NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor contributes to the community conversation on housing issues through a weekly column in the Daily World titled "Nailing it Down."

 

 Since 1999, the "Nailing it Down"articles have been published in the Daily World and other countywide weekly newspapers. NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County has collaborated with local newspapers, elected officials and local experts to publish articles covering hundreds of topics.

 

 

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August 26, 2018

Mold, mildew, flood water, fires and pests  are the kinds of  home “intruders” that we often talk about in this housing column. However, today we are discussing the more traditional intruder – burglars.

We hope you never have to experience the fear and loss of having someone uninvited come into your home. That’s why, with the help of Grays Harbor County’s new Chief Criminal Deputy, Brad Johansson, we are offering some insights into burglary prevention.

Just like the other aforementioned “intruders,” most often burglars enter homes as a crime of opportunity. The silver lining to this is that we can all do some relatively easy things to make our house less inviting to those who most certainly aren’t invited!

“Good lighting around a house is key,” said Johansson. “We especially like motion lights. When a light suddenly comes on, it can alert the people inside the house, cause the neighbors to take notice, and also can even startle the burglars because they don’t know if someone is turni...

August 18, 2018

Have you noticed lots of “For Sale” signs in front of houses around here? If so, our guess is that you have also seen many “Sold” signs. Houses are selling more quickly and for more money in much of Grays Harbor this summer.

In last week’s column we gave you the low-down on encouraging county-wide stats about our area’s housing market using information gleaned from Tom Quigg, founder of the Aberdeen and Ocean Shores Windermere Real Estate offices. Quigg creates monthly reports about Grays Harbor County based on data provided by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

For instance in June – the latest figures available – 152 housing units sold, which is up 2.7 percent compared to June 2017. In addition, the average price houses sold for in Grays Harbor County was $202,000, up 9.2 percent compared to last June. The median price was $194,000, up nearly 11 percent from last June. (You may recall that average price is determined by adding up the total of all houses sold and dividing by the nu...

August 14, 2018

House sales in our county have remained strong through the first half of the year with Grays Harbor County a clear seller’s market for three of the past four months, according to Tom Quigg.

Quigg, who founded the Aberdeen and Ocean Shores Windermere Real Estate offices in 1991 and 1992, respectively, examines the county’s real estate market each month, based on data provided by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS).

The Grays Harbor housing units sold in June – 152 – is up 21.6 percent from May and up 2.7 percent compared to June 2017. In addition,   the average price houses sold for in Grays Harbor in June was $202,000, up 1.5 percent compared to May and up 9.2 percent compared to last year. The median price was $194,000, up 10.9 percent from June of 2017. (Average price is determined by adding up the total of all sold and dividing by the number sold. The median price is found by lining up all the prices and finding the middle one.)

In the first quarter of this year (Januar...

August 7, 2018

Ahh, the long, sunny days of summer! Just as the summer weather is perfect for outdoor activities, freedom and vacations; it’s also the best time in the Pacific Northwest – especially near the coast – to get out your paint brushes for painting or staining the exterior of your house.

Around here, most houses need a fresh paint job every five to nine years. Is this the year for your house?

As we’ve recently mentioned, an annual quick wash and rinse can increase the longevity of your paint job. So, if this isn’t the year to repaint your house at least consider washing it.

When it comes to painting, whether you decide to do it yourself or hire someone, it’s good for you to know some tips for a good paint job.

In last week’s column, we took you through all the important details of prepping the house. This week we’re focusing on the actual painting.

WHEN PREP WORK IS DONE

After you’ve carefully scraped, washed, primed and caulked, it’s time to open up that can of paint!

Just like it’s not ideal to...

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