAGE 7

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DIFFERENT SPACES FOR DIFFERENT PACES In 2008, an estimated 49 million Americans, or 16.1 percent of the total U.S. population, lived in a family household that contained at least two adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation, according to the Pew Research Center. (cont. on pg. 8)

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TABLE of CONTENTS

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About That Garage

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Contract Conundrums

Pg. 4

Sweetening the Deal

Pg. 6

Q&A: Missed Payments

Pg. 7

Different Spaces for Different Paces

Pg. 8

Classifieds

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About that

garage...

Some homes have them. Some don’t. How much does it matter when it comes time to buy or sell a home? In recent years, great attention has been paid to how to remodel a garage to fit many homeowners’ storage needs - for cars but also for other items like seasonal clothing and holiday decorations. Not every house comes with a garage, however, particularly smaller or older homes. With the continued slow housing market, many buyers and sellers debate the value - or lack thereof - in a garage. Broker Amy Frankmore, with Kentwood Real Estate in Denver, says that garages need to be dealt with head-on in a marketing plan. “Many buyers discount the listing price of a house without a garage,” she says. She and others recommend both sellers and buyers get estimates to build a 2- to 2.5-car garage. On average, the garage should be 150 square feet and have a concrete floor, fire-resistant sheathing, durable roof, window, automatic

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electric door and good drainage with a slope to the outside, says Robert S. Mann, a construction lawyer in Century City, Calif. Though labor costs vary, Mann puts the average cost at around $13,000, or $85 a square foot. In addition to knowing the potential cost, check that a garage - attached or detached - complies with local building codes. Preferably, it should be near the kitchen or mud room. “Otherwise, it will work against resale and be frustrating [for owners], since people rarely go in their front door but through the garage,” says Duo Dickinson, author of Staying Put: Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want (Taunton Press, 2011). Depending on an area’s real estate market and seller’s eagerness, the cost can become a negotiating tool. Homeowners Stacey and Curt Hilton didn’t get the purchase of their garageless Raleigh, N.C., home reduced by the cost to build one, but were able to deduct $5,000.

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Contract Conundrums Sellers are seeing deals end in the trash bin, not on the closing table. Here’s what’s been derailing deals in today’s market

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It’s not always a scarcity of buyers that’s holding back the housing market. “I know of one home with an incredible new kitchen,” relates John O’Brien, a real estate attorney who works in suburban Chicago. Smitten with the kitchen, no fewer than five buyers submitted purchase contracts - but all were then canceled. Five false starts is a bit extreme, O’Brien notes, but aborted purchases are common now. This past August, 18 percent of members of the National Association of Realtors reported a canceled sale, double the rate from a year ago. Attorneys, agents and other experts say that several trends can derail sales, from tightened lending and appraisal rules to buyers’ remorse and agents who are ill-equipped to shepherd today’s more complicated transactions to completion. Here, a look at what’s stopping sales and what determined buyers and sellers might do to keep on track:

Looking For Exit

State laws vary, but, generally, when a buyer puts in a contract, it’s subject to approval from his or her attorney. That approval marks the first place a buyer who gets cold feet can walk, because an attorney can usually find reasons a contract is unacceptable, especially when the client wants out, O’Brien notes. For remorse that settles in later, he adds, the home inspection invariably uncovers flaws, and buyers can dig in their heels, saying they can’t live with such shortcomings. When a buyer cancels, and the seller believes it’s not for a legitimate reason, in practicality there’s little the seller can do, observes Florida real estate attorney Rosa Eckstein Schechter. Recovering the full amount of earnest money, she adds, could involve legal action. “Most of the time, the best that the seller can do is negotiate to keep half [of the earnest money].”

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Supporting Value

One common reason, that contracts fall through, according to the NAR, is that appraisal values fall short of purchase offers. O’Brien shares that in the case of the five failed offers, the culprit was appraisals. But please don’t blame the appraiser, says Little Rock, Arkbased Sara Stephens, president-elect of The Appraisal Institute. The appraisal isn’t supposed to confirm the purchase price offer, but it’s an independent opinion used by the lender, Stephens says. Still, she doesn’t like the recent financial reforms that have resulted in more lenders hiring appraisers from areas outside the

neighborhoods they evaluate a home in. Stephens says home sellers and/or their agents should meet the appraiser, point out the positive features of the home, and how the home may be distinct from other homes that have recently sold in the neighborhood.

Follow The Money

When buyers need a mortgage, their contract typically contains a clause whereby if they can’t secure a loan, the purchase is off. When appraisal values come in under the purchase offer it often means that the lender can’t make the mortgage requested. But buyers also be can rejected just days before a scheduled closing because of their

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personal finances. Don’t be too confident that a “pre-approval” means you’ll get the mortgage later, warns Joe Wyrick, president of the Athens chapter of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia. When you get pre-approval, ask “if you’re borderline,” Wyrick advises. If your credit score or other factors are on the edge, loan rules can subsequently tighten, squeezing you out of the loan.

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Keeping It Professional

Alicia Trevino, CEO of Century 21 Fine Homes & Estates, Dallas, believes that many agents don’t see the minefields, and act proactively to save a sale. For instance, an agent should warn a seller about glaring flaws that will almost certainly hold back a sale, she says. Kathy Dames, a RE/ MAX agent in Joliet, Ill., agrees: “FHA mortgages, which many buyers need, have lots of paperwork deadlines some agents don’t meet.”

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Heard the joke about an iPad, luxury car or vacation being offered to buyers or salespeople to cinch a deal? Well, those possibilities aren’t just jokes. Barb St. Amant, saleswoman with Harry Norman Realtors in Atlanta, says she’s shown homes where sellers offer a week’s vacation at beach houses in Florida. “Buyers can be brutal in what they ask for in this market.” Bill Golden, also an Atlanta salesman, with

RE/MAX Metro, concurs. “We’re dealing with emotional sellers who most often are losing money on their largest asset, but, on the other hand, we have keyed-up buyers who have it in their heads that they can just about steal any house on the market,” he says. “The reality is somewhere in between, and it’s often a hard place to get to.” While the glitzy offers steal headlines -

and sometimes work, they’re less common these days, says Timothy Elmes, a salesman with Coldwell Banker Residential Realty in

A low price is a good start, but sellers and agents are gilding listings with more incentives to help close the deal Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. His firm used to offer brokers Rolex watches and all-expense paid weekends to a St. Thomas Ritz-Carlton hotel, but found they

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The developers of the small luxe Carriage House Condominium building in New York’s chic Chelsea neighborhood are giving their two penthouse buyers free parking spaces within the building, valued at $225,000. “We have just eight spaces and decided those who would want them most are the buyers of the two most expensive units [$2.7 million and $3.6 million]. They’re also the ones most likely to own a car in New York,” says Eric Gray, one of the three partners at Broad Mill Development Group. Realtor Barbara Wulfing of Janet McAfee Real Estate in St. Louis told one owner a dated master bath would turn off buyers. The owner remodeled with a white marble counter, frameless glass shower door and small flat-screen TV, and the bait worked -though the buyers insisted on having the TV - a minimal expense at $250 - thrown in. Because of the difficult climate, prices are being lowered

Sweetening the Deal

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weren’t effective. Today, the more common come-ons are for sellers to offer salespeople extra funds, Elmes says. Or, sellers

try to reel in buyers by paying closing costs, buying new appliances, having stagers re-arrange furnishings, lowering the listing price or piling on value-added services.

Enticing the Environment When it comes to staging, now more commonplace, the strategy can cost a buyer from $500 to $1,000, or more, says Golden. “It’s particularly important when a house has a difficult floor plan,” he says. Jennifer Ames agrees. “We are staging nearly every listing to some degree, from aggressive decluttering to a complete makeover. It’s essential in this market,” says Ames, with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicago.

from the get-go, and more home-related services tossed in. In Elmes’ market, prices are 30 percent off what they were five to six years ago, he says. Waterfront lots are 50 percent down, since they were purchased mostly by spec builders, who now are less active, he adds. These days some salespeople also incur more expenses to close deals. Designer and saleswoman JoAnn Roberts, with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Miami, purchased a warehouse and filled it with $100,000 worth of high-end furniture to redecorate clients’ homes for free. She also bought a truck to haul everything to them. Her tactics have helped her attain higher prices and faster sales. She recently redecorated a 1955 home appraised at $235,000. “I redid bathrooms with new vanities and mirrors, painted the inside and outside, added trim, and received a fast offer with no contingencies for $280,000. We spent $10,000 to $12,000, so the sellers still did better,” she says.

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Q&A Missed Payments: The Short of It All QUESTION:

In a short sale where the financing was insured by the FHA, is the borrower first required to miss three payments? This was the advice given by a lender before it would allow a short sale to go forward.

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We sent this question over to HUD and received this response: “The information is incorrect. Under the code of federal regulations 24 CFR 203.370 (c) 2 and section 204 of the National Housing Act the loan must be in default at the time the short sale transaction closes for HUD to legally pay a claim (31+ days). This does not preclude the servicer from processing the short sale request with the loan current if the borrower and property meet all the short sale requirements and close the transaction with the loan one month delinquent.”

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Ask Our Broker By Peter G. Miller

To suggest that a borrower must miss three payments that otherwise could be made does several things. First, it means that the borrower’s credit will be seriously downgraded - even if a short sale is not completed. Second, it sets a foreclosure in motion - and with it additional borrower costs and fees. Third, in some jurisdictions it may set up the borrower for a “deficiency” judgment after the transaction, a suit by the lender to get back its money and fees. If the mortgage is current and the property is less than 125-percent upside down the best option is to modify the loan under the government’s Making Home Affordable program. Another choice, if possible, is to rent the property. While home values have been falling, rental rates have generally held steady or increased in most areas. Whenever a lender or “foreclosure rescue specialist” suggests deliberately missing payments borrowers should immediately ask for assistance from an attorney or a community housing organization. Pro bono legal services may be available through law schools and bar associations. State attorneys general also may be able to suggest sources of help.

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Tips for Multi-Generational Kitchen Design Parents are moving in with their adult children. College grads are coming home to Mom and Dad. Siblings are moving in with one another after a home foreclosure. Across America, the need for home design that supports multigenerational living is on the rise. 8

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In 2008, an estimated 49 million Americans, or 16.1 percent of the total U.S. population, lived in a family household that contained at least two adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation, according to the Pew Research Center. “Factors such as job losses, home foreclosures and a changing attitude toward multi-generational living have all contributed to the rise,” said Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education at KraftMaid Cabinetry. “Now families are finding relatives at both ends of the age spectrum living together under one roof.”

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To understand how this collision of social, economic and generational influences will impact kitchen design, Masco Cabinetry, home of the KraftMaid, Merillat, QualityCabinets and DeNova brands, commissioned the GenShift 2011 study. “Living in a multi-generational home can be a great experience, but it can also be very challenging,” added Reep. “It’s important to take each generation’s ideas and needs into consideration, especially when it comes to home design.” To keep multi-generational households running smoothly, Reep recommends the following tips: Get creative with lighting. Different tasks and generations require various levels of lighting. A combination of recessed, pendant and under-cabinet lighting provides both aesthetics and functionality. Adding dimmer switches is a way to add even more flexibility. Add a splash of color. While monochromatic color schemes have been popular in recent years, older generations may prefer contrast between countertops and cabinets in order to maximize visual acuity.

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Vary countertop heights. Lowered counters will create a workspace for small children, wheelchair users and those who prefer to sit while preparing meals. Homeowners can also use the varied heights for different tasks, such as lower counters for kneading dough and higher counters for cutting vegetables. Install the right hardware. Older or smaller hands may have trouble grasping or pulling certain types of kitchen hardware. Consider larger drawer and cabinet handles that are easier to grasp and more ergonomically friendly. Keep counters clutter-free. The GenShift 2011 study found a common theme when it comes to kitchen cabinetry accessories-more storage in a clean design style. Creative storage solutions like a wall appliance garage and pull-out cabinets create easily accessible storage places for “musthave” items.

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2 bdrm, 700 Talcott, S.W. All energy efficient appliances. Storage shed. Comprehensive screening report req'd. deck with fantastic view. 1 yr 2 bdrm, 2 ba doublewide on No smoke/pets. $795. + $600 lease req'd. No pets/smoke. private property. 2 car dep. 360-840-5728 $775. Call Jeff, 206-343-2350 garage, large deck. 2 units avail. at 428 N. 1st $1100/mo. 360-420-9617 St., MV. 1 unit $550; 1 unit NO HIDDEN FEES! $500 1st, last & damage dep. Fairhaven Manor 757-2149 CUTE AS A BUG! Norris Place 757-3060 2 bdrm, gas heat, garage. So. Send info to PO Box 2297, 2 & 3 Bdrm Apts. MV. No smoke/pets. $885. Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Please include phone number Affordable. Section 8 okay. 360-708-2672

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Move in Special. Big Lake waterview RV space. $300. No dogs. (206) 778-8147

MV room in large house, W/D, all utils. including cable & internet, $475/mo., $100/ dep. 360-424-6974 ROOM for rent on Campbell Lake 2,500 sq. ft. house, shared kitchen & living room, beach access, W/D, all utils. pd. incl. cable & high speed Internet, $425. 360-202-1357

RV LOT FOR RENT. $250/mo. W/S incl. Full hookup avail. 826-3416

Mobile Home in beautiful Park Village, Mount Vernon. 1248 sq. ft. 3 bdrm, 2 ba, open floor plan, large bedrooms, storage shed, many upgrades. $26,750. 360-319-4274

OPEN HOUSE SAT., NOV. 5th, 12-3pm 2028 FOWLER ST., MV $238,500 Super location & reduced price!! Easy commute to I-5 & just min. to 3 parks, several schools & the hospital. Int. upgrades: newer furnace, hot water heater, new floors in kitchen & util. rm. Ext: new paint & new roof in last 3 yrs. Great rm concept in kitchen/family rm area. Living rm w/vaulted ceilings, frplc & formal dining area. 3 bdrms, 2.5 ba in 1968 sq. ft. Huge covered back deck w/skylights. Nice private backyard w/ garden space. Fully fenced. Motivated!! MLS# 236846. Call Mel Foley at (360)7703115. WRE/Skagit Valley

OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Nov. 5th 3-5pm Manufactured Home offered at $39,995 24442 Wicker Rd # 48, Sedro-Woolley Nicely updated, 3 bedroom 2 bath home with gas heat on a fully fenced lot. All new energy efficient appliances. Space rent includes garbage,sewer, basic cable. Please call Kellee Long @ ARE Realty, Inc. for more details- 360-661-4655

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OPEN HOUSE Thursday, Nov. 3rd 4-6pm Driving from I-5 to 232 Cook east 2 mi to Collins, RT on Ratchford to 21995 at end & F& S grade. Crabby Fisherman's Delight! On shy 7 ac Come warm up & enjoy some homemade Seafood Chowder. Quality built traditional hm w/ 4 Bdrm, 3 full baths. 2735 Sq Ft total! Power gated entry, HUGE 48x60 pole barn/ shop w/ dual 14' drive thru doors, wired for 220. & much more check out for yourself! Call Mary A for more details. Or reserve a private showing 360-6612095 A.R.E. Realty, Inc. A market Bargain @ $479,500

Condo warehouse space. 18'x60'. All amenities. Security. Call Rick, 360-3197359

Burlington – 5 plex apartment, $285,000 possible owner contract. Evenings 6 to 8 p.m. (360) 755-9752.

4 Bdrm, 2 ½ Ba, deck, double garage, 2 fireplaces – 1 upstairs & 1 downstairs, approx. 2100 sq. ft., wooded lot, large yard. Good neighborhood! $225,000. 711 No. 30th, Mount Vernon. 360-424-4328 or 7576356 or 360-661-2324

2300 S. 19TH STREET New Construction Pricing $325,000 2000 sq. ft. rambler on 10,000 sq. ft. lot Very quiet, secluded, S. Mount Vernon area 3 bdrm + den/4th bdrm, 2 ½ baths Granite countertops, stainless appliances Open floor plan Master suite features soaking tub, double vanities, double shower Close to schools, shopping, easy I-5 access Avail. Feb. 2012, act now to pick colors. Call Builder Direct Legacy Home Builders Charlie Ash 360-770-7678

FREE TO LOOK OPEN HOUSE 807 S 25th, Mount Vernon Sat., Nov. 5th, 11:00am to 4:00pm. Price reduced to $158,000. This is a really nice 3 bdrm, 1 3/4 bath, nicely updated, large yard, open floor plan, RV parking and strorage shed. You won't want to miss this one. 360-421-2797 MOBILE HOME FOR SALE 3 bedroom 2.5 bath Mobile home for sale. New carpet and Linoleum. Asking 13,500 OBO. Come take a look! Call 360-707-2598 or 360-707-1061. Ask for Alan.

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NHN 163rd St NW, Stanwood Level 4.3 acres right off the 5th tee inside beautiful Kayak Point Estates. A 15-ft buffer is required, lending to privacy for your custom built-home, in this established & admired neighborhood. Minutes to Warm Beach, other recreational lakes, beaches. Call Racquel McDermott 360-420-1830 MLS#: 286593 $129,000

5442 Ershig Rd, Bow Beautiful,well kept top of the line triple wide on 3.27 acres. A very light and bright home. Den or library could be 4th bdrm. Covered deck off kitchen/family rm perfect for entertaining. Very economical wood fired boiler(outside)heats whole house plus your water,propane an option too. Call Becky Elde 360-770-9427 MLS#:288535 $259,000

3816 Saje Lane, Sedro Woolley Charming home nestled in the woods, it is so peaceful here. Home has new vinyl windows throughout. Small barn for animals with pasture that is fenced and cross fenced and a small barn for animals. 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with a creek and a beautiful setting with garden space, a playhouse, a 22' x 24' shop/garage. Call Becky Elde 360-770-9427 MLS#: 283062 $300,000

512 TALBOTT ST., LAC $295,900 Custom Craftsman style rambler in the heart of La Conner on fee simple land. Features 2 bedrooms, den & great room concept with hardwoods, open vaulted ceilings & nice covered front porch. Call Lee Ann Dean at 421-3082 or Karine Anderson 869 CARRIAGE CT, SDW $95,000 at 421-1189. #287388 Immaculate triple wide with 2 bedrooms, 1.75 baths, den, 3319 E. SECTION ST., MV $299,000 vaulted ceiling. Kitchen with island & maple cabinets. 10x20 Picturesque home on spacious lot close to city amenities. insulated shop with workbench. 55+ community. Call Alice Charming front porch & great floor plan with master suite on Hanson at 770-8791. #230071 main floor plus 3 more bedrooms upstairs. Call Robin Luif at 1183 DECATUR CIRCLE, BRL $148,500 420-2026. #271177 Price to sell! Charming 2 bedroom, 1.75 bath condo in Cedar 535 STATE ST, SDW $299,900 Great investment opportunity. 2 separate parcels, one with Point featuring an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, spacious rooms & 2 car garage . Call Sarah Minton at duplex unit & the other offering 3 stand-alone 1 bed/1 bath homes. Call Elizabeth Miller at 420-3607. #174821 770-3076. #219877 24442 WICKER RD, #40, SDW $29,000 One of the largest homes in the community. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1848 sq.ft. Very well kept all age community with affordable space rent. Call Elizabeth Miller at 420-3607. #284879

1225-1227 E. FAIRHAVEN AVE., BR $169,900 EACH Offered as a duplex at $339,800 or individual Townhouse units for $169,900. Each unit has 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, gas fireplaces, 2 car garages. Call Linda Eastman at 202-4075. #171607 210 LAUREL RD, SDW $198,900 One level home situated on a cul-de-sac offering a 2 car garage, cedar siding, new roof & gutters. Just painted interior, large fenced back yard with fruit trees & total privacy. Wood fireplace & gas heating, hardwood floors. Call Linda Eastman at 202-4075. #284226

1033 NEZ PERCE DR., MV $316,500 Beautiful 1 level home with many upgrades located in Thunderbird. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, huge master closet. Den off the living room, gas fireplace, hardwoods & beautiful views. Call Lee Ann Dean at 421-3082 or Karine Anderson at 421-1189. #287381 901 JAMESON ST., SDW $349,950 18653 BLACKBERRY LN, MV $239,900 Completely restored & updated historic 1903 Victorian home. Enjoy beautiful views of Big Lake from a private covered deck 3142 SF, 3 bedroom plus parlor, den/office, family & bonus rooms. Many original features combined with many updates. or from the picture windows that surround this gorgeous More photos & info at www.SkagitValleyHomes.com. Call Bill 1760 sq.ft. home. Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings. Fully & Jannette Krieger at 421-4446. #282892 finished lower level. Call Linda Eastman at 202-4075. #275165 $379,900 61 ALGER CCC RD, SDW $247,000 23804 COPPER RIVER CT, MV Beautiful & spacious Chaffey-built Nookachamp Hills home. Fabulous 2005 manufactured home on 5 acres. Large 2 car 3200+ sq.ft. on .45 acre with 4 bedrooms, 2.75 baths. Large garage/shop & greenhouse. Great place to enjoy peace & quiet kitchen with island, stainless appliances & pantry. Large yard & & watch wildlife. Call Tasha Zahlis at 391-5075. #138104 patios. Call Megan O’Bryan at 708-5817. #278764 31086 W. MAIN ST., SDW $278,900 7601 STATE ROUTE 9, SDW $389,000 Home on 1 acre, fenced & ready for occupancy. 3 bedrooms, Spectacular log home on over 3 acres. One-level, 2 bedroom, 2 2.5 baths, large master suite with jacuzzi. Over 1800 sq.ft. 2 bath, built-in 2006. Hickory floors, clear-cedar ceiling & fir logs. car garage, RV parking. Built in 2002. Call Linda Eastman at Park-like setting. More info & photos at SkagitValleyHomes. 202-4075. #172757 com. Call Bill & Jannette Krieger at 421-4446. #272363 1501 MEADOW LARK LN, MV $219,950 Classic rambler on spacious, private lot! Slate entry & big picture windows from the living room take in the patio & backyard. Fireplaces in family & living rooms. Call Robin Luif at 420-2026. #229760

STOP! 1201 Fidalgo Dr, Burlington Well maintained 1,023 sq foot one story home surrounded by a beautiful lawn & plenty of gorgeous flowers. The Cedars is a peaceful 55+ community w/ RV parking & a spacious clubhouse. Home w/2-car garage, 2 beds/1.75 baths & an open floor plan. Patio & deck are spacious, perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Dues include: cable tv, lawn/yard care, exterior maintenance & insurance plus use of the clubhouse. Call Racquel McDermott 360-420-1830 MLS#: 285543 $159,000

2021 N Laventure Rd #307, Mount Vernon 2 bedroom 2 full bathroom condo. End unit for outside pleasure that has sliding doors all the way across the large living room for your entrance onto a large covered patio with territorial view in lieu of an adjacent condominium.Master bedroom has walk-in bath and 2 large closets. Second brm. has access to bth. plus hallway access.Kitchen with granite counter top & thru wall serving to living room. Call Jim Nicholas 360-708-9379 MLS#: 268662 $115,000

XXX W Alder Dr, Sedro Woolley L shaped lot with view of foothills and Cain Lake. Water and power at street. Community amenities include clubhouse, pool, and lake access. Seller flexible with financing short term. MLS#: 32483 $15,950

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