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.



Nailing It Down

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August 18, 2019

Do you need financing at a time and interest rate you can afford – and some expertise that is free of charge – to buy your first house? We’d love to help! Here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor we wear many hats. But, as a not-for-profit organization all of our roles are to help the people of Grays Harbor.

In fact, the mission of NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor County is to develop partnerships in the community between business, government, and residents to create safe and affordable housing opportunities for all residents of Grays Harbor County.

One of the major ways we do that is to encourage, support and facilitate home ownership. Studies – and experience – have proven that home ownership helps stabilize and strengthen communities.



We can actually help make your dream of home ownership a reality. For starters, we have money available to loan to first-time homebuyers – up to 100 percent of the cost of the home including closing costs sometimes!  And, now is...

The Grays Harbor County real estate market got off to a great start this year! In the first quarter, it took the top spot for the annual percentage change in the number of home sales of the 15 Western Washington counties.

Encouraging home ownership is one of the goals of NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor, so from time to time we like to share information about what’s happening in the local real estate market. Also, with the spring and summer being popular times to buy and sell houses, we thought we’d give you an idea of the current real estate climate.

Compared to the first three months of 2018, all of the 15 counties were down in sales, but Grays Harbor was by far the smallest decrease at 2.6 percent down. (For comparison, Mason County was down 10.3 percent, King County down 10.6 percent, Thurston County down 12.2 percent,  Pierce County down 14 percent and San Juan County down a whopping 32.3 percent.)

There is some speculation that very poor weather in February impacted the market the firs...

Every so often we like to reintroduce ourselves!


While we’ve been here in Grays Harbor since 1981 and presenting this column in The Daily World, since 1999, we know that new folks are always moving into town – and that some of the people who were teens when we started writing this column are now homeowners – or want to be!


Part of the reason we’re being reflective right now about our history and what we do, is that in a few weeks, we’re heading for Washington, D.C. to meet with our network organizations across the nation to discuss housing.


Yes, NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor County is one of the oldest chartered organizations of nearly 250 located in every state and U.S. possessions as part of the NeighborWorks America organization.


The executive directors will meet in March for the annual Directors Symposium in Washington, D.C., to better understand the national picture of housing issues and to share our local challenges, opportunities and best practices with e...

It’s human nature to think the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

That can be true with looking for a new house. It’s a great time to buy a house on the Harbor right now with our relatively reasonable prices and low interest rates.  

However, maybe with just a little investment and creativity the house you’re in could become your dream house.

Here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor, we offer affordable loans to qualified homeowners. Our loan includes construction management and contractor oversight.

There are plenty of wonderful older homes throughout the state whose effective age, like our own, is determined by the quality of timely maintenance afforded.

Not only does a repaired or updated home make life more pleasant over time, it can increase the desirability of this area by adding to an improved housing inventory in general.  


At NeighborWorks we’re all about encouraging sustainable home ownership through education and housing counseling, as well a...

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