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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March 30, 2020

Well, friends, we are certainly all living in uncertain times as each of us has had massive changes in our daily life while we hunker down at home during this coronavirus pandemic.

Today we have some information we’d like to draw your attention to. But, before that, we just want to join the chorus saying, please stay at home, wash your hands and treat others with added thoughtfulness and grace as everyone does their best to cope. (Please also give us a little grace as we strive to provide you the latest information we have during a time when government decisions and decrees—at every level—are in a constant state of change.)

While our health and the health of our loved ones and others should be our first priority and concern right now, our financial health as individuals, families and communities is also a concern. That is what we are addressing today.

Tax return deadline extended

You’ve probably already heard the news that the typical April 15 deadline for personal tax returns has been ext...

March 30, 2020

It’s a seller’s market in the Grays Harbor residential housing market right now. With extra low interest rates and many hungry buyers, if you’ve considered listing your house, you may want to make your move soon.

Last week we talked with several area real estate agents about the clear seller’s market – especially for a three-bedroom, two-bath house priced right. Today we’d like to share some tips for sellers to attract those serious buyers.

PREPARING TO SELL

Like we said, the selling part of residential real estate around here has gotten a lot easier because of so many hungry buyers. However, it’s still good to know ways to improve your chances to sell your house quickly and for top dollar.

“Before you put your house on the market, the main thing is to make sure everything is in good repair – especially the roof, windows and siding," said, broker Jill Warne           of Century 21 Real Estate, whose office is in Elma. “Other than that, spend time cleaning, decluttering and painting,” she s...

Do you happen to have a three-bedroom, two-bath house in excellent condition that you want to sell in Grays Harbor? If it’s priced right, local real estate agents say it’s likely you’ll have multiple offers, maybe even a bidding war.

Grays Harbor houses are in demand with many more buyers looking than sellers ready to put their houses on the market.

“It’s a great time to sell, but not a great time to buy, just because there isn’t much to buy,” said broker Jill Warne of Century 21 Real Estate, whose office is in Elma. “The market is actually kind of stuck because sellers don’t want to be homeless,” she said.

Jason Atwood, the owner/broker of Oly Pen Real Estate in Montesano, agrees. “We are seeing lots of creativity of homeowners who are selling then moving in with their parents for a while or making other arrangements as they look for a house to buy or wait to move in.”

“The demand in Central Park and Montesano is crazy,” Atwood said. “A house in Montesano can be sold in three or four days...

Is your home heated with natural gas? If so, it’s possible you could be eligible for rebates.

Recently we wrote about various rebates available through the Grays Harbor PUD for energy-saving measures and appliances for homes that are electrically heated. In this blog, our concentration is on folks who heat their homes with natural gas.

We talked with Kris Forck, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Analyst at Cascade Natural Gas, which serves some areas within Grays Harbor County.

NEW GAS FURNACE

The most popular rebate through the incentive program offered by Cascade Natural Gas is the one for a new natural gas furnace.

“If our customer purchases a natural gas furnace with 95 percent energy efficiency or more, they are eligible for a $400 rebate,” Kris said.

Of course there are several stipulations to receiving the rebate including that the contractor used is licensed in Washington. The utility’s website (cngc.com/energy-efficiency) has a list of eligible contractors who are licensed, bonded an...

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